Tuesday, February 6, 2018

From Full Moon to the Promise of Spring

The last day of January marked the second full moon of the month.
A super blue blood moon.
"Super" because it was at its closest orbit to earth.
"Blue" because it was the second full moon within the month.
And "blood" because of the lunar eclipse that happened at the same time.
If I had left my house, I would have been able to see the lunar eclipse but that would have meant driving somewhere to get a clear view and I didn't really feel like doing that.  Instead, I patiently waited for the full moon to make its way across the sky and over the buildings in our neighborhood.
The start of February is marked in the Celtic seasonal calendar by a  celebration called Imbolc which I just learned about because of posts I was seeing on Instagram.

@dorothysparkleshoes sent me a link that provided information on the meaning behind Imbolc.  This paragraph is what spoke to me:

It is time to let go of the past and to look to the future, clearing out the old, making both outer and inner space for new beginnings.  This can be done in numerous ways, from spring cleaning your home to clearing the mind and heart to allow inspiration to enter for the new cycle.  It's a good time for wish-making or making a dedication.

It is also described as "the promise of renewal, of hidden potential, of earth awakening and life-force stirring."
In November my husband came home with pumpkin seeds from a friend who brought them from Bangladesh.  
I planted them on December 3rd and by December 17th they had started to sprout.
They might not have the idea conditions in small pots on my balcony, but it's been such a pleasure to watch them grow from seed.
Seeing their tiny tendrils form and fuzzy new leaves appear.
The leaves are huge now and tendrils are spreading out like crazy.
On Friday I put up a bamboo pole and the tendrils have already latched on.
Plants are amazing!  And I'm glad that I don't have to go far to witness the magic of nature up close.
Happy February!
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