In the rush to talk about last week’s eclipse and Blue Moon, it completely slipped my mind to talk about Imbolc, which arrived on February 1.
For anyone who might not be familiar with this date, Imbolc is an important marker on the Wheel of the Year. This is the calendar that I live by more than the Gregorian calendar. It follows the change in seasons – the solstices and equinoxes – and the Sabbats in between: Imbolc, Beltane, Lammas, Samhain.
There is a Sabbat for every season, helping us to anchor into the energy and gifts for that time of year. I like following these traditions because they help me stay mindful and aware of what nature asks of me.
There are times to slow down, and times to speed up. There are times to let go, and times to grab hold.
Imbolc is one of my favourite times of year. For me, it is an observance I never forget to honour or celebrate in my own way. (Imagine my guilt when I realized I had forgotten to mention it in my writing last week…)
Imbolc takes place six weeks after the winter solstice, and six weeks before the spring equinox. At this time of year, we are asked to pay attention to the seeds that are in our hands. We are asked to start thinking ahead to what we might plant when spring arrives.
It’s a time to carve out a bit of space for yourself to review your priorities. Maybe you set some intentions at the start of the calendar year and you want to check-in with your progress.
Or maybe you held off on making any solid plans for 2018 in order to stay open to what might arise.
Wherever you are at right now, ask yourself, “What is emerging as a priority for me at this time?”
Personally, I entered into 2018 in complete chaos. As an only child to a woman in her 80s, I was sidelined in late fall when my mother’s health took a turn and I learned she would no longer be able to live on her own.
Scrambling to adjust to her transition and help her find some new supports, I had little time to myself for much of December. And what time I did have, I would spend catching up to my own life.
And so it wasn’t until deep into January, after the dust had settled, that I was able to clear my head enough to think through any future plans. And they came to me as I was writing out a to-do list for something else.
There, in that list, was everything I needed to do this year. Through it, I saw that I didn’t want to be doing a lot of the things that were on my schedule. I wanted to free up time to work on different projects.
Sometimes, our goals and desires are right in front of us. They just get hidden behind the rush of the present moment.
Imbolc reminds us that the seeds of the future are already within us. We just have to look for them.
Hence the presence of the Perspective card this week, also known as the Hanged Man. Sometimes people see this card as a block or obstacle, while others look at it as a change in tone, a need to take a different approach.
I think those things can all feel one and the same. Whatever you need to connect with this week, take the days to come as a cue to drop into yourself, to invite a bit of quiet reflection. Especially if you have been caught up in a whirlwind lately and have been neglecting your inner voice.
“I open myself to insights and ideas that arise now, as they are seeds that can be planted come spring,” is the mantra I like to use at this time of year.
The Perspective card may also connect back to any insights or changes you felt during the recent lunar eclipse, which might have sparked a new awareness within.
And with Venus entering Pisces this Saturday, February 10, there will be even more creative energy to access in the weeks ahead. Venus in Pisces is a beautiful pairing. It is a highly creative channel, offering each of us the ability to tap into the divine consciousness.
This is a transit where artistic highs and spiritual awakenings can be waiting around every corner. You don’t have to force it to show up for you. Just stay open to what you pick up on.
And if you have your own tarot deck at home and would like to do a belated reading for yourself for Imbolc, here is a spread to help you connect to the current energies:
1. What is trying to grow within me now?
2. What can it become by spring time?
3. How can I remain open to the changes it can bring?
4. How can I honour my inner strength along the way?
Until next time,
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