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Inspirational words – Originally posted by Leunig

Imbolc (pronounced ‘im’olk’ also known as Oimelc) comes from an Irish word that was originally thought to mean ‘in the belly’ although many people translate it as ‘ewe’s milk’ (oi-melc).

Imbolc was one of the cornerstones of the Celtic calendar. For them the success of the new farming season was of great importance. As winter stores of food were getting low Imbolc rituals were performed to harness divine energy that would ensure a steady supply of food until the harvest six months later.

Like many Celtic festivals, the Imbolc celebrations centred around the lighting of fires. Fire was perhaps more important for this festival than others as it was also the holy day of Brigid (also known as Bride, Brigit, Brid), the Goddess of fire, healing and fertility. The lighting of fires celebrated the increasing power of the Sun over the coming months. For the Christian calendar, this holiday was reformed and renamed ‘Candlemas’ when candles are lit to remember the purification of the Virgin Mary.

Imbolc is still a special time for Pagans. As people who are deeply aware of what is going on in the natural world they recognise that there is strength in cold as well as heat, death as well as life. The Horned God reigns over the Autumn and Winter and although the light and warmth of the world may be weak, he is still in his power.

Many feel that human actions are best when they reflect the actions of nature, so as the world slowly springs back into action it is time for the small tasks that are neglected through the busy year. Rituals and activities might include the making of candles, planting spring flowers, reading poetry and telling stories.

In pre-Christian times, it was the festival of light. This ancient festival marked the mid point of winter, half way between the winter solstice (shortest day) and the spring equinox.

Some people lit candles to scare away evil spirits on the dark winter nights.

People believed that Candlemas predicted the weather for the rest of the winter.

Image dedicated to Leunig for his inspiration.


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  • leunig
    leunigover 3 years ago

    excellent, excellent thanks for joining the challenge this is the winner for me

  • Lisa and Leunig’s mutual admiration society. Much appreciated. Ta!

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  • leunig
    leunigover 3 years ago

    the music sets it all together fantastic well done

  • I made it specially for you…hot off the presses. I am thrilled you like it…..and it’s about time you added me to your watch list :-P

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  • ellamental
    ellamentalover 3 years ago
    RIGHT ON!!!! I so appreciate when people give info that opens the mind and heart!!! I just did a piece called Shadow Fire Dancer… it’s like we are tuned in to life!!! Thank you for sharing!!
  • You are MOST welcome.

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  • -Whisper-
    -Whisper-over 3 years ago

    What a beautiful scene! I really like the feeling of looking out, a great story!

  • Thank you Whisper.

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  • -Whisper-
    -Whisper-over 3 years ago

    I forgot to say…. the song is so awesome and goes so very well with your image, I loved it! Since you are in Australia maybe you know Wendy Rule? I posted one of her song with an image I made which you can see here If you don’t know her I think you’ll really like her, although the song I posted is about the elementals she is pagan and a great writer.

  • I do know who Wendy Rule is…….thank you for taking the time to write and comment…I will have a look at your link.

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  • leunig
    leunigover 3 years ago

  • Ayan Ghoshal
    Ayan Ghoshalover 3 years ago

    Good…I like it.

  • Thank you Ayan

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  • Akkra
    Akkraover 2 years ago

    Fabulous image!

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