It's Candlemas today, the Festival of Lights (tho' it turns out the actual St Lucia Festival of Lights is on December 13 - did not remember that), the day when the Northern Hemisphere officially celebrates the returning light that heralds the coming Spring.
As a “well, if you must put me on a specific spiritual Path, then call me a Pagan” with S.A.D. (Seasonal Affective Disorder), I choose to celebrate the light of Candlemas as a pagan hollyday rather than the more P.C. Imbolc (although I'm fond of milk too, so I suppose it's really a toss-up, tho' at least at the mo', I'm strictly a cow-juice kinda gal. :-D)
Either way, it's a day to take a moment to reflect and think about the season and the year to come.
And since it's another of Mike's Early Mornings, that suits us just fine.
As it is also Bridget's Day, Guide to crafters & artists, sometime daughter of an Irish blacksmith, I reproduce here a message that she gave to me to give to a spiritual group that I work with in Brooklyn, New York. (She grants me the more modern spelling/pronunciation so that I don't have to mangle the original Gaelic, for which I am profoundly grateful. [And, I gather, so is she.])
Bridget's Message – Imbolc 2010
Well, beloveds, it's been another Year. The prospect of Spring is in the air, but like so much else, not yet realized. This will be a short message, as it is but part of your ceremony today. If you would like to hear more, you are more than welcome to speak to me, either directly or through my channel, Birdy.
This coming year is about realizing your Dreams. You are all on Journeys to do just that. It's about taking the necessary steps to achieve the life you desire, even when it seems hard or scary. It's about realizing that you have more help than you could possibly imagine, and all the seeds you need to plant are right inside you (and have been all along).
When the going gets tough, the truly tough call on their Team – human & other. Remember that, and that one of the few real sins in this world is to think that you are all alone. You're never alone unless you truly choose to be, and even then, companionship & aid are never more than a thought away.
So go out & create the wonder-filled future that is yours to have! And may the coming Spring be filled with the sprouting seeds of your truest hearts' desires.
Blessed be, beloveds! :-)
So, your Question for the Day, should you choose to answer it (and I hope you will! :-D) is...
Regardless of location, is the Light returning to your Life?
Bright Blessings & Good Fortune! :-)
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