Imbolc is said to be the time when the Winter Goddess who has kept her grip on the land loosens her hold, so that the ice melts and waters break and flow again. It is when the Goddess Bride (Brigid) `returns’ to the land. Her path is lit by candles, symbolising the return of light and warmth which is imminent. Bride is a Goddess of poetry, inspiration, healing, knot-magic and weaving. With her, she brings the gifts of 3 flames!
Spring equinox is a time of new beginning and initiating enterprises. A time of reaching balance between Dark & Light.. day & night. It is a time of noticeable lengthening of day-light hours and quickening. Current observation shows weather to be very changeable – fluctuating between bright sunny days and wild wet windy conditions. Flowers are already blooming, and trees are looking hairy with a burst of newly sprouting buds and leaves. Astrologically, the Sun enters the firey sign of Aries. However transposing the elemental energies onto the year-wheel, it is obviously the energy of `air’ that is flowing now (and at Summer, it’s Fire, Autumn- water, and winter- Earth). Taking all this into consideration, in this ritual, we work actively to balance the opposing forces in our lives, and a bit of personal `spring-cleaning’ internally, then explore the mystery of Spring, through the God-Goddess cycle. Mating and fertility rites are obviously being played out by all wildlife in nature at this moment.