Monday, January 31, 2011

Imbolc or Candlemas

When I first stumbled into paganism and went overwhelmed by the many Sabbaths.. most of which I could relate...But Imbolc was totally new (see post from last year). But somehow this year it all make sense. It's as if the wheel of the year is now complete for me and can now start to spin without making a weird sound on Feb 2 or Aug 1st. I follow blogs from all kinds of blogspheres and I love how my favourite two, let's call them pagans and natural parenting blogs (not to say Waldorf) gets very similar. As I removed my permanent altar from lack of place, I'm itching to having it back AND install a nature table for my littlies. In this second floor apartment, I can wait to have at least a little bit of green of our own for Mariann to run.

At first it seemed weird to start thinking of springtime when I know there's still 2 months of cold weather ahead. One year we celebrated a marriage on a spring equinox in a snow storm.

Today was my mom's birthday. It's Papa's on Friday and my FIL the day after that. They went 7min close to have the same birth date!

Imbolc is one reason more to celebrate life. Life outdoor that is still sleeping again for sometimes. Life indoor; all that painting and modelling and crafting and nesting.

It's a time where I move things around and make changes in how I store my stuff. I'll give up some of it too!

Here's what we do/want to do, for the curious!

-Have a candlelight souper.
-Make and Eat apple crustard. Mariann loves to help
-Eat crêpes (Papa's making them!)
-Most likely listen to Groundhog day (with Bill Murray). We bought the dvd years ago to my FIL at his bday, pretty appropriate. Somehow we never get tired of it (once a year....) And every one feels like learning piano afterwards!
-Make a Brigid's cross and hang it somewhere (with pipe cleaners)
-I'll try making paper snowflakes with Mariann. See how this one goes... (she is pretty good with scissors now!)

How do you celebrate Candlemas if you do?


  1. wow.. your Candlemas plans sound great... this year I am still trying to figure out exactly what I am going to do for Imbolc... The most important part for me is going to be spring cleaning... I really need to straighten my room up and cleanse my space. I'll probably do that for a bulk of the day and if I find any yummy recipes that I can make, I'll make it. Then I will reflect on what is going on in my life.

    Last year I participated in a BEAUTIFUL ritual with some close friends up in the mountains. I have work this year, so it got in the way of my attending that...

    and I know how you feel with feeling more at home now with certain new holidays.. I know when I started on this path everything was new and interesting and I was still exploring, but over the past year there is a new feel to everything... I feel like I am definitely in the right place and it feels great. :)

    Take care and happy Candlemas to you! :)

    - Amanda

  2. Beautiful post and tribute to Candlemas! yay..such fun! I light lanterns outside!
    Happy Candlemas!


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