'In every woman there is a Queen. Speak to the Queen and
the Queen will answer.'
~~ Norwegian proverb ~~
In the wisdom teachings of the Divine
Feminine, there are certain earth cycles, which open a gateway
between the higher planes of existence and the earth plane.
These moments of enhanced connection allow us to view the rhythm
and timing of the goddess in her form as mother nature. As the
traditions of the Goddess and Divine Feminine resurge in the
light again, it's time to celebrate. The powerful life-affirming
magic of Spring is around the corner. Should you wish to change
something in your life, this is the moment to set that intention
and ask for your dream to bloom, grow and rejuvenate.
We are experiencing one of these magical moments this week,
marked as the mid-way point of the season of Winter around February
2nd. This celebration is most popularly known by the Celtic
reference of Imbolc. Imbolc, a gaelic word, means in-milk, derived
from the gaelic pronunciation ‘oimelc’, meaning
While Imbolc is the most well known celebration of this holiday,
its origins stem from a powerful universal wisdom teaching known
as – ‘As Within, So Without’.
During the barren frozen winter days of early February in western
Europe, the celebration of Imbolc was a symbol of hope and represented
the good things to come. When surveying the landscape (without),
everything appeared bleak and lifeless, yet (within) hints of
Spring were returning as the dairy animals began to lactate
and milk began to flow again.
There is a Goddess assigned to this quickening and universally
she symbolizes the seeds of life planted (within) the earth
and within each person and how when nurtured and cared for,
they blossom (without) producing the life affirming milk and
awakening of life and hope.
In the Celtic celebration, the Goddess is known as Brigid, also
spelled as Brighid. Brigid is revered as the Goddess of healing,
writing and prosperity. As a solar goddess, she represents the
fire and light that burns within each living being and how when
cared for, this eternal light creates inner healing, restores
vital energy and stirs life within. She is also represented
in the phases of the Goddess as the maiden and the bride. Wise
women around the world work with this goddess energy, helping
others to launch new projects and beginnings, to stimulate powerful
healing energies within the body and perform weddings, as this
is the most advantageous day of the year to be married.
Brigid is referred to as the bride, which in modern times is
recognized in the form of a young woman being joined in matrimony.
This is but one derivative of the wisdom teaching and rituals.
Goddess Brigid is recognized as one of the Queens of Heaven
who is being transmuted during this time and reborn. The Wise
Woman of Winter, who has journeyed deep within herself during
the darkest days of winter, is now ready to emerge and be reborn
as the Young Maiden. This maiden carries the hope and promise
of new life along with the wisdom and discernment of the wise
women, giving herself the gift of intuition, healing, abundance
and love. She is a bride of the light, participating in her
own unification of this energy in a marriage ceremony of the
heart and mind.
Would you like to connect with this energy and connect with
the loving energy of the light without and stir this energy
within your heart and mind?
There are Seven Sacred Ways to Connect with the Energy of Imbolc
and the Goddess:
1. On February 2nd, light candles and lamps in the home to welcome
the return of the Light. Yellow, white and orange candles are
the best colors to use. As you light each candle, focus your
energy with the flame and ask that the light burn clear and
bright, bringing clarity to the home, burning off any residual
gloom or negative energy within the home.
2. White flowers symbolize the purity within and the promise
of blooming to come. Place a beautiful bouquet in the heart
area of your home and breathe deeply into the flowers, allowing
their essence and fragrance to be experienced by all of your
3. Reminiscent of the milk flowing, sharing dairy products is
abundant, the most popular choice being milk chocolate. Hot
chocolate warms the body and when stirring the chocolate, imbibe
the mix with loving thoughts and warmth.
4. Place a silk ribbon or piece of fabric on a window sill,
often referred to as Brighid’s Mantle. It is said overnight,
it will be blessed with the healing, intuitive and abundant
energy flowing at this time. Use this fabric to wrap your deck
of tarot cards, to wrap herbs in or create a special pouch to
hold treasured items.
5. Leave an offering outdoors of bread for birds and other small
creatures who may be having a difficult time finding sustenance
in the barren landscape. While outdoors in the cold, give thanks
to the beauty surrounding you. Stand with your feet firmly grounded
to the earth and raise your arms in the air, bring the light
from above around you and allow it to flow deep within you.
6. Gather the seeds that you will be planting in your Spring
garden. Hold your hands over the seeds and ask for the energy
of the Goddess within to bless the seeds and nurture them. Take
a small quartz crystal and charge this crystal with the same
intention. When planting these seeds in the spring, plant the
quartz crystal into the earth next to the seeds.
7. Reflect on the seeds of thought you planted in the Fall within
yourself and the goals you are affirming in this new year. Ask
for the quickening of the seeds within you, that they may blossom
and grow. Take a quartz crystal and charge this crystal with
the same intention. Keep this crystal on your desk or in a spot
where it will remind you of your goals and intentions.
The Goddess in her many forms, teaches by example through nature.
Use this time wisely, as it creates a sacred opportunity to
plant new seeds of thought in the mind and heart. In the circle
of life, there are adversities (within and without), representing
a time of darkness and Winter, which are always overcome through
the journey. The return to the light in the Spring, offers the
opportunity to be reborn and move forward on the path, having
learned from the time of adversity. Offerings of gratitude are
given at this time to one's adversaries, as they represent lessons
and growth opportunities in disguise.
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