Candlemas

In the mid-point of Winter, when the ground is often under a layer of frost, there is a very gradual stirring of nature’s activity.  Snowdrops appear, greeting us with their bright white petals; a promise of the new light of Spring to come.

On Saturday evening (2nd February) we celebrated Candlemas in our garden, bringing forward some of that promised light to the apparently dormant earth.   A spiral of candles, laid on the crisp ground, symbolised the potential that the earth has to offer as winter gradually fades into spring.

Our fire bowl kept us warm, heated a delicious squash & chestnut soup and created the link that Candlemas has to the ancient Celtic festival of Imbolc – the first fire festival of the year.

A clear dark sky was flooded with stars.  Sirius, bright and clearly visible below Orion’s “belt”, twinkling in colours ranging from blue to red.