This year as we move towards Imbolc I can feel the energy gently whispering in my ear. I’m not feeling the excitement I usually feel for numerous reasons but what I am feeling is right for where I am right now. This weekend I will plant my intentions and wait for them to flourish, I will freshen my altar space, and do my yearly rededication to my practice and my gods. It may be quieter than some years but quiet is ok for Imbolc. I will reignite my quest for fire energy and continue to try to cultivate that energy like I did last year. I will also do some sort of hearth blessing for Bridget since she is the goddess of our hearth. Some of this will be solitary and some will be alongside my partner.
What are your plans for Imbolc? Do you have intentions to plant?
Another January has passed and I’m filled with gratitude. I feel energized and ready to turn towards planting seeds. The polar vortex has released us from her icy grip and everything is shifting. I woke up this morning with a song in my heart and inspiration overflowing my brain! I have also been working on some personal healing over the past week.
“Holy Water, Sacred Flame
Bridget, we invoke thy name
Bless my hands, my head, my heart
Source of healing, song, and art.”
Today I plan to plant my intentions for the coming year and leave offerings of gratitude for January. I will also be taking a ritual bath and rededicating myself to my path. Something about Imbolc always makes me feel fresh and hopeful. Tomorrow my coven will be doing initiations and spending some quality time together. I will light my Bridget candle and do a hearth blessing. To be honest, this is the best I have felt at Imbolc in a very long time. Usually, I’m trying to dig myself out of depression. This year I am chomping at the bit for spring!
I hope you have a Blessed Imbolc!
I know I have not been posting much lately. I feel bad about that because this blog matters to me. I have been absent because I have been busy with the task of restoration. Morrigan has been my muse and Bridget has helped me strike my target over and over. I decided that since I’m moving a bit slower today, head cold, I would sit down and pound out an update.
One of the biggest lessons I have learned through this process is the more fully I become myself the more my strength is revealed. My current struggle is with my voice. I feel like I am acting from a place of power and I’m seeing some wonderful results. When I start to struggle is when I need to raise my voice to be heard or when I need to speak up in disagreement. I have been doing some pretty intense political organizing on the grassroots level and let me tell you it can be hard to be heard even when you are all on the same team. Add to that being a woman and being Mexican American, and you can start to see how it might be hard. The universe is putting me in situations where I have to fight to be heard and it has been pretty challenging.
On the up side, I have been enjoying life more and I feel like I’m well on my way to meeting my goals this year. The wheel keeps turning and soon it will turn towards harvest. I have a feeling my harvest will be bountiful and challenging. I just had my 47th birthday and I think this might be one of my best years yet.
I experienced a lovely Imbolc. It was a quiet snowy day here in Madison. The perfect day to stay in and focus on spirituality. I spent time writing in my book of shadows and refreshing my memory about Bridget. I was able to dedicate my hearth and spend some time communing with the goddess. Tonight I have lit a candle on my hearth and I plan to do that every night this month.
Today I am celebrating Imbolc. Over time, Imbolc has become one of my favorite turns of the wheel. I have really grown to appreciate Bridget because of her healing and inspiration qualities. Her connection to my primary deity makes it easy to integrate her into my work. Tonight I plan to do some hearth magick. I have not used our new fireplace for this purpose yet, and I was thinking tonight would be the perfect time. My plan is to use the entire month of February to focus on inspiration and healing.
This time of year is always hard for me. Although I have kept the SAD at bay, for the most part, I am still feeling rather dull. I need something to bring my shine back! Bridget is wonderful for igniting “the fire in the head.” As the “firey arrow” she cuts through the crud and straight into the heart of the issue. I’m hoping she will also help me heal up some wounds that have stuck around for too long.
Later I will post some photos of my work! I would enjoy hearing from you all about if you celebrate Imbolc and how.