Monday, February 3, 2014
We celebrated Candlemas, or Imbolc, yesterday for the second time. We added this lovely celebration to our yearly rhythm last year and very much looked forward to it this year.
This is a day to celebrate the first stirrings of Mother Earth as she awakens from under the deep cover of snow. It is a day to notice the birds returning and singing happily in the morning, and a time to start thinking about planting seeds in preparation for the coming growing season. It is recognizing the lengthening of the days and feeling the anticipation in the air of what is to come. It is coming out of hibernation with the knowledge that soon spring will be here and the rain will come and wash the earth clean.
Candles symbolize this day, and it is often a time to make candles that will be used throughout the year. We took time last week to decorate beeswax candles, and yesterday, after enjoying some time on the hiking trails witnessing the absolute beauty of winter, we made snow candles. They were so much fun to make, and looked lovely on my in-laws table at our family dinner last night.
Winter has been harsh this year, and we have been embracing it full force, but we are ready for spring. Ready for the freshness it brings and the light it will shower on us.