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Imbolc Greeting Card

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Celtic Festival of Spring celebrated on the 1st and 2nd of February, means “in the belly” (of the Mother).  Another name is Oimelc, meaning milk of ewes since it is also the traditional lambing season in the old world.  Herd animals have either given birth to the first offspring of the year or their wombs are swollen and the milk of life is flowing into their teats and udders. It is the time of Blessing of the seeds and consecration of agricultural tools. It marks the centre point of the dark half of the year.

Greeting Card

Width: 12 cm

Height: 18 cm

Weight: 24 g

Material: Paper x weight

Greeting Card representing an original acrylic painting by Elena Danaan

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This holiday is especially sacred to the Irish Fire Goddess Brighid, patron of smithcraft, healing, midwifery, and poetry.  It is the festival of the Maiden, for from this day to March 21st, it is her season to prepare for growth and renewal.  Straw Brideo'gas (corn dollies) are created from oat or wheatstraw and placed in baskets with white flower bedding. Young girls then carry the Brideo'gas door to door, and gifts are bestowed upon the image from each household. Afterwards at the traditional feast, the older women make special acorn wands for the dollies to hold, and in the morning the ashes in the hearthare examined to see if the magic wands left marks as a good omen. Brighid'sCrosses are fashioned from rushes stalks and exchanged as symbols of protection and prosperity in the coming year. Home hearth fires are put out and re-lit,and a besom is place by the front door to symbolize sweeping out the old and welcoming the new. Candles are lit and placed in each room of the house to honour the re-birth of the Sun. In many places, the first Crocus flowers began to spring forth from the frozen earth.  The Christian religion adopted a number of these themes, as follows: February 1 became St. Brigit's Day, and February 2 became Candlemas, the day to make and bless candles for the liturgical year.