Fecundity: origins 1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin fēcunditās fruitfulness,fertility.
1. the quality of being fecund; capacity, especially in female animals, of producing young in great numbers.
2. fruitfulness or fertility, as of the earth.
3. the capacity of abundant production: fecundity of imagination.
We perform rituals and workings to bring about a fecund harvest in the physical realm, but also in our spiritual lives as well.
In the fall and winter, we turn within to reflect upon the previous harvest, rid ourselves of that which did not grow corn for us, and prepare our 'soil' for the next year's planting.
At the winter solstice, we welcome the return of the Sun and begin to turn our thoughts toward the coming year.
For those who celebrate Brighid's Day or Imbolg, we begin to set our goals for the coming Spring.
We ask ourselves:
What will we plant?
What do we want to harvest this year?
What will bring us the most abundance and fecundity?
How will we care for this crop?
Since different plants require different types of soil, amounts of water and sunlight, etc... how will we manage this crop differently from last year?
May your crops both physically and spiritually bring you a bountiful, fruitful harvest of good things in this coming season.