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Saturday, February 2, 2013

Blessed Imbolc

Here we are looking for signs that Spring will be arriving soon. The most notable sign is the longer days. It is good to have sunset later each evening. Every day there is a bit more brightness.

But alas, there will be no other physical signs around here. It has been snowing heavily most of the day and it is now snowing late into the night. I imagine most of February will be like this.

Still, candles are lit to celebrate the midpoint between winter and spring, the sabbat of Imbolc.

I think about this long strange winter with it's roller coaster weather. There does not appear to be a "normal" any longer concerning the seasons. Sitting by the window, watching the snow fall, and dreaming about spring flowers and summer gardens. Planning and preparing is a good way to spend the cold days.

"There is a privacy about winter which no other season gives you … Only in winter can you have longer, quiet stretches when you can savor belonging to yourself." 
-  Ruth Stout

With my feet firmly planted in the present, I look to the Spring and all the many things I would like to do. Projects, ideas, goals, dreams as well as garden planning. And I think of the things I need to let go, get rid of; not just the physical, but mental and emotional "stuff". It is good, in these quiet February days to stop and look within, as well as without.

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The promise of Spring is one that Nature will keep. We wait, sometimes impatiently, for those days when the daffodils bloom and songbirds fill the air.

For now, we work quietly, steadily finding beauty in a fresh snow fall, comfort in hearth and home and the splendor of a winter's night sky.

February Twilight

by Sara Teasdale


Magaly Guerrero said...

I've been telling myself, "It's not warm outside, but the sun is shiny and the days are longer. Spring is coming."

Happy Return of The Lights!

Sandy Sandy said...

Imbolc blessings to you my friend! Lovely thoughts here. Thank you! And happy Groundhog Day too! The wheel turns faster every year. Spring will be here before we know it.

jaz@octoberfarm said...

i am anxiously waiting for our snow to start falling. and that damn rodent forecasted an early spring. get me my gun!

Lady Caer Morganna said...

A very Blessed Imbloc to you as well, my dear friend! If you need a little smile to help you along, check out my latest post with the live Groundhog day video of Phil. He is sooo cute!!! LOL!

Hugs to you all,


Debra She Who Seeks said...

Imbolc blessings, Robyn! Love your words and poem in honour of Brigid the Bright!

Linda Wildenstein said...

This is such an anticipatory time of year. I think we all are "itchy" with getting on to spring and flowers etc. I love this feeling. It feels much like the kind of anticipation I had as a child waiting for Christmas morning. Only now I'm waiting for signs that the brrrrrr is gone and the happy, sweet smell of spring has arrived.
I wish you Imbolc blessings BB, Oma Linda

Anonymous said...

Even though I long for spring I really don't want it yet, I'm sowing seeds that needs a long period of cold weather to germinate :-)

Clear sky now and rather cold, perhaps we'll get some rime tonight :-)

Have a great Imbolic!

Jeanne said...

We're already seeing a bit more daylight. So nice. :0)
The winters now are not even close to what they were like a few years back. {{sigh}} But we have to evolve and adapt.
Been giving much contemplation to various projects and what the future has to hold. This is going to be a GOOD year! :0)
Blessing to your and yours.

Magic Love Crow said...

What a beautiful post Robin. I hope you had a blessed Imbolc ;o) You are so right, about letting go of the emotional stuff! Sometimes, it is so hard, but needed! Big Hugs ;o)

Mina said...

We had snow as well but I still celebrated. Spring is in our hearts, after all. ;-)