The Cauldron of Sun

The Mantle of Brighid about us, The Memory of Brighid within us, The Protection of Brighid keeping us From harm, from ignorance, from heartlessness. This day and night, From dawn till dark, Ó óich go híoch .... from Caitlin Mathews

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A good habit that is practiced today is to place a lighted candle in each window on the eve of Imbolc, until the sun rises. Another custom is to weave a Bridget cross with straw. The cross is saved until the next Imbolc as a symbol of fertility of mind and spirit. Finally a custom that is derived from Oilmec, (which literally translates as sheep's milk), is the consumption of "lamb's wool". "Lamb wool" is a hot drink made with wild apples and spices.

It is the resurgence of nature. On this feast the divinity of purity, youth, grace and innocence are honored. In Ireland, she is the patron goddess of Imbolc, the bards, the harvests, the healthy children and the woman. It is time for the mysteries of life, to return to the Mother Goddess and let us feed her strength and power. This is why this is the day the initiations are made. The power and protection of the Goddess are evoked.

The ice begins to thaw, and the flora and fauna come back to life, after having been asleep during the winter. Sabbat purification, a celebration of light and fertility, is known as the Feast of Lights or Candelaria.

It is a propitious time for initiations, self dedications, it is also considered to be the appropriate time to start new projects, committing ourselves.

Formerly in Europe it was celebrated with enormous flames, torches and fire in every way, for us, fire represents our own enlightenment and inspiration, as well as light and heat. / p>

The name of Imbolc comes from an ancient word of the Celtic dialects "oimelc" which refers to the births of the sheep and the subsequent lactation of the lambs that occurs at this time, because the warmth is already approaching and the pups will survive. In much of the British Isles the month of February is still horribly unpleasant (so much so that it is called "Faoilleach" or "month of wolves" in Scotland, and even "marbh mhiòs" or "month of the dead "in Ireland). It is precisely for this reason that events such as the birth of baby animals, the arrival of soft rain or larksongs are signs of prosperity worth celebrating. As has happened with almost all feasts of paganism, too. this one survived Christianized. Therefore, you may sometimes find the Christian name "Candelaria" (the day the candles that were to be used in the church in the following year are blessed), next to the pagan. Traditionally, Christians removed the Christmas decorations and the "belen" of their houses on the day of the Candelaria, celebrating it taking chocolate and cake. The Christian feast is also presided over by a clearly feminine figure: the arrival of the Virgin Mary to the Temple of Jerusalem is celebrated for the purification ceremony that women performed after childbirth, which consisted, among other things, in lighting candles. In many villages throughout the Mediterranean, the custom of bringing the church to bless all the candles, candles and candles that will be used throughout the year to protect them and increase their duration (previously this was very important for the family economy) .

Many covens throughout the world choose this day for their initiations, as well as many solitary Wiccans for their dedications to the gods. Other appropriate rituals are all that have to do with the inspiration and purification brought by the fire of Brigid and the growing strength of the Child Sun. For that very clarity that brings this day, it is not at all bad time to take a look at the tarot, the runes or to enter into trance if we want to ask for information about our future path or about your past lives.

Magical works: light, inspiration, meditation, initiation, purification and healing.

Incense: jasmine, sandalwood, frankincense, roses.

Season: winter.

In Nature: the Sun

Time of day: sunset

Colors: white, brown, pink, red, pale yellow, silver, green, blue.

Food: milk, butter, dairy products, sour cream dishes, spicy foods

Drinks: wine, milk, fruit juice, juices.

Herbs: bell, hunter's rowan, first flowers of the year, sage, heather, rose, albaca, orange and camomile flowers, vanilla, cinnamon, myrrh, dragon blood, violet, calendula, lemon, dandelion, daisies, plum blossoms, daffodils, saffron seeds.

Stones: chalcedony, white quartz, citrine, yellow tourmaline, ruby, garnet, zirconia, coral, red agate, topaz and opal

Animals: cows, sheep, owls and snakes.

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Goddess: Brighid, the Goddess in her aspect of virgin and fertilizer

Incense for Imbolc:

-1 part of resin (can be of trees, incense or myrrh)

-1 part of lichens (those that stick in trees)

-2 pinches of bay leaves

Decorating the altar: candles, candles, many candles ... in addition to Brighid dairy products and crosses

Clean up at home (a purification like any other ... even in oneself. p> Make Brigid crosses or dolls (dolls made from the leaves that cover the ears of corn and dressed in white that are placed in wicker baskets, sitting comfortably, as in a crib) and hang them in the kitchen to bless the food and never lack food at home.

Taking a purifying bath (many sacred wells were dedicated to Brigid).

It was assumed that during the night, Brigid visited the houses followed by his so it is a good idea to decorate the door with a ribbon for the Goddess to bless her and to leave some of the food of the feast as an offering.

Place three wheat seeds on the front door of the house as a symbol of the Goddess and leave them to Ostara when they will have to be burned.

Meditate on what you want c pray during the spring and dedicate your prayers to Brigid.

Make a circle of candles to celebrate the light.

Practice some kind of mancia: pyromancy (fire divination)

Collect stones for your altar and remove those you used in the previous Imbolc, returning them to the field.

Walk around your house with a candle in your hand as you say or sing "the Light of Brigid is already here, I celebrate its Sacred Light."

Turn on a candle all night or leave a light on, as a symbol of the rebirth of the light.

Burning Yule-related objects to "frighten" winter.

Brigida Cross

It is usually made of four arms although some people make it three.

You need branches of plants or spikes, which represent the current season.

  • Adam Floyd