Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Brigid's Imbolc or Candlemass Eve




If Candlemas day be sunny and bright,
Winter again will show its might.
If Candlemas day be cloudy and grey,
Winter soon will pass away!

On Imbolc the crone "Caileach"s"
 grip on winter loosens. 
Finding "dry" kindling for the celebration fires, means "winter" will hang on longer. 
If she finds "damp" twigs 
she will be unable to prolong winter!
And so....... this may be the 
probable origin of seeing the 
Groundhogs shadow to determine
 the coming of 
spring.

How will you celebrate Imbolc or Candlemas?

As one of the four principal
 festivals of the pagan calendar and originally 
dedicated to the goddess Brigid, 
and later adopted by the Christian period as 
St. Brigids's Day,




Brigid is known as the Goddess of poetry, 
healing and Smithcraft. I put these elements
onto my altar.
As both Goddess and Saint she is also associated with holy wells, sacred flames and healing. 
Lighting candles and fire represents the return of the Sun in the coming months.

The Celtic root Brig, meaning "exalted", the High One of Strength, daughter of Dagda.



Eye of Brighid
Eye of the mind,
Mother blessed and divine,
Who dwells both in and out of time,
Into your darksome depths I scry.
In you all beginnings and ending lie,
Come to my aid and be my guide.
Assist me in what I hope to find.
What lies before me and behind?
This I charge thee with this rhyme:
Grant me what I know is mine!
For I am your anointed daughter
And the keeper of your sacred water!"

Here is my  Brighid's Crown,
a grapevine wreath on my altar, 
The Healer, I have a Rose Quartz Stone, and Lavender Oil, know for healing,


Brighid a sister of the Fae, 
I put a Faerie with the wreath,


Seeds to represent the plants for
 the coming of Spring
and a Faerie book of Poetry, 



A Smith Crafter, I found a hand 
hammered copper bowl
and a wooden handle tool, 


Brighid is also associated with 
Scrying at the well, 
so I put my water dish 
on the altar also, 


A dark green satin cloth for 
Brighids Mantel, 

An antique redwork linen for the 
Fire and Snow, 



Make Brigid's Crown,
Start with a grapevine or wire wreath,
Wrap the wire wreath with greens, 
Tuck in or hot glue in ribbons,
 flowers, beads or jewels,
or just candles to symbolize 
fire and the returning Sun!

Since Imbolc means in part "Ewes Milk"
why not make a lovely custard in appreciation
for the season......here is a recipe I like,   



Baked Custard:
4 eggs
3 cups milk
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon each nutmeg,cinnamon,vanilla
Whip all together, bake 60 minutes, at 350*
(I like to place baking dish in another dish of water about an inch high, then slide in oven)

Thank you for visiting my 
Candelmass Eve Celebration, 

Spelling You a 
Blessed Imbolc Season!





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