Whispers of Spring :: Imbolc
Imbolc is a Pagan holiday, meaning not what we may have been socialized to believe it means but rather simply that it is "Earth-based", a celebration based in observing what is and our ancestor's relationships to the Earth. Although my ancestors called it something different and had their own locally informed way of celebrating, I know in my bones that all of our ancestors were tracking the seasons and the movement of time by listening to the colors, sounds and changes of the Earth; our species survival depended on it. In the Northern Hemisphere this time marks the place where Winter gradually gives way to Spring. The poet Caroline Meller says it beautifully in her poem "I Am Imbolc" so I decided to just post that below.
I AM IMBOLC by Caroline Meller
"I am the dream of awakening.
I am the returning of the light.
I am the tough green shoot pushing up through the pavestones, I am the first kiss of sunlight on the unfurling petals of the snowdrop. I am the wind which whispers the gentle pull of home to the migratory bird.
I am the drop of ice melting on the mountainside with its great dream of the ocean.
I am the sap rising in the blossom tree just before it reveals its sticky buds to the sky; I am the riotous celebration humming away beneath the earth’s mantle of frozen sleep.
I am the rousing of the bee from its winter slumber, and the soft pad of the mother-wolf’s paw on the snow as she prepares to birth her pups.
I am hope, potential, rebirth and promise. I am the kindling breath which transforms the flicker of inspiration in your creative core into a blazing torch.
Give me the silent crescent moon rising over the sea and I will build you a bridge of silver light so you can walk up and lie in it.
Give me the frost-hardened wilderness and I will breathe radiant green life over it.
Give me the healer, the writer, the craftsperson and the storyteller, and I will replenish her essence and make her new again.
I am Brigid, Bast, Inanna and Hestia. I am the fierce protectress of the sacred fire.
Tonight I bestow my gifts of power and courage at the hearth of your soul: power to step out of the shadows of self-doubt and negativity which have held you in darkness for too long, power to shed all that which no longer serves you, and courage to clear your heart and mind for the dawn that awaits you.
I am the time to honor your unique gifts for their true worth and to protect and nurture your creative self as you would a child. I am the deep longing of the spirit which refuses to be consumed by a narrative of fear and chooses instead to place itself vivaciously on the side of love.
I am the stirring in your belly which knows exactly what you are capable of — and that it’s time the world found out.
I am the fire within which will not be contained any longer.
I am the quickening, I am the serpent uncoiling, I am Imbolc
I am the dream of awakening."
There is an awakening energy to Imbolc; an "uncoiling". In my January Newsletter I spoke about the Winter Solstice being the depth of Winter. There is a death energy to Winter and we are still in her embrace. It is a necessary death that allows us to release what we don't need anymore, what we never did, in preparation for the Spring. Imbolc comes as a message of remembrance, inspiration and fortitude. It is a reminder that though the long nights of Winter may be cold and dark, they will not last forever and they are here for a reason. Imbolc is associated with the goddess/saint Brigid, who was speaking to the people long before Catholicism absorbed her, and she reminds us to go back inside. We may be growing weary of the inner-work, the weight and depth of it all. Yet, she shows us that this is exactly the alchemical ingredient needed in order to stoke the fire within us that will burn through untruth and enliven us through all seasons.
I am noticing for myself at this time that I wanting to run away from the work I need to do inside. At the Winter Solstice I felt ready and willing; focused. That began to dwindle and it's become much easier to distract myself rather than tend to those cobwebs. So, this holy day comes at perfect timing.
RITUAL SUGGESTION & IMBOLC PLAYLIST
I created this ritual suggestion & playlist for you to go into this energy as well. Imbolc comes with the Full Moon + Leo Lunar Eclipse, there's a lot here so why not work with it!
CLICK HERE FOR THE IMBOLC PLAYLIST
This playlist can accompany you for some movement, a long savasana, meditation, bath, drive, cry, breath work, etc.