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Monthly Astro-Forecasts February 2018
Message for February 2018
If we take a moment to step back to look at the bigger picture of our lives, we begin to see the beliefs, thoughts and ideals that have shaped and carved our passage through time, and we can see the pathways we have walked and the avenues we have explored, as well as the dead-ends we have faced and the new terrain we have discovered; we can see how we have evolved and grown through the good times and the bad, and we gain a stronger sense of self as a result.
In many ways, our journey through life is a random collection of hotchpotch, incongruent happenings and experiences and it’s easy to get lost in the detail of this as we do our best to keep on keeping on, but when we step back we can begin to see the patterns and cycles that weave their way through our lives like single-coloured threads in a tapestry. The closer we look at the detail, the more threads we see, and it is only when we step back that we can see the fuller picture in all of its majesty. Yet, the details matter no less than the bigger picture, as each one needs the other. Understanding how the threads weave and come together enables the masterpiece to take shape and form. However, gazing too deeply at the individual threads can lead to confusion as the bigger picture is no longer visible and the threads may then not appear to be part of anything else.
Living in the 21st century brings its challenges as we are constantly interconnected and plugged in. Our senses are often over-stimulated, and this can lead to an inability to even see the needle, let alone the threads or the tapestry itself. We rarely get moments when the phone isn’t tinging or bleeping or a new post on social media isn’t distracting us; the news is broadcast 24/7 and there is no clear start or finish to the day as we live in a global community. Many live in concrete jungles which are vibrant and energetic, but frenetic and noisy at the same time. It’s as though modern living doesn’t allow for breathing spaces and it’s become intolerable for many.
So, it’s easy to see how so many get caught up in a world that feels devoid of meaning and depth, and, no matter how hard we try to find happiness, it can feel out of reach as life feels too complex and polarised, disjointed and disconnected. Combine this with the everyday complexities of being human, as well as the soul-level shifts of spiritual awakening, and it’s not surprising that so many of us are feeling energetically dishevelled and discombobulated.
However, all is not lost. Sometimes we need to take a stand. We need to reach for the ‘off’ button and switch off our phones, TV’s, tablets and computers – even for a few hours. We can take a walk in nature, watch the sunset or listen to a bird singing, and this can all be found in inner cities as well if we look. There is so much pressure in modern living: unanswered emails banging on the door, a ‘read’ notification on a message implying the sender is being ignored if not immediately responded to and the constant noise and light all around. Creating some breathing space allows each of us to breathe more deeply into life and to step back from being caught up in the hamster wheel of keeping on keeping on so we can begin to see the bigger picture once again. With clarity brings renewed hope and focus, and February looks set to be a month for tapping into this in order to re-shape and re-define what’s truly important in life.
In a world that is constantly awake we sometimes need to step in and be silent. This is a basic need which can feel like a luxury but it’s a necessity. Even just a few minutes here and there is enough as it’s our willingness to switch off that begins the process of re-establishing equilibrium. Sadly, life doesn’t come with an instruction manual and although it’s easy to follow the flock, sometimes we need to realise that we are not sheep, we are all unique individuals with unique needs. This is the time to listen to our own inner needs and to give them the space and freedom to thrive…
As you continue to peel back layer upon layer of your inner world, you are beginning to gain a much stronger sense as to what makes you tick, and you are finding out what makes you thrive and what doesn’t. Some of this may come as something of a surprise for you as you have always had a strong sense of self and personal destiny, so you have built up some powerful beliefs and philosophies over the years. However, as you are now discovering, some of your strategies for life were based more on keeping on keeping on and surviving in an unpredictable world rather than on embracing your true gifts and stepping into unchartered terrain. Of course, there is much to be said for focusing on keeping on keeping on as it’s this strategy that has helped you to build foundations in life but there is a sense that you have, on a deep level, felt as though you are somehow sacrificing a part of yourself in the process as you have felt like a bird caged and unable to fly.
