Friday, February 2, 2018

Plant A New Seed For Imbolc




Today marks a holiday in Pagan tradition, Imbolc, a Festival of Fire and Light. The legend is that the Celtic Goddess Brigid took form as the maiden of the Sun and revived the Earth from her winter slumber so that the agricultural season could begin. Imbolc marks the midpoint between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. I'm VERY eager for the agricultural season to begin!!

Do you celebrate Imbolc? What are your traditions? I'll be making a nice comfy cauliflower soup in bread bowls for dinner and a carrot cake for dessert. Root veggies and grains honour the time of year when my ancestors were fishing around the root cellar and using up what was left in the pantry before lambing season and the agricultural season began.

I paint way too close to my laptop, see the paint dots all over it? Eegad!

I'll also be planting some flowers today. Though, I should really wait until the Moon is waxing again (according to Moon gardening rules!) but I'm hoping that the Moon forgives me for this one and helps my flowers grow anyway! I'm nearly done knitting my four "plant holder cozies" to keep the pots warm by the cold window! I hope that giving them this little knitted hug (thanks Dianna for that idea!) will help them bloom by my only sunny window when the February Arctic deep freeze sets in!

Now is a great time to symbolically plant a seed for the spring, an idea that needs your thought and action to bloom and thrive. Any ideas? Anything you want to start now and work on for the next few months?

Today's Drawing for the Drawing Challenge! :)

Some faery lore:

Those of you who want to keep your nice house faeries happy should leave a bowl of milk and honey out for them tonight. Legend has it that disgruntled house faeries will move on to another home on the Monday after Imbolc. Don't be surprised if the bowl seems untouched...the fae will absorb the milky sweetness as a symbol of your love for them. :) And if it IS touched...it's likely your sneaky felines cleaning up after the fae took their share! :)

Darkness is ending and the days are getting longer. Light a fire or burn lots of candles tonight to encourage spring to arrive! Wear bright colours like yellow and orange to set the mood of the fire festival! A very Blessed Imbolc to you my friends! Let's celebrate the coming of Spring! :)

20 comments:

Pam Jackson said...

Morning Rain, I needed a ton of milk and honey cause I think my faeries moved out years ago...will that bring them back? I actually need an organization faerie! HAHA...I have no plans of planting anything today, was not aware of the tradition. I am just sitting here with the world news on waiting to see if the groundhog sees his shadow to know if we are facing 6 more weeks of winter or if spring is around the corner. Great drawing. Don't you get a great vibe just from doing a drawing or painting daily. I love the feel of paint under my brush. Have several things that I am planning on painting, just have to jump start my rear and make myself do it. Have a great day.

wisps of words said...

Beautiful Imbolc drawing.....

Forgot again. I am so happy to have you, to remind me.

I do have a plan, which I hope to begin in March. Which is quite exciting for me. Who is usually plan-less.

Not a biggggg plan. But a plan, and that/s what counts.

Happy Imbolc!!!!

Toni said...

Imbolc is one of those favorite pagan holidays of mine. I usually light all the candles in the house, play a couple of Enya CD's and contemplate the coming year. This year, because we are purging and painting, all the candles are packed up or tossed.

My goal for this year is to finish remodeling but to also really do honor Retirement. I am going to take a couple of classes at the community college, I am going to do a lot more traveling, even if it's just day trips and The Guy and I are joining the YMCA so that we can swim during the bad weather. (I say that with guilt because it is 77 degrees outside and all the windows are open!) It might be a gorgeous day, but our pool water is 55! I don't do 55!

There are plenty of fairies in my front yard around the base of our huge sycamore tree which has a holly ring around it. I'm not sure I want fairies inside. The Guy is enough prankster for me in close quarters!

Martha said...

I love all these holidays and traditions, Rain. I am so fascinated by them. I discovered Paganism through blogging pals and will make an effort to learn more. It is such an amazing connection to Mother Earth. This year I will work on starting a garden and doing some landscaping around our home. It is so...bland...right now. We'd also like to add trees. I can't believe this property doesn't have a single one. It is a shame. The trees will invite the birds and liven up the area. I'm looking forward to spring so much I'm going to burst! LOL

Rain said...

Hi Pam :)) Trust me, you can't coax a faerie :) If they want to come back they will. You probably have some that you don't know about because they do love sweet little fur babies and love to be around them! :) I often think how lovely it would be to wake up and have the house all organized and cleaned by my faeries...I need some for that too! :) I think that no matter the hope...our groundhogs will ALWAYS see their shadows, it's more of a joke for me now! :) I know what you mean about the paint under my brush...I feel so full of harmony when I'm painting! The drawing is coming along, it's starting to feel more natural for me! :)

Rain said...

Hi Wisps of Words :)) Happy Imbolc to you too! :) I'm interested to know about your BIGGG plan! :) For now, mine is all about the garden and new things I'm going to try doing! :) I'm planting that seed in my head and making my plans too! :)

Rain said...

