It’s Imbolc. It lies approximately halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. It is a Gaelic festival to mark the beginning of spring. The 1st February is also Saint Brigid’s Day or Brigid’s Day as the Gaelic goddess Brigid and the Irish saint overlap/conflict/syncretise*
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The festival symbolised protection, both homes and livestock. So today it can represent what we have, where we are and how we are supported.
Goddesses fighting for Women’s Rights
In Wicca, the goddess Brigid’s day can be seen as a women’s holiday. At this time when women’s rights are being challenged across the world, we can call upon the living saints and goddesses to stand up. And guys we mustn’t remain silent either; male and female are equally human.
Imbolc, Brigid and Holy Wells
I have mentioned fallow as my word for February, which ties in here. I leave fallow and I seek protection as I look toward the light months ahead.
Another tradition at this time is to visit holy wells. Drawing from the well is a metaphor often used by creative people. But do we offer our creative wells thanks, gifts, prayers?
This Imbolc what do you seek protection for?
You don’t need to believe in the supernatural, but you can take a moment to reflect at this time.