As I gaze upon my Imbolc decorations and enjoy their beauty, and I remember the beauty of new young ones … easily seen in my grandchildren and all other gorgeous baby beings. The expression comes to mind: it is a “beauty to die for!” And so we do! We will pass on to make room for the new.
And that is the “sacrifice” of Lammas, the opposite Seasonal Moment on the wheel of the year, when all is given over, harvested, returned to the Whole … so that the New may come forth. Imbolc and Lammas are intimately connected. The new Promised Ones that each and all are, who are celebrated at Imbolc, come to fullness of being, celebrated at Summer Solstice; and the sacred harvest is marked ceremonially at Lammas, that we may remember to whom we belong, and dedicate to larger purpose.
The dedication at Imbolc is a dedication to the particular and unique Beauty of each self, primarily your-self, “understanding that I am She – Gaia – She who is All. I am connected to Her as the tree bud is to the branch. ‘I am the beauty of the green earth and the white moon among the stars and the mystery of the waters’. I will protect Her and honour Her in myself – this particular Beauty, who is ever-new. I am a Promise of Life. Whatever She needs I will give Her. I will tend Her in myself – so that She may grow strong and flourish.”
NOTE: ‘I am the beauty of the green earth and the white moon among the stars and the mystery of the waters’ comes from Doreen Valiente’s The Charge of the Goddess.