Imbolc

Jan 22, 2011 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Examiner.com

Imbolc is the pagan Festival of Lights and marks the beginning of spring. As well as being called Imbolc or Candlemas it is also known as Oimelc and Brigit's day and some simply call it Brigit.

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“Dance with Fire- Boycott BS”

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Jan 24, 2011
 
I know some traditions say that- the beginning of Spring- but I've found it very hard to celebrate it as that here in this part of the world. February is often the coldest, bleakest part of the winter here. Spring Equinox, does, however, resemble the early peeping up of spring, and Beltaine finally feels like actual factual spring.

I have found it more conducive to celebrate this as a time of stillness, deconstruction, descent, and deep concentration. I tend to celebrate this as the last leg of the 'dark part of the year' instead of what feels to me like a pre-mature yearning towards a spring that won't be felt for another 4-6 weeks. When the spring really comes, then I'll celebrate it; but I find a deepening energy at this time of year to savor and explore before the wheel turns again.
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Jan 25, 2011
 
I decided a while back to use Imbolc as my new years resolution day. January 1st is just too close to the whirl wind of activity between thanksgiving, xmas & new years.

“I will not go quietly.”

Since: Feb 07

Indianapolis Indiana

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Jan 25, 2011
 
CShine wrote:
I know some traditions say that- the beginning of Spring- but I've found it very hard to celebrate it as that here in this part of the world. February is often the coldest, bleakest part of the winter here. Spring Equinox, does, however, resemble the early peeping up of spring, and Beltaine finally feels like actual factual spring.
I have found it more conducive to celebrate this as a time of stillness, deconstruction, descent, and deep concentration. I tend to celebrate this as the last leg of the 'dark part of the year' instead of what feels to me like a pre-mature yearning towards a spring that won't be felt for another 4-6 weeks. When the spring really comes, then I'll celebrate it; but I find a deepening energy at this time of year to savor and explore before the wheel turns again.
Actually I use the time to begin investigating and planning what I might want to grow come springtime, go through seed catalogs, save extra coffee grounds to use as soil amendments(Don't use a whole lot though, they make the soil very acidic), take a look at some of my Summer clothing to see if they will hold up another year or need to go to Goodwill, and plan for end of winter clearance sales which should have started by then.

“Dance with Fire- Boycott BS”

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Jan 25, 2011
 
Pagan and Proud wrote:
<quoted text>Actually I use the time to begin investigating and planning what I might want to grow come springtime, go through seed catalogs, save extra coffee grounds to use as soil amendments(Don't use a whole lot though, they make the soil very acidic), take a look at some of my Summer clothing to see if they will hold up another year or need to go to Goodwill, and plan for end of winter clearance sales which should have started by then.
Alot of backyard farmers will start veggies indoors around this time. I don't have much of a green thumb... and no yard. But I will at least plant a few herbs and flowers on the balcony in a few months.

“I will not go quietly.”

Since: Feb 07

Indianapolis Indiana

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Jan 25, 2011
 
CShine wrote:
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Alot of backyard farmers will start veggies indoors around this time. I don't have much of a green thumb... and no yard. But I will at least plant a few herbs and flowers on the balcony in a few months.
I just have a HUGE flowerpot and a couple of other containers. I did manage to grow a few tomatoes that I had gotten as a "freebie" from author Kim Harrison as a giveaway to promote her books. I started mine too early because I have very bad light in the apartment, they couldn't sit on the windowsill because the cat would eat them... the light on my patio wasn't ideal either and they didn't produce like they could have if it were better. My Thyme on the other hand grew like crazy and I'm curious to see if it survived the winter outside, I've had others that did.
This year I think I'm going to try loose lettuce before it gets too hot and pick them when it's still small(baby lettuce), or maybe spinach.

“NM Desert Rat”

Since: Mar 08

Elephant Butte, N.M.

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Jan 25, 2011
 
I take it you guys live where winter is still in full force. I have read your posts and the ideas are very interesting. Thank you for sharing them. Here in the desert southwest it is early spring. It still gets to freezing at night but the farmers are preparing their fields for the spring plantings of onions, wheat and corn. Chili peppers, which we are famous for, will get planted later along with cotton and milo. They are already irrigating alfalfa and pecans. Calving season will also be upon us in a few weeks so we are preparing for that. Winters are short lived here so the early spring celebrations are appropriate here.

“TOPIX EDITOR”

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Jan 25, 2011
 
Same here...more snowstorms expected in NY. I don't forsee an early Spring here this year :(

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Jan 25, 2011
 
NM Desert Rat wrote:
I take it you guys live where winter is still in full force. I have read your posts and the ideas are very interesting. Thank you for sharing them. Here in the desert southwest it is early spring. It still gets to freezing at night but the farmers are preparing their fields for the spring plantings of onions, wheat and corn. Chili peppers, which we are famous for, will get planted later along with cotton and milo. They are already irrigating alfalfa and pecans. Calving season will also be upon us in a few weeks so we are preparing for that. Winters are short lived here so the early spring celebrations are appropriate here.
Yeah, we won't be expecting weather above freezing for another month at least if not two. Indy isn't exactly a early spring place.

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Jan 25, 2011
 

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Same here...more snowstorms expected in NY. I don't forsee an early Spring here this year :(
Yeah Spring doesn't come til a bit after Easter here....You know, Easter, when Jesus died, 3 days later the Stone rolled away Jesus stuck his head out, saw his shadow and we had 6 more weeks of winter.

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Jan 26, 2011
 
Oh yessss that Easter. But where do the Bunnies come in to play??? LOL

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Jan 26, 2011
 

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Oh yessss that Easter. But where do the Bunnies come in to play??? LOL
Dunno, last time I saw one it was trying to feed crayons and food coloring to chickens so it could get the colored eggs.....
pasty

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Jan 31, 2011
 
What're you all doing this year?

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