Whilst you have built a wonderful nest in the cage and you have almost everything you need, you cannot help but look beyond the bars and wonder ‘what if’. There is a profound sense of you feeling a clear boundary between where you are and where you want to be, and this has stifled your creativity a great deal. As a result, you have often found yourself sitting on the periphery of your life, gazing longingly at the life you perceive to be out of reach, yet, why? This is your big question to ponder in February as it’s time now you for you to realise that the cage has no door and you are free to fly whenever you choose…
There are moments in your life that have been truly extraordinary and special; points in time where your life has been transformed or you have been touched by the magic of inspiration or the wonder of life. You can, on the whole, vividly recall such moments as they have proven to be pivotal on the path you’ve walked. There are obviously also some moments which you try hard to forget although these can never truly be forgotten or erased as they form a part of the rich landscape of your life. Yet, there are many more moments in between the two which are more pedestrian and mundane – the seemingly incongruent bits and pieces of everyday living. Such moments keep the wheels turning and act like the glue that holds everything together as they help you to get from ‘a’ to ‘b’. At the same time, it’s the everyday moments that meld together to shape and define a great deal of your life as many of the choices you make are formed from this ‘glue’.
Although you accept this, there is a part of you rather fed up with the monotony of the mundane in your life and you are longing to find some extra magic and sparkle. Although you do ‘keeping on keeping on’ really well, you want more than this as your essence is looking for ways to thrive, expand and blossom as you allow your creativity to flow more freely. Although your head may not feel this to be appropriate as you are simply too busy with the business of everyday life, your heart disagrees and it’s time now for you to forge a truce as you know only too well that there is always room for the magical and extraordinary in your life – you just have to let it in…
February looks set to be a month for exploring the pauses in your life: the spaces within the spaces. It’s hard to captivate the essence of this and articulate it in a way that’s black and white, as it’s simply too nebulous and out of reach. The spaces between the spaces are things like the moment between the in-breath and the out-breath, the silent gaps amongst the cacophony of modern day living and those magical times where you are captivated in a moment of beauty such as the setting sun or watching a bird soaring through the thermals. During such moments, time seems to slow down and come to a brief pause allowing you to breathe more deeply into the world and, at the same time, allowing life to breathe more deeply into you. Although you are well aware of these pauses, there is a sense that the more you bring them into consciousness, the more you will begin to see the ways in which they all join up.
Life is often busy and full of distractions, so the spaces within the spaces may feel like little isolated bubbles of magic popping up here and there, but they are, in fact, a continuous flow and you seem ready now to step back a little from the distractions in order to see the bigger picture. You may wonder the point of such an exercise, but try not to, as over-thinking this will make it harder for you to be willing to step into the moment consciously allowing your mind, body and soul to awaken to a new chapter in your life. This shift is all about becoming one in all of those magical moments in order to create a more aligned and centred you. In short, it’s time to feel whole…
As you continue to step beyond the busy-ness of the everyday distractions of things to do, people to see and places to go, it seems you are beginning to establish a much clearer sense of your true priorities in life. You have been so busy keeping on keeping on and trying to work through your ever-growing ‘to do’ list, it has been easy for you to lose sight of the bigger picture of your life as you have been too busy to take much notice. As a result, you have grown more distant from your dreams and from those aspects of your life that bring you joy and light up your inner smile. However, even though you successfully manage to keep yourself busy, there is still a nagging doubt lurking deep within your heart and soul that’s telling you to let go of the distractions more in order to connect more deeply to the things you truly want in life.
You may feel that being busy and getting things done is enough of an achievement, but when you go deeper within, you know this isn’t the case as your soul is longing for more. Cutting back clutter and stepping beyond the busy-ness takes courage as it means you are left face to face with the core of you and there are no distractions to hide behind anymore. Seeing your true reflection means you can’t hide behind being busy and the distractions of everyday life any more as your true essence is there in its full glory. Yet, this isn’t something to fear, you’ve just grown resistant to it over the years as you’re not used to acknowledging your true majesty and your gifts. Let them shine brightly now and allow your heart and soul to lead the way…
You have always been something of an adventurer in life, wanting to explore the paths least travelled and taking every opportunity to go ‘off road’ in order to explore new terrain. As a result, you have built up a wealth of knowledge and wisdom and you have also learned a great deal about yourself in the process. You know only too well that life is never as straight and direct as a Roman road as there are always twists, turns, potholes and blind corners ahead, along with the odd fallen tree and stray cow wandering along the road. This reality frustrates you somewhat as you want nothing more to charge ahead, covering new ground and never stopping; you want to keep on moving as you intuitively know it’s movement that allows you to grow, thrive and flourish. Whilst this is, to some extent true, there is also a sense that without taking pauses, how can you truly be sure you are still on the right path?
