February 2002
The Feast of Imbolc

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February 2 is the feast of Imbolc, the celebration of Brigid, the Celtic goddess of healing, poetry, learning, and the craft of the blacksmith. And so we go to Brigid for a message. You are invited to experience the energy of this manifestation of the divine feminine throughout this month.

From the beginning of time people have celebrated their lives through poetry, song, and story. They have gathered around fires and told the stories of their times, the great events, and the small events. They have sung about birth and death, love and joy, sorrow and loss. Brigid's festival marks the beginning of transition into springtime....Brigid's festival celebrates birth and the appearance of new life...the looking forward to new life in the midst of the cold winter. Brigid's festival is the celebration of hope and faith -- the faith that comes not from blind belief but from experience - that every year after winter comes the spring, that after every death there is new birth, that the force of life is a constant. It cannot be denied, crushed, or eliminated. Life gives birth to life endlessly.

So on the second of February, or any time this month, light a candle, and sit with that candle as it burns. Feel the presence of the light, the warmth, the creative power of the fire -that fire in which blacksmiths once forged their tools. Sit by the candle and meditate and reflect upon your life. Sit by the candle and write a poem. Allow a poem or a song to emerge from the heart of your being. Sitting by the candle, with the light, sing yourself into new life. Grieve what you have lost, honor what you have experienced and open yourself to that which is to come.

In this month, notice and be aware of the poetry in your life. Each moment contains its own poem, its song. Listen to the song, to the poem, of each particular moment -the moment of waking, the glimpse of the sun behind the clouds, the feel of the cup in your hand as you have your tea or coffee. Perhaps you will want to write down some of these poems, or speak them to another.

It is no accident that Brigid offers the gifts of healing and of poetry. There is so much healing to be found in singing your song, in speaking your poem. May your tongue find the words to sing, to speak, that which is in your heart. That is Brigid's blessing for this month.

May all beings be happy, peaceful and free of suffering.

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