Imbolc…Candlemas…The Great Fire Festival…Brigid's Day…St Brigid's Day
Different traditions marking the never ending turning of the year; each following the other down the centuries. Blending, splicing, appropriating, sharing inclinations to acknowledge, with relief, the evidence of lengthening days. The return of the Sun; a noticeable stirring of fertility, but also acceptance that the bitter, cold days may still be with us for a while yet, so giving thanks and celebrating hearth and home, fire and light-in-darkness.
This is how Autumn Cottage looks on the Northern Hemisphere Imbolc days of 1st-2nd February 2015
Fragrant Winter Honeysuckle at the kitchen door
Sharp shadows and emerging snowdrops under the apple tree, looking down to the summerhouse...
... and back to the herb garden and the field beyond
The first solitary clump of snowdrops open under the tree...
Purple Euphorbia putting on new growth
Abundant catkins on the hazel against a clear, but very cold blue sky
Finally, (below) to warm us all while the chill winter winds still blow, the warmth and light of a past Imbolc fire celebration in Marsden, West Yorkshire*.
Keep warm, celebrate hearth and home, but also welcome the sun, friends - at this Imbolc, Blessed be!
(*Image courtesy Wikipedia Commons)