This holiday is also known as Candlemas, or Brigid’s (pronounced BREED) Day. One of the 4 Celtic “Fire Festivals. Commemorates the changing of the Goddess from the Crone to the Maiden. Celebrates the first signs of Spring. Also called “Imbolc” (the old Celtic name).
This is the seasonal change where the first signs of spring and the return of the sun are noted. It is the half way point between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox. In other words, it is the festival commemorating the successful passing of winter and the beginning of the agricultural year. This Festival also marks the transition point of the threefold Goddess energies from those of Crone to Maiden.
It is the day that we celebrate the passing of Winter and make way for Spring. It is the day we honour the rebirth of the Sun. It is also a day of celebrating the Celtic Goddess Brigid. Brigid is the Goddess of Poetry, Healing, Smithcraft, and Midwifery. If you can make it with your hands, Brigid rules it. She is also the goddess of animals and children. She is a triple Goddess, so we honour her in all her aspects. I personally consider Brigid the goddess of Permaculture and as permaculturists, this is a day of celebration.
Imbolc (February 2) marks the recovery of the Goddess after giving birth to the God. The lengthening periods of light awaken Her. The God is a young, lusty boy, but His power is felt in the longer days. The warmth fertilizes the Earth (the Goddess), and causes seeds to germinate and sprout. And so the earliest beginnings of Spring occur. This is an excerpt from White Goddess. For more knowledge on earth spiritually, check out this site.
As we enjoy the last days of sitting by the fire and reading seed catalogs, researching and recharging, I want to share some of the blogs I have been reading lately. Not all are Permaculture blogs, but connecting, heart opening and authentic writings.