Issue 21 - Spring 2015: Imbolc & Ostara
The Quickening ...
As 2014 ends, and we write this editorial, we look back and shake our heads, have we really turned another wheel? Where did time go?
One more year has gone by and Brigid’s Fire through a lot of hard work stands its ground and with the support of our contributors and subscribers it was a year of growth and learning for all the team.
For us, it was a pleasure to do this work and being able to spread so far with stockists now in London - UK and Salem - USA. To have made contact with so many wonderful people even if most only by email. To witness how far we have reached and with that how much we have grown... And, as we start our 6th year, we look forward to new beginnings, new
Imbolg is the Sabbat of purification, new beginnings and individual growth and in Ireland often referred to the Quickening time for at this time of the year everything in nature seems to accelerate its growth.
At Imbolg we sweep away the old, expelling negative energy in our lives. It is common to sweep the whole house visualizing this. The connection with the purification of Imbolg comes from Old Europe, where, at that time, all the Yule decoration was burned. This represented disconnection with the past so that the future is promising.
And promising it will be the future of Brigid’s Fire.
We are making a few changes this year and renaming the issue title to seasons instead of festivals. With this we aim to cover many more subjects, and in each issue we will encompass two festivals – Spring issue embrace Imbolg and Ostara; Summer embraces Bealtaine and Midsummer and so on...
We will also be offering our readers more articles and features about Ireland and its rich history of magic and spirituality. We will be carrying regular writings on the subjects of Ireland's sacred sites, folk traditions, magical literature and much more besides.
We would like to extend our thanks to all our readers for your continued support (without you there would be no magazine) and we hope you enjoy another year of Brigid’s Fire Magazine.
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