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Happy Dog Year and Imbolc

Filed under: General — feyMorgaina @ 16:00


It’s been a busy few days. The sabbat Imbolc is upon us and I attended two Imbolc rituals last week (Thursday and Friday). Saturday I had the last little bit of my Reiki course and then had to rush off to my mother’s for Chinese New Year celebration. (For those who don’t know, Chinese New Year’s is the the second new moon after winter solstice.) Since I only had four hours of sleep on Friday night, I was quite exhausted by the time I got home Saturday night (midnight). Because of all the craziness the past weekend, I had Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday to work on my Reiki manuals. Yes, I will be teaching Reiki, but I have to get things organized first.

Imbolc (which is traditionally on February 2) falls around the same time as the beginning of spring as marked in the Chinese calendar. This year it is quite close. The beginning of spring in the Chinese calendar occurs when the sun is 315 degrees longitude (or 15 degrees in Aquarius for the astrologers out there). This year the sun reaches this point on February 3. This is also known as “Imbolc crossquarter” (according to Llewellyn’s Witches Datebook) and is thought by some to be the proper timing for Imbolc. This idea does have its merits.

If you study the Chinese lunisolar calendar and then correlate the sabbats with the seasonal markers on that calendar, you can see how evenly the sabbats are placed throughout the year. The Essence of the Chinese Calendar shows these seasonal markers. Looking at the table provided on the web page, we see “Start of Spring” at 315 degrees sun longitude. This would be the sabbat Imbolc. Move down to the vernal equinox at 0 degrees sun longitude and we have the sabbat Ostara. Keep moving down the table, looking for the “start of (season)” and the solstices and equinoxes until you reach the end of the year. Correlating the sabbats with the seasonal markers on the Chinese calendar, we have the following:

Imbolc – start of spring – 315 degrees (15 degrees Aquarius)
Ostara – vernal equinox – 0 degrees (sun enters Aries)
Beltane – start of summer – 45 degrees (15 degrees Taurus)
Midsummer – summer solstice – 90 degrees (sun enters Cancer)
Lughnasadh – start of autumn – 135 degrees (15 degrees Leo)
Harvestide – autumnal equinox – 180 degrees (sun enters Libra)
Samhain – start of winter – 225 degrees (15 degrees Scorpio)
Yule – winter solstice – 270 degrees (sun enters Capricorn)

You will notice that the sabbats are celebrated every 3 solar segments according to this calendar. This I find has a nice balance and makes it easier to understand the sabbats as seasonal events. The other great thing about correlating the sabbats to the Chinese calendar is that the calendar is still in use!

This year, the dates of the sabbats based on the above will be as follows:

Imbolc – February 3
Ostara – March 20
Beltane – May 5
Midsummer – June 21
Lughnasadh – August 7
Harvestide – September 23
Samhain – November 7
Yule – December 21

Well, there you have it – Imbolc really is the start of spring (at least in climates similar to China’s – and the climate there varies depending on your latitude) and it is celebrated when the sun reaches 15 degrees Aquarius.

Bright Imbolc Blessings,
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Street Running – January 27

Filed under: Cass' training blog - martial arts, weights, running — feyMorgaina @ 15:16


Finally had a chance to run last Friday. Since I had nearly two weeks off from running and not much do jang and gym time, it was rough trying to run again. I also felt a little bloated. I ended up getting a cramp by the time I finished running a half mile – that’s what I get for taking time off. I thought maybe the cramp would go away after I walked for a bit and then started my mile run. It only eased up a bit and after running another half mile, I cramped up again. This time it was much harder to recover from and I ended up walking almost the whole next half mile back. It took me nearly 5 minutes to recover from the cramp. By that time, I was almost home. I decided that I might as well run the rest of the way anyway.

My time for the first half mile was 4 minutes 55 seconds. The time for the second half mile was 4 minutes 39 seconds. At least I did run a total distance of one mile.

Tonight I’m hoping to make it into the do jang. I’ve been busy since last Wednesday and haven’t gone in yet. My Master is probably wondering what happened to me!

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