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Plants in the Wheel of the Year - February
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Each Plant has its place in the Wheel of the Year - depending on the Month it has a special meaning - here you will find the Plants in the particular significance in each respective Month.
In this 12-part series to be published at the Beginning of each Month, I want to introduce Herbs, Bushes and Trees, assigned by our Ancestors and their Forefathers to each Month and Festivity, following mostly the Celtic Cultural Cycle's lore and tribal knowledge in the Wheel of the Year.
These Plants are not only to be used in the particular Month in the associated Wheel of the Year Feasts, they also keep available special powers, attributes and gifts in the Cycle of the Year.

please note: Always consult a doctor before using healing remedies and read disclaimer at the end of my abstract.

parsifalrain, February, 12

Under old knowledge is understood the since time immemorial known experiences of humanity which resulted in the first step from the observation of Nature.
The changing of the Seasons, the Stars in the Sky, grow and thrive throughout the Wheel of the Year.
In this series, it's about how one once valued Nature and Man was a living part of Nature.
Of particular importance to me is the symbiosis of Man and Plant, and how to use the Plants.
Nature is a treasure full of possibilities which reveals itself to me in the effect of the Plants and in the use of the old Rituals.
My interest is to give people access to their native Kingdom of Plants and the ancient Myths and Customs of their Culture.

Plants in the Wheel of the Year - February by Parain on Scribd


The Watercress, Brunnenkresse (Nasturtium officinale)
Cruciferous plant family
(botanical described in more details in my e-book 'Spring Therapy With Weeds' on page 21)
At the Watercress, I particularly appreciate that I can collect her even in the middle of Winter.
Over snow-covered meadows I go to the forest section where the green Watercress smiles at me.
She can be found on the small, slowly flowing streamlet or marvellous but rare spectacles of Nature: Artesian aquifers.
And I'm happy about the fresh, vitamin-rich green that enriches our diet in the middle of this times low in vegetables.



the history
The Watercress is revered as one of the few medicinal Plants since ancient world.
In the Middle Ages, it was considered universal medicinal Herb because of her diverse effect.
That is why the Watercress is described in detail and praised in many medieval herbal books.

Watercress grows throughout Europe on slow-flowing waters and springs.
Mostly she covers the floor like a green carpet.

Plants should be taken only from running waters, once the plants are blooming, they are no longer well-suited for consumption.

Essential mustard oils - which give Cress its sharpness
Tannins and bitter substances
Very much Vitamin C, but also Vitamins A, D and E.
Iron, potassium, arsenic and iodine

curative effect
Antibacterial - penicillin of the forest
Blood cleansing and diuretic - ideal support for the Spring Cure
strengthens the function of liver and bile
activates the entire metabolism
Expectorant - helps with catarrh of the upper respiratory tract
Watercress is considered an aphrodisiac and appetite-stimulating, metabolism-promoting, diuretic and labor-promoting.
Therefore, Watercress should better not be consumed In pregnancy.

use as a medicinal Plant
As the ingredients of Watercress are largely lost during drying, she should be applied fresh.
Since her ingredients can irritate the gastric mucous membranes, she should not be consumed daily.

fresh Plant juice
Fresh Watercress leaves are juiced
The juice works well against coughing and hoarseness
Take a tablespoon 3 times a day

fresh Plant infusion
2 teaspoons of fresh Watercress leaves are poured over with ¼ liter of boiling Water - leave to draw for 5 minutes.
Drink a cup of it daily for 3 Weeks.
This Tea has a strong blood purifier and therefore supports a Spring Cure.

recipes from the Wild Herb cuisine
for daily use:

Sprinkle finely chopped Watercress leaves on the bread.
Just add Watercress to the salad - tastes wonderfully spicy
Blend Watercress with cottage cheese and sour cream, salt and pepper to a delicious Spring spread

Watercress soup
1 onion
½ kg of floury potatoes
a little butter
real salt, pepper, grated nutmeg
1 handful of fresh Watercress leaves
whipped cream
Chop the onion and sauté in a little butter.
Pour the vegetable soup on, add the diced potatoes and cook until soft.
Season with real salt and pepper, add a pinch of nutmeg.
Finally, boil the freshly chopped Watercress leaves very briefly.
Puree the soup and refine with whipped cream to taste.
Serve with roasted whole grain bread cubes and a few fresh leaves.

