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Celtic Druid Temple, Roscommon
We will have ceremony at noon in the Round House, then we will retire to the main Hemp Hall and make our new Brigid's crosses from rushes collected on our land.
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Imbolg is also called Imbolc, Oimelc, Candlemas, Feast of Lights, Groundhog Day (in USA) and Brigit's Day and this is so because the original connection to the daughter of the Dagda (Bríd) was displaced by succeeding religions that today honour St Brigid.
Brigid: this is her story, Breo Saighead, Brid, Brighid meaning - "Fiery Arrow or Power". Bríd is a pre Celtic three-fold goddess, the daughter of The Dagda, and the wife of Bres of the Formorians. As wife to Tuireann she bore three sons Creidhne, Luchtaine and Giobhniu. She has an apple orchard in the Otherworld to which bees travel to obtain it's magical nectar.
Brighid's three aspects are
(1) Fire of Inspiration as patroness of poetry,
(2) Fire of the Hearth, as patroness of healing and fertility
(3) Fire of the Forge, as patroness of smithcraft and martial arts.
The old legends of ancient Ireland tell us that on the eve of Imbolg, The Cailleach, or Veiled One (Hag aspect) drank from the Well of Youth at sunrise. Because of this the Hag was changed into her Maiden aspect and recognised as the young goddess called Brigid. Brid is the patroness and her father Dagda is the patron of the Celtic Druí of then and now.
St Brigid and St Patrick were never canonized by any of the Catholic Popes. Brighid was known as Naomh Bríd or Holy Brigid. The Naomh meaning Holy was also applied to Patrick and many others. The Catholic Church in Ireland then decided to translate Naomh as Saint as it suited their purpose. The famous Brigid of the Catholic Church was said to be born in 453 at Faughart, County Louth, Ireland and she died on February 1st 523 at Kildare, Ireland. Note – the modern calendar was not in use at that time but the new festival for St Brigid deliberately displaced the old festival for the Goddess Brigid. Her death (St Brigid) is reported as being of natural causes and she was buried in Downpatrick, in east Northern Ireland with Saint Patrick and later on with Saint Columba. Her head was removed to a Jesuit church in Lumiar, 6mls from Lisbon, Portugal. No Pope would call her a Saint. The Jesuits have an obsession with collecting skulls but very few people know that the Jesuits in Lumiar, Portugal have the skulls of Brigid, Patrick and Columba while their 3 bodies are buried in Downpatrick in Northern Ireland.
It is not possible to fix the date of birth or death of this holy Brigid because there were no calendars at the time. The current calendar in use by the “white civilised” world was only agreed fully in the 1800’s and in Russia in 1917! Before that date there was utter confusion and no system of dating days of birth for annual celebrations was available for anyone.
You can read more of this article by Con including how we calculate the timing for Imbolg in our members only library here