These first days of February are cause for celebration! Brigid's Day, Candlemas, Imbolc, and the groundhog business all occur in this little window. By lighting a candle and being still for a moment, we can take symbolic action to connect with and enliven the Nature energies of this time. Where I live, the light is growing and with its return come the first stirrings of plant life deep in the Earth. Fires are lit in honor of the light's life-giving power and many people invoke Brigid as the guardian of healing, protection, purification, and creativity.
Traditionally, Brigid's crosses for protection are woven now, but I decided to unroll some dye bundles instead. By candlelight I really couldn't see how they turned out so my first good look was this morning. The red silk had been rolled with a spent amaryllis bloom and the brown wool and cotton rolled with bits of pinecones. Nothing's been ironed or rinsed or anything yet but that amaryllis, wow!
I'm glad I lit my Brigid candle yesterday! A nice blanket of fresh snow feels very purifying though and it really does insulate and protect what lies beneath.
The coming full moon is on February 6 (where I live) so the next Full Moon Art posting will be Wednesday, February 7. Join me in making Full Moon Art and link in the comments to share your makings or send me your photos! Last month's links are here -- and the drawing down the moon page on the sidebar has a few more photos.
Happy weekending! Stay warm. Or cool! xo