Imbolc and the Winter Season

A day late, but Happy Imbolc!

Perhaps your corner of the world is like mine right now–cold and coated with ice. Spring will arrive eventually, of course, but in the meantime, there’s beauty in the snowy world. There’s also dangers for the unhoused and all who must venture on the roads or who can’t heat their homes or who face whatever challenges greet them in winter.

In Watership Down the narrator mentions something to the effect of the luxury of liking bad weather. As someone who loves a good thunderstorm, it reminded me I liked it because I wasn’t drowning in it.

And last year when this are was hit with a winter storm that left my family and thousands of others without heat was another reminder that a certain type of weather can be beautiful and amazing, but it is not exactly a friend. One thing I love about a great snowy day is the quiet. If I go outside in such weather (which I actually try not to do without good reason), I’m always impressed with how it muffles the world. It also traps the light, turning night into a dreamy day. Fresh snow can make almost anywhere magical. (Snow that’s grappled with car exhaust and other horrors is another matter entirely.)

What is your favorite time of year? I love fall, but perhaps my favorite time of year to the moments of change. At the end of summer, I love that first crisp cold breeze, and at the end of winter, I love that first hint of spring. (Although here in Texas, the lines between the seasons are rather blurred, and winter is next to nothing compared to northern climes.)

It feels to me as if the change of season reminds us to take stock, make plans, and contemplate. The moon is waxing again, and it’s a good time for new things, projects, and plans. The roads are icy here and so I’m staying indoors thinking about life, the universe, and everything.

Hope you are well and warm and safe.

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6 thoughts on “Imbolc and the Winter Season

  1. Denise

    My favorite line in your post was “I’m always impressed with how it muffles the world.” As someone who often experiences sensory overload, I can relate to that sentence so much. I love a good thunderstorm myself and fall is my favorite time of the year. Oddly, we do get many thunderstorms in the fall, too (not just in Spring) but ours are usually sprinkled with a tornado or two.

  2. Denise

    I just bought your book “A Brief History Of Boyfriends” on Amazon. I’m so looking forward to this read!

    On Thu, Feb 3, 2022 at 12:33 PM Marta Pelrine-Bacon wrote:

    > mapelba posted: ” A day late, but Happy Imbolc! Perhaps your corner of the > world is like mine right now–cold and coated with ice. Spring will arrive > eventually, of course, but in the meantime, there’s beauty in the snowy > world. There’s also dangers for the unhous” >

  3. Clare Wuellner

    You know me–I love winter. But this time, I feel like I just want to stay inside. Which is weird. It might have to do with all the lovely art that needs to be framed. I love my job!

    On Thu, Feb 3, 2022 at 12:33 PM Marta Pelrine-Bacon wrote:

    > mapelba posted: ” A day late, but Happy Imbolc! Perhaps your corner of the > world is like mine right now–cold and coated with ice. Spring will arrive > eventually, of course, but in the meantime, there’s beauty in the snowy > world. There’s also dangers for the unhous” >

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