Imbolc, also known as Candlemas, begins at sundown on February 1 and ends at sundown on February 2. It also runs concurrently with the feast of St. Brigid.
There is much to read about Imbolc and the feast of St. Brigid, so I won’t add more to that. Except to point you to one of my favorite descriptions about this holiday by Waverly Fitzgerald on her School of the Seasons website. And a post I wrote on Imbolc back in 2008.
I also came across this lovely song about St. Brigid by Celia, which prompted me to put together this post.
I listened to this song a couple of times and danced around the studio while it played. Moving the body is a great way to invite the creative muse to come and play. It also seemed appropriate because Brigid is also associated with creativity and creative ideas.
After dancing around the studio, I created this watercolor painting of St. Brigid in honor of her feast day.
Working intuitively, this painting came together in less than 2 hours. I love when I can dive in and let the creative flow happen. Sketching comes easily. Choosing colors of paint is less stressful. The negative voice becomes quieter when it knows I’m not listening to it.
If you enjoyed Brigid’s song above and want to sing along, the version below includes the words.
Brigid so beautiful. Brigid so powerful.
Goddess Brigid, peace weaver, healer, poet, queen. Melt the snow and bring the spring.