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Category: Imbolc

What to Bring: see below

Price/Donation: donations appreciated

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Event Id: 85947

Posted: Jan.17.2013

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Sassafras Grove, ADF announces...

Brigantia (Imbolc) Rite

When: Feb. 2nd. 2013
Where: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Join us in celebrating Imboc in honor of the goddess Brighid.

Event Details: Join Sassafras Grove in celebrating Imbolc (or, as we call it by the Romano-British name, Brigantia) and honoring the goddess Brighid, the Patron of our Grove. Please plan to arrive around 6:30 PM as the rite will begin promptly at 7:00 PM. All Pagans and Pagan friendly people are welcome to attend.

Brighid is one of the most well-known deities in the Irish pantheon, and her worship – whether as goddess or saint – remains widespread in modern times. Best known as a goddess of Healing, Poetry, and Smithcraft, in this ritual we will honor her in what have become our Sassafras-traditional nine aspects of Midwife, Foster Mother, Initiator, Smith, Poet, Warrior, Healer, Hearth Tender, and Goddess of Sacred Wells.

You may want to bring:

• A candle to dedicate to Brighid---blue or white candles are traditional (extras will be provided)
• Your Bratog Brighid to hang up and be blessed by the goddess (see below) .*
• A praise offering to Brighid. Appropriate offerings can range from artwork, poetry and songs to homemade food and crafts to healing tools. Anything associated with one of her nine aspects is highly appropriate.
• Brighid Novena ribbons/cords to contribute to the conclusionary offering (if you opt to participate in this year’s “Brighid Along With Sassafras”)
• A blanket for Project Linus (see below) **
• a donation for the therapy program of Center for Victims (see below) .***
• A snack to share after the rite. Due to time constraints, we won’t be having a full potluck for this celebration, but munchies are welcome!

Please note that our hosts do not allow alcohol at this site.

Our rites and events are free and open to the community, but we do rely on the donations of those who are able to defray the cost of space rental and supplies. Please remember, even a dollar can help make the difference between having our costs covered and Grove Members having to pay them out of our own pockets. Support your local Druids!
For more information about this event, Sassafras Grove in general, or our parent church Ár nDraíocht Féin: A Druid Fellowship (ADF) , please feel free to email us at
Bright Blessings,
Diane "Emerald" Bronowicz
Scribe, Sassafras Grove, ADF

*A Bratog Brighid (or Brighid's Mantle) is a blue or white cloth or shawl that has been blessed by Brighid on Brigantia/Imbolc. Traditionally, a Bratog Brighid is hung by the hearth or from the door-knob on Brighid's Eve. Before the family retires for the night, a small bed is made in a basket by the hearth. As the family goes to bed, the man of the house calls out from the front-door, "Brighid, your bed is ready!" When Brighid enters the home that night, she blesses the cloth and it carries her healing grace for the coming year.

**Project Linus: Sassafras Grove is collecting blankets for Project Linus, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing a sense of comfort and security by distributing blankets to ill or traumatized children in hospitals, shelters, and social service agencies nationwide. All blanket styles are welcome, including quilts, tied comforters, fleece blankets, or homemade crocheted/knitted blankets. Please donate blankets in child-friendly colors. All blankets must be washable, free of pins, and due to allergy restrictions must come from a smoke-free environment. Store-bought blankets must laundered before donation.

***Center for Victims is a community-based, non-profit organization dedicated to providing education and support services to families who have been impacted by all forms of violent crimes. They are collecting items for the children's therapy program which will directly benefit children who have been impacted by crime including homicide, sexual assault, domestic violence, community violence, etc. We ask you to consider bringing an item to donate to this program. Requested items include:

watercolor paints
acrylic paints in basic colors (small craft bottles)
washable poster paints (all colors)
paint brushes (various sizes)
oil pastels
washable markers
Sharpie markers (fine point, all colors)
watercolor postcards
watercolor paper pads
stretched canvases (any size)
large drawing paper pads (18 x 24)
small sketch pads
tubs of Model Magic Clay
small & large paper mâché boxes
blank journals (no wire in spine)
adhesive letters (for collage projects)
mosaic tiles, glue & grout
Blank mask forms (full face)
pipe cleaner
kids scissors
rolls of white paper for easel
a good set of wooden building blocks

Event Location: 4836 Ellsworth Avenue in Pittsburgh
Event TIME Details: Doors at 6:30 PM; Ritual at 7:00 PM

Directions: The Friends Meeting House is located at 4836 Ellsworth Avenue in the Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh's East End. There is a small parking lot adjacent to the building in addition to on-street parking. You can find a link to a map for the Meeting House on the front page of their Web site at

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