[ Joyous Imbolc! ]

Brighid at Imbolc

For Christmas this year, my dear friend Tara gave me a copy of the We’Moon Calendar. It is a treasure trove of astrology and mythology, prayers and incantations, seasons and cycles, poetry, art and…so much more! Its daily calendar includes astrological notations and seasonal celebrations, like the solstices and eclipses.

Today, for example, is the seasonal celebration of Imbolc—marking the halfway point between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. It may not feel like it outside today, but we are half way to spring. Imbolc is a time to rejoice in the return of light and the possibilities of the new season, said to be heralded by the goddess Brighid.

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Mighty Brighid, keeper of the flame, blazing in the darkness of winter. O goddess, we honor you, bringer of light, healer, exalted one. Bless us now, hearth mother, that we may be as fruitful as the soil itself, and our lives abundant and fertile. Bride of the Earth, sister of the faeries, daughter of the Tuatha de Danaan, keeper of the eternal flame. In autumn, the nights began to lengthen, and the days grew shorter, as the Earth went to sleep. Now, Brighid stokes her fire, burning flames in the hearth, bringing light back to us once more. Winter is brief, but life is forever. Brighid makes it so.

— Attributed to Patti Wigington

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For Imbolc, traditional activities include lighting candles to represent the returning light of the sun, wandering in the winter woods to look for signs of spring, hanging pieces of white fabric to garner Brighid’s blessings, or placing a broom at the front door to symbolize sweeping out the old and welcoming in the new.

What I appreciate most about these celebrations—these rituals of acknowledgement—is that they note a time for us to pause. Like all great Sabbaths, they ask that we stop our busy ways, reflect for a moment, honor that which is greater and be grateful in its presence.

I am especially fond of Brighid’s connection to this celebration. A patron goddess of poetry and creativity, her presence is most welcome during this long Northeast winter. As cabin fever sets in, so too do the gremlins of Unfocus, Unmotivated, and Angst—none of which are conducive to poetry and creativity!

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“Great Brigit, I know that you hear me the moment that I think of you. I ask for your presence and assistance. Please lend me your courage and power that I may rise to the level of my highest capabilities. Please warm my heart and mind with your brightness, and burn away any thoughts, feelings, or behaviours that stand in the way of my Divine potential. Help me to have the courage to be my very best, and to lose all fear of being powerful.”

— Doreen Virtue, Archangels and Ascended Masters

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Today, may you find peace in knowing that this wicked weather will pass, welcome in new light and possibilities, and consider how you can sow and nurture your divine potential in the fertile season ahead! Joyful Imbolc!

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Above: Blessings of Brighid at Imbolc, ©2011, Jen Payne.

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  1. jen, i love this piece of art you created for a truly wonderful acknowledgment of Candlemas – gorgeous night sky so full of stars, happy little sun so ready to return, green things waiting so patiently for the snow to stop and a peaceful, lovely Brigid bringing her beautiful wreath as a promise of better things to come, her kind response to what amounts to the equivalent of hopeful white “prayer” flags
    i plan to tie some white ribbons outside someplace (even tho it’s raining icicles right now) and to light a small red candle to honor this forgotten holiday
    someone told me there used to be an eternal flame that burned for Brigid but it was extinguished during the reign of King Henry the eighth when he decided to destroy England’s monasteries and abbeys in the 16th century – it was finally re-lit in… 1996!
    happy imbolc and thanks for sharing!!

    1. The art was as laborious of a process as those little green things trying to make their way through this frozen world today! But so happy to hear the message and thought behind it came through. LOVE that you “got it”!!

      There was an eternal flame – at an abbey, I think? I read so much about Brighid during my research, it’s hard to remember it all. I do recall seeing a bronze sculpture of her.

      So, yes yes – Happy Imbolc!!

  2. Thank you for post. My son has been telling me how severe the Connecticut weather is this year. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Here in Ireland we have signs of Spring.

    1. Signs of spring? Lovely! I’m afraid any signs of spring here are buried under several feet of snow. This is a classic New England winter, for sure. We are safe and warm here – I hope your son is, too! And you…I hope you are doing well, too!

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