It all starts with two red candles and a small piece of chocolate. Light the candles and eat the chocolate just before reciting this verse:
“Candles glow and love grow, Fill my heart with sacred play. Love be
near and love be clear, Open hearts so they can hear. Expressions of
love, joy, and trust, Not confused by want and lust, Magnify my love to
see, The heart whose love is meant for me. Love’s great beauty, Love’s
great truth Is in my heart and spirit too. Open my heart to the one for
me; Open my eyes so I can see. If another heart yet waits for me, Reveal
my soul mate, whe’er he may be. Make me wise to love as you. Reveal my
soul mate, loving and true. Fill my true love’s mind with thoughts of
me. Happy, caring, loving, and free. Keep me happy, cheerful and true,
Patiently awaiting my lover new. True love will come when time is right,
May it be this very night. If time be right, and I be prepared, Speed my
love’s journey with no time spared. So mote it be.”
GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archive
Lupercalia (Old Roman Festival to Paganism)
Faunus (Celebrates Animals Helping Humans)
Kamakura (Snow Cave Festival; Japan)
Flag Day (Canada)
St. Sigfrid’s Day (patron of Sweden)
Decimal Day (UK)
St. Euseus’ Day (patron of shoemakers)
National Gumdrop Day
On this day, a band of priests called Luperci gathered at the Lupercal, sacrificed goats and a puppy and made offerings of a sacred grain mixture, mola salsa. Two youths were smeared on the forehead with the sacrificial blood, which was wiped off with swatches of milk-soaked wool. After a feast, they stripped off their clothes, wrapped themselves in the still-warm, still-wet skins of the sacrificed goats and ran around the circumference of the hill, striking everyone they met with goatskin thongs, called februa. Being struck by these whips was considered lucky for women who wanted to become fertile.
The whipping may have served several functions. It may have stirred up the blood. Or it may have been considered an expiation, a way of driving out sins and demons (as the Japanese expelled them at Setsubun by throwing beans (see Feb 5)). A similar custom is found at Carnival time in France and Germany: inflated pork bladders, said to contain the souls of the dead, are attached to sticks and used to beat members of the opposite sex.
When the Pope first tried to ban the Lupercalia in the 5th century, there was so much outrage that the papal residence was completely surrounded by the angry mob. He backed off and the festival was not officially banned again until the next century.
Feb 15: Lantern Festival
The culmination of the New Year’s festivities occurs on the 15th day of the first Chinese lunar month, during the full moon, with the Feast of the Lanterns. The Chinese hang lanterns of all shapes and sizes from doorways. Popular designs include lanterns shaped like red carp and goldfish and sheep (because the word for sheep is the same as the word for good auspices). Also popular are multifaceted good-luck lanterns, designed to resemble a water caltrop, a root vegetable whose name in Chinese sounds the same as the word for good luck.
Sweet rice balls (yuan xiao), are the traditional food for this holiday. Traditionally they are made by dipping a kernel of flavored sugar repeatedly in rice flour and water to form successive layers. The balls are then boiled in water until the sugar center dissolves into syrup. The simpler version, usually served today, involves stuffing the sweet rice balls with red bean paste, sweet crushed sesame seeds or peanut paste. Making the rice balls is a family ritual and while they are being made, family members only mention good things, to insure luck for the coming year.Simonds, Nina, Chinese Seasons, Houghton Mifflin 1986
Today Is: Tiu’s Day
Consider meals to improve physical well-being, encourage justice, or increase strength and strategy.
Today’s Magickal Influences ~ Destination, War, Courage, Surgery, Physical Strength
Today’s Goddesses: Aset [Isis], Soorejnaree, Pingalla, Anna, Aine, Danu, Yngona, Bellona, Aida Wedo, Sun Woman
Perfumes: Hellebore, Carnation, Patchouli
Incense: Lignum Aloes, Plantain
Color of The Day: Red
Lucky Sign: Tuesday Is The Lucky Day For Aries and Scorpio
Mullein is Hecate’s plant. Keep mullein in a bowl beside you or wear it around your neck in a conjure bag for extra power while casting spells.
Sowilo of Heimdall’s Aett is the rune today pronounced “so-we-lo” (S: The sun) Success, goals achieved, honor. The life-force, health. A time when power will be available to you for positive changes in your life, victory, health, and success. Contact between the higher self and the unconscious. Wholeness, power, elemental force, sword of flame, cleansing fire.
Sunrise drives away the fears of night. Open your inner source of creativity. Let the energy of nature flow through you. The source of your difficulties is that you have forgotten to pay attention to your creative talents and are giving too much significance to surrounding circumstances. Be more relaxed and joyful about life. Do everything in a way which gives you the opportunity to create, to use your imagination and really enjoy whatever you are doing. Then the problems disturbing you may simply disappear and vanish into thin air. If you feel tired and at a low ebb, this rune remains you that your body needs to restore its own energy balance, so try to relax and be less stressed out.
Sowilo Merkstave (Sowilo cannot be reversed, but may lie in opposition): False goals, bad counsel, false success, gullibility, loss of goals. Destruction, retribution, justice, casting down of vanity. Wrath of god. (Note: the reversed or merkstave definitions are included only for reference as they apply to a multi-rune cast and not to a single rune that’s drawn blind from the pouch)
As with all, take only what feels right to you and disregard the rest.
**a portion of today’s rune meaning/description was kindly provided by Ingrid Halvorsen at sunnyway.com and used here with her gracious permission**
In the Light…
“Music is a release from the tyranny of conscious thought”
— Kevin Burke
Insanity is inherited, you get it from your kids…
Daily Devotions of the Goddess
Dance with the moon and give release.
