Greetings! Imbolc arrives February 2nd. It is traditionally a time of cleansing and purification, and it is a time of rediscovering Light after winter. Also called Candlemas, Imbolc is a Gaelic word which refers to the return of milk to the ewes as Spring will soon arrive. Milk is said to be a gift of the Goddess Brigid, whom we celebrate on this day. Imbolc is an incredibly beautiful Sabbat; using candles for healing, visualization, and blessings creates a wide-eyed awe as we bring back the Light and the days grow a little longer. Imbolc is also Ground Hog Day, a form of weather divination which we can see mirrored in old limericks and couplets. A Scottish example: “If Candlemas Day is Bright and Clear, There’ll be two winters in the year.” Wishing you a beautiful Imbolc.
So, here we are… JANUARY! Maybe on the first of the month you took out your old resolutions. You know the ones. These are the same resolutions you had last year, and maybe even the year before (and maybe the year before that!). You dusted off those resolutions, shook them out, examined them, and thought, ‘Hey! These would work perfectly for THIS year too.’ Count me in… I’ve done it too. I like to think that simply making them enables me to inch forward, keeping a better idea of ‘me’ in my head, working toward my goals. So, what can make this year different? For one, don’t make resolutions. No, I’m serious. Don’t do it! Especially if they’re the same resolutions from last year. It reinforces that resolutions don’t work. Instead, create who you want to be in your mind’s eye. How do you want to look? Do you want to be more loving? Do you want to have more money? Do you want to give more? Do you want to donate your time and talents? Visualize it… and then put it on your calendar. Here’s another secret – I really like Star Trek Next Gen. I wouldn’t call myself a “Trekkie”, but it’s an fun metaphysical show that I enjoy. Here’s what you do: Pretend your “Higher Self” is Captain Jean-Luc Picard, and the part of you that runs around all day doing things is his “Number One”, Commander Riker. Every time Captain Picard says, “Make it so!”, Riker does! No matter how hard the task, the job gets done and the universe is saved from oblivion.
So… New you for a new year? Make it so!