Happy Candlemas/Imbolc and Chinese New Year

With spring beginning to slowly emerge, the next few days are very interesting astrologically and magically. I always think that astrology is like a satnav in the heavens, built into our reality as a guidance system. Under the Chinese system, moon based, February 5th   this year is New Year. The Year of the Earth pig. Imbolc/Candlemas is the pagan celebration of the new life of spring, looking forward to the year ahead. What a wonderful combination!

Year of Earth pig

Despite common perceptions, a pig represents luck, overall good fortune, wealth, honesty, general prosperity. People born year of the pig tend to be hard working, a peace-loving person, a truthful, generous, indulgent, patient, reliable, trusting, sincere, giving, sociable person with a large sense of humour and understanding.

So despite what is going on in the world, it should hopefully be a good year. Earth pig year is a year that should be devoted to welfare of family, rest and reflection and of finishing projects. Unsurprisingly, earth years are connected with stability and the land. We will have to see!

Imbolc

 This is a pagan festival celebrating the stirring of new life, hope and rebirth. It is a time to let go of the past and look to the future. Another sort of New Year. It also honours Brigid the pagan goddess. Imbolc was absorbed into Christianity as Candlemas, Brigid, it is said became St Brigit.

So honour the Earth and nature, look forward to a hopefully more stable, prosperous, and peaceful year ahead.

 

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