Yes, it is the Season of Lights celebrated over many generations in various cultural and spiritual traditions, with candles, lamps, and little (or big) sparklies shining from mini 'World Trees' (a.k.a. Christmas and Yule Trees), wreaths, and around doorways and... Continue Reading →
It's Thanksgiving week here in the United States, though the underlying notion of giving thanks, or gracefully receiving, and having some appreciation and gratitude (magic!), can be summoned up at any time, in any place. Of course, I'm thinking about the... Continue Reading →
Happy Imbolc, and Candlemas (read more about this ancient seasonal festival in my recent Sophia's Children musing on it)! (And Happy Lughnasadh to friends where it's Summer!) How have you experienced these last few weeks, with the Full Moon/Super Moon... Continue Reading →
e·piph·a·ny To reveal. Shine. Manifest Revelation. An Illuminating Realization or Discovery Resulting in Elation, Awe, Wonder. It's Epiphany, or the first of eight days of Epiphany ... well, it's more than that. (Yes, you can take it literally and/or metaphorically,... Continue Reading →
“Take off your shoes, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” (Exodus 3:5) It's always nice (and sometimes sanity saving!) to remember that, breathe more deeply, and gather back the energy that's overly dispersed through fear, anxiety,... Continue Reading →
To hallow is "to make holy or sacred, to sanctify or consecrate, to venerate". (Wikipedia) It's a fine time for drawing up insight and guidance from the depths, and sustenance from our very roots. Yesterday, I had the privilege and... Continue Reading →
"A tender heart is not a problem to be solved, but a gift to be honored and protected, with all of the fierceness of a mama Lioness." Well, these are buzzy, Zap Zone days, rich in fiery, electrical energies that... Continue Reading →
"There is mystery at the heart of what holds us together, expressed in shared symbols, stories and experiences." ~ Brigidine Sisters We enter into the Mysteries of Imbolc, Candlemas, or Fèill Bhrìghde. As I've mentioned in previous musings, Imbolc-Candlemas has... Continue Reading →
Wishing you all of the most beautiful spirit of the season. Big Love, Jamie
The Theologian Walter Wink and others have spoken of The Third Way - a radical concept in our (too often) "either/or", win-lose culture. Some traditions refer to the Divine Spark or Inner Light within us, which is hidden from us,... Continue Reading →
In the Spirit of the Season of Lights … stir the Light within you and shine brightly as a gift to all around you.
Ariakerou at Imado – Lighted House, by Kobayashi Kiyochika (1847-1915). PD-US.
“I build a lighted house and therein dwell.”**
This is a musing on well-lit houses, inner (and outer) gardens, being refuge and/or refugee, among other things.
In his July esoteric astrology letter, Phillip Lindsay shared the above ‘keynote’ for the archetype of the moon-ruled sign of Cancer, along with other powerfully insightful and inspiring observations and reminders.
(Thank you, Phillip. Kindred-spirit readers, you’ll find the link to Phillip’s full article below — highly recommended inspiration!)
We’ve recently had this Cancerian wellspring stirred, as the Sun did its annual meander through Cancer, along with Mercury and Venus.
Beyond these few weeks, the invitations and deep wellsprings of this deeply feminine, Yin-Water archetype are vitally important for these turbulent times we’re living in.
The same could be said for the ‘greater angels’ of each of the archetypes, and may it be…
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"Whom should I turn to, if not the one whose darkness is darker than night, the only one who keeps vigil with no candle and is not afraid— the deep one, whose being I trust, for it breaks through the... Continue Reading →
There is deep wisdom in aligning with the energy and spirit of the season ... of Nature's rhythms, with which are bodies are strongly evolved to orient towards (or suffer from the cultural dissociation with Natural rhythms!). There's also a wisdom and mythic quality associated with Imbolc, and other important archetypal energies and milestones as the wheel of the year turns. What inspiration and deep restoration awaits you at this time of the year ... or any time that Imbolc-Bhrigdhe wisdom might spark the fires of inspiration within you?
As we near the gateway to these year-end Holy Days, I’m wishing you a magical and wondrous Solstice, Christmas, and holy days passage, however you celebrate them.
Remember, too: We’ve got a Christmas Day Full Moon adding both illumination and energetic-psychic voltage, so may we all go gently, easily tend (and manage to keep) our center, and be filled with the greater joy and blessing of this time of the year.
And just in case you need some ‘on the fly’ restoration and handy tips for keeping your center amidst the whirl and swirl?
You’ll find a generous supply in the Resources for Empaths & Sensitives series, and the new Chaos Surfer’s Medicine eBundle in the ‘Current Specials’.
Lots of love,
“We all start out knowing magic. We are born with whirlwinds, forest fires, and comets inside us. We are born able to sing to birds and read the clouds and see our destiny in grains of sand.
