Imbolc and the Ascent of Spring
The ancient peoples of the Earth celebrated the seasons by paying close attention to the skies above them, especially at night, when clear, and observation was undertaken.
The Celts were particularly aligned in all aspects of their lives, with the precession of the Equinoxes and the timing of the seasons.
Time was, and remains, cyclical.
It is only patriarchal religions that have enforced a sense of, and adherence to, Linear Time.
The Gregorian Calendar is an example of this.
Solstices, Equinoxes and Cross Quarter days, such as Imbolc, were of great importance to ancient people for regulating their time.
The knowledge of when to plant, when to harvest, when to stay and when to move was imperative to the well-being of the Tribe.
Imbolc is celebrated, this year, on the 3rd day of February, at precisely 3.57pm here in Ireland.
The time differs accordingly across the northern hemisphere.
The Celts named the cross quarters Imbolc, Bealtaine, Lughnasad and Samhain.