The Goddess month of Brigid runs from January 23rd to February 19th and takes in the Sabbat of Imbolc. Brigid is associated with healing, physicians, agriculture, learning, inspiration, poetry, divination, prophecy, occult knowledge, abundance and fertility. She is also associated with livestock and domesticated animals.
As the Goddess of regeneration it is quite fitting that Imbolc falls during her month. Imbolc marks the early spring, a time of rejuvenation and regeneration. This month we can look to areas of our lives that are becoming stale and rejuvenate them, calling on the Goddess for her blessings and help.
We can perform blessings for our pets, or livestock if we keep it.
The one thing I always do, if not at Imbolc, then usually before the end of February, is to sow my seeds for the garden. I think that the energies are just right for successful growth at this time. We can also plant seeds of inspiration now, we can ask that Brigid bless our ventures – and our actual seeds.
There are so many possibilities this month, let Brigid shower her blessings upon you.
I’m not entirely sure when I first came across the Goddess of the month theme. Neither is it something I have been a regular follower of. But given my motto for 2012 is to encompass all sorts of wonderful ideas to improve, enhance and enrich my life, I thought it was something I might include on my blog.
The current Goddess month actually began on December 26th and runs to January 22nd and it is the month of Hestia – or Vesta. Hestia governs the hearth and home and this seems fitting given that we spend a lot of time at home during this time.
Hestia is the first born daughter of Cronus and Rhea. She is the Goddess of ordinary folk and teaches us the values of family life, among other things. With the Yuletide season all but behind us now we are very conscious of family time. We may have just had a wonderful few days of togetherness and may be feeling a little bit lost now the festive season is behind us. Or maybe we are glad to see the back of this particular season, with all the stresses and strains that spending so much time with our families can bring.
Welcoming Hestia into our lives can be very beneficial for either reason. If you are apt to miss the togetherness that the Yuletide season brings, then perhaps Hestia can help you remain close to your family all year round. Just because the festivities are done and dusted for another year doesn’t mean we can’t see our loved ones and spend quality time with them.
By asking Hestia to bless us with the love of our family we can enjoy the close bonds we share during the festive time all year round. Or, if you have just closed the door on a pretty stressful festive period, full of family tension and arguments, then maybe Hestia could help ease those stresses and strains. By calling upon her to bless our families we can learn to be more accepting and loving during such times. We can learn to heal the pain that may have festered in the family unit for a long time. We can learn to appreciate our families, warts and all, and discover how best to deal with those argumentative relatives who often leave us feeling like we want to throttle them.
Use the blessings of Hestia this month to bring peace, love and unity to your family.