'The Wild Violet'
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There is nothing quite like bright sunny spring days after stormy winter ones to motivate and move a person.
I suppose it has always been the case - The clarity and realisation, which comes with living life through many spring seasons is now present - That clean on the outside = Clean Claire on the inside, clean to my core, clean head and clean clear heart -
Yes all of my corners are gleaming!
Imbolc; Lá Fhéile Bhríde; St. Brigid's Day - Whatever you choose to call today, the 1st February is the festival which marks the beginning of Spring, it has been celebrated since neolithic times, as we see on the Hill of Tara at the Mound of the Hostages, the inner chamber is aligned with the rising sun on Imbolc. The festival is said to be originally associated with the pagan goddess Brigid, whom some say was a fertility goddess.
The name Imbolc is based on the old Irish 'i mbolg', meaning 'in the belly' this refers to the pregnancy and lactation of ewe's.
This evening we will hang the Brigid's Cross (see above) to welcome Brigid back, have a feast, a sloe gin cocktail, burn the blackthorn (sloe) wood and toast the return of Brigid, the return of light and the end of the darkest season - A toast to new birth and life, to nature's cycles, to blackthorns…and to healthy lactating ewe's!
Welcome back Spring.
America Village / Baile Mheiriceá is a place in north Connemara on the west coast of Ireland.
We are passionate about working toward creating greater harmony regarding the way nature and community interact in our modern world.
Our Apothecary signature Syrup's are crafted in small batches using local, sustainably foraged, seasonal bounty.