Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The smell of Spring

There are many ways to celebrate the continual change of time.  With the arrival of Imbolc we chose to share a vow of new possibilities from 

The Imbolc Vow

We have all dreamed and planned through the Winter; now it is time to deliver those dreams and plans into reality. No matter how small the first steps we take toward realizing our dreams, they are important steps, and we must make them. The lamb just dropped certainly can’t take to the high mountain pastures yet, but she does not let this stop her from rising to her feet. Our plans may be too grand or complicated to achieve quickly, but we must not let this stop us from taking the first steps toward our goals.

The Imbolc Vow turns what we might fear to be self-indulgence into a sacred promise to the God and Goddess. Take this vow before a candle you’ve made yourself, or in the chilly dawn of an Imbolc morning as soon as you can see the sun.
The Vow
The Wheel turns again and Spring returns.
Warmer’s the rain; Sun brighter burns.
The daring sprout its thrusts does make;
And I, devout, so undertake.
From the belly, from the mind,
Imbolc’s spell as a vow shall bind.
What once I sought I now shall bring,
and make, from thought, a certain thing.

Ashleen O'Gaea, is a Third Degree Wiccan priestess, ordained by the internationally recognized and respected Aquarian Tabernacle Church. She is the author of Raising WitchesCelebrating the Seasons of Life: Beltane to Mabon; and Family Wicca. As a columnist for PanGaia Magazine, she writes on topics of interest to Pagan families and reviews books.

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