Monday, February 29, 2016

The Cleansing Powers of Selenite

Selenite's astrological association is Taurus.

Alternate names are; Maria Glass, Satin Spar, Desert Rose and Sericolite.

The name Selenite comes from the Greek word Selene, meaning Moon. A polished up piece of Selenite can shone like the Moon with opalescence.

Selenite vibrates the number 8

Selenite is primarily associated with the Crown and Third Eye Chakras. It is also related to the Sacral Chakra.

Selenite provides for clarity of mind, expanding one's awareness of self and one surroundings. It can be used when trying to connect with past lives as well as future lives. Meditate with this crystal, and induce visions by rubbing the crystalline with a finger or thumb. Future lives are the ones on the course for your life as you were living it now.

It can also assist one in issues of judgement and can provide the required insight to promote justice during adjudication of disputes. It allows one to see the inner workings of any situation and understand the superficial and the deeper meanings.

As a wand it can be used to remove energy blockages, and help to restore a smooth flow of energy.

Selenite will also cleanse the energy from crystals around it.

Selenite is one of my favorite crystals, if you are fond of using wands in your energy work this is one of the only crystals that naturally forms in a wand shape. I also like to use it in Chakra work; blocked Chakras, slowly spinning Chakras or Kundalini meditations.

Love is in the Earth By Melody

Friday, February 26, 2016

Follow Your Own Path

I just wanted to post a little update, but also apologize at the same time. This past week has been just crazy for both Annastacia and myself. So first I wanted to say that I am so very grateful to have such a great partner, that she would still post on the blog while I was out of commission, even when she wasn't feeling well herself. You totally rock Annastacia!  

Getting that out of the way, I feel as though we should kind of give a little background as to what exactly we both practice. But before I do, just let me say that there is absolutely no set way or specific rules that you should follow. Neither Annastacia, nor myself follow one specific path. We both consider ourselves Pagan, and we both consider ourselves Witches. I did post the Wiccan Rede on here previously. I did so, not because it is exactly what we follow or what we believe others should follow, but because it is a form of Paganism and we want to make sure you all are getting as much info as possible. In the months, and hopefully years to come it is our hope to give you all as much information as possible. If you all decide to follow certain deities or a set of rules, whatever, That's GREAT! Do whatever works and feels best for you.

Our hope is that for those of you who are reading, you will have what you need to at least get you started in a direction. But don't follow blindly. Even in the Pagan community you will come across a high-priest or priestess, or someone in a form of authority that feels it's either their way or no way. I'm sorry, but that doesn't work for me. And if it doesn't work for you, then let them know. Just be sure to do it in a loving, non judgmental manner. After all, you will most likely see these people in the future if they are a part of your community. Try not to burn any bridges if you can help it.

All in all, what we are ultimately trying to accomplish is a sense of community. There are so many of us out there who would love to have a place to go, or a group to get involved in. We are starting to do that now. NO, we are not starting a coven, and no there are no "requirements". We just want people to be able to come together and be able to talk about and discuss what it's like to be Pagan. Reach out to your Pagan neighbors. Maybe do study group or book club. The world is at our fingertips!

If you are in the Carson Valley or surrounding areas and you would like to get together, please let us know. You can email us at
We are hoping to get something going very soon. And if you are not in the area, but would love to continue to get updates, please follow our blog and be sure to share it with those who you think would enjoy it!
And remember, What works for one, might not work for another. Follow your own path, listen to your inner voice, and BE that person you know deep inside that you truly are!

Blessed Be! )O(

Monday, February 22, 2016

Full Moon Magick; Seeking Your Purpose Spell

Greetings on this Magickal Full Moon! According to the farmers almanac the moon is full today at 1:20 pm. February moon is the Snow moon and the moon is in the sign of Virgo. The way that I was taught, by some crazy Witches in California, is that Full Moon Magick is doable 3 days before it's peak and 3 days after. 
So here is a handy dandy full moon spell that is still usable for the next three days.

Seeking Your Purpose

Necessary Enchantments & Magickal Tools
  • a small clear quartz & a small piece of amethyst 
  • a drawstring bag or something that holds them together (a piece of cloth, tape in a pinch)
A purple candle in front of you.

All spells should begin with casting a circle, which is your shield of protection. 

Direction to face
This spell is most effective if you are facing east.

Moon Phase
This spell will work best if caste during the full or waxing phase of the Moon because we are hoping to increase good possibilities just as the moon is increasing as it waxes to full. 

