Hello Avalonians, and Merry Meet!
Well Imbolc is here again, isn't it comforting that no matter what you do, the Wheel of the Year always is turning, bringing new seasons, however they do seem to come round quickly these days!
Here at Hedgewitch House we are preparing Bridie Crosses to give to my loved ones and friends. When they are completed I place them in my Chalice in the centre of the altar, and I ask for the Goddess to bless them. It is very soothing making them, placing my love into each one.
However it is harder this year to make them because our new fur baby, Mr. Henry, does like to play with the wool, well what self respecting cat doesn't?
We welcomed five year old Mr Henry Bluebell Smudge into our home last Autumn, it had been 10 months since Samcat had passed to the Summer Lands, our house was feeling empty; the local Cats Protection branch were very helpful, we met him and was smitten! He was traumatised and so vulnerable when we brought him home, it took him four hours to come out from under the foot stool that he was hiding under. Now he rules the house, and I am not ashamed to say, is completely spoiled. I can't imagine life without him, and yet when dear Samcat died, I couldn't imagine having a new fur baby.
At this time of Imbolc we must be prepared to embrace the new; Bridget challenges us to do so, for She brings to us the awakening, striking the land with Her Rod, the black rod that She has taken from the Goddess of Winter that turns white upon Her touch.
It is not only the time of the awakening of the land, but we too can be re-awakened, for as the earth lays dormant through the Winter months, we also are suspended between dark and light until we are touched by Brigit’s rod, that quickens us into life. Her light illuminates the dark days of Winter, reminding us that Spring will not be long coming, and as Her light returns we become outward looking, Her youthfulness asks us to look anew at life. For Brigit is said to breathe life into the mouth of the dead of Winter.
She is the Maiden Goddess, vibrant and energetic, as the new season is also vibrant and energetic. She carries the Sacred Flame, born at the exact moment of daybreak, Brigit rose into the sky with the sun, rays of fire beaming from Her head. She was the daughter of Dagda, the great 'father-god' of Ireland. She was also said to be the daughter of Danu, or Anu or Ana. She is one of the favourite Goddesses of these islands, the Christians made Her a saint, and many wells and springs are named for Her.
Will you listen to Her call? Will you answer Her call?
I can promise you that you won't be disappointed.
May the Goddess bless and keep you this time of Imbolc, may you receive Her healing and love, and awaken to the coming of light into your life.