Blessings will come to your heart in peace.
Let go of that which withers and dies,
That which makes your spirit cry.
Plant anew the seeds of your life,
Weeding our the worry and strife.
Dance with the moon and free your heart.
Blessings shall come that never part.
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This method derives from traditions of Chinese magic. Activate and animate the image of a spirit by pricking your smallest finger with a needle or rose thorn. Rub the resulting drop of blood over the image’s eyes.
Wisdom Perception Truth
The owl brings you wisdom as well as great powers of perception and intuition. Welcome her into your heart and life gladly!
The owl has very keen hearing and vision, enabling her to perceive what others cannot. With her powers within you, you will be able to penetrate the darkness with your intuitive senses. You will see through deception and illusion. You will uncover all mysteries and bring truth to light. Fill yourself with her power whenever the truth is unclear or hidden; she will shine the light so you may see.
The owl also allows you to move silently and unseen. When you do not want undue attention paid to you, when you wish to just quietly keep your own counsel, call in her spirit as you would an invisibility cloak.
One of the greatest powers the owl brings you is to penetrate your own secrets, to see into the beauty of your own soul and uncover there your personal truth and intentions. Feel her within you now, opening yourself to yourself, your true purpose sparkling like a treasure within.
Ah, what a blessing to be the owl!
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About Apache Tears Obsidian
Apache Tears are a variety of Obsidian, a silica rich glassy volcanic rock, originating from Mexico and South West of United States of America. It is found in small roundish shapes of about 10 to 15 mm (1/2″) diameter and are a dark brown/black colour, semi-transparent when a strong light is viewed throught the stone.
The frequency of Apache Tears is connected to the Earth star, base, sacral and heart chakras. Apache Tears Obsidian acts as a good grounding stone. They allow one to understand the lessons of the third dimensional physical plane. Their energy helps to cleanse and purify one’s energetic fields and chakra system.
Through the heart chakra Apache Tears link to one’s emotions and can thus aid with the acknowledgement and release of emotional patterns such as grief.
Apache Tears Obsidian acts as a psychic protector allowing one to “feel” negative energies within one’s energy fields and environment thus helping to repel any negativity that is directed at one.
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Black Velvet, its subtle male energies attract the spiritual adventures, it keeps energy well grounded, clears subconscious blocks and brings an experience and understanding of silence, detachment, wisdom and love. A powerful healer for those it recognizes, not to be used unconsciously.
Magical Uses -Divination, grounding, peace, protection, scrying, mirror magic.
Healing Uses – Stomach, intestines.
Physical Properties – Apache Tears are Obsidian, a natural glass ( a silica rich volcanic rock), with glass as its main component. It is sometimes defined as being a glassy volcanic rock, with less than 1 per cent water content in its structure. It is formed from volcanic lava that cooled to quickly for significant crystallisation to occur. Hence it is amorphous, with no cleavage; fracture is conchoidal. Obsidian is usually black, but brown, grey and more rarely red, blue and green material is found. The colour may be uniform, striped or spotted. It may contain rare phenocrystals of quartz and feldspar. Some inclusion give obsidian a metallic sheen, while internal bubbles or crystals produce a snowflake effect (hence snowflake obsidian) or an iridescence seen in flashes of colour. Group IGENOUS, Composition Mainly SiO2, Hardness 5.0, Crystal structure AMORPHOUS.
Some fast before spell-casting : others recommend eating for extra strength and power. Among the foods believed to enhance chances of spell-casting success are ginger (both fresh and candied) and rosemary.
World Forecast 2011
Forecast for 2011: the Chinese year of the Yin Metal Rabbit (or Hare) – 3rd February 2011 to the 22nd January 2012.
Although the world economy will technically be out of recession, many countries will still be marred in debt and subject to high taxation. Unrest will grow and governments will be forced to place their dometic agendas above the demands of international co-operation. This will place great strain upon the European Community, the Russian Federation, the Chinese Communist Party and the economic co-operation between Canada, the USA and Mexico.
This is because the Yin Metal Rabbit is an introspective, home loving pacifist with a sharp business acumen who will ensure the preservation of his own creature comforts to the exclusion of outsiders. It is a year in which the family will come first. Expect moves by some States in the USA and China to demand greater autonomy, and for pressure to grow in Britain to withdraw from the European Community.
Expect that individual countries (and those in a currency union) will introduce protectionist measures by raising tariff barriers leading to disputes at the WTO, and moves to manipulate currencies to ensure competitive export prices.
Housing markets in the Anglo-Saxon world will fall back to their long term average and a mood of realism amongst both buyers and sellers will lead to a propitious year for Estate agents as volumes increase. Interest in the Art world will increase markedly.
Expect too that NATO countries will tire of the war in Afghanistan as Al Quaeda and other Jihadists lose their enthusiasm for attacking the West. And the Middle East should also expect a period of relative calm.
But please note: our prediction for 2010 included these words: “We must also face the possibility in a Metal Tiger year of yet more military conflict between opposing idealogies, rather like the Korean War that started in 1950 – a previous year of the Yang Metal Tiger.” It is conceivable that 2011 will be affected by events that have their origin in 2010.
All this will be in marked contrast to what will happen in 2012 – the Year of the Water Dragon which starts on the 23rd January 2012, and finishes on the 9th February 2013. Our forecast for 2012 will be available soon.