If Candlemas be fair and bright

Imbolc                                                                     Valentine Moon

If Candlemas be fair and bright,
Winter has another flight.
If Candlemas brings clouds and rain,
Winter will not come again.   an English Poem

Ground Hog Day.  Candlemas.  The Meeting of the Lord. (Serbian, on Feb. 15, same Hans_Holbein_d._Ä._Presentation of Jesus, Candlemasas Feb. 2 in the Julian calendar)  An ancient European tradition proposed either a badger (German) or a bear (Serbian), who would come out of hibernation, see bright sun and go back to sleep or see a cloudy day and wake up for the year.  The bright sun presaged six more weeks of cold weather.(Hans Holbein.   Presentation of Jesus, Candlemas)

Linked with Candlemas–the Feast Day of the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple–on February 2nd, this ancient pagan tradition came to be observed on this Roman Catholic holy day created to displace Imbolc.  The Meeting of the Lord, the Serbian feast day of the Presentation, posits that if a bear come awake on that day and see the sun, then six more weeks of winter would follow. (see Groundhog Day, wikipedia)

The groundhog got connected to this legend in the Pennsylvania German community. The formal wear at the Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania event gives the whole tradition a satirical nudge that makes it delightful.  At least to me.


January 7th, A Day Post. St. Cedd

Winter                                                 Seed Catalog Moon

This is a sample of content about days of the year.  In this case I’ll be using The Book of Icon of St. Cedd, Bishop of LondonDays, a miscellany of popular antiquities in connection with the calendar including anecdote, biography and history, curiosities of literature and oddities of human life and character.  republished in 1967 by Gale Research Company, Book Tower, Detroit. herein after to be called the Book of Days.

(Icon of St. Cedd, Bishop of London)

January 7th is the Saint’s Day of Saint Cedd.  A British priest who converted heathens in the midlands of England, this Anglo-Saxon cleric also served at Lindisfarne, a monastery on the Holy Island of the same name.  This is the monastery where the Lindisfarne Gospel, an illustrated text, was created.  Later bishop of the East Saxons, Cedd made himself known by building a monastery at Tilbury on the Thames, near its mouth.