I returned from Glastonbury a few days ago. Spending a few days there re-awakens my soul and energises me, which is why I am confused that I should return with a cold!
I had walked on the Somerset Levels, I had given my devotions to Bridie on Bridie's Mound, I had spent time in the Goddess Temple, and yet I have a cold and aches and pains and this is the time of Bridie's healing!
Sitting at my altar feeling more than a little miffed, I realised that perhaps this is Her way of showing me that there are much worse illnesses than my simple cold; how many people battle cancer every day? How many people suffer with heart conditions? How many people suffer disablement and pain?
How easy is it for us to feel sorry for ourselves?
Bridie has shown me that Her healing is a gift, not to be taken lightly, and I ask Her to bestow that gift on all who suffer with ill health, may She bless them and wrap them in Her healing embrace.
Being away meant that Samcat had to spend a few days on vacation in the cattery, I don't know why I feel guilty because he is pampered and thoroughly spoiled. He stays in five star luxury, is given the best food, cat treats and even has warming pads to lay on. So no wonder then, that he moaned all the way home, dramatically shivering despite being wrapped in my cardigan!
After inspecting the house to ensure all was at it should be, he had a huge tea, and studiously ignoring us curled up in the middle of the sofa so no-one else could sit on it.
Much, much later that night when Mr Muggle and I were both in the land of nod, Samcat calls us.....loudly and repeatedly.......a call to make a banshee jealous! So heart beating and tremulous we run downstairs.........he is sitting in the middle of the kitchen purring, (can cats smile?) so Mr Muggle carries him upstairs, places him gently on our bed, while he purrs sweetly (Samcat I mean, not Mr M). An hour or so later we are contorted and squashed into half of our bed, I look upon the sweetly purring bundle of ginger fur, and he looks at me and I swear that he winked!
Bright Blessings to all and may this time of Imbolc re-awaken your hearts to the awakening earth around us.