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Blessed Imbolc!

I've been on hiatus for a bit, between school and work and moving house. The end of the solar year is often a time for going in and reflecting for me, anyway, and this year the Universe made sure that I was going to focus on myself and my life for the time between the Fall Equinox and Imbolc. But today's Imbolc, and it's time to start turning outward again.
Imbolc, variously known as Brighid, Oilmec, Imbolg, or Candlemas, marks the beginning of the return of spring. (Hard to believe when so much of the US is covered in snow right now.) Sacred to the Goddess Brighid, patron of poetry, healing, and smithcraft, it is also a time to set goals and decide what we are going to birth and nurture in the coming year. I often set creative or scholarly goals, but the sky is the limit. Setting of goals in the February cold is lighting the proverbial candle in the darkness, as we move toward spring.
As you might guess, Imbolc is also an ideal time to do divination and get a read on what your coming year might hold. In that spirit, I offer the Open Readings Thread for Imbolc. If you'd like to know what is birthing into your life, or what you should focus your efforts on this coming year, comment below and I'll pull a card for you.

As always, the tip jar is out, and tips are appreciated but never required.



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Feb. 1st, 2011 11:21 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I really really really need to know what the hell the Universe is doing to me right now. :( Thank you.
Feb. 1st, 2011 11:33 pm (UTC)
For sure, sweetie. You want me to post it here, or send you a PM/email? (If email, let me know which address to use.)
Feb. 1st, 2011 11:35 pm (UTC)
Email. eicart at gmail. Thanks.
Feb. 2nd, 2011 03:22 am (UTC)
I would appreciate a card. :)
Feb. 2nd, 2011 04:40 am (UTC)
And response can be made where ever you think is appropriate. :)
Feb. 4th, 2011 11:44 pm (UTC)
Four of Cups, Reversed
Your card is the Four of Cups, Reversed. In this card, three cups sit on a table or bar, while a disembodied hands offers a fourth to a seated figure, who appears distracted. This card tells me that you should be focusing on your relationships that give you strength and which feed your soul, and not let yourself get distracted by what could be, what could have been, or what was. Figure out if there are relationships in your life that are a drain on you. Put a period on those which need to end. Forgive where you need to forgive, accept forgiveness where it is offered, and move forward.
Feb. 2nd, 2011 05:40 pm (UTC)
...possibly a day late for this, but I'd like a general direction for where to send my long running creative endeavour.
Feb. 4th, 2011 11:50 pm (UTC)
Four of Wands, Reversed
Your card is the Four of Wands, Reversed. In this card, two women dance under a canopy supported by four staves. This card tells me that it may be time to reconsider who you have brought into this endeavor with you. If you have a creative or business partner, you should evaluate that relationship to see if it is still mutually beneficial. If you have been going it alone, it may be time to consider partnering with someone that can help you go to the next step with the endeavor. This card also tells me that you should be sure to think carefully and rationally about this issue -- do not let your ego or pride get in the way of your success.
Feb. 2nd, 2011 07:04 pm (UTC)
Yes please! :) Knowing what to focus on would certainly help me to move along.
Feb. 4th, 2011 11:39 am (UTC)
And happy for you to post a response here, or send to me via LJ message.
Feb. 4th, 2011 11:54 pm (UTC)
Nine of Pentacles
Your card is the Nine of Pentacles. In this card, a woman stands with a hawk on her gauntleted hand, while nine disks bearing the pentacle are arranged in the background. This card tells me that this year is all about the practical aspects of your craft, whatever it happens to be. You are poised to be rewarded for your hard work, but now more than ever you must be willing to work to perfect your craft or skill. You are about to release it to the world (the hawk) but you must also continue to train it so it will bring you the best rewards. If you are considering starting a business, especially a creative one or one based on a skill you have been perfecting, this is an excellent time.
Feb. 9th, 2011 12:30 pm (UTC)
Re: Nine of Pentacles
Thank you so much for this. Every reading you give me chimes so much with what is happening in my life that it gives me shivers! Thank you again.
Althea Webb
Feb. 3rd, 2011 06:02 pm (UTC)
I could use a card, Susan! What should I focus on this year? You've got my email.

Feb. 3rd, 2011 09:21 pm (UTC)
I've certainly changed a lot since high school, when I would have considered this satanic. But now, ever since I saw your post, I've felt this pull to ask for a card to be drawn. So... me please? breathe.live.dance [at] gmail.com :)
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