Imbolc, in the Celtic seasonal calendar, signals the beginning of Spring and the stirrings of new life. It is a time to let go of the past and look to the future, clearing out the old, making both outer and inner space for new beginnings. Imbolc is traditionally the great festival and honouring of Brigid, so loved as a pagan Goddess that her worship was woven into the Christian church as St Bridget. She is a Goddess of healing and poetry; of Fire, the Sun and of the Hearth.
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1. The Swan
The swan mates for life, and represents loyalty, fidelity and faithfulness. Swan feathers are a powerful amulet.
2. The Sheep
Brigid's festival is at the beginning of the lambing season. The Imbolc rituals would be performed at least in part to ensure a new crop of healthy lambs.
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3. The Serpent
In Celtic mythology, Brigid was associated with awakening a hibernating serpent, which emerged from its lair at Imbolc. Traditionally serpents were associated with creativity and inspiration - the powerful Kundalini energy of the Eastern Mysteries.
4. The Flame
Imbolc is a fire festival, and fire of all kinds is associated with Brigid - the fire of creativity, the protective hearth fire, and her fire wheel - which heralds her as a Sun Goddess.