Imbolc Celebration

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Imbolc is the old Celtic celebration of the return of the light. On February 1, the old ancient Goddess Brigid* returns after being held in captivity by the old Hag of winter. It’s on the horse of Angus Og, she rides while the cold winds are blowing.

Imbolc and Earth’s Fertility

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It’s a celebration of the first milk of sheep after the long dark cold winter. I invite you to contemplate how you are connected to the galaxy, knowing that galaxy stems from the Greek word galaxias, a word that means milk.

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I will encourage you to monitor the food you give yourself, the food for your body and that for your soul. We all know that those two are related like the web of Indra. 
In the web of Indra, the world is entangled, like a spiderweb. Everything is connected. Like the universe itself, the web has no beginning and no end. Each individual is a part of this net. At each node of the net is a jewel. And each jewel reflects all other jewels. E


Content Of The Imbolc Section Of Turning The Wheel

The Imbolc section of Turning the Wheel is divided into four parts:

The first lesson will tell you a mythological story about Brigid, the Goddess of (inner) light.

The second lesson is an invitation for you to interpret the mythological about Spring Goddess Brigid to get your creative juices flowing. Even though I would never suggest that the interpretation offered in the course is the only way to incorporate the mythological theme presented, I hope that these insights help you to connect with the archetypical energies that the story touches upon.

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The third lesson consists of open-ended questions for you to contemplate. How do these archetypical energies manifest themselves in your life right now? Questions like: Bridged is the Goddess associated with poetry. If your life is a poem, what would be its tune? If you don’t read poetry, just play your favourite song. Dance like it’s a meditation (it’s the only way to dance as far as I am concerned).

The fourth and final part of this Imbolc celebration consists of a dream Incubation. You are welcome to share your dreams on the Facebook page that belongs to this course. Once you sign up you will be added this group. Enjoy a year full of dreaming and connection with fellow dreamers.

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What’s in a Name?

*There is the question of the name: sometimes it is spelled Brigit, sometimes Brigid. According to James MacKillop, author of ‘Myths and Legends of the Celts’ the Celtic Goddess her name is spelled Brigit and the Christian Saint is called Brigid. No matter how her name is spelled, in my eyes the energy of both the Celtic Deity and the Catholic Saint is the same. Because the story I chose to share with you is based upon a story of a priest, I have chosen to write her name that way: Brigid.


Aim of the Imbolc Celebration in this Course

The aim of this section of the course Turning the Wheel is to focus on the inner spark of your soul. With Brigid being a symbol of the light of the sun, I invite you to reflect on the question Joseph Campbell asked a couple of decades ago: “What am I? Am I the bulb that carries the light, or am I the light of which the bulb is a vehicle?”



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Celtic Mythology

 

 

Celtic Mythology is rich in symbolism of life death and transition. No wonder that Halloween or Samhain is a remainder of Celtic Mythology. This blog explores it’s origin, and how it still influences our lives.

Celtic Mythology

Celtic mythology was an oral mythology. Stories that originated in tribes that inhibited Europe as early as the Iron age, between 500 BCE and 500 CE. This period also includes the LaTène period that Joseph Campbell wrote so eloquently about, for example in the book Occidental Mythology. According to Campbell, La Tene culture overthrew the earlier, more primitive bronze and stone age populations of Wales and Ireland during the fifth century B.c.

Since the Celtic world covered much of Europe, and mythology was transferred orally, there was an abundance of gods and goddesses. In the next paragraph we will explore the main points.

Celtic Mythology Central Motifs

Divination through THE spirits of the death

 

The Mindfunda Online Course Turning the Wheel of the Year will give you information about Banshee. A fairy that is a messenger between the world, the woman of the fairy mounds.

 

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She is a messenger of death, but does not always need to be feared. When the Banshee sings her mournful cry, she is giving notice that one of its members will soon transcend to the spirit land says David Russel in his book about Irish Wonders.

Fertility of the land

 

At Imbolc the Goddess Brigid will steal the show and invite you to explore your life carefully. What traits do you want to preserve, which do you want to nurture? In the course Turning the Wheel of the Year you will be invited to explore the two sidedness of life.

Like every light also casts its darkness, in that darkness grow new things. It is the dark earth that has the nutrients that enable a flower to grow and to blossom.

 

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The light returns steady and slowly. Your vitamin D levels will rise, your sleeping and dreaming will probably improve in this period of the year. It is time to sow the seeds of the love you plan on reaping in the future.

Changing of Seasons

 

As the great mythologist Joseph Campbell clearly stated: the mythology of King Arthur and Lancelot, two friends fighting for Guinevere is the fight of two seasons for the Queen of May.

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In this season you are triggered to ask yourself about the love in your life. In what ways do you love and honour your soul? How much time do you devote at uncovering your “true Self”?

Wheel

 

The circle of life, the seasons, the wheel of time. Or as Jung would call it: the symbol of Self. The last season of the Mindfunda course Turning the Wheel of the Year invites you to celebrate the light that now oh, so softly begins its return into the earth. The rise and fall, like a wheel. Where a wheel rides on the path of your life, it leaves its marks. You will be invited to explore boundaries you have set and boundaries that you have explored as well as ignored in your life.

Read more and register here. there is also a special offer that includes the Holy nights Dreaming. A special time for dreams between December 25 and January 6, that in ancient times was seen as the night that forecasted the year ahead.