Happy Imbolc, All!
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I've been really slipping in my observance of Pagan Holidays lately. Just yesterday, I commented to my friend Java that I couldn't believe it was already dark out when we got out of class. "The days should be getting longer, but it feels like they're getting shorter? When is the Equinox?"
And, lo and behold, today is Imbolc. Obviously, I haven't hung my Multifaith Calandar back up since we re-did the bedroom. Really, though, I've been a slacker pagan for over half a year now. Many promises to myself to rededicate myself when we finally settle again at our ultimate duty station here in a couplefew months. Put up my new alter. Pay attention to the holidays. You know, the basics that I can't seem to keep up with lately without any reminders glaring at me from secular culture.
Oh. Wait. There was a glaring reminder. Groundhog's Day anyone? Imbolc - celebration of the light returning? Largely about the weather and expectations for the coming Spring. So much for that excuse, lol.
It doesn't totally feel like Imbolc to me because, as I said, I've been feeling like the daylight hours are shorter lately. I'm sure this is because of our very recent move north. I have noticed how uplifting it is to drive to work around sunrise (as opposed to 3 or even 4 hours beforehand, a function of TBS, not lattitude). Maybe lighting some candles in recognition of the coming light is in order for today. I'm very much looking forward to celebrating the coming holidays (seeds growing in the Earth, the promise of Spring) in my current expectant state. I am determined to have at least a couple good, meaningful ceremonies and lovely days, and, as I said, fix up my new alter.
Until then, Happy Turns to you all!