The Celebration of Imbolc and Brigid

Imbolc_Wallpaper_by_archaetypesImbolc means “in milk” or “in the belly”. It refers to the time of lactation for livestock in preparation for the birthing of baby animals in the spring. On Feb. 1, in this time between winter solstice and spring equinox, Imbolc is the celebration of newness, the promise of fertility, new life and new hope. Please click here to continue reading about Imbolc and the Feast of Brigid.

Imbolc means “in milk” or “in the belly”. It refers to the time of lactation for livestock in preparation for the birthing of baby animals in the spring. On Feb. 1, in this time between winter solstice and spring equinox, Imbolc is the celebration of newness, the promise of fertility, new life and new hope. Although the stirrings of spring may not yet be apparent, we are assured there is a quickening underneath the surface of things and in the womb of Mother Earth. While we are still amidst the season of winter that may appear lifeless, we feel the promise of the return of the light and renewal of life. We don’t see the symbolic snowdrop blooming in our part of Canada at this time of year, but I’ve included a picture for us to look forward to.snowdrops

stbrigid2Feb. 1/2 is also known as the Feast of Brigid (Brighid, Brigit), one of the four fire festival days from the old Irish calendar. Brigid was a fire goddess in ancient Irish mythology and associated with fire and any fire symbolism, including light, candles, heat warmth or sunrises. She is considered the patroness of poetry, metal working, medicine, arts and crafts, cattle and other livestock and spring. Brigid is mother and protector of crops, pregnancy and sexuality. Thus the festival of Imbolc was a festival of lights and celebrated as the return of the sun to ensure fertility in the coming season.

In Christianity, Feb. 1 is observed as the feast day of Saint Brigid or Candlemas.  Candlemas is a mass in honour of the lights of the church and old wax and partially burned candles would be removed and replaced with new, blessed candles. Saint Brigid is celebrated for her generosity to the poor and lived from 451 to 525. She founded the sanctuary in Kildare as well as a school of art, including metal work and illumination. The nuns maintain her perpetual, sacred flame at Kildare, except at those times in history that the flame was extinguished.

The Feast of Brigid is celebrated with hearth fires and special foods, many including dairy products such as butter or milk (season of calving). On Imbolc Eve, Brigid is said to visit households and bless the inhabitants as they sleep. Before going to bed, items of clothing or strips of cloth would be left outside for Brigid to bless. The fire ashes would be raked smooth and in the morning people would look for some kind of mark on the ashes as a sign that Brigid had visited. The clothes or strips of cloth would be brought inside, and believed to now have powers of healing and protection. Other traditions involved the making of Brigid’s crosses and doll-like figures of Brigid.

So, however you want to celebrate Feb 1 and the early stirrings of spring and longer days of light, you may want to try out these following recipes from

Bailey’s Irish Cream Truffles

1/4 cup Bailey’s Irish Cream liqueur
1 Tbs. Butter

12 oz. Semi-sweet chocolate pieces
2 egg yolks
1/4 cup heavy cream
powdered sugar or cocoa

Melt chocolate pieces, Bailey’s and cream together over very low heat. Whisk in yolks, one at a time-mixture will thicken. Whisk in butter. Refrigerate several hours or overnight until firm. Make small balls with a teaspoon. Roll in powdered sugar or cocoa.

Faery Wine

1 1/2 cups milk
1 tsp. honey
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
Warm milk–DO NOT BOIL. Add honey and vanilla. Mix together and pour into a mug. Sprinkle with cinnamon.

And I will leave you with a poem found at the above source to keep Brigid in mind.

Kindling The Fire

This morning, as I kindle the flame upon my hearth, I pray that the flame of Brigid may burn in my soul and the souls of all I meet today.
I pray that no envy or malice, no hatred or fear may smother the flame.
I pray that indifference and apathy, contempt and pride may not pour like cold water in the flame.
Instead, may the spark of Brigid light the love in my soul that it may burn brightly through the day.
And may I warm those that are lonely, whose hearts are cold and lifeless, so that all may know the comfort of Brigid’s love.


The Woman’s Way

The Woman’s Way


As the fall season approaches in the northern hemisphere, the fruits of the season are harvested and often it was the woman that was involved in that harvest as she was responsible for the planting of the crops.  Femininity has always represented fertility, compassion and gentleness.  In days of yore it was the female that bore the children, looked after the family and household and nourished the family with plants grown in the garden.  The woman’s role has changed over the years, but females are still drawn to looking after others with loving kindness.  Females still feel responsible for this role, as it is as much a part of us as our own names.  We feel we need to help grow and nurture things in our lives, whether that is our families, a career or volunteer position, and it can take toil on our health and energy.


