Greetings to One and All!
Dancing Lights Grove, ADF will be holding a ritual to celebrate Imbolc on Sunday, January 30, 2011, and everyone is invited.
Imbolc marks the beginning of the transition from winter to spring. This High Day honours one of the most well-known goddesses of the Tuatha De Danann, Brighid. Brighid is best known for Her roles as poet, smith, and healer, but also has associations with fire, cattle, and fertility…. She is a generous goddess, the foster-mother of the world, who will comfort the sad, heal the sick, and feed the hungry. Join us as we bring her honour.
We will be inviting Brighid into our worship space in a way inspired by traditional folklore and practices. The brideóg, a doll representing the goddess, will be carried in and placed in Her bed on the altar. Attendees are asked to bring a small token to decorate Brighid’s bed upon her arrival – some greenery, small shells or stones, beads, ribbons. Praise offerings and material offerings for Brighid are also strongly encouraged.
We will be asking for Brighid’s blessings of good health, adequate food, and protection through the blessing and use of three talismans associated with Her: the crios Bríde (Brighid’s girdle), through which we pass to receive blessings on our health; the brat Bríde (Brighid’s mantle), which conserves energy from the ritual for future use in healing; the cros Bríde or crosóg (Brighid’s cross), which will be used to bless our feast ensuring us food for the coming year, as well as protection. There will be crosóga made to take home with you.
This year, we are collecting gently used seasonal clothing, linens, small household items, or non-perishable food items for charity, to spread Brighid’s Mantle over our community. These items will be donated to Simcoe Hall Settlement House.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING?
- Material offerings and/or praise offerings for Brighid, or any other deity you wish to honour. As well, offerings of thanks to any of the Kindred (Nature Spirits, Ancestors, and Gods) are appropriate;
- A small token to decorate Brighid’s bed, e.g. greenery, beads, shells, stones, ribbons;
- A dish for our potluck (please label all potential allergens – nuts, dairy, etc.) and your own plates and cutlery;
- Donations for Simcoe Hall Settlement House: gently used seasonal clothing, linens, small household items, non-perishable food items, etc.
- $5 (or pay what you can) to help cover the cost of the ritual site.