Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Groundhog Day

Yes, Groundhog Day! Also Brighid'sDay, Candlemas, or Imbolc.

February 1 (or 2), is the date mid-way between the Winter Solstice (first day of Winter) and the Spring Equinox (first day of Spring.)  Winter is half over!! The worst of Winter weather may be behind us--or Not.

The Groundhog Day tradition says that we waken the animal from his winter slumber and drag him out into the light. If he sees his shadow he dashes back to his bed and we'll have 6 more weeks of winter. But if he isn't frightened off then "Spring is just around the corner." In Reality, "just around the corner" means "about six weeks away," but whatever. . . .

The important thing here is the Promise of Spring. We begin to see hints of green, maybe snowdrops and crocus. We begin to really See the days getting longer. We begin to believe that Spring may be coming!

I personally honor Brighid as the Light-Bringer, and a protector/patron of Healers and of Crafts & Creativity. Among LOTS of other things, but these are MY reasons.

As an Added Bonus this year, on February 2, 2011, we have a New Moon, making this the Lunar and Chinese New Year! A day of Beginnings.

So I give you this gift: a Tangled Brighid's Cross. And I Believe in Spring!!


  1. Great post and tile! Love the Brighid's cross and the tile is alive with the hope of spring!

  2. A day of many beginnings, indeed, and a brilliantly illustrated tile to celebrate.

  3. I can feel the hope of spring - thank you.