Thursday February 2, 2012
Our Resident Witch
Blessed Imbolc: Finding Joy In Small Things
Gaelic Saint Brigid heralds warmer spring days ahead
Submitted by Sorcha Kincaid, Wiccan High Priestess, Chilliwack
his time of year can be tough for people. The gloom of winter still has a firm hold and the days are not growing dramatically longer yet.
Snow is still a threat in most weather forecasts and the lack of sunlight can be felt physically and emotionally. Imagine for a moment what this time of year must have been like for our ancestors. Food would have been scarce, the dark and cold would have been felt much more intimately, and there was very little to be joyous about.
With so little left in the pantry and plants still mostly dormant, nutritious milk was a very important part of the diets of our ancestors and could literally save lives. Some plants are beginning to stir at this time too, though. The first spots of green poke their heads through the snow and these tiny morsels are packed with nutrients that would have been invaluable to people struggling through the last bit of winter.
So, Imbolc is also a celebration of the return of hope for the next year. Warm days and plentiful food are not too far ahead and that is definitely something to be joyous about.
Sorcha Kincaid is a practicing Wiccan High Priestess, mom and works in Chilliwack.
You can contact her by e-mail here for more details. For more information on the local chapter of pagans, visit: www.chilliwackcoffeecauldron.webs.com She also makes wonderful wands with precious gems and more at: www.ambrodelwands.com
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