Friday, February 1, 2013


Welcome to the Season of Imbloc!

Imbolc honors the Goddess Brighid (or Brigit), the fire goddess, the Bride.
It may be as old as the Tuatha De'Danann, pre-Celtic dwellers in Ireland-the
folk of the Fey.

Imbolc is an ancient festival of the misty Isles, the Celts and pre-Celtic
tribes, celebrated to bring in longer days, greater light, the coming of
spring and, originally, the lactation of the ewes.

Its sacred direction is east; it is celebrated to bring warmth and
prosperity. Its colors are purple or red; it is a festival of morning,
spring, and waxing moon.

Imbolc celebrations are associated with the Hill of Tara, center for the
Tuatha De Danann and the pre-Celtic Kings of Meath, and location of the Lia
Fail, the Stone of Destiny. Imbolc is associated with Loughcrew and the
Mound of the Hostages as is evidenced by the alignment of these sites with
the Sun. Since ancient times, Imbolc has been celebrated in Wales, Scotland
and Ireland. It is a festival for predicting the length of winter or the
coming of spring-the people watched to see if serpents or badgers came out
from their winter dens--a precursor to "groundhog day."

Imbolc is honored with fire and purification, dedicated to Brighid, goddess
of poetry, healing and smithcraft. She is a triple goddess, associated with
holy wells, sacred flames and healing. Lighting sacred candles and cauldron
flames represents the return of warmth and increasing power of the Sun-the
blessings of hope and prosperity.
Ceremonial ribbons blessed by Brighid have powers of healing and protection

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