Imbolc 2002, Vol 1-2
MatriFocus, a Cross-Quarterly eZine for Goddess Women Near & Far
Imbolc. Warm blessings to you all! The Light has been reborn and is growing in strength to warm us all. 'Imbolc' is a term which means "ewes milk"; this is the time of year that pregnant sheep begin to lactate, a sure sign that spring is coming. It is a season of faith and hope that the sun will once again warm us all and bring new life.
This is a season of staying indoors, and to our ancestors it was the time of busy hands. After the rush of making and buying Solstice gifts and cookies, sending cards, and visiting with family and friends, our ancestors were often indoors in the cold winter months until the planting could begin again in the spring. 'Tis the season for handicrafts of all sorts! Interior home repair, woodworking, needlework of all varieties. This is the time of year candles were made, baskets woven, and wool spun into thread and yarn to make clothing and household items. All of these activities helped decorate the home and kept everyone busy. It is also a perfect time of year for developing psychic ability and creating a new meditation practice.
Brigit, a Celtic Fire Goddess, is remembered this time of year as she keeps the hearth fires burning, keeping everyone warm. Hopefully firewood and food stores will hold out until warmer weather comes again. We gather around the fire with our various projects, telling stories and enjoying the companionship of those present, and planning the months to come. What seeds will be planted at the Equinox..... what goals do each of us have for the coming year, what projects will be completed?
Ostara. By the time of the Equinox, you may be able to see buds forming on trees and bushes, and sometimes even leaves will be starting to grow. Our Spring Maiden is growing and dancing, and new life comes from her every step. This is the time when Persephone comes up from the underworld, when we see Eostre, the Germanic Goddess sitting amongst the flowers with rabbits. It is the time of Maidenhood, of joy and laughter, of silliness. The colors we wear tend to be lighter and brighter, and reflect how we feel.
Ostara is also the time of spring cleaning. The weather is getting warmer, and we long to open the windows, enjoy the fresh air, and make a fresh start. It's a good time to clean out a closet or two and make donations to your favorite charity. Cleaning is a magical, meditative act. Really. Give it a try ;)
Enjoy the Blessings of Springtime!