Brigid’s Day

Feb 1st, 2018 | By | Category: Articles, Music

Brigid, who is also known as Persephone

Rises like an epiphany

From the womb of Winter’s death.

Imbolc, celebrated at the start of February; roughly half way between winter solstice and spring equinox (in the Northern hemisphere anyway- in the southern hemisphere this would be around the start of August, around the time we are celebrating Lughnasadh). This is the time of year when you really start to notice that yes, the days are getting longer and lighter, and the air is beginning to warm.

Imbolc is a celebration of the coming spring, making it through the harshest part of winter, and a time to honour Brigid, a goddess who, like the Morrigan, is often revered in triple form, and has many aspects. She is a patron to bards, and indeed I have found my own music more forthcoming after working with her at Imbolc, and have even written a song solely dedicated to her and the coming spring.

She is a goddess of fertility and birth; hardly surprising as she is associated so closely with the return of spring, and the lambing season’s start. She is the goddess of smithing and other crafts, and strongly linked with fire; it is no wonder at this cold, forbidding time of the year, when there is barely a warm breath to whisper of the spring to come, that such a person, such a goddess would be drawn close to people’s hearts.

This is an excerpt from A Modern Celt: Seeking the Ancestors, available here.

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