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Imbolc

In questi giorni una coltre candida e soffice ha ricoperto il bosco di una fredda pace. Tutto intorno i fiocchi di neve si rincorrono in vortici improvvisi, raccogliendosi sugli alberi e sulla terra, nascondendo gli arbusti e le rocce. Il canto del vento accompagna la loro danza, e se si trattiene il respiro si riesce ad udirli mentre si sfiorano, mentre carezzano le poche foglie non ancora cadute, i rami spogli, per posarsi infine l’uno sull’altro a creare una coperta sulla terra addormentata. Questa è la magia della notte di Imbolc, la Candelora dei tempi più recenti, la notte che segna il lento ritorno della luce dopo i mesi più bui. La primavera è ancora lontana, ma gli agnelli stanno per venire alla luce e mentre alcuni fiori coraggiosi si preparano a fare capolino tra i ghiacci. Imbolc è la festa in cui si onora Brighid, la dea del fuoco che accende le menti di artigiani e poeti, la dea che aiuta a guarire da ogni tipo di ferita.

Questi mezzi guanti sono ispirati alla sua fiamma che arde nella neve, una luce di speranza per il tempo a venire.

During these last few days a soft and white shroud has covered the wood with a cold peace. All around snowflakes chase one another in sudden whirls, gathering on the trees and on the earth, hiding bushes and rocks. The wind sings accompanying their dance, and if you hold your breath you can hear them brushing evenly against each other, gently touching the few leaves who are yet to fall, the bare branches, until they finally lie all together, creating a blanket on the sleeping earth. This is the magic that happens on Imbolc’s night, more recently known as Candlemas; this is the night that marks light’s slow coming back after the darkest months. Spring is still far away, but lambs are soon to be born, while some brave flowers prepare themselves to raise from below the ice. On Imbolc we honor Brighid, goddess of the fire who inflames the minds of crafters and poets, the goddess that helps us heal from every kind of wound.

These fingerless gloves were inspired by her flame, firmly burning amidst the snow, a light of hope for the days to come.


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  1. Infatti credo proprio che questo colore piacerebbe molto alla dea Brigida, e modestamente anche a me. Io avevo scritto della Candelora l'anno scorso, soffermandomi sul .... "giorno della marmotta"...Ciao, Anna.

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  2. per darti il benvenuto, pre ringraziarti delle belle parole. Tornerò :)

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  3. Wonderful words ♥. And the color of your beautiful mittens is great, it's matching Imbolc & Brighid perfectly :-)

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