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Patti Wigington

Imbolc Countdown: Farewell To Winter

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Get ready to say farewell to winter
Are you tired of winter weather yet?
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For our Northern Hemisphere readers, it's the middle of winter, and usually by this time it's getting a little tiresome. In the spirit of wishing spring was here, it's time for a ceremony to say goodbye to winter. This one is perfect for people with young children, or you can do it by yourself, if you don't mind the neighbors thinking you're a bit strange: Farewell to Winter Ritual
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January 22, 2011 at 8:00 am
(1) L. Starkey says:

If ever a winter called for a “Farewell to Winter Ritual”, this one is it! Thanks!

January 20, 2012 at 5:12 pm
(2) Lianne says:

I always feel strange about Imbolc. I think it’s because in Winnipeg it’s still getting colder right now. January and February are our coldest months. Not until March will it seem like things are heading towards spring. So I guess I’ve never really figured out how this holiday fits into my climate zone.

July 29, 2012 at 7:17 pm
(3) GG says:

Hi Patti, Question. If the shortest day of the year is June 22, then wouldn’t that day be the dead centre of winter?? Meaning the beginning and ending of winter would be 6 weeks either side. Spring would therefore begin about 5th August. Let me know what your feelings are towards this. Blessed Be. GG

July 30, 2012 at 11:51 am
(4) paganwiccan says:

GG (3): Not exactly. Technically, spring begins around the time of the Vernal Equinox, which is around the third week of September for our Southern Hemisphere readers. While June 21/22 is the shortest day of the year (Yule), it’s also the first official day of winter for folks below the equator.


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