In the Southern Hemisphere it is the season of the waxing dark, post-Summer Solstice, and in the Northern Hemisphere it is the season of the waxing light, post-Winter Solstice. At this place and time in Earth’s annual orbit – our everyday sacred journey – Earth makes the post-Solstice transition, crossing the midpoint (the “cross-quarter”) between Solstice and Equinox on February 3rd at 15:27 “Universal Time” (as it is named). All planetary times for this Moment may be found at archaeoastronomy.com. Old European traditions often name these Moments as Lammas and Imbolc respectively, though those names could be varied to Late Summer perhaps, and Early Spring perhaps. Many around the globe will celebrate Lammas/Imbolc on the traditional date of 1st/2nd February, and some on the actual Moment, and some at a time when the season feels right, and some when it can be fitted into tick-tock time. And there are other cultural variations of celebrating this transition of our Planet’s orbit around Sun, and the Poetry we humans create with it, conversing with Her Creativity.
In the oldest Earth-based traditions of Europe, Lammas has been a celebration of the Old One, the Crone face of Goddess, when the Summer party is over, Sun has peaked in this region of our Planet, and She becomes the reaper. … Whereas Imbolc/Early Spring, polar opposite across the globe at the same time, may be a time of dedication to small self, … It is traditionally celebrated as a special feast of Great Goddess Brigid of the Celtic peoples, who … is the Flame of Being. Imbolc/Early Spring is a celebration of the new Young One, the Promise of Life. …
For some Lammas Poetry: PaGaian Lammas 2010 on YouTube
Lammas and Imbolc meditations are available individually at PaGaian Cosmology Meditations CDs
For More on Lammas/Imbolc @ EarthGaia – story, links and resources: PaGaian Cosmology