IMBOLC February 1st/2nd – Honoring the Goddess

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Imbolc, February 1st/2nd

Feel me now as maiden.

I am the initiator.

I am the twinkle of an idea.

I am the spark that activates and inspires.

I am the light that illuminates manifestation.

I bring the energy that encourages the sleeping

Winter world to begin to stir.

Feel my presence.

I am the spark of life in all things.

From the GODDESS WHEEL OF THE YEAR

By Wendy Andrew www.paintingdreams.co.uk

Saint Brigid’s Blessing

May Brigid bless the house wherein you dwell

Bless every fireside every wall and door

Bless every heart that beats beneath its roof

Bless every hand that toils to bring it joy

Bless every foot that walks its portals through

May Brigid bless the house that shelters you.

www.firendsofbridesmound.com

Goddess of Many Names

She is known as Bride, Bridey, Brighid, and Bhridhde in Scotland.

Other variation in Irish, Welsh, Manx, English and Fr
ench include: Brigit, Brigid, Brighid, Briggidda, Brigantia, Brid, Brigh, Breeshey, Ffraid, Brittania, Brigandu.

Brigid is the traditional patroness of healing, poetry and smithcraft, which are all practical and inspired wisdom. As a solar deity Her attributes are light, inspiration and all skills associated with fire. Although she might not be identified with the physical Sun, she is certainly the benefactress of inner healing and vital energy.

She is known as a “Triple Goddess”, having two sisters, also named Brigit. More commonly, she is considered a triple aspect deity because she is the patroness of three primary skills in the Celtic world ��� poetry, healing and smithcrafting. She is sometimes portrayed carrying a pair of blacksmith tongs and a sword, also handling two healing snakes, or carrying a wand with a crescent moon and tablet.

She rules the elements of Water and Fire. Natural bodies of water are sacred to her – She is the Goddess of Healing Wells. Animals associated with her are a white skinned red eared fairy cow, a white snake, and a white swan.

Other symbols (in brief) are white candles, milk, white cakes, the raven, sacred woods, blackberry and Rowan, Brigid’s Cross, and the anvil. Her sacred number is 19 ��� for the nineteen virgins who kept her perpetual flame in the monastery at Kildare. Her prayer beads are made of 19 milk-white stones.

Candlemas: 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 seasonal passage. 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 in waters blessed by Brighid. Fire and water were seen as the building blocks of creation, the basic foundations for all transformative magic. By invoking the Fire Goddess into the waters, the stage is set for growth and change.

How to Honor Brighid on the Eve of Imbolc

This is traditionally a time of purification – time to clean your house.

If you have any Christmas greenery lingering, burn it now.

Make your own Brighid’s crosses and hang them up, especially in the kitchen where her influence can bless your food.

Put out food – cake, buttered bread and milk – outside your door.

Brighid and her cow walk through the neighborhood tonight, and will appreciate your offering.

Leave a silk ribbon on your doorstep for Brighid to bless: It can then be used for healing purposes. Ribbons may also be tied to a special tree in her honor. Remember to place all your offerings with the intention of gratitude and appreciation.

Meditate upon what you would like to see grow in health and vigor in your life this year – for yourself, your family, your community, the Earth, and ask for Bride’s blessing upon your prayers.

Brigit, ever excellent woman,
golden sparkling flame,
lead us to the eternal Kingdom,
the dazzling resplendent sun.

With gratitude to the Great Mother

Blessed Be.

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