“Every gardener knows that under the cloak of winter lies a miracle
a seed waiting to sprout, a bulb opening to the light, a bud straining to unfurl.
And the anticipation nurtures our dream.”
– Barbara Winkler
Merry Meet my friends and Blessed Imbolc Eve! I have been very remiss about writing in my blog and I’m sorry for it. Before I go further though, this post is my 200th blog post and I have been blogging now for 5 years! I can’t believe it’s been that long! I want to thank you all so much, my readers and friends, for showing any interest in my writings. I very much appreciate you!
Since the holidays I have been busy enjoying Winter! I have been reading like crazy which was one of my goals I set at New Years. Even following a couple of book challenges and I’m enjoying it tremendously. I’m one of those people who have a house full of books, including some shelves of books I have yet to read. I love reading and Winter for me is the perfect time for it. How about you? Are you reading more when forced to be indoors more?
Another thing I’ve been working on is making up an herbal chest for medicinal use. If you’re a fan of Outlander ..books and series…by Diane Gabaldon, you might know what I’m talking about. I adore everything Outlander! I made up a chest much like Claire’s “wee” box of medicinals. I’ve added all the herbs that to me have a purpose of use for good health, healing, calming etc. I’ve of course added essential oils, and things like gauze, bandages, scissors, tweezers, thermometer, and some modern day meds too. Have a tummy ache, I have candied ginger, fennel seeds, or peppermint herb for tea. In pain, I have nettle tea or arnica salve. Have a cut, I have my own healing salve. You get the idea 🙂 It was a lot of fun to do.
But while we are smack dab in the middle of Winter here in Ohio, tomorrow is Imbolc. When day and night are equal and we recognize that the light extends each day and takes us to the first day of Spring in March. We honor Brighid on Imbolc by keeping a fire on the hearth and inviting her into our homes with the use of a corn dolly, Brighid’s cross, or Bride’s bed. I like to light candles all over the house, and at midnight swing open the doors and invite to come to my hearth bringing peace, protections, joy and abundance to my home for the year. Imbolc is also about doing our Spring cleaning both in our homes and in our own attitudes and situations. Throwing out those things that are no longer useful, old, raggedy, ugly, joyless…clearing our spaces of clutter leaves us open to new possibilities and bringing light into our dark places.
I have been working on my home for a couple weeks now. Attacking the cobwebs in the corners, cleaning out drawers and closets, making the hard decisions of do I really need this or want this in my home? Rugs and curtains and throw blankets and bed linens all getting washed and scented. I have used herbal vinegar waters to mop and clean windows (not that you can tell after the rains lol) I organized my file cabinet, pitched papers no longer needed and filed what I do need in a better way. Even my Witch cupboard got a good cleaning out today…pitching old herbs and incense (or burning them in our fire) cleansing crystals and my tools, salting and saging everything. It was fun and it looks and smells great! (picture isn’t great because our power was out for awhile today..but you can see how neat it is lol)
Gardeners are beside themselves knowing Winter is halfway over. I know several witchy gardeners who have ordered their seeds, planned their garden beds and are dreaming of digging in the dirt again. I myself ordered 18 packets of seeds today….a mix of herbs, veggies and flowers. Can’t wait to get them. Planning your gardens are a great way to spend these cold Winter days.
Tonight, it’s pouring rain. We didn’t get the snow expected..like nothing! I’m so bummed lol. But it’s a good night for quiet and contemplation, lit candles and fire. Besides writing this blog, I’m journaling my thoughts for what I want to manifest in the Spring. I have written down and will burn those things I want to release in my life. Old angers, hurts, frustrations, poor habits are all good things to let go of. I bet you have some of those things you can let go of too? Try burning it..it’s so satisfying!!!
Imbolc has been one of my favorite Sabbats, as I’ve said before, because it was the first one I really celebrated. That magickal feeling I got when I washed my floors and windows with herbal washes, lit white and red candles, cleansed my home and invited Goddess Brighid to join us in our home…well, I get that feeling still 16 years later. I want to wish all of you a very Blessed Imbolc. May Brighid bring you all wonderful things for the coming year. May the rest of the Winter be kind to you too…remember Spring will come!
Blessings and Love, Autumn