Vestiges of Spring


As the days slowly move into longer hours of sunlight and the sun blesses us with her warmth and presence, we at Rue and Rose are excited for this change in season.

Mother Earth and nature have so many lessons for us, one being the seasons, and how a slow awakening begins when the weather gains a hint of warmth.

The ancients would celebrate these small moments on the calendar as their lively hood depended upon the blessings that Mother bestowed. Our fore fathers and mothers celebrated what is called Imbolc or Imbolg (pronounced i-MOLG), also called (Saint) Brigid's Day (Irish: Lá Fhéile Bríde, Scottish Gaelic: Là Fhèill Brìghde, Manx: Laa'l Breeshey), is a Gaelic festival marking the beginning of spring. Most commonly it is held on 1 February, or about halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox and it was a time of celebration and excitement as their herds of sheep began to birth new lambs, and the herd grew and the farmers prospered. It was a time when the sun stayed in the sky a little bit longer and temperatures began to hint of the end of winter.

In our fast paced and technological society we have a tendency to get caught up in the activities of living and forget that even our bodies and minds operate on the cycle of seasons. And we wonder why we are so worn out and fried most of the time. We wanted to take a moment to remind you that as the garden is slowly awakening, and small promises of new life are appearing, take time to care for yourself. When we rush into a new project or adventure and do not heed the call of nature and her cycles of life, we can wear ourselves out, burn our candle on both ends and fall into the cycle of discouragement. Take time to spend out in the warmer weather, gather with friends or loved ones and celebrate Imbolc, with a lovely meal and great wine.

Farmers all over our lovely country are preparing their fields, tilling and turning the soil for the first sowing of seed. We too can use this beautiful example of gathering our energies, creative ideas and tilling the soil of our hearts for sowing seeds that will bear fruit. February is also synonymous with love and St. Valentine’s Day begins the stir the heart with longing for love and romance. Be sure to pamper yourself, as caring for our own hearts and souls are important in this slower cycle of life. Immerse yourself into the bliss of our Rose Petal Bath Salts and sink into the luxury of self-care and love.

As we soak away the stress and heart ache of life in this modern society, let your mind relax into the scent of roses, knowing that as the energy of spring begins to pick up, you are ready to plant the soul seeds for a bountiful harvest, and blessings upon your life. Don’t forget to dance in the magic of this time of year, and celebrate the bounties that are ours.