Happy Imbolc!

On this day, we honor the Goddess as Mother Earth and the Goddess as Brighid. February is perhaps the harshest month here; it is the month in which we experience the bitterest cold. Yet, today, I express gratitude for the lengthening of days and for the small stirrings of life in nature’s womb. Although the snowdrop is one of the quintessential symbols of this special time of year, here in Japan it is currently the plum blossoms I’ve been noticing around town which offer warm reassurance and the message that spring will soon enough be upon us.