Saturday, 1 February 2014


The second of the great Celtic lunar festivals was called Imbolc, sometimes called Oimelc, which took place around 1st February. Its name means ‘around the belly’ and the festival was a celebration of the great Goddess and of new birth. At this time, the Cailleach, or old crone, was renewing and transforming herself into the spring maiden.

Invocation to Brigid

crowned with candles
cleanser and healer
pure as snow
milk- white
golden- haired
guardian of the sacred well
mystically kindling fire in the belly
gentle inspirer of poets

Image:  The Shortening Winter's Day is Near a Close (1903) Joseph Farquharson (1846-1935)
Text: Adapted from The Celtic Book of Seasonal Meditations

By South Utsire

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