A remarkable synchronicity is taking place this week. We’re coming to the mid-way point to spring under a new moon. Waldorf schools celebrate this mid-way point as Candlemas. In ancient times, the holiday was honored as Imbolc – which means, “in the belly” and refers to the lambing season and the earth’s quickening. The Celts honored the goddess Brigid at this time – goddess of hearth and home, of poetry, sacred fire, and water.
We know this holiday by another name: Groundhog Day. It’s the time for peeking our heads out of our wintery dens and noticing the first, oh-so-subtle signs of spring. Just beneath the earth surface, life is beginning to stir.
This mid-way point to spring feels like the pause between the in-breath of winter and the out-breath of spring.
The moon is also in the place in-between this week. The new or dark moon is the quiet moment between waxing and waning… the gap where we can take a rest — and where we might just notice something unnameable.
In the next few posts, I’ll share some stories, verses, poems, and a guided meditation to enrich your experience of this beautiful time of year. If you were able to attend yesterday’s class, I hope you enjoyed the bonfire, let go of difficulties with the waning moon, and let the light of your awareness shine with the coming of spring.