Cat’s Morning Bits for February 2, 2022
Good Morning Beautiful Souls and Blessed Imbolc! Grab a cup of your favorite morning brew and start things off with “Today’s Inspirations”. I hope you find something here that will make you feel good or help you on your path today.
“Rich meanings of the prophet-Spring adorn,
Unseen, this colourless sky of folded showers,
And folded winds; no blossom in the bowers;
A poet’s face asleep in this grey morn.
Now in the midst of the old world forlorn
A mystic child is set in these still hours.
I keep this time, even before the flowers,
Sacred to all the young and the unborn.”
- Alice Meynell, In February
Jan 31/ Feb 1 New Moon 9:46 pm PST/ 10:46 pmMST/ 12:46 am EST
Feb 1 Lunar New Year: Tiger
Feb 2 Imbolc
Feb 3. Mercury Goes Direct!
Feb 14. Valentines Day
Feb 16 Full “Quickening” Moon 8:56 am PST/ 9:56 am MST/ 11:56 am EST
Feb 18 Celtic Tree Month of Ash begins
“Candlemas’ is the Christianized name for the holiday, of course. The older Pagan names were Imbolc and Oimelc. ‘Imbolc’ means, literally, ‘in the belly’ (of the Mother). For in the womb of Mother Earth, hidden from our mundane sight but sensed by a keener vision, there are stirrings. The seed that was planted in her womb at the solstice is quickening and the new year grows. ‘Oimelc’ means ‘milk of ewes’, for it is also lambing season. The holiday is also called ‘Brigit’s Day’, in honor of the great Irish Goddess Brigit. At her shrine, the ancient Irish capitol of Kildare, a group of 19 priestesses (no men allowed) kept a perpetual flame burning in her honor. She was considered a goddess of fire, patroness of smithcraft, poetry and healing (especially the healing touch of
- Daven’s Journal – Imbolic
Let’s Celebrate Imbolc || Pagan Happy Hour
“Away in a meadow all covered with snow
The little old groundhog looks for his shadow
The clouds in the sky determine our fate
If winter will leave us all early or late.”
- Don Halley
The Luminary Agency: Three Powerful Prayers to Call Up Imbolc Blessings
A Celebration of Warming, Birthing and Making
At the beginning of February, we are graced with the Pagan holiday Imbolc, pronounced “Im-Bulk.” It is a moment of celebration that honors the passage of time between the winter solstice and spring equinox.
CANDLEMAS The Light Returns by Mike Nichols
It seems quite impossible that the holiday of Candlemas should be considered the beginning of spring. Here in the Heartland, February 2 may see a blanket of snow mantling the Mother. Or, if the snows have gone, you may be sure the days are filled with drizzle, slush, and steel-grey skies—the dreariest weather of the year. In short, the perfect time for a Pagan Festival of Lights. And as for spring, although this may seem a tenuous beginning, all the little buds, flowers, and leaves will have arrived on schedule before spring runs its course to Beltane.
Date: February 2
Names: Imbolc, Imbolg, Oimealg, Brids day
Imbolc is a Greater or White Sabbat
It symbolizes fire and purification, the quickening of the earth, and flows of milk for the young Sun God.
Imbolc – First Day of Spring -Plants Beloved of Brigid/ Danu’s Irish Herb Garden
Prayers to Brighid
These are some prayers to Brighid that I adapted from prayers to the Irish Saint Brigid. Comments are welcome.
Kindling The Fire
This morning, as I kindle the flame upon my hearth, I pray that the flame of Brighid may burn in my soul, and the souls of all I meet today.
I pray that no envy and malice, no hatred or fear, may smother the flame.
I pray that indifference and apathy, contempt and pride, may not pour like cold water on the flame.
Instead, may the spark of Brighid light the love in my soul, that it may burn brightly through the day.
And may I warm those that are lonely, whose hearts are cold and lifeless, so that all may know the comfort of Brighid’s love.
Covering The Fire
Brighid, preserve the fire, as You preserve us all.
Brighid, may its warmth remain in our midst, as You are always among us.
Brighid, may it rise to life in the morning, as You raise us to life.
Exemplore: Seven Crystals for Imbolc/ Clare
Imbolc is also known as Candlemas or Brigid’s Day. This point on the wheel of the year focuses on the return of spring. It marks the transformation of the goddess from crone to maiden.
EarthSky News: Groundhog Day is an astronomy holiday
Groundhog Day is a cross-quarter day
Every February 2 since 1887, a groundhog in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, has made his weather prediction, based on the appearance of the sun. Either it’s sunny and he sees his shadow, which, in folklore, means six more weeks of winter. Or it’s cloudy, and the groundhog doesn’t see his shadow, meaning an early spring.
Patheos-Pagan: Seeking Brighid’s Healing During Imbolc
JANUARY 30, 2022 BY GWYN
Somehow, it seems fitting that I write about seeking Brighid’s healing at this moment. I’m still learning how to navigate a world that no longer includes three members of my family.
Pagan Playlist: Lisa Thiel – Imbolc
IT’S OKAY TO DREAM!
“Don’t discard your fantasies as merely wishful thinking. Honor them as messages from the deepest part of your being about what you can do and directions you can choose.”
— Sanaya Roman and Duane Packer
What are your deepest heart-felt desires, dreams and visions?
Our deepest desires and dreams align with the essence of who we are. The more we align with that essence, the more our life holds meaning, purpose and fulfilment. Do you have a sense of your destiny?
“Dreams are renewable. No matter what our age or condition, there are still untapped possibilities within us and new beauty waiting to be born.”
— Dale E. Turner
“Everybody builds a dream in their lifetime. You’re either going to build your dream, or somebody else’s. So build your own!”
— Christopher LaBrec
Today’s Recipe: Baked Goat Cheese
You need just 4 ingredients for this bubbling hot, cheesy, baked goat cheese appetizer. Serve fresh out of the oven with crostini or garlic bread for dipping.
New Age Hipster: IMBOLC TAROT SPREAD FOR CONNECTING WITH BRIGID
Imbolc is an amazing time of the year. It’s all about those cold days with just a hint of spring in the air.
The days get slightly longer and the inspiration to get moving on your goals kicks in again.
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