Imbolc & The Rites of Women: The Midwinter Festival of Lights

Gather Victoria

imbolc3 Brigid’s Cross woven for Imbolc

Across the world, for thousands of years, our ancestors celebrated the turn of the seasons through sacred rituals,  feasts and plenty of magic.  Marking the astrological alignments of the sun and moon, theses activities had one central purpose – to harmonize human activity with the great cycles and forces of nature, thereby ensuring fertility, abundance and good harvest.

Sounds pretty good to me. That’s why this year, once again, I’m going to gather with friends and neighbours to engage in a little sympathetic magic. We’ll celebrate one of the most beautiful and ancient of these “holy-days” – the Midwinter Festival of Lights. Known as Lupercalia to the Romans, Sul-Minerva to the ancient Brits, Imbolc or Brigid’s Day to the ancient Celts, it occurred at halfway between winter solstice and spring equinox (somewhere between January 31st to February 2nd).

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About Makere

A transplanted New Zealand Scots/Maori academic/grandmother/random singer and sometime activist, my life is shaped by a deep conviction of the necessity for active critical engagement in the multi-faceted global and local crises of being and survival of species that confront us in the 21st century, the urgency of re-visioning the meaning of thriving together, and the contribution of Indigenous knowledge systems to a truly sustainable and just global society.
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