In the old traditions, still very much alive today, an Cailleach, Wise Woman – Crone, descends and the Maiden Goddess rises today in Ireland. Of course, on this side of the globe, the reverse is true…though we will not feel the chilly breath of an Cailleach for some months.
She is our Mother Earth, the soil from which we come, the water in the stream, fire in the hearth, the belly and the breast. She knows that in the midst of life we know many deaths – physical, psychological, spiritual – for she is the one who dies and is reborn eternally. Her flame has been kept alight down through the ages.
Happy Imbolg/Imbolc/Biddy’s Day/Bride’s Day/St. Brigid’s Day to all those celebrating today – cutting the grasses and weaving the crosses or laying out a shawl to catch the dew – however and wherever you celebrate. May all who cross your threshold know her blessing in 2017 – and always.