The Wheel of the Year turns


Welcome, February 1!

Today is the day that we reach the point halfway between the winter solstice and the vernal equinox.  Imbolc, or St. Brigid’s Day is the beginning of the Celtic spring and the time when we can sense that the days are getting longer. 

So although we have at least three feet of snow in some places on the yard and six inches of new show fell today, we can celebrate that the sun is returning, the time that it is light each day is growing longer, and somewhere under the snow, the snowdrops and the crocus are considering shoots of green and reaching toward the sun.


Which reminded me of a book – The Story of the Root Children, Illustrated by Sibylle von Olfers – 

2 Comments Add yours

  1. I searched for crocus spears today–the snow is melting, and we hit a balmy 49 degrees. I saw a few loons and a bald eagle along the bay’s edge. A vulture flew within 20 yards of us, looped away, then passed by us again two more times.

    Imbolc may be the day I need most in the cycle of a year–a week ago I could no longer imagine we’d ever see much light again, and now it’s creeping back in bigger and bigger steps.

    Thanks, as always, for your words here and elsewhere.

    1. Kate Tabor says:

      I always need this day. It brings hope, and hope is sometimes the best that we can do. We are buried in snow, the sky is white, and the yew tree dropped snow down the back of my neck as I was shoveling. But the wheel turns and the earth tilts and it will be spring soon.

      Happy spring, Michael –

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