WE LIVE UNDER THE SUN & DREAM UNDER THE MOON
As the Sun gets warmer and the snow melts away, Mother Earth is alive with color as her children welcome the New Year and the new cycles that await them. In the ancient Pagan religions, February 1st-2nd marks the halfway point in the harsh, cold Winter which would claim the lives and livelihood of many. As our ancestors tried to keep warm amongst their hearths, they created a series of celebrations throughout the year to celebrate each passing phase of the Earth's seasons. Winter was the hardest to endure, so they would pay homage to their Fertility & Fire Goddesses in hopes they would be blessed with life and warmth throughout the cold months.
In modern times we have adopted Groundhog Day to replace Imbolc. While they don't seem to hold any similarity just from the mere name, they actually do in the sense of shadow and light. The Winter months were cold, dark as the Sun was overshadowed, but as Spring comes, the Sun is full front and center, warming everything it touches. We don't pay tribute to a Goddess anymore, but we do depend on a little Groundhog to predict the length of the winter season.
As the Mother Earth changes her seasons, are you ready for change as well? Read the Imbolc Energies reading below.
HONOR THE GODDESS; HONOR THYSELF
The energy for this New Year is all about freedom, independence, individuality and setting yourself free from what used to chain you down.
Those who are up to date with the Astrological movements know that we have experienced all planets moving direct in the beginning of the year. This opened so many doors as many were ready to start anew after ending old cycles in their lives. The key with this planetary alignment was: Freedom. While it was time to set new intentions, that came with the freedom to choose what intentions those were, and not what you were programmed by your environment to think was best for you. There are so many people around you that know what is best for you, well they think they do anyways. In the end it is up to YOU, as you are the one who has to deal with the consequences of your choices.
BRING THE SHADOW TO LIGHT
Many had gone through, and still are, some deep shadow work to understand what was holding them back. Your environment will mirror what is going on within - hence the old saying: Get the inside right and the rest will follow. Your relationships and frustrating situations are a direct cause from the toxic behavior, habits, thoughts and self-perceived limitations or blockages that you still carry around. Release them, and you will know freedom. Release what is illusion and you will know truth - which is the most freeing thing you can do for yourself.
The Universe is not picking on you; it is teaching you. It is awakening you by showing you what has you under the spell of a deep sleep where nothing makes sense and nothing is at is seems. Wake up and realize the method behind the madness, and you will find the empowerment you need to take your life by the reins and steer to the direction you wish to go.
For many, shadow work is hard to overcome. They become victims to their circumstances and just roll with the punches, rather than getting a good look at their opponent and clocking them right in the nose. All is a mirror, and while it seems silly to think that you created your reality and your present frustrating circumstances, it is very true and just as you had created it, you can create solutions.
Pause for a moment and take a good look at what is going on, and then try to connect it to what you dwell on during the day, what blockages you face within and what you fear. Shake off the illusions and face the shadow. Bring to light what dwells in the darkness and release what no longer serves you.
IF YOU THINK IT, YOU CAN CREATE IT
What do you want? What do you desire? Think about it. Don't dwell on what you don't want, or what you have had in the past. Think of your dreams, those goals you had once created but didn't follow through with.
The timing is right to cast new intentions. With a pen in your hand and a blank piece of paper in front of you, write it out what you want to bring into your life this year. Consider all the steps you need to make it happens and then give it to the Universe. The door is wide open for you to step into the new home that is the reality you wish to create.
Above all, make sure your intentions are direct and clear. Do not mess up the channel of frequency by dwelling on your blockages, frustrations and things you wish you didn't have. That will mix the channel and cause a whirlwind of chaoticness for you to deal with. That is why it is so important to free yourself from the shadows - when you are free of what used to define you and control your life, is when you can direct the life you want and literally make your dreams come true. This does not mean that you have to constantly think of happy thoughts and your dreams - this just means that when you have conversations with yourself, or the higher power you believe in, that you must ensure you ask for what you truly want within the depths of your soul and you are heard loud and clear.
Consider writing a script for a movie that you wish was truly your life. It can be make-believe and have any characters you want. The only thing you really want to make sure you have real, is the energy, passion, emotion and intention. Whatever you think about with intense emotion or thought, are the realities you create. When you feel it, is when you can create it.
Why not bring in Imbolc with a ritual that helps keep you connected to your intentions this year?
You will need:
Light a candle and hold a smoky quartz or amethyst crystal in your palm. Feel the crystal's vibrations pulsate in your palm and stare into the candle. Think of all the things you wish to release - your bad memories, toxic relationships or behavior and blockages. Think of them, one by one and imagine them moving from your brain all the way down your arm and into the crystal that is held in your palm. After you feel you are done, place the crystal directly in front of the flame where you can see the flicker of the flame through it and imagine the fire from the candle burning away all of what you had sent to the crystal. Imagine it burning everyone single one.
When you are done, with your pen and paper, write down all that you wish to bring into your life this year. What are your goals? Your dreams? Your plans? Do you want to travel? Do you want to own a business? Do you want to find true love? Everything you desire at a spiritual level, or can feel deeply within your heart, write it out. Get excited from the magic of "what if it came true" and enjoy the pleasure that comes with dreaming big dreams. After you are done, hold your clear quartz crystal in your palm and read through what you had written - revisiting those same emotions you felt as your wrote them down. Feel the pulsations from the crystal, and just like before, send what you are thinking and feeling into the clear quartz crystal.
After you are done, fold your paper and place it somewhere out of reach from others, but where you will not forget it. So, out of sight, but not out of mind. Put the clear quartz crystal on top of the paper.
Blow out your candle, or keep it and preform this same ritual every New & Full Moon until you feel you have brought your shadow to light and start to see the results of your intentions manifesting into your reality.
At the end of the year, read what you had wrote and compare to what had actually happened. You will be rather surprised at what you can accomplish out of just intent ;).
Amplify the intentions you cast you this Imbolc with your own custom made Intention Bracelet or Pendant crafted specifically for your needs. You'll also receive a chant to help keep you connected to your goals and intentions.