While we wait for Spring to arrive, Punxsutawney Phil predicted another six weeks of Winter for us in the USA and Canada. Yep, the Groundhog saw his shadow in Pennsylvenia this morning. On the hand we have our own little critter, which predicts the weather here in Texas. Alvin, the Armadillo predicted an early Spring in the Lone Star State. Oh boy! We really could use a few cold weeks and some snow to kill those pesky bugs. And the land needs the water.
Today we also celebrate Imbolc. The days are getting longer. And Nature prepares itself for the emerging of new life. In many places in the Northern Hemisphere, little snowdrops and crocuses peak through the still frozen soil. It will get warmer and life will flourish with new baby animals. It’s the Coming of Spring.
The sunrise over my neighborhood on Groundhog Day.
In the Northern Hemisphere we celebrate the return of the Sun, today. It will be the shortest day and the longest night, before the days will be come longer, also known as the Winter Solstice or the Pagan Yuletide. The Southern Hemisphere celebrates Mid-Summer/Summer Solstice, today. It’s the longest day, and the shortest night of the year. So wherever is your home on this beautiful planet, Happy Solstice to you all!
Winter in North Texas
Now in the darkening of the year
the veil between the world wears thin
and those gone on ahead draw near.
In the hours of quiet remembrance
that the waning season brings,
we may feel their whispered presence
like the brush of a gentle wind.
SAMHAIN (The Summer’s End)
The most magically potent time of this festival is the night of October 31st, known today of course , as Halloween. The date marked both an ending and a beginning in an eternal cycle.
Lughnasadh/Lammas is the time to celebrate the first harvest of the year, and recognize that the hot summer days will soon come to an end. At Lammas, (loaf-mass), freshly baked loaves of bread are placed on the altar.
Spring throughout history has been a time of rebirth and renewal. It is the time that the Earth is full of life as trees start to bud and flowers start to bloom. Animals wake from hibernation. Farmers plant seeds for the coming harvest. Easter itself is a different date every year, because it is determined by the Spring Equinox. It is always on the first Sunday after the Full Moon of the Spring Equinox. The Goddess Eostre was resurrected from death in the Spring. Her symbols where the Egg which represented rebirth and new life. Her other symbol was the rabbit/hare which represented fertility. Easter is in effect the rebirth of the Sun in Spring.
Resource: Wiccan Teachings
Sweet Easter Poem
As the cold and grey winter days
Give way, to the bright and beautiful spring …
You know it’s time for you to hear,
The Easter bells ring!
The birds are chirping,
The bunnies are out,
There are Easter Eggs all around!
There is happiness in the air,
And a warmth in your heart to stay with you,
All through the year!