As the first ceremonial marking of the growing light after Winter Solstice, Imbolc/Early Spring is a particular moment when the Young One within all may be celebrated; and dedication to this Young One may be made. As Earth’s tilt takes this region of the Planet back towards the Sun, we may celebrate and commit to nurturing the Young One, the new and tender, who is the Future, and for whom we may “refine the gold’; the gold of the soul, the true wealth of being. We may choose to refine this gold/essence of who we are personally and collectively, commit to nurturing this. It is a choice for Care: of self, other and all, none of these layers separate. This multi-valent Care of the ‘Young One’ participates in the integrity and well-being of the future.
Imbolc/Early Spring ceremony has traditionally been considered an invocation of the Virgin quality of the triune Great Goddess, which I understand as the Urge to Be within all. We may invoke Powers/Goddesses such as Brigid, She who tends the Flame of Being, Artemis, She who midwifes body and soul; powers who are committed to bringing forth the perhaps vulnerable promise of each unique being, powers who are uncompromised, unswerving, noble, true, warriors of spirit. This Virgin quality, who has many names, has a holy desire/lust to protect the stirrings of life. May She be conjured.
(c) Glenys Livingstone 2020