Today is a special day – called variously Candlemas, Imbolc, Brigid, it is a “cross quarter day” in the solar calendar – half way between the Winter Solstice and the Vernal Equinox. The cross quarter days are magical, they are the liminal days, the days when the energy goes through a subtle but profound shift. This day is the day of the spark of Spring, although we are still in the dark. Today is the day of the swelling bud. It’s the day when the spark of inspiration is struck. It is a tender day, and you may be feeling tender.
Our sacred menopausal journey holds many such moments of tenderness and the pains of the early stages of transformation. Take some time today for ceremony – honour the tenderness of your transformation. Light candles, bring a branch inside for forcing. Spend time alone. Be very, very gentle with yourself.
“Of course it hurts when buds burst. Otherwise why would spring hesitate? Why would all our fervent longing be bound in the frozen bitter haze? The bud was the casing all winter. What is this new thing, which consumes and bursts? Of course it hurts when buds burst, pain for that which grows and for that which envelops.” ~Karin Boye