Imbolc is celebrated on the 1st or 2nd of February and is Goddess Brighde’s birthday. Brighde a Celtic Goddess of Ireland, is born at sunrise, a flame on her head that leaps up into the sky, the sign of the sacred child and Goddess. Imbolc, which means ewe’s milk, is a time of rebirth and renewal, to think and dream of the new projects and activities ahead, and ask Goddess Brighde to bless and breathe life into them. It is centered around the energies of excitement, innocence, inspiration, hope, fresh starts. We tend to our inner child’s flame through healings related to anything from childhood..
Goddess Brighde is the daughter of poetess, Dagda, whose titles include: Good God, Great Father and Red Fire of All Knowledge. In Irish myth Dagda is a leader of the Tuatha dē Danann beings One of their four great treasures was the Cauldron of Dagda which provided an endless supply of food. Dagda mated the wise woman, protectress and war goddess, Morrigan (Great Queen) and so it is believed that she is Brigid’s mother. At her temple Bridget’s flame was taken care of by nineteen virgin priestesses at her sacred altar in Kildare and on every 20th day Bridget herself tended the fire.
Brighde is The Great Healer and has many wells of healing waters in her name, Goddess of Fire and keeper of the living flame, of midwifery, poetry, and Smithcraft, the bringer light, spring and new life as she breathes life back into the hard-frozen soil to waken the sleeping seeds that lie within.
Snowdrops are one such flower that is a sign of Goddess Brighde presence in the land, as they have risen up through the cold fallow ground to bring signs of Spring and hope that new life is on its way and winter will soon be gone.
As a Priestess of the Goddess I honour the Maiden Brighde by creating an altar, ceremonies, and healing in her honour. I make a Bridie doll, eyes and crosses. As I sew or weave these offerings, I imbue them with all my love for her, and my hopes, dreams for the future as well all good and happy memories I have.
There are many elements to my Imbolc altar, namely Snow Quartz, a Selenite sphere, a Brighde cross and a Bridie doll. Take a look at my short video showing you a close up of the altar.
Places I visit to honour Goddess Brighde
In Glastonbury there are a number of sacred places that I often visit, which are dedicated toGoddess Brighde. I also take my Bridie doll to share special moments and get a deeper connection to her. At the Bridie Bell at the foot of the Glastonbury Tor, I try to hit the bell at least 3 times before you climb the Tor. After visiting Goddess Bridghde’s mound in Glastonbury, I take a short walk to her sacred well head and pour libations of ewe’s milk over the well head and say prayers of healing for others, my family and myself.
In Fleet Street, London, there is also a church dedicated to Goddess Brighde, which is worth having a look at. There is a sacred well, however it is not visible as the church has been covered up and built over it. I tend to sit in the church area to get a stronger connection.
Blessed Bride’s Cake
I love this recipe from Recipes for a Pagan Soul.
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup walnut meats, chopped
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup golden raisins
- 1 cup flour
- 4 eggs
- 1 tsp. baking powder
Mix all the ingredients together until they are wet. Do not over mix. Pour into a greased and floured 9″x9″x2″ square baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes, or until knife inserted in middle of cake comes out clean. Allow to cool before serving and enjoy.
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May Goddess Brighde enter your home and heart and bless you with the fire and passion of her love and fill your body with sacred waters of her ancient wisdom that flows deep from within her sacred springs and wells.
With love and Imbolc blessings from my heart to yours, Sarah Jane.