Solar Festivals

There are rhythms to everything we experience, the day we live through, our work, leisure and pleasure, the things we create, the emotions we own, the meals we prepare.

These rhythms exist to give us insights into ourselves and as a way to share together with others.

The most ancient of all these rhythms are the seasons of the year. Each cycle following on from the last in a prescribed pattern. As night follows day, we know that summer follows spring. Cycles exist in all levels of our lives, but it is through the seasons we sense our own place in the rhythm of the earth and our part in the wider sphere.

We have always found a way to mark these seasonal changes, to come together as people and celebrate the changes that make up the year. These are referred to as solar festivals. By marking them ourselves, we not only connect in a deeper way with the natural world but also with ourselves. We are able to work on our own sense of self at a deeper level, in tune with the natural processes that exist to support us.

I have celebrated these festivals for years and they are a constant source of personal joy, delight, insight and enlightenment.

At the time of each festival I will post here a description of my insights and observations, what it means for us today and any events I am originating to form part of a collective celebration.

Imbolc Solar Festival.

The Festival of Imbolc or the Festival of Dedication (February 1st) celebrates that shift point from the season of winter into the season of spring. We see nature begin to reveal its next phase, with the arrival of green shoots emerging from the soil.

We in turn, responding to natures wheel, are offered the opportunity to reveal ourselves and our desires at this time in the form of dedications. These dedications are a reaffirmation of our dedication to service of the greater good and more personal dedications to what it is we want to work with, manifest and create within our lives. It is time to set down a marker for the year around which we can focus our growth and show our commitment to where we want to go. Once commitments are made, then the all else can flow in supporting those aims.

In the latter part of winter’s season, we have been invited to consider what it is we want and to form those clear intentions into what we reveal of ourselves now and publicly state. Like Persephone returning from the underworld, this is our moment to be seen and heard and to see that shift in ourselves from our winter inner work to the spring and the beginnings of a new period of growth.

These dedications also mark a final point of realisation and release. In knowing where we are going or committing to this journey, then we can see what we carry that no longer serves us. This is the moment when we embark on “spring cleaning” like the tradition suggests, we work on ourselves to clean and cleanse all that we are and only take forward that which will really serve us.