Blessed Imbolc!

My Imbolc altar this year.  Included are the felted sheep I made, the pouch I keep my brat in, that motherhood statue from my mum, my drop spindle, the lavender Brighid cross, a collage ATC featuring Brighid from a fellow ADF artisan, and two new beeswax candles and candlesticks from my mum.  And of course, the new table cloth I finished the other day!  Photo by Grey Catsidhe, 2013.

I want to wish each of my readers a very wonderful Imbolc.  It’s certainly a special day for me this year.  I work with Brighid regularly, and she is an important part of my life.  What’s more, given her association with motherhood and midwifery, I am feeling particularly sensitive to her energy and invitation to look for new growth.  Not only is the sun increasing in strength each day; not only are some of the trees forming buds; not only are bulbs showing up in the gardening section of stores – my belly grows round with life!  Further more, not only is my family feeling some of Brighid’s magic, but The North Country Druidic Study Group has also been blessed – only we’re no longer going by that name!  As of today, we’re officially a protogrove in ADF!  We are now Northern Rivers Protogrove!  Everyone involved is so excited!  And what spectacular timing!  As long as the lake effect snow that threatens doesn’t force us to change our plans, we’ll be gathering to honor and celebrate Brighid’s feast.  You can bet it’s going to be quite a feast with the news!

Our traditional Imbolc meal.  Photo by Grey Catsidhe, 2013.

At home tonight, hubby and I celebrated with a hearty dinner – my traditional Imbolc meal of colcannon, peas, and veggie crepes!  This, combined with a full week of work, seemed to knock Weretoad right out.  He’s been napping ever since!  I’ve spent my evening quietly admiring Brighid’s candle, preparing offerings for the ritual tomorrow, and excitedly updating the Northern Rivers website to reflect our new name and status.

However you celebrate, I hope Brighid’s feast day is a blessed one for you!  May you find warmth, inspiration, creativity, and healing.

Brighid’s flame.  Photo by Grey Catsidhe, 2013.
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