Chant for Imbolc

Brighid has given her name to rivers across Celtic lands including Brigit in Ireland, Brent in England, And Braint in Wales. Many wells across Ireland are sacred to her, including the most famous St. Brighid Well of Kildare. Pilgrims visit Brighid’s wells to honor her and to seek her blessing, most commonly for healing. They often tie “clooties,” i.e. strips of cloth charged with healing wishes, on trees overlooking the wells. The practice of leaving votive offerings at Brighid’s wells is also quite common. Brighid’s association with water includes proficiency in weather magic.

There is a saying:

‘Chuir Bride miar ’s an abhuinn
La na Feill Bride
Is dh’ fhalbh mathair ghuir an fhuachd

Bride put her finger in the river
On the Feast Day of Bride
And away went the hatching mother of the cold.

From “Sloinntireachd Bhride,” Carmina Gadelica, Volume 1, by Alexander Carmicheal, [1900]


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