This is the time of year when the lambs are being born, and the daffodils are coming up to bloom. But it is still so cold! Some areas of the United States have had the coldest weather on record, and there are blizzards sweeping the continent. In hunter/gatherer and herding/farming communities, it was also when the first signs of Spring began to appear, and it became obvious the days were growing longer. People performed ceremonies to encourage those signs of Spring, and the growing of the light. Some of these ceremonies live on in Groundhog Day, and Candlemas (when candles are blessed for the coming year). Imbolc means “ewe’s milk.” The Celts celebrated this as Brighid’s Day, the triple goddess of smithcraft, poetry, and healing. Candles and bon fires were lit to honor her, and to strengthen the light. Tools were consecrated for the coming year — tools of metal working, farming, building, healing, writing. I guess now that would include your computer, if you use it to write. 🙂 For more information on Imbolc and how to celebrate it, you could check this website .
There are other events that make this Imbolc a powerful one. Today is the New Moon, a powerful time for new beginnings. It is also the eve of the Chinese New Year (Year of the Rabbit), and so a good time to visualize prosperity in all its forms (health, wealth, love, and joy). Astologically, there are ten planets and asteroids gathered around the Moon and Sun conjunct Mars, creating lots of Fire power.
You can celebrate this day in as elaborate or simple a manner as you wish. Something as simple as making a list (on paper or in your head), lighting a candle, and stating what you hope for in the year ahead will be enough to set the intentions within yourself, and invite a helping response from the Universe.
I wish each of you a blessed year! 🙂