My dear friend Tara reminded me this morning that today is the seasonal celebration of Imbolc — marking the halfway point between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. 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.
With no apology, I confess that I find myself desperately craving a winter that never fully materialized. While pleasant, these moderate temperatures and lack of precipitation have failed to offer up the excuse to stay indoors, to slow our pace, to hibernate and germinate and contemplate.
Perhaps this prayer to Brighid, then, carries even more importance this year:
“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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Mixed-media collage, Blessings of Brighid at Imbolc, ©2011, Jen Payne.