It is the feast of Imbolc, the celebration of yet to come. It might, or could be the beginning of Spring. It is a time of pregnant potential. The fields are prepared, or about to be. It is a time of sowing, almost. But, as Jesus said, not all seed grows strong and true.
There is static in the air. In the northern hemisphere, as that is where Imbolc currently resides, the days are noticeably longer. We can begin to do so much more. The time of quiescence is abating.
Brigid – goddess or/and saint – bestows a blessing, if we invite and ask and be nice. We want the future to be blessed. The seed we sow to bear a good harvest. Please Brigid, can we have some more.
Imbolc could literally mean ‘in the belly’ or it may have something to do with washing and cleansing. Either definition relates to getting ready and something new. That’s what it is all about.
Winter may have a few stings left, but it is waning. Winter is leaving us and saying goodbye.
And something (insert your preferred potential here) this way comes.
It’s the darkest day of the year (in the Northern Hemisphere). It’s the Winter Solstice. From now on, things can only get brighter. There will still be rain. There will still be shadows and dusk and nightfall. But we know that things are changing. The wheel of the year turns on.
The Ursids Meteor shower will speckle the dark night sky. Just after midnight will see the most shooting stars being flung across the night sky. It’s only a minor meteor shower, but symbolically, at this time, it is the beginning. Time to make a wish.
Mercury Retrograde is about to end. Plans can be put into motion. Once again the heavens are moving in the right direction. It’s a visual change. There is no astrological reason to wait now. Time to act.
Hanukkah (12th – 20th) has just passed. A celebration marked by the lighting of candles. It is a shame that the focal reason for the celebration is embroiled in political turmoil. However, if the Winter Solstice can teach us anything it is that light can follow the darkest of times.
Christmas Day is just around the corner. The day chose to represent and celebrate the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, who was called the Christ, the light of the world. Time to share peace on earth.
And finally, I come to the end of my Advent journey of review and preview. I have my word for 2018: embrace. I am preparing my goals for the new year. I will be ready for the next full moon.
This past year, and the previous few years, have been dark times for me. I have been through a lot. Emotionally I have been up and down, with an emphasis on down. I am not where I thought I would be at this time in my life. However, I am seeking a way for a brighter future. Like the daylight cycle the earth goes through, so our lives travel through varying amounts of light. I pray that my way ahead becomes brighter.
And more importantly, I wish you a brighter path ahead. Whatever you believe or have faith in, whatever tradition you follow, whether you are humanist or fideist, may you be blessed this Winter Solstice.
With The Wanderer I go, I travel. At Samhain, I move forward into the new. A time of fallow, a time of ends, of death and decay. A time needed and required for rebirth and renewal.
Into the dark, I wander, currently alone but with all those who have gone before. At moments, there may be close companions with me, but there will be stretches I traverse with not a soul in sight.
by releasing everything anything is possible
The harvest has been. What is left will be used. My skills, my abilities, all I have will be required as the land is cleared and made new.
The Journey is a time of purification and realignment. Let the old perish and be cleared away for new growth to thrive.