February 1st marks the beginning of Imbolc (Imbolg or Oimelc as it is known to the Celts, Candlemas to the Christians). This is the first of four fire festivals celebrated by my Celtic ancestors. But unlike the other fire ceremonies, Imbolc’s emphasis is on light, rather than heat. Although the days began to get longer following the Winter Solstice, now the light and longer days begin to become more noticable. This is the time of the first stirrings of Spring in the womb of Mother Earth. We begin to see the first of the crocuses and daffodils peeking through the snow, the spring lambs are being born, we can trade the heavy winter parkas for lighter coats, spring rains bring green grass and Old Man Winter begins his slow retreat. Continue reading
Today I want to discuss how the Stone People can help us keep our New Year’s promise to our self to shed some excess pounds. By now, some of us are already waivering and being drawn back into old habits. Fortunately there are some wonderful stones and crystals that can be used as tools and support to achieve your weight loss goals.
Now, just carrying around these stones isn’t going to cause those excess pounds to come off, but you know that already. Yes, I know we’re still looking for the “miracle pill” to shed those pounds. Continue reading