This is one of Nature's very special holidays as we reach the halfway point between one season to the next. In the northern hemisphere, we are moving from winter into spring. The light is returning. The energies begin to move outward as the days become longer, the sun becomes stronger and the sleeping plants,insects and some of the animals begin to stir. We light our candles (hence the name Candlemas, also known as Imbolic), to celebrate the return of the light.
In the southern hemisphere, the opposite is true. The energies begin to move inward as we move from summer to fall. The light is retreating as the daylight shortens and the sun's rays grow softer in the sky. The plants, insects and animals are at the peak of their cycle, but soon they'll prepare for a season of rest.
In the year of 2020, this cycle is especially potent as we are moving through a Time/Space Portal known as the Aquarius Gate. Remember the song in the 60's by "The Fifth Dimension" called, "Aquarius; Let The Sunshine In"? Well folks, that's the Age we're moving into, the Age of Aquarius! We're leaving the Piscean Era behind, the era where we looked to others to find our truth. We looked to those in authority (the teachers, ministers, doctors, politicians and gurus to name a few), who would tell us how to think and act. That has been the Piscean dynamic which has been in play on this planet for a very long time and served our lessons well. All of that is changing. The Aquarian Era will be one of autonomy, an era where we look to ourselves to find our own special brand of truth. In this way, we become our own teachers, ministers and gurus, and though we may still find guidance through them, we ultimately listen to the voice within to know what is true for us.
The Aquarius Gate opened at New Moon on January 24th, and the energies become fully activated on this cross-quarter day of Candlemas, February 2. The gate empowers us to move forward into 2020 with confidence in our own knowing and follow our truth, no matter how it looks to the outside world. In the midst of the chaos, the light is indeed returning, and it's a good time to open our hearts, be kind to one another and light the candles to celebrate!
Hi, I am Marianne and a lover of all things Nature! I love my gardens and I know you have that love of nature in you too!