I guess it shouldn’t have surprised me that I awoke this morning to find that my clock said it was about 4:45 AM. I couldn’t understand why I was wide awake at this hour and then it settled in.
This morning, minutes before I awoke we experienced the peak and beginning of a pretty powerful and special moon phase, what NASA is calling a Super Blue Blood Moon. This is because today’s Full Moon was also a Super Moon, meaning it is closer to earth and appears bigger and brighter. As the second full moon this month, it is also a Blue Moon. And if that wasn’t enough, it was also a Blood Moon, a lunar eclipse – all of this on the eve of Imbolc!
As soon as I realized I had awakened within minutes of this wave of energy that I had planned on celebrating later in the day, I lit a candle and began my prayers. A lovely connection to my paternal grandmother immediately ensued and I smiled as I realized the ancestral whispers in her own heart that must have inspired a deep connection to nature and gardening, as well as a life long path as a teacher.
One of this grandmother’s most cherished gifts to me – of many – was her practice of stewardship over plants that had been in the family for generations. She lovingly transplanted plants and flowers from her father’s garden to her own in Arkansas, and later brought seedlings and cuttings to her East Texas garden when she moved to be close to us when I was a child. When I began planning my own gardens, she loved for me to come over and see what was sprouting and thriving and to share cuttings and perennial divisions with me.
Without really intending to – my spiritual practice is often innately synchronized like this – I have the perfect pre-Imbolc day planned. After coffee with a friend to tend to spiritual sisterhood challenges, I’ll be cleaning and reorganizing my altar to prepare for consecrating a small altar at work in the new Healing Room where I’m lucky enough to work in business and practice my healing arts in the same location.
This altar cleaning experience is actually the perfect way to celebrate Imbolc and welcome the energy of new life that is building as we pass the midpoint between Winter and Spring. The Goddess is celebrated at this time as the Maiden. Ancient Celtic peoples celebrated Her as Bride, Brigit, or Brighid, a Goddess of healing. Like many aspects of pagan Indigenous Knowledge, she became Christianized as St. Brigid and continues to be honored today in that faith.
I plan on a nature walk this afternoon and have an exciting writing collaboration planned later with an author whose work I admire. I’ll spend the rest of this week working on another writing project for a Standing Rock elder and finalizing the addition of laser therapy to my practice. I see patients using this new modality next week. So new life, new gifts, and new creative expressions already abound during this season. I welcome what the Spring brings in the way of greater fullness to these things that are sprouting now.
On Friday, I have the honor of another intercultural invitation to join a moon ceremony with some Taino sisters of the heart. Their sharing their culture and lovingly welcoming me as an honored guest in their circle has been a blessing I look forward to each month.
What do you plan to do this week? I can suggest the following ways to tune into your innate rhythms and whispers of ancestral and Indigenous Knowledge:
- Clean your home, especially your altar or the place where you pray.
- Create a purification ritual with tools from the elements — salt from the Earth for your body, incense (Air) for you thoughts, a candle flame or hearth fire (Fire) for your will, water (Water) for your emotions, and clear your spiritual body with a crystal (Spirit).
- Bless some new candles to use in your ritual work throughout the year.
- Invoke Brigid or the Maiden for creative inspiration.
- Take a walk in nature and listen to Her whispers. Look for the first signs of Spring.
- Meditate upon your own spiritual beliefs and vows . Reaffirm the commitments you’ve made for the year.
What NASA is calling a “lunar trifecta” is the first super blue blood moon since 1982. We won’t see another one until 2037.
I hope I get to enjoy that one with my grandchildren!
Imbolc Blessings to all,