Imbolc 2019—Sign, sign, everywhere a sign

Imbolc altar with Brigid crosses.
Imbolc altar with Brigid crosses.

Saying we (or all things) are connected has become a trite phrase, but it is a central philosophy of Black Bear Grove and, if I may generalize, of Pagans. We take note of signs we receive from our environment, like hearing a Barred Owl call when we invoke Athena during a daytime ritual or hearing a woodpecker when honoring the Nature Spirits. We believe there are Gods and other Kindred (Nature Spirits and Ancestors) who wish to communicate with us, or at least don’t mind us asking about them.

Our Imbolc omen with last year's omen.
Our Imbolc omen with last year’s omen.

Because of this, divination is an integral part of a Black Bear Grove ritual. So, after making our offerings at our Imbolc ritual we took an omen as we always do. Each person who invited a Kindred pulled a card. Our Seer for this ritual used the Wildwood Tarot. We received Page of Arrows/Wren from the Ancestors, Two of Stones/Challenge from the Nature Spirits, and Ten of Stones/Home from the Deities. One of our guests, who also came to Imbolc last year, reminded us that we pulled the Home card last year. They even pulled up a picture of it on their phone. This card was from the Deities and we took it to mean that our current spiritual path and practices are our communal home and our way home to them.

Making an offering to our Sacred Fire.
Making an offering to our Sacred Fire.

We have an egalitarian style of omen taking. Our seer makes their interpretation and then the rest of the Grove adds any thoughts they have. What did the other cards of our Imbolc omen mean? For that, you had to be there. Join us for our next high day ritual and learn what the Kindreds have to say to you.

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