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    Default Happy Imbolc ! First Day of Irish Spring - Pagan More So than Christian

    St Brigid's Day, Imbolc, spring, milk, grass-growing, smithing, whatever -

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imbolc

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    A day when the Old Hag of Winter gives way to the Spring Maiden. Would you believe the starlings are already nest building? Snowdrops and Snowbell [wild garlic] are in flower.

    A day to retrieve your staff from neath a Holly tree and walk the woods, scatter seeds for birds and be Lord of the forest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trow View Post
    A day when the Old Hag of Winter gives way to the Spring Maiden. Would you believe the starlings are already nest building? Snowdrops and Snowbell [wild garlic] are in flower.

    A day to retrieve your staff from neath a Holly tree and walk the woods, scatter seeds for birds and be Lord of the forest.
    Indeed, I saw a noisy starling today full of the joys of spring and thought what the hell is going on. We had roses blooming here in December. It's like winter never took a hold at all this year.

    I do love pagan Ireland, it jumps across the ages through the wild areas and fairy forts. Nothing like it.

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    Friday 1 February 2008
    Happy St Brigid's Day – Ireland's first abortionist
    http://choiceireland.blogspot.be/200...first.html?m=1
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaadi View Post
    It's like winter never took a hold at all this year.

    I do love pagan Ireland, it jumps across the ages through the wild areas and fairy forts. Nothing like it.
    I note the Seasonal abnorms. Think we're in for a touch of snow yet. Got a sense that late February/very early March will tell the tale.

    The phase [lunar/portal] of Imbolc is active for two weeks either side of 1st February. A synonym with Bridgid is purity. Like the colour white which Nature yields through Spring flowers such as Snowdrop and wild Spring Garlic [Snowbell] as i've mentioned just earlier.

    And of course the Snow itself. What odds of Snow by 14th February? The lore and character of the month of March in Ireland says...''In like a Lion, out like a Lamb.'' As if we hav'nt had enough storms already can you imagine the snow drifts we could be in for if the Snow is holding out. Hope so!
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    "If you go far enough to either extreme of the political spectrum, Communist or fascist, you'll find hard-eyed men with guns who believe that anybody who doesn't think as they do should be incarcerated or exterminated. " - Jim Garrison, Former DA, New Orleans.

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    Not so long ago the Catholic Church would encourage the shooting of the wren by hunters. Friendly little things. For years Christianity attached bad omens to them and that lore lingered for generations.

    Today is the day that the malignant type fairies ''go abroad'' so visits to enchanted rings are safe. Fact is you'd be safe up until/after Little Christmas, 6th January.

    At the ring i know, a little wren accompanies you throughout your journey there and is quite playful around you. At no other time but Yule have i encountered it there.
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    Trow, here is some spooky s*** for you.

    See the way the forum software claims that the most number of users we have ever had was on 23/12/15?

    Well that was the same day that Aleister Crowley's old house Boleskine almost burned down.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boleskine_House
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    Quote Originally Posted by pluralist View Post
    Trow, here is some spooky s*** for you.

    See the way the forum software claims that the most number of users we have ever had was on 23/12/15?

    Well that was the same day that Aleister Crowley's old house Boleskine almost burned down.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boleskine_House
    I fail to see a connection, although Crowley and his activities were debated on this forum at a time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pluralist View Post
    Trow, here is some spooky s*** for you.

    See the way the forum software claims that the most number of users we have ever had was on 23/12/15?

    Well that was the same day that Aleister Crowley's old house Boleskine almost burned down.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boleskine_House
    Quote Originally Posted by Trow View Post
    I fail to see a connection, although Crowley and his activities were debated on this forum at a time.
    Note the sudden surge over Christmas this year? 1200 plus for a while.

    What brings them do you think?
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    Default Re: Happy Imbolc ! First Day of Irish Spring - Pagan More So than Christian

    I saw loads of primroses in flower over Christmas while I was wandering through fields...very early

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fraxinus View Post
    I saw loads of primroses in flower over Christmas while I was wandering through fields...very early
    Clue's in the name.. ''Prima Rosa'' [First Flower] Notice the snowdrops in flower too just recently.
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    Default Re: Happy Imbolc ! First Day of Irish Spring - Pagan More So than Christian

    I lived as a child in the tropics, where there was little variation in the daylight. Now that I am in Ireland, I always mentally celebrate the 1st of February as the end of the short days. This is the first month in which the days are of more or less normal length as I would see it. The long days of Summer are a bonus.

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