Today happens to be Imbolc, one of four primary festivals in the ancient Celtic Calendar, the remainder being Samhain (November 1st), Beltane (May 1st) and Lughnasadh (August 1st). The Vernal and Autmnal Equinoxes and Winter and Summer Solstices are the four secondary festivals of the same calendar.
Imbolc traditionally marks the beginning of the lambing season, the 'awakening' of Spring beneath the snow and frozen earth and is a feast to honour the Celtic Goddess Brigid, whom the Christians canonized into sainthood since they could not prevent the worship of her. As is custom on this day, candles are lit to signify the warming of the earth again towards Spring and, eventually, Summer Solstice.
And the Earth is stretching and yawning and blinking eyes right along with her. Tomorrow is Groundhog Day which will hail the approach of the end of Winter.
I cannot believe it is February already. January has flown by! This year will not be slow by any means, I'm thinking. I best grab hold of my son and hang on tight for the ride ahead.
Nice to start this next journey by candlelight...