Imbolc  

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Can you believe it? Imbolc is just around the corner! (February 2nd this year)

Imbolc is the first of three Awakenings. In the waxing year, there is a festival of Awakening for each of the three aspects of the Lady. Imbolc is the Awakening of the light, when the first signs of new growth begin to appear, and the plans for the new year are laid.

Seed catalogs are purchased, and farmers ready to sow their crops when the time comes. Animals prepare to bring forth life in their turn.

Even in the Catholic holiday of Candlemas, the blessing of the candles is a preparation for the coming of light. The first Awakening is the awakening to the possibilities of the new year.

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What I find really interesting is that, the traditional date for the holiday is also Groundhog Day. In American and European folklore, the groundhog emerges from his hole on this day, and if he sees his shadow, we are in for six more weeks of winter. Six weeks is a curious interval.

Six weeks is roughly the amount of time between Festivals - between spokes of the Wheel of the Year. If the groundhog sees his shadow on Imbolc, the return of the Light is delayed until the next Festival, Spring Equinox.



I'll be setting up my Altar for Imbolc soon, what about you?

P.S. Blessed New Moon everyone!

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2 comments

Yes, getting ready for Imbolc over here too. I'm very excited b/c I have quite a few spells to complete that night.

Yay! I looooove altar photos. Can't wait to see yours. I have my prelim. Imbolc altar photos up. More to come. :)

January 26, 2009 at 9:14 PM

I was browsing the blogosphere looking for like minded people interested in spiritual growth and I stopped to say hello!
Wishing you love, peace and happiness!
BoH

January 31, 2009 at 2:42 AM

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