Saturday, 2 February 2013

Imbolg - Inspiration Altar

This altar is dedicated to inspiration and the creative process.

Imbolg is the ancient Celtic fire festival predating Candlemas, observed on 1st - 2nd February in honour of the Goddess Brighde . It marks the central point between the Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox.

The days are now becoming visibly longer and energy is mounting as we approach Spring,the time of reawakening.

Brighde is the patron of poetry,healing,smithcraft and motherhood and is associated with wells and streams.

Myths are clues to the spiritual potentialities of human life  -  Joseph Campbell.

The altar cloth is an unfinished wall hanging,begun more than a decade ago, titled  "This Quilt is Three Thousand Years Old". As I've said in a previous post,the idea sprang from a dream in which my grandmother handed me a tattered 3000 year old quilt which looked as though it had just emerged from an Egyptian tomb.

It's probably now time to complete the project!

Feathers -  gifted by a family of crows who visit our garden. The youngest family member has been eating here daily since it left the nest in early Summer.

Everything on the altar "asks" to be there.

Lead crystal, dried rose petals and pine cones.

I've had this geode for quite a long time and today I decided it was time to find out what was inside. When I bought it  I was told it was an amethyst and was a little surprised to find this blue colour.
Could it be Celestite, the crystal which is said to aid inspiration and creativity ?
The next step is to ask my crystals supplier,to identify it!

Happy Imbolg!

Thank you for visiting.


  1. Wow, the energy is really pulsating and flowing through those vibrant colours and textures. I love the photo with the feathers in it. Love it! So interesting that this is the midpoint between the winter solstice and spring equinox. Yes, I can feel the energy seeping back in and the daylight lengthening...still a ways to go out of the cold, though, in these parts.

    1. Louciao, I'm sure wild animals are benefiting from the lighter days and extended food collecting hours. January and February are usually damp and dull months here,so warmth and colour is much appreciated indoors!

  2. So Brigid is associated with wells and streams! I've been feeling such a kinship with flowing water the past few days. And such pulsing, flowing energy, and I felt - we just have to go with this, not resist it. Great candles and colours and lovely to hear about the crows.
    M xx

    1. M, I've been reading that Brighde,in ancient Scottish mythology,is as closely connected to Norse as Irish,maybe even more so. Here she had a number of different gifts and powers. Apparently the Romans were interested in the indigenous deities and recorded their findings. Hopefully I will find out more......


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