as I have mentioned b4 this is just a modernized version of an ancient tradition that most folks would rather ignore!!.....

groundhogs day  just so ''happens'' to be on the same day as the ancient tradition of imbolic...also known as candelmas  this was when the celts and / or pagans  held rituals with the lighting of many candles in  hopes of bringing the sun and the spring to their villages!  the day was honored with a feast of roots and cheeses that were stored from the winter and if they were blessed enough they might have had some meat to cook also!

 

a poem I found seem very similar to the ''predictions '' of the little critter!

 

>>>> if candlemas day be fair and bright

         winter will have another flight

        if candlemas day be clouds and rain

        winter is gone and will not come again!

 

 so as Ive said.... this is just a modernized version of an ancient tradition! 

so lite a candle! 

roast a small animal and enjoy your weekend and hope for the light to surround you!!

 

 

 

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drago...
Feb. 1, 2008 at 12:17 PM

This is true with so many of our Pagan holidays.  They were covered up with other holidays to try to make Paganism disappear!! 

Thank you for this awesome journal post!

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DAYIN...
Feb. 1, 2008 at 12:28 PM   BEEN HERE! LOVE IT! LET'S MAKE IT FAMIOUS!

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windw...
Feb. 1, 2008 at 1:08 PM

Love the groundhog's finger..and the poem..you have a terriffic page by the way

Bright Blessings

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seakla
Feb. 1, 2008 at 1:37 PM So cool!  I have always loved Groundhog's Day anyway!

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Beade...
Feb. 1, 2008 at 1:42 PM *chuckle*  We had all the best holidays first, baby!:)

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MommyH2
Feb. 1, 2008 at 1:47 PM Interesting...learn something new everyday!

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tarap...
Feb. 1, 2008 at 1:54 PM Beautiful and well put point. Thank you for writing this. I'm voting it popular because I think there are some people out there who could use this knowledge.  I for one will be cooking and lighting and rejoicing.

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samia...
Feb. 1, 2008 at 2:10 PM Hehe! Love it! Two thumbs way, way up!

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misty...
Feb. 1, 2008 at 2:20 PM Woo Hoo writing from Michigan and watching the snow fly as I type............Gotta love Imbolc, a reminder that spring is on its way and an end to the snowy weather is promised :). 

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alchemy
Feb. 1, 2008 at 2:45 PM Yep that is really nice!(thumbs up Grandmother) so as i see it outside it's cloudy and raining so winter will go.    well have a good weekend.

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