'Imbolc tide Greetings' card for those of us in the Southern Hemisphere (Scanned quality) August 1st
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August the 1st in The Southern Hemisphere
Marks the beginning of spring in the Southern Hemisphere which lasts until
the 21st of September, ending winter. Imbolc means in the belly of the Mother because that is where seeds are beginning to stir as it is Spring, also known as Oimelc, meaning milk of ewes since it is also the traditional lambing season in the old world. Herd animals have either given birth to the first offspring of the year or their wombs are swollen and the milk of life is flowing into their teats and udders. It is the time of Blessing of the seeds and consecration of agricultural tools. It marks the centre point of the dark half of the year. This holiday is especially sacred to the Celtic Fire Goddess, Brigit, patron of smith craft, healing, midwifery, and poetry. She is not to be confused with Saint Brighid who is an appropriated version of the ancient European goddess. The appropriation was brought about to sway/trick Europeans of the British Isles into the Invading Christian religion from the Middle East. Bridey is the daughter of the Celtic War Goddess the Morrigan who is the Daughter of the Celtic Goddess mother the Danu.
These are goddesses of the land are tied to blood/ancestry and are woven into Fae lore. Refer to the Tales of the Tuatha da Danann and the people of the Sea. It is the festival of the Maiden, it is her season to prepare for growth and renewal. The Maiden is honoured, as the Bride, on this Sabbat, candles are lit and placed in each room of the house to honour the re-birth of the Sun. A druid may wear a crown of lights (candles) to symbolize the return of the Goddess to her Maiden aspect, just as the Sun God has reached puberty. This is not to be confused with Candlemas which is yet another Christian appropriated version of something much older and of the feminine mysteries. Brighid's snake emerges from the womb of the Earth Mother to test the weather (the origin of Groundhog Day – not Christian at all), and in many places the first Crocus flowers began to spring forth from the frozen earth. The spring seasonal tide is influenced by Saturn/Uranus, the sign of Aquarius and the Willow tree.
Its time to;
∞ Have a purifying and healing bath
∞ Clean, purify and de clutter the home, as well as one’s life. Seek inspiration.
∞ Clean out the closet and pack away the heavy winter items, along with de-clutter
∞ Decorate with Dragon, Firebird and Lamb crafts or ornaments
∞ Plant a bulb to nurture your plans, plant seeds and plan planting for the rest of the year
∞ Buy a wisteria tree or plant one
∞ Weave a Brideys cross (Four even arms, symbolic of the seasonal wheel) and place over the hearth or on the stove range for Brideys keep of the flame, welcoming her home
∞ Make a poppet bride doll (Bride in marriage is actually from the name of the goddess Brigid) use corn husk, wheat shafts or even yarn, make her a bed and lay her in it with flowers for the fertility of all things. It may still be cold but there’s a spark of hope that Bridey holds that slowly warms the soil again
∞ Pour nut milk onto the earth for the Maidens blessings whilst saying goodbye and laying the energies of the Winter crone to rest until next year when she rules again
∞ Burn Benzoin, Bay leaves, Angelica, Jasmine, Camphor, Vanilla and Myrrh
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∞ Make a pinecone tipped Priapic Fae wand
∞ Decorate and or work with Spring Fauna including white flowers, daffodils, rosemary, violet, eventual wisteria, jasmine, basil, mint, marjoram, parsley, pepper, pomegranate, saffron, sage, wormwood, caraway, catnip, cinnamon, clove, copal, angelica, chamomile, lavender, lilacs and celandine
∞ Feast with nut milks, blackberry’s, vanilla, grains, seeds, spiced grape juice, poppy seed cake, chamomile, elderflower, leek/garlic/onion and basil rich foods (If Basil plants still haven’t recovered from Winter just use dried basil)
∞ Make a candle wheel surrounded with flowers
∞ Light a candle in each room to welcome the Suns rebirth
∞ Make candles from scratch
∞ Make catnip toys and treats for the feline friends
∞ Use and create with Birch wood including a Birch wand and or the fews/ogham
∞ Use and work with Crystals of amber, amethyst, bloodstone, onyx, garnet, turquoise, tigers eye and with geodes
∞ Make dream sachets filled with spring fauna, a dream journal and work with dreams
∞ Use Imbolc colours of yellow, red, white, light green/greens and pink
The Procession of the Sabbats
Ostara The vernal equinox. The God and Goddess walk the fields, causing the critters to reproduce. The first day of spring inspires renewal and creativity. The seed buried is resurrected and now begins its move back into the real world as anew. The opposite hemisphere is now in its second harvest of Mabon.
Beltane The God and the Goddess unite, celebrating healing, fertility and the flowers are aplenty. The opposite hemisphere enters into the third final harvest of the year in Samhain.
Litha Often referred to as midsummer and is the peak of fertility, celebrating health, purification, dedication and love. The opposite hemisphere now proceeds into Yule with the shortest day and longest night.
Lughnasadh The God impregnates the Goddess with himself, feasting on fruity drinks and breads at this first harvest. The opposite hemisphere now proceeds into Imbolc, before spring arrives.
Mabon The God prepares to leave and the Goddess rests, a time of feasting and the second harvest of the year. The opposite hemisphere now proceeds into Ostara ‘Spring’.
Samhain The God departs and the Goddess morns, but knows he will return at Yule (resurrected as such) Hence why it’s a time of death, contacting spirits now that the veil is thinnest which funny enough is also thinnest across the wheel in the opposite hemisphere at this time. Samhain also marks the final third harvest. Any crops not harvested are left as a sacrifice to the Goddess during Yule.
Yule The Goddess gives birth to the God. A time of rebirth with candles alight to welcome back the Sun after the longest night and shortest day. In the opposite hemisphere it is now Litha, midsummer wherein there is the longest day and shortest night.
Happy Spring for the Southern Hemisphere, August 1st until the September 21st
© August 1st 2018-08-01
By Druid & Witch, Ravenmor Fox
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