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Imbolc (candlemas)

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serenity blaze
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Know ye there is life beneath
frozen earth
protecting seed
oh potentiality
the virgin bride awaits the groom.

Slash the grasses that have died
prepare her with annoint of fire.
This winter field has long been dead.
Prepare ye now the nuptial bed--
sanctify and bless the womb.


I rid my self's futility--
Brigid--she does dwell in me!
I invoke the light of bliss
and dance in praise of Candlemas--
alive in strobe of flickering.

Tears and sweat
with ash of death
are talcum for the winter's bane.
Torch the tomb of my regret
prepare the garden to beget
till the ground of sad refrain--
I stand in praise of quickening.

*     *     *

(otherwise known as groundhog's day, this celebration has its roots in slash-and-burn agriculture, whereupon the dead remains of last years crops were burned, preparing the ground for tilling for the coming Spring. It also has the sympathetic magick qualities of "coaxing" the Sun back into blessed renewal, via an attempt to taunt the God Sun into returning to claim his bride (Earth) against the presumed advances of an inferior suitor--the bonfire. This was, however, a very practical method of preparing farmland in early agriculture as it both disposed of old growth easily and fertilized the soil through ash and compost.)

grin...the pagan lesson is over--this witch will leave ya with a simple, "Blessed Be."




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1 posted 01-31-2003 03:30 PM       View Profile for Goodknight   Email Goodknight   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Goodknight

I always enjoy a bewitching - great poem and thanks for the lesson - we are often very uninformed on earth religions - great write - Paul
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and what was old,
is re-newed again...



Bless YOU!
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Blessed be.
Janet Marie
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Tears and sweat
with ash of death
are talcum for the winter's bane.

=========================

anyone ever tell ya youre the coolest witch in poetry land

"talcum for the winter's bane " ...
how cool can ya get.
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5 posted 01-31-2003 03:48 PM       View Profile for Cpat Hair   Email Cpat Hair   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Cpat Hair

Fire of course is used in several pagan holidays... and many think the religions were born in part out of the need to pass knowledge of agriculture, seasonal changes, practical practices on to people who did not read or write. Embracing a celebration however was something all knew how to do and therefore staging a celebration at the times when collective knowledge indicated it was time to perform some practical function combined the passing on of such knowledge and practice and unified the local "communities" that might at other times be at odds with each other.

Enjoyed the journey.... and send  blessings to your home..
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(sigh) Really makes you think, does it? Makes me think if this pagan ritual is related to the slashing and burning of the rainforests, etc. (big hugggsssssss) This is wonderful, sweet friend, blessed be you and be ever blessed, we all love you so much! You have such a beautiful heart, sweet Karen, thak you for sharing!



May love and light always shine upon you!

Love,
Noah Eaton

"Underneath your clothes there's an endless story..."

Shakira

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7 posted 02-01-2003 05:29 PM       View Profile for Aenimal   Email Aenimal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Aenimal

Find me some new words to describe my love for yours, my words seem weak and unfitting in description of yours which are always beautiful and moving

[This message has been edited by Aenimal (02-01-2003 06:04 PM).]

Bill Charles
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serenity - the witch of the cypress writes well with her pen...

BC

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never belived in that groundhog. stuff
early spring/late spring, it doesnt get warm
enuf for me until june no matter what.
did like the history lesson though, makes sense
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Hi Karen  

I really enjoyed reading about the history of Groundhog Day. Very interesting...

"Love makes the world go around"
~~with love and hugs from Ethel~~  
                  

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"anyone ever tell ya youre the coolest witch in poetry land"

I'm totally with JM here, sheesh M'lady you take me there with your words and I see it all before my eyes.

Enjoyed this lesson of the Candlemas, I'm sorry I missed it earlier.

adding to my library.

M

and i knew in the crystalline knowledge of you
~Buckingham/Nicks

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I was wondering about this today, and now I know...thank you!  
 
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