Imbolc, spring, and the earth awakens

spring flowers

It’s so nice to be able to write a blog before shoulder surgery and then publish it with one click later.  Typing one finger hunt and peck is not fun, lol.

We can light candles all winter in our feeble human attempt to bring back the light. Whether we do that or not, Imbolc is a special day if you’re tired of winter and longing for spring.   In the northern hemisphere, on the 2nd of February,  juices start to flow in the roots of plants, under the ground, even if the ground is frozen tight and covered with snow.  It is not a coincidence that in parts of our country, we look for a prediction on that day……..

Punxsutawney PA has for many years brought a ground-hog up from the ground, and held him up in the light to see if he sees his shadow.  http://www.groundhog.org/    Old wives’ tale?  No, deep rooted Gaelic tradition.  Here’s a quote from a Wikipedia article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imbolc

Gaelic traditions

The holiday was, and for many still is, a festival of the hearth and home, and a celebration of the lengthening days and the early signs of spring. Celebrations often involved special foods (butter, milk, and bannocks, for example), divination or watching for omens, candles or a bonfire if the weather permits. Imbolc is traditionally a time of weather prognostication, and the old tradition of watching to see if serpents or badgers came from their winter dens is perhaps a precursor to the North American Groundhog Day.

Winter will end, not soon enough for most of us, cos it’s been a cold snowy winter here, and much worse in some other parts of the country.  More cold and ice are supposed to be coming, but the earth is still preparing for spring.  Get those seed catalogs looked thru and get ready to garden, lol!

14 responses to “Imbolc, spring, and the earth awakens

    • Oh yes, we’ll take all the little signs there are. I start wishing for spring about 1/1 every year, lol. It’s just a wish for several more months yet tho.

  1. Nancy, I’ve heard about free voice recognition software for computers. It came loaded on my smart phone when I got it, and it works well. If you’d like, I’ll look for some for you if you tell me what your operating system is. Then maybe I could just send you a link to it, or someone could help you download it onto your computer.
    Glad you’re lol’ing now! LOL back to you!

    • Thanks Sam, but it’s ok and this won’t last all that long. My phone has it too and I’ve been using that some for emails. That’s pretty handy, isn’t it!

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