Today is Candlemass or Imbolc or St Brigid’s Day or the beginning of Donotel or Groundhog Day.
Whatever you call it, today is special.
It is the half-way point between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. Meaning we are that much closer to spring and summer and warm weather. Yay!
And for those practicing Catholics out there we are closer to Lent.
I love this day. Like many of its Pagan counterpart holidays today is about renewal, hope, sex, food, community, and respect. In any Pagan Circles today is the day when vows are made (vows to one’s self, to one’s lover, to one’s deity). It is a time of thinking happily about what is to come and for moving from the dark of winter into the light of spring. For some, today is a time of remembering the blood spilled in both sacrifice. For others it is a day to begin planning gardens or prepare for fasting.
And for some, today is when we let a large magic rodent forecast the weather.
Not Pagan at all that, nope, not a bit.
Anyway, regardless of what you celebrate or if you don’t bother at all, enjoy the day.
(And speaking of Pagan-ey Witchcraft, on a related note, my review of The Heretic’s Daughter is up and can be read here.)