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Candlemas or Imbolc
February is the traditional time for the celebration of Imbolc, the
festival of the washing of the Earth's face. In ancient Britain, it
was known as Oimelc, and later Brigantia, the day of Brigit. She is
the Celtic goddess of the maidens, and she rules over the movement outward
from winter to springtime. On the eve of Imbolc, the Old Woman goddess
of winter, the Cailleach, drinks from the sacred well and is transformed
into the virgin Brigit.
is occurring in each of us, as we experience the shift from an inner
contemplative focus toward an outer focus of conscious manifestation.
The time is approaching when we will gather together all of the inner
peace and love and wholeness that has quietly permeated our beings during
the long regeneration of winter, and we will find that it becomes available
for us to use in our daily lives. As we share this wholeness with others,
it becomes even more available to us.
or Imbolc is generally celebrated on February 2, falling midway
Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. This festival is astrologically
determined by the Sun's reaching 15 degrees of Aquarius. Some
celebrate lunar Imbolc, which occurs when the first new
moon appears after the solar Imbolc and typically coincides with
the Chinese New Year.
New Year is observed each year the day after the (first) new moon
in the sign Aquarius.
This occurs on Tuesday, February 5, inaugurating the 2019 Year of the Earth Pig.
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