Imbolc & the 1st days of Spring (MM*)
To some, today is Imbolc Eve, to others Imbolc isn’t until February 2nd. Either way, it is a celebration of the first stirrings of Spring – or the coming of Spring.
Astronomically, the mid-point between the Winter Solstice and Vernal Equinox won’t happen until sometime on February 18th – when the sun reaches its midway point between its southern most rising (closest to 23° 30′ declension) and its ‘truest’ Eastern rising (closest to 0° 0′ declension). The morning of February 18th, at least in my part of the world, the sun will rise at 11° 23′ and reach its true midpoint (11° 15′) in the early daylight hours. On February 19th, it rises at 11° 01′. To me, the “First Day of Spring” will be February 18th, and I will be eagerly awaiting the arrival of our last frost date (which, isn’t officially until May 15th here in Ohio).
So whether you are playing close attention to the Sun’s movements, or just celebrating the accustomed Solar festival, I hope everyone has a wonderful Imbolc/St. Brigid’s Day and that the coming growing season brings you much happiness.
* Since this was a longish title, “MM” means “Mundane Musings” 🙂