Spiritually, this is my favourite time of the year. I am always filled with such a deep sense of hope and excitement about what the year will bring. January is a very reflective month for me, and I'm wondering if I don't intuitively really START the year in February. It seems like we need a month of reflection after all the busy-ness of December's festivities before we're ready to start the new clean slate? Is that why so many resolutions fail within the first couple of weeks?
Imbolc is February 2nd, and here's what it says about it in the We'Moon calendar:
In the Northern Hemisphere, Imbolc symbolizes the season when Mother Earth cleanses the debris that is cluttering Her delicate topsoil. Glaciers begin to melt, rivers swell and rains wash away that which is no longer useful. She prepares herself to embrace this year's new growth through elemental cleansing.
Imbolc teaches us how to ready ourselves for our own new growth through symbolic cleansing. Do you feel embraced by your life, your tribe and your sisters? How will you embrace your community to oencourage and celebrate new growth?
You might start with yourself first on Imbolc by cleaning your living space, dusting your altar and smudging with rosemary or sage. Weed your garden while sprinkling seeds on fertile ground. For your community, donate unused food and clothing. Create unity with your sisters by gathering in a circle...
Doesn't that sound like the start of something wonderful? So I think I'm feeling a shift within and without, a shift more towards the pagan calendar which feels more primal and in tune with my inner cycles.
This is definitely the time of year I do most of my household purging. I cleaned out the hats/mitts/scarves, and then the medicine cabinet, and today was under my bathroom sink. Amazing what gets forgotten and is no longer useful behind closed doors. Time to pass it along to someone who will use it all...
I love this time of year!