Imbolc has always held a special significance for me among the cross-quarter holidays. It may have less of an established awareness among those in the US, and is seems like a quieter and more contemplative mark of the passage of time through the cycle of the year, but there is a lot of interesting tradition beneath that quiet exterior.
I was reminded of this recently when I stumbled upon a podcast called Brigid in Folk Tradition. Blúiríní Béaloidis / Folklore Fragments is a National Folklore Collection Podcast produced at University College in Dublin, Ireland, and has a series of very interesting topics they have explored, including this one on the complex history of Brigid. Have a listen and you will be ready for the day that brings the promise of spring.
The header artwork on this post is an excerpt from my painting, Imbolc, available by clicking HERE.