Posted by: theodorecosmosophia | February 2, 2012

Imbolc: The First Signs of Spring

Today is the Celtic festival of Imbolc, the midway point between the Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox. While this is a cold and dreary season in the north, it is also a time when the first signs of life begin to to appear.

Tibet, 2000

“The First of February belongs to Brigid, (Brighid, Brigit, Bride,) the Celtic goddess who in later times became revered as a Christian saint. Originally, her festival on February 1 was known as Imbolc or Oimelc, two names which refer to the lactation of the ewes, the flow of milk that heralds the return of the life-giving forces of spring. Later, the Catholic Church replaced this festival with Candlemas Day on February 2, which is dedicated to the Virgin Mary and features candlelight processions. The powerful figure of Brigid the Light-Bringer overlights both pagan and Christian celebrations.” For more, click here.

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