Rising to Imbolc

As Colette notes: we’re seeing “…a revival of many traditions as people seek to understand their tribal ancestry and re-establish the threads of the tapestry to an older time.” Her post gives a nice history of Imbolc, as well as gorgeous winter photos of Bealtaine Cottage.

Here in Goshen, we feel the chill and snow, too, although we probably won’t have spring until well past Ostara. We’ve got our Wheel of the Year gathering this Saturday; however, the actual crossquarter day of Imbolc in 2016 doesn’t occur until Thursday, February 4. Crossquarter days are particularly good for tuning into the energies of Mother Earth and also for working with the faeries. Imbolc marks a time of cleansing and purification through fire and light. Brigid/Bride/Brigantia — there are so many ways to spell this beloved Goddess turned Saint’s name. In any case, she provides healing, inspiration and helps all metal workers. A guardian of sacred wells and the sacred flame, she offers special protection to mothers, children and pregnant women.

A time of new beginnings and inspiration, if Imbolc and/or Brigid draw you, you’ve still got time to plan a little ceremony for yourself!

Bealtaine Cottage, Ireland

The morning in the garden is bitterly cold.

These are the days before Imbolc.


We have endured the long sleep and are ready to waken to Imbolc…


Magical days, filled to the brim with anticipation, a sense of urgency too, as the precious days of sleep and hibernation in the gardens comes to a close.


As I walk around the gardens this morning, I become increasingly aware of short time left in which to prune and cut back, clear and prepare, the gardens for Spring and Summer.


Ah, Summer, just the thought of Summer on this cold, white morning of late Winter, comforts the bones.


The days of walking barefoot in the damp grass lie ahead of me.


The promise of a warm Summer makes the cold of the day recoil.


Imbolc heralds Spring here in the West of Ireland.

It is one of the four big Celtic celebrations in…

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  1. Posted by Kieron on January 28, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    Locally, there’s a group that produces a feast followed by a sacred drama that includes fire dancers. It had grown so large and cumbersome with the sheer number of people wanting to participate, that they had to move it to a gymnasium. Even that was outgrown. I drifted away because of the crowded conditions. Looking them up again, it seems they have reorganized it by having small feasts in community homes, then converging in the city park where they have had the sacred drama in the past, weather permitting. I think it speaks to the need of the community that the numbers of participants overwhelmed the best intentions of the original group after 17 years. I think the return to older traditions is inexorable, as Collette seems to be saying here. 🙂

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    • That’s amazing you have so much local interest! There’s definitely a desire for community, and even if we had much larger numbers, I still prefer to be able to fit everyone in the blue house. Too large and you lose the sense of why you gathered in the first place — especially for Imbolc, which is to some degree about hearth and home. It seems appropriate to meet in people’s homes for a meal, but neat that they’re having a larger celebration afterwards.



  2. […] retrospect, everything occurred in perfect timing, as several major astrological events and the cross quarter day of Imbolc played key roles in discerning the overall design.In fact, not one, but two distinct portals came […]



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