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Groundhog Day is a multi-faceted observance, both in the Elder tradition
of Braucherei and in Urglaawe. February 2 presents us with a thinner
"veil" among the realms/worlds, and that the first of the land
spirits/wights take this opportunity to return from the Wild Hunt. The
groundhog represents the "otherworldly messenger," who (in a manner
similar to Ratatask on Yggdrasil) runs through his burrow, which has
openings in each of the nine worlds. Thus, the groundhog brings reports
from the other worlds.
For an agricultural people, the upcoming
weather would be of primary importance, which is perhaps the root of the
reason that the groundhog and his weather prediction has lived on.
However, this is typically only one small part of his message. Anyone
who has ever been to a Grundsau Lodge on February 2 will know that the
groundhog delivers numerous prognostications. Granted, in the Lodges,
most of these are in jest, but journey-work done on February 2 or other,
more esoteric works, are said to be more revealing.
the tradition of February 2 celebrating the Hearth goddess, who would be
Frigg, as well as feminine creative energies. Female ancestors
are also celebrated on Feb. 2, which is consistent with some other
Heathen groups' Disir blots at this time of year. As a result of these
creative energies, the Butzemann (an activated scarecrow) is
ceremonially given birth (more technically, he is given "rebirth"
through the remnants of last year's crop). There are ceremonies that
Urglaawe has inherited from Braucherei for his rebirth and appointment
as protector of the land. He sticks around until he is burned sometime
between the autumn equinox and Allelieweziel (Halloween). There are some
great stories about what happens after Allelieweziel.
thing that is to happen on February 2 in relation to Frigg: we are to
clean out our hearths, fireplaces, candlestick, or whatever place we use
as our primary spot for fire. After the site or item is cleaned, we are
to light a new fire using birch. If there is a central hearth through a
community celebration, ember pots may be used to take the new flame
from the central fire to the home hearth.
The cleaning of the
Hearth is the beginning of the time of Spring Cleaning. We have from now
until Walpurgisnacht (April 30) to get our homes in order in
preparation for Holle's return. :)