The sacred festival following Samhain is Imbolc - a later variant of the earlier Imbolg - originally celebrated at the first new moon with the sun in the sign of Aquarius, but later christianized into Candlemas on February 1st. The old Celtic name means 'in my (im) womb (bolg)' and is spoken with regard to all creatures by the great Goddess of all Life, the norse Freya and the Celtic Anna who, latinized, became Dea Anna or Diana. Her worship re-surfaced in the wicca religion so well delineated in her studies of it by the egyptologist/ ethnographer Dr. Margaret Murray.


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