Sometimes great insights can come from the natural pauses in life and this is where your focus needs to be directed throughout February in order to gain some new insights in connection to your path ahead. You can easily connect to the pauses even though you are so busy simply by becoming more aware of your breath: taking a deep breath in and out helps you to refocus and to let go of the clutter within. Taking time out from charging ahead, letting go of over-thinking your options, and being open to your inner guidance, will all help you to find a clearer and fresher way of being you. Of course, you will still be the adventurer, but a wiser one, as you have realised it’s not just reaching your destination that’s important but the richness you discover on the journey as well…
You have always been one of life’s innovators, riding on the leading edge of the crest of the wave that’s heading towards undiscovered territory. You thrive on creative thought and your originality of perspective enables you to see the world in a way that others simply cannot. Being such a unique and vibrant soul has had its costs as there have been times in your life when you have wanted nothing more than to be part of the flock, keeping your head down and going with the flow. The reason for this is a desire to escape from the pressure you perceive to be present to do more, be more and achieve more. You want to be the very best that you can be and feel disappointed in yourself if you feel as though you haven’t achieved this. Placing yourself on such a high pedestal is admirable as it means you always have a clear goal to work towards, yet it can also set you up for failure because anything less can feel like it’s not enough.
Have you set your sights so high because nothing else will do or because you feel you have to do more and be more to be happy? If so, who says so? Either way there is a sense that you have placed yourself under enormous pressure which is neither helpful or motivational as it leaves you feeling ‘less than’. The pedestal seems to be a point in your life where the planets align and everything is exactly as it should be; whilst this isn’t impossible, perhaps by focusing on this you have lost sight of where you are now? You are a vibrant, creative, innovative and passionate soul – don’t focus solely on chasing rainbows as you can be the rainbow right now…
After a storm, when the rain stops and the winds ease, but before the birds start singing once again there is a brief moment in time where everything seems to standstill. It rarely lasts long, and few truly notice it as the distractions of everyday life are many, and yet, just because it doesn’t get noticed doesn’t mean it’s stopped happening. Or does it? You frequently ponder such questions as you think more deeply than most and like to look beyond the closed curtains of everyday life in order to connect to the magic all around. You sense those little moments of standstill and you also take time to hear the beauty around you: from the bird’s serenade, the sunlight dancing through the trees to the stars twinkling in the night sky. Although you are one of life thinker’s, you are very aware of the bigger picture and this insight helps you to ‘think big’ when it comes to why things are the way they are.
Many may be surprised that you even notice those little moments as your mind usually seems so busy with thoughts and ideas, but they don’t see the real you, the you that gently rides your inner maelstrom of thoughts and sees it as a blessing as it enables you to walk more consciously in life. The more of these magical moments you have noticed over the years, the more you have discovered, and your life is now shaped and defined more by the magic than by your busy mind. Yet, your mind plays an important role as it allows you to distil the essence of these moments and channel them into new projects, dreams and goals. In short, you are perfect exactly as you are, and the time has come for you to see the gift of being you…
There are times in your life when you feel as though you are in a little wooden boat, fully stocked with supplies, anchored close to the shore. This little boat represents the free-spirit within you as you have a longing to up-anchor and explore pastures new. Yet, the little wooden boat has remained at anchor for quite some time. You frequently visit, bringing new supplies, adding extra bits of equipment and reviewing your map. Yet, the little wooden boat doesn’t move. Over time you have wondered if the boat is actually meant to move or if it is just a reminder of ‘what could be’. You have also tried to ignore the boat when life has got too busy and you simply haven’t had the time to maintain it or keep it well-stocked. However, the little wooden boats remain at anchor, gently bobbing up and down in the water, silently calling to your heart and soul to one day come and join it and to discover a new way of living and being.
There is a part of you that wants nothing more, but you are also fairly content to stay as you are as everything is ticking along. Ticking along? Is that really what you want? If you look more closely at your little wooden boat, its name, lovingly carved is ‘what if’. In many ways this is representative of the many times you ask yourself this question as it seems clear that although you are ticking along you frequently think about what you truly want from life. The boat has become the epitome of everything you don’t have but it’s also becoming over-stuffed with unspent dreams for you to even contemplate setting sail. The time for ‘what if’s’ is coming to an end, a new name is emerging for your boat now ‘new beginnings’…
The theme of breathing space looks set to continue through February as you start to think about just how much energy you spend on trying to better organise your time, so you can better organise your goals and dreams. You have a LOT of things on your ‘to do’ list as you love to expand your boundaries and explore new territory, and, as a result, you often have a myriad of different things to do, people to see, places to go and dreams to ponder at any one given moment in time. This can be quite dizzying at times as you can be juggling with more batons than is humanly possible to keep up in the air, but it doesn’t stop you from trying. If anyone took a moment to listen in on your life, all they would hear is a whooshing sound as you whiz along, as well as the sound of someone frenetically juggling batons.
