Preparing for Imbolc🐑February 1st-2nd. ✨🌀

Imbolc has a special meaning for me. It’s a time of joyful initiations and collaborating and guiding our student’s personal spiritual paths to magical intuitive experiences of renewal, self care and healing. The removal of blockages, negative thought patterns and false beliefs that would keep one from their personal goals and dreams. Imbolc reminds us that we must never forget our dreams, for these very dreams are our inspirations for the seeds of our magic. At Imbolc, we shine warmth and love onto the seeds of our soul, feed them daily and watch them grow and never lose sight of them, as this is the true magic of life. The magic which keeps us forever eternal, youthful and filled with the joy and motivation for living in fullness.

This is a time to introduce the element of Fire into personalized curriculums. Not the blazing fire of Beltane and Summer Solstice just yet, but rather the intimate, creative and healing Hearthfire within the soul and the discovery of it. It is a time to get in touch with one’s inner child and explore one’s intuition and fantasies, to fulfill dreams left in childhood or young adulthood that were dearly cherished, stir them in the cauldron of the soul and manifest them with the awakening energies of Mother Earth.

As modern practitioners, we joyfully celebrate Imbolc in our homes with the lighting of candles to celebrate the illumination of the sun warming our lands, with the promise of abundance in our lives. Of flowers, herbs, food and grain for the thriving of our people and our animals. On Imbolc, we build sacred hearth fires sprinkled with a bit of the dried flowers and herbs from the last harvest that lovingly decorate our rooms during winter’s icy winds. Dried bunches of calendula with flowers of orange and golden sun hang in our kitchens, sprinkled in soups to warm our bellies and mixed in salves with mint to soothe our bodies from the frigid winds. We cook special foods of bannock cakes and scones smothered in fresh warm butter, in honour of the coming growth of grain and milking ewes. We make dolls and inbue them with our dreams and goals for the coming seasons. We fashion Brighid crosses to post over our doorways for protection. We bless our homes and hearths with the water from streams, wells and melted snow and smudge our homes with curling spirals of burning incense made of hawthorne. We bless the breasts and bellies of pregnant women to ease the pangs of childbirth when the time comes. At Imbolc, we may self-initiate, and initiate one another into sacred circles, welcoming novices, new priestesses and priests and their children and familiars into the fold of the magical community.

Imbolc celebrates the awakening of Mother Earth and a coming of the end of hibernation. This is a time to prepare and make plans for the future, create beauty and fertile soil to plant the seeds of the harvest once more. The birthing of lambs welcomes Her.

Intuitive practitioners now sense a stirring of new vitality in their inner being as the Wheel turns again, this time, towards Spring Equinox, and the birthing of newness in the Earth and Sky.

Companion pets become more playful now, demanding more interaction and outdoor moments, as Earth takes on new tastes and smells that arouse their senses.

Wild forest creatures show their faces more frequently now.

Children sense the vibrational change, experience growth spurts and high energy, and want for exploration and adventures.

Young adults develop a fresh awareness of their emotions and sexuality, seeking love and mating experiences.

Adults are energized with new personal and career goals with a heightened stirring creativity and plans for action begin to form in their psyche.

Seniors awaken to a deeper, stronger, more powerful wisdom to share with the world.

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The Ancient Celts called upon Fire Goddesses to heal them from the hardships of winter and bring the promise of rebirth, beauty, fertility, robust health and the awakening of the land.

Imbolc was observed in Ireland and Scotland with reverence to Brighid or Brihde of the Tuatha de Dannan of Ireland by the insular Celts. Proto Neolithic pagans honoured Holde of the ancient Germanic pantheon, and Beiwe of the Saami greens the land for the reindeer to feed.

Brighid’s Cross

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Imbolc, the astro half-way point between winter solstice and spring equinox, is a proto-Celtic celebration of agrarian peoples.

Archeologically noted in the illumination of the Neolithic inner chambers of a megalithic monument which is perfectly aligned with the rising sun of Imbolc, Dumha na nGiall,a neolithic structure, c. 3350 and 2800 BCE located in the Tara Skryne valley of County Meath, Ireland, is an ancient passage tomb. The passage and back wall is illuminated on the morning of Imbolc, as well as Samhuinn. It is considered a sacred proto-Celtic site. The 13 spiral carvings on the back wall of the cavern are thought to be the 13 phases of the moon.

