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Recently a pal of mine put up the following post on her Facebook wall:

Woke up with an overwhelming need to sob – is everyone I love okay? Please check with me or by text. Wow, not kidding, never felt like this before.

And in checking with some of my other friends, I find that this case of the blues seems to be going around. People are feeling a uncontrollable urge to just “sit down, have a good cry, and get it out of my system.”

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I don’t think such a feeling is all that surprising right now…in fact, I would be more surprised if you weren’t feeling this way.

We are coming up on the Sabbat of Imbolc – the first Sabbat of 2013. We have said goodbye to what was – for many of us – a difficult and trying period in 2012. We may have survived our own personal Tower Time, but we are still dealing with the after-effects. And those after-effects are leaving many of us feeling rather raw. As those raw feelings come to the surface, they often get expressed in the form of tears. Don’t be ashamed of such tears, for they can be quite healing…a cooling and soothing balm for our emotions.

Tower Time is over. The tower has fallen, and we have taken our own tumbles along with it. We stand now amidst the ruins – a sometimes painful reminder of where we’ve been – and contemplate where we go from here. And the tears fall. Even as we welcome the changes this new year brings, we must also take a moment to grieve that which we have left behind. Change means letting go, and that doesn’t always come easy.

fallen tower

For many of us, Imbolc occurs at the coldest time of the year – when temperatures plunge and fierce icy winds chill us to the bone. But those winds can be a positive thing also. I am reminded of what my friend Byron recently shared on her own Facebook wall:

Let this brisk and scraping wind blow through the spiritual and emotional detritus in your life and send it off to be composted. Allow this crisp air to cool your confusion and self-doubt and make way for clear forward motion and effective action.

Yes, let these winds blow. As cold as they might feel, they serve a purpose…blowing off the dust of debris from fallen towers, stripping us bare that we might stand shivering and exposed, confronting our own stark nakedness. Yet let that nakedness be a sign of your own rebirth, as you take those first steps forward.

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I am reminded of a song from one of my favorite musicals – “Morning Glow” from the Broadway production Pippin. While the scenario for this song within the play may not be the greatest, I do feel the lyrics in and of themselves are appropriate for a celebration of Imbolc as they speak to us about the “winds of change”…

Why won’t my hands stop shaking
When all the earth is still
When ancient ghosts are waking
So many steps need taking
So many plans need making
I think I will
I think I will

Morning glow, morning glow
Starts to glimmer when you know
Winds of change are set to blow
And sweep this whole land through
Morning glow is long past due

Morning glow fill the earth
Come and shine for all you’re worth
We’ll be present at the birth
Of old faith looking new
Morning glow is long past due

Oh, morning glow, I’d like to help you grow
We should have started long ago

So, morning glow all day long
While we sing tomorrow’s song
Never knew we could be so strong
But now it’s very clear

Morning glow is almost here

Morning glow by your light
We can make the new day bright
And the phantoms of the night
Will fade into the past
Morning glow is here

At last!

The winds of change herald the dawning of a new day. Yes, there are many plans to be made, many steps to be taken. But Imbolc brings with it the promise of hope – the light has returned and we can indeed look forward to morning’s glow. We have survived, and now old faith can shine anew.

So dry your tears…wrap yourself in a warm blanket…face the wind…then light some candles and watch those phantoms of the night fade into the past.

And may morning glow bring you a most blessed Imbolc.

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