Imbolc means “ewe’s milk,” and refers to the lactation of ewes, the impending birth of lambs i.e. the renewal of life. Imbolc is also the Feast of Brighid, the Lady of creativity. Imbolc is the time of beginnings, the first stirrings of life. Snowdrops and crocuses appear. The groundhog arouses from slumber. It is a time to plant seeds. It is a time to plant our seeds, make plans and commitments to the new growing time. Imbolc is also when we make dedications. It is the traditional time for initiation – certainly a powerful new beginning! House cleansings and blessings are done at Imbolc. This is a good time to do spring cleaning. Imbolc is still deepest winter, but the promise of spring and new life is strong and the days are noticeably longer.
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As Crossroads Tabernacle Church has always sought to be not just a Wiccan church, but also a church of Earth-based spirituality, it is with great joy that I am able to announce a new step that we have taken towards inclusivity of other paths to the Gods.
Let it be known that on the 28th of March, year 2015 of the Common Era, Timothy Paul Schneider, having performed the duties required of him, and having heard and acknowledged the call to clergy from the Gods, Ancestors, and spirits, has been duly accepted into the clergy of the Crossroads Tabernacle Church as a Pagan priest. We recognise his standing within the Northern Tradition and Heathen communities to perform those rites as are meet for such standing by that path, and welcome him as an ordained member of our clergy, able to perform all duties and public rites as described within the Ordains of the church.