“The Sun’s path has returned to where it was at Samhain. Take some time to notice the quality of the light, for it is the same now as that shimmering magical glow of late October. But instead of the season of dark and silence before us, in the Northern Hemisphere, the season of light and growth lies ahead. And so we prepare ourselves with rites of renewal, cleansing, and commitment. We celebrate the first stirrings of Spring.” – Beth Owl’s Daughter, “The Days of Imbolc”
While Spring Equinox marks the official start of Spring, there is another festival that marks the unofficial “stirrings” of Spring called Imbolc (celebrated February 1-2). It is the quickening of the Goddess manifesting the promise of new life. Think of a seed deep within Gaia; Imbolc is the time when those seeds are quickening, preparing to burst, and eventually bloom into the fertility of Spring. The light grows as well, pulling us steadily out of the darkness of winter. We know Spring is coming even as we remain deep in the womb of Goddess.
Brigid’s Day, the celebration of the Irish Goddess Brigid, is not only an ancient festival, but still celebrated in Ireland. It begins on Brigid’s Eve (January 31) with bonfires lit to represent the inspiration and fire of the Goddess and coincides with the celebration of Imbolc. We invite the inspiration and creative energies of Brigid! There are also many offerings on MotherHouse of the Goddess to read more about Brigid and courses offered by amazing Priestesses below.
February 2 is the Feast Day of the Orisha Goddess OYA, as well as her Saint, Candelaria. We did a teleconference on this powerful Warrior Goddess in the Goddess Full Moon Group last year and you can listen to the archive. We are celebrating the Egyptian Goddess NUT for the potent January Full Moon and you can listen to the meditation and join the free group here.
Just a reminder – the Full Moon on 1/31 is a Blue Moon, Super Moon, AND Lunar Eclipse. We are feeling the effects! The New Moon of February is a Solar Eclipse. Lots of cosmic energy! Mary Lomando and I discussed the Astrological Trends for 2018 here and you can check out our Full Moon Eclipse updates here:
- Astrology Update – Full Moon Eclipse in Leo by Mary Lomando
- Full Moon Blue Moon Lunar Eclipse and the Goddess Iris by Kimberly Moore
As we enter Eclipse season, remember how important self care is. Pay attention to your need for more sleep, stay hydrated, and spend extra time in practices that center and focus you. There are blessings and challenges in all things.
BLESSINGS OF GODDESS AND THIS SEASON!
Celebrate all the magic of the Goddesses of Spring with Rhythms of the Goddess Spring Journal – now open for early registration with a BONUS – you receive prompts and practices for February for free!
January 30, 2018 – Tu B’Shevat – Jewish Festival of Trees
January 31, 2018 – LEO Full Moon, Super Moon, Blue Moon, Lunar Eclipse
February 1 – Brigid’s Day
February 1 – Feast of Nut (Check out January Full Moon Meditation for Nut)
February 1 – 2 – Pagan Holiday of Imbolc/Candlemas
February 2 – Goddess and Orisha OYA Lukumi/Santeria Feast Day
February 2 – Goddess and Orisha Yemoja Candomble Feast Day (see articles on the Orisha Goddess Yemaya/Yemoja)
February 5 – St. Agatha’s Day aka the Goddesses Tyche, Fortuna, & Wyrd (Divination & Fortune telling!)
February 6 – Aphrodite Feast Day (see articles on the Goddess Aphrodite)
February 8 – TARA Day
February 8, 2018 – Nirvana Day – Mahayana Buddhist Festival – Anniversary of the death of Buddha
February 10, 2018 – HAPPY BIRTHDAY to LALITA DEVI!
February 11 – Feast Day of Our Lady of Lourdes
February 12 – Festival of the Goddess Diana of the Wild & Artemis of the Meadow (see articles on the Goddess Diana)
February 12 – Runic half month of Sigel (Sowilo) commences – sun, guidance, goal-setting, success
February 13 – International Self Love Day
February 13 – February 21 – Ancient Roman Festival Parentalia – Festival of the dead and placation of the ghosts
February 14 – Susan B. Anthony’s Birthday
February 14 – Valentine’s Day
February 14, 2018 – Maha Shivaratri – celebration of the convergence of Shiva and Shakti
February 15, 2018 – New Moon Solar Eclipse in Aquarius at 4:05pm eastern
February 16, 2018 – Chinese New Year of the Yang Male Earth Dog
February 16 – Ancient Roman Festival of the Goddess Victoria – Victory
February 17 – Ancient Roman Festival of Fornicalia – Bread and the Oven Goddesses
February 18, 2018 – Sun Enters Pisces
February 18 – Sepandārmazgān – Ancient Iranian Women’s Festival celebrated to show love for Mothers and Wives
February 18 – March 17 – Celtic Tree Calendar – NION – ASH
February 26 – Day of Hygeia – Goddess of Health
February 27 – Runic half month of TYR (Tiwaz) commences – warrior rune
Mystery School of the Goddess NEWS! I would like to welcome LILITH DORSEY as a Guide and Instructor to Mystery School of the Goddess. She is an incredible Goddess Woman, Priestess, and Creatrix. Lilith is offering Love Magic with Crystals as a new, free course AND will have another offering coming soon. Stay tuned! Lilith also participated in the Feast of Sacred Waters (which is still available to listen!).
SEASONAL COURSES FOR IMBOLC AND MID-WINTER
Discovering Brigit – Goddess and Saint with Mael Brigde
Fire Magic of the Goddess with Renee Starr – with IMBOLC Bonus!
Inspiring Imbolc – Getting to Know the Sabbat with Susan Harper
Journey with Brigit – Goddess of Poetry with Mael Brigde – NEW!
Stepping into Brigit – Goddess Activation Course with Mael Brigde
Transform – The Power of OYA with Brandi Auset – OYA’s Feast Day is 2/2!
Weaving Brighid’s Protection with Jude Lally – NEW and expanded!
NEW COURSES & UPDATES
ALIGN – Your Desire Map Course for 2018 with Gail Jessen
Healing Our Religious Wounds with Lauri Ann Lumby – now open!
Kwan Yin Revealed – Exploring & Becoming the Goddess of Compassion with Sandy Boucher & Kimberly Moore – Kwan Yin’s Birthday is 4/4!
LAKSHMI Altar Blessing with Brandi Auset and Kimberly Moore – takes place on 1/25
Love Magic with Crystals with Lilith Dorsey – NEW FREE Course!
Mystic Crystals – Sacred Stones of the Seven Rays with Renee Starr – begins 2/19
Rhythms of the Goddess Spring Journal – Get February free!