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Imbolc and Brigid

Spring has sprung! According to the Celtic calendar that is. 1st February is an important day in the Irish calendar for both pagans and Christians.


1st February is the feast of Brigid, a curious character that was later appropriated by the Christian church as a saint. Previously she had been recognised as a goddess or priestess. Her influence was far reaching with a multinational presence as the goddess of midwifery, mysticism and fire.


Taking the fire and eternal flame theme, I created the below image. We are currently in Lockdown 3.0 here in Ireland and it has been particularly difficult this time around. As a nation we're just disheartened. I created this piece with the idea of nurturing the little spark of hope we have left, no matter how small. I think there's something quite feminine about fire, it can be nurturing, maternal, domestic, cleansing, destructive and/or chaotic depending on how it's treated. So choose wisely!



My second image is taken directly from the word 'Imbolc'. Imbolc literally means 'in belly' and is one of the four fire festivals of the Celtic calendar, Imbolc, Bealtaine, Lughnasadh and Samhain. Imbolc is the first day of spring, acknowledging the tipping point between winter and spring where the Earth is swelling with potential new life through the silence and quiet of winter.




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