“There is mystery at the heart of what holds us together, expressed in shared symbols, stories and experiences.”
On the last eve of January, we enter into the Mysteries of Imbolc, Candlemas, or Lá Fhéile Bhrìghde.
As I’ve mentioned in previous musings, Imbolc-Candlemas has long been considered a thin time and an ancestral holy time traditionally celebrated during the first few days of February — or from just before and deeper into February, depending on the tradition and practice.
In 2018, Solar Imbolc-Candlemas midpoint is on February 3rd at 4:28pm (EST), give or take some hours based on whereon this beautiful Earth you are at the moment.
This happens to sync with a Full Moon Super Moon — and total Lunar Eclipse — on January 31st this year.
Powerful, and always good to have some advanced intel about such ‘power gates’.
The ‘Candlemas Hora’ or Holy Time begins on February 3rd — follow the link for more on this ‘time of practice’, visioning, and listening for (and receiving) inspired guidance.
And it’s Brigid (or Bhrìghde) time, too — Solas Bride celebrates the Feast of Bhrìghde, Lá Fhéile Bríde, from January 31, 2018 through February 11, 2018.
From mid-January, Brigidine-Sister blogger of Her Eternal Flame conceived of and practices an Advent — lead-up, expectation, preparation for — for the post-Christmas Imbolc-Candlemas season. Beautiful.
The point is … why not?
Whether as part of attuning to the possibilities and soul-callings of a new calendar year, or because the Season offers a well of deep inspiration.
In the Age of Distraction we devote to these kinds of milestones to check in with guidance, renew the creative wellsprings, replenish mind and body, and discern not just ‘right action’ but also ‘right priorities’ and our core values as we move forward.
Step towards the wellspring of deep inspiration and remembering …
February Mysteries Power Gate: The Candlemas Hora and Bhrìghde’s Creative Well.
Big Love , Deep Renewal & Refreshed Inspiration,
Featured Image Credit: Bridget – Bhrìghde. Image from Olds Kool Si (Photobucket).
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Lots of love,
January 21, 2018 at 7:47 pm
Wishing you a well of inspiration Jamie 🙂
January 21, 2018 at 7:55 pm
Thank you, Andrea. To you as well! 🙂
January 21, 2018 at 11:02 pm
Definitely sensing some strong female energies out there. Thanks for posting. Blessings!
February 2, 2018 at 2:37 am
And, a happy Birthday to you too! Many blessings and hope this year is a wonderful one for you! 🙂 xox
February 2, 2018 at 2:15 pm
Many thanks, Bridget! I appreciate that lovely New Year message. Hope you’re well too!
February 3, 2018 at 12:20 am
February 2, 2018 at 2:40 am
Did you know that the beautiful ‘water bearer’ is Circe by John William Waterhouse (1892) is in the South Australian Art Gallery right here in Adelaide! It has always been one of my favourite paintings in the gallery! 🙂
February 2, 2018 at 2:42 am
Who may see the passage of a goddess unless
she willed his his mortal eyes aware?”
Homer …..”The Odyssey”
A child of the sea, and the sunlight to men…
She comes to you with a glow within
“A form of grace and beauty rare, ”
A singing nymph with sun-bright hair”
Her eyes the color of the azure sea..
But watch closely and you shall see,
How her eyes shall mirror these:
The seas, the storms, the noon sky so bright
The iris, and the new dawn’s light,
The hearts of men, whose souls they bare,
When in her company, they do share.
Endless treasures and gifts so rare…
With magic kiss upon your brow,
She seeks to cure your troubles
And if perchance you would allow,
A healing she would render.
O! Harried , weary seekers!
Rest easy in her care!
For she may cure your troubles
February 2, 2018 at 2:13 pm
Circe is a favorite of mine – she’s spoken quite clearly (including re the misinterpretation/smear over the subsequent timeframe!). Many thanks for sharing, Bridget. 🙂
February 2, 2018 at 6:32 pm
Happy Birthday Jamie!
Plus Happy Imbolc-Candlemas- Brigid’s Day too and there is that squirrelly grounhog that got mixed in today as well.
Nice post, I enjoyed reading it from the comfort of a warm and sunny livingroom. A nice place be in the middle of winter.
I was wondering exactly when the midpoint was and you answered that for me. Climate wise, January 18th was the bottom of the average temperature for New York for the year and is slowly on it’s way up again. There is a bit of celebration in that as well along with the noticeable increase in the suns elevation as we come to this inflection point ion t’s journey back Northward in the sky.
Renee and I are doing well in our new Church/Home and are fairly settled in. We have been looking forward to celebrating this holiday since the end of the last ones. For me it marks another time for reflection and a time for renewal as well. A good time to go deep on a subject or dive into something new and uncharted, to spice life up.
Blessings to you and health and happiness in your new year of life ahead of you.
February 3, 2018 at 5:07 pm
Happy Imbolc-Candlemas to you and Renee, Erick, and Bhrigdhe’s festival, too.
The late Steve Nelson also spoke of the Candlemas Hora … the longer festival/observation time, which would be from February 3rd to the 18th (it’s about a 15 day period from the Imbolc-Candlemas midpoint). That makes for a spacious observation and practice time. 🙂
We miss you at UCC/FCC, though I’m very glad to know that you’re settled well in your new home (or getting there) and bringing your presence to the community energy field from there!
I’ve taken on the web/online/social-media presence for FCC/UCC, in fact, so may well be in contact with you as I see where things are and go from there as this year unfolds.
Blessings to you both, Erick, and many thanks for the well wishes. 🙂