The Birth-of-Spring, known as Imbolc, or Candlemas, hearkens the return of life to the World. The cross-quarter days—the Holy Days that are IN BETWEEN Solstices and Equinoxes, actually mark the start of a season. In this case, you are celebrating the move of Mother Nature away from her Mother phase and into that of being a Maiden once again at Mid-Spring. The energy that exists on the planet is creative and the Divine Artist crafts new life under the surface. The European word Imbolc may have been derived from Ol-melc or “ewe’s milk” due to the fact that sheep begin lactating around this time. Another possible source for the name of this Holy Day is folcaim which means “I wash”—as purification rites were common. One of the most famous celebrations of this Holy Day is in Ireland, where festivities begin at sunset on February 1 continuing through sunset February 2nd. It is the feast day of St. Brigid, also known as the Goddess Brigid. When Catholicism swept through Ireland, the church incorporated Her into their canon. She originated as a Goddess of creativity, smithcraft, poetry, healing and midwifery. On this magnificent feast day, fires were lit and her statue was purified with sea water then carried through the fields to invigorate crops. Today, you can view it as the gestation period where the energies begin to gather within you so that you can bloom in Mid-Spring.
What You Will Be Doing on this Holy Day:
This Ritual is in three parts and focuses on crafting the new YOU for the year. You will be purifying yourself and finding inspiration. Then you will go on a deep journey inward, through meditation, to receive knowledge from the Divine regarding your purpose. And finally you will do work to affirm your goals for the year at hand. The end of the workshop focuses on the Activation of your NORTH-EAST Stone.
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