Winter has felt long and cold here. Freezing temperatures, snow that lingers, grey days that melt into cold nights and six inches of ice in all the shady parts of the street. Pots of simmering vegetable soups have been made in copious amounts and friends and clients have been in the midst of some deep, hard transformations.
Imbolc arrives none too soon. The half way point between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. I often feel a sense of relief and anticipation at this time. Soon the brighter and warmer days of spring will arrive.
Yes, Imbolc marks the beginning of spring and yet we know that winter still has us in her grasp. Delightfully, we have a little bit longer to daydream and plan, to tend the growing seeds inside and to make note of our shifts and movements towards the ever ripening sun.
Historically, there is evidence that this time of year has been observed since the Neolithic period, with celebrations in Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man.
There are many customs and traditions for the festival of Imbolc, many revolve around fire and purification, the goddess Brigid, fertility, special foods, divinations, purification and candles.
I find this time of year extremely potent. Year after year I am moved by the power available for manifestation and magic in the year to come.
~It is a time to let go of and release old ways of thinking about ourselves and our environment.
~It is a time to purify our spaces at home and at our offices. A time to sweep away the cobwebs and dust of the year before and to begin afresh.
~It is a time to get really specific about what you want to call in and what you want to manifest.
~It is a time to get real with yourself and your dreams and goals. Where do you want to be by this time next year?
~Imbolc is a time for divination and oracles. What wisdom do your helpers or guides have to offer?
The portal is open, the magic is available...What will you do, wise soul, with all that is possible, free, majestic, growing and special, inside you?
An Imbolc Ritual
Lark Fox is a Priestess, an herb wyfe, Seer, intuitive healer and ceremonialist.
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