Big, fat snowflakes are falling, the cold chill is in my bones, and I feel a longing for the beginning of the warm spring. But there is a time for all seasons, and I do not want to forget the important things that the winter brings us; time for relaxation, contemplation, respite. The winter is a beautiful and quiet time of year, a time to sit in peace and listen to the snowflakes fall.
No matter the innate loveliness of the wintertime, after awhile it gets stagnant, and we long for a return to budding trees and flowering plants, warm breezes and fresh clean slates. It is at this time of year that we all experience that feeling that it is time to sprout forth something new, to cleanse and purge, to start again. Whether it be the yearly “spring cleaning” binge many of us have the urge for, or the gardeners ordering catalogs from every seed company that exists, we all can feel it in our bones, spring is near.
This is what Imbolc represents, only the more spiritual task of turning the focus from our physical world longings, to the more spiritual focus onto the earth and season. The earth is doing the same thing as we are, it is beginning to burst with newness. At this time of year, the earth prepares itself to grow and come back to life, to start a new phase. We sense this, and the more in tune we are with this, we can use this energy to guide us on our own journeys.
So I set forth to set up a lovely Imbolc altar, with the symbolic colors of purity; white and yellow. I used these flowers in my pentacle wreath, my Peace Lily flowering plant, and lovely daisy cut flowers. White candles will be lit on Imbolc, and new intentions will be set for both cleaning (physical) and cleansing (spiritual). The Earth’s return to life will be celebrated.
I perform cleansing ceremonies often, but it is particularly important at Imbolc as part of the removal of old energies. Light sage bundles and burn them in and around your home, as well as your car to remove old energies. Cleanse your crystals by placing them in salt water and placing them on a sunny window.
Major house cleaning, purging and organizing is something I (and I think everyone) do every year at Imbolc. If the earth can start with a clean slate, so can we! A kindred spirit of mine works at a houseware retailer, and she said that at this time of year people are buying vacuum cleaners, mops, brooms, carpet shampooers, organizing supplies, and more cleaning supplies like crazy! Yep, it’s Imbolc cleaning frenzy.
To me major house cleaning includes cleaning out and reorganizing closets and storage bins, cleaning in corners and behind furniture, getting webs down from the ceiling line, etc. And as a person with a dust allergy, I have to be particularly careful to keep my anti-dust mask on and run the air purifiers all day, or else post nasal drip and rashes ensue. I will have my (much loved) neti pot ready…
Last week I began the celebration of Imbolc by buying and planting some new houseplants and creating my Garden Goddess Window. Digging my hands in the dirt was just what I needed, and it is a highly recommended project to do at this time of year!
This is not only the perfect time to plant houseplants and start many of your seeds for your garden, but a perfect time to plant symbolic seeds to spring new thoughts, ideas, goals and plans, so that you will have plans in mind and be ready for the energy boost that comes in the spring and summer. Now is not necessarily the time to “do” all the things, it is the time to imagine them, and thus manifest them, eventually. A great way to do this is to journal your thoughts and ideas by writing, sketching, making a collage of images, and brainstorming. I have a lovely journal that I make notes in for things I know cannot be accomplished right now, but that I want to manifest. If you stay in tune with the energy of the earth, many things may just manifest when the blooms arrive!
Then once the work is done, enjoy a warm tea, relax and take a magical stroll through nature!
Thanks for visiting and Happy Imbolc!
Elune Blue: Herbs for Imbolc