Cat’s Morning Bits Thursday February 2, 2023 “Imbolc Edition”
Good Morning Beautiful Souls! 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.
“The word February is believed to have derived from the name ‘Februa’ taken from the Roman ‘Festival of Purification’. The root ‘februo’ meaning to ‘I purify by sacrifice’. As part of the seasonal calendar February is the time of the ‘Ice Moon’ according to Pagan beliefs, and the period described as the ‘Moon of the Dark Red Calf’ by Black Elk. February has also been known as ‘Sprout-kale’ by the Anglo-Saxons in relation to the time the kale and cabbage was edible.”
February Events 2023
Feb 2 Imbolc / Groundhog Day
Feb 5 Full Quickening Moon at 10:28 am PST/ 11:28 am MST/ 1:28 pm EST
Feb 14 Valentines Day
Feb 17 Presidents Day
Feb 18 Celtic Tree Month of Ash begins
Feb 18 Sun enters Pisces
Feb 19/20 New Moon at 11:05 pm PST/ 12:05 am MST/ 2:05 am EST
Feb 20 Presidents Day
Pioneer Thinking: Enchanted Perfume Recipe
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Imbolc | how to celebrate midwinter
Spirituality & Health: An Imbolc Fire Ritual
by Julie Peters
Honor the pagan festival of Imbolc with a simple ritual designed to release the heaviness of winter and invite in the healing fire of springtime.
Learn Religions: How to Take a Cleansing Ritual Bath
By Patti Wigington
Updated on March 02, 2019
Imbolc is known as a time of purification and cleansing. A great way to incorporate this into your magical practice is to take a ritual cleansing bath.
Let’s Go Ireland:Complete Guide to Imbolc: Imbolc Blessings, Traditions and History
The Spring Celebration of Imbolc
Imbolc is an ancient festival celebrating the change in seasons from winter to spring. It has ancient origins predating Christianity and also probably the arrival of the Celts in Ireland. Recently there has been more awareness about this seasonal celebration and its popularity has grown as people wish to reconnect more with nature, as well as embrace the mix between old Celtic and Christian traditions in Ireland.
“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.”
Exemplore: Seven Crystals for Imbolc
CLAIREAUG 3, 2022 5:24 PM EDT
Imbolc (also known as Candlemas, or Brigid’s Day), is the point on the wheel of the year that focuses on the return of spring. It marks the transformation of the goddess from crone to maiden.
Soma Luna: Wiccan Sabbat Incense Recipes: Imbolc
Imbolc is also called Candlemass. It was originally celebrated on February 2nd or thereabouts. Imbolc is a Greater Sabbat Day, and marks the beginning of Spring, which reaches its height on Ostara at the Spring Equinox. Imbolc is one of the four Fire Festivals that marked the Celtic calendar.
EarthSky News: Groundhog Day is an astronomy holiday
Groundhog Day is a cross-quarter day
Every February 2 since 1887, Punxsutawney Phil in Pennsylvania has made his weather prediction. If it’s sunny and he sees his shadow, it’s said we’ll see six more weeks of winter. If it’s cloudy and he doesn’t see his shadow, it’s said to mean an early spring.
Patheos-Pagan: 9 Ways to Celebrate Imbolc
JANUARY 22, 2023 BY LISA WAGONER
Imbolc is coming! For those of us devoted to Brigid, this celebration is one of the highlights on the Wheel of the Year. Along with honoring Brigid, it also heralds that Spring is on its way. The thought of that alone can put a Spring in your step, and I look forward to this bright spot in the days of ongoing winter weather.
Pagan Playlist: Lisa Thiel Imbolc
IS YOUR EGO INVOLVED?
“There is no room for God in him who is full of himself.”
— Hasidic Saying
On the spiritual path, we must be diligent to discriminate whether we are acting from ego or from soul. If ego is in charge, what we do is self- referencing. At the deepest levels, we are motivated by our own self-interest. We’re looking out for ourselves more than for others.
Although soul works through individuals, its focus is on the needs of others and on service to humanity.
“Do not feed your ego and your problems, with your attention. … Slowly, surely, the ego will lose weight, until one fine day it will be nothing but a thin ghost of its former self. You will be able to see right through it, to the divine presence that shines in each of us.”
— Eknath Easwaran
“Why aren’t you happy? It’s because ninety-nine percent of everything you do, and think, and say, is for yourself — and there isn’t one.”
— Wu Wei Wu
Today’s Recipe: Imbolc Cream Cheese & Lemon Seed Cookies
These seed cookies are a clever way to celebrate Imbolc and the coming season of spring.
New Age Hipster: IMBOLC TAROT SPREAD AND RITUAL IDEAS
IMBOLC BLESSINGS GORGEOUS SOULS!
Imbolc is the pagan fire festival celebrated halfway between winter solstice and the spring equinox.
Saint Brigid is associated with this festival as she is the pagan goddess of fire, growth, new beginnings and spring.
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