Day of the week
The most favorable days of the week to cast this spell would be on Sunday, Monday, or Thursday

Optional Magickal Enhancements
The following items will add a deeper dimension to your spell and help you to focus yourself more fully, but they are not necessary and the spell can be cast even if you do not have these items available.

Incense that will enhance this spell would be frankincense, sweet grass, or sage. 

If you like music and will not find it distracting, you might want to play something instrumental that is meditative and peaceful. 

Before you start your spell
Make sure you have no distractions.
Turn off phones if possible.
Play your music.
Keep the lights dim.
Wash your hands or shower before you begin.
Light your incense.
Gather everything you need.
Draw your formation.
Ask your higher power to allow the information to flow through you.

Affirmation to be read within your formation before you begin your spell.

In the luminous rays of the Moon, I ask with somewhat a sense of frustration: Why am I here? What is my purpose? Do I have a special place or goal I should be pursuing?
Am I being anxious, for I have not yet found this special accomplishment I am to bring into being? Am I pressing something that is not yet to be revealed to me? Do I feel, as the years march on, that the time is now because I say it is now? I don't know. Tell me, help me, and bring me clarity.
Perhaps I am already doing what I am meant to do. Perhaps my vanity thinks I should be contributing on a much higher level. Everyone has his or her purpose. I look at nature. The ants have their place and so do the eagles.
Will I change the world?Am I meant to be a support person for someone else? Am I helping the planet every time I give a warm smile and a nod to a stranger? Must everything be so grand, as for all people to see our good deeds and acknowledge them? Maybe I already am fulfilling my purpose and am not aware of it. Bring me guidance through the wisdom of the all-knowing beings and energies that are enlightened. Make me aware if I have already reached my goal or if I am about to enter onto a path that leads toward it.
My age and desire have nothing to do with it. It is my higher power that knows the way.
I will be patient. In my patience I will learn what my true purpose is. I let go of the desire to know and accept that things will evolve according to the universal plan. I am here. I am ready.

How to perform the spell
Take your gemstones and place them in your bag or cloth. While holding them recite:

These stones I hold are conductors too,
With answers and visions that will come through.
In my dreams, I will see whats real,
My destiny to be revealed.

Conclude with any statement that signifies closure of the ceremony in your mind such as "And so it it," "Blessed Be," or "Amen." Now extinguish your candles and release your formation.
Sleep with the bag of stones under your pillow or next to your bed.
Pay attention to your dreams for the next three nights. Look for the symbols within your dreams. The answers are there for you. 

Moon Spells
By: Diane Ahlquist

If you have an questions about any part of the spell send us a message. We would love any feed back.


Thursday, February 18, 2016

Snow Magick

For many of you, Spring is fast approaching and the greenery is on the rise. Beautiful spring flowers are blooming. The birds are chirping. Nature is full of life and rebirth. However, if you are like us and live in the Carson Valley, you just got a sh#! ton of snow! This is not a bad thing in the slightest, as it gives us yet another chance to do some Snow Magick!
Now is the perfect time to take advantage of snow's natural properties, and try to work those energies into your magickal endeavors. Personally, when I look at snow I think of white, purity, and cleansing; but also nourishment as it will soon melt and water the Earth.
When it snows it is a great time to do some magick!
As a parent I always try to make sure that I get my kids involved as much as possible. This isn't as difficult as some might think, as I believe kids can be more perceptive to magick than adults can at times.
Today, I feel as though the snow couldn't have come at a better time, as one of my girls had a nightmare last night, and my son has been having difficulty sleeping. So...We decided to make snowballs. Not just any snowballs, but snowballs full of our magickal intent. My 6 year old, Abby; who had the nightmare had thought about her bad dream while making her snowball. All of the negative feelings and thoughts she had got put into the snowball. 

The same goes for my son Alex, who is 9. He thought about how he hasn't been able to sleep well, all the things that have been keeping him up, those thoughts that seem to race only when you are lying in bed. He balled up all of those feelings and thoughts as well.

 Once they did that, we throw the balls as far as we can, releasing all of the negative energy with it.
This can also be used in trying to break bad habits, and getting rid of any negative energy in general. And of course once we were finished with that a snowball fight had to ensue. It wouldn't be a snow day without one.

Another great way to incorporate snow into your magick is by building a snowman, but not just any snowman. Turn your snowman into a magickal poppet. Build him or her near the entryway of your home or property. They will be the guardian of your home and any family or friends that might come over. To enhance your magickal intent, you can add any stones, herbs, or even attire that you feel will increase your guardians capabilities. 

