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IMBOLC

Next Imbolc get-together February 2019

4 February 2018 - St Brigid's Well, Faughart (Old Graveyard) - Healing on Many Levels

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Imbolg centre 2018

 

The green figure was created several years ago by Dana and Marta and is symbolic of Maeve, the land goddess, of Tara, bringing that energy to mingle with Brigid at Faughart.

Story of the Day from the Host:

 

We gathered at Brigids Well in the graveyard on the Hill of Faughart, Co. Louth, where it is said Brigid was born. There were six people present plus - we felt - many more tuning in from all over the world and beyond. As there were three males and three females present the energies were nicely balanced and we proceeded with a meditation based on Brigid. Afterwards, as it was the Christian celebration of St Blaise also, some work was done for balance and healing of the Throat Chakra.

 

The feminine energy was acknowledged and its importance recognised in the Universe after which we had an “Open Heart” session which included poems, songs, music and a special gift given by one among us who brought each individual down the steps of the well for a powerful one-on-one healing session. Altogether we were there for almost two hours during which it was quite chilly but dry. (As we went to our cars the rain began!)

 

When the sacred space was closed we adjourned to a wonderful local vegetarian restaurant where we ate, drank and continued chatting for about an hour. When we left we noticed a magnificent rainbow had formed nearby which seemed a lovely ending to our Celebration. All in all, this was a wonderful day and having spoken to those present since, there truly WAS healing on all levels.

 

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A healing meditation will commence. This will relate to “healing on many levels”:

 

Personal - Physical, Emotional, Spiritual. Past, Present, Future.

 

Global – Land, Sea, Sky. Animal, Vegetable, Mineral.

 

Universal – Healing of all energies in the universe, for the highest good of all.

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Left: Looking across the valley to Ravensdale Forest and Cooley.

 

 

Imbolc firesong written by Xenia


Cold nights have come and calmed the world,

the land lays down in peace.

Strong winds have blown, what`s left is whirled,

when frozen are beliefs,

 

Then we light the fire, face the pain

and lend each other hands.

Let the warmth full trust go through your veins

and see the fires dance!

 

Light of the flame, memories remain,

dance cause you can and bring life through your brain.

 

When snowflakes cover hope and green,

big steps are seen as sin,

and you feel, you cannot stand the death,

until the new begin,

 

Then we light the fire, face the pain

and lend each other hands.

Let the warmth full trust go through your veins

and see the fires dance!

 

Light of the flame, memories remain,

dance cause you can and bring life through your brain.

 

Coulorful the life goes on,

Brigid we give thanks,

heaviness and fear are gone,

just let us sing again.

 

Light of the flame, memories remain,

dance cause you can and bring life through your brain.

 

 

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A Sacred space will be opened, directions called in etc. And the ceremony will begin.

 

In the circle will be symbols relating to the Goddess Brigid (Fire, Blacksmiths, Healing, Poetry etc). All welcome to bring something with them for this.

 

The fire will be lit (weather permitting) in a cauldron.

 

We will welcome Spring-time and all that it signifies:  Growth, renewal, light etc.

 

A poem honouring Brigid, written especially for this occasion will be read.

 

Anyone present will be invited to read poetry – their own or otherwise - if they wish. There will then be an “open heart” section where folk are invited to share with the group – a song, story, blessing, picture etc.

 

The circle will then be closed, suitable music played and the ceremony will conclude with light refreshments.

 

 

Fiery Imbolc wishes from Marta & Dana - a beautiful inspired piece of artwork by Dana.

 

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Kathleen Verigen and her friends shared an Imbolc celebration in Oregon

 

click here to find out more about Kathleen at http://anamcaraconnections.com/

 

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Images from their retreat.

Kathleen relates:  We were a group of 8 women. I was assisting the facilitator as it was a first time experience for her to lead in this way. Not one of the women knew of Brighid, so it was actually extra special. During our 2-night stay at Leaping Lamb Farm, a baby lamb was born. Someone shared with the farm owner the story of Brighid. So she named the wee lamb Brighid and said it would become a pet. How sweet!

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4 February 2017 - St Brigid's Well, Faughart (Old Graveyard) - Brigid's Mantle

Our theme is St. Brigid's Mantle and a topic that has emerged is the celebration and symbolism of 3 Brigids (Fire of the Hearth, Forge and Inspiration)

Brigid, the 'Fire of the Hearth', was the goddess of fertility, family, childbirth and healing. Connections to white.

Brigid, the '"Fire of the Forge', was like the Greek goddess Athena, a patroness of the crafts (especially weaving, embroidery, and metalsmithing), and a goddess who was concerned with justice and law and order. Connections to red – attribute : smith's hammer

 

Brigid, the 'Fire of Inspiration', was the muse of poetry, song history and the protector of all cultural learning. Connections to green-blue – attribute : staff

Before the event you may like to tune in, each in our own way, to the Spirit of the Place and 'knock on the door',  checking in with guides and guardians there.  There is no need to share anything private of course but this is something we would do as a planning group if we were all sitting in the same room together.

