Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Imbolc - Blessing for Hearth Keepers

This morning's photo and poem are my contributions to this year's 5th Annual Cyberspace Poetry Slam Honoring the Goddess Brigid, and many "thank yous" to my mermaid sister Joanna for reminding me.

I can think of no more poetic offering for this day than the lovely and light-filled Blessing for Hearth-Keepers from The Little Book of Celtic Blessings by Caitlin Matthews. It is the poem I recite every year on the eve of Imbolc as I light beeswax candles and kindle a fire in the old fireplace downstairs.

Another of my favorites is Chains of Fire by Elsa Gidlow. Elsa's poem was actually crafted for Yuletide, but its motifs of renewal, cleansing, fire and community are perfect for this day too.

Brighid of the Mantle, encompass us,
Lady of the Lambs, protect us,
Keeper of the Hearth, kindle us.
Beneath your mantle, gather us,
And restore us to memory.
Mothers of our mother,
Foremothers strong.
Guide our hands in yours,
Remind us how
To kindle the hearth.
To keep it bright,
To preserve the flame.
Your hands upon ours,
Our hands within yours,
To kindle the light,
Both day and night.
The Mantle of Brighid about us,
The Memory of Brighid within us,
The Protection of Brighid keeping us
From harm, from ignorance, from heartlessness.
This day and night,
From dawn till dark,
From dark till dawn


Heather said...

That is a beautiful poem for Brighid and for Imbolc. Thank you for posting it. I posted a poem for Brighid here:

Tracie Nichols said...

Thank you so much for the lovely poem -- and for the exquisite images and words in your other posts. This blog feels like a good place to have visited today.

I've offered a poem to Brigid here http://ecoaudient.wordpress.com/.

Victoria said...

What a perfect blessing/poem for Imbolc. Thank you for posting it.

Val said...

I hope the day was good for you. Its my husband's birthday so I have three reasons to celebrate - imbolc, candlemas and birthday.