Gems have different energies and meanings, and snow quartz is no exception. They are often associated with fulfillment of hopes and dreams. Why not use actual snow instead of crystals in your workings related to wishes and dreams?
Another way you can do a bit of snow magick is if you have someone bothering you, who won't leave you alone. A bully of sorts. (I absolutely despise bullies) Try writing their name on a piece of paper, fold it up and pack a snowball around it. Put that snowball in a ziploc bag in the freezer and leave it there until that person "Chills out" so to say.

If for any reason you are in no need to do any sort of spell work or magick, its always nice to just go for a beautiful snowy walk. Go out into woods and just walk through the snow. Enjoy the magick of the snow falling around you. Enjoy the silence. It has been said that those who go out on walks on snowy days get messages from the Divine. I would assume this is due to the fact that you are more likely to hear the gods when it's quiet, and you are away from the busy hustle and bustle of our everyday lives.

If you are like me, and love candles you could try making your own snow or ice candles. I have yet to do this, but really want to. has an excellent article on this! They gear it more toward Imbolc, which is the day of candles and light, but I'm sure you could incorporate these at any time. What's great about them is you are able to put into them whatever magickal intent you want, while incorporating scents, colors, and even the shape you would like.

Now that you have a few ways to incorporate your magickal workings into snow, get out there and make some Magick! Also, if any of you out there have any snow magick of your own that you would like to share, please comment below. We would love to hear from you!

May your light shine so brightly upon others that they too want to be a beacon unto the world!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Gem of the Week-Diopside


The word Diopside originated from the Greek words dis, meaning "twice", and opse, meaning "face" in reference to the two ways of orienting the vertical prism.

Diopside occurs in white to light green, darker green, gray or greenish black, reddish brown and yellow-brown. The energy of this mineral depends upon the hue.

Black Diopside is used to establish a connection and grounding with the earth, while
Green Diopside is used for balancing and healing. It energizes the third eye, heart and sacral chakra.
Green diopside promotes emotional well being and the wherewithal to love oneself and others.

Green Diopside:
Expands love on every level
Opens the mind to learning new concepts
Assists in exploration of connections between humanity and nature.

Healing properties of Diopside
Diopside is used by healers to assist in regeneration after a surgery or physical trauma. Women experiencing menopause find it helpful in calming the emotions and physical changes. It is used as an aid in healing after heart attack or other heart troubles. It has been used for regeneration to heal the lungs from damage caused by smoking.

Considered to be a stone of service, Green Diopside increases compassion, opening your heart to the suffering of others and encouraging you to be of service to the planet through a profound sense of connection with the Earth. By teaching humility and assisting in honoring what you really feel, spiritually this stone supports in following your intuition and enhances your ability to sense.

Diopside is a useful healer for psychological conditions. It teaches the value of trust and forgiveness while assisting in reconciling with anyone or anything that has hurt you in the past. It gives you that initial "push" you need in the right direction. Diopside also helps you to become aware of the gifts you have.

On a mental level (haha) Diopside is helpful for creative pursuits or academic study as it has been known to stimulate intellectual faculties and the art of analysis. It has also been known to help support the study of mathematics.

On an emotional level Diopside is especially beneficial to those who have a hard time showing their grief. It helps promote the process of letting go. If you feel overwhelmed or overburdened by the problems of life it will help you to live life with joy and appreciation.

On a physical level Green Diopside will enhance recovery from surgery, severe illness, or trauma.

All in all this is an extremely well rounded stone. I personally have a large raw piece that I keep where my children do their homework. I find it particularly helpful.

Thank you all so much for reading.
May your light shine so brightly upon others that they too want to be a beacon unto the world!

