Guest Post: Kathy Nance on Imbolc

One of my favorite nicknames for the Pagan holiday of Imbolc is “the Quickening.”Spring stirs in the belly of the earth but is still weeks from emerging. Imbolc takes its name from the old Celtic imbolg "in the belly.” The term referred to the pregnant ewes.I can imagine the farmers looking at the ewes' bellies for the movement of healthy lambs, feeling the udders to see if milk was forming. These signs of life were cause for celebration.We, too, look for hope as February begins. We wake g … [Read more...]

Brighid Poetry Festival: This Fire Will Not Die

The 6th Annual Brighid Poetry Festival is an internet tradition to honor Brighid, Goddess of Smithcraft and Poetry. It is that time of year again, when bloggers around the world post a favorite poem in honor of Brigid, the Irish goddess and patron saint of smithcraft, poetry, and healing. Brigid’s feast day is February 1st, so between now and then is the perfect time to publish a poem to celebrate. Here at Pantheon we decided to join in:This Fire Will Not Die by Star FosterThis fire w … [Read more...]

13 Songs for Imbolc

We've all had too much snow. There is unrest in many parts of the world, notably Egypt. Though Spring is merely teasing us and has no intention of moving in to stay for a few more weeks, we can feel the sap rising, the trees buzzing and the energy sweeping us off of our feet. Personally I am finding the energy to be far more exuberant and optimistic than I can scrounge up within myself. I feel sluggish and unprepared for the Spring. I long to hibernate a few more weeks even when I can feel the … [Read more...]

Imbolc Blessings!

I've been trying to write something somewhat insightful all morning but it's warm and sunny and springlike outside. I can't concentrate. I just want to soak in the sun and smile. So here's some music and may spring come to your house soon! … [Read more...]