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Deity of Imbolc-Brighid

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Merry meet all,

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

Merry Meet All,

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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