Friday, February 2, 2007

Imbolc



Imbolc is a Celtic tradition, and the holiday of the Goddess Brigid. She is the goddess of fire and transformation.

The holiday is a festival of the hearth and home, and a celebration of the lengthening days and the early signs of spring.

It is a tradition on Imbolc, at sunset, to light candles in every window in the house to honor the goddess of light. To prepare yourself, take a ritual bath, lit by candles and scented with incense if possible. Put all the lights out, and blow out the candles. Go to the easternmost door or window, light a white candle, and say "Brigid be with us, Brigid inspire us, Brigid be with us."
Go clockwise throughout the house, lighting the candles, reciting this chant. If you live in a two story house start on the top floor. After you have lit the house, return to the place you started and chant, "Brigid is with us, Brigid is with us, Brigid is with us. You can put out most of the candles and turn off whatever lights you don't want on, but let at lest one candle burn itself out

*note, This was taken from Llewellyn's Witches Datebook 2005 and was written by Magenta Griffith..


Happy Imbolc everyone

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Blogger yellowdog granny said...

yup...I do that here in West and I would have the villagers pounding on my door with their pitchforks and making a nice bonfire to roast me
I have several witch books...I like to leave them on the coffee table along with my book of 5,000 spells..cuts down on the return trips of visitors..

February 2, 2007 at 1:06 AM  
Blogger Autumn said...

I have that book. It sits right between The Idiot's Guide to Wicca and Witchcraft and my book on how to make voodoo dolls (Ha Ha j/k)

February 2, 2007 at 7:38 AM  
Anonymous Ligeia said...

Lovely :) Thank you for sharing

February 2, 2007 at 11:31 AM  
Blogger Sioux said...

Interestingly Feb. 1 is the Christian Feast of St. Brigid (Bride). These are the lesson for it:

1 Corinthians 1:26-31
Matthew 6:25-33
Psalm 138 or
Psalm 1

February 2, 2007 at 1:41 PM  
Blogger PEA said...

I had never heard of this, how interesting!! I gotta start reading books! lol I finally downloaded bloglines and have added you so now I won't keep losing you! lol I don't know why I didn't download bloglines before, it's making my life so much easier...now if only Blogger would cooperate!! Hugs xox

February 2, 2007 at 4:41 PM  
Blogger kansasrose said...

Hi Autumn! This is really interesting about Brigid...I really like your blog and way of viewing the world and honoring ritual and tradition. Thanks for stopping by and leaving comments...Your recipes are wonderful too! Reminds me of my Mom's cooking way back in the old days...when Moms cooked. If you don't mind I'd like to add your name and blog to my "coffee clatch" list of favorite blog places. Thanks! Have a great weekend.

February 2, 2007 at 9:31 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

Autumn... thanks for leaving a comment on my grandmother's diary blog (www.ruthcampbellsmith.blogspot.com). I am pleased you come back each day to find out what is happening with the Smith family!

February 3, 2007 at 10:41 AM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

Thank you for the words of Brigid, I am creating a new Goddess this weekend!! and will post her when she is complete!

February 3, 2007 at 3:11 PM  
Anonymous Rhea said...

I've never heard of this, but it sounds beautiful!

February 3, 2007 at 7:57 PM  
Blogger TurtleHeart said...

Hope you had a beautiful and cleansing Imbolc! Many blessings!

February 6, 2007 at 8:54 PM  

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