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Happy Imbolc / Candlemas / Brigid’s Day – Spring Stirring!

1 Feb

Now, as the daylight hours are getting obviously longer, the middle of Winter is soon reached, as well as the midpoint of AQUARIUS:

We’re celebrating Imbolc / St. Brigid’s Day, Candlemas, and Groundhog Day (Feb 1/2).

Celtic Wheel of the Year, with the cardinal Turning Points of the Equinoxes and Solstices, and the fixed ‘Gates of Power’: Beltane, Lammas, Samhain / Halloween, and IMBOLC.

In the Gaelic / Celtic Calendar, Imbolc is one of the 4 fixed ‘Gates of Power’ of the Zodiac year!

In many areas of the Celtic world, this was the Fire Feast of Brigid the Irish Goddess of hearth and home – yes, more Goddess Celebration!
She is the keeper of the flame, the protector of the home, and a goddess of holy wells and springs. At Imbolc, her many aspects are being acknowledged, especially that of her role as a deity of transformation(!). 
As the world awakes from the dark slumber of Winter, it is time to cast off the chill of the past, and welcome the warmth of Spring.

Found in a beautiful Imbolc / St. Brigid’s post with lots of inspiration for creativity, crafts, recipes, and ceremony, to honour the season:
Some of the symbols attributed to Brigid are:

The Snowdrop. The first gift of Spring in the bleakness of Winter.

The Swan. The swan mates for life and represents loyalty, fidelity and faithfulness. Swan feathers are a powerful amulet.

The Flame. Imbolc is a Fire Festival and fire of all kinds is associated with Brigid – the fire of creativity, the protective hearth fire, and her fire wheel – the Brigid Cross, which heralds her as a Sun Goddess.

Brigid’s Cross. This is a traditional fire wheel symbol – found at the hearths of homes throughout Ireland and beyond as a symbol of protection. A customer in the shop recounted finding a hearth in Ireland, in recent years, adorned with over 200 Brigid Crosses – 200 years in the life of a hearth and a family, overlit and protected by Brigid.

Brigid Doll. A very old tradition involved the making of a Brigid doll which can be included in ceremony and/or placed in ‘Bride’s Bed’ to bring fertility and good fortune to the home.

The Serpent. In Celtic mythology Brigid was associated with an awakening hibernating serpent which emerged from its lair at Imbolc. Traditionally serpents were associated with creativity and inspiration – the powerful Kundalini energy of the Eastern Mysteries. Paths of earth energy were called serpent paths and at Imbolc they are stirred from their slumber.

Sheep. Brigid’s festival is at the beginning of lambing – eat ewe’s milk cheese!

Imbolc Colours: White and silver for purity, green for the fresh burst of life.”

With the VIRGO MOON today and tomorrow (Feb 1 / 2), in trine with SATURN and PLUTO in CAP, and in opposition with NEPTUNE in PI, it’s a wonderful time for Ceremony, for setting up altars and tuning into traditions and the seasons, working with the energies that nature provides, and being aligned!

Here in Victoria snow drops and even of the first cherry blossom variety have been sighted!
The ground is greening again (with SOO much rain that has come down…!)

Brigid’s blessings…!

And here’s a dedication by Ann Mortifee, from her wonderful book In Love with the Mystery:

“SPRING APPEARS

Just when you think the Winter will never cease, suddenly Spring appears.
So it is with sadness, sorrow, loneliness, or loss. Everything has its day and its season.
A new bud will appear where a barren twig lay empty. A fresh start will burst forth with the first green leaf. An unexpected possibility, a new life, will be felt among the ruins. 

Have faith. Expect the impossible. Trust the unfolding nature of life. Wait an eternity if need be.
Spring, inevitable, will surely come.”

 

Much Love, Seasonal and Celestial Blessings!

 

© Melanie Lichtinger 2018

 

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* Imbolc / St. Brigid’s on Feb 2! Mid-Winter Blessings!

2 Feb

Now, as the daylight hours are getting obviously longer, the middle of Winter is soon reached, as well as the midpoint of Aquarius: We’re celebrating Candlemas, Imbolc / Brigid’s Day and Groundhog Day (Feb 2).

In the Gaelic / Celtic Calendar, Imbolc is one of the 4 fixed Power Points of the Zodiac year!

 

In many areas of the Celtic world, this was the Fire Feast of Brigid the Irish goddess of hearth and home.
She is the keeper of the flame, the protector of the home, and a goddess of holy wells and springs. At Imbolc, her many aspects are being acknowledged, especially that of her role as a deity of transformation. As the world awakes from the dark slumber of Winter, it is time to cast off the chill of the past, and welcome the warmth of Spring.

Ahh, goes well together with VENUS entering ARIES on Feb 3!

 

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Image: Celtic Wheel of the Year, with the Equinoxes, Solstices and mid-season / cross quarter holidays: Beltane, Luchnassad, Samhain, and Imbolc / Candlemas / Brigid’s Day

 

Here in Victoria snow drops and even of the first cherry blossom variety have been sighted!

 

Snow_Drops

The ground is greening again.

Brigid’s blessings….

 

 

© 2017 by Melanie Lichtinger

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