In the northern hemisphere, we have reached the time of year when the Light of spring is kicking in the womb of the Goddess.
We are half way through Winter, and as we pass this half way point, we are promised that Spring will arrive exactly on time.
So, no matter how bleak things may look from some perspectives, the Light is returning.
Some traditions celebrate the Cross quarter hold-day of Imbolc, aka Lá Fhéile Bríde (St Bride's Day) aka Candlemas. It is a celebration of fire, and the hearth and home. It is a great time for divination and any kind of purification rituals. It is also a great time for rededication of any kind.
To get technical, astrological Imbolc happens at 4:30AM ET Feb 4th. That said, Imbolc is generally celebrated the eve of Jan 31-Feb 1. Some celebrate on the 2nd instead. Truly, there is no right way.
Fun fact from Wikipedia: "Imbolc was believed to be when the Cailleach—the divine hag of Gaelic tradition—gathers her firewood for the rest of the winter. Legend has it that if she wishes to make the winter last a good while longer, she will make sure the weather on Imbolc is bright and sunny, so she can gather plenty of firewood. Therefore, people would be relieved if Imbolc is a day of foul weather, as it means the Cailleach is asleep and winter is almost over." Sounds kinda like Groundhog Day, eh? Except with a really cool Goddess instead! (No offense, little feller!)
Whatever you choose to acknowledge or celebrate his seasonal/astrological moment can be a great time to get caught up with yourself! So many changes have occurred for so many of us! Give yourself a quiet moment to pat yourself on the back for your good work, and to acknowledge the changes that have happened already. Appreciate your inner fire! Light a candle in honor of all that you hold dear.
Wave to my friends in the Southern half for Lammas! You who are enjoying summer might not need as much of a pep talk as those of us in wintry conditions, but you are loved as well!! :)
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Aepril Schaile, MFA, is Venus ruled; a Taurus with Libra rising; Lilith conjunct ASC. As an adept astrologer, Aepril provides readings which can help solve everyday problems and assist in regaining a sense of alignment with True Will, finding your deeper, uniquely powerful truth. She lives in Salem, MA and spends her days with her beloved canine companion, Gwyddion.