It’s Groundhog Day!

 

A wonderful little tradition called Groundhog Day has taken quite a hold here in the U.S.A. Surely there could be nothing wrong with having a little fun with this made up day. Or is there? We shall see!

        It seems that humans have a need to celebrate the middle of each season of the year: mid-spring is May Day with it’s Maypole (Beltain), mid-summer with Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer’s Night Dream” motif (Lughnasa), mid-fall with Halloween/All Saints Day/ All Souls Day (Samhain), and mid-winter with (you guessed it) Groundhog Day (Imbole). Each has its named Babylonian observance. What can we find about this particular day?                  

 

Modern Observance

        According to several sources, in 1877 (first official observance in 1886) a group of individuals in Punxsutawney (town of sand flies), Pennsylvania decided to name Br’er Groundhog (later called Phil, after King Philip), a groundhog in their area, as the “official” weather procrastinator. Since one of these persons was an editor for the local newspaper Phil’s fame began to spread. Today 20,000 to 30,000 people jam into this small town and Phil’s appearance has become world news. Several states have hopped onto the bandwagon with their own local version of “Punxsutawney Phil.” Poor Phil, some unhappy groundhog is dragged out of his (or her) cozy den, subjected to thousands upon thousands of people staring at it, bright lights, strange sounds and smells, held high in the cold air and finally allowed to go back and recover at the end of the day. A great day for all (except the groundhog), much celebrating, and much revenue generated. Of course to add to the legend, it is supposed that there has been only one Phil and that he has lived for such an extended time due to his imbibing a special “punch” that extends his life by seven years [Sabbatical cycle?].

        Tradition has it that if Phil sees his shadow, winter will be long, if he does not see his shadow, winter will soon be over.

 

Candlemas

        The observance of Candlemas is directly associated with Groundhog Day. The observance of Candlemas was brought to our shores by the Germans, Scotts and English. The traditions go as follows:

 

       German: For as the sun shines on Candlemas Day,

                      So far will the snow swirl until May.

                      For as the snow blows on Candlemas Day,

                     So far will the sun shine before May.

 

       Scotts:   If Candlemas Day be bright and clear,

                    There’ll be two winters in the year.

 

      English: If Candlemas be fair and bright,

                    Winter has another flight.

                     If Candlemas brings clouds and rain,

             Winter will not come again.

 

     America: If the sun shine on Groundhog Day;

     Half the fuel and half the hay.

 

(This actually makes sense. A farmer needed to take stock of his supplies about mid winter to make sure he could endure until spring. If he still had half of his fire wood and half of his animal feed left he would most likely make it; if not he needed to start adjusting his heating and feeding accordingly.)

 

                       Before Pennsylvania

 

 

        We can see that some sort of observance was associated with this particular day long before some good-ole-boys in Pennsylvania decided to generate a little cash and fun.

        Candlemas has it’s origins in the celebration of Imbolc (Babylonian name), a pagan observance which derives its existence to pre-Babylonian times; linking Babylonian/Greek/Roman/European astronomy to Chinese astrology. As it turns out the Chinese observe the beginning of a season in the middle of the solar seasons; European/ Middle Eastern cultures observe the same festivals with their own twist (the night before evil forces are afoot, the day itself is one of good and joy).

        Imbolc came out of the Babylonian area via the Greek and Roman armies. It headed further north with the Teutonic and Celtic peoples.

 

 

        For the Celts it was the festival of the g-dess Brigid. This time of year became associated with the lactation of the ewes (fertility) and the beginning of plowing. In Scotland it is said that ‘Old Woman Winter’ is reborn as ‘Bride’ (the Maiden of Spring) who, with her white wand, breathes life in to the mouth of dead Winter. The venom of the cold trembles on Bride’s Day and flees for its life on Patrick’s Day. So who is this “Brigid?  She is known as: Brigid (“The Exalted One”, mother g-dess of many European tribes [perhaps Semiramas?]), Bridget, Brighid, Brighde, Brig, Milkmaid Bride, Golden-haired Bride of the kine, and Bride. Her name is believed to derive from Vedic Sanskrit “brihati,” a term for the ‘divine.’ She is part of a trinity of sisters, herself, Brigit the Physician and Brigit the Smith; she/they were the g-dess(s) of poetry, healing, smith craft, dying, weaving, brewing, regeneration and abundance. Places bearing her name occur in Ireland, Scotland, Wales, England and Austria (yes, Austria). This lass is often depicted in company with a red-eared cow [red heifer?] because she had to eat only its milk as a child.

