Happy Imbolc

 

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Although they are still mired in winter snow, the flowers long to speak out. As Imbolc dawns, they tilt their heads forward, eager to spread their scent across the land.  The goddess Brigid blesses all and leads us to the purity of spring.  As winter slowly breaks, Brigid will be reunited with her lover the Sun King.

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‘Lara’s Theme’ from the movie ‘Dr. Zhivago’ seems to me the perfect song for Imbolc. Lovers Yuri and Lara are separated in the frigid winter of the Russian revolution. Much like Brigid and the Sun King, they wait for a time they will be reunited. Yuri, who is a poet as well as a doctor, writes this letter to Lara:

“Somewhere. my love, there will be songs to sing. Although the snow covers the hope of spring. Someday, we’ll meet again my love. Someday, whenever the spring breaks through. You’ll come to me, out of the long ago. Warm as the wind, soft as the kiss of snow.”

Based on the 1957 novel by  Boris Pasternak,  ‘Dr. Zhivago’ was made into a movie in 1965. It starred Omar Sharif and Julie Christie. If you have not yet seen this gem, I highly recommend it! It is the very embodiment of love, longing and political servitude.  (Not to mention waiting for the spring thaw!)

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The song is performed here by Andre Rieu. Hope you like it!  Have a magical Imbolc.

 

 

 

Imbolc

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I hate the end of Yule.  Time to take down the tree, remove the decorations, get rid of all the beautiful red and green.  Those glitzy lights are shut off, no more good cheer.  And it was all sooo pretty!  {Sigh… } To make matters worse we are now facing a cold bleak January.  Still a lot of darkness.  Probably a few snow storms coming up.  Some people have even made impossible New Year’s resolutions, ones they will never keep.

However, it is not all doom and gloom.  Enter Imbolc.

Imbolc, celebrated on February 1st and 2nd is a fire festival to honor the earliest beginnings of spring. It is a time to settle down after the excess of Yule. We celebrate the ever lengthening days and honor the goddess Brigid. It is also a great time to do some spring cleaning.

Coinciding with Candlemas, the purification of Jesus in the temple, Imbolc is a great time to take stock, set goals, purge ourselves of impurity and prepare for all things new.  Light lots of candles!

 

Be kind.  Live in light and love.

Imbolc

 

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