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Imbolc and it’s Hidden Meaning

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The Celtic feast of Imbolc just went by. It is the start of the Spring in the old Celtic calendar. The meaning of Imbolc derives from an old Irish word meaning “in the belly”, referring to sheep being pregnant. It was connected with the budding of new life. The new life although hidden, gives rise to hope because spring will soon arrive.

Hiding and hidden things are underestimated. We are hidden in our mother’s womb. Then, we grow and ready ourselves for our first appearance in this beautiful world. Hiding done appropriately is the internal faithful promise for a good future emergence. As foetuses, as children or even as evolving adults in retreat from the names that have caught and imprisoned us, often in ways where we have been very easily seen and too easily named.

We live in a time of the dissected soul and the immediate disclosure. Our thoughts, imaginations and longings exposed to the light too much, too early and too often. Our finest qualities squeezed quite soon into a world already overflowing with very easily articulated ideas that oppress our sense of self and our sense of others around us.

The real is almost always to begin with – hidden. And it does not want to be understood by the part of our mind that erroneously thinks it knows what is happening. Hiding is a great bid for independence, from others and also from mistaken ideas that we have about ourselves. Hiding leaves life to itself; to become more of itself. Hiding is the essential independence required for our emergence into the light of a good human future.