Imbolc 2017: Another Google Hangout Ritual

The altar with offerings.  Photo by Grey Catsidhe, 2017.

Northern Rivers Grove had planned to gather at the Yoga Center to celebrate Brighid’s day, Imbolc, but our plans were once more thwarted by poor weather. Having already celebrated the Winter Solstice via Google Hangouts, we decided to do it again. Once more, the logic was that it would be better to do something.  Grey, Weretoad, and Bee set up the main altar at their house.  Grey lead the ritual.  Everyone performed their ritual parts at their own homes, encouraged to make personal offerings at their altars and shrines later.  We raised energy and charged a creative tool – sewing needles, crochet hooks, keyboards, guitar picks, spoons, and other items were represented.


Detail of our Three Hallows and Brighid representations.  Note the beautiful triquetra incense holder Holda sent us as a Solstice gift.  The Grove will treasure it always.  Photo by Grey Catsidhe, 2017.

The deity of the occasion was, of course, Brighid.  She has been important to our grove since the beginning, and many of our members are devoted to her in some way.  Members in Northern Rivers Grove are artisans, bards, nurturers, healers, and animal lovers.  The virtual aspect of this gathering once more meant that ritual was simplified.  We did not do our traditional doll presentation.  We didn’t sing.  As decided after our Winter Solstice ritual, such rituals are odd.  Some fellowship is better than none, but the energy is very different – more subdued and informal.  We missed each other.  Little did we know that it would be our last ritual with one member…


Our omen for the coming months was as follows:

Nature Spirits gave us the sow, a symbol of nurturing.  Although winter raged around us, Nature would still providing for us.

The Ancestors gave us the Blackbird.  They reminded us to listen to our inner call.  As this omen came from the Ancestors themselves, they ask us to listen to their voices in our intuition.

The Gods and Goddesses gave us the bear, a representation of the land and, to Grey, rest – especially this time of year.  The Gods and Goddesses know that we are in the midst of a difficult winter (and difficult times in general, relatively speaking).  It is okay for us to rest.  It felt like a nod to our less energetic rituals.  Also, the bear represents sovereignty and the land.  She has been showing up quite a bit in Grey’s personal readings.  It may have something to do with a general urge to protect the land as well… so know when to rest and when to act.

Hopefully the weather will be kind to us so we can gather together physically and welcome spring.


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