Happy February! It feels like January lasted forever! But, here we are, February 2nd, Groundhog Day. Most people are lamenting the fact that the ground hog saw his shadow this morning, but, did you know that even though today is considered the middle of winter, it is considered the beginning of spring by many Pagans and Wiccans?
Today is also Imbolc, a very quiet holiday that is perfect for reflection and planning.
For my family this is the time of year when garden plans are started, and projects for warmer weather are mapped out. Seeds are blessed, workspaces are cleansed and equipment is prepared for the coming planting season.
It’s very hard to think spring when the world is still buried under ice and snow but, if you know where to look you can find spring everywhere. Birds have begun to return and have taken up residence in our garage. Our flock of chickens have started blessing us with eggs once again due to the noticeably longer days. Those eggs are a welcome sight after not having them for a good stretch of time.
We were so desperate for eggs we caved and bought some from the grocery store. They definitely didn’t compare to fresh eggs from my own yard.
Since we woke up to a blanket of snow my middle child and I did some crafts to observe the day and kill some time.
First we made Brigid’s cross from pipe cleaners!
Then, for the birds that returned early we made some bird feeders to hang near the garage.
Our evening will be spent together, my kids will be encouraged to play without electronics and my bus and I will be working on plans for the month and beyond. Even though our homestead is small ( the only livestock we keep is poultry) it takes a great deal of work.
Does your family observe Imbolc? What traditions do you have?
Aka, The Lazy Housewife