Hearth and heart

I celebrated Imbolc last weekend, with the blessing of her mantle left out overnight, the burning of the old greens, the playing of the harp, the making of bannock, the offering of  songs and mead. Celebrating myself this year was a choice — choosing to spend time with a small group of loved ones, in this case the Kindreds and the Gods of the Season, Brighid and her father the Dagda.

And quite frankly, it’s sweet to celebrate on a solitary (human) basis, to weave yourself  back into the pattern without the distraction of travel or being a hostess. It’s good to celebrate with others, as well; it’s all a matter of where you’re at spiritually at a given moment in time. Neither is inherently better than the other.

At any rate, I do make an Imbolc offering to the larger community: “Hearth and heart,” a chant I recorded on my album Oisin (and which I traditionally perform during Imbolc, accompanied by harp). The lyrics:

Lady Brigid
Lady of the hearth
Lady of the heart
Healer of the soul
     Lady of the heart
     Healer of the soul

Some years ago, I submitted it to Witchvox’s Bardic Circle. While the link is no longer active, you can read about its creation here. You also can hear the song in the embedded player on the Kwannon site.

Enjoy, and feel free to use the chant for your own purposes!


About whitecatgrove

The musings of a Druid priestess, singer, poet and musician in Upstate New York.
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