Archive | February, 2016

Imbolc’s Shield Maiden

Today (or yesterday, depending on who you ask) was Imbolc. It is the traditional Irish beginning of Spring as it is half way between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox. So, it is the point where the sun does actually begin providing more light to our hemisphere.

In January I had no interest in doing the usual New Year’s dreaming and planning (I called it ‘Mojo Dysfunction’). Today feels much more like the kind of day to let go of the past, begin to dream about the future, and – in small ways – live it out.

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Late last week I found a beautiful necklace online. In a way I have only experienced a few times, it spoke to me. More accurately, it pulled me towards it. The artist said it was full of “Shield Maiden energy.” I know nothing about shield maidens, but did go look at the first few results on Google.

Shield maidens carried weaponry into battle for their warriors. They wore leather and other clothing for battle. The artist wrote that this shield maiden necklace was for the strong, sensual, and passionate. The shield maiden ‘can move worlds and command an army. She is grounded.’

Was that me? With the last year of thyroid issues, I balked.

I looked at the necklace again.

The necklace is not visually spectacular, but when I looked at it, I felt a warmth in my chest, spreading outwards. I felt like I wanted to eat it so I could let it rest in my chest. I kept scrolling back up my Facebook feed to look at it. Every time, the same feelings arose.

I bought it.

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This is what a shield maiden looks like.




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This morning, I asked my inner self, “What does a shield maiden wear on her first day?” And this was the answer I got.

It seems right: a feminine pink shirt, warm and cozy. A heavy duty t-shirt from an amazing music label. And the extra ‘vagina power’ triangle necklace.

[Hey-ho, this shield maiden got 3 hours of sleep last night, so that’s why we’re looking a little drowsy.]

So, this is the first day of my dream for the year: shield maiden.  I think that the necklace itself may be a shield for me- it prepares the way in some kind of energetic or spiritual fashion. But I also believe I am a shield maiden- ready to prevail in the battles of my own life.