Cailleach, groundhogs, and a call for clouds

February 2nd, 2012 § Comments Off on Cailleach, groundhogs, and a call for clouds § permalink

Wiarton Willie statue in Wiarton, Ontario

Wiarton Willie

It’s Groundhog Day, the day when North Americans look to large rodents for weather prognostication.

If while the humans are watching, the groundhog sees his shadow, six more weeks of winter are to be expected. If there’s no shadow however, we can hope for an early spring.

Today’s groundhogs seem to have taken on a role once played by the divine Gaelic hag Cailleach, who was also celebrated on the 1st or 2nd of February, otherwise known as Imbolc.

According to legend, this is the time when Cailleach is scheduled to gather firewood for the rest of the winter.

If it’s going to be a long one (and that’s up to her), she makes the day bright and clear enough so that she has no problem gathering plenty of wood.

If, on the other hand, spring is around the corner, she doesn’t bother going outside. She lets the weather be bad and enjoys the day in bed.

Needless to say, Cailleach watchers paid close attention to the weather on Imbolc, much as our groundhog diviners do today.

And I’ll be watching too. As much as I like the sun out bright, if there’s anything to these Cailleach and groundhog traditions, I’m hoping for some clouds.

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Tarot Card of the Day – 2/2/12

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#14 Temperance from Georgie's Deck

#14 Temperance

Thursday, February 2, 2012
#14 – Temperance

This is a great day to even things out. Balance and temperance are the energies surrounding you now. Can you bring your physical world into harmony with your emotional state?

Temperance is about that perfect mix, neither too much nor too little. It’s about becoming conscious of what you want to be both inside and out, and courageous enough to try.

You are responsible for any healing you might need. The first step is to acknowledge what might be out of balance and then start readjusting.

Sometimes it’s about finding a new way to meld your internal opposites; sometimes it’s about casting out what no longer works. In all cases though, it’s about being true to your self and connecting to the grander universe.

Try asking an angel for some help today. You might be surprised at the result.

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