Imbolc 1st – 2nd February
Imbolc is a very important feast. The goddess Brigit comes back to people and gives them strength for the New Year. Let’s not forget that Celts, same as the Jews and other ancient cultures do not have a clearly defined beginning and end of the year. Such thinking was imposed to us by artificially created Christianity. Within old cultures, we could talk about several beginnings of important periods in the annual cycle of the planet. The feast of Imbolc is one of those beginnings. With the advent of Brigit, nature awakens. Every living creature has a duty to honour the arrival of the goddess, whether it ´s the birds in the trees, deer in the woods or beasts in their lairs. Humans honoured her arrival by the ritual of “First tillage”. This tillage was performed by the “king” of the village. He harnessed white horses or oxen and plowed the first furrow into which people put in their various small items as gifts. At this time, druids also walked around the forests and checked the status of their wells. Everybody began with cleaning and preparation for the new season, when it was necessary to plant, nurture and harvest. Today we do not live as our ancestors did. Although the feast of Imbolc is equally important for us. It shows us the basic principles of the order of natural. The only moral principle of nature, where there are no false pretences and it cannot be doubted. The cycle of birth, work, fruits and death, after which in the entire universe the beginning of a new cycle follows. Let’s honour these principles on the feast of Imbolc, which are the highest and only God of every elementary particles of a matter, which indiscriminately constitute the entire universe.