The full moon in January was called the Wolf Moon in medieval times. It was the time of the year when the hungry wolves would come closest to the house. The night that the owl flies low, risking predators in getting too close to the ground for any little available morsel.
January will pass and spring will come. February 2nd is the pagan holiday of Imbolc, the return of the light. In the Northern Hemisphere, the juices in the plant roots start to flow on that day, even if the ground is covered with snow. And it’s no coincidence that here in PA, they take a perfectly happy groundhog out of his hole and hold him up in the air to see if he sees his shadow. More about that at Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punxsutawney_Phil
Some old ideas need to be remembered.
Come on spring!
The exact opposite here of course where we are still experiencing the warmth of summer and the approach of Autumn.
Yes, things are reversed between the hemispheres, even the way the water goes down the drain. I am so ready to get outside and dig in the earth! It’s been a long harsh winter here in many ways for me. Enjoy the rest of your summer!
Reblogged this on Sarasin's thoughts……. and commented:
It seems to be time to re-run this blog.
Glad you reblogged it since I missed it the first time! Hard to believe that the sap begins to flow as early as Feb 2nd! We’re almost there! Thanks for such a good reminder that winter WILL end soon 😀
You can’t see it then but it will happen even if there’s a foot of snow, but it’s coming! You will warm up before I will, so be sure to keep us up north encouraged with your good gardening stories. I’ll be right behind ya. Be well.