Hi Toni :)) I have candles doing with no lights on tonight. I do love this celebration, and what could be better...it's lightly snowing out and the noisy neighbours haven't arrived yet! :)

I'm more envious of your pool than you can even imagine lol! That is one thing that I hope I will have in my future home! I can see that 55 is a little chilly willy to swim in! I think it's great that you and The Guy are joining the Y! Swimming is wonderful and I do it as often as I can in the lake here, though that water is dang cold, even during a heat wave! I think it's wonderful that you are honouring your retirement.

Ha! I don't like the little pranks either, but our house is so full of dogs and cats, the faeries are busy enough with them to think of anything sneaky to do! :)

Rain said...

Hi Martha :)) I think that learning about the many aspects of Paganism is a wonderful way to sift through the ideas and find your own path. That's what I did. But it's ALWAYS a learning process and a work in progress. That's what I love about being so ecclectic. I'm on my own path and if something appeals to me, then that's what I will adopt, and I'll feel great about it!

My main reverence is really towards Nature and the Universe. Anything that has to do with the cycle of Nature and the seasons is how I want to live my life in all aspects.

I'm so happy to hear your enthusiasm for your soon-to-be garden! And the trees, my gosh they are so important. I am so connected to trees, and that's why I need to be near the woods. I think having birds and all sorts of lovely pollinators will be a wonderful addition to your garden, your home and your spirit! Especially butterfly faeries! :)

Nicolas Hall said...

Rain we LOVE the pot cozies! What a wonderful idea. :) We celebrated Candlemas with a fire ritual, candles and a cleaning of the altar. Moving things around to clear the air and then we provided the milk and honey for the spirits who may have been upset by all the fuss. lol As for groundhog's day, out little figurine did not see his shadow so we are to have an early Spring, which we then realized is no different here than a longer winter. it's 6 more weeks of rain one way or the other! :) But we will symbolically start our spring early, planting or at least planning the garden! We also made a big cast iron (witchy) pot of roasted carrots and parsnips in balsamic-maple glaze and garlic. :)

And your Imbolc drawing is soooooo sweet and captures the singing heart of Spring to come!

Rain said...

Thanks Nicolas :) I came up with the plant cozy idea because I know I'm pushing it by planting flowers right now. They have enough sun in the window but once the sun goes down, it can get might cold there even with the heat on. It's -24C as I type this....I'm trying to give the plants a fighting chance!!! :)

I think I'd actually prefer 6 more weeks of snow than 6 more weeks of rain, and I can't believe I'm saying that lol! Your Candlemas celebration sounds nice and relaxing. Oooh, I love the veggie pot! I'm a big fan of balsamic vinegar! I'm planning the garden as well. I do have to wait until April to start the seeds for the outdoor veggies though, last year I barely had enough room before I could finally plant them outside in May, they were growing so quickly!

Magic Love Crow said...

A Blessed Imbolc Rain! I love your faery drawing! Love her smile! You got me hungry with your cauliflower soup and carrot cake! I paint close to my laptop too! LOL! I'm looking to replant some trees in the Spring, but I have to say, I'm happy there is going to be 6 more weeks of winter. I love the quiet time right now! Big Hugs!

Rain said...

Thank you Magic Love Crow! A Blessed Imbolc to you as well :) Spring spring spring!!! I cannot wait. :) I love that you will be replanting trees...I'm a big tree-lover and I think it's so important that we take care of them! Oooh, you are in the minority lol...most people are tired of winter by now lol. I do appreciate all that winter has to offer though, but the cold is really getting to me! :)

Authors with Advice said...

I've been learing about crystals and other things at the moment and this post is interesting to me.

Rain said...

Thanks Authors with Advice :) Crystals interest me too, that's something I want to learn about in the future.

Tammie Lee said...

Your fairy is so sweet!
Your list is inspiring.

I like the celtic festivals, it feels so right to pay attention to the seasons, to participate in spirit at least.

MrsDuncanMahogany said...

After taking a week's hiatus from the world (hiding from January) and catching up now! I am impatiently waiting for spring. Did I say impatiently? :) We have been in yet another bitter cold snap. I don't want to do anything anymore until we get rid of the negative double digits.

Rain said...

Thanks Tammie Lee :) I am one who lives by the seasons and celebrating them is so natural to me, I love it! :)

Rain said...

So there you are Dianna ;) You were well hidden...now you have to find a new spot to hide from February lol! :) We shoveled out 2 feet of snow this morning, it took both Alex and I over an hour and we were pooped. More to come this week too, ugh!

Fundy Blue said...

I hadn't heard of Imbolc ~ at least that I remember, Rain. I flew to Hawaii that day. I always look forward to time on Waikiki because it's a time when I heal and recover and improve my health. It's something about the air and the ocean. My grandmother MacDonald had a root cellar, so I know exactly what you are talking about with your ancestors! My family was tied to the sea as fishermen, but they always had big gardens. My mother grew up with a milk cow. That's what got them through the depression: fish, a garden, and a cow. All the best to you!

Rain said...

Hi Louise :) I love how you put that your family was tied to the sea. Reading your blog, I can definitely see that! I feel as though I'm tied to the Earth for everything in life that sustains me and gives me joy! :) I'm so glad you are feeling healed, I've never been to Hawaii but I can imagine the healing power...just all that's going on in Nature over there from the ocean to the volcanoes...it must be so lovely!