Happy, Imbolc, Candlemas, St. Brigid’s day
Culnacreann, CC BY 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons
“I am older than Brighid of the Mantle*…
“I put songs and music on the wind before ever the bells of the chapels
were rung in the West or heard in the East. …
“And I have been a breath in your heart.
“And the day has its feet to it that will see me coming
into the hearts of men and women like a flame upon dry grass,
like a flame of wind in a great wood…”
~ Winged Destiny by Fiona MacLeod (William Sharp: 1855 –1905)
Feb 1 is the celebration of Celtic Goddess BRIDE or Brigit. She is a Triple Goddess a SUN GODDESS Goddess of midwives, smithcraft, poetry, agriculture, fertility and she has a sacred well. This is a very powerful cross-quarter day in the wheel of the Year. Celebrated since the dawn of time by our ancestors and still observed by Pagans, Wiccans and Catholics as The Feast of the Purification of Mary.
It is a holiday of the element of Fire celebration. Clean out your old hearth or wood stove. LIGHT tons of candles. Think about your passions. What are you passionate about? Light a new fire, signifying a new action, inspiration, passion.
She is like the Red Dakini in Tibetan Buddhism.
It is a day of Quickening and sexuality. Make love. call in a new lover.
PLANTING SEEDS, GERMINATING NEW INTENTIONS
It is good to plant real seeds, or a bulb, a spring flower perhaps, as a symbol of your new life emerging at the Spring Equinox. Really imagine your intent for whatever it is you wish into your seed, put it in potting soil and water it and put it in a dark place,keep an eye on it, keep it moist but dont let it rot, Keep praying, blessings and mediating with your seed. Watch it slowly sprout and emerge as Spring draws nearer and nearer.
BRIGID GODDESS OF CREATIVITY
Brigid is the Goddess of poetry smithcraft and healing. Do something creative, read poetry, write Sing, dance, appreciate fine art and crafts. Dedicate a future work to Her.
Make new commitments on this day.
As a Purification Day
Use water and salt to purify yourself. Wash your hands and face in salt water. Sprinkle salt water which you have blessed making it charged, sprinkle it in every corner of your home.
Time to clean up your act in all ways. A bit early to start an actual spring tonic cleanse for your liver. Clean and renew your mind, scrub out the old ideas that have gotten cobwebs. This is actually a better time to commit to a new exercise routine than Jan 1st. Days are visibly longer, you will have more energy.
Brigid governed wells, there is a holy well in Ireland where she is worshipped. Water is the most important element. Water transmutes all hardness, breaks down anything over time. The waters of the earth these days needs our help and intentions. Send your intention to see the earth waters running clear pure, cleansed.
Traditional grains were eaten to celebrate the growth of future grains. Serve crepes pancakes, cakes,breads. Put out a loaf of bread on your windowsill like they did in Ireland traditionally on Brigid’s day. An ear of corn was also set out. Wheat stalks are woven into X shaped crosses to serve as charms to protect the home from fires and lightning.
Traditionally a corn dolly or last sheaf of wheat or grain from Lammas or Autumn Equinox was dressed in a bridal gown is put in a basket made for her, called the Bride’s bed. A wand,candle or other phallic object was laid across her, and Bride or Birgitta was invited to come. It is a fertility time. Ewes are birthing their young and lactating. Milk would be flowing and the people had food to get them through before plants would appear.
This would be the day of the first plowing of the earth. What are you going to fertilize? What practical things will you nurture? Plant seeds.
CANDLES, as a festival of light
Light up your Life as the days grow longer. Light candles everywhere or a bonfire. Traditionally candles are brought to a church to be blessed, which is then brought home to be used as talismans for protection.
this day is called the Blessing of the candle of the Happy Woman. In Poland Feb 2 is called the Mother of God who saves us from thunder.
The lesson of the brilliant movie Groundhog Day was not to be stuck in a karmic rut of repeating the same patterns over and over and over and nauseum. Character traits and old habits like being stubborn callous, cranky, selfish, blaming, addictions, stuckness, giving up, lower self-routines over and over and over, but make of your life something amazing help others, grow and learn as much as you can. Give love and find love.
please share widely all writing is copyright of Tara Greene
more about Bridgid https://www.druidry.org/library/gods-goddesses/brigid-survival-goddess
Get a reading with me http://www.taratarot.com