February 1st marked Saint Brigids Day and the start of the season of Imbolc. Brigid, daughter of the Dagda, Goddess of Poets, Healers, Smiths and Midwives, is a well-known and loved patron Saint of Ireland. Imbolc, her feast festival on February first (Candlemass), celebrates the beginning of Spring, and the birthing of the lambs.
On the Eve of Saint Brigid's Day, it is traditional to hang a strip of cloth or ribbon outside your door or upon a tree. From this the "brat Bhride" (Brigid's Mantle) receives her curative and protective powers from the Goddess. The Mantle would sometimes be used to cover a child's cradle, to protect them from being stolen away by the fairies. With that in mind for this cycle we have included a Fairy and Magic Story Collection for your enjoyment.
Irish fairy tales have their roots in the distant twilight evenings of our ancestors, gathered around a wood fire in their homes or while out hunting or travelling. They were not moral stories, meant to teach a lesson or educate listeners in proper behaviour. Neither were they parables, masking a deeper meaning in mundane words. They were and are as wild and as meaningless as the fairies themselves, as life itself can seem to be sometimes.
~ Imbolc is the time to plan. It’s time to think of your new beginnings and to allow the stirrings of excitement as we think of what seeds we want to plant, both physically and symbolically.
~ What would you like to grow this year? What projects could you breathe life into as the sun begins his march across the sky? How will you work the goddess Brigid to realise your dreams for the coming year?
✤Sunset 31st January to sunset 2nd February ✤Beginning of Spring for the Celts ✤Cross Quarter Day ✤Time to sort your seeds for the coming year ✤Time to plan your hopes and dreams ✤Welcome in the hope of new life ✤Spend time outdoors noting the changes
A Seasonal Message from the Goddess Brigid:
Brigid of the Mantle protect us May your gentle hands deliver us Your Flame inspire us This day and every day This night and every Night
The season of Imbolc starts with Imbolc day; 1st and 2nd February and is the great festival and honouring of the Goddess known as Bride, Bridie, Brighid, Brigit and Brigantia (so loved was she as a pagan Goddess that her worship was woven into the Christian church as Saint Brigid). She is a Goddess of healing, poetry, fire, of the sun and of the Hearth. She brings fertility to the land and its people.
It's traditional on the eve of Imbolc to weave a Brigid's Cross, a whirligig pattern, from pulled rushes or straw. They are hung in the rafters, and by the door to protect the house. Learn how to make your own Brigids Cross here by clicking the link below.
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Since the early 1980s, Mael Brigde has found endless spiritual wealth in the conflicting and complementary traditions surrounding Brigit. In 1993 she founded the first interfaith Brigidine flame-tending group, the Daughters of the Flame, which continues to today. She lit their first candle to Brigit on Imbolc 1993, the same day, she learned much later, that the Irish Catholic Brigidine sisters relit her perpetual fire in Kildare. She maintains the blog Brigit’s Sparkling Flame, which points readers to Brigit-related websites, books, CDs, and so on, as well as offering reviews and original materials.
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May Brigid Goddess and saint bless each one of us and renew us into the wholeness of our true selves as we move into a new a springtime. May she guide us into a way of living and being that are in harmony with the well being of all life.
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