February 2nd is Groundhog Day. It is also the day to celebrate the Celtic Goddess Brigid.
She is the goddess of the Celtics. The goddess of fire. The goddess of hearth and flame, to welcome a stranger to your fireside. She brings the gift of hope.
Groundhog Day actually came from the pagan Imbolc celebration, the feast of Brighid. She could see into the future. It was the German immigrants who brought Groundhog Dog to the US, and they chose the groundhog to be the forecaster.
Imbolc is the midway point between winter and spring solstice. It is a time when hope stirs for spring. A hope that winter is almost over. Imbolc is a woman’s festival.
The Catholics celebrate Candlemas on this day. “If Candlemas Day is bright and clear, there will be two winters this year”, goes the saying.