Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Joyous Imbolc

Here is Brigid milking her cow, a stone carving on the Tor in Glastonbury. Today is Brigid's Day, so cheese, milk, and butter are on the menu! Originally Imbolc was a festival celebrating the milk coming in (cow's,goats, etc.), and everything revolved around that wonderful occurence. Just think how it must have been, way back in the "old days", coming through a cold long winter with no fresh milk to be had, and then, woosh, it is back. Definitely something to celebrate.

Today it is Imbolc, Brigids' day.
From here on in, we get to experience Winter leaving us. Back on the Winter Solstice in December, you have to take it on faith that the days really are getting longer, it is soooo dark, winter seems so endless. But here on the first day of February, you can really sense that Winter isn't going to be hangin' around all that much longer and Spring is on its way. And thank Goddess for that!

Here is the Hawthorne tree on WearyAll Hill in Glastonbury.
This tree is said to have grown from Joseph of Arimathea's staff.
This is a view of the Tor from Wearyall Hill.
Near this hill there is a small mound called Bride's Mound, where it is said that St. Brigid once visited. I felt closest to Brigid in this place out of everywhere I visited on my trip last year.

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