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Monday, February 02, 2004

We are mid-way between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox at 45N. The land is covered with a pure white snow this morning and the sun is shining in the transparent cold. It has been a good winter season and we look to promises of spring stirring in our imagination. To the honor of Brigid on the Imbolic feast day of the return of the sun.

On the feast day, Bridget would visit and bless homes. If the sun was seen on this day winter was over but if the sun was hidden behind clouds winter was still to come. In the British Isles, spring is already on its way. Flower buds are poking through and the greenery is returning. Milk begins to flow in the udders of cows and sheep as they ready for the birth of their offspring. Older pagan names for Candlemas include Imbolc and Oimelc. Oimelc meaning "milk of ewes" and Imbolc translates as "in the belly" (pertaining to the earth).

Bigid is the goddess of creative inspiration and poetry.

More about Brigid and the celebration of Candlemas or Imbolc.


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