(our deck to the back gardens – a good foot of snow has already melted from last weekend)
With the harsh weather that the East Coast was dealt last weekend, much of my excitement for warmer weather went right down the tubes. I wish I understood why Winter makes me sad enough to want to hide from the world. But, I have hope! This Winter has not been bad at all, compared to other years. The last couple years we were dealt with ridiculous polar vortexes coming from the Artic. But the El Nino phenomena we are experiencing this year, I am grateful for the above normal temperatures so far, even with the blizzard.
(Plants are still growing in the winter at Mabon House)
I have been diving knee deep into my sweet friend’s Jacqui’s video blogs on her Green Witch Herb School Series. And as I am typing this, I am watching her Imbolc videos and then it dawned on me…
IMBOLC IS NEXT WEEK!!!!!!!!!!! OH MY GOD! Samhain is coming to a close. And one of my two favorite seasons is about to hit!
So, if you are reading my blog for the first time, I will explain what I am talking about.
Imbolc (pronounced IMM-MOLCK), or in Christianized meaning, Candlemas. It is the Celtic season of Springtime. The time where our beautiful Earth’s alarm clock starts going off, and when many of our little animals begin to be born (such as goats, sheep, deer, bunnies, etc). And like many of us, we tend to hit the snooze. And that’s what she will be doing. February 1st, St Bridget’s feast day, or the Goddess Brighid’s feast day, is coming up next week. It is the time where we begin our planning for the seasons of life.
For me, it really is the beginning of my year. Many men and woman celebrate the Celtic New Year on Samhain, which is October 31st. And in a way, I agree. Yule, or Christmas, is the first holiday of the Celtic new year, which is the welcoming back of the Sun. And now, we are approaching Imbolc, which allows the early buds of Spring to awaken. Crocuses, Snow Drops, Tulips, Daffodils, Hyacinths, and other early Spring flowers, will begin to crack open their bulbs and slowly and surely reach out to the light of the sun. Right now, my beloved bulbs are under a foot and a half of snow. So, it can be difficult to celebrate the upcoming Spring with all that white on the ground! But, never fear, Spring WILL come! That’s the beauty of our world. Spring always follows Winter. And for me, Winter is almost over.
I am sitting here at home today, because we were running out of oil and needed to wait for the oil guy to come today. I am watching the Green Witch Herb School as I said above, and she is teaching people how to make your own besom with witch’s (scotch) broom flowers, raffia and a piece of driftwood. I think it is important to craft things that you can hang or show in your own home, because it really empowers the energy of the house as YOUR home. In this case, I love besoms. I have brooms in almost every room, and there are brooms at every doorway. In old folklore, a broom at every door is meant to protect each and every entrance into your home. At our Lughnasadh celebration in 2014, I had all my Circle ladies make their own broom. It was so much fun and I look forward to doing more with my ladies this upcoming year. Sadly, I had to make a difficult decision over the weekend regarding relationships in my life. I know I made the right decision, but it doesn’t make it any easier. All in the journey, I guess. And knowing that I no longer have anything in front of me that would be keeping me from moving on in my journey, it’s almost kind of perfect that Imbolc should be the next holiday. It’s about new beginnings. New journeys. New paths.
I am currently burning sage in my family room, and the house smells AMAZING. It’s a shame it’s so cold out, as I love to open the doors and let the fresh air in. Hopefully this will be a different story come next month.
Today, since I am home, I will be preparing some of my seeds to be planted in my containers. Wait? Isn’t it the end of January? Yup! But, now that I have more room, as well as areas where I CAN sprout and seed my fruits and vegetables, I want to give them a head start so they will be super strong by the time they go in end of March, beginning of April. Baby steps…
I give myself 10 years to make this whole. To create a self-sustaining homestead based on permaculture principals. I want to be able to video all of my journey, but I feel especially right now, my sad emotions from the cold weather are keeping me from doing so. I hope, like I said above, that will change come next month.
What are YOU doing to plan for Spring?
Ideas for Celebrating Imbolc:
- Make a St. Bridget’s Cross
- Create your Garden Planner
- Light lots of white and red candles
- Make or decorate a broom
- Have a gathering of friends to plan your spring and summer
- Create a sacred space for ritual and meditation
- Burn sage and smudge your house for the upcoming season