Global Goddess Oracle: Imbolc 2008
Much of this issue of Global Goddess Oracle is devoted to the holyday celebrated at the beginning of February called Imbolc or Brigid (or variations Brigit, Bridgid, etc.), also sometimes called Candelmas. The cover is a picture of an Acorn with a better and longer explanation of Imbolc than what I just gave.
Other Imbolc-related articles are:
--"Brighid" by Dianne Quarrie," about the festival, the Goddess Brighid, and "things you can do to honor Imbolc."
-- "Folklore of the Isle of Man or Imbolc," including Celtic poetry/chant, shared by Bendis.
-- "Imbolc Solitary Ritual" by Dawn "Belladonna" Thomas (a solitary ritual is one meant to be done by only one person).
--"What the Groundhog Sees" by Mama Donna Henes, connects the American Ground Hog Day to other celebrations at this time of year--and to pregnancy.
Other features of this issue include:
"Ripples Out from the Center" by H. Byron Ballard. Beginning with a quote from Chaucer's, "The Canterbury Tales," Ballard writes about "the call" to pilgrimage and what may happen if you answer it.
Flash Silvermoon's "Walking a Rainbow Path." Flash describes a path of diversity based in Womanspirit that "goes beyond the Western European and Celtic styles."
"Letter to the Goddess" by Rhiannon. Gratitude and appreciation of Great Mother that might even be a prayer.
"Found Goddess Verbena: Goddess of Wordplay and Really Awful Verse," by Barbara Ardinger, Ph.D. A humorous piece about a made-up goddess, one of a number for which Ardinger has become known.
"Herb of the Season: Blackberry," and "Moon Schedule and Planting and Harvesting Days," both by Dawn "Belladona" Thomas.
"Woman and Spirituality" an unsigned post announcing the launch of a site with blogs and other stuff by a variety of women, a number of whom are well known.