February 1st: Imbolc and Saint Brigid, the Coming of Spring!

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A new month is upon us!

Today marks Imbolc — sometimes known as Brigid's Day or Saint Brigid's Day — an important day and festival in the traditional Gaelic spiritual calendar.

The first flowers of spring

This day — February 1st — marks the approximate halfway point between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. Imbolc is traditionally a festival marking the beginning of spring.

The earliest mentions of Imbolc in Irish literature date back to the 10th century.

Poetry from that time relates the holiday to ewe’s milk, with the implication of purification. Celebrations took the form of a festival in honor of the pagan goddess Brigid who was evoked in fertility rites and oversaw poetry, crafts and prophecy.

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Today we still consider her one of the most powerful Celtic gods; she is the daughter of the Dagda, the oldest God in the Celtic pantheon.

Although many of the traditions associated with Imbolc gradually have gone away over the last century, there seems to be renewed interest in reviving the celebration during the past couple of decades.

At the White Light Express, we shall be lighting candles to begin a long weekend of ritual and prayer... and my granddaughter’s birthday is tomorrow, February 2nd!

Bright Blessings to all!
Rev. Sarah

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