Imbolc - the middle of winter
Inspired by ancient Celtic and Germanic festivals, the Wheel of the Year celebrations follow the annual cycle of the seasons astrologically speaking.
The Wheel of the Year is the name given to the annual cycle of the seasons. It is made up of 8 celebrations dedicated to the sun: the Sabbaths. As well as 12 or 13 (depending on the year) celebrations dedicated to the moon: the Esbats.
These celebrations honor the rhythm of nature and both solar and lunar cycles. Let's not forget that in the past, life was modeled on the cycle of the seasons and the lunar phases. It is this notion of balance and harmony in respect for nature, this connection to reality as much as to the sacred that we are invited to perpetuate in our turn as others have been able to do before us.
We are celebrating Imbolc.
We have entered winter since Yule, and it is then that the cold is more biting in the northern hemisphere, that we see the beginnings of spring: the days are getting longer, the first buds are appearing. Here in Andalusia, the almond trees are in bloom. No doubt, we are marching towards spring, and this is the heart of the celebration of Imbolc.
Imbolc is associated with fertility and femininity but also with the purification of the end of winter, therefore with renewal; and in the victorious light of the sun on the dark winter nights. In this, the predominant elements in the celebration of Imbolc are water – the matrix water of fertility – and fire – celebration of eternal light. Our ancestors ritually performed torchlight processions to awaken the great goddess so that she would purify the earth and guarantee abundant harvests. The milk from the first milking was also poured onto the land to celebrate its regeneration. Christian tradition has replaced Imbolc with Candlemas, literally “the feast of candles”, which celebrates the presentation of Jesus in the temple and the purification of the Virgin Mary. The symbols of light and purification have therefore been taken up.
Between February 1 and 3 we celebrate Imbolc and therefore the harbingers of spring. It is therefore the perfect time to tidy up, cleanse, purify, align with our hearts, open our windows to new horizons and say yes to renewal. Even though things may seem frozen or suspended today, it won't take long for them to come back to life, to reanimate (and besides, Mercury in retrograde is soon over!).
To help us in this period we can use the starwand to cleanse and purify and any product in color Lilac for renewal.
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