Imbolc, February 1, 2012, Ukiah, CA
Performance and Photographs

The ancient Druid holiday Imbolc falls around February 2nd each year. It is the feast of the Gaelic Goddess Brigid, the Celtic triple fire goddess of healing, poetry, and smithcraft. Imbolc is celebrated as the half-way point between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox- it is the return of the Light. It is when the seeds begin to awaken under the earth, things are beginning, being initiated, awoken out of winter's slumber. This time of year is deep in lambing season, and all of the ewes are with milk.

I love this holy day, and this year I did an art ritual in the woods of Ukiah, CA. Following tradition, I offered milk to the earth. I 'planted' seeds, the intentions I would like to see take root and grow this year, in the form of mustard seeds (faith). I also did a ritual depicting the alchemy of linear time-oriented awareness into pure presence (light). At a mossy bank of rocks I installed several delicate paper cut outs of English Clocks from a vintage book. Then next to each one I placed a white candle with a red ribbon tied around it. Red and White are the colors of Imbolc and of Brigid. I lit each of the 13 candles from one to another. I then burned each paper clock in its respective candle. I placed the charred paper on the earth, where it merged with the leafy ground, visually becoming one. What was left were candles, dripped wax, and mossy stones. This was a meditation on my own and the collective's relationship to time.

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