Brigantia (Imbolc) Rite

Sunday, February 7, 2021

1 pm

Via Zoom (email us at info@sassafrasgrove.org for the link)

Join Sassafras Grove in celebrating Brigantia (Imbolc) and honoring the goddess Brighid, the Patron of our Grove.

Brighid is one of the most well-known deities in the Irish pantheon, and her worship – whether as goddess or saint – remains widespread in modern times.

Best known as a goddess of Healing, Poetry, and Smithcraft, in this ritual we will honor her in what have become our Sassafras-traditional nine aspects of Midwife, Foster Mother, Initiator, Smith, Poet, Warrior, Healer, Hearth Tender, and Goddess of Sacred Wells.

What to bring if you choose:
A candle so that we can join our sacred fires
An offering to Brighid

A candle to dedicate to Brighid that we will use to call in the blessings.

Images, representations, or symbols of Brighid

Your bratog*

We’ll have the grove altar set up, but feel free to set up your personal sacred space if you wish.

*A Bratog Brighid (or Brighid’s Mantle) is a blue or white cloth or shawl that has been blessed by Brighid on Brigantia/Imbolc. Traditionally, a Bratog Brighid is hung by the hearth or from the door-knob on Brighid’s Eve. Before the family retires for the night, a small bed is made in a basket by the hearth. As the family goes to bed, the head of the household calls out from the front-door, “Brighid, your bed is ready!” When Brighid enters the home that night, she blesses the cloth and it carries her healing grace for the coming year.

Email us info@sassafrasgrove.org if you have any questions!

Photo by Diane Watson

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