Vernal Passage (Imbolc) 2017

On the occasion of the Vernal Passage, merry meet!

This sabbat gives us an opportunity to celebrate openness, purification, and resolve.

As the liturgical season of winter passes, we turn our gaze to the coming liturgical season of spring, in which life will begin anew. After having drawn our attention inward during the winter, may we now look outward once again, watching for the first signs of that renewed life around us, and may we open our hearts and minds to all that is fresh and beautiful in the world.

Meanwhile, the temperatures have reached their annual minima, and for many of us, snow still falls from the heavens to blanket the ground in whiteness. May we contemplate the purity of falling snow, without forgetting the cleansing thaw that is soon to come, and accordingly purify ourselves, our communities, and the whole world.

Finally, as the flora and fauna begin to stir around us with the growing hours of daylight and the rising temperatures, we are reminded that the spring belongs to those who have endured the winter. May we, too, resolve ourselves to continue to persevere and to set our sights on the unending transformation of every spirit and of the whole world.

Merry part, and blessed be.