Candlemas, a Sabbat of purification, initiation, and waxing light, celebrates the first signs of spring and marks the fertilizing warmth of the Goddess. Incoming energies are quickening everything! Outer light is increasing and infusing us as well, but the stretch to accommodate it within must be deliberate on our parts, so we can actively evolve toward human luminous. In this way, the ritual of fire at Candlemas represents our own illumination as well as that of Sun Goddess Brigid.
Since the power shift away from the ancient matriarchal societies, female deities have been more associated with moonlight than sunlight, but we are once again re-membering the Sun Goddesses. Solntse, Pattini, Saule, Arinna, Uelanuhi, Aditi, Olwen, Amaterasu, Chaxiraxi the Sun Mother, and more. Call upon the Divine Face that fires up your spirit; your region, your culture.
When we ceremonially enact a seasonal change, we step Between, to an embryonic state when anything is possible. Pluripotency, the cell scientist call it. As the Imbolc song goes, "The seeds of life lie tingling" in the pluripotent moment when Winter promises to end. We shift! We step between realities and choose what our world will become.
Brighid—Mother Goddess of Ireland
© Jo Jayson 2012
Written by: Susa Silvermarie © Mother Tongue Ink 2018
Featured Art: Three of Fire © Jan Kinney 1990
Jan Kinney (Seattle, WA) drew inspiration from the Tarot of Compassion from the Pacific Northwest, where she lives. She also sings, preaches, and works with beads. Please send inquires about the Tarot of Compassion to Jan L Kinney at gmail dot com.
Jo Jayson (Harrison, NY) is a spiritual artist, teacher, author, and has channeled the Sacred Feminine in her works for 8 years now.
Susa Silvermarie (Ajijic, Mexico) I turned 70 in 2017 and began a new life as an immigrant to Mexico. I blog, I write for several local publications and I run a weekly Write-to-a-prompt circle as well as a Writers Salon. I enjoy volunteering with an art program for Mexican children, and I truly love my life on the shore of Lake Chapala. Seeking local kindred spirits—come on down!
Featured Art: Three of Fire ©
Jan Kinney 1990
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The Astrological Sun is a primary symbol for the awareness of our unique human Self, and the creative expressions and passionate outpourings that we gift to the world. As Earth beings we circle around the Sun, year after year.
We may follow the transiting Sun's passage through the "Houses" (the twelve pie shaped sections) of our personal birth chart to attend to all areas of our life. Each house represents a basic facet of human experience from birth to death.
The tradition of gift giving at Winter Solstice arose to help keep our hearts' fires burning through the long, cold winter. This year, gift your mother, sister, daughter, grandmother, classmate, lover, co-worker, wife, friend, babysitter and dog walker with We'Moon, so they can curl up by the heart-fire with treasures that last through the seasons.