Each festival in the Wheel of the Year has some sort of divination practice associated with it, perhaps because the veils between the realms were always considered to be thinnest at the fire festivals, making it easier to communicate with the realms of ancestors, the living and that of the deities and fairies, aka The… Continue reading Divination practices for Imbolg
Creativity: the Brighid – Lugh connection
On February 1st (the traditional date), we celebrate the fire festival of Imbolg (aka Imbolc) in the Northern Hemisphere and Lúnasa (aka Lughnasadh aka Lammas) in the Southern Hemisphere. Rather than looking at these as different events, let us consider the commonality of these two festivals and how they might complement each other — perhaps… Continue reading Creativity: the Brighid – Lugh connection
Blessings on Lúnasa, Imbolg and Pachamama Raymi
Starting at dusk tonight, July 31st, in the Northern Hemisphere, we celebrate the first of the three harvest festivals: Lúnasa, aka Lughnasadh (pronounced LOO-nah-suh), and Lammas. In the Celtic/Neopagan Wheel of the Year, we celebrate not just one Autumn Festival but three: the First Harvest (aka First Fruit) of Lúnasa on the traditional date of August 1st, the Second Harvest… Continue reading Blessings on Lúnasa, Imbolg and Pachamama Raymi
Brighid and her birds
The image to the left is "Brigid Swan Maiden" by Wendy Andrew, PaintingDreams.co.uk. The words below accompany the image. Brigid Swan Maiden wakes the sleeping winter world. Her flame sparks new beginnings and inspiration. A time to make plans. Over time, Imbolg and the goddess Brighid have become associated with the Swan (Eala in Irish). Was that… Continue reading Brighid and her birds
Corn husks and silk: crafting and tea for Lúnasa
Each year at this time, I use the abundant corn husks for crafting items for my Lúnasa altar (corn dolls, etc), and often save and dry the excess husks to have on hand for Imbolg celebrations too. I much prefer this to buying husks at craft stores, as I have no idea if they have… Continue reading Corn husks and silk: crafting and tea for Lúnasa
Blessings on Lúnasa and Imbolg
Blessings to all on the Fire Festivals of Lúnasa and Imbolg! Traditional Lúnasa arrives at sunset tonight in the Northern Hemisphere, as does Imbolg for those in the Southern Hemisphere! In Celtic traditions, the day begins at sunset … so these fire festivals begin this evening and continue through to sunset on August 1st! In… Continue reading Blessings on Lúnasa and Imbolg
Imbolg & Brighid’s Realms course: register now
Join us for Imbolg season to celebrate the first wave of Spring energy in 2021, and honour the goddess Brighid who we celebrate at Imbolg. Imbolg arrives around 01-February in the Northern Hemisphere, and we will be in that Imbolg energy until Spring Equinox arrives. You may know Brighid as a triple goddess, with aspects… Continue reading Imbolg & Brighid’s Realms course: register now
Imbolg and Lúnasa: When will YOU celebrate?
Mark Your Calendar for the coming Imbolg (NH) and Lúnasa (SH) celebrations in the Wheel of the Year, the first celebration within the 2021 calendar year. I like to think of Imbolg aka Imbolc as a continuing celebration of the waxing light that ignited and inspired us at Winter Solstice — and, of course, its… Continue reading Imbolg and Lúnasa: When will YOU celebrate?
Connect to your Inspiration at the Leo Full Moon at Imbolg
Ah, the Full Moon. I look forward to this each lunar month even though it is the New Moon that often resonates more strongly for me. Perhaps it's the new moon association with deep intuitive energy that captures my imagination. Full Moons are action moons. Manifesting moons. Releasing moons. And each has a place in… Continue reading Connect to your Inspiration at the Leo Full Moon at Imbolg
MoonDay Musings: What seeds are you planting?
This weekend many of us celebrated Imbolg, which is rooted in old traditions from Northern Europe honouring the shift from deep winter to early spring, that time when seeds are awakened by the magic of light and the turning of the seasons, and start to push through the soil into the light. And so it… Continue reading MoonDay Musings: What seeds are you planting?