Friday, February 12, 2016

Ostara Flowers

Ostara Flowers

As promised, here is a list of some flowers that should be in bloom come Ostara depending on where you live and the climate in your area.
Apple Blossoms-White to pink. Used for healing. They correspond to the element of Water. Sacred to the Goddess; used by the Bandraoi or woman-druids.
Carnation-White to red. Carnations are also exceptional for dyeing. Cut white carnations on long stems, put them in water with some food coloring, and the tint will show up in the petal veins; so they can be any color. They convey strength, protection, and healing. These are masculine, Fire flowers.
Cherry Blossoms-White to pink. Use for love or divination. They correspond to the element of Water. They symbolize feminine energy and the beauty of ephemeral things.
Clover-White to dark pink, also yellow. Correspondences include good luck, love, protection, and success. Clover relates to the element of Air and masculine energy.
Crocus-White to purple, also yellow. Saffron from crocus is an ideal spice for Ostara.
Daffodils-White to yellow. Daffodils apply to fertility and good luck. The narcissus type is associated with self-love. They have masculine energy and a Water correspondence.
Dogwood-White to deep pink. A symbol of sacrifice, also associated with dogs. Good for wish magick.
Eastern Redbud-Pink. The small tree bears masses of tiny flowers and heart shaped leaves. The flowers represent the blood of betrayal, and the leaves a forgiving heart. Excellent for working through shame or guilt.
Forsythia-Yellow. The shrub bears long thin branches festooned with yellow flowers, which may be cut to make wreaths. It symbolizes anticipation.
Hyacinth-Many colors. A symbol of homosexual love in Greek tradition, also associated with happiness.
Iris-All colors. Good for purification and wisdom. Corresponds to Water and feminine energy. Sacred to Iris, the Greek goddess of rainbows.
Lilacs-White to purple, also pale yellow. Useful for protection. Corresponds to Water and feminine energy. (Great plant to have near any entryway of your home.)
Lily of the Valley-White. Sacred to the Goddess, and a symbol of motherhood.
Pansies-All colors. They represent thoughtfulness and love. Feminine energy.
Peonies-White to deep pink. They stand for prosperity, honor, romance, good fortune, and beauty.
Pussy Willow-Silver to pale yellow. Small fuzzy buds open into fluffy flowers. The stems are usually cut at the bud stage and put in a vase for display. They represent feline magick as well as spring, and willows connect to Water.
Tulips-Many colors. They manifest prosperity. They relate to the element of Earth and feminine energy.
Violas-Many colors; the famous Johnny jump-ups are purple-and-yellow. Ironically they correspond both to sex and love (flowers), and to modesty (leaves)! They relate to feminine energy and the Triple Goddess.
Violets-White to purple, also yellow. They bring good luck, healing, love, peace, protection, and wishes. They represent Water and feminine energy.
Witch Hazel-Yellow or red. Threadlike flowers appear on bare branches in earliest spring. Associated with witches, with a strong magickal connotation.

*Flower information was found in the Llewellyn's 2016 Sabbats Almanac.

I do hope that this small list will help you in making your flower baskets, or whatever other Ostara or Spring craft you are planning this year.

Blessed Be! )O(


Thursday, February 11, 2016

Cleansing a Space

A very common question is "What are the basics for cleansing a space?" 

This is how I cleanse a space to get rid of negative energy as well as lingering energy, memory energy or static energy and making a space very neutral and ready for whatever sacred space you want to make it.  

First I start with a Sage Smudge. There are many different Sages out there, I prefer White Sage. You can also use a rope of Sweetgrass or a specially blended cleansing incense. 

Before you light your Sage go through your entire house or building and open all the doors. Interior and exterior. Open all cupboards and closets and windows also. Basically if it opens, open it.  

Stand at your front door. Now light your Sage and make sure you have quite a simmer before blowing it out.

Keep a bowl, shell, cauldron or any container underneath it to catch any ash and to assist at relighting if you need to. 

Now starting at your front door work your way deosil (Sunwise or clockwise) around the interior. Walk through each room letting the smoke fill every corner, linger for a moment in windows and doorways, cabinets and cupboards to ensure complete saturation. Make sure you smudge every room, then end at the front door where you started. 

While you are doing this you can say a chant. Something like...

Smoke of Air
And Fire and Earth,
Cleanse and Bless
This Home and Hearth.
Drive away
All harm and fear;
Only Good 
May enter here.

When you are done Thank the Universe, Goddess, God, whoever you work with and Blessed Be!

Keep your windows open for a bit longer so you don't set off your smoke alarms and enjoy your clean sacred space!!



Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Preparing for Ostara, a bit of background

Preparing for Ostara

This year Ostara falls on March 19th. I wanted to make sure and give you the date, because if any of you are like me, you have a horrible memory and forget things. 
Now that that is out of the way...Lets start preparing. Between now and Ostara our hope is to get the most information, traditions, craft, ritual, recipe, and altar ideas that we can. But, before we get into all of that lets first give you some background on the Sabbat itself.
Ostara marks the beginning of Spring! After the long winter, plants are beginning to emerge and grow portraying a beautiful array of colors, fragrances, and the prospect of new beginnings and rebirth. Fertility is all around us. All the new little critters are peeking their heads out to explore their new world. One of the most prominent creatures that stands as a symbol of this beautiful turning point is the Rabbit.
The rabbit has been perceived as a symbol of spring and fertility so much to the point that it has been embodied into the mainstream holidays of this day and age...hence the Easter Bunny. Yes, it is true that this Christian holiday actually did get its roots from a pagan belief system. *Stone me for saying so if you want to.
Rabbits are closely tied to the Germanic goddess Eostre. Her festival just so happens to coincide with the Spring Equinox and so the tale goes, a hare was among her followers. The hare wanted to give the goddess a gift to show his appreciation and devotion. He settled upon giving Eostre an egg which he had come into possession of. As the egg held great value, in that it was not the normal diet for hares; which usually consisted of whatever vegetation they could come across. But, in needing to make his gift of the egg a special one, he painted and decorated the egg until it was a beautiful masterpiece. According to the tale, the gift was so well received that both the eggs and legendary rabbits that deliver them at her festival time each year now bear her namesake as Eostre eggs and Eostre bunnies or rabbits. And what became a pattern for many of our Sabbats, Christianity began to integrate Pagan practices and celebrations into its own religious traditions. Nowadays both rabbits and eggs are a huge part of this now commercial holiday that is known to most as Easter.

I thought that this tale would be most beneficial to those who were always going around wondering "why?" "Why is there a tradition of the Easter Bunny? Rabbits don't lay eggs!" 
Now lets dip a little bit into the rest of the traditions, particularly the so called "Easter Basket". I'm going to break it down for you...
As Spring begins to blossom and all the beautiful flowers and foliage begin to come to life it is a time to celebrate. What better way than to celebrate fertility and feminine energy in general, which flowers tend to be associated with. Spring flowers often are correlated with Water, the element of intuition and cycles. ( Cycles, menstruation, fertility...makes sense right?)
Okay, back on track. With all of the flowers blooming (typically fruit trees) most of us tend to have ceremonies and practices that will coincide with what we have on hand. And each flower represents different elements, and portrays different properties, and so are chosen that way depending on what exactly you want to incorporate into your ceremony, altar, and magick. (I will post a list of some flowers and their meanings later on)
That being said, Flower Baskets appear not only in Ostara, but Beltane celebrations as well, as flowers continue to bloom throughout the season. The Ostara Baskets are customarily lined with tissue, grass, or moss, then filled with eggs or candies. Baskets, like other hollow objects, represent feminine power; which is especially true when filled with eggs or flowers that are symbols of fertility. Often, Goddess icons are seen holding baskets of flowers for this reason. 
Today, as a result of these old traditions, we are able to find Ostara baskets or "Easter Baskets" everywhere. But for those of us who know the stories and traditions, and why we celebrate and give thanks, we like to make our own. Be it just flower baskets, with beautifully painted eggs, rabbits, or anything that represents the Spring Equinox. They make a wonderful addition to any home, altar, or sacred space. 
I do hope this helps everyone with a bit of a backstory of this wonderful Sabbat.
There will be more to come in the form of crafts, recipes, moon phases, spring cleaning, and how to incorporate these things into family life with your children. After all, what good is the knowledge if we are unable to pass it on to future generations. 

May your light shine so brightly upon others that they too want to be a beacon unto the world!

Monday, February 8, 2016

New Moon in Aquarius - February 8, 2016

This is a fresh invigorating New Moon, with the sun and moon in exciting Aquarius in a bracing square to Mars.You're ready to get things moving,even if it means stepping on a few toes along the way! At the Capricorn New Moon, you made your resolutions for the new year; at the Aquarius New Moon, expand your vision to include your long-term goals and the legacy you hope to leave to the future. Sometimes we need to unite with other like-minded people to achieve the greatest possible good, and this is the New Moon to call those people to you. And since Aquarius is the sign of friendship,it would be nice to include wishes for your friends in your New Moon observances.

- Llewellyn's 2016 Sabbat Almanac

Polychrome Jasper

Happy Monday!! The White Raven Girls have decided to do crystal of the week!

Polychrome Jasper is also known as Desert Jasper and Royal Savannah Jasper. It is a type of chalcedony that is found in the deserts of Madagascar. The miners accidentally found it when they were trying to find Ocean Jasper, which I have read is all mined out so if you have some hold on to it tightly.

