Bridget Milking a Cow
Imbolc is that time of the Celtic yearly cycle when the seed that was planted at Samhain (1 November) and lies dormant through the dark of the winter, by throwing out that little cotyledon, moves by itself for the first time. It is analogous to the quickening in the human reproductive cycle. It has a life of its own. The ewe's milk starts running around this time, and on the Glastonbury Tor, which is astronomically oriented to the Imbolc sunset, Bridget is seen milking a cow.
In Vermont, and underground chamber called Rodwin is also oriented toward the Imbolc Sunset.
Rodwin, Northern Vermont, USA
Imbolc Sunset Sunset
The Snowdrop, Bride's flower,
is one of the first of true veriy early spring flowers.
Here in Glastonbury, the Pilgrim Reception Centre sponsored a new Holy Thorn (the old one on Wearyall Hill was vandalised). This cutting from the old Holy Thorn was planted several days ago at the Abbey Car Park next to a new World Peace Pole and a Glastonbury bench for visitors to rest on.
The New Holy Thorn and World Peace Pole
In the Glastonbury Abbey Car Park
Imbolc is the time when ideas or plans that have been lying fallow in the dark all winter are now ready to begin a life of their own. What projects have you been thinking about that are ready to begin to move, to manifest? Use this time of Imbolc to feel that quickening, and ready to give birth?
The Blessings of Bridget
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Glastonbury, Somerset BA6 8JE