Pagan Portals - Breath of Spring

Pagan Portals - Breath of Spring

Possibly the most basic activity in our experience, breathing is also an important magical metaphor ... A breath of spring air is a welcome change from the current situation.

Pagan Portals - Breath of Spring

Possibly the most basic activity in our experience, breathing is also an important magical metaphor ... A breath of spring air is a welcome change from the current situation.

Paperback £9.99 || $12.95

Jan 27, 2023
978-1-80341-188-0

e-book £4.99 || $6.99

Jan 27, 2023
978-1-80341-189-7

Melusine Draco
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Holidays (general), Paganism & neo-paganism, Witchcraft

Synopsis

Candlemas/Imbolc is the re-awakening of the Old Lass within Old Craft belief and also coincides with the Roman Candelaria and Fornicalia - a spring corn festival celebrated in honour of Fornax, goddess of ovens, and observed by each ward of the city. All this merging of primitive origins and rites, belonging to the European pre-urban agricultural culture, meant that it also commemorated the search for Persephone by her mother and the festival of candles symbolizing the return of the Light. So it continued to be performed until the Christian era, when it was transformed into Candalmas in AD494.

In pre-Christian times, Imbolc observance began the night before 1st February, and celebrants prepared for a visit from Brigid into their homes by crafting an effigy of the goddess from bundles of oats and rushes. The clothed effigy was placed in a basket overnight, and the day was celebrated by burning lamps and lighting bonfires in tribute to her. Traditions from both the pagan celebration and the Christian observance of St. Brigid’s Day can be found in the modern Imbolc festivities - while celebrants sometimes make a Brigid’s Cross out of reeds, as well as a Brigid corn doll or effigy.

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