A Blessed Imbolc to you!
Imbolc is the ancient Irish word for spring, and February 1st marks the beginning of that season in the Irish calendar.
One of the things I love about the Celtic way of reckoning time is that the seasonal changes are subtle. Spring begins, not when the days are actually longer than the nights, but when the energy has just begun to shift toward light.
We have to dig deep and believe in spring when the earth is frozen and the ground is hard. But out of sight, seeds are stirring in response to the gradually brightening sun.
Similarly, change in our lives typically starts as a little shift of consciousness deep in our psyches.
The change may not be noticeable at first, even to ourselves. But it begins at that moment when we soften toward our own natures, when the growing light of awareness shines upon an old pattern, and instead of pushing it away in shame or fear or loathing, we softly smile inside as we recognize an old friend.
We show ourselves compassion.
We become willing to sit with the formerly rejected pieces of who we are.
And so we are renewed.
When I woke up this morning it was 8 degrees Fahrenheit in St. Louis, perhaps the coldest day we’ll experience all winter. And yet, I am smiling. Because I know that somewhere inside this frosty guise, spring is stirring. The thaw is beginning.
As an Imbolc gift, here’s a poem I wrote in February a few years ago about an encounter I had with the wild Canadian geese returning to their homes in the north, a little ahead of schedule.
The goose is a symbol of the Holy Spirit in Celtic cosmology, and the sight of those raucous flocks filling the sky for two days was a balm to my soul; they healed something inside of me.
The Geese Came Early
The geese came early,
their exultant cries an exclamation point
to the message their expectant necks
and outstretched wings
were already writing across
a coral-washed sky:
Look. The ice is
melting. The ground that was so
cold and hard and unforgiving is softening now to receive us.
And that is why on this day
with countless bodies
and innumerable voices
For no matter how bare
or bitter this season past has been,
we WILL make our nests,
we WILL welcome new life,
we will answer the heart call
copyright 2010, Kimberly V. Schneider
Wishing you the peace that comes from knowing you are right where you need to be.
And if you would like some support in directing the soft light of compassion on yourself, you can download the introduction and first chapter of my book, Everything You Need Is Right Here: Five Steps to Manifesting Magic and Miracles (or order the book) at https://www.kimberlyschneider.com/go/
Love and Blessings,