Goddess OF The Day: MIELIKKI
Themes: Change; Providence
Symbols: Bear; Grain; Woodland Plants
About Miellikki: The Finnish Goddess of game, hunting, and the forest,
Mielikki protects our resources during the remaining cold season by
keeping the pantry filled. As the Goddess of abundant grain, she also
encourages the return of fertility to the earth.
To Do Today: Go into your kitchen and get a small handful of any
grain-based cereal. Take this outside and release a pinch of it to the
Mielikki, see this grain and bless, return to earth in fruitfulness.
Hear the prayer that fills my heart; to my home, providence impart.
Take the remaining pinch back in the house and store it in an airtight
container, symbolically preserving your resources.
Tyvendedagen means “twentieth day after Christmas.” In Norway, today
marks the official end of the Yule season. It’s celebrated with races,
sleigh rides and the storage of ornaments and by burning the Christmas
tree to drive away winter. So, when you dismantle your Yule tree, keep a
jar full of its needles handy. Burn these throughout the year to banish
frosty feelings or to warm up a chilly relationship. The pine smoke,
being from a woodland tree, also draws Mielikki’s attention to any
pressing needs you may have.
By Patricia Telesco
Virgin Sacrifice Day
Play God Day
Show and Tell Day At Work Day
Feast of the Black Nazarene
St. Philip of Moscow
National Static Electricity Day
Feast of St. Julian
Martyr’s Day (Panama)
St. Hadrian the African’s Day
Feast of All Fairies (Fairy)
Balloon Ascension Day
National Apricot Day
St. Basilissa’s Day (patron against breast-feeding problems)
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Discover the cosmos!Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.
2012 January 9
Facing NGC 6946
Composite Image Data – Subaru Telescope (NAOJ) and Robert Gendler; Processing – Robert Gendler
Explanation: From our vantage point in the Milky Way Galaxy, we see NGC 6946 face-on. The big, beautiful spiral galaxy is located just 10 million light-years away, behind a veil of foreground dust and stars in the high and far-off constellation of Cepheus. From the core outward, the galaxy’s colors change from the yellowish light of old stars in the center to young blue star clusters and reddish star forming regions along the loose, fragmented spiral arms. NGC 6946 is also bright in infrared light and rich in gas and dust, exhibiting a high star birth and death rate. In fact, since the early 20th century at least nine supernovae, the death explosions of massive stars, were discovered in NGC 6946. Nearly 40,000 light-years across, NGC 6946 is also known as the Fireworks Galaxy. This remarkable portrait of NGC 6946 is a composite that includes image data from the 8.2 meter Subaru Telescope on Mauna Kea.
On ‘Play God Day’ I thought we’d take a look at the deity that the month of January is named after. January is actually derived from the ancient name of the Roman god Janus, who is touted to have presided over the dawning of every new year. He was often revered as the ‘God of Gateways’ or ‘God of Doorways.’ He is also known as the ‘Lord of Beginnings.’ The image of Janus is often symbolized by a face that looks both backwards and forward at the same time, perhaps a reminder that this is a good time to reflect on events of the previous year. And you don’t have to be reminded that any past reflection should only be in addition to recognizing the clean slate of opportunity that waits immediately ahead. So this would be a great day to make some lucky little upgrades to your front doorway. Remember that the front door calls in the subtle energies that enter your house and therefore has an impact on your opportunities and income. So be sure that this particular door is in good condition! If possible, paint the front door red to auger in fortune and luck, or green to grow health, happiness and prosperity. If you can’t do that, at least give it a good cleaning. No need for the God of Doorways to come knocking when a little elbow grease and a fresh coat of paint will bring you a year of blessings!
By Ellen Whitehurst for Astrology.com
Sevens, like Threes, deal with magical forces. Sevens deal with esoteric, scholarly aspects of magic. Representative of scholarly activities, mystery, and the focused search for esoteric meanings. Seven deals with the activation of imagination and manifesting results in our lives through the use of conscious thought and awareness. Ruled by Saturn, Seven can represent impractical dreaming, but with a deeper understanding of the aspects of Seven, you can quite deftly utilize its magical vibration to your own benefits.
Spiritual Meaning of Numbers
You may be feeling more serious and less playful today. You’re in a more contemplative mood than usual, and this is a great time to exercise patience and spend some quiet time with people who inspire you.
About the Number 7
Quiet, Insightful, Analytical, Mystical, Intuitive
General Meaning: One hears thunder unexpectedly! First comes fear, then a sharpening of one’s vision. Recall a close brush with danger — a falling branch, an automobile accident barely avoided, an escape from a potentially violent confrontation. Such incidents arouse every nerve fiber in your body in a brief wave of terror, but soon, once the danger has passed, give way to a heightened awareness of the world. The same process also occurs with other types of shock — the loss of a job, the sudden departure of a loved one, business failure and so on.
The lasting impact of a major shock can either be stimulating or debilitating, depending upon one’s strength of character. The critical factor is the ability to shake off fear, thereby transforming anxiety into a laser-sharp perception of the world around you.
When overtaken by crisis, the wise search their hearts for inner strengths in order to face their life with courage. This often means daring to take an unexpected path — to bounce back quickly and self-confidently after failures, to have faith in the eternal when confronted with death.
We tend to think of shock only in the context of unpleasant events. We can also be jarred, however, by the sudden release of tension that comes with unexpected joy or success. To keep your bearings in the aftershock of either trauma or victory, it is essential that your inner compass be aligned with ‘true north’, that magnetic force which guides you toward fulfillment of both your deepest desire, and your highest destiny.
This Week’s Tarot Reading from The Quest Deck
Past: Ace of Wands – False starts. Lack of personal power. Unfulfilled goals. Becoming listless and foggy. Feeling empty. Unable to focus energy. Impotence. Becoming barren. Standing still, afraid to move forward. Bad relationships. Problems with your significant other. Not the time for new business plans. Wait.
Present: The Empress – Femininity and love. This card shows a time of great emotional content. This card can mean pregnancy depending on the others cards present. It definitely means sensuality and sexuality. Positive emotional expressions of love. Loving others in a motherly way without losing her sensual nature. The Empress may be emotional but she is also a powerful woman. It is the feminine way she wields her power that may confuse others. Her nighttime meditations give her a high degree of creativity which she delights in. She literally gives birth to new concepts and ideas.
Future: Mother of Swords – Clever malicious arguments. Often is bigoted and hateful. She has become the treacherous adversary. Her mind has become narrow and closed off. Someone who is intolerable to be around. She will often gossip for the sheer sport of it. Her want of privacy becomes destructive. She will become vengeful if crossed and has a long memory on top of it. Do not try to cross the dark waters to get closer because she will sink you with her cleverness. Depending on the other cards present the penalty for getting closer can be extremely severe. Do not pursue this matter or else.
This week’s reading from The Quest Tarot. Your Quest Deck Reading for the Week Readings by GrannyMoon