Winter vegetables with fresh Watercress
To enrich our daily vegetables with additional Vitamins, I like to add fresh Watercress.
Cut the carrots, potatoes and celery into small cubes and steam until soft.
Swirl the finished vegetables in butter, season with real salt and mix with very finely cut Watercress.



The Ground Ivy - Creeping Charlie, Gundel-Vine, Gundelrebe, Gundermann, Günsel (Wound leaflet) (Glechoma hederacea)
Mint family [Lamiaceae or Labiatae]

(botanical described in more details in my e-book 'Spring Therapy With Weeds' on page 11)
Ground Ivy is a small, rather inconspicuous plant that has already caused some garden lovers to despair, because it has the habit of growing around the house.
It is a herbaceous, perennial and, above all, hardy plant.
I really appreciate this property because I am able to collect fresh Ground Ivy leaflets right in the back of the house in February and use them in my kitchen.



history and myths
Creeping Charlie is one of the most important ingredients of the Nine Herb Soup, which has always been prepared around Maundy Thursday.
He is also known as the 'Holy Thursday soup'.
Ground Ivy gives this soup the harsh taste.
In addition, the Gundel-Vine was sacred to the Celts and Teutons.
They believed that among their leaves lived the house-and-home-ghosts who took care of the people.
If you wear Gundel-Vine wreaths in the head of Walpurgis, you can recognize every evil spirit.

The Gundel Vine is common throughout Europe, but also grows in Asia and North America.
Preferably, he grows near houses, on walls and fences.
But you can also find him in wet forests and meadows

3-7% tannins, the bitter substance Glechomin
vitamin C
0.03% to 0.06% essential oil
rosemary acid

curative effect
soothing (makes you feel good !)
stimulating bladder and kidney
regulating the entire metabolism
oral hygiene and oral infections
Ground Ivy helps with all protracted, persistent and debilitating forms of disease, especially when they are related to pus.
He helps with chronic disease like bronchitis, runny nose, and mucosal inflammation.
He also strengthens the heart and circulation, and serves as a general corroborative.
Gundel Vine has a grounding effect and helps to have both feet on the ground.
A tea from the leaves and flowers should help to drain heavy metals out of the body.

Ground Ivy should not be consumed In pregnancy, however, poisoning in humans are not known.
Creeping Charlie can be collected throughout the Year and is one of the few Plants that we can look for in the Winter under the snow or on  house walls.

The main collection time for Ground Ivy is from March to October.
The flowers can be collected from May to June, preferably when the moon is just increasing.

use as a medicinal Plant
Tea is made from fresh or dried leaves, with the effect of a tea from fresh plant parts being much higher.
Creeping Charlie can also be preserved very well as an oil, known as the Ground Ivy oil, which causes wounds to heal quickly.
In addition, leaves are collected in June or July and filled into a small glass.
The leaves are pressed tightly, covered with thistle oil and allowed to stand in a sunny spot for a few Days, until a light liquid forms at the bottom of the glass.
This is then carefully strained and stored in a dark vial.
The Bach flowers from Ground Ivy help to fix old, misunderstood feelings.
Old patterns of behavior can be better recognized and changed, especially those that you did not even notice.
It also helps to develop, tune and to express the finer qualities of one's own being.
It brings confidence in oneself no matter where one is right now..

recipes from the Wild Herb Cuisine
Ground Ivy potato cheese
300g boiled, floury potatoes
1 onion
1 cup of sour cream
2 tablespoons freshly chopped Ground Ivy leaves
Grate the potatoes, mix with chopped onion, sour cream, Gundel Vine, real salt and pepper.
Potato cheese is a wonderful spread and tastes whether great or small.
With the Ground Ivy tastes everything a little spicier and offers a welcome change in the Wild Herb Cuisine.

Gundel-Vine potato dumplings
500g of floury potato
1 egg
a little spelled flour
real salt and nutmeg
A few leaflets of the Gundel-Vine
Boil the potatoes and let it cool.
Finely grate and knead with flour and egg to a potato dough.
Add the spices and the Ground Ivy, form small patties and bake in a little butter.
Decorate with fresh leaves.

