This last weekend I succumbed to the stomach flu my daughter had had the week before. As I was taking a salt bath this evening, under a bright full moon in Leo, I heard the voice of my inner wisdom quiet yet urgent in desire for my attention.
“When the storm is strong, even the strongest of trees lose limbs, even as the great pine did on your lane just weeks ago. The branches that are cracked and spent give way in the wind, yet the trunk remains rooted and most of the branches do more than survive. They are cleansed.
“So it is with many things in life. The turmoil comes and the limbs are tested. Some fall away while others remain and become even stronger for the testing. Over time, new growth may rise in the gap created by what fell away.”
As I received this message down into my body, I thought of how my business has evolved over the years (the many years now), with branches falling away sometimes because of storms, for others because their time was complete. And how over time many new sprouts have emerged and grown into new branches, while other never grew to fruition.
Now as my relationship with my husband transitions, one limb that was strong falls away but the trunk, the roots, and many of the branches remain. And in the gap where the old falls away, come springtime, and the right conditions, new life will emerge.
This is the blessing Imbloc brought me this year, in the clarity after the storm of the illness.
I share my story with you today with a wish and blessing that you let go of that which is cracked and spent while you cherish the trunk, the roots, and the branches that remain.
Imbolc, the Gaelic festival of the beginning of springtime, urges us to also have faith in the sprouting of new buds that may not yet be visible to your eye – but if you pay attention – you can feel with your heart.
May you feel the sprout stirring within you as you plant the seed for what you wish for this year.
I would love to hear what is stirring for you and what you are planting seeds for.
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