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A Brighid Corn doll

EPGBRI

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You may want to make a Brighid corn doll. You can make a corn doll out of corn, wheat or corn husks. Dress up the corn doll in spring colours.

To make this simple doll, use fresh corn husks. Husks need to be dried and softened. You will need yarn or ribbon, and some cotton balls.

Take a strip of the husk, and fold it in half. Place 2 or 3 cotton balls in the middle, and twist the husk, and tie with string to form a head. Leave some husk in the front, and below the head, to create a torso. Make a pair of arms for the doll by folding a couple of husks in half, and tie at the ends to form hands. Slip the arms between the husks that form the torso, and secure at the waist.

Arrange some more husks, upside down, around the doll’s waist. Overlap them slightly, and secure with yarn or twine. She should look like she has her skirt up over her face. Tie the waist and fold the husks down, so now her skirt comes downward. Trim the hem of the skirt to even it out. Allow the doll to completely dry.

Once the doll has dried, you can leave her plain or decorate her. Draw on a face with a marker and glue on some yarn for her hair. You can add clothing, an apron, a Brighid’s cross drawn on with a marker-whatever you choose.

Place your Brighid doll in a spot of honor for Imbolc. Place her on the hearth or in the kitchen. Ask for Brighid’s blessings in health, fertility and abundance.

Blessed Be,
Lady Spiderwitch )O(

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Decorating your Imbolc Altar

Imbolc Blessings

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Today we will look at assembling your altar for Imbolc. During Imbolc, many Wiccans and Pagans choose to honor the Celtic goddess Brighid. 

The traditional colours of Imbolc are red and white, because they are associated with Brighid. White is the pure colour of snow and red represents the fire of life and the blood of life. She also corresponds with the colour green, for the green mantle she wears and the stirrings of spring beneath the soil. Place red,white and green candles in candleholders on your altar. 

Your altar decor can reflect the theme of Imbolc. You could place a statue of Brighid on your altar. Add flowers such as crocuses and hyacinths to your altar. Or make a Brighid’s crown as a centrepiece with crystals and candles. 

Brighid is a Celtic Goddess so incorporate a Celtic theme on your altar too. Add a Brighid’s cross made from raffia or yarn. You could use cauldrons, chalices, anvils and cows or sheep. Place a book of poetry, flowers, and faeries on your altar. 

Share your Imbolc altar with the blog. Feel free to include photos!!

Here is how I decorated my altar. I posted this on paganwiccanabout.com. 

What’s On My Altar 

A cauldron, a solar sun symbol, a green, red + white candle, a hammer, two Brighid’s crosses, a feather, a chalice, a Brighid’s candle. These items all represent an aspect of the Goddess Brighid. Fire is her element and she is a solar deity so the solar symbol corresponds with that. The hammer is a symbol of Brighid and the Brighid’s crosses also represent her. My altar cloths are white with a red sash lying across the altar table. These colors represent the Imbolc season.

How I Celebrated Imbolc 

I attended an Imbolc Ritual to rededicate myself to the Goddess Brighid. Women of different ages and backgrounds that shared a common interest met at a friend’s house for the ceremony. We stood in a circle around the table for the ceremony.

We began the ceremony by calling the quarters or directions of air, fire, water, earth and spirit (north for earth, east for air, west for water and south for fire). This is to seek protection from unwanted energies from entering the sacred circle once cast. We lit candles on the table according to the quarter called and acknowledged that we were gathered this night to honor Brighid. We all focused on what was negative in our lives and swept the negative energies under the table with a broom. This is a symbolic action to ensure the energies are banished. Members took a turn to sweep with the broom, asking that the Goddess bless them for the coming year.

A cup of milk was offered to Brighid first, then poured into a bowl on the altar and passed round the circle to each member. The priestess said, “May Brighid lend her blessings to you this season.” Oatcakes were passed round in the same manner.

In the Dedication Ritual, each member was encouraged to ground herself and find inner peace. When we were ready, we individually expressed our dedication to the Goddess Brighid and the God of Mabon. I said: “I dedicate myself to the God and Goddess. Thank you for the blessings you have bestowed up on me this last year.” Then we closed the circle and the ritual ended. We called the quarters in the opposite direction that they were called at the beginning. If we began in the east (air) and ended in north, then we would begin with north (earth) and end with east.