Kräuter-Wissen: Gundelrebe



This information is supplied without liability, limit or warranty.
Please note - this healing recipes may be subject to change and are without guarantee – always contact a Medical doctor before the application !
The information in this article has been carefully reviewed by me.
However, I decline any liability for any damage or consequences arising from the use or misuse of the information I have provided.
I do not give any medical advice.
If you have serious health problems, you should refrain from self-medication and seek the advice of a Medical doctor or alternative practitioner.

Some Wild Plants are protected regionally, consult the nature conservation authorities.
Collect only individual Plants, so that the stock remains !
Remember – you can only harvest something which belongs to you !

all images from Wikipedia, Wikimedia or self-made unless otherwise stated

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The purpose of the Wheel Of The Year Celebrations
Each of the Festivities of the Year's Wheel is dynamically placed so as to take full advantage of powerful surges in energy, both upon the Earth and in the Heavens, and it is the varying energies which each Festival presents, that enables conscious renewal of participants in ceremony in honour of these times:
Human actions are best when they reflect the actions of Nature - nowadays, this feeling to get increasing popular as it may dignify Life, provides spirit and purpose.

Every Festival has its own spirit, brings within us certain parts of the soul to resonate.
And the most important thing is to let the soul resonate, to reach us and to touch.
To remember, to remind deeply.
Then healing can take place, solution and salvation !
The point of it is with all all these Ceremonies, in all great Myths, the SALVATION.
Each of these Feats in the Year's Circle are connected with these Myths, these Heroes, Gods, and Goddesses.
And through the identification and merging with these beings accrues healing and salvation.
They set us an example.
It is important that we reclaim these Celebrations in our lives, and connect with our lives.
No set-up rituals !
Quite simply: pay attention to what you experience and perceive.
And if there is a ray of Sunshine.

In the night of 1st to 2nd February is celebrated Candlemas, the Celtic Imbolc [Im-olc], or the Feast of Brigid, a Lunar-Fire Festival.
(or August 1st for Neopagans in the Southern Hemisphere)

Although Nature remains in wintry rigidity, the Days are already noticeably longer, and imperceptibly, the juice is already rising in the trees.
The Sun rises every day a little earlier and comes back over some of the mountain peaks.
In the evening, it is longer bright.

The Wheel has reached a crossroads between Dark and Light.

     'I am older than Brighid of the Mantle*...
     I put songs and music on the wind before ever the bells of the chapels were rung in the  West or heard in the East. ...
     And I have been a breath in your heart.
     And the day has its feet to it that will see me coming into the hearts of men and women like a flame upon dry grass, like a flame of wind in a great wood...'

- Winged Destiny by Fiona MacLeod      *: ie, the St. Brigid of the church

The Light-Virgin Brigid
(To the Celts, the Sun was feminine, and Light was masculine)
In this new Light, the Goddess appears as a beautiful Light-Virgin;
Brighid - 'surrounded by the aureole' and replaces the dark, black Goddess, who ruled in the Winter as Percht, Cerridwen, or Morrigane.
With her, the elementary Nature -and Fertility- Spirits dawn from the Earth, with the rising bear leading the way !
The thick fur, still quite stiff and sleep-drunk, on this day, allegedly for the first time, puts his nose out of the cave to see how far the spring is gone.
The bear is none other than the re-born, still veiled young Sun-God.
Still he is wild, 'b(e)aresark-ish'.
parsifalrain, January 27

Brigid (or Imbolc) is the Festival halfway between the Winter Solstice and the Vernal Equinox, so the real middle in the Winter.
Throughout the Year we are in the time in which the days are getting noticeably longer, the Sun gains considerable force, and Nature is slowly re-awakened.
It is the time in which the first animals awaken from winter dormancy, and the first plants sprout out of the ground.
Life in the Winter-cold, limitedness, tightness and darkness is drawing recognizable to a close now, new Life begins.
It is the time of the first shooting and sprouting.
For the Celts, this Festival was called 'Imbolc', which means 'in the womb'.
To the Midwinter, the new Light (the new Life, the new Child) was born, up to Imbolc - Season, it was allowed to ripen in the dark womb of the Mother.
Now, however, the time has come, in which the New shows recognizable for the first time.
Also at the outside.

