Imbolc – The First Signs of Spring

Today was Imbolc, otherwise known as Candlemas. It’s an ancient holiday that few of us still celebrate, but in its essence it is the end of winter and beginning of spring. It’s a time of creativity, of healing, of rejoicing for life. It’s a time of fertility, of laughter, and of love.

This year we celebrated simply – I’ve been taking walks down by the lake with my son, so I took a couple of trips recently to look for, document, and celebrate the first signs I found of springtime. Secondly, tonight we lit the fireplace (which has been dormant all winter long), and tossed a few springs of fresh rosemary onto the flames.

So here’s a picture-laden look at the signs of the changing season, as I managed to find near my home.

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