Happy Imbolc!


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Happy Imbolc all! Of the eight festivals on the Pagan wheel of the year, Imbolc is by far my favorite. It may not offer the best weather, but the meaning to me is the most important. While it is a liminal time between winter and spring, as a Gaelic festival it is considered the first day of Spring. It is the time when the snow begins to melt, the animals begin to come out of hiding, and the very first signs of Spring begin to manifest. Traditionally it was a time to visit wells and to light a candle to represent the returning warmth of the sun.

Imbolc is strongly represented by the Gaelic Goddess Brighid (along with St. Brigid). Brighid is a Goddess of healing, inspiration and warfare. She is a Goddess of in-betweens. St. Brigid the person also played a transitory role. She represents a bridge between the Gaelic polytheist traditions and Catholicism. She was canonized and holds a special position in the fabric of Irish Catholicism. Perhaps the Goddess Brigid was so powerful among the Irish – even the Christian Irish – that they decided to make her into a saint and weave many of their ancient Imbolc traditions within the fold of Christianity. In this post I will include an Imbolc Prayer written by Gangleri’s Grove along with some helpful resources about the day.

Imbolc Prayer to Brighid

From Gangleri’s Grove

Exalted One, Fiery Arrow,
Who teases beauty
from the burning flame,
Hear our prayers.

Mighty Healer,
Ever-honored,
Giver of sacred waters,
We praise You.

Hammer Wielder,
most-skilled Smith,
We exalt Your name
with our creative endeavors.

Friend of women,
Who blesses birthing
and comforts the dying,
We offer adorations unto You.

Goddess of inspired speech,
Master Wordsmith,
Bard of Bards,
Poet of Poets,
We celebrate You in our rites.

Sovereign Mother
of the Greenest of lands,
Who protects Your people,
bestowing blessings,
We hail You.

RELEVANT READING: 

Brighid – Goddess and Saint – Lady of Transitions and Inbetweens (Metal-Gaia)

How to celebrate Imbolc (Pagan Wiccan)

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