Brighid the Goddess-Patroness, Benefactress and Guardiness
The Festival is dedicated to the Bride of Earth, the Goddess Brigid and the many aspects of the Deity i.e. the three stages of Womanhood: Maiden, Matron, Crone - Cycle ... considered a form of the Triple Goddess ('triune' Goddess, meaning that she is one and three simultaneously)
However, Imbolc is a Feast dedicated to the Goddess in her Maiden appearance.
She is ... the beloved Goddess of the Celts of Muse - creative activities such as of the poets, the musicians (songs), the artists, History (she reminds us to keep our Traditions alive and whole), the (Fire of) Inspiration, learning, the Guardieness of Cultures, Healers, Herbalists, Agriculture and Patroness of the Druids.
This brings consideration of the role Brigid plays with regard to all the Arts associated with language in general, including speech, the magick of invocations and words of evocation, spell-crafting and oath-taking.
Certainly, she's the Benefactress of Inner Healing and Vital Energy.
Often, she is seen as the Overseer of all things domestic, including cooking and kitchen-magic.
Manyfold linked to a 'fiery arrow', she also stands for Divine justice, law and order.
She's the Goddess of the crossroads which is often symbolized by the Brigit-Cross

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which unites the Four Elements, and creates Paths which travel in the Four Directions (a good time to re-align which path to walk this Year - because of this, Imbolc is an ideal time for divination)
Brigid is often seen as being of both worlds; a Bridge between the old ways and the new.

She is also a Goddess of Healing in general, prophesying and the Art of the Smithery; (the ashless) 'Fire of the Forge' and is, therefore, close to the Fire.
The Goddess-related Art of Smithcraft, is the outer and secular form of the ancient Alchemical Art.
Furthermore she has the role as Patroness for Fertility, Family, Childbirth, the Midwives and is Patron-Goddess of the Parturient.
As a Solar-Deity her main-attributes are Light and the (alchemic) Skills with Fire.

The power of Brigid keeps the Fire burning
Therewith, she supplies the people with Vivacity and Courage.
In her honor will be lit at Imbolc-Night candles which are placed inside the window to burn the whole Night.
To make wishes for your family and friends - the simplest form of candle magic !
In the Christian sense became from Imbolc a Candlemas Day, a Marian festival, where the candle-consecration is an important element.

The early Celts celebrated a Purification Festival by honoring Brigid.
Imbolc is absolutely considered a Traditional Healing time and it is a good time to consider ways to improve Health.
Hence, the most important aspect of this Festival is the Cleaning.
The Old must be released so that something New can arise.

Earlier, stables and housing rooms were cleaned.
Humans and cattle have been grazed with brushwood and tufts of hazel and birch branches wipped off gently.
The rooms have been fumigated with purifying herbs such as juniper.
When we are liberated from the old burdens, then the New may grow in us.
The time around Imbolc is the time to forge resolutions and the realisation of new desires and goals.
The seed in us may start to grow, so that it can later bloom and carry fruit.

Imbolc and the power of Vitality
Imbolc is a Celebration where we ough to bethink the yet Unbroken, all through Vivid, the wild Energy of Spring, which manages to bring everything back to Life.
Visualize how it feels to be a child or youngster.
Just to look at Children, as they are brimming with Life, alive up to the stop, is ... botening.
Or youths, whose erotism buds, where the whole sense of Life is permeated by erotic feelings, in Love ... with amorousnesses.
This is all part of this Festival, and is supposed to make our crusts bursting like by a wild storm from the South.
You just have to imagine how much energy it takes, that our trees start to sprout, or the flowers to break through the blanket of snow.
How much DESIRE TO LIVE, how much Pleasure !
Spring is Coming !

Snow White and Rose Red
Each of us still knows the fairy tale 'Snow White and Rose Red'.
Hidden under his fur, lights gold, and puts a young Prince, the young Sun King.
And the two girls 'Snow White' and 'Rose Red' embody, such as their symbolic name suggests, the young Goddess Brigid.
Yes, and the old Mother, who had provided refuge to the bear in the Winter, is none other than the old Earth Mother, the Frau Holle or Frau Percht.
Once again, you can see what wonderful fairy tales we have that have, in a very hidden way, carried further the old Cultural Assets.

