Imbolc, time of frosty mornings and new life stirring….
Isn’t that good news? We are at the half-way point between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox, and moving in the right direction as nights already draw out. And yet we are in the coldest days of the year too. The earth is frozen tonight, but it hasn’t stopped those determined little beacons of light – snowdrops- from making their welcome appearance! The earth is still resting, but she’s kind of having a little stretch and yawn as she contemplates putting in some hours to dedicate to the birth of the coming Spring! She’s not quite ready to throw off her blanket of snow and get to it, but she’s certainly on the case on the quiet!
Life stirs beneath the surface, the heart of the earth is beginning to pulse with the promise of new life yet to come. Those tender little snowdrops are a real symbol of hope, showing that anything is possible. And Imbolc signifies new life beginning to stir in us too as we dream into our ideas and start seriously considering what it is we are going to sow in the spring. Plants and herbs no doubt, and also our ideas and aspirations for new projects or new ways of being.
Moving towards Spring can be quite a challenging transition as the weather can be bitterly cold and icy winds seem to strip us clean of all that needs to be left behind. So take things easy, there’s no rush. Let ideas simmer gently now and let your imagination do the work. Still a good excuse to indulge in hot chocolate! Imbolc is also the festival of Brigid, the Celtic Goddess of the hearth, bringing a little welcome warmth into our hearts with her fiery nature.
Use our healing herbal allies to stay well – echinacea to boost the immune system, sage or thyme tea to soothe colds and coughs and fight infection. Maybe you collected some rosehips from the wild rose in Autumn to make some super Vitamin C rich elixir? Ah, well, don’t worry if you didn’t, just stick it in your diary for this Autumn.
Lots of great events going on this year, check in on the classes and events page for more details…there’s a lovely mix of stuff including new nourishing yoga and nidra classes, menopause workshops, lots of healing Dancemantra, and a Practical Magic herb workshop in June at the Sussex Prairie Gardens (first time at this new venue, it’s amazing!). A second date is about to be added in September too..so if you want to come make some of that magical rosehip Vitamin C stuff, here’s your chance! Nature has so much to offer us for natural healing without having to head off to the chemist. Nettles will be shooting up soon, perfect for making a spring detox tea. Well, maybe not right now but it won’t be long!