Please come join us for an Imbolc Celebration!
Ah, the February chill in the air and snow on the ground. . . It is the time of the maiden, of purity, fertility and renewal! In the womb of the earth (Imbolc translates as ‘in the belly’), life begins to stir.
This is the time of the sacred fires, smithcraft, poetry and healing, all watched over by the Goddess Brigid. Canonized by the Catholic Church in order to gain the loyalty of the Irish to the Church, “Saint Brigit” was reintroduced to and eventually accepted by her native land as the foster mother of Jesus, and for many, Imbolc became the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary!
The use of candles to represent the magickal fires is quite special in the celebration of Imbolc. A lighted candle is placed in every window of every home beginning at sundown on Imbolc Eve. These candles continue to burn until sunrise, a sign that light is returning, Spring is stirring, and life is eternal.
Corn Dollies or Brigid Crosses are woven and hung for the purposes of purification, spiritual cleansing and protection of the home. A small woven basket with fresh white flower petals (Brigid’s Bed) is often created to ensure fertility of body, mind and spirit!
A time for the blessing of seeds for the coming planting season and the honoring of the Goddess as the Bride, Imbolc calls the earth to emerge from its long winter sleep. Hearth fires are extinguished and re-lit, and “Spring Cleaning” begins, removing negative energy and renewing protection of family, hearth and home. In addition, a sweeping ritual is performed and a besom (broom) is placed next to the front door to offer additional protection and to welcome the new.
For many, this is a time to offer gifts to the nature spirits, ensuring a bountiful season! Traditional offerings include: cheese and bread.
Whether you greet this beautiful celebration in sunshine or shadow, it is a time for honoring the gifts of the earth by utilizing your talents. Through song, poetry, handiworks or food, light the fires of your hearth with the promise of new life and new vision!
Spring is here. Let us be ready to greet her when she awakens.
Written by Elizabeth Selden
Please come join us for a celebration of Imbolc and community Potluck!
Everyone is invited!
Time: 6pm to 8pm
You must RSVP with Wendy Liu at[masked] or [masked]