Today, females need to be aware of ways to accomplish their dreams without sacrificing themselves.  Following these following three ideals will help every woman along the way.  First, every woman needs to honour herself.  This means taking time for herself, whether that is just time alone, doing things for herself and taking the time to remember whom she is.  These things need to be scheduled into our busy days, whether it is time to relax, or do something that you really want to do or go out for a fun evening.  Part of this is accepting help when needed.  Don’t try to do everything by yourself.  Second, every woman needs to learn to do things to empower herself.  She should feel strong and proud of whom she is.  This may mean taking a new course to learn something that will help yourself or others.  Continue to expand your mind and boundaries and be open to new experiences.  Taking courses really allows one to learn about one’s self.  And with this knowledge one is able to understand others on an even deeper level.  Lastly, every female needs to keep room in their lives for joy.  Love life and love yourself.  It is simple to say, but sometimes hard to remember.  Always stay positive, smile, laugh and enjoy the little things rather than be waiting for something you believe is unobtainable.  And with love in your life, miraculous things will happen. 


Even if you feel the responsibility to look after everyone and everything, you must look after yourself first.  You may need to work hard, but reward yourself too, not just after the harvest, but before and during those times too.  Everyone will be rewarded with your feelings of love.


Wanda Davis, M.Sc., B.Sc., B.Ed.

Reiki Master/Teacher

Shamanic Practitioner


Elements of Healing Energy



Elements October 2012

Elements of Healing Energy

Last weekend was Fall Equinox in the northern hemisphere; the time when night and day are of the same length.  From that date our daylight time will be getting shorter.  The beginning of fall heralds the fall harvest and the full moon after the fall equinox is called the Harvest Moon (Sept. 29).  And then of course, the lyrics to Neil Young’s song, Harvest Moon, start going through my head (I’m not a huge Neil Young fan, but I do like that song).  The time of fall is the time to reap the benefits of all those goals and intentions that you have been working on since the seeds of ideas were planted in the spring.  Are you happy with the success and joy you have created in your life?  If not, do you know why things did not manifest as you intended? 

Perhaps you need to think more about what limiting beliefs are holding you back from achieving success in your life.  See my feature article for more information on limiting beliefs.  Join me at the workshop, Release Your Limiting Beliefs, on Sat. Oct. 20 at Westmount Public Library in London.  See the poster and the Upcoming Events section for details.  My co-facilitator, Mary-Anne MacPherson, and I will take you through the process of identifying which limiting belief is preventing you from being successful, help prepare you to release the limiting belief using the power of your mind and then Reiki will be used to assist the process and provide healing (no Reiki experience is necessary).  Come create your own success and sign up for this life-changing workshop by registering by PayPalbefore the limited number of seats is taken.  You also still have time to sign up for the workshop, The Importance of Being Grounded (see links for PayPal registration and more information).
Remember that Wanda offers holistic healing treatments in 3 locations, in London (Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursday mornings or Fridays), at Family Health Options in St. Thomas on Thursday afternoons or Heartfelt Healing Centrein Exeter (click on link for newsletter) on the fourth Tuesday afternoon of the month.  Call Wanda at  226-374-9045to schedule your appointment.  Workshops are held at various locations and dates to see the Upcoming Events section to see what works best with your schedule.  

Upcoming Events – Get Well and Stay Well

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Guided Meditation Sessions
Come and relax during a group guided meditation session.  
Thursdays Oct. 4 and 11 at 7-8 pm 
Family Health Options
133 Curtis Street, St. Thomas
Join us for one night or both ($15 each).
Please call to pre-register,  226-374-9045 or  519-637-7778.
Reiki I Class
Wed. Oct. 10 or Fri. Oct. 19 or Mon. Oct. 29
9:30 am – 4 pm, London
Please call  226-374-9045 to pre-register.
Reiki I Class
Sat. Oct. 27 at 9:30 am – 4 pm
Family Health Options
133 Curtis Street, St. Thomas
Please call to pre-register,  226-374-9045 or  519-637-7778.

Reiki II Class
You were unable to come to the August class?
Please contact Wanda to determine a date that works for you.
Weekday or Weekend Availability
The Importance of Being Grounded Workshop
Sat. Oct. 13, 2 – 4 pm
Westmount Public Library, London
See more information and register by PayPal at
Limited spaces so register now to reserve your seat. 
Introduction to Journeying Class
Stay tuned for the next scheduled class.
Guided Meditation Sessions
Cherryhill Public Library 4 – 5 pm
Wed. Oct. 3
At no cost.
Shamanic Healing Seminar
Learn about this age-old healing method.
Central London Library
Oct.16 at 7 – 8:30 pm
At no cost. 
Releasing Limiting Beliefs 
In collaboration with Mary-Anne MacPherson
Sat. Oct. 20, 10 am – 12 pm
Westmount Public Library
Go to for more information and to register by PayPal to reserve your seat. 
The Importance of Being Grounded Workshop
Tues., Oct. 23, 7-9 pm
Family Health Options
133 Curtis Street, St. Thomas
See more info at
The Benefits of Reiki @ Ignite Health
Wed. Oct. 24, 7-9 pm
Covent Garden Market, London
Ignite health will be a night of 5 minute presentations by passionate brave people who have an idea or something that will help you manage your health!
The Importance of Being Grounded Workshop
Sat. Nov. 10, 1 – 3 pm
Heartfelt Therapy Centre, Exeter
See to register online. 
Reiki I Class
Sat. Nov. 17 at 9:30 am – 4 pm
Heartfelt Therapy Centre, Exeter
See to register. 

