Tuesday, January 31, 2012

44 Days of Witchery: Folklore


44 Days of Witchery: A myth or story from folklore.

Imbolc is getting close and it is time to celebrate the coming of spring and the Sun and to acknowledge Brigid.  Brigid is the Gaelic Goddess of poetry, healing and smithcraft.  She is associated with sacred flames and healing.  Purifying fires are an important part of Imbolc festivals.  The lighting of fires and candles represents the warmth and increasing powers of the returning Sun. 

On Imbolc Eve, Brigid is said to walk the Earth.  Before retiring to bed, all the members of the household should leave a strip of cloth outside for Brigid to bless.  The head of the household should also smother the fire and rake all the ashes smooth.  In the morning, the family will find a mark in the ashes as a sign that Brigid has passed.  The strips of blessed cloth are now believed to have healing and protective powers.

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