Blessed Imbolg

Imbolg is often times also refered to as the Feast of Brigit. The Druids called this sacred holiday Oimelc, meaning "ewe's milk". Held on February 1st, it coincided with the birth of the new lambs and baby goats.

Brigit was the Goddess of Healers, Poets, Smiths, Childbirth and Inspiration; Goddess of Fire and Hearth and a patron of Warfare. She is said to be present at every birth.

As the Goddess of Inspiration, she blesses poetry, creativity, prophecy and the arts. She was even esteemed as the patron deity of language, having inspired the alphabet. As the Goddess of Smithcraft, she blesses blacksmiths, goldsmiths, and other crafters of the household. As Goddess of Healing, she blesses physical and spiritual healing, fertility of crop and livestock and mid-wifery.

Many legends are told about Brigit. Some say that there are three Brigits: one sister in charge of poetry and inspiration who invented the Ogham alphabet, one in charge of healing and midwifery, and the third in charge of the hearth fire, smithies and other crafts.
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Brigit's Cross

Because Brigit was the High Mother Goddess of Ireland and so well loved She survived Christianity and became known as St. Brigit. Even today many Irish homes have a St. Brigit's cross for protection - made from rushes as in the old days.

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