Candlemas is a spiritual vacation and celebration that originated within the 4th Century. It’s celebrated on February 2nd, 40 days after Christmas.
Candlemas is alleged to be a celebration of remembrance, the place candles are lit to honor and bear in mind Jesus being formally launched on the temple of Jerusalem. (40 days after his beginning on Christmas, December 25th).
In some Catholic Church buildings there’s an added layer of which means the place it’s stated to have fun the ritual purification of the Virgin Mary, which might have additionally taken place 40 days after giving beginning to Christ.
Early on, Candlemas was celebrated with an important feast… The Feast of Candlemas.
In additional fashionable occasions, Candlemas has grow to be a time when church buildings will bless the entire candles for the approaching yr.
Right here’s one thing that sparked an curiosity for me.
A Celebration with Candlelight!
Candles are in and of themselves so symbolic.
A lit candle has its personal religious power and presence, however a lit candle additionally has the facility to help you in calling forth higher religious presence in your life.
So, as a contemporary twist on Candlemas…
You could need to gentle a candle to gentle a candle, to evoke your personal divine presence and to welcome increased divine presence and spirit into your life.
Easy Candle Meditation
A timeless, and easy, but nonetheless highly effective candle meditation is to gentle a candle.
Then set the candle in entrance of you, and gaze into the candle’s flame.
As you gaze into the flame… Mirror on the qualities of Spirit current within the flame, and inherently current in All.
The identical presence of Spirit you tune into within the candles flame can be current in you, and with consciousness now you can carry it to the floor an increasing number of in your personal life.
A Highly effective Time of Purification
The reference to Candlemas being the time when Mom Mary underwent a Purification ritual can be fairly symbolic.
In my article about Imbolc, which is the Pagan Hearth Pageant that marks the hidden entrance to Spring on February 1st…
I discuss in regards to the highly effective energies of Purification which might be obtainable proper round this time.
It’s time for purification each inside on the degree of your ideas and feelings…
However its additionally the right time for a bit of Spring cleansing of your house round.
Connection With Groundhog Day
Candlemas has a connection to the fashionable commentary of Groundhog day which additionally takes place on February 2nd. The connection is that farmers noticed the climate on Candlemas and used it as a reference level to find out what the climate can be like within the days to comply with.
If the Solar was brilliant overhead… It meant extra clear chilly climate to come back. Nonetheless, if it was cloudy it meant hotter climate to come back.
There’s an previous English tune I discovered referenced on Catholic Answers that goes like this:
“If Candlemas be honest and brilliant, / Come, Winter, have one other flight. / If Candlemas brings clouds and rain, / Go, Winter, and are available not once more.”
With a lot love,