The White Goddess and the Wheel Of The Year
The accession to power of the White Goddess and the Bear-God was the end of the Christmas season.
Their reign lasted until May.
One should also know that the Wheel Of The Year was stopped from November 25, so from the Katharine-Day until Candlemas.
There is still today the saying: 'Kathrein to cease the Dance'.
The Wheel - in the highest North also the Sun Wheel - stood idle in this time, and thus 'dance-rotation' had to cease.
Less surprising is it then, that from Imbolc on particularly dancing was celebrated.

Brigid, the Queen of the Heavens and 'Mary Candlemas'
The Celtic Festival welcomed their Hearth Goddess Brigid with a Feast of Fire, and consulted the Oracle.
Also trial marriages for a year were contracted on this day.
So popular was the Fair who equally inspired the Poet, Healer and Magician, that even the catholic church could not dispense her Sabbat.
They but remaned the Imbolc Festival in 'Mary Candlemas'.
The Name 'Imbolc' means - depending on the region it is celebrated - 'Put the sheep on to suckle', (or 'ewe's milk', or 'in the belly') because it was the time where the first sheep were born.

Brigid and the Fire
Brigid, the Guardian of the Fire, guarded on this Day, or rather in this Night, the Sacred Fire itself, while it was otherwise kept by 19 priestesses.
Why 19 ?
Because in 19 Years, a Sarosperiode (a large moon's orbit cycle) is completed and the Sun and the Moon align again (are in the same relation to each other).
It was a cosmically aligned Celebration which acclaimed the position of the Sun and of the Moon.
Apparently was responsible for each Year a separate Priestess.
Interestingly, many of the Stone Circles in England and Ireland have exactly 19 stones.

The connection of the Goddess Brigid with the Fire accrues from her Sun-nature.
Pillars of Light and flames to accompany her as she stepped into Life from 'between the worlds - so neither in the house nor out of the house' - but on the doorstep.
And these flames continue to accompany her.
As a small child she slept in a sea of Fire...
Her attribute, Briganti's fiery arrow, was proverbial: the long awaited first Spring Ray Of Sunshine that struck the Earth warming.
But it is also to be seen in a metaphorical sense: the Fire arrow that hits the Heart.
The Spark of the first Spring Feelings, the Love, the Eroticism ....

Therefore, in the course of the Festival must have been welcomes in any case, the return of the Sun and symbolically celebrated by the lighting of a Fire.
Because Imbolc was associated with the sacred flame, which brought the Sun from the Winter-sleep.

Lisa Thiel - Imbolc


Another attribute is the multiannual primrose [Primula veris], one of the first flowers of Spring. ✿⊱╮
The Celts and notably the Celtic-Nordic druids applied the prim(e)rose for the Spring Feasts, because she is one of the first flowers in the Spring and so herald  Springtide.
Hildegard of Bingen says of this plant:

'The "sky-key" has the power of the Sun, and if someone is sad, he should bind the herb over his heart, so that the sadness will pass away'

Name affinities with Brigid (St. Bridget, Brigindo, Briggidda, Bridey, Bride, Bricta, Brigantia, Brixia or Brid, whose name meant 'bright one' by the early Celts)
According to her, rivers and towns were named: Bregenz, Brigantia, Braganca in Italy, Brig in Valais, the plain of Brega in Ireland.

Old Candlemas-Customs
The re-igniting of the young Light, and the consecration of light at the Lichtmeßtag (Candlemas Day) is anchored in the whole of Europe and still in customs.
The Catholic Church has made of it the candle-blessing as a small remnant of the consecrated Virgin Light.
Therein, of course, fits then also the new name of 'Mary Candlemas'.

in the Alpine regions,
in Styria (Austria), for example, is then the consecrated Candlemas Fire carried from house to house, and kindled the hearth fire, or a candle on the home altar.
It is the custom to carry the burning candles through the whole house and the stables to share the blessings everywhere.
In Carinthia (Austria), was added dropwise three drops of wax on a loaf of bread as a protection for a Year.
The bread is then kept.

Nice is also a camp-fire which is lit by fire-arrows.
It is always very exciting, because you never know exactly whether and where your burning arrow hits.

Torchlight processions in the Night are also nice, because it brings to mind the allegory of the Light in the Darkness.

