Candlemass: 2nd February
Imbolc celebrates the re-kindling of the fires in the earth which
give life and movement to plants and animals. Seeds burst open, sap
rises and animals begin their mating rites. The fire in the sun
begins to wax noticeably. Imbolc marks the time when it is no
longer necessary to carry a candle to do the early morning chores.
Candles are left burning on windowsills all night to mark the
Brighid’s blessings are invoked on the forge and on the tools of
the smith, and also on agricultural implements and the plow, the
product of the smith’s transformative art. Smith craft is potent
magic, the ability to fashion metallic ore into bronze or iron. It
is directly under the sanction of Brighid.
To this day in Ireland there are numerous holy wells dedicated to
Brighid. The ancient Celts marked the beginning of each
agricultural cycle by purifying themselves with water. The feet,
hands and head were ritually washed and who better to bless the
waters than Brighid Herself? Fire and water were seen as the
building blocks of creation, the basic foundations for all
transformative magic. By invoking a Fire Goddess into the waters
the stage was set for growth and change.