Ancient practitioners of magic discovered a rare race of Immortal Groundhogs that foretold of whether the harsh winter would continue for six weeks or spring would come earlier than usual. If the mystical ground hogs saw their shadows on February 2nd then they’d be scared, and scurry back in their underground homes which meant more winter. If they saw no shadow then the relief of spring would be upon all very soon. These little furry wonders gave people hope but also worry if the long winter was to continue. However most never took it out on these little innocent messengers of Mother Nature, and her subordinate deities, who had her own reasons for continuing the winter season, or not. It’s said that Winter Gods dominating an area would cause the Sun to manifest while Spring deities would cause clouds to form. Both utilizing the Groundhogs to deliver their metaphysical message to humankind.
The special Groundhogs, such as Punxsutawney Phil, were immortal due to ingesting a rare pink flowering herb known as a Ground Hogis. The herb only grows in isolated paranormal hot spots on Earth. Unfortunately for reasons unknown it only works on Groundhogs. With humankind populating the Earth, and wiping out ecosystems, various wizards took matters into their own hands, and brought the groundhogs under their care along with the herbs which they grow in secret. Herbs that become the infamous ground hog elixir of immortality. These Inner Circles of Groundhog Wizards protect our sainted hoggy resources for us all to enjoy, and learn from.