And if you have a river or lake in the vicinity, you can put for example a light-boat on the water.
Small boards with floating candles, which ride down the river and wear the light through the Night.

according to wiki, Brigid was said to visit one's home at Imbolc
To receive her blessings, people would make a bed for Brigid and leave her food and drink, while items of clothing would be left outside for her to bless.
Brigid was also invoked to protect homes and livestock.
Special Feasts were held, holy Wells were visited and it was also a time for divination.

A shake-up of trees and plants
Who was clear-sighted enough, could see Brigid ride on a deer  and how it woke the seeds and shook the trees awake, so that the juices began to flow again.
She embodies the forces of the East and of the New in the Morning.

the shaman speaks:

'There are still old countrymen who shake at Candlemas their fruit trees to awake and announce the bees in the hive the happy news.
In many places, the threshing and spinning should be completed on this day, because now the peas or corn-bear, which, as we have seen, brings the new fertility.

Also the day it is still considered as magical day.
Oracles are consulted, who's getting married, who needs to die and how the harvest will be.
To learn how long the Winter will last, one turns to those animals who in burrows have their winter sleep.
From the badger and the fox is the talk, but they only serve as a replacement for the bear.

It is to Candlemas nice and warm, must remain the bear six weeks in his cave, it is said in many places.
Sees the bear at Candlemas his shadow, he must yet forty days stay in the burrows, is the rule in England and France.
Six weeks or forty days it will take until the Spring Equinox.
Then Master Bruin has finally shaken off his hibernation, and the spell of Winter is broken.

The bear who brings the fertility, and from the honeycombs of the bees are made candles of gold, are the favorite animals of the white Brigid.
As opposites, they belong together: the hulking, horny, lazy Petz and the tiny, chaste, diligent bees.
Mainly because of the honey that they suck from the flowers without destroying them, are venerated and worshipped the bees.
For the ancient Europeans, the honey was the only sweetener until in the 17th century was replaced by the cane sugar.
Honey was so sacred that it was used as an offering to the Gods and Ancestors, and only in the Excellent Nights of the Midwinter honey cake as blessing-giving cultic dish was allowed to eat.
The Indogermanic, saw the honey is a remnant of a distant, Golden Age, as the dew dripping down from the World Tree.
Truly a royal dish, best suited for the elect of the white Goddess, the honey eating king of the animals, as well as the king of the people.
Who drank with his Nobles the honey-brewed Mead, while peasants, servants and hands had to be content with barley beer'


Valentine and carnival
Since the domination of the white Goddess lasted until the month of May - her climax is not until the Spring Equinox, falls in this period also, 'Valentine' and 'carnival'.
One can easily understand.
The Goddess who puts all the waters in motion, brings the ice to melt, stimulates the juices in the trees and brings the plants to sprout, of course also moves the life-juices in people.
She inspired not only poets and singers, but she also prompts the hormonal rush of amorous couples.
And as the Lovers are always a bit crazy, foolish, easy to be reckless - so also is this time.
This also includes carnival or the Mardi Gras (Fastnacht) time.
The church never welcomed this 'offensive feast' and even strictly forbade in 762.

worth knowing
There goes a story, coming from the 12th century, in which Merlin is inspired by a feminine figure who represents the sovereignty of the Land of Britain.
She causes his visions to reach through British history, on, so it is said, to the end of the Solar System !

King Arthur's sword, Excalibur was forged by the Lady of the Lake, a figure sometimes associated with Brighid because of her fire and forgery aspect.

Brigid is Goddess of both Sun and Moon, action and inspiration, achievement and creativity.

She has been worshiped by the Celtic people as a Saint for over fifteen-hundred years, and as a Goddess long before the Roman invasion of Britain and the alleged birth of Jesus-Christ took place.

topics for the Feast ... i.e.
- What I would like to cleanse from me ?
- What must I let go ?
- Which new bud wants to grow in me ?
- Visions and goals for the New Year
- What gives me strength and energy for the coming Year ?

items for the Celebration (be creative)
- a berg crystal or a white stone
- a white piece of clothing
- an object from Nature
- a candle in a color of Brigid (best might be a white and/or a green candle)

plant seeds
Seeds are sublime and magical - pure potential !
Plant each one as representing your hopes, ideas and dreams

