Wednesday, January 30, 2013

As Imbolc Approaches

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With Imbolc just two days off, I thought that I would share some resources that folks might be inspired by.
To start off with, some good information about Imbolc can be found on the Tairis website, as well as an article written by Mary Jones, Rethinking Imbolc, which is definitely worth a read. Also on the Tairis website is a write up about some traditions and ways to celebrate, and Tuacondate{a Celtic Reconstructionist group} has been kind enough to share the outlines from their 2010 and 2011 Imbolc rituals.
Before the festivities begin, getting some serious cleaning done is always a good way to start off. Since  Imbolc is associated with purification,  saining and lustration rituals are also suitable; collecting water specifically for these purposes may be desirable too.  
To celebrate Brigid's day, there are many fun crafts to do. You can make a Brigid's cross, a Brigid doll, and a bed for her to sleep in. I think that this is a great time for candle making too.
On the eve of Imbolc, traditionally people would leave out items for Brigid to bless, such as a brat Bríde, salt or water. Those are all left out here, along with a few other trinkets.
For those of us getting a start on gardening, some folks like to plant seeds on Imbolc, and this would be a great time to consecrate seed should you wish to do so. It is a little early for me to get most plants started quite yet, although I will be planting and consecrating heather seeds that my lovely friend from across The Pond sent me.
While not directly about Imbolc, I still think that the recently published Breath of Life: The Triple Flame of Brigid is a timely read. The essay was written by Kathryn Price NicDhàna and Treasa Ní Chonchobhair  of Gaol Naofa
Well, that is it for now. Have a great Imbolc, folks!



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