February 2, 2009
I can’t say I actually saw my shadow, but I did see some shadows when the sun came out briefly. Following is what I’ve written previously about this day:
Since I’ve been living in France I have realized there is a lot more to that day than a rodent in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. There are many religious and secular traditions associated with February 2nd. People flip crepes with a gold piece in their other hand. Success ensures success! It is also the day Jesus was presented at the temple (Simon and Anna). And just this year I read that it is the midpoint between Dec. 21 and March 21. There is a French saying, A La Chandeleur, l’hiver meure ou prend vigeur. At Candlemas, winter dies or gathers its forces.
A new element:
a cross-quarter day, a day halfway between an equinox (equal day / equal night) and a solstice (minimum day / maximum night in the northern hemisphere). … Another cross-quarter day is Groundhog’s Day.
Now that I realize Jesus was not born on December 25th, it seems logical to assume he was not presented at the temple on February 2nd. So I guess this day is simply a turning point in the season. It is the Creator that established the seasons, I believe, unless it was our downfall that tilted the earth’s axis. This occurred to me as I was thinking what a change it would make if we all stopped lying—it might straighten the earth, it would be such a shock to the universe!