Imbolc; Lá Fhéile Bhríde; St. Brigid's Day - Whatever you choose to call tomorrow, the 1st February is the festival which marks the beginning of Spring, it has been celebrated since neolithic times, as we see on the Hill of Tara at the Mound of the Hostages, the inner chamber is aligned with the rising sun on Imbolc. The festival is said to be originally associated with the pagan goddess Brigid, whom some say was a fertility goddess.
Imbolc represents lush growth, new beginnings and intentions. A new brightness and white light. A different light to that which lingers for the summer solstice. A rich nourishing creamy light, heralding the new flow of spring energy.
We are all on a tilt - A good day to re-connect with the wild fertile unconscious.
A few years ago I made a cocktail to honour the Pussy Willow, something light, soft and silky. I always enjoy this cocktail on Imbolc, Along with semolina served both sweet and savoury in a variety of flavours. Pictured is one of my favourites, with a homemade dandelion syrup and dried Fennel pollen.
...Also if you are in or around Galway tomorrow come along to Urban Grind from 3-4pm for our Imbolc gathering.