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Some of you folks have had a brutal winter, and you may be feeling like Mother Nature let the clock wind down in your neck of the woods, coming to a dead stop in the middle of winter.
But fear not! The wheel of the year continues to turn, and Mother Nature’s just taking a well-deserved nap. Everyone needs their beauty sleep, after all, putting a blush back in the old girl’s cheek when she rises rested and refreshed.
This weekend, January 31, is Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival. 2014 is 4712 on the Chinese calendar, and the Year of the Horse. From Infoplease.com:
Legend has it that in ancient times, Buddha asked all the animals to meet him on Chinese New Year. Twelve came, and Buddha named a year after each one. He announced that the people born in each animal’s year would have some of that animal’s personality. Those born in horse years are cheerful, skillful with money, perceptive, witty, talented and good with their hands. Rembrandt, Harrison Ford, Aretha Franklin, Chopin, Sandra Day O’Connor, and President Theodore Roosevelt were born in the year of the horse.
I’m a rat, but we don’t need to go there now.
This weekend, February 2, is also a holiday for the pagan community. Variously known as Bride, or Bride’s Day (pronounced Breed, who came to be known as St. Brigid), Oimelc, Imbolg, Candlemas. This is when lambs are born (hence the name Oimelc, meaning “ewe’s milk” or “in milk”). It’s the first major Sabbat of the year for Wiccans and some pagan traditions.
So Blessed Bride, Happy Spring, Happy New Year, Kung Hei Fat Choy. Have courage, spring is coming.