        Her “Ch-tianization” is one of taking a pagan g-d and renaming it. From Brigid she became Saint Brigid, patroness of dairy work. A stone head depicting her Trinitarian personage was canonized as “Saint Bride of Knockbridge.” This Roman Catholic practice goes a bit deeper as we shall see.

         In Roman Catholic tradition Candlemas is also called the “Purification of the Blessed Virgin” and the “Feast of the Presentation of C---- in the Temple.” It is directly associated with the forty day period of a woman’s “uncleanness” due to giving birth to a male child (eighty days if a girl child). Herein lays a problem. The Messiah was NOT born at X-mess, he was born during the Feast of Tabernacles. Therefore this is another tradition based on man’s wishes, not on Scripture. Since X-mess is associated with Nimrod/Semiramis/Tammuz, this day cannot be associated with the True Messiah; this woman is not “blessed” and she is no “virgin.”

 

 

        In the Middle Ages and today candles are blessed, lighted and carried about - why? Because the people in the late fifth century refused to give up the customs associated with the pagan feast of “Februalia.” Pope Gelasius is “credited” with the Ch-tianization of this feast. Pope Innocent XII acknowledged that the reason candles were carried about on this feast was because

the month of February was dedicated by the Gentiles/Pagans to the “infernal g-ds,” Pluto being said to have stolen Proserpine causing her mother Ceres (Cybele, Diana, Madonna) to search for her with lighted candles. The people for their own reasons decided to act out this search. It was thus ordained that the candles should now be carried in order to honor the “Blessed Virgin” in place of Ceres [again another aspect of “Mary Worship” is linked to paganism]. This is also the day in which the X-mess tree must be taken down and burnt reserving a charred remnant to be used next year in tending the X-mess log [again referring to various pagan observances dealing with Nimrod/Semiamis/Tammuz]. We could go on about candles (tapers) being phallic symbols and never used in Biblical worship. Links between Briget, Diana, and the “Virgin Mary” go on forever. But you get the idea.

 

             Can a “True Worshiper” observe Groundhog Day?

        As we can see, this day has their roots in pagan worship. The Druids figure prominently as do the Romans themselves, but both derive their beliefs and practices from Baal worship. The Bible is rife with how Yahweh feels about Baal worship. Samson, EliYah and Jehu all killed Baal worshipers. False worship (a lie and therefore of Satan) WILL end when Messiah returns. That should be enough to flee from it (“Flee out of the middle of Babylon, and save every man his life; be not cut off in her iniquity: for it is the time of Yahweh’s vengeance; he will render to her a recompense. Jeremiah 521: 6 {see also Revelation 18}).

 

 

        But can we plead ignorance and still be OK? No, we cannot: “And if anyone sins, and does any of the things which Yahweh has commanded not to be done; though he knew it not, yet is he guilty, and he shall bear his iniquity. And he shall bring a ram without blemish out of the flock, according to your estimate, for a trespass-offering, to the priest; and the priest shall make atonement for him concerning the thing in which he erred through ignorance and knew it not, and he shall be forgiven. It is a trespass-offering: he is certainly guilty before Yahweh.” Leviticus 5: 17 - 19.

 

 

        Surely a little fun would not hurt, would it? We are not witches; we do not worship the old Celtic and Norse mighty-ones! It’s only a little fun! “Then says Yahshua to him, Get you hence, Satan: for it is written, You shall worship Yahweh your Elohim, and him only shall you serve.” Matthew 4: 10. Matthew 16: 24 - 26 “Then said Yahshua to his disciples, If any man would come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his burden, and follow me. For whoever would save his life shall lose it: and whoever shall lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what shall a man be profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and forfeit his life? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his life?” Which do you value the more, eternal life or “a little fun???” Don’t forget about Isaiah 22: 12- 14 “And in that day did the sovereign Yahweh of hosts call to weeping, and to mourning, and to baldness, and to girding with sackcloth: and behold, joy and gladness, slaying of oxen and killing sheep, eating flesh and drinking wine: let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die. And Yahweh of hosts revealed himself in my ears; Surely this iniquity shall not be forgiven you till you die, says the sovereign, Yahweh of hosts.”

 

        Is this going a bit too far? Should we really be weeping over Groundhog Day? It’s not like some municipality is making an official sacrifice!

        It is reported that in Lexington, North Carolina a 65 pound pot-bellied

       pig will be used in place of a groundhog. There will be divination rites

       and a pork barbeque (the town is noted for it’s pork barbeque) on “Groundhawg’s Day.”

 

Yours in Messiah, 

Finnegan AKA The Mick

 

 

 

 

 

 

     

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“The Two Babylons” by Rev. Alexander Hislop

 

   All Scripture quotes from S.S.B.

        All emphases the author’s

 

 

 

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