It’s that time again! Time to break out the candles and whipped cream. This year, the Imbolc season coincides with the Super Bowl, so if you’re football inclined, you can cover your special person in wax the same color as your favorite team’s jerseys and then keep score by scratching the score into the cooled wax, like human cuneiform.
But all that aside, let’s talk about nuns. While Imbolc has several different goddesses associated with it, the most common that you will find if you’ve been doing your Google searches is the goddess Brigid (or Brigit, Briget, Bride, blah, blah, blah). Brigid is one of a handful of goddesses that transitioned in many parts of the world from Pagan to Christian in the form of a saint. Although the Catholic Church is loathed to admit it, St. Brigid of Ireland is probably a clever populace’s successful attempt to continue to venerate a favorite goddess within the context of Christianity.
However, Brigid the goddess and Brigid the nun are not so very different. Granted, Brigid the nun has had her great and vast powers curbed somewhat and has to work within a patriarchal framework, but She still provides succor and healing to those who need it, She still controlled the forges, hearths, and sacred wells. She still lead a group of women in holy devotion that served Her and carried out Her wants and wishes. And She was smart and clever when it came to dealing with know-it-all men (look up the story of how Brigid got the land for her monastery).
As Pagans, there are many important lessons that we can learn from nuns. ”Unconditional” is one of the biggest lessons. They have given themselves unconditionally to the chosen deity. They unconditionally do what they feel God and Jesus wants them to do. They serve unconditionally without any expectations. ”Submission” is the other big lesson. They have found joy in submitting. Their submission has given them a freedom and the resources to do in the world what they feel called to do. I’ve heard many Pagans lament the fact that there are not any to very few places for Pagans to go and cloister themselves and submit fully to the Gods and Goddesses. Perhaps somebody should do something about that.
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