Sun is shining and the deep cold has come to stay, maybe for a week, maybe longer. Although it’s commonly said that the Winter Solstice is the point where the days start to get longer, it’s really at the start of February that we start to see the return of the light.
From Pagan Poet-
Imbolc is a pagan holiday and a festival of light. It was a common pagan harvest tradition to light up the lamps of the house for several minutes during Imbolc, as Imbolc rituals usually include light in one form or another whether that be lamps or candles. Neopagans today also use this day to reflect and respect the coming of longer, brighter days and the hope of a healthy, hearty spring.
It’s around this time that we get up to 10 hours of daylight and the weeks of going to work in the dark and coming home in the dark are past. It’s also around this time that the return of the light speeds up as we move toward the next point on the Wheel of the Year, the Vernal Equinox.
Here in New England there’s no point in asking the groundhog- we’ll be lucky if we get only six more weeks of winter, more likely we’ll be freezing our garbanzos for twelve weeks.
But the sunlight brings cheer, Happy Imbolc, February 2nd, this Monday.