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.
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.
Sharing tea with a friend, gazing at the leaves remaining in the bottom of an ordinary china teacup may seem humdrum, but the cup itself can become a numinous space, a threshold through which you see—what? Images, symbols, stories, inspirations, solutions. Kitchen shamanic journeying.
In my family, whenever there was a crisis, someone would “go put the kettle on” for a comforting cup of tea all around; reading the leaves would follow to sort things out. You might think of it as a way of opening the psychic channels through the calming, contemplative ritual of having tea together. Now, here's how to go about it. Start with a well-made cup of tea...