The meandering thoughts of a modern-day hearth witch.

Thursday, 10 February 2011

Three Word Thursday

Stunning shot by Dario Gianelli

New York booked!

Sunday, 6 February 2011

Hearth and Home // Pottery

On my Saturday mornings, I have begun a short course in pottery at the quirky Bristol Potstop, where master of clay, Neil, is teaching us to open our minds as we create with our hands. 
So far, I would describe my attempts as 'rustic'...

...and tentative...

...but I am learning...

...that 'perfect' and 'perfectionism'...

...are two totally different things.

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Wheel of the Year // Imbolc

To those who celebrate the pagan Wheel of the Year, February 1st-2nd marks the Celtic fire festival of Imbolc, which heralds the returning of the light and the beginning of Spring.

So named after the Celtic word 'oimelc', which is believed to mean 'in the belly' or 'ewe's milk', it refers to the life-giving milk of lactation recommencing. It is at this time of year that the lambing cycle begins and the earth warms up to allow new life to grow. 

Ancient celebrations fell on this day to honour the powerful bringer of light - the goddess Brigid (Brid, Bride, Brigit) - who would breathe life, warmth and fertility back into the dead, cold lands and begin a new season of  growth and fruition. 

Today, people still celebrate this important turn of the wheel, by lighting fires and candles to reflect the light returning and inviting Brigid to warm their hearths and the Earth itself.  As it is a time to prepare for new growth, ask Brigid for her assistance in bringing your hopes and dreams to being. Prepare the ground for the planting of seeds which will flower in the coming seasons - both literally and metaphorically. 

Brightest Imbolc blessings to you all. 

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Wheel of the Year // Welcome... February.

Squeals of joyous delight rang through my kitchen this evening as I discovered these pretty little narcissi opening, at my hearth-side just in time for Imbolc: the most beautiful altar decoration I could have wished for.

I will be celebrating tomorrow - the 2nd - but for those of you honouring Brigid this evening, I wish you brightest Imbolc blessings.

Love and light.
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