Imbolc, meaning “ewe’s milk,” is a Celtic celebration of the mid-point between the winter solstice and vernal equinox. Some scholars think that Imbolc, traditionally celebrated on February 1, was a season, rather than a day.
Food and fuel stores were running low by this time of the winter and the coming of ewe’s milk was more than a hopeful sign of the coming of spring, but the arrival of a much-needed food source in the midst of the leanest season of the year.
In our time, at least for the majority of us in North America, our most pressing spiritual need may well be generating the spiritual resolve necessary to cut through the physical, mental, and emotional clutter that is the cost of participating in our consumer culture.
This week’s intention aims at helping us gain clarity about what steps we might take to simplify and declutter our inner and/or outer lives over the six weeks and six days between Imbolc and Spring.
What might we pare down to make room for the emergence of new life?
How might we give of our excess to assist those going through lean times?
I look forward to journeying with you this Wednesday in celebration of Imbolc.
Gaia Shamanism is offering free online journey circles in 2022 on Wednesdays from 4-6 pm PST.
This weekly circle is an opportunity to hone the practice of journeywork in a spiritual container of mutual support, real talk, and humor.
If you would like to join us this Wednesday, February 2, from 4-6 pm PST, feel free to email me at anna “at” gaiashamanism “dot” com. All skill levels are welcome.