Wheel of the Year: Imbolc

The festival of Imbolc on February 1 (or 2) celebrates the strengthening Sun and the stirrings of new life in nature. To the ancient Celts, this day marked the beginning of Spring and honored their powerful solar goddess, Brighid, who is known as the goddess of poetry, smithcraft and healing. She is the "fire in the head" who inspires us to manifest our dreams in physical "ordinary" reality!

Brighid was so beloved by the Irish people that attempts by Christian missionaries to abolish Her worship failed, and She was renamed "St. Bridget" and Her holiday became known as Candlemas. Her shrine at the old Druid grove of Kildare (Cill Dara = Church of the Oak) was maintained by 19 priestesses originally, and later by 19 nuns, and featured a perpetual flame that burned for over 1,000 years until the Reformation in the 1500s. (It was relit in 1993 by the Brigidine Sisters in Kildare.)

In harmony with the new life seen in early snowdrops and crocuses, and the birth of lambs and other domestic animals, this holiday has traditionally been a time of Initiation into neoPagan groups and is considered one of the most auspicious times for starting a new venture of any sort, so be thinking about what you'd like to "birth" in this new year. Please dress comfortably, and feel free to bring drums, rattles or other instruments, along with a journal for recording any insights received on your journey.

Doors open at 7:00 pm and close at 7:30 pm, and ends at 10:30 pm (ritual circles run a little longer than usual). Please RSVP to ensure your space. Suggested donation of $10.00 per person to cover the space rental. Come join us for this powerful exploration!

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  • Pamela

    It's always an honor to spend the holidays with sisters, thank you!
    Thank you Toni for sharing your wisdom and love!!

    3 · February 2, 2014

  • Dr. Robin Heart S.

    This was a wonderful evening. Thank you, Donna, for the ride and thank you, Toni, for the lovely presentation and ritual.

    1 · February 1, 2014

  • Toni

    I really enjoyed celebrating this hopeful, joyous holiday with all of you! What a lovely, powerful group we had last night! Many thanks to Jeanne for sharing her Brighid doll with us - our "Welcome Brighid" ritual was especially moving. I loved getting to meet several new women too! xo

    5 · February 1, 2014

  • Jeanne L.

    I really look forward to these Wheel of the Year celebrations. The Imbolc meeting was wonderful! So nice to celebrate with like-minded strong and positive women and do deep, personal work in such a supportive atmosphere. It left me in a happy, upbeat mood. Grateful to have this group!

    2 · February 1, 2014

    • Jeanne L.

      Oops, thought this was to be a review. So posted the above msg. Well, I was redundant but mean every word of it! :)

      1 · February 1, 2014

  • Giovanna S.

    I missed you all so much last night. I plan to be at circle next time. Much love to you all.

    2 · February 1, 2014

  • Jeanne L.

    Ladies, thank you all for sharing a wonderful Imbolc with me. It left me in a happy, grateful and positive mood that seems will last for days. Bow that's good magic! :) Connecting with Brigid was joyous and I feel a deeper relationship with her that will help me throughout coming year. Thank you, Toni, for sharing your knowledge in a warm way. Love to you all! xx

    2 · February 1, 2014

  • Izzy S.

    I hate to have to change my RSVP. I've been so looking forward to this but I am exhausted from not being able to sleep well all week. I am ready to crash. Please know I am there in spirit.

    1 · January 31, 2014

    • Annod A.

      Hope you got the sleep that you need, dear heart. We missed you, but your name was invoked by a sister who had been to a healing session with you. xo

      1 · February 1, 2014

    • Izzy S.

      Awesome. I do feel better today finally got some real sleep. It seems that many of us have had trouble with this. I wonder if there is a connection.

      February 1, 2014

  • Barbara A.

    You were so missed, Izzy, and your spirit was very present

    February 1, 2014

    • Izzy S.

      Aw thank you Barbara. Will you be at circle next week?

      February 1, 2014

  • Dawn E.

    Ditto for me too Izzy, I'm exhausted haven't been able to sleep well either. So will catch you guys next week.
    Blessings

    1 · January 31, 2014

    • Annod A.

      Man, that exhaustion thing is going around! May your energy return in time for a restorative weekend! xo

      1 · February 1, 2014

  • Rosemary

    I am so sad to cancel for this evening. My pain has taken this day away from me and I'm afraid I am in for the evening. I was really looking forward to the material and to seeing all of you. My heart and spirit are with you. <3

    1 · January 31, 2014

    • Annod A.

      We always miss you, Rosemary.

      February 1, 2014

  • Sara D.

    So sorry! I can't make it to Soma. I'm just starting to wear a knee brace and I just feel it would be to much to bus there and be in the floor. I hope to see you all next week.

    January 31, 2014

    • Annod A.

      May you heal quickly, Sara.

      February 1, 2014

  • Deb P.

    Well the weather is being kind but my body is not. I am not feeling well would hate to share this with anyone else if I am coming down with something. :( So sad I cannot be there!

    January 31, 2014

    • Annod A.

      Hope you are well today, Deb. See you soon!

      February 1, 2014

  • Stephanie

    I won't be able to make it this evening. May everyone enjoy a blessed evening.

    January 31, 2014

    • Annod A.

      Hope all is well, Stephanie. We missed you.

      February 1, 2014

  • Giovanna S.

    I am so sorry my dear circle sisters but I am so tired and recovering from a horrible cedar induce migraine. I am just really worn out. I will see you next week. Love you all!

    January 31, 2014

    • Annod A.

      Hope that you feel better today, Giovanna. We missed you.

      1 · February 1, 2014

  • Lyn

    Hittin mad traffic. Almost there!!

    January 31, 2014

    • Annod A.

      Glad you made it!

      February 1, 2014

  • Kari B.

    I can't make it. Dang it!! I was really looking forward to tonight. Its my little brothers birthday. I helped coach his birth 20 years ago today. :) Im being called to a family celebration... Until next time. Big Hugs!!

    January 31, 2014

    • Kari B.

      I miss you, April :)

      February 1, 2014

    • Annod A.

      We miss you, dear heart.

      February 1, 2014

  • Annod A.

    Toni is a weath of knowledge. I'm so fortunate to have found this circle. My first three years with you, circle sisters, has been restorative. The light is coming.

    1 · February 1, 2014

  • Lyn

    Hittin mad traffic. Almost there!!

    January 31, 2014

  • Dr. Robin Heart S.

    I'm sorry, ladies, but I'm worn out. I just discovered that I would need to travel I 35 on Friday afternoon to get there, and this beloved body screamed NO. Happy Imbolc. See you next week.

    January 31, 2014

  • Tammy

    This year I actually know which day is Friday so I shant be missing due to failure to know what day I am currently living in -Off I go to feed cats and such so that I will be ready when the time comes to leave for circle

    1 · January 31, 2014

  • Dawn E.

    Would anyone like to carpool, coming from Leander.

    January 30, 2014

  • Izzy S.

    Imbolc is in super bowl Sunday this year! Not that that means much to anyone but me. :-)

    4 · January 2, 2014

    • Deb P.

      That is very important information Izzy, although I am a bit disappointment in the teams playing this year!

      1 · January 26, 2014

    • Izzy S.

      I don't know man the Broncos are amazing but I really like Seattle's defense. It's going to be good.

      January 26, 2014

  • Deb P.

    I haven't been to circle in so long! I certainly hope the weather is kind this week!

    2 · January 26, 2014

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