But then we get the magic educated right out of our souls. We get it churched out, spanked out, washed out, and combed out. We get put on the straight and narrow path and told to be responsible. Told to act our age. Told to grow up, for God’s sake.
And you know why we were told that? Because the people doing the telling were afraid of our wildness and youth, and because the magic we knew made them ashamed and sad of what they’d allowed to wither in themselves.”
~ Robert R. McCammon, American Novelist, Boy’s Life (1991)
Here’s to reclaiming the…
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‘Tis the time and the Season, so here’s some updated Imbolc-Candlemas inspiration to take you into this deeply creative, deeply Feminine time of the year.
Imbolc-Candlemas is celebrated during the first few days of February, and the exact-point occurs when the Sun is at 15 degrees of Aquarius, which often occurs sometime around February 6th or 7th.
This year, though, it’s right now – February 3rd, so Imbolc-Candlemas ‘thin time’, as the ancients would have seen it, waxes into today and wanes as the Sun continues its journey past the power-gate.
This also initiates what the late mythic astrologer Steve Nelson called the Candlemas Hora … a holy time. He said:
“This Mid-Aquarius “power gate” begins the Candlemas Hora, a 15-day period from Feb 3 to 18 when the nature of the New Year becomes illuminated and the vital energies of Nature stir to life.”
Read on to stir the Divine Flame within you — and the Wise Guide and Keeper of the Flame that you may be — in sync with the meaning of this season.
If you’re in the Southern Hemisphere, you’ll be at the midpoint of Summer Solstice and Autumn Equinox, which is Lughnasadh. You can read about that here.
Even if you’re in Lughnasadh time, if you’ve got interests in the deep Feminine, the Black Madonna, and the associated gifts of deeper and awakening Wisdom, you’ll enjoy the Imbolc-Candlemas post for those goodies.
To clarify & activate your role for these times, as a Wise Guide or Keeper of the Flame, have a look at the current featured offerings or send me an email (jamie ‘at’ sophias-children ‘dot’ com).
Big Love, Big Heart.
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Featured image credit: Aqua Sulis, Bath, England. Photo by your Sophia’s Children creatrix, Jamie … moi.
We enter into the Mysteries of Imbolc, Candlemas, or Fèill Bhrìghde.
Imbolc or Fèill Bhrìghdewere some of the names given to this time of year by the Gaelic-Celtic ancestors, as they marked the midpoint between the Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox, and later is was called Candlemas or Fèill Brìghde.
Other cultures and traditions celebrated and honored the turning of the Seasonal wheel by other names.
I feel a special affinity for this time of year, since I was born at Imbolc-Candlemas, with Sirius and Orion visible in the Winter night sky.
For some of our ancestors, that reminder of coming Spring (and fading Winter) was a pretty big deal, in a region where it got plenty cold, and a time when there wasn’t the ease of electricity, central heating, a gas stove and electric fridge, or…
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May 2015 be rich in all that makes your heart come alive with joy and gives real wellbeing. Big Love, Jamie
I originally wrote this article for Samhain in 2014. It's timeless and rooting, so I'm updating it freshly for November 2017. Nowadays, with so much wisdom forgotten, many people think of Samhain or the cross-quarters as evidence of pagan ancestors... Continue Reading →
Happy May Day. Happy Beltane. We're mid-way between the Spring Equinox and the Summer Solstice, and the theme of Now is fertility and emerging growth. With the arrival of Spring, we see, hear, and sense the spirit of greening (and thus fertile... Continue Reading →
Happy Spring Equinox, to those in the Northern hemisphere (and Autumn Equinox, to those in the Southern 'sphere). Here's a little Spring-time reflection food for you, to help tap into or attune with the essence of Spring, wherever you may... Continue Reading →
There is a concentrated energy of new beginnings at the moment, with the five-element theme making a big shift from water to fire. Regeneration is one of several key 'fire themes' of this coming year -- think 'Phoenix', the beautiful... Continue Reading →
"Take off your shoes, for the place where you are standing is holy ground." (Exodus 3:5) Wishing You All Happy Holy Days; Crazy, Holy Grace; & An Illuminating Season of Lights, Jamie
Initially written in 2013, and updated in 2018 It's Thanksgiving week here in the United States, though the underlying meaning can be summoned up at any time, in any place. Of course, I'm thinking about the soon-to-be-feasted-upon turkey, stuffing, gravy,... Continue Reading →
"Trees have their sap from water. Water fecundates all things made that are called "creature". We see by means of water. Water gives many souls a splendour not to be outshone by the Angels." ~ Wolfram von Eschenbach (c. 1170... Continue Reading →
And here we are, once again in the season of Lughnasa-Lammas (or Imbolc, if you're in the Southern Hemisphere ... inspiration and links for both below). Technically, the ‘exact’ time for this ancestral ‘Festival of Light & Harvest’ is when... Continue Reading →