28 Jan The week ahead: January 27th through February 2nd of 2020:
This week leads up to Imbolc (also called St Brigid’s Day/Groundhog Day/or Candlemas), a Celtic pagan tradition celebrating the return of Spring on Feb 1st, and I cannot be happier!
First, I like any excuse for a party, and second, getting closer to Spring and Summer makes my heart sing with joy. This time marks mid winter, that Spring is just around the corner, and where you focus on the household and getting your home clean and ready for the rebirth of the Sun.
Fire or a flame is the traditional symbol used and the warrior-goddess Brigid is the main focus, honoring the hope she brings that Spring is on the way. She is a triple goddess (maiden, mother and crone) but for Imbolc, she is reborn in her maiden form, representing the fertility and the rebirth of the world after the death of winter time.
Brigid is powerful and was said to have given birth to 3 warrior sons and united the Celts with her deep compassion. She’s not one to mess with and is celebrated for doing just about anything you need, from fighting like a badass, psychic work, writing poetry, smithing, to even healing–she literally does it all 💖
So how can we work with the energy of this week? My advice is this: do some type of ritual around the 1st or 2nd involving cleansing of yourself and/or of your house. Actually cleaning your home or doing some spring cleaning while removing anything from your closets that you don’t use would be awesome. Saging your house would be beneficial too! Also, you can take a cleansing bath while lighting some candles and if you can get to a river or stream to cleanse yourself, that would be even better. Any love spells would have extra stank on them right now and planting seeds or planning what you’d like to plant, would play perfectly into what this season is about.
Go ahead and pick a card from above (pick one, two, or all three cards–choose what you’re drawn to). The top card is the overarching theme for everyone and it’s something to keep in mind or to remember, no matter what energy shows up for you as the week goes on. The stone you see in the picture above is Amethyst. Amethyst is a wonderful talisman for use in the creative arts, especially in darker shades. It assists endeavors where new, original results need to be created using tools and methods of the past. It is often used as the Artist’s Stone, the Composer’s Stone, the Inventor’s, Poet’s and Painter’s Stones. Keep an Amethyst crystal or cluster in the area to focus and amplify the creative elements of the Universal Life Force. Called the “all-healer”, Amethyst is one of the most effective crystals for healing people, plants, and animals. Natural unpolished Amethysts or geodes are particularly helpful placed where plants will not grow or animals refuse to sit. It also counteracts negative earth energies beneath buildings or anywhere that feels hostile. Amethyst protects against psychic attack, paranormal harm or ill-wishing, and returns the energy back to the universe after being transformed into positive, loving energy. To increase this power and attract good luck, draw an image of the sun and the crescent moon over an Amethyst in lavender incense smoke. If you’d like to learn more about this stone, please go here.
Overarching theme: The Devil: The Devil exists as a spiritual blockage or trickster shadow that runs amok and breaks us down. This could take on the form of a negative relationship, a mental state of entrapment, an unhealthy obsession, or some kind of addiction. It may also indicate a lack of moderation or self-control, and the self-defeating, willful patterns from which we must learn to release ourselves. Yet despite these frightening setbacks, there’s a deeper lesson that emerges from this key. It eliminates those moments of revelation and self-control when we’re able to reroute our choices and be sovereign in our own power. When we literally go through hell and back and know that we are profoundly more enlightened and resilient because of it–this is the ultimate catalyst for spiritual strength, when love becomes brighter and more expensive as a result of the shadows we learn to transmute and shed. Questions to ask yourself this week: What am I clutching onto that needs to be released? What inner healing can I now focus on? Additional Meanings: Bondage • Entrapment • Temptation • Ego • Oppression.