Dumha na nGiall’s back wall illuminated by the morning sun on Imbolc and Samhuinn

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Globally, Imbolc 2021 ushers in the gentle hearthfires of hope for our future with the opportunity to put a devastating pandemic behind us after a quarantine that, to many of us, felt like one long winter hibernation. We may now embrace the discovery of a vaccine with the imperative understanding of its potential: the vaccination of only 80% of the world population will completely eradicate the COVID-19 pandemic crisis.

Blessed be ✨🕊🌀

Marija Gimbutas names Hulda (or Holda, Holla, Holle) as having originally been an ancient Celtic Germanic supreme goddess who predates most of the Germanic pantheon, including deities such as Odin, Thor, Freya and Loki, continuing traditions of pre-indo European Neolithic Europe.

Reference: Gimbutas, Marija. The Living Goddesses. Berkeley; University of California Press 2001.

Image Credits:

Holde, the good protectress. 1842. Friedrich Wilhelm Heine.

Dumha na nGiall photo credit: Knowth .com

Brigid’s Cross credit: Ballyrogan, Whitlow, Ireland (Etsy)

Winter Solstice 2020: Star Magi ✨ 🌀

Jupiter and Saturn conjunct in the 11th house, Mercury transits through the 10th house.

Winter Solstice 2020, December 21st, 0809hrs GMT. Stonehenge. photo credit: English Heritage UK.

21 December 2020. Today and forward to Summer Solstice, the Wheel turns with ever growing light and warmth each day as the celestial movement of Mother Earth begins a new agricultural year in the northern hemisphere with the return of the sun and increasing daylight hours. Of note, Jupiter and Saturn have moved out of the 10th house, and into Aquarius’ 11th house.

This Winter Solstice brings a benevolent light with Jupiter and Saturn now transiting into the Aquarian house of big love, sprinkling good fortune and generosity through new visions with old wisdom, into our lives.

It also has the potential to shine perhaps a not-so-welcomed light into Capricorn’s Plutonian cracks and crevices of hidden economic agendas and executive strategies of money, politics and world order.

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Intentions, Manifestations and Spell Work most auspicious at Winter Solstice 2020:

•Re-birth of the psyche.

•Shedding of old, worn out behaviors, habits and lifestyles.

•Dreaming new lives, new ways of being and new realities into your existence.

•Planting new thoughts and new ways of being into your mind.

•Listening for the sound of your Inner Voice.

•Creating win-win budgets, economies and charities.

•Seeing and perceiving traditional values benevolently through a new lens of possibilities, visions and paths.

•Getting unstuck.

•Being kinder to your dark side.

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Winter Solstice 2020 Celestial Mercurial Message:

Speak your Truth, and Listen carefully to what you tell your Self! Then, read between the lines.

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The Return of the Sun God: Celebrations of Earth’s Fertility Goddesses giving birth to sons as bringers of light are stories woven through human consciousness, as evidenced in the research studies of Art, Art History, Archeology and Anthropology.

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Celtic Alpine European Ancestry:

Ancient ancestors of the La Tene Culture in neolithic Switzerland’s bronze age c.450bc, brought their nature deities with them as they migrated and eventually dominated trade across Euro Asia until circa 1 b.c. when Rome overtook them.

The La Tene who migrated west had socio-political leaders, the Druids, who kept no written records, but rather, committed all to memory, passing the heritage down from generation to generation. They’ve left us with their designs of nature deities and sacred spirals and woven knottings laid into the metal of their warrior shields, swords, torcs, brooches, urns, bowls and jewelry. About 2500 artifacts were excavated at Lake Neuchatel, near Bern, where Archeologists date these artifacts to 1 to 2 b.c.

These same repeating patterns of curvilinear and geometric lines and spiral designs eventually made their way westward through France to insular Britain. Archaeologists continue to discover artifacts and ruins of the tribes of the ancient Celts in these lands. In addition, excavations in Sion, Switzerland, revealed megaliths dating back to 6400 b.c.

All remnants of an ancient culture who brought the love and reverence of Nature into their daily lives.

Today’s Neo-Pagan and Neo-Druid Arts carry on the old ways.

Oftentimes, we do find one another.“Sister, I have known you of old. Brother, I have known you of old.”

Blessed be 🕊🌀