An incense to celebrate First Light (Candlemass, Imbolc) and to honor the Celtic goddess Brigid. To purify, protect, and bless your home.
….To strengthen and encourage all who are under your roof, blessing the threshold, blessing the coming and the going, and (especially!) the sheltering in place.
- Thank you, Lunaea Weatherstone
Brigid and First Light (Candlemass , Imbolc) February 1-2
The holiday is a festival of the hearth and home, and a celebration of the lengthening days and the early signs of spring. Celebrations often involved hearth fires, special foods, divination, or watching for omens, candles, or a bonfire if the weather permitted. Fire and purification were an important part of the festival. The lighting of candles, incense, and fires represented the return of warmth and the increasing power of the Sun over the coming months. A spring cleaning was also customary.
Imbolc, in the Celtic seasonal calendar, marks the beginning of the lambing season and signals the beginning of Spring and the stirrings of new life. It is Feile Brighde, the 'quickening of the year'. It is the promise of renewal, of hidden potential, of earth awakening and life-force stirring. Here is hope. We welcome the growth of the returning light and witness Life's insatiable appetite for rebirth.
It is time to let go of the past and to look to the future, clearing out the old, making both outer and inner space for new beginnings. This can be done in numerous ways, from spring cleaning your home to clearing the mind and heart to allow inspiration to enter for the new cycle. ('Spring cleaning was originally a nature ritual' - Doreen Valiente). It's a good time for wish-making or making a dedication.
Imbolc is traditionally the great festival and honoring of Brigid (Brighid, Bride, Brigit), so loved as a pagan Goddess that her worship was woven into the Christian church as St Bridget. She is a Goddess of healing, poetry, and smithcraft. She is a Goddess of Fire, of the Sun, and of the Hearth. She brings fertility to the land and its people and is closely connected to midwives and new-born babies. She is the Triple Goddess, but at Imbolc, she is in her Maiden aspect.
The distinctive St. Brigid's Cross design (as on the label art) is made from woven rushes, is thought to keep evil, fire, and hunger from the homes in which it is displayed,
Here is what came together in a lovely way as an incense offering to Brigid:
Larix (Larch) needles - The bright flame in a cold winter wood, to drive away evil
Rose oil and petals
Mastic resin, because to me it smells like a blessing
Clary Sage ( it just called out to be included)
and one of my favorite herbs Triple Leaf Sage
This price is for 1 oz in an airtight Amber jar. We recommend heating on an electric incense heater, but it works well when gently burned on quality charcoal
"Brigid" by Katlyn Breene
To learn more about the Goddess Brigid I highly recommend the book "Tending Brigid's Flame" by my friend Lunaea Weatherstone