In ancient times Candlemas was celebrated, the festival of light, 40 days after Epiphany. Today Imbolc becomes an opportunity to rediscover the hidden meaning of this day and its sacredness.
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On the day of the celebration of Saint Brigid of Ireland (or Brigid of Kildare), the legend tells that this cult takes inspiration from the Goddess Brigit, the divinity of the triple fire and who became famous for the figure of the Lady of the Lake in the cycle of King Arthur.
In her honor, colored ribbons hang from the branches of the trees in order to exorcise bad luck and to mark them as simulacra of the diseases from which it’s intended to be cured.
Imbolc is the celebration of opposites being both the Rain Festival and one of the 4 Fire Festivals of the year. Water and Fire in this context have the same meaning in that they symbolize purification.
In fact, it concerns all areas of life starting from food, which lightens after the abundances of the Christmas period, as well as the environment that surrounds us.
Sweeping the rooms, from east to west, and spreading fine salt and rosemary on the floor helps to purify spaces.
Useless, counterproductive and limiting objects, emotions and thoughts must be hunted to make room for news.
The tarot of reference for this festival is The Stars, a symbol of harmony, positivity and hope. Their teaching is to be perceptive to change and through our ideals, our firm points, to welcome it with the ingenuity of a child ready to be surprised again.
To experience the energies of this Sabbat, the temptation to search for places that act as a source for drawing them is too strong and that’s how my search stopped at Church of Sant’Antonio Abate, hymn to rebirth and fighr the evil forces and Vignale Residence clear example of how the complexity of beauty is hidden behind the facade of simplicity.
Church of Saint Anthony The Abbot
The plague is over like the period of his painters, who represented images of flagellation and harsh reality. In this period we enter an era of serene images that shine here in all their magnificence. Among the most important artists who have left their mark are Giulio Cesare Procaccini or the Carlone brothers.
The church is consecrated to Saint Anthony the Abbot, the first exorcist in the history of the Catholic church.
The association with “St. Anthony’s Fire” is due to him to indicate a disease widespread in antiquity due to the poisoning of a mushroom present in rye. His brotherhood was that which invented a pig-based ointment to relieve the wounds caused by this disease.
Saint Anthony the Abbot is considered the protector of evil and demonic forces.
Beyond the façade it is unthinkable to think that a residence in pure eighteenth-century style is hidden. It’s here in fact that an Austrian Prince between 1905-1907 will build the same one.
The double-height atrium amazes with a magnificent staircase by Adolf Loos. The ground floor is a succession of representative sitting rooms with access to the courtyard. While on the first floor is the noble floor still inhabited today.
On the other side of the courtyard are the servants’ quarters inserted in a curious building with dark wood. These moldings and a pretty stained glass window make it look like a Tyrolean hut.
Sweet dreams: Marco’s Apartment is located at a fair distance from both these places of interest. Simple and functional, it offers all the essential services plus many other functional ones such as wi-fi, TV, washing machine and air conditioning. Convenient location by metro and within easy walking distance of the Duomo and the Navigli. ($ 93 per night).
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Delicious treats: less than a kilometer away is the restaurant of Alessandro Borghese, a well-known chef, from Vignale Residence, where il lusso della semplicità offers both lunch and dinner menus as well as innovative and always rock cocktails. (Viale Belisario 3).
For a taste snack (or a rich breakfast and brunch) instead rely on California Bakery, a few steps from the Church of Saint Anthony The Abbot, where you can delight yourself with sweet and savory deli made with love (Via Larga 19).