The Pagan wheel of the year marks the quarters – the longest and shortest days (solstices) and the days of equal light and darkness (equinoxes). Our wheel also marks the points in between: the midway point from the extreme of light or darkness to the point of balance. Right now, we are getting ready for Imbolc/Candlemas/Brigid’s Day. Imbolc is the halfway point between the winter solstice (the most darkness) and the spring equinox (balanced light and dark, and the first day of spring).
To me, this is a time of dreaming the spring to come. We begin to uncurl from the tight cocoon of winter a little bit and start thinking about how we want to transition into the growing season.
I have never been a big fan of New Year’s Resolutions. In the deeps of winter, our natural inclination is toward dormancy, rest and recovery. Much of living as a witch involves coming into harmony with the prevailing energy around us. It’s much easier to alter the course of a stream by diverting it slightly rather than trying to make the stream run backwards up a hill. Winter is for rest. But spring? Spring is for change. Continue reading here.