Traditionally, the colors of red and white are associated with Brigid.
White is the color of the blanket of snow and purity (also silver) and red symbolizes the rising sun.
In some traditions, red is connected with the blood of Life.
Brigid is also tied to green, both for the green mantle she wears and for the (fresh burst of) Life  ... growing beneath the Earth.
Other colors associated with Imbolc:
Pink, yellow, light-blue

Angelica [Angelica archangelica], Basil [Acinos arvensis], Blackberry [Rubus allegheniensis], Celandine [Chelidonium majus], Coltsfoot [Tussilago farfara],  Ginger [Zingiber], Heather [Calluna vulgaris], Myrrhe [Myrrha], Primrose [Primula veris]

Rowan and Willow

Amethyst, Berg crystal, Bloodstone, Garnet, Onyx, Turquoise

Imbolc is a Fire Festival and fire of all kinds is associated with Brigid - the Fire of creativity, the protective Hearth Fire, and her Fire Wheel - the Brigid Cross, which heralds her as a Sun Goddess.


After all, Brigid is a Goddess of the Celtic peoples, so it's always appropriate to add some sort of Celtic design to your altar.
As Brigid is the Goddess of hearth and home simply decorate your home with symbols of the Imbolc Season.

informative video (-: may answer further questions on your Imbolc rituals
☽✪☾Blessed Imbolc!☽✪☾


two Imbolc-prayers

'Bright and fiery arrow
blaze kindly into my life.
Sainted bringer of Spring
grow evermore verdant and lush.
Mistress of poetry and craft,
dance on my tongue and in my hands.
Guardian of the wells and waters and herbs,
warm my heart and open the doors to compassion.
Thank you exalted One for the nourishment
of milk and words.
For the protection of Your threadbare cloak,
for the peace that abides in Your care.
Bless You for the four Fires
and the thawing Earth.
Brigid, I promise my best effort
and lightest laugh in Your name'

'Bride of the Earth,
sister of the Faeries,
daughter of the Tuatha de Danaan,
keeper of the eternal Flame.
In Autumn, the Nights began to lengthen,
and the Days grew shorter,
as the Earth went to sleep.
Now, Brigid stokes her Fire,
burning flames in the hearth,
bringing Light back to us once more.
Winter is brief, but Life is forever.
Brigid makes it so'

what to wish for ?
'There's magic in the fairy flight
See the woman at the well
Listen to what she will tell
The fairies flutter with delight
The ewes give milk and all is right
Blessed be this Imbolg Night
Springtime is now near at sight'

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The Yodel Language
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The Yodel Language

parsifalrain, December 08, 2018
Yodeling is probably as old as humanity.
Techniques have been developed in all mountainous regions of the world to acoustically bridge distances with calls.
People have been using it since prehistoric times.
Not only in the Alps was communicated from alpine pasture to alpine pasture with Alpcall or Juchzer or livestock attracted with a cattle call.
From this, yodeling developed in the course of time as a form of singing.
How old yodelling really is, however, can only be assumed.
There is a lack of archaeological evidence and reports that could inform us.

Not to be confused is the yodel with the 'Juchitzer', a short, melodious scream as an expression of joie de vivre, whereby the Juchitzer can change into the yodel and probably also forms its basic form.

Anni Erler - Zillertal Bravour Yodel


A yodel is, according to dictionary definition, textless singing on phonetic syllables, characterized by rapid flipping between chest and head voice (falsetto) as well as large interval jumps.
Good yodelers are actually vocal acrobats who master large interval jumps and a wide range of tones.
The word yodel derived from this describes both this singing and the person who yodels.
The stark contrasts in pitch ensure that they are easily audible and distinguishable even across valleys and mountains.
Thus various forms of communication of yodeling with shouting developed, e.g. to lure the cattle or to transmit messages to each other.