Whilst you are more than capable of living life at a million miles an hour, the time has come to ask yourself if you really want to? Is being so busy really what you want or is it more of a distraction to keep you away from focusing on what you truly want? Deep within the core of your being resides a dream, a sense of purpose and destiny, something you have always felt. This has never left you, but it has often become lost underneath layer upon layer of batons. Your focus has been on keeping those batons in the air even though the one you truly long for is in your heart and soul. You seem ready now to breathe more deeply into life, to acknowledge your true destiny and breathe life into it and to allow it to finally take shape and form…
As you continue to re-shape and re-define your thoughts, beliefs and dreams, there is a sense you are beginning to reach a stage in your life where the shift between where you were and where you want to be feels more tangible and palpable. In short, you are becoming more aware of where you are now, and this has enabled you to take a good look at the balance of your life in terms of the things that nourish and the things that don’t. Of course, there are many more aspects of your life that sit in-between the two ends of this spectrum: the kind of humdrum pedestrian of day-to-day living, but these are things you rarely notice as they form the white noise that constantly sits in the background. It’s generally the things that sit at the more challenging end of the spectrum that you notice as they are the aspects of your life that tip the balance and upset the apple cart. It would be only natural to want to eradicate these and create more of those things in your life that nourish you, but life is rarely as straightforward as that.
Whilst you can consciously make choices to shift the balance, and you can also make adjustments in order to establish a better equilibrium, there are duties and responsibilities that you carry even though you know they deplete you at some level. It would be easy to resent these over time, but you don’t as you have chosen to accept these in your life and this acceptance has, to a great extent, set you free from much of the burden. Perception matters as it allows you to change the energy that shapes your life. This is your time now to continue this process in order to establish a new way of living and being…
The concept of loving acceptance looks set to play a key role in your life throughout February as you have reached a stage of your life journey where you finally feel able to embrace the essence of what loving acceptance truly means. You are a vibrant soul with a vivid imagination and your dreams for life have been big, bold and colourful. However, there have been times when these dreams have faded and dulled as you have become pre-occupied with getting life right rather than living it well. You may feel that these are the same thing, after all, surely if you are living life well, then you are getting life right? Whilst there is clearly some truth in this, living well and getting life right are different as getting life right places the focus on ‘getting life right’ whereas living well means living well whether you get life right or not.
The first places you under intense pressure to succeed, whereas the second allows you to cultivate the essence of joy and acceptance without the caveat of having to succeed first; it allows for the possibility of happiness even if you don’t achieve all of those lofty dreams you set for yourself. If you spend your life waiting to succeed before you can be truly happy then it may make for a long wait as your horizon is always changing. Living life well does not mean giving up on those dreams, it simply means a willingness to lovingly accept yourself, and your life, at every single point from here to wherever you may end up. It removes the pressure of ‘failure’ and allows you to learn from all of your experiences and it also inspires you to see just what a magnificent and amazing soul you really are…
February looks set to be a month for you to find ways to create more ‘you time’ in your life as you begin to realise just how out of balance your life has become recently. In many ways, you have been going with the flow of the currents of your life, but it seems that much of your ‘you time’ has been slowly pushed out of the way in favour of things to do, people to see and others’ needs to accommodate. You are a naturally giving person and think nothing of self-sacrificing your own needs for others but, over time, this begins to take over and you feel as though you have little room to breathe as your energy feels stifled and trapped. ‘You time’ isn’t indulgent or self-focused, it’s simply a way for you to re-establish a deeper sense of balance in your life. With more balance comes your ability to see the bigger picture, to make more rational decisions and to learn how to say ‘no’ or ‘yes’ more appropriately. Over time, without this balance, the vibrant hues and colours of your creative and fluid world turn to grey as your fluidity becomes trapped as you’ve little room to breathe or manoeuvre.
