In 2015, I attended my first Imbolc ritual which was led by Mother Grove Goddess Temple. It was a transformational night for me as Brigid made her presence known to me in a real and powerful way. Since that night, she has never left my side, and is still the form of the goddess I hold most dear. It is She whose name I invoke every time I cast a circle, and an icon of Saint Brigid is front and center on my home altar.
Fast forward to 2022 and I recently found out, much to my surprise and delight, that one of my Great Grandfathers was Irish. He was born in the United States but both of his parents immigrated to this country from Ireland. Throughout my life, I’ve always been told that my Dad’s side of the family was 100% German. Surprise!
It appears that Brigid already knew this family secret and sought me out before I discovered the truth. I spoke to my mentor and friend Byron Ballard about this and she said Brigid always seeks out her people who are a part of the diaspora from Ireland.
I cannot tell you how wonderful this discovery makes me feel, and my celebration of Imbolc this year was especially joyous and festive. My hope and prayer for all of you is that the Goddess will surprise you every once in a while and fill your life with a sense of wonder and delight. May the spiritual path you walk contain a few unexpected twists and turns along the way!
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