Imbolc

February 5, 2009 at 2:55 pm (environmental, magic, metaphysics, philosophy, religion, shamanism)

imbolc

So February 2nd was Imbolc.  The year turns once again and we are blessed to stand witness to it.  Imbolc is the start of the end for winter.  It’s a time to step back, take stock and be like, “hey, we made it!!”  From here on out, we can expect warmer days.  Yes there is still going to be cold snaps and blizzards, but they are on the wane.  In six weeks is the vernal equinox, and the official start of spring, so if you haven’t started planning your gardens, you might want to start.  It is a time to gather with friends, and be thankful for your continued existence. I know I am, because the last few months have been extremely trying for me, surviving -20F temperatures in an RV with no heat that isn’t properly insulated is no joke, it sucks.  Some Imbolc traditions are that it is a traditionally ascribed to the Goddess Brigid, of Celtic lore, friendship bread, the oath ring and others.  It is also the time of years when sheep start having their babies, which for our most ancient ancestors was a definate blessing because it  meant they had milk, which is another tradition of Imbolc, the associations with milk.  So there you go, there is you’re extremely brief overview of Imbolc:)

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