Imbolc ritual — intro (all welcome!)

[editor’s note, by its simple IF you ignore the complexity] The ceremony itself is here – those of us unfamiliar with Imbolc ritual are asked to read this first.I for one, have learned much about a figure I had previously encountered as St. Brigid and how her story has survived and been adapted by several traditions.May we all weave our own path from what we find leads us to connection and community beyond ourselves.Thank you for putting this together Morgan. Namaste

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I finally more-or-less caught up after being about a week behind, and was a bit surprised to see NO mention of Imbolc or Brigid today. Being as how the Exalted One is both our household matron (from before Roland moving in) and Roland’s personal Matron, this sabbat is special to us :-). So, here’s the open thread for commenting on the Imbolc ritual I’ll post later today.

You know the drill: more below the fold…

Copying from the Samhain ritual intro, please refer to my previous diaries for explanations (intro, rituals, ritual outline, and ritual tools). If you have any questions on how something works, please post it in this pre-ritual diary so as not to disturb the ceremony.

Some updates and changes:

I’ve added references to the “three worlds” to the Time invocations. More detail on these can be found on the Summerlands. The short version: Tir Andomain is the Underworld, Midé the Middle World (i.e. the physical plane), and Magh Mór is the “Skyworld.”

The Patron and Matron for this ritual are also different than at Samhain. This time, we call on Brigid and Angus Og.

I could go on at length about Brigid [1], but if I do I’ll never get this posted (let alone shower and get ready for the local Democratic club meeting tonight!). Suffice to say that she’s a goddess of fire, and by extension the forge and poets. Since deities of smithcraft are often invoked for computers (also, the classical element fire is often associated with things electrical), this makes The Exalted One even more beloved around here. Angus Og (Angus the Young) is sort of the Celtic Cupid, associated with love. Which reminds me: any of you who are prone to forgetting Valentine’s Day, this is your two-week warning! 🙂

OK, that should do it for now. I’ll check back in a while, answer any questions, and probably post the ritual around 4-5pm PST.

12 comments

Always at sunset when I have no net access 🙁 (4.00 / 4)

Well, I’m heading home to clean out the house and prepare for the Christian side of Paganism I guess….since I’ll be participating in blessing candles for the coming year, hanging Brighid crosses in the kitchen, and otherwise celebrating Candlemas what does that make me anyway? 😉

The Bride’s blessing be upon your prayers tonight.

“The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand. The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.” ~ Psalm 121:5-6

by Sweet Georgia Peach on Wed Feb 1st, 2006 at 14:13:36 PDT

What it makes you… (4.00 / 4)

…is someone participating in an ancient and sacred practice :-).

For all the talk of “gods created in Man’s image,” They sometimes defy us. Brigid is suspected by some to be older than many of the Celtic gods in the Gaelic lands. She survived the coming of the Celts, She survived the coming of the Christians, and I imagine She’ll continue to survive whatever humankind throws Her way.

by Morgan on Wed Feb 1st, 2006 at 14:54:33 PDT

Another Diary (4.00 / 3)

Alexandra Lynch posted another diary on Candlemas/Imbolic a few days ago.

“To make life easier and to be happy ended up being two different things.” – Arjuna’s Father, Earth Girl Arjuna.

by Egarwaen on Wed Feb 1st, 2006 at 14:27:37 PDT

Thanks! (4.00 / 2)

In my catching up, I only looked that the diaries on the front page. It took me all morning to catch up as it was! :-).

by Morgan on Wed Feb 1st, 2006 at 14:45:18 PDT

I wish us all (4.00 / 3)

grace, peace, clarity, passion and justice.  

Namaste.

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Read My Left Wing

by its simple IF you ignore the complexity on Wed Feb 1st, 2006 at 14:42:35 PDT

Angus Og (4.00 / 2)

Your reference to Angus Og as part of Imbolc ritual is the first I’ve seen. (I’m relatively new to Wicca, so it doesn’t surprise me when I come across something I didn’t know before!) I’d love to know more about his role in Imbolc, how he fits into the spiritual significance of the Sabbat, and his role in the celebration of Brigid and the beginning of Spring.

Thanks Morgan!

And I’m so looking forward to your Imbolc ritual!

Every thought you think is magick. Christopher Penczak

by Nixie on Wed Feb 1st, 2006 at 15:13:42 PDT

Celtic Gods and the Wheel of the Year (4.00 / 2)

In the druidic tradition I was initiated into, the deities honored cycle through the feasts. To quote their FAQ:

We know very little about the specific religious practices of the Celtic peoples. We have adopted the use of many Celtic Deities that we know about through the study of mythology. Our rituals celebrate the cycles of life and the year. With the changing of the seasons, we choose different Gods that best represent the things we associate with that season.

The sequence Keltria uses is:

  • Samhain: Morrigan and Dagda
  • Yule: Dagda and Brigid
  • Imbolc: Brigid and Angus Og
  • Spring: Angus Og and Boann
  • Beltane: Boann and Bile
  • Summer: Bile and Danu
  • Lughnasadh: Danu and Lugh
  • Fall: Lugh and Morrigan

I know that’s a quick overview, but I need to get away from the computer for a little bit (stuff to do). Hopefully, I’ll have time to go into it more later :-).

by Morgan on Wed Feb 1st, 2006 at 15:37:18 PDT

Thanks Morgan! (none / 1)

That was very helpful!  🙂

Every thought you think is magick. Christopher Penczak

by Nixie on Wed Feb 1st, 2006 at 20:29:23 PDT

I probably willbe busy (4.00 / 3)

most of the day getting things ready for my first group ritual in several years (at my UU church, with several observers) but I say “Blessed Imbolc!” now to all my pagan friends. (And the rest of you too. Creativity knows no bounds.)

The greater the circle, the more the love grows.

by Alexandra Lynch on Wed Feb 1st, 2006 at 18:51:31 PDT

Interesting… (none / 1)

Completey and totally different from any ritual I’ve seen or done before, but interesting.

by Puma on Thu Feb 2nd, 2006 at 02:03:30 PDT

It’s the standard Keltrian format (none / 1)

which IIRC evolved from the ADF format, since Keltria is a “daughter” trad as it were. But I don’t know if it (or something similar) is used in other druid trads or not.

by Morgan on Thu Feb 2nd, 2006 at 11:35:00 PDT

O Holy Night! (none / 1)

Morgan, I’m looking forward to the ritual, although I tend to do my own thing. The Goddess Queen Brighid the Bright is my personal deity, I have been praying with her since before I knew her name. I have elaborate Imbolc plans, plus the school system around here does not recognize it as a holiday, so I have to bustle around and see that my daughter studies her math.

In addition to being the goddess of the forge, creative energies, and fire, Queen Brighid the Bright is the goddess of home and hearth. As mine are in peril through job loss these days, I will be praying to her about it, and I hope those of you who read this will too.

Anne the goat judge

by Anne Johnson on Thu Feb 2nd, 2006 at 06:29:40 PDT


[1] Link was to http://www.druidry.org/obod/deities/brigid.htmlMorgan

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