Wishing you a Joyous Imbolc
Fire of dawn-light in Her hair,
Fire flows like milk from Her hands.
Fire of bright promise in Her springing step,
Fire of the flame in Her eyes.
A blessing on Your hearthfire,
On Your gift of words,
On the brightness of Your sacred body,
A blessing on Your flame.
— Cait Johnson
This is the great moment in the Wheel of the Year when the stirrings of Spring begin. Though snow may still blanket the ground in many places, and storms are sure to continue, the light is growing stronger every day, and new signs of the return of life appear. The word “Imbolc” (usually pronounced “EE-molg) is from the Gaelic word for ewe’s milk, for this is the time when the first lambs are born. Also celebrated as Candlemas, Oimelc and Brighid, this Fire Festival and greater Sabbat is a time of dedication, purification, and the making or renewing of spiritual vows. At this time, Pagans and Witches with Celtic roots honor Brigid, Triple Goddess of healing, poetry, and the forge of transformation.
Born at the exact moment of daybreak, Brigid rose into the sky with the sun, rays of fire beaming from Her head. She is the daughter of Dagda, the great Good Father God. In Druid mythology, the infant Goddess was fed with milk from a sacred cow from the Otherworld. Brigid owns an apple orchard in the Otherworld and Her bees bring their magical nectar back to earth. It is said that wherever She walks, small flowers and shamrocks appear. As a sun Goddess Her gifts are the light of knowledge, inspiration, and the vital and healing energy of the sun.
In a wondrous synchronicity, it is also the Full Leo Moon. This Full Moon provides an intense energetic field with which to release your intentions for achievement out to the world. Astrologer Lisa Dale Miller advises, “Something quite dramatic and amazingly beautiful is bound to happen under a Leo Full Moon. This is the night to let go of worrying about the world for a few hours (I know it’s hard right now) and give in to romanticism in all its forms…
“The Leo Full Moon assures us all that we have great personal power and we must learn to use it judiciously… This is the most dramatic, elegant and fun Full Moon of the year. So get out and enjoy the fireworks!”