If you’re not from Ireland or familiar with the Irish celebratory feast of Imbolc, the festival of the pagan goddess Brigid, then this post may have little meaning to you. On the other hand, if you’re a believer in trusting life and it’s myriad of forces that tick away behind the scenes to ensure what should be will be, then read on.
Since many of these forces– the philosophy of law of attraction, the phenomenon of serendipity, and the simple act of keeping the faith– are familiar worldwide, I won’t elaborate further on them, but you may be wondering…
What is the feast of Imbolc?
In a nutshell, it’s a celebration of the change of seasons from the short, dark winter days to the longer and brighter days of spring. It’s also called St. Brigid’s Day and is most usually held on February 1st, the first day of spring here in Ireland which falls about halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. One of the traditional ways of celebrating is by making a St. Brigid’s cross which is ‘placed on doorways to ward off evil, fire, and hunger from homes’.
Earlier this week, after admiring a photo of rushes that will soon be cut and used by an Irish writing friend to make her own St. Brigid’s cross, I wondered how my intentions to learn had never come to light. The children make them in school every year and I often thought I’d like to learn too.
Then as quickly as the notion entered my mind, it left me, again. Another spring celebration where I had no intentions to take any action. That is, until I received this beautiful and surprising invitation…
Many blessings to you all and I hope this mail finds you well and feeling the rising energy of Spring awakening.
I will be doing a gentle spring awakening yoga class and meditation in the lodge this Sunday, January 31st from 4.30pm till 6.15 pm to mark the turning of the season and Imbolc, when new life begins to grow.
All are welcome to stay after the session where we will sit with the fire and follow the tradition of making Brigid’s crosses on St. Brigid’s Eve.
Brigid’s name means exalted one. She tends the triple fires of smithcraft (physical fire), healing (the fire within) and poetry (the fire of the spirit) and is one of the three patron saints of Ireland. The sacred flame that was maintained in her convent until the 12th century was symbolically relit in 1993 by the St. Brigidine Sisters in Kildare. I will also be lighting candles here on Brigid’s Eve connecting with her sacred flame…”
The time has come for me to learn. It’s lovely when things work out this way, as desired and as they are meant to be, a bonus being when little to no effort is expended.
I think it’s going to be a great night engaging with friends, learning a new-to-me traditional craft, with a keepsake to remind of the comforting adage–
‘What’s for you won’t pass you by.’
While learning to make St. Brigid’s crosses is not a life altering experience, we can often focus on things we desire and feel disappointment when they don’t come to us. When life fails to deliver on something you are hoping for or expected to receive, it’s sometimes best to sit back and meditate on this advice and then move forward mindfully trusting that things will fall into place, a new plan will come to you, a course of action will present itself.
Enjoy the last days and weeks of winter my friends and remember, spring is a time for new beginnings and anything is possible!