I promised last week that I would share more photos of my sacred pilgrimage to Ireland and I am so excited because I just found a whole bunch of photos that I had forgotten all about! (Sharing a few of those below.)
I've also got some inspiration to share about Imbolc today but, before I do, I've got BIG NEWS!
Drum roll please........the doors to the Soul Journey Collective are open! This is a sacred membership to support you on your spiritual path and I think you are going to LOVE it.
Anjali Budreksi and I have been dreaming about this membership for a long time and we are so excited to share it with you. We are also really happy to let you know that we are offering the membership at a super affordable founding member price that you can be "grandmothered" into...forever.
Please come on over to Soul Journey Collective and check it out, we would be honored to have you join us.
Now....onto Blessed Imbolc! Imbolc is the Celtic festival that marks the halfway point between Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. It marks the point in the Wheel of the Year when the spring energies are "quickening" (just beginning to stir beneath the ground).
If you've been feeling torn between starting new projects and wanting to pull the covers back over your head and continue the winter hibernation, you are right where you need to be.
This is a beautiful time to remember that things take time, that rest is valuable, and that there is no need to rush headlong into spring before it even fully arrives.
We can honor the sparks of new energy and tiny sprouts of growth beneath the surface while we also allow ourselves to bloom in our own time.
Imbolc is Feb 1st-2nd and is a celebration of the Goddess Brigid (and the Saint Brigid, which is a long story for another day that we will be talking more about in Soul Journey) and that's why I was excited to find some new photos from my trip today. Imbolc is Brigid's day and, while I was in Ireland on Bealtaine (early May), we visited several of Brigid's sacred sites and celebrated her blessings.
There are so many aspects and stories of Brigid: the Healer, the Blacksmith, the Poet. Goddess of childbirth and inspiration. Patron of Warfare. Goddess of the Hearth. She is ubiquitous and powerful.
But what I love most is the love that people have for her. In Ireland, I felt she was everywhere. Her energy and blessings seemed to radiate from the walls and rise from the fields. It brought back a memory I had of my Irish grandmother when I was a little girl telling me about her great-niece naming her daughter Brigid. I remember her speaking of the name with a sort of knowing pride, and now I get it.
So, as Imbolc begins at sundown on February 1st and comes to a close at sundown on February 2nd, ask Brigid for a blessing.
Do you need the healing of her sacred waters? The magic of her fiery powers of alchemical transformation? Her creative and poetic inspiration? Turn to Brigid for her blessings. She is everywhere.
And please consider joining Soul Journey and continuing the conversation with us there. We would love to have you join us!