Living in a grey world really doesn’t suit you as your heart and soul long for the kaleidoscope of colour to flow freely into every aspect of your life. Perhaps the key here is in finding ways of acknowledging your own worth, honouring yourself more and creating more ‘you time’. The latter is important as it’s your way of declaring a new intent that will inspire you to prioritise your own needs and realise that the more you honour yourself, the more connected and vibrant you will feel. It’s fine to start small, but let the ‘you time’ build and watch it transform your life from the inside, out…
February 2018 Energy forecast – New Light on your life
Fabulous February is here! This is sure to be an action-packed, adventure filled month. We’re in eclipse season! Eclipses always bring changes and radical awakenings. This month we’re experience a Solar Eclipse, which can set your life on a new path. In numerology, February 2018 is a 13 Universal Month (2 + 2+0+1+8 = 13). 13 is the number of death, birth, and rebirth. You’re sure to have some revelations this month guiding you to let go of what you once knew, and go toward the unknown. In this astrology and numerology forecast, you will discover why things might feel emotionally intense, and how to make the most of this energy.
You may be thrown a bit off balance these days thanks to the Lunar Eclipse in Leo that happened earlier this week. The effects of this Lunar Eclipse are especially emotional, because it is directly connected to the Great American Solar Eclipse that happened back in August, also in Leo. Big changes are brewing now. If you’re in a relationship, you might feel you’re ready to move on, especially if your lover fails to recognize your needs in the partnership. On the other hand, you may be ready to take your relationship to the next level and an engagement or marriage may occur — it all depends on your personal situation, and what’s been playing out in your relationship since last August… But it’s not just about people that are coupled up! If you’re single, this eclipse energy can bring about a real turning point for you. Be open to realizing something within yourself that needs to end now, in order to make room for the romance you want to draw into your life.
More immediately, communicative Mercury will make a positive connection with passionate Mars on Saturday. This would be a good day to strike a conversation with your partner or love interest and share any thoughts and ideas that are buzzing in your head — others will be willing to hear you out, and they’ll likely be stimulated to share their ideas with you, too.
Come Sunday, lovely Venus will make a challenging connection to excessive Jupiter. Luckily though, this bodes pretty well for love! Everyone’s spirits will be high and there’s an extra boost of generosity and optimism in the air. Just be careful not to break the bank trying to impress that special someone. The most genuine expressions of love come from your heart, not your wallet.
Cosmic Weather Horoscope for February 2018
Jane Lyle, Astrologer
From The Astrology Room
Toss a pebble in a pond and watch the ripples shiver outwards. This is an image for the astrology of February, 2018.
Right in the middle of February we have a solar eclipse in Aquarius. It’s lively, mouthy, eccentric and electrifying. And it’s symbolism and meaning fan out on either side of the exact date, February 15th – one day after Valentine’s Day, one day before Chinese New Year, and the Year of the Dog.
February begins beneath the bright moonlight of that supermoon at the end of January, and the discombobulating effects of the lunar eclipse in Leo. So do consider holding off on major decisions for at least a few days as February begins, and then be cautious again mid-month when the solar eclipse plays hide-and-seek with our lives. We can make good progress this month, but rushing things won’t work out too well.
Fabulosity and melting fol-de-rols arrive towards the end of this short month when the mysterious waters of Pisces rise, and planets in the sign of the two fishes meet the god of the oceans, Neptune. Shape-shifting inspiration is on offer for many of us then.
In fact, the end of February is much dreamier than Valentine’s Day itself. So what about the designated annual day of love?
Wednesday 14th February:
On 14th February the Sun, Moon, and Mercury are in cool, friendly Aquarius, connecting with Uranus for a few Valentine’s Day surprises.
A very nice Valentine’s Day surprise might include cracking stifling romantic conventions open and celebrating all kinds of love. Those clever Ancient Greeks identified seven varieties of this beautiful feeling:
The Seven Varieties of Love
Here’s the essence of what Aquarius symbolises at its very best. Agape is the love of humanity, an instinctive understanding of what we all share together as human beings.
Family love, and family ties are what Storge is all about. In astrology, you could say this is the sign Cancer the Crab, and the fourth house of the zodiac. It’s about the love that connects parents and their children, but widens to include other family-style relationships such as adoptive parents and their children, or aunts, uncles, cousins. You can just keep going on this one.
Pragma takes time, patience, and effort to achieve. It’s the kind of love that develops when people have been together for a long time. It’s not exciting or urgent, but it endures through all manner of trials and tribulations.
We talk about this one a lot these days. Philautia is self love, but it’s not about the vanity of being totally up yourself and a complete pain. Self love, and the rather squirmily-named ‘self care’, is healthy and necessary. But the Greeks warn us to take care. They tell us that taking self love too seriously can lead to the crushing losses of nemesis and hubris. Look after yourself, and then you can care for others is probably the ideal path to follow.
The delights of bonding with a team and sharing brotherly or sisterly love are what Philia is all about. Group hugs!
