February 2, 2015.
Imbolg (Imbolc / Feast of St. Brigid / Candlemas) and Groundhog's Day!
Seems, even if you want to call it and celebrate it as Groundhog's Day - it's still a celebration of the RETURN OF THE LIGHT (the sun!) This "time of the year" is the half way point between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox. ...and haven't we all been saying to each other, "the days are getting longer".
I celebrated Imbolg at home Saturday with the seasons first good SPRING CLEANING. I put on some nice music, got out the steam-cleaner...and sub-consciously acknowledged St Brigid as the woman of Hearth and Home. Just as you would clean and prepare your home for a guest....this guest is going to be the return of the sun. The sun brings back all the LIFE to the home...my bees, the garden....
This is the time when I more "seriously" look at those seed catalogs that arrived in January. I saw a cute quote from someone on FB. "I still buy like I have 100 acres!" (regarding seed catalogs) Yes, there's a tendency to over-purchase from those things! I'm thinking of dragging husband to the Garden Show in Madison over Valentines weekend. My favorite vendor will be there, "Seed Savers"....I'd do it as a matter of purchase-control. I think I'd buy less off the shelf.
I ordered 4 Russian Queens for my hives - due for arrival last week of May. I worry about the bees from November to April every year.... There's NO TELLING which hives will survive. Maybe all - maybe none. Next month is the most precarious in their winter schedule - we call it the "starving month". I've got some emergency measures in place - all dependent on what kind of weather is coming.
The turn is toward the light days of the year. The sun returns! yeah! From now until spring equinox...is planning time, making lists, setting goals. Spring Equinox (when day and night are equal) will be the time to put plans into action.