Thematic Images of Imbolc on the Celtic Wheel of the Year
Thematic Images for the Fire Festival of Imbolc
Thematic Images of Brighid or Bride, the Triple Godess of Imbolc
Brighid as sun goddess
Brighid is the fire goddess of Ireland who is honored at Imbolc. She is the keeper of the home, the protector of mothers, the guardian of the hearth fire, the patroness of abundance. This prayer honors her in her many different aspects.
Prayer to Brighid
Mighty Brighid, keeper of the flame, blazing in the darkness of winter. O goddess, we honor you, bringer of light, healer, exalted one. Bless us now, hearth mother, that we may be as fruitful as the soil itself, and our lives abundant and fertile.
Bride of the earth, sister of the faeries, daughter of the Tuatha de Danaan, keeper of the eternal flame. In autumn, the nights began to lengthen, and the days grew shorter, as the earth went to sleep. Now, Brighid stokes her fire, burning flames in the hearth, bringing light back to us once more. Winter is brief, but life is forever. Brighid makes it so.
Hail, Brigantia! Keeper of the forge, she who shapes the world itself with fire, she who ignites the spark of passion in the poets, she who leads the clans with a warrior's cry, she who is the bride of the islands, and who leads the fight of freedom. Hail, Brigantia! Defender of kin and hearth, she who inspires the bards to sing, she who drives the smith to raise his hammer, she who is a fire sweeping across the land.
I am under the shielding of good Brigit each day: I am under the shielding Of good Brigit each night.
I am under the keeping Of the nurse of Mary, Each early and late, Every dark, every light.
Brigit is my comrade woman, Brigit is my maker of song, Brigit is my helping woman, My choicest of women, my woman of guidance.