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Next Holiday: Imbolc February 2, 2018

It seems quite impossible that the holiday of Candlemas should be considered the beginning of spring. Here in the Heartland, February 2 may see a blanket of snow mantling the Mother. Or, if the snows have gone, you may be sure the days are filled with drizzle, slush, and steel-grey skies—the dreariest weather of the year. In short, the perfect time for a Pagan Festival of Lights. And as for spring, although this may seem a tenuous beginning, all the little buds, flowers, and leaves will have arrived on schedule before spring runs its course to Beltane.

“Candlemas” is the Christianized name for the holiday, of course. The older Pagan names were Imbolc and Oimelc. Imbolc means, literally, “in the belly” (of the Mother). For in the womb of Mother Earth, hidden from our mundane sight but sensed by a keener vision, there are stirrings. The seed that was planted in her womb at the solstice is quickening and the new year grows. Oimelc means “milk of ewes”, for it is also lambing season. 

For the rest of Mike Nichols' article on Imbolc click here.

Next Holiday Southern Hemisphere: Lugnasadh/Lammas
February 2, 2018

For an article on Lughnasadh/Lammas by Mike Nichols click here.

2018 Wiccan/Pagan Calendar


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Your Own Celebrations of Winter

Can you feel the chill in your bones?  In the coldest, darkest of times, perhaps that’s when we enjoy warmth the most.

Winter’s Chill

From Autumn’s gentle cool, we turn to the extreme of Winter.  Winter sorts out those things which are strong enough to survive the harsh cruel times, to sow their seeds again in Spring.  After the new birth of Spring, the growth of Summer, and the fruition of Autumn -- Winter brings a cold dark sleep to the busy Earth.  Likewise, our own lives “chill out” a bit during Winter, as we put away our Summer toys.  We turn inward; we renew our love affair with hearth and home.

In Winter, we need to make our own warmth and light, rather than merely find it in the Summer sun.  We proactively create warmth in our home.  Blankets and boots, sweaters and scarves, heaters and hot cocoa – these are the magical tools of Winter, with which we evoke the warmth that we crave.  Whether you use a wood-burning fire place, or modern-day furnace, you invite the powers of fire to enter your home.  To make an analogy, for food we can hunt and gather what is already available, or we can farm -- and actually create the food that we eat.  Likewise, in Winter, we create the “fires” we need to survive, warmth that otherwise would not be there.  Creating something is one of the most magical events we ever do.  How do you create fire and warmth?  How do you relate to the warmth-making tools you use, year over year?  Celebrate the people, places and things which keep you warm when you need it most.  See them as a magical part of your life, and honor them for the gifts that they give.  Say a few special words each time you light your flame, set your thermostat, or prepare your warm wooly clothes.

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