Saint Brigid’s Day, Imbolc and the 1st of Spring!

8 Jan

Brigid's Cross made at Bealtaine CottageMaking a St. Brigid’s cross is a special traditional ritual here in Ireland.

The ancient festival of Imbolc reminds us that deep in the earth lie the dormant seeds of new life and creativity

Brigid, the goddess of fire, whose manifestations were song, craftsmanship, and poetry, which the Irish considered the flame of knowledge.

 Bealtaine Cottage stone circleThis ritual marks the end of winter and the beginning of early spring, 1st February.

Bealtaine Cottage SpringBrigid’s crosses are made of rushes that are pulled from the ground and made on the day.

The rushes must be pulled,rather than cut.

Bealtaine Cottage permaculture It is the custom to hang the cross by the door, as this is regarded to protect the house from fire and all negative energy.

Imbolc marks the centre of the dark half of the year.

Following the darkness of midwinter it is the time to prepare for growth & renewal

Bealtaine Cottage Permaculture According to tradition a new cross is made each St Brigid’s Day.

Bealtaine Cottage spring wellThe old one is then burned to keep fire and all bad energies away from the house. Bealtaine Cottage Permaculture winter sun

Imbolc fell midway between the winter solstice & spring equinox of the Celtic calendar, but now falls on 1 Feb in the Gregorian calendar.

I have been making Brigid’s Crosses today  for sale in the Bealtaine Cottage Etsy Shop.

http://www.etsy.com/shop/BealtaineCottage

3 Responses to “Saint Brigid’s Day, Imbolc and the 1st of Spring!”

  1. laurabruno February 2, 2013 at 11:15 pm #

    Happy Imbolc! I just featured on of your Brigid’s crosses on my blog with links to your various posts on Brigid, as well as a link in the comments to your etsy shop. I hope some people find their way to your shop! Blessings, Laura
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    Brigid Blessings to you, Laura, on this wonderful Imbolc.
    Colx

  2. Sky Bridges January 8, 2013 at 10:56 pm #

    I love Imbolc! Thank you for this post. The photo of the Brigid’s cross is wonderful. I’m so glad you have an Etsy shop now. I wish you much success!
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    Thank you for your good wishes. Imbolc is a special, joyous time and we need more joy in the world.
    Bealtaine Cottage blessings to you and yours
    Colx

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