THE SONG OF IMBOLC (1 February to 31 April)
I am the unopened bud and I am the blossom,
I am the life force gathering to a crest,
I am the still companion of the silence,
I am the farflung seeker of the quest.
I am the daughter gathering in wisdom,
I am the son whose questions never cease,
I am the dawn-light searching out glad justice,
I am the centre where all souls find peace.
The Spring quarter of Imbolc brings the gift of insight and inspiration, and is a time of beginnings and of essential truthfulness.
It is traditionally the time to appreciate innocence, truth and justice, to make resolutions and plans and to prepare for the enfolding year.
In the human growth cycle, Imbolc corresponds to the period of childhood when all things are questioned or enjoyed for their own sake.Imbolc is a good time to celebrate the lives of all ‘soul mid-wives’, who have taught and prepared us, all who have been upholders of justice and truth, all holy ones who have gone to the heart of the matter with great clarity and insight.
Activities for IMBOLC/ SPRING
Practice your Craft/ Art/ Skill, with dedication, drawing on the inspiration of your heart.
Clarify your life by Spring-cleaning surroundings and lifestyle. Check and reassess your aims and objectives in life. Bring into focus your plans for the unfloding year.
Plant flowers and vegetables for Summer and Autumn. Identify five plants or trees growing near you.
Walk and meditate outdoors for at least fifteen minutes daily.
Be active, with like-minded others, in defending human rights, world ecology or local issues where injustice cureently prevails.
As you travel through the land of Spring, relate your spiritual journey to the unfolding beauty of this season.
(From Celtic Devotional, by Caitlin Matthews, published by Gill and Macmillan, 1996)