Further celebrations of the return of light. We began our light return celebrations with Yule, and we will continue with IMbolc.
Podcast Episode Summary
In this episode, I, Michelle Lasley, your host, pontificate about the merging of seasons. I review where we are on the wheel of the year and where we are going.
Note, I align the “start” of the year with Aries Season or Ostera, the Astrological start of the year
I argue Imbolc is both the end and a beginning
Note other holidays with the same date: Ground Hog’s Day, Candlemas, and Brigid’s Day
A note on Candlemas
Celebrates Jesus’ initial presentation
When Jesus first enters the template, around age 12
The purification of the Virgin Mary
Other traditions show the Green God goes through a similar trial, where he grows from boy to teen. The dawning corresponds with the maiden stage, or the young woman. Imbolc is one of three fertility festivals. And, since one aspect is purification, now is a great time for cleansing your home, your spring cleaning. Also, be sure to finish your reflections.
I offer some herb and oil supports.
Sage: “The desire of sage is to render man immortal.” The root, salvere, is defined by being in good health.
Rosemary: strengthens memory, purifies the air
Mint: a symbol of hospitality
Rue: clear sight and visioning, traditional anti-plague herb