Juchitzer (translates in the sense of shouting for joy)


Juchitzer, Alpcall and Yodelchant: Workshop with mountain view


Yodeling is so rich in variations that it can transmit a large amount of different signals.
The collection of the ethnomusicologist Josef Pommer, who published 444 yodels and juchzers from Styria and the Styrian-Austrian border region in 1902, bears witness to this diversity.

the fastest yodel ever


When a solo yodeller begins to sing a slow sequence of notes, other yodellers hum along with the corresponding tone, tune into the melody and spontaneously shape it - then we listen to a natural yodelling song.
In this original way, one to five-part yodelling songs without words are sung in various mountain regions of Switzerland.
In the Muota Valley, for example, the 'Jüüzli' consists of two to three voices, while the 'Zäuerli' or 'Ruggusserli' in Appenzell are polyphonic natural yodels that are often improvised spontaneously.
At festivities or special occasions, polyphonic natural yodels are often accompanied by Talerschwingen or jingle bells (small alpine bells).

The Yodel Language


The special thing about the natural tone series of the natural yodels is the eleventh tone; the natural tone, or alphorn fa.
This peculiar tone sounds neither as 'f' nor as 'f sharp' in the C major tone series, but lies somewhere in between.
This 'Fa' sounds habitual to many ears, as since the 18th Century, when the 'well-tempered' tuning was introduced, this tone has disappeared from the common tone series.

The yodel king Franzl Lang


In the rural regions of Austria (as well as in Switzerland and Bavaria) Folk Music is still a natural part of Life and Customs.
From New Year's Brass Music to Christmas, traditional music-making is cultivated.
Like the 'Paschen', zuhipaschen a rhythmic clapping to the Ländler (a kind of barn-dance here from Zillertal  - video here), which is particularly cultivated in the Salzkammergut, yodelling also sounds through the valleys and places where people have preserved their traditions.

Almschroa + Schwyzer Ländler


The Härtel family likes to yodel together and on the terrace of their house and holds courses

Yodelling in town is rather unusual.
However, the photojournalist Maria Nasswetter yodels so passionately that she wanted to bring her hobby to the big city.
So she organized the 'Yodeling to go' in Vienna https://www.jodlerin.at/ (or rather) , a yodel meeting place to get to know other yodelers.
On every first Tuesday of the month, hobby yodelers meet in an inn in Ottakring and sing together.
These meetings are not yodel courses, but only a meeting place for interested people and experts.

Lorenz Maierhofer, The lovestruck


Unfortunately, yodelling, which used to be an artistic language for communicating from one side of the valley to the other, has all too often degenerated into pure 'pseudo folklore'.
In order to revive the true tradition, the Königsleitner Jodelwanderweg (yodel-trail) was opened on 18 August 2012 in Wald im Pinzgau.
Here, local music lovers and tourists have tried to breathe new Life into an old Tradition.
After a yodel seminar, hotelier and singer Christian Eder is convinced that 'everyone can yodel' and would like to show all visitors to the Königsleitner Jodelwanderweg the pleasure of yodeling.
The world record in (permanent) yodeling is currently held by the Austrian Roland Roßkogler with 14 hours 37 minutes.

Oberhofer Vierg'sang: Punzn - Yodeler


Oberhofer Vierg'sang - Jodler


Monika Kaelin - Erzherzog-Johann-Jodler (Archduke Johann Yodeler)


Quattro Pro - Erzherzog Johann Jodler


Krammerer Sänger - Innviertler Landler


Da Kuahmelcher (Yodeler by 'the Mühlviertler Quintett')


Hubert von Goisern & Zabine – Juchitzer


Die Jodelschule Österreich (The Austrian Yodelling School)


Yodel class

very recommendable - SEHR Empfehlenswert ! Maria Kapelari's Stimmenspiel
http://www.stimmenspiel.at/ or rather

Interview with Prof. Hermann Härtel (German)


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The Uncensored Folk Music of Austria with Prof. Hermann Härtel - Der Laufnitzer yodel


Paschen with Herbert Randacher


and in German:
Die 12 Gebote fürs Ansingen und Paschen


Der Pasch ist der Herzschlag des Salzkammerguts
'Seltsam schauen sie drein.
Die Gesichter verzerrt, der Blick in das Nirgendwo des sogenannten 'Narr'nkastls' gerichtet.
Es ist der Ausdruck höchster Konzentration'.


Good mood guaranteed !
Have fun 🙂

image top: salzburgerland.com

BR Mediathek: Die Renaissance des Jodelns
Ganz ohne Diplom

DEVOTIONAL YODEL - sung by the church choir St. Martin, Unterwössen.


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