Celtic Ireland~Imbolc Rising
I love learning new things. Imbolc. Even though my ancestors were from Ireland I had never heard this term before Yesterday I saw it in a post by Laura Bruno Wondering what it meant. Then beautiful synchronicity with Collette posting today about it and what it means. Thank you so much Collette for sharing and teaching. .
And so the wheel turns towards Spring and its tentative beginnings in the West of Ireland as the sun rises tomorrow morn.
With the rising of the sun comes Imbolc!
Oftentimes it does not look or even feel like Spring, but the light has changed…something that animals see, feel and react to before we do.
The understanding of the changing seasons grew from the deep connections between us and the natural world, as can be seen in the word itself, for “Imbolc” refers to sheep’s milk in Old Irish.
During ancient times, lactating ewes represented one of the first signs of Spring.
Imbolc is a Cross Quarter Day, which means it is midpoint between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox.
Depending on the year that’s in it, Imbolc can fall between the 2nd & 7th of February…the calculations vary, despite the best will of man to box it all…
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on January 31, 2016