And she awakens at the dawn of Imbolc and wanders the country side warming the earth as she goes, for the maiden has been reborn and with her the internal fire of life. She is Brigid, the Celtic goddess who was so beloved among the people that the Catholic Church made her a saint in order to lead the people into Christianity. But long before that she was there. Her cross was the symbol of the directions and the sun wheel.
We place water out to greet her.
The agricultural calendar is also called the Wheel of the Year and roughly every six weeks there is a holiday, a celebration, an event that corresponds with the natural intricacies of life and nature. Imbolc is the whisperings of spring. The first lambs are born. The days warm slight. Farmers prepare for spring planting.
Brigid is the goddess of children and fertility. The protector of midwives. The promise of new life.
She is the goddess of creativity. This time of year is when our hearts awaken and we desire to create something new, or something beautiful, or perhaps just an old fashioned valentine. She is the maiden in the sacred trinity or maiden-mother-crone. She is youth and vitality.
She is the goddess of healing waters known as the Lady of the Sacred Flame. Next time you visit a hot springs think of Brigid and thank her for the healing virtues and warmth of the water.
She is the goddess of our precious animals and of crops. Farmers thank her for her blessing. A bowl of honey or a bit of milk to offer her was left out the eve of Imbolc. She is the patroness of wealth upon the land and the life she brings to crops and animals and the fire she brings to our souls after a dreary January brings gratitude and hope.
The waters we leave out for her to bless are used in sacred medicines and for healing. Look for baby animals in your travels being born. Smile at a child. Get out a seed catalogue. Make a beautiful wreath for your door. Warm yourself in a bath. Wash away the winter doldrums for spring is on its path.
Today light a red candle and ask for compassion for all things, including yourself. Feel the life flame within yourself come alive.