While I do a lot of solar-related reflection around the Winter and Summer Solstices, there’s nothing like a painfully cold day to bring the sun’s presence to our attention. Although we were in the negatives today, there were very few clouds. The sun shined brightly, adding a spring to my insulated step. Every time I walked by or looked out a window at work, I was struck by the intense warmth the sun was projecting through the glass. Each time I passed through that warmth and light felt like a moment of deep communion with the Kindreds. I often found myself taking the time to stop and say a short prayer of gratitude in whispered tones or in my head.
As we approach Imbolc, it seems like an appropriate time to contemplate the blessings of light and warmth. My own UPG has brought me to view the sun as a symbol for Brighid’s warmth. It is like her sacred fire, but glowing in the sky. The promise of the sun’s renewed vigor is coming to fruition, and now we enjoy the increasing light and pray for more days like today – when warmth gives us comfort and hope.