Afterwards, we all joined in a feast to ground ourselves from the ceremony. We chatted and relaxed. Rituals always uplift my spirits and are a chance to release negative tensions. I feel more strongly connected and closer to the Divine Feminine after a ritual. I revere Wicca because it honors the Divine Feminine. I derive inspiration and love from the rituals, strengthening my faith and bond with the Goddess.

The other members receive something from the ritual, each in their own way, whether that is love, courage, inner strength or protection. We had all gathered to honor the Goddess, the Divine Feminine, worshipped by our ancestors dating back to Neolithic times. The Goddess is a symbol of the unity of all life in nature.

 

Tips and Tricks

  • Clean your home to release the stale energies and welcome in the early spring energies.
  • Prepare your altar for Imbolc
  • Prepare a special dish in honor of your deities.
  • Burn some wax on your candle and carve a shape of a Brighid’s cross on the candle, then add the corresponding herbs.

 

Blessed Be,
Lady Spiderwitch )O(

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Deity of Imbolc-Brighid

brigid

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Brigid is the patron goddess of the Celts. Her name derives from the Celtic brig or “exalted one”, and she is the daughter of the Daghda. She was connected to the Tuatha de Danann. Her two sisters were also named Brighid. Brighid is a popular Celtic triple goddess. 

Brighid is the goddess of poets, healers and magicians. She was honoured and still is in Kildare. Kildare has many sacred sites in the Celtic regions, and they are connected to Brighid. People still pay a tribute or pray for healing from the Goddess Brighid at the sacred sites in Kildare. 

If you wish to honor Brighid at Imbolc, here are some ways. She is most commonly honoured at Imbolc of February 2nd. Use lots of white flowers and white candles. Also, red is a colour of Imbolc. The red and white colours represent fire and ice. Make a Brighid corn doll and a bed for her. Sweep your house clean and leave her an offering of milk or what you find suitable. 

To learn more about Brighid, I recommend the book ‘Brigid: Goddess, Druidess, and Saint’ by Brian Wright. I can’t recommend this excellent slightly scholarly but amazing reference book enough. I had a hard time tracking this book down. “As a result of original historical and archaeological research Brian Wright provides a fascinating insight into this unique and mysterious figure.” That expresses the scope of this book perfectly. 

Blessings,

Lady Spiderwitch )O(

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Crafts for Imbolc

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BRIGID DOLL

Around the time of Imbolc, I become extremely creative. I get like that at Samhain, too. Here are steps to make an Imbolc corn doll. You can find corn husks at the local grocery store. You will also need ribbon, yarn and some cotton balls.

Take on strip of a husk, and fold it in half. Place two or three cotton balls in the middle, and twist the husk, securing it with string to make a head. Leave a bit in the husk and back, and under the head, to create the torso.

Make the arms for your doll by folding two husks in half and tying at the ends with string to make the hands. Slip the arms between the husks (torso), and tie off at the waist. Consider using ribbon or yarn in colors that correspond with Brigid. Slip cotton balls in to give the doll shape.

Arrange more husks, upside down, around the doll’s waist. Overlap them slightly and tie in place with yarn. Tie the waist and then fold the husks down, so now her skirt falls downward, to where her feet would be. Trim the hem of the skirt to even out the hem. Let the doll dry.

Once the doll has dried, you can decorate her. Use yarn for hair and a marker for her face. You can use beads, sigils, make her an apron, or whatever strikes your fancy.

Place your Brigid doll on your altar. When you invite her into your home, you invite her energy and blessings.

BRIGID’S BED

Here is how to make a Brigid’s bed. It is simple to make. You can find the craft supplies at your local art store or thrift store. Begin with a blanket. You can use a small cloth for a blanket. Or stitch up a mattress by sewing two rectangles of fabric together and stuffing it with down. Place this in the basket. Make a pillow in the same manner. Put a warm blanket over the top, and set on your hearth or altar.

Put your Brigid doll on the bed before you go to sleep at night. If you do not have a Brigid doll or do not have the time to make one, then use a besom instead. The broom stands for the symbol of female power. Keep her company with a Priapic wand.

Welcome Brigid by gathering around the fire and saying the following chant three times:

Brigid is come, Brigid is welcome!

Let candles burn beside Brigid through the night. Leave them to burn in a kitchen sink or bathtub all night long. Meditate before you go to sleep to wish for fertility and abundance.

I hope you enjoy these crafts and have a wonderful Blessed Imbolc!

Blessed Be,
Lady Spiderwitch )O(

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