Today is 40 days after Christmas, or half way between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. Today is Ground Hog Day, St Brigid’s Day, Candlemas, and Imbolc, one of the four main festivals in the Celtic calender.
Regarding Ground Hog Day, I am not sure this weather prognostication works here in Hamburg because it is so dark and the winter long. However, if there are ground hogs here, they did not see their shadows in this classic Northern German flat grey weather. Yet the days are in fact getting longer, and there are some early signs of Spring in the sounds of birds I hear.
According to Gaelic folklore, it is time to gather firewood for the rest of the winter. The symbology behind St. Brigid is that she brings us light and power to carry us from the dark of Winter and into Spring. Also symbolic of this time is lighting fires or candles in our homes to bring in extra warmth as well as the image of flowers rising through snow representing the half way point between Winter snow and Spring flowers.
This year the exact moment of this celebration happens when Moon is in Libra, the sign of symmetry and balance. I made this image combining candles, flowers and the symbol from the Haitian flag with prayers that the energy of St Brigid helps carry the Haitian people out of a darkest hour into the light.