Until I started doing research for my novel I had never heard of this holiday. Imbolc, also known as Candlemas, occurs at the half way point between the Winter Solstice (Yule) and the Spring Equinox (Ostara). It is a celebration of the beginning of spring, the season of new beginnings.
I am all about new beginnings right now and the tarot reading I had last night on the eve of Imbolc, confirmed and clarified this with 4 of the 5 cards in the spread being in the suit of Cups. Big thank you to the friend who did the reading for her help interpreting the cards and her sound advice.
One of the resources I use to learn about the cards says that if a reading is mostly Cup cards, I am seeking solutions to emotional conflicts, love matters, feelings, and creativity. I am in a place where the old and the new are bumping into each other quite energetically.
With regard to creativity, the conflict is not so much emotional, though there is frustration. I am approaching retirement, but it’s not until the end of next year. I am wanting to be a published writer, but because I have to work 40 hours a week there just aren’t enough hours in the day for this new creative venture. I know this will resolve itself. I just need to be patient.
In matters of the heart, however, there is a great deal of emotional conflict, all of it internal, and it is coming to a head. (Weird expression that, but no time this morning for an etymological diversion.)
I am a reluctant member of the sandwich generation. I have no regrets over the decisions that I have made and would make them again every time. These are my past and present, but how will I move forward?
If this new relationship is going to progress to a happy and healthy place as my future, I have to find a way to reconcile the conflicting requirements of my present as dutiful daughter and supportive mother.
The final card in the spread was Judgement. It was a reminder that I am going to be judged no matter what decisions I make, so I need to make the ones that are best for me.
Here’s to hoping the coming spring brings resolution. Be well my friends.