Sunday, January 27, 2013
The Pagan Spring celebration of Imbolc is coming up February 1st. Whilst many celebrate this holiday on February 2nd, know this date is a Christianized variation, called Candlemass, of the original day which was February 1st. I celebrate and recognize the first of the month. Call me a traditionalist! This spring holiday is also the Sabbat when all the altar candles and candles in the ritual room are replaced with fresh new ones.
Yes, I did say Spring celebration. With temperatures in the single digits lately, it seems a bit cold to be celebrating Spring, but it is almost here. Now, maybe flowers won't be blooming in your yard this week, but you can find early signs of spring if you know where to look.
By the end of this week, geese and migrating birds will be flying northwards again, and the thick ice on the ponds and rivers will start to thin, and for those that tap maple trees for its sweet sap, it is also starting to flow.
We will be celebrating Imbolc with an indoor ritual and I encourage you to celebrate Imbolc also! Have fresh flowers for your altar, and your cakes and ale could be fresh, sweet milk and cheese placed on a platter kept cold with clean snow from outdoors. This Sabbat, called Imbolc, which is Gaelic for 'In the belly' in reference to the cows ans sheep being pregnant and ready to give birth and new milk for the spring season. So the milk and cheese is appropriate.
For your spiritual awareness in turning the wheel of the year, this ritual is the planning ritual. Plan what you wish to plant, then tend, grow and finally harvest later in the year. What do you wish to create? What do you wish to bring into existence this year? Think about this concept while you celebrate this wonderful spring holiday. For truly spring is right around the corner!
I hope you have a beautiful Imbolc
Peace and Happiness
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