With this I’m dusting out the old and bringing in the new. Clean the house and prepare my altar. I’m also searching out the Brigid doll. I know I’m suppose to make it of grain and such, but what can I do if I don’t have that? Plus, why not have a permanent doll… Like the one I made last year? I do wish to raise the custom of making one on each Lammas, or corn dolly as such. But as long as my life goes around none-cereal crops, I have mine out of beads.
It is also the time, when “the Moon and Sun walk together in the morning”, which – I just want to point it out for future – is the time, when by old traditions was the best time to make firewood. Because it is rather cold in this time of the year (-10 to -20*C), the juices are not running in the wood, making this the ideal time to get wood that isn’t prone for molding and would keep the yellow color better. Dries easier because it doesn’t have so many juices.
This is the holiday to make brooms. I know it is custom for others in Wicca to make the magical besoms during this holiday out of dried herbs and stuff like that. As much as I welcome adding some dried herbs in the punch, to me it is still product of branches. I would make it if it weren’t so cold lately. As it is, I’m not planning to take it up just yet. The traditional time ends before the juices start running. I do hope to make one though.
So yup, it will be busy holiday.
Oh. I got an interesting question from a beginner.
“Does your religious calendar works this way that you have a lot to do on Sabbaths and then for the rest of the time you live like everybody else?”
Well, I’m not sure about that “live like everybody else” part. I’ve noticed that those, who do follow some religion tend to live differently than those, who don’t. The way I see the circular year, is that the Sabbaths are the mark days, sort of like reminders what is important during that season.
For example the Imbolc itself – to me it a starting point of a sector of the year rather than one day that stands out. It is end for the last sector jobs, like Yule holidays and cleaning them out and renewing the house for the new year, but it is also the beginning of the next set of jobs that are best suited for this season. Things like besom making, bringing firewood out of the forest, starting seeds for the growing season, cleaning the mess of the last year, concentrating on keeping the family healthy during the sickness period, checking that I have enough supplies until next harvest. These aren’t jobs you do in one go, but need time. You just know that by they need to be done by the next holiday.
Same way, I wouldn’t start making besom in old Moon if Imbolc was fell in that Moon phase, but I would cut the branches for it in old Moon. Besides, if you follow the circular year, you would have made Brigid doll already in Lammas and now it is time you inserted it back in the ground (in areas where it is possible) or/and you make bed for it to rest so the . So you see? Things work in circles. Fertility goes throughout the Circle of the Year and you simply continue the last year’s rite.