Imbas is an Old Irish word meaning poetic inspiration, with overtones of ecstatic mysticism. It is the heart of the practice of filidecht, the sacred poetic tradition of Ireland and Scotland.
A gift of the Goddess Brighid, it is found in the three cauldrons within each person. The cauldrons, turned through joy and sorrow, take the raw materials of our emotions and our lives and transform them into an alchemy of poetry and magic, opening our eyes to the Otherworlds and to poetic truth and power.
"To create is to stretch one's hand into a realm beyond sequence, beyond time, beyond death - beyond even the meaning of these words - and to share in the magic of the gods. Exiled from Eden, we are the builders of Eden, carving the everlasting forms of which we are the shadows." - John Carey; associate professor at the Department of Celtic Languages and Literature, Harvard University.
|"A wood engraving by an unknown artist that first appeared in Camille Flammarion's L'atmosphère: météorologie populaire (1888)"|