Saturday, February 2, 2013
For me, no holiday is more full of optimism and hope than Imbolc. It represents growth and beginnings, and is a reminder that winter won't last forever. In my home, Imbolc has always been about spring cleaning. In the house, the last straggling Yule decorations which survived the New Years purge finally get put away (or tossed depending on their condition), the pantry and herb cabinet get cleaned out to make room for the new, and the windows get a thorough cleaning. It amazes me how much light that alone lets in, giving the house a brighter, cheerier feeling.
In the garden the beds get a thorough thinning. Roses are pruned to make room for new growth, plants are divided and rearranged. Even the compost bin gets some attention. By February 2nd, my winter herbs and flowers have begun sprouting--dill, fennel, nasturtium and poppies are all sprouting in the strangest places, and basil seedlings are popping up everywhere. By the 3rd, I have starters a-plenty to give away, along with the blessings they represent.
While it seems a lesser holiday, for farmers, ranchers, gardeners, anyone who relies on the Mother and her seasons, Imbolc is one of the most important. It is a reaffirmation of life, a reminder that there is work to be done in order to prosper.
Blessed Imbolc to you and yours
The Discreet Witch