Imbolc 2021 Ritual
Imbolc is usually celebrated somewhere around February 1. This is often a festival worshiping and celebrating Irish goddess Brigid. She is associate with the light half of the year, healing, babies, and midwives. Since many areas begin to see spring at this time of year, it makes sense that a goddess who helps women give birth would be honored at this time.
You can watch the video and follow along or do your own ritual with the information provided below.
Start by creating your circle in whatever manner you prefer.
Calling in the Quarters and Brigid
Face the east: We summon the powers of East- Brigid’s bright powers of dawn! As you bring the light of the spring, bring the light to our work. Hail and Welcome!
Face the South: We summon the powers of South- the blazing fires of Brigid’s forge! Shed all that does not aid our work. Fortify our work. Let it change the world! Hail and Welcome!
Face the West: We summon the powers of West- the healing powers of the well. May our work flow an grow. May it stir and summon the depth of possibilities. Hail and Welcome!
Face the North: I summon the powers of North- the strength of the cold mountains. Freeze all adversities. Solidify our desires with the weight of the frozen rock. Hail and welcome!
Turn to the center and reach to the sky: By the powers of the fiery arrows!
Reach to the ground: By the powers of the green earth!
Extend arms to the sides: We summon Brigid, the Exalted One! Hail and welcome! Hail and Welcome! Hail and Welcome!
Making a Brigid’s Cross
16 reeds and 4 small rubber bands. or 16 pipe cleaners.
To learn how to put these together, I found a great resource at Catholic Icing.
While making the crosses, discuss y
our manifestations and transformation for the upcoming season or year, or tell stories about Brigid.
Turn to the center and reach to the sky: By the grace of the fiery arrows!
Reach to the ground: By the nurture of the green earth!
Extend arms to the sides: Hail Brigid, the Exalted One! With thanks for your gifts, blessings, and attentions! Go if you must, stay if you will. Hail and farewell!
Face the North: Farewell to the Powers of North- as you came in peace, go in peace as well, but leave strength in our work. Keep our adversaries in your icy grasp. Hail and Farewell!
Face the West: Farewell to the powers of West- as you came in peace, go in peace as well, but leave your misty whispers on our work. Wash away the obstacles to our manifestation. Hail and Farewell!
Face the South: Farewell to the power of South- as you came in peace, go in peace as well, but leave your sparks of manifestation. Allow the embers of our work to grow. Hail and Farewell!
Face the East: Farewell to the powers of the East- as you came in peace, go in peace as well. Though the day passes, the work of the sun remains. Remain also with our work. Hail and Farewell!
Brigid: History, Mystery and Magick of the Celtic Goddess