Imboc - the high wiccan holiday
Because we must both build a new world and fight the evil of these times I want to share what I believe and hope that there will be something in it to add to the post-revolution world. Because today and tommorrow is the wiccan/druid/shamanic high holiday of Imbolc I want to share my way.
Because I am a wiccan pagan and because I believe the Earth is sacred and to respected I share this high holy day with the Portland Indymedia community.
There was a time when every human community on Earth practiced a form of Shamanism. We honored the Earth as our mother. We honored those who knew about the healing plants, the nutritive foods, the planting and harvesting and the celebration. Even while planting and harvesting we treated the earth with respect and did not over work the earth or over harvest. We put something back for each resource that we took from the earth. We honored the Earth through ritual and celebration. These were not times of drunkedness and violence. They were ritualized events to remind us and teach us to honor the earth and all the species including the human species.
With that intro I wish to share with thehigh wiccan holidayl of Imbolc. Also known as the festival of Bridget from the Celtic lands or candlemas.
Imbolc, (pronounced "IM-bulk" or "EM-bowlk"), also called Oimealg, ("IM-mol'g), by the Druids
IMBOLC: The earliest whisperings of Springtide are heard now as the Goddess nurtures Her Young Son. As a time of the year associated with beginning growth, Imbolc is an initiatory period for many. Here we plant the "seeds" of our hopes and dreams for the coming summer months.
The concept of Spring Cleaning came from this Sabbat. Traditionally the greens of Yule that are left in place for our protection during the deepest Winter months are now removed and burned in a sacred fire. The home is physically cleaned from top to bottom. But what about our Soul Stuff?
I use this period between Yule and Imbolg to do the Soul searching and meditation called for in this season during The Winter Rites held on Yule. I put my financial life in order, my physical home in order and my relationships in order. I take inventory of my relationships with others. Are there people Išve hurt during this last cycle from Imbolc or - Imbolg or Oimelc? If so, I return to these people and apologize and seek forgiveness. They either give their forgiveness or not depending on their nature. I either leave with or without that which I sought. No matter if I received forgiveness or not I take that next most important step and forgive myself... refusing to carry the baggage of this relationship into the Spring Rites, which are but a few weeks away. Free now of these burdens, we gather in my home with brooms in hand and begin to turn whiddershins from room to room carrying with us incense, fire, water & salt, purifying each room we through of all negative energy. Chanting:
Thus we banish Winter... Thus we welcome Spring!
The Greens of Yule are then brought outdoors and burned as we continue to chant. I have found this a refreshing way to enter the up-coming Spring Rites and this imbolg activity & Ritual has kept my life from getting bog down by not carrying with me from year to year all that baggage we get from just day to day human relations.
Bridid - The Goddess of Ireland - Februray 1 is the day of Bridid
the power of a once-great ancestral deity, Brigid, whose name means "The Exalted One," queen and mother goddess of many European tribes. She is also known as Brigid, Bridget, Brighid, Brighde, Brig or Bride and some scholars consider her name originated with the Vedic Sanskrit word brihati, an epithet of the divine.
The 10thcentury Cormac's Glossary describes her as the daughter of the Daghda, the "Great God" of the Tuatha de Danaan. He calls her a "woman of wisdom... a goddess whom poets adored, because her protection was very great and very famous." Since the discipline of poetry, filidhect, was interwoven with seership, Brigid was seen as the great inspiration behind divination and prophecy, the source of oracles.
She is said to have had two sisters: Brigid the Physician and Brigid the Smith, but it is generally thought that all three were aspects of the one goddess of poetry, healing, and smithcraft. Elsewhere she is described as the patron of other vital crafts of early Celtic society: dying, weaving and brewing. A goddess of regeneration and abundance, she was greatly beloved as a provider of plenty who brought forth the bounties of the natural world for the good of the people. She is closely connected with livestock and domesticated animals. She had two oxen called Fea and Feimhean who gave their names to a plain in Co. Carlow and one in Tipperary. She was also the guardian of Torc Triath, king of the wild boar, who gave his name to Treithirne, a plain in West Tipperary. These three totem animals used to raise a warning cry if Ireland was in danger.
Some Irish rivers bear her name, as do places as far apart as Breconshire in Wales, Brechin in Scotland and Bregenz in Austria, which was once the capital of the Brigantii tribe. This tribe was under the tutelage of the goddess Brigantia, who is thought to be another aspect of Brigid. The most powerful political unit of Celtic-speaking Britain, the Brigantii mostly held sway in Northern England, where place-names and rock-carvings still echo the presence of their mother-goddess.
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