Last week marked the beginning of Spring according to the traditional Celtic calendar. Also known as Imbolc.
You may feel the new light slowly emerging. Not only can it be felt in the stretch of the daylight, but also all around in nature.
There is a definite sense of awakening happening.
The word Imbolc means "in the belly".
Mari Kennedy, teacher and creator of the Celtic Wheel, shares her wisdom around each of the eight traditional Celtic festivals. The Celtic Wheel offers tools to help navigate the seasons of life according to the ancient Celts. Similar to the wisdom of the 5 Elements, we can apply these insights to our own lives, to gain new perspectives and to help us live more fully, and also harmoniously with the ups and downs of life.
During Imbolc - associated with Saint Bridget - we can begin to connect with our deepest longings, our desires that may have been dormant. We may start to feel a kind of awakening, literally in our belly.
Imbolc is indeed associated with new beginnings.
A new beginning often means that something first has to end, or die.
This may be an old way of thinking, a belief that no longer serves you. It may be an old habit. A dream. A relationship. A job.
According to the wisdom of this ancient calendar, this shedding may have begun around the preceding "darker" times of Samhain and the Winter Solstice.
As Mari says, "at Imbolc, we wash away the Winter and all that is not in allignment with our truth."
Listen to the stirrings in your belly. What new beginning wants to emerge from you?
Maybe you don't feel it yet. It cannot be forced. Be attentive and notice when you feel any signs of the gentle emergence of new possibilities.
We may intentionally ask ourselves at this time:
What are my deepest desires?
What are the new beginnings I am going to tend to?
Imbolc brings with it new life. Fertility. Creativity. Growth. Hope.
What new beginnings are you going to put your energy into this Spring?
Article by Kerry White
Kerry White is a Motherhood Clarity Coach, helping women get clarity around their desire to pursue an alternative path to motherhood.
She is also an established Workplace Wellbeing Facilitator, Keynote Speaker, Shiatsu Therapist and Yoga Teacher. Kerry is especially passionate about supporting women feel well on every level - physically, mentally, socially and spiritually.
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