As Imbolc traditionally is the time to bless the seeds I started my Imbolc ritual a little earlier this year to consciously watch something grow. It's been quite rewarding to see the seeds change every day and turn from something seemingly lifeless into very much alive seedlings and plants.
The word Imbolc literally means "in the belly" and refers to pregnant ewes but also to the Goddess as the mother which made me think back of this time last year when I myself was pregnant and the little man was in my belly. Here's a picture of me from February last year; the stone I'm holding is representative of the size the little man would have been at this stage during the early second trimester of my pregnancy.
|IMBOLC by Karen Bagnard|
The word Imbolc originates from the Gaelic word oimelc which means "ewes milk" but again I'd like to think of it in context of the Goddess as the mother and then relating this back to myself breastfeeding the little man. I think he's celebrating today with me by having an extra feed.