Jan 31, 2009
And so, we have Imbolc!
This is probably the most obscure of the Sabbats, especially for those of us who have spent our lives in temperate climates. But it is well known to Norse, Celts and others who live in the northern lands. On the news a few days ago, it was mentioned that the folks at Barrow, Alaska got to see the sun for the first time since November!
It's still winter, but the sun is returning. And for those who are watching, the first of the most hardy shoots are beginning to stick their heads out of the ground.
A promise was made at Samhain. Another promise was made at Yule. Or, you could say that the promise made at Samhain was repeated at Yule. At Imbolc, we have a sign (or a token of pledge) that the promise is going to be fulfilled - and in fact it is in the process of being fulfilled.
And underlying this is a basic fact about The Divine. It is a fact which might not sit well with those who speak of "God's will."
And maybe it tells us something about The Divine (by whatever name or names we address our deities).
And it might even offer a healing for some, along with fulfillment of the promises made at Samhain and Yule.