“The Sun’s path has returned to where it was at Samhain. Take some time to notice the quality of the light, for it is the same now as that shimmering magical glow of late October. But instead of the season of dark and silence before us, in the Northern Hemisphere, the season of light and growth lies ahead. And so we prepare ourselves with rites of renewal, cleansing, and commitment. We celebrate the first stirrings of Spring.” – Beth Owl’s Daughter, “The Days of Imbolc”
While Spring Equinox marks the official start of Spring, there is another festival that marks the unofficial “stirrings” of Spring called Imbolc (celebrated February 1-2). It is the quickening of the Goddess as she prepares to cast off Winter and prepare for renewal. Think of a seed deep within Gaia, the promise of new growth. This is the time when those seeds are preparing to burst and eventually bloom into the fertility of Spring. The light grows as well, pulling us steadily out of the darkness of winter. We know Spring is coming even as we remain deep in the womb of Goddess.
Dr. Susan Harper is offering a course to learn more about the Pagan traditions of Imbolc – Inspiring Imbolc.
Interestingly, Imbolc, February 1-2, coincides with several Goddess Feast Days that mark this sacred time of nurturing and inspiration. Brigid’s Day, Saraswati’s Birthday – Vasant Panchami, and Aphrodite’s Feast Day all occur in the first week of February!
Brigid has been known by many names: Brigit, Brig, Bride, Brigantia, Saint Brigid, and Mary of the Gael. But no name encapsulates her personality as well as the term Breo Saighead (or Breo Aigit), meaning “fiery arrow or power.” Although this term was thought to be the root source of Brigid’s name (as stated in the ninth-century book Cormac’ Glossary), modern scholars have proven this early etymology to be based on folk legends and rumors rather than on scholarly sources. Yet the term Breo Saighead will not go away. It remains with this powerful triple goddess of the fire, as she inspires, transforms, and heals. Brigid is the force behind grand ideas and simple comforts. She is direct, quick, enlightening, and enlivening. She is the shaft of lightning or the glowing candle that illuminates our world. Fast, furious, bold, and strong, she arrives quickly and departs just as fast, leaving behind a brighter mind or soul or heart. Brigid’s gifts lie not in what she brings to you, but rather in casting light on what you can bring to the world. ~ Michelle Skye
Brigid’s Day, the celebration of the Irish Goddess Brigid, is not only an ancient festival, but still celebrated in Ireland. It begins on Brigid’s Eve (January 31) with bonfires lit to represent the inspiration and fire of the Goddess.
Learn more about the Goddess Brigid:
What the Goddess Brigit Means for Men and Women Today by Mael Brigde
The Feast of St. Brigid by Carol P. Christ
Happy Brigid’s Day – Imbolc and the Story of the Goddess Brigid by Amantha Murphy
Brigit: Sun of Womanhood Anthology from Goddess Ink – book edited by Patricia Monaghan and Michael McDermott
The Story of the Goddess Brigid with Amantha Murphy – Goddess Alive Radio Interview Archive
The Goddesses of Ireland with Amantha Murphy – Goddess Alive Radio Interview Archive
Mystery School of the Goddess is delighted to have several instructors and Priestesses that work closely with the Goddess Brigid and offer courses that will enhance and elevate your relationship with this Goddess:
Weaving the Protection of Brighid with Jude Lally
Discovering Brigit – Goddess and Saint with Mael Brigde
Stepping into Brigit – A 30 Day Goddess Activation with Mael Brigde
Fire Magic of the Goddess with Renee Starr (includes Fire Magic Spellbox and Imbolc/Brigid bonus content)
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