The goddess Brigid, associated with the water and fire elements, honours the principle of the divine trinity which she translates into 3 different aspects of transformation: forge (alchemy, the fire principle), poetry (the arts and divine inspiration, the air principle) and healing (health, the water principle). She is the guardian of numerous sacred springs in Celtic lands and a perpetual flame is still ablaze today in the city of Kildare in Ireland (“Kildare” means oak temple, the oak being a sacred tree in druid tradition), as well as in numerous houses and communities that honour the principles and the energy of the goddess.
With the help of the energy of water, Brigid helps us purify our body and energy after the winter months and she helps our vital energy recirculate, our creative juices flowing, regain inspiration and resume our active life. In the natural world she stimulates the mounting of the sap in the plants and trees.
As a fire goddess, she invites us to stay hopeful and keep our faith alive, she rekindles our inner flame, gives us the energy we need to move forward. With her fire and light she invites nature to leave its winter sleep. She shows us how, after a period of death and decline, life always resumes. Because she accompanies the rebirth of the natural world, she is often invoked to assist mothers to be in the birthing process of their offspring.
Other symbols of Imbolc (source collège Nemet Ana)
- The colour of this day is white, representing purity, milk, snow bells. The colour of all that is sacred.
- The Imbolc celebrations are often held in the night in the presence of the moon, the feminine principle
- At Imbolc we often light 8 candles or little hearths, symbolising the 8 serpents of the earth and the 8 celebrations of the wheel of the year.
- The trees that symbolise this moment are the holly (kellen which means: master teacher) and the birch tree (the buds offer a purifying elixir).
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(EN) Priestess and weaver of inspirations and dreams, I create sparks and connections between inner realms and outer perceptions, between spirit, soul and body. The main themes of my multi-coloured tapestry are the path of the Sacred Feminine and the quest for harmony, with a dash of wonder, magic and a whole lot of authenticity woven into it.
(FR) Prêtresse et tisseuse d’inspirations et de rêves, je crée des étincelles et connexions entre le monde intérieur et les perceptions extérieures, entre esprit, âme et corps. Les fils rouges de mon tapis multicolore sont le chemin du féminin sacré et la quête de l’harmonie avec comme principaux motifs l’émerveillement, la magie et l’authenticité.