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Happy Imbolc and other Holidays of Lights to everyone!

(Irish tip for the season:
Don’t pronounce that b in Imbolc!)

Romans and other Mediterranean peoples
used candle rituals in February for purification
from winter’s needs.

In Christianity, and other religions
that celebrate a Holy Solstice birth,
forty days after giving birth is often the time
for the Mother’s ritual purifications from Her
birthing stress. As below, so above, I guess.

Other traditions would phrase this time of the year
differently, but always stressing the expansion
of vegetation about to bloom overnight,
Spring’s new growth is already being felt everywhere,
soon it will be visible to our eyes too.

The candles we light are in honor of that which we call,
awaken and re-awaken, by many images and names:
divine inspiration, the poetic Awen,
the energies of the East, and Air,
the awe of the unnumbered Arcanum,
or the influence of the Iranian archangel Raphael.

After lighting a candle we close our eyes, and…

In our minds, we braid the light of the candle
into a three dimensional, rotating,
grass braid shaped like a small Brigid’s Cross,
an image of the living Sun-Wheel,
turning to form, as the year forms…

…in the shape of a Celtic Goddess of Magic and Wisdom:

Brig, Brigit, Brigid, Bridget, Bridgit, Brid, Bride, Ffraid,
Bricta, Brigindu, Brigantis, Brigantia, Brigandia, Bragança, Braga,

and many other variants of Celtic Brighid (exalted one, vigor, force, flame),
the daughter of the Dagda, and one of the Tuatha De Danann,
the people of the Goddess Danu.

She is also called Roman Minerva forming the
Capitoline Triad with Jupiter and Juno,
and also appears as Athena, or St. Brigid,
and under the name of many other entities
that are entwined in her light,
since every hill had, and has,
an inspirational Goddess,
may every hill be seen as divine again.

Happy Brigid’s Day to Everyone!

Lugh, 2013