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Brigid’s Day

Imbolc starts at sundown on February 1 and ends the following sundown. Imbolc is Gaelic for Ritual Cleansing and marks the half-way point between the winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. The day is dedicated to Brigid, Exalted One, goddess of poetry, healing, and smithing. Weather divination with serpents is customary (not groundhogs!).

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Brigid’s Day/Imbolc

Today may be Groundhog Day in the USA, but in the British Isles it is Brigid’s Day AKA Imbolc. Brigid was a Gaelic goddess associated with arts, crafts, and healing. Celebrate with bonfires/torches, breads, and blessings at wells.

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Yes, the Groundhog saw his shadow—spring is near or is the opposite? Ha! Today is also known as Imbolc (Gaelic for In the belly), which is dedicated to Brigid, an Irish fertility goddess. She visits households and wells. Parades, dances, and people taking Brigid’s Crosses from house to house. It also known as Crossquarters—it is halfway between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. It is also a time of weather divination—snakes in ancient times & groundhogs today.


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