Imbolc tuesday Jan 30
Today I’m continuing with my reading of Sacred Actions by Dana O’Driscoll on the pagan holiday Imbolc.
As O’Driscoll writes, Imbolc is a time of Reskilling, relearning learning older skills. She writes that this time of year in the colder months we can learn from reading. I over the past three years have been actively trying to expand my knowledge of skills, from my knitting, to canning food, to emotionally caring for myself and others. I still want to learn (seemingly innumerable) things, mostly about homesteading. There’s always more to learn. And even in the beginning, foundational skills, there’s ways to hone in and learn deeper.
Reskilling, as O’Driscoll delves deeper, can also be about renewing misinformed beliefs and unintentionally bad practices into better practices—better for the earth, ourselves, and our communities—ie using reusable shopping bags. She calls these skills “tools for change”. With each new skill we are “taking one small step further away from modern industrial and consumerist society” (54).
This chapter details examples of skills we can learn related to homesteading and the bardic (creative) arts like visual arts and music etc. it also details where to learn these skills, be it from people, online, in books, etc. Some classes I take part in are local weekly classes like my flamenco, other classes are once in a lifetime events that I travel for. The jewel of my lifetime learning so far will be traveling to Peru this fall to learn with a group of fiber artists. Other types of people to learn from are people in groups or guilds. I meet with a local knitting circle, but also the KY state fiber guild, The Friendship Spinners. O’Driscoll also writes of Reskilling festivals and fairs, but I more experience that type of in-person learning through conferences, like the e Organic Association of KY annual conference. Learning from history is also detailed in this chapter and I was delighted to recognize one of the video programs cited, Victorian Farm by the BBC which I actually discovered separate of this book, for free on YouTube. Providing hours of beautifully crafted, engaging entertainment, that program has taught me so much. From straight traditions to timeless skills, that program is fantastic. Other YouTube videos are also invaluable learning resources for me.
The act of learning, itself, can be a sacred action. Learning can be an act of obedience, or disobedience. It is radical, in many ways. Reading, listening, witnessing.
I just also Want you all to know that while I read this chapter and wrote this blog, I had a 3 month old 3lb black kitten in my lap… my Witchy baby, Pluto. She sends her love ☺️
Welcome to book club 2023! This year I have selected 14 books (one for each month, an extra, and a partially read one I will finish) to review for you as I read through them. Feel free to read along if you’d like and leave all the comments you’d like whether you’re reading along or just reading my posts! Stay tuned for extras and fun! Blessings, August Lee
Sacred Actions by Dana O’Driscoll
How to be a Good Creature by ash Montgomery
Cord Magic by Brandy Williams
Finding the Mother Tree by Suzanne Simard
The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan
Beauty by Natalie Carnes
World of Wonders by Aimee Nezuhkumatathil
The Wisdom of Birch, Oak, and Yew by Penny Billington
Sacred Agriculture: The Alchemy of Biodynamics by Dennis Klocek
American Georgics edited by Hagenstein, Gregg, and Donahue
Maddaddam by Margaret Atwoodd
Our Only World by Wendell Berry
The Mushroom at the End of the World by Anna Tsing
Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
- Feb 4 2023 Sacred Actions section 1
- Feb 6 2023 The Spinners Book of Yarn Designs, BC Extra