Guided Meditation Session
Come and relax during a group guided meditation session.  
Thurs. Nov. 22 at 7-8 pm 
St. Thomas Public Library, St. Thomas
At no cost.
Please contact Wanda to register at  226-374-9045 
or email at 
All classes held at 190 Wortley Rd. LL#2 unless otherwise indicated.
If you are interested in a Reiki or Journeying Class, but can’t make the above dates, private classes may be arranged.

Why you need to Release Your Limiting Beliefs
Limiting beliefs are unconscious thoughts that, whether we know it or not, hold us back from achieving success in our life.  This may be success in the areas of health, career, money, or relationships; in other words, everything.  These limiting beliefs may be thoughts that someone said to us and we integrated them into our being.  We may not necessarily feel these thoughts are currently pertinent, but they have held us back in achieving what success we desire out of our lives.  Examples may be “I am not good enough” or “I can’t afford that” or “I can’t do that”.  Family members, especially parents, friends, peers, school, society or a work supervisor, may have given these ideas to you.  Perhaps your father told you that you were not good enough to become the lawyer you wanted to be.  Or your mother kept telling you that money does not grow on trees and you really needed to stop spending money. Or your boss told you that the job was given to someone else since he did not think you could handle the pressure.  These thoughts are then ingrained into your being and you become those thoughts, whether you actually believe them or not.  These beliefs prevent you from being the successful person you could actually be. 
Consider the Law of Attraction.  Here is a quote from Esther Hicks, author with Abraham Hicks Publications.
“A belief is nothing more than a chronic pattern of thought, and you have the ability—if you try even a little bit—to begin a new pattern, to tell a new story, to achieve a different vibration, to change your point of attraction. The Law of Attraction is responding to your vibration, and you can easily change your vibrational point of attraction by visualizing the lifestyle you desire and holding your attention upon those images until you begin to feel relief, which will indicate that a true vibrational shift has occurred.”
— Abraham
Excerpted from the book “Money and the Law of Attraction: Learning to Attract Health, Wealth and Happiness” # 468
Jerry and Ester
The Law of Attraction entails desiring what you want and attracting it to yourself, thus creating for yourself what you desire.  If you think of what you don’t want you will continue to attract more of that to yourself.  Have a limiting belief will cause you to continually attract more of that thought.  If you ever think, “I can’t afford that”, you will continue to not have the amount of money you desire. 
In releasing limiting beliefs you are able to create the successful life you desire without these old thoughts holding you back.  You will be able to attract the career you have always wanted, the money you desire, the relationships you are looking for or the health you know is possible.  It really does not matter how you ended up with the limiting belief, although it is helpful to acknowledge where it came from so that you can move on. Sometimes the beliefs may have occurred by way of protecting oneself, but most likely they are not needed now and are preventing you from being who you could be.  I am sure everyone has at least one limiting belief (and some may have many).  Think about releasing that belief and all the possibilities that may open up for you as a result. 
The workshop that I am offering is unique in that I am using Reiki to help release the limiting belief and heal any wounds that may have occurred by thinking this belief.  The power of Reiki will heal what needs to be healed.  Using Reiki to release your limiting belief will open your life up to endless opportunities for the successes that you desire. 

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Release Your Limiting Beliefs

Release Your Limiting Beliefs

Using Reiki to Release and Heal

What is holding you back from being successful? 

Having problems with Health, Wealth or Relationships?

Are you ready to do what it takes to Release It?

Come to Our Creating Success Workshop

In this Workshop you will:


  • Discover which limiting belief is most preventing you from being successful
    • Utilizing specific tools and techniques
  • Prepare yourself to release the limiting belief using the power of your mind
  • Receive healing to help release the limiting belief
    • The use of Reiki will assist the process and provide healing for you to move forward (no Reiki experience required)

 Date:  Saturday, October 20, 2012

 Where:  Westmount Public Library, Ferraro Room B

                                                   Wonderland Road, London

 Time: 10 am – 12 pm

 Investment:  $47 plus HST (Includes Reiki healing worth $75!)

Your facilitators will be:

Mary-Anne MacPherson, RNCP                                  Wanda Davis, M.Sc., B.Sc., B.Ed.

Nutrition & Transformation Expert                                Reiki Master/Teacher

Creating Infinite Success                                               Elements of Healing Energy                      



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