February 2 is Imbolc-a traditional Gaelic-Celtic celebration marking the halfway point between Winter and Spring. Imbolc gets its name from the Irish Gaelic Oimelc which translates to "ewes milk." As the end of winter nears, the sheep are nursing their newborn lambs and signs of light are starting to return to the landscape. Dreams of returning to the garden are starting to be nurtured, and it is the perfect time to give our respects to the Goddess Brighid. Brighid was the patron of poets and bards, as well as healers and magicians. She was especially honored when it came to matters of prophecy and divination.
October 31st marks the day of the year where the veil is the most of thin. Some call it Halloween or All Hallow's Eve, some call it Samhain (pronounced- "Sau-wain"), some even call it the Day of the Dead.
For witches, this day can often be seen as the New Year! The death of one year, and the birth of another. Since the veil is thin, we can sometimes speak with our ancestors, or receive messages from them. It is thus that we honour them- offer their favourite foods or treats on our altar to lure them even closer.
The view from my family cabin at Katepwa Lake.
Litha / Midsummer
Summer Solstice (also known as Litha or midsummer) is the longest day of the year! This is our midpoint where the days have grown long and we have welcomed the warming sun. We can take a moment to pause, take stock of all of the hard work and effort we have put in and take a little break.
This is a beautiful time to gather in ritual with others to honour ourselves and our community! May we refect on our blessings, give thanks to what we have received and call in the healing and messages we need