Welcome to the Season of Increasing Light!
We have been traveling in the dark but the light is increasing. If you look closely, you may notice the days are beginning to get longer. As I write this, many areas in other parts of the country are covered with snow from one of the worst winter storms. People are digging out so they can resume their lives – with work and school or activities. Here in Florida, we have been colder than average. I have been worried about my Monarch caterpillars. The frost has wilted the leaves of the only two milkweed plants I have left. On one plant, there are 20 caterpillars and 8 on the other. There is not enough food to sustain all of them and I know some will die. This saddens me but I know there is nothing I can do for them. Milkweed is their only host plant. In this weather, it is hard to come by. The caterpillars have eaten the leaves on the rest of my milkweed plants. I hope our winter will be over soon and the plants will grow new leaves.
In the Dianic tradition, we honor the quickening in the
belly. We have spent some time in the dark and now wait for the increasing light. Those seeds too are waiting in the dark and it is time to bring them out, soon to be planted.
It does not have to be a physical seed. It can be an idea, thought or project. If there is something you have wanted to try, now is the time to do it. It is a time for new beginnings. Do not be afraid. You only need to believe in yourself to begin. I have spent some time thinking about what I want to start and realized I already had an idea. I have said 2016 is the year of soap so I will make it happen.
I have taken steps to become more successful by registering for a conference and I will be taking classes to improve my knowledge. I hope you will also have the courage to begin something new.
Blessings of the Imbolc season,
Read the entire Imbolc 2014 Edition of the Global Goddess Oracle
Photos by Dawn Thomas
Dawn “Belladonna” Thomas is a High Priestess and Elder of The Apple Branch, a Dianic Tradition. She is the editor and book reviewer for the Oracle and was the Treasurer for The Global Goddess, a non-profit organization. She recently graduated from the University of Florida fulfilling a lifelong goal of completing her college education. She has been published in several magazines for her paper crafting designs. She is the owner of
Belladonna’s Garden and makes homemade soaps. She is an avid gardener and lives in Florida with her husband. Other book reviews can be found on her Blog: