Valentine’s Day, Imbolc and Clearing the Clutter!

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Valentine’s Day (February 14th) is very close to Imbolc, the ancient celebration of the first stirrings of Spring.

Now is the time to honour the ones we love and think about being in a couple. We welcome the returning warmth to the earth and the first pale sunny days that are such a relief after the long winter. We are poised midway between Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox.

Our Imbolc ceremony

This Imbolc, I took part in an outdoor ceremony in a friend’s woodland with some like-minded folk. It was cold and wet, and I was really grateful for my cloak, my winter one, that is made from a lovely wool fabric and keeps me very warm and dry. This helps me to really focus on the magical work in hand, and not get distracted by the cold. During the ceremoney, we each used the broom to symbolically sweep into the fire anything that we wanted to release.

Declutter and de-stress

At this time of year do you feel you want to make a fresh start? Clean and clear your space and sort out those cupboards, drawers and sheds that are full of ‘stuff’? Well do it! You are connecting with the Maiden Goddess who is sweeping clean the earth and our lives.

Use this energy productively and follow the Maiden – she knows the way. Declutter and make room for the new! Allow the energy of the young spring Goddess to help you release all that it old, outworn and not needed in your life. She loves new ideas and has the enthusiasm and energy for new ventures. Help her to help you, and watch your new life unfold.

Goddess Brigit by Caroline Gully Lir
Goddess Brigit by Caroline Gully Lir

Bridgit the Bright – a Poem

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Crocus flower

I am the Bright one, who comes through the winter’s snow

Breathing the sacred breath of fire aglow,

Calling you to awaken and arise,

To cast your doubts and fears aside.

I am the miraculous divine spark,

The hope of new life after the dark.

 

I am the Maiden, Bridgit the Bright:

The first shafts of sun in the morning light.

Walk with me; I’ll show you the way.

Leave behind your woes; this is a new day.

It’s so simple that you belong

In a bright future singing your song.

So follow my flame of divine seeing,

And dream your future into being.

By Suzi Dale.

Please obtain permission before reproducing these words – or share with an attribution. Thank you!

Silver cloak in winter woodland

Wheel of the Year: What is Imbolc?

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Imbolc (usually celebrated on February 2nd) is a Celtic fire festival that marks the first stirrings of spring.

Known also as Candlemas, Imbolc is the festival of Bridgit. We welcome her as the Triple Goddess and celebrate and acknowledge her as maiden. This is the time of the first stirrings of light, the dawn of spring. The goddess is again young. She banishes all that is outworn.  She sweeps clean the Earth and our lives.

Imbolc is the perfect time to let go of the old and bring in the new!

Imbolc intentions

  • let go of the dross of winter
  • honour Bridgit
  • find inspiration

Think about the darkness of the winter – the time of stillness. What has died in your life? What can you now let go of?

Bridget or Bride carries a staff – Barrach Bride (Birch of Bride) – representing her quickening fire energy. As she strikes the ground with her rod, she awakens the land and our creativity.

I awaken the land with my rod of fire. I am the Lady of the Quickening. As I walk the land at Imbolc I touch the earth with my rod and plants and flowers once again spring to life.

It is a time of cleansing and purification. Spring-cleaning prepares our minds and bodies for resurgence.

You may have noticed increased energy levels recently and a feeling of ‘out with the old, in with the new!’

Not only is it the season of Imbolc, but we have also had two new moons during January – one right at the beginning of the month and one today! It is definitely time for a fresh start. This weekend, why not take advantage of the flow of the seasons and focus on a new direction in your life.

Brightest blessings x