How Are You Celebrating Imbolc?
Hello, beloved community-
How are you celebrating “imbolc”?
Pronounced “IM-bulk,””EM-bowlk,” or “oi-milk”, Imbolc marks the beginning of spring and celebrates the fertilizing warmth of the goddess.
Imbolc is one of four major pagan sabbats, or holidays, along with Beltane, Lammas, and Samhain. In between these sabbats, pagans celebrate the seasonal solstices and equinoxes.
Also known as Brighid’s Day, Imbolc honors the Celtic goddess of fire, fertility, midwifery and youth.
Related to Groundhog Day, it’s also known as Candlemas, the sabbat of purification, initiation, and waxing (growing) light.
Imbolc, occurring in February in the Northern Hemisphere and August in the Southern Hemisphere, signals the halfway point between the winter solstice and the spring equinox.
Although Imbolc has been attributed to the ancient Celts, it is believed that an equivalent holiday was celebrated across cultures, namely by the ancient Egyptians, Babylonians and indigenous groups.
No matter who or where you are, this time of year calls us to reconnect with our divinity. As you begin thinking about how to mark this day for yourself, I encourage you to follow your intuition as to what fires up your own spirit, but to also take into consideration the region in which you live and your own culture.
Due to the fact that some of my ancestors on my father’s side (he’s Black) were brought to America against their will on slave ships, I don’t have a clear idea of how this side of the family would have celebrated this seasonal change. Sadly, and no surprise, I don’t have a clear idea of where my lineage comes from in Africa.
Similarly, I have very little information about my ancestors on my mother’s (the Filipino) side.
As I’ve said before, winter is a wonderful time to do ancestor work. Imbolc, in particular, is all about illumination, uncertainty, new beginnings and cycles into the unknown.
So, with this in mind, because the origins of my multiracial/multiethnic ancestry still feel so unknown to me, I’m feeling called to celebrate this seasonal change by cultivating a stronger connection to my ancestors for wisdom, guidance, and protection as I move forward with my dreams and visions for spring.
A few years ago, I did a test developed by the National Genographic Project that traced my DNA all over the world for the past 100,000 years.
The results that came back were absolutely fascinating!
Here is a pic of my regional ancestry results (from the past 10,000 years):
While I was SO glad that I did this test, I was still hungry for answers about:
possibly having living relatives that I don’t know about
which country in Africa my dad’s side of the family comes from and
Exactly which First Nations Tribe I am descended from
I received a 23 and Me as well as an Ancestry.com test from Loren as a holiday gift, and I’m hoping that these tests will shed some more light on these questions.
However, I’m ashamed to admit that I have yet to submit my DNA to either company! I have no excuses except that it’s been falling to the bottom of my to-do list as I’ve been planning and visioning my offerings for 2019.
Getting results takes several weeks, so please be patient as you wait for me to share the results. I’m telling you this to help keep me accountable. I’m committing to submitting these tests for analysis by the time you read this!
How are you going to celebrate “imbolc” this year? How can you include your ancestors in this celebration?
I warmly invite you to reach out if you’re in need of additional support around this. Ancestral and intergenerational trauma is real.
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Peace, love, and blessings,
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