The beginning of February sees the stirrings of a new season. The long, cold winter months are still upon us, but the days are once again growing longer, and we feel the change internally. Just as we begin to cheer up and look at the sunshine with renewed vigour, so we see the green shoots of growth in the earth around us.
It is important to me now more than ever that I celebrate the pagan calender. I do this as a way of reminding me of my place in the world, where humans are conditioned to fight for power and control over each other, and we reinforce the need to always have more money, and more things than we could ever possibly truly need. Being of the Earth, being aware of the fresh air around us, of the running water that sustains us, and of the awesome power of Mother Nature, is a way of remaining calm in a world full of chaos and confusion.
And so, for the festival of Imbolc, where we celebrate new beginnings and the green shoots of life, I was cheered to receive the gift of daffodils from a friend. The shoots look beautiful even before the flowers bloom, but they make me smile when I look at them. Pretty flowers. Pretty crystals. Bright colours. Welcome Spring!