The earth is in the slow process of returning back to life after the long winter’s sleep with the first tendrils cautiously making their appearance. There is the likelihood of frosts, but despite this, early flowers are pushing their way to the surface – snowdrops, dwarf hyacinths, jonquils, early irises and even daffodils are appearing, making the statement that spring is on its way. A fragile warming of the air can be felt as winter, usually the season of rest and withdrawal, comes to an end. This is the time of uncertainty as the spirit reawakens, welcoming back the Maiden of Spring.
Imbolc (also spelt Imbolg) is the first festival of Spring, and is usually celebrated around 31st July or 1st August in the Southern Hemisphere, when the sun moves 15 degrees into Leo. It is Irish-Gaelic and translated to mean “in the belly” referring to the potential of all life that is in the belly of the Great Mother (Mother Earth), but also the pregnancy of other animals, particularly cattle and sheep, who give birth to their young around this time. An alternative word for Imbolc is Oimelc, meaning “ewe’s milk”. Although here in South Australia the lambs are often born around the Autumn Equinox to ensure that there is enough winter grass for them to eat, in other parts of the country, and particularly in New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania, Imbolc heralds the birthing season for lambs.
The Crios Bridghid (Brighid’s Cross) is believed to have originated in the Connemara, located on the western side of Ireland and were traditionally made from reeds, rushes or straw. The reeds were braided into a rope and formed into a circle, which was believed to hold protective powers. Those who jumped through. Over time the circle became likened to a swastika cross, and it was believed to be a representation of the sun or even a fire wheel. Once made, the cross would be placed over the doorways of houses, stables and barns, for protection and prosperity for the coming year.
You are invited to celebrate Imbolc – The Celtic Festival of Spring at the Riverdell Spiritual Centre (Hillier) on Saturday, 1 August 2020.
:: Connect with the Maiden Goddess through empowering meditations
:: Explore the journey of Brigid from Goddess to Saint
:: Make your own Crios Bridghid (Brighid’s Cross) that will be empowered through sacred ceremony
:: Discover how to connect with the healing energies of St Brigit through making your own healing candle.
All attendees go in the draw to win a copy of
In Her Sacred Name: Writings on the Divine Feminine.
Date: Saturday, 1 August 2020
Time: 11am to 3pm
Venue: Riverdell Spiritual Centre, 51 Clifford Rd, Hillier SA 5116
Payment must be received by 20 July 2020 as there are limited places available.
Direct payment via Bank Transfer to:
Account Name: Frances Billinghurst
Account Number: 03146790
Please put your name for reference.