|Shooting up from the belly of mother earth.|
It is commonly held the midpoints between the solstices and the equinoxes are auspicious times for predicting the weather. This tradition is seen in Candlemas lore.
If Candlemas be sunny and brightIn America we have adapted this ancient tradition and now wait for a little groundhog to peek it's head out of the ground to tell us whether or not winter is waning or will continue for 6 more weeks.
Winter again will show it's might
If Candlemas day be cloudy and grey
Winter soon will pass away.
|These daffodils think that spring is coming soon.|
There are a great many traditions around Candlemas/Imbolc/Groudhog's Day.
-It is the day homemakers could start their morning chores without the need of candle light.
-It is said that a sea voyage that is begun on Candlemas will end in disaster.
-Christmas decorations that were not taken down by Jan 6 should be left up until Candlemas Eve.
-It is good luck to burn a sprig from your holiday greens in your Candlemas fires.
-In France it is good luck to eat crêpes on this day. It is tradition to hold a coin in your writing hand and a crêpe pan in the other, and flip the crêpe into the air. If you manage to catch the crêpe in the pan, your family will be prosperous for the rest of the year.
-In parts of Germany people would eat pea soup and dried pig ribs, the ribs afterwards being hung in the room till sowing time when they would be put into the sown field or in the seed-bag as a protection against earth-fleas and moles, and to cause the flax to grow well.
-It is bad luck to bring snowdrops (white snow flowers) into the house before Candlemas Day. It is very good luck to bring them in on Candlemas day.
|The first little snowdrops in the garden.|
|My boys discovered these lovely little flowers growing in the woods behind our house.|
I do not know what they are? Do you?