Hail to the season, as we welcome Imbolc.  this is a time for early signs of spring, though here in Maine we’ll still be getting snow for a few more months  How do we recognize  springs’ first stirrings?  The lengthening of the days, the sun’s warmth, certain animal behaviors…both wild and domesticated, and the stirring in our blood regarding hopes and creativity.

Some of us have ordered our seeds, and are planning and plotting gardens and flower-space.  Some of us are preparing for summer-time trips and events, while others are renewing vows to gods and hearth.

I fill my ritual space with many candles, as a way to bring light into the darkness.  I honor the Goddess, and celebrate the sun’s light warming the earth.  Our winters can be hard, and hope is needed to get through a time of isolation and discomfort.