Candle candle burning bright
Winter’s halfway done tonight
With a-glowing we are knowing
Spring will come again
-Candlemas Verse, Unknown Author
Have you ever been just so weary? So exhausted? If you have tiny children you see those sweet little bodies to fill with warming foods and coaxing into rest and sleep; if you have elementary-aged children you are helping to balance burgeoning minds with wonder and bodies with rest and exercise; if you have teenagers maybe you are dealing with restless energy heading toward an uncertain future…and in between all of this you are cooking, cleaning, nourishing a spouse or partner perhaps, and maybe trying to take care of your own physical, emotional and spiritual needs so you can be on your game to do it all again tomorrow.
I feel your weariness. I feel your exhaustion . I feel you trying to hold on in order to nourish everything and everyone in your life.
I think Candlemas (February 2nd) feels this too. Candlemas is this beautiful, quiet, still pause to remind us of hope. Spring will come again. Light will come to the world. Newness can grow out of old. Growth can come out of weary.
Candlemas can be the most lovely day to start with a beautiful breakfast of sunny yellow pancakes or crepes. Candle dipping is such a meditative activity for the day; a gesture of bringing light into the winter of the world and the winter of our souls. Other ways to work with candles include making earth candles, floating candles, or rolling beeswax candles. We can offer stories of our friends the bees who give us fragrant, smooth beeswax as their offering. We can offer this as a time of the half-way between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox. If you could have a bonfire, that could be a beautiful way to end the day.
If you are looking for some more ideas regarding this festival, here are a few back posts regarding the Feast of St. Brigid, Candlemas and Groundhog Day.
I have a few other suggestions for this day. Perhaps this would be a beautiful half-way point to survey yourself. What is your self-care? Where are things between you and your spouse or partner? How much sleep and exercise are you eating? What can you do to nourish yourself on this special day of light and love so you can shine light on and love your little corner of the world?
Love to you on Candlemas,