Currently, the Riot household is behind almost 2 feet of snow in one of the worst blizzards since 1967. That being said, Happy Beginning of Spring! That is to say, Happy and Blessed Imbolc to you all!
Imbolc has come up recently in a few blogs and podcasts - including Inciting A BrewHaha - as a holiday without any reason to exist. (Well, that seems to be Velma's opinion.) Sure, there's the historical celebration of when ewes start lactating and baby animals are born, but...really...how useful is that? Who cares? These days we look outside our doors and see mountains of snow and feel the frigid winds of winter and the very last thing on our minds is celebrating the coming of spring.
For heaven's sake! The midwest is in one of the worst snowstorms in modern memory! Spring could not be further away in our minds.
Why is that? We're not celebrating the exact moment that spring arrives; that's not for a couple more months. However, we seem to be celebrating the promise of spring. Just as we celebrate the new life being born at this time as a herald for the promise of more livestock, bigger and better crops, and so on. This is a time to get energized, to get excited.
Personally, I try and make Imbolc a special day. Our home is filled with lit candles and the smells of delicious stews and breads. No, it's not as big or flashy a time as Yule or Samhain or Beltane, but why not? Imbolc is a time of renewal and promise, and it's an important spoke on the Wheel.
I say that, just for today, you should try and get active. Get your brain and body active and focus on the return of the lush, verdant landscape of spring and summer. It really is just a couple of turns on the wheel away.
Or, at least, that's my opinion. What is your view of Imbolc? Do you celebrate it or just let it pass by? Either way, may you be blessed, and may this day find you safe and well.
Love and Lyte,