The Zodiac sign associated with Polychrome Jasper is Leo and its associated chakra is the solar plexus. It is used for stability, balance and grounding. Jasper in general can be used to promote protection and Magick.

If you are in the Carson Valley stop by Crimson Moon in the Carson Mall for a beautiful selection of Polychrome Jasper. I hope you have found this informative and that you have a fabulous week!!



Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The Wiccan Rede

Though many of you reading may not necessarily follow a set path or even know exactly what it means to be a Pagan or a Witch, you need fear not. It is our hope that we might be able to provide you with a better understanding. Don't get me wrong; we are in no way claiming to have all the answers, nor do we always go by what or how things have been written by others in the past,but we are the type of people that if you do have questions we are here to hopefully help. The most helpful thing that I can tell you is to go with what feels right to you. What works for one person may not work for the next. And this might also be the case from one instance to the next. So...This is just the beginning of the plethora of knowledge (tee hee) that AnnaStacia and I have between the both of us.

The Wiccan Rede
Bide the Wiccan laws ye must in perfect love and perfect trust.
Live and let live-fairly take and fairly give.
Cast the circle thrice about to keep all evil spirits out.
To bind the spell every time, let the spell be spake in rhyme.
Soft of eye and light of touch-speak little, listen much.
Deosil go by the waxing moon-sing and dance the Wiccan rune.
Widdershins go when the moon doth wane, and the werewolf howls by the dread wolfsbane.
When the Lady's Moon is new, kiss the hand to her times two.
When the moon rides at her peak, then your hearts desire seek.
Head the Northwinds mighty gale-lock the door and drop the sail.
When the wind comes from the South, love will kiss thee on the mouth.
When the wind blows from the East, expect the new and set the feast.
When the the West wind blows o'er thee, departed spirits restless be.
Nine woods in the cauldron go-burn them quick and burn them slow.
Elder be ye lady's tree-burn it not or cursed ye'll be.
When the wheel begins to turn-let the Beltane fires burn.
When the Wheel has turned to Yule, light the log and let Pan rule.
Heed ye flower, bush and tree-by the Lady blessed be.
Where the rippling waters go, cast a stone and truth ye'll know.
When ye have need, hearken not to others' greed.
With the fool no season spend or be counted as his friend.
Merry meet an merry part-bright the cheeks and warm the heart.
Mind the Threefold Law ye should-three times bad anbd three times good.
When misfortune is enow, wear the blue star on the brown.
True in love ever be unless thy lovers fals to thee.
Eight words in the Wiccan Rede fulfill-An it harm none, do what ye will.

What this basically comes down to is pretty simple. Don't hurt other people! Physcially, spiritually, or emotionally, because if you do then the law of 3 will come back around to you. That, and Karma is a Bi$#@!

If this was helpful, please let us know! This is a new venture for us and we would love your feedback!
May your light shine so brightly upon others that they too want to be a beacon unto the world!


Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The Light of Imbolc

Imbolc is known by many names, Brigid's Day, Ladies Day, Oimelc, Candlemas and Groundhog Day. It traditionally begins on the evening of February 1st and continues through February 2nd, falling half way between Winter solstice and Summer solstice in the wheel of the year.

The word i mbolc is Old Irish and translates to "In the belly" and refers to the pregnancy of ewe's. Even here in the Carson Valley you can see signs of spring nearing, if you were to drive down Highway 395 in Minden right now you will see hundreds of cows and their newly born calves. Birthing day was just a few days ago where you can see a row of photographers capturing the beauty of nature, life, and the coming of spring. 

Another possible translation is imb-fholc which is Old Irish for "to wash/cleanse oneself" . The days are slowly becoming longer and on a rare Northern Nevada day a bit brighter and warmer. Spring cleaning is not too far away. Wash away the ashes from the hearth and the dust from our houses after staying in and keeping warm all winter.

Today is truly a hearth and home celebration. Many Pagans feast today and light candles and bonfires. Fire and purification are very important ceremonies, they signify the returning of the sun's warmth and light through out Spring.

In our modern times it's not as dire to recognize the seasons for our crops and animals but I think it's still important to have a connection with our earth. More then just noticing what the date is, but participating in her cycle of life and death. If you have a minute today, step outside. Breath in the frigid air and really feel it fill your lungs. What does it smell like? Can you sense the tiniest hint of Spring? Take a walk, do you see any other signs of Winter's thaw? Greener grass, active wildlife, icicles melting. The Earth is waking up.

We wish you all a Blessed Imbolc and a sweet prosperous Spring.