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A Prayer for Summer Solstice

I greet this morning of sunshine with open eyes

I see the flowers that greet the sun

I hear the birds call to each other from tree to tree

I sense the trees greeting the sun with me

I ask that today bring gladness and gifts

This summer solstice

Warmth of sun

Clearness of air

Happiness of birds

Purity of flowers

Greeness of plants

Prisms in water

Clarity of sight

Patience of growth

Blessings of the long day

May the gifts of this day surround me and all I love

From morning’s first light

Through the shortness of night.


Doing this again this year

2016 Witches &a Witchcraft Reading Challenge
Welcome to join me. I’m going to have plenty of time in the next few months so I will be reading a lot.
Here’s the link to the sign up post:
Initiate: Read 1 – 5 Witchy Books
Maiden: Read 6 – 10 Witchy Books
Mother: Read 11 – 15 Witchy Books
Crone: Read 16 – 20 Witchy Books
I made Crone last year in a month.

Imbolc does not mean “in the belly!

The curse of Wikipedia strikes again. Now I’m seeing that Imbolc means “in the belly” all over the blogs for today’s holiday and I couldn’t figure out where the hell it was coming from until I looked in Wikipedia.

So I went to my handy Gaelic dictionaries. Number one the word Imbolc or any derivation there of does not appear in either Dwelly’s or MacClennan’s. Two very comprehensive Gaelic dictionaries which might explain why the holiday in Scotland is Fheill Bride not Imbolc.

The nearest words I could find were Im or Imb which are words for butter and the other words using those prefixes all have to do with milk or things done with milk. Normally you used to see that Imbolc had to do with ewe’s milk and that would make sense.

Bolg is a word for belly but if you use the logic of the two words together that would make the holiday butter belly and I sincerely doubt that.

So I looked at the alleged references used in Wikipedia. Most of them are New Age sources and not a Gaelic Dictionary in sight. Don’t you think if you are going to define a Celtic holiday with an allegedly Gaelic name you should at least consult a Gaelic dictionary?

So as I’m concerned Imbolc does not mean “in the belly” and how they got there mystifies me. It probably does have some thing to do with sheep and milk which makes a hell of a lot more sense.