Exploring Celtic Spirituality - Archive, Brigid & Imbolc, 2010                                         

A Series of Classes and Ceremonies Celebrating the Celtic Wheel of the Year
with Edie Stone, MA
2027 Broadway, Suite H, Boulder, Colorado 80302     
303-415-3755

Because Imbolc 2010 was such a successful ceremony, I have retained its page in full here as an archive.

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January 31, 2010 - Imbolc: The Festival Of Brigid, Celtic Goddess and Saint

Come join us in celebration of the beauty, inspiration, and healing energy of Brigid -- Brigid who is an ancient and timeless triune goddess of the Celtic spirit, and Brigid, who is the beloved saint of Ireland and Scotland.

In our ceremony, we will have an opportunity to walk the lovely 11-circuit labyrinth in quiet contemplation. We will also share stories, music, and poetry inspired by Brigid. All participants will have an opportunity to receive a small candle infused with the Flame of Brigid, and a blessing from her healing well.

The qualities and symbolism of goddess and saint overlap and merge in a lovely way, making it difficult to tell where the myth of one ends and the legends of the other begins.

Check out the article that appeared in the Boulder Daily Camera, Saturday, January 23, 2010, about our Imbolc celebration! http://www.dailycamera.com/archivesearch/ci_14248469
Text of the article is copied below.


  Brigid's Well at Kildare, IrelandWell of St. Brigid in Kildare, Ireland

NOTE: Be sure to bring warm socks, or enjoy going barefoot on the Labyrinth. They will have some booties to cover shoes, if you need shoes. (The floor can be slippery in socks.) We must do everything we can to preserve the labyrinth, which is in delicate condition.

The church has an elevator to the basement, and is handicapped accessible.

The parking lot behind the church is available for Sunday (not for weekdays, however).

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Links:

http://www.dailycamera.com/archivesearch/ci_14248469

Celtic celebration honors spiritual woman of mystery, history

Megan Quinn, For the Camera
Posted: 01/23/2010 12:04:44 AM MST

Celtic goddess and Catholic saint Brigid carries a sense of mysticism in two seemingly different but intimately connected traditions.

Edie Stone, who has been organizing Celtic festivals in Boulder since the early 90's, hopes to shed light on Brigid and Imbolc, her upcoming Celtic celebration. The holiday honors Brigid, a woman with dual identities as a Catholic saint and a pagan goddess of healing and poetry. The Imbolc celebration takes place 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31 at the First United Methodist Church, 1421 Spruce Street.

Brigid is a dynamic symbol because of her multiple identities, Stone said.

"The qualities and symbolism of goddess and saint overlap and merge in a lovely way, making it difficult to tell where the myth of one ends and the legends of the other begins," she said.

The celebration, which is open to the public, will feature stories, music, and poetry inspired by Brigid, and participants will pass around candles that symbolize the fire that continuously burns in Kildare, Ireland, where Saint Brigid established an abbey around the year 470. In the Pagan tradition, Brigid's flame symbolizes Spring's growing warmth.

"There's a lot of crossover when it comes to Brigid in the historical sense and the mythical sense," she said.

Stone became interested in Celtic rituals as a graduate student at Naropa in the early 90's. At first, she studied Native American traditions and their connections to the earth. After meeting another student who described his spiritual experiences with Celtic traditions, Stone threw herself into learning everything about Celtic ceremonies and their similar ties to nature. A group of students got together and organized celebrations for each of the four major Celtic celebrations.

"We started really getting into it and taught each other. It was a joyful process, and we were always discussing how we could do it so it was interesting and exciting for people," she said.

There are four "cross-quarter" holy days that fall in between solstice days and equinox days. They also include Samhain or Halloween, Beltane or May Day and Lughnasa or Lammas. Stone often holds workshops that delve into the other three celebrations.

Stone said the First United Methodist Church was a good place to hold the event because of the church's large indoor labyrinth. Another part of the ceremony will include a contemplative walk through the labyrinth.

Labyrinths have also appeared in both early pagan and Christian traditions, Stone said. The winding, circular path is meant to help generate a meditative state where people can reflect on their life and spirituality.

Julie Heins of First United Methodist Church said the church has rented out the labyrinth room to many organizations since it is one of the few indoor labyrinths in Boulder.

"It's a pretty popular spiritual practice around here," she said.

The church's large basement labyrinth was the brainchild of former pastor Trevor Potter, and a committee helped maintain it and integrate it into spiritual events. In the past few years, however, the most active users have moved away, gone back to school or joined other churches, Heins said.

The labyrinth, open to the public 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, it is available to people of all faith traditions, she said.

Those interested can also walk a few other labyrinths around Boulder. St. John's Episcopal Church, 1419 Pine Street, has a stone labyrinth just outside the building. Those who are looking for a nature-centered maze can walk the gravel labyrinth behind the Boulder Public Library. The labyrinth sits right next to Boulder Creek.

Megan Quinn writes a weekly faith column for the Camera and can be reached at bubblegumandbibles@gmail.com.

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EVENT DETAILS - Archive of Imbolc 2010

EVENT: Imbolc: The Festival Of Brigid, Celtic Goddess and Saint

TIME: January 31, 2010,

LOCATION: Labyrinth Room in the First United Methodist Church, 1421 Spruce Street, Boulder, CO 80302

DIRECTIONS: NE corner of 14th and Spruce. Spruce is one-way going west in the downtown loop. Park on the street or in the city garage on 15th Street between Pearl and Spruce. Free parking on Sunday.

COST: By donation. $10 to $25 appreciated, if you have the ability to give. No one turned away for lack of funds.

RESERVATIONS: Please RSVP if possible.
Edie Stone, 303-415-3755, EStone@ShamanicJourneys.net
 

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