February 1 or 2 — Imbolc
Also known as: Oimelc, Candlemas, St Brigit’s Day.
As with all Old Tradition observances, this holiday is usually celebrated beginning at sundown on February 1 and continuing through the day of February 2. Imbolc means in the belly of the Mother because that is where seeds are beginning to stir as it is Spring.
I share this poem from john O’Donahue written for St. Brigit’s Day
by John O’Donohue
Where your thoughts never think to wander,
This beginning has been quietly forming,
Waiting until you are ready to emerge.
Feeling the emptiness growing inside you,
Noticing how you willed yourself on,
Still unable to leave what you had outgrown.
And the grey promises that sameness whispered,
Heard the waves of turmoil rise and relent,
Wondered would you always live like this.
And out you stepped onto new ground,
Your eyes young again with energy and dream,
A path of plenitude opening before you.
You can trust the promise of this opening;
Unfurl yourself into the grace of beginning
That is one with your life’s desires.
Hold nothing back, learn to find ease in risk;
Soon you will be home in a new rhythm
For your soul senses the world that awaits you.