Ludus is fun and games, flirty and playful. Ludus beckons us towards butterflies in the stomach, and the scary tightrope of that euphoric phase of early attraction.
The mischievous Greek god of love was called Eros. When powerful sexual chemistry casts a spell it is almost impossible to resist. We like to think of this as ‘romantic’, but the Ancient Greeks didn’t really do romance. Culturally, just as we once put fig leaves on naked statues, we wrapped our notions of ‘romance’ around the erotic intoxication Eros represents.
So however you choose to celebrate it – Happy Valentine’s Day!
Sunday 18th – Sunday 25th February:
Sea of Love
Pisces season begins when the Sun and Mercury enter the sign of the two fishes on Sunday, 18th February. Love, music and mystery prepare to seduce us.
And when magnetic Venus in Pisces meets watery Neptune – exact on the 20th and 21st – we can perhaps float on a boundary-less sea of bliss. Emotional intelligence rules, compassion surges, psychic awareness tingles.
This could be the perfect time to try:
Listening to soulful, harmonious music
Tantric sex or kundalini yoga
Walking beside the sea
A foot massage – In the astrology of the body, Pisces rules the feet
Your Dark Stars: Horoscopes for February 2018
by Jane Lyle, Astrologer
From The Astrology Room
Working on joint projects and sharing ideas brings joy and inspiration this February. But keeping your options open would be a wise move. A lively solar eclipse on the 15th sparks the unusual and unexpected. There’s fresh information and points of view, and everything shuffles around into new patterns. Some of this relates back to last summer – what seemed like a well-mapped route then could now turn out to need some fine tuning. Maybe you develop a crush on one of your workmates, or maybe you have a vivid dream that beckons you to explore faraway cultures and landscapes. Basically, if you expect the unexpected you won’t be disappointed. After the 19th you’re mulling over what you really want in the weeks before your astrological year begins in March. Give yourself time, and don’t panic. Love, community, and friendship are massive themes for you this year. So why not make some space for things to unfold in their own way, and keep a wide open mind?
It’s always disappointing when others let you down. But flaky individuals can be weeded out now, and your precious energy can be channelled into projects and friendships that enrich your life instead. Shake-ups inevitably accompany a bright and buzzy solar eclipse mid-month. It activates your career zone, and poses questions about your place in the world, and your secret hopes and dreams. There’ll be one or two mysteries as well, and these will take time to unravel. This isn’t a passing phase, it’s part of an important longer-term reshaping of your life direction this year. Visionary moments blossom when Venus embraces dreamy Neptune between the 19th and 21st – you’re inspired by music, beauty, female friends and the magic of love itself. Where this leads you becomes clear towards the very end of February and beginning of March. Keep a close eye on your cash – especially online – but remain willing to consider all kinds of everything.
Enjoy the airy eccentricity of Mercury in Aquarius, and February’s Aquarian eclipse too. They stir your free spirit, and even if you’re stuck at home you’ll be dreaming of the far horizons from time to time. Some of those distant shores can be reached via your imagination, while exploring new ideas or studies can also feed your sense of adventure. A spot of musing is now essential, for 2018 is looking very different from the past few years. Saturn left your opposite sign, Sagittarius, in December, but it takes time to absorb all the lessons you’ve learned – particularly when it comes to your partnerships and long standing associations at work. There’s much to discuss. If something has ended, you should know that it had reached its limits and you are now free to move forwards, or choose to weigh up your options in your own time. Later this month you’ll have some fascinating encounters and conversations that refresh your ideas, or open the door for a valuable new friendship or love affair. Money could be in limited supply, but satisfaction and inspiration are abundantly available.
The lunar eclipse at the end of January revealed a whole raft of things for you to think about. Perhaps you got diverted by financial matters, but your instincts tell you that there’s much more going on. Further food for thought arrives with a solar eclipse mid-month, which emphasises shared financial situations and also raises questions about the emotional and financial support you receive from others. What’s truly valuable may surprise you, as how you really feel about certain issues and associations emerges from your subconscious. Endings and new commitments are both brewing up in 2018, but you must do some serious thinking first. Beautiful creative, spiritual and romantic energy builds as the weeks pass – so try not to worry too much. Jupiter in Scorpio is firmly on your side this year, expanding a playful and creative side of yourself you’d almost forgotten – or even suppressed. You’ll attract luscious opportunities for love and self-expression once you allow yourself a little more imaginative freedom. Let go, and see what happens!
News from far-away places intrigues