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Imbolc, or Groundhog Day

Happy Groundhog Day! How did this member of a group of large ground squirrels come to predict the weather? The largest of the Sciuridae family in their northeastern US and Canada range, groundhogs’ short, powerful limbs and curved, thick claws work well for digging. Groundhogs have adapted … Continue reading

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Who’s ‘Shrooming Who?

Happy Imbolg! This ancient Gaelic celebration falls halfway between the Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox. It’s traditionally a time of divination – of weather in particular, watching to see if serpents or badgers emerge from their dens (the basis for the … Continue reading

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Groundhogs, Ceres, and Feeding the Hungry

February 2 is Candlemas or Imbolg – halfway between the Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox. British tradition holds that good weather now portends severe winter weather later. It’s also when bears are thought to interrupt their hibernation to look outside, as well … Continue reading

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Late Imbolg

Unsuccessfully, I meant to post something in time for Imbolg (or Candlemas), which fell on 2/2, also known as Groundhog Day. This holiday marks the beginning of spring’s stirrings in the ground, of the first quickening of seeds and plant … Continue reading

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The Promise of Spring

Groundhog day, as well as the pagan holiday imbolg and its Christianized counterpart, candlemas, all share a similar theme. Falling midway between the Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox, they mark and signify the first stirrings of spring deep within the … Continue reading

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