Happy Imbolg! Officially, Spring begins with the equinox, but there are actually several stages of it, and Imbolg marks the time of the budding and the shoots reaching from out of the fallen snow. Look for the new sprouts arising from the earth like green fire, and the blossoms of the cherry trees, like the first flames of the burning bush.
This day is also sacred to St Brigid.
Painting: A California Spring, by Albert Bierstadt, 1875