As always everyone is invited to take up different roles spontaneously.   Just to put some focus in place, the basics are:  Smudge and light - Directions and elements - activities - open heart contributions - closure - food and drink.  If you feel particularly called to do one of these please speak up at the start.

 

From Pat:

9 souls joined our ancestors in the graveyard on Faughart Hill, County Louth, Ireland, for the celebration of Imbolc.  For centuries pilgrims have been visiting the Holy Well in the graveyard believed to be St Brigid's birthplace.

A wonderful celebration was held where we called in the directions as usual, symbolically stepped through Brigid's doorway with the intention of birthing our dreams for the coming year, heard about a wonderful Tibetan prophecy and learned how we can - perhaps MUST - fulfil the role of Shambhala Warriors and save this wonderful planet on which we all currently live.

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Jean taught us a wonderful fire and water dance which resulted in a very powerful experience as we danced on the Hill of Brigid's birthplace surrounded by the graves of our ancestors, with the ocean in the distance to the East and the setting sun to the West.

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We all agreed in discussion that there was a feeling of shifting energies both locally and worldwide and that we must answer the call to become Shambhala  Warriors.

Tibetan Legend of the Shambhala Warriors and their Prophesy as passed on by Joanna Macy. This recalls the Great Turning as read out at the 11.11.11 event  we held on Hill of Tara.  Go to http://taracelebrations.org/other-activities/111111-full-report/ for that information.

The Shambhala warriors know that the dangers that threaten life on Earth do not come from evil deities or extraterrestrial powers. They arise from our own choices and relationships. So, now, the Shambhala warriors must go into training.
"How do they train?"   ---   "They train in the use of two weapons."
"The weapons are compassion and insight. Both are necessary"

 During the open heart various people read poems and articles which were enjoyed and appreciated by all.

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Don't Quit

 
When Things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh.
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest, if you must, but don't you quit.
 
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As everyone of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won had he stuck it out.
Don't give up though the pace seems slow,
You may succeed with another blow.
 
Success is failure turned inside out-
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt.
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far:
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit - 
It's when things seem worst that you mustn't quit.

 

31st January 2017 and in an Irish household Brigid's crosses are made by the family, including one that has just that little bit extra - a standing up version.

Brigid's crosses

and from Marta and friends in Switzerland

Imbolc crosses 2017

 

Jera Imbolc 2017
Marta has drawn a rune for Imbolc 2017.   It is Jera:
 
harvest / results of earlier efforts are realized (represents the 12 months of the year),
 
fruitful season / achievement of a goal (peace, happiness).
 
Jera can break through stagnancy (break through to the new spring?), life cycle, cyclical pattern of the universe, natural development.
 
Jera follows in the order of the runes Isa and Isa is "ice", so Jera's spring follows Isa's winter-- the frozen stagnancy is broken by the turn of the wheel and things are moving again.
 
Marta comments, I also relate Jera to Frey and Freyja who we worked with last year on Ostara / Spring Equinox at Fourknocks.  Continuing that 'sandwich' of Fourknocks, Susan was drawn there again at Winter Solstice. 

 

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Brigit patron of Fire in the Hearth (candles), the brave and bold leader of Spring (Snowdrops), Fertility (polished egg), mysticism(Crystals), Christian and preChristian ( cross in next picture) and Healing (Bhrat Bríde).

Brigit is wearing her Bhrat on a cold and windy St. Brigits night on the coast of Galway. Some of you might think she looks a lot like Mary Magdalen......... mmmm..... Have you ever seen both in the same room at the same time?

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Well of the Saints by John Millington Synge

This is a three-act play written by Irish playwright J.M.Synge and first performed on 4th February 1905 at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin.

Set amongst a lonely mountainous district in the east of Ireland the play focusses on two blind beggars.

They are miraculously cured but so dislike what they see of the world that they prefer to return to blindness.

Quote:  There's the sound of one of them twittering yellow birds do be coming in the spring-time from beyond the sea, and there'll be a fine warmth now in the sun, and a sweetness in the air, the way it'll be a grand thing to be sitting here quiet and easy smelling the things growing up, and budding from the earth.

Unity Bands

Thanks to Ros for drawing attention to these. 

It is World Cancer Day on Saturday 4th February - unity bands (for the wrist) are being sold to bring about connection, to stand in solidarity and to bring about renewal amidst unutterable despair. This feels like Brigid.
 
 
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Eilish spent long hours planting the labyrinth with snowdrops and it has paid off at last.
 
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And the frogs are one of natures signs that the earth is awakening to Brigit's call
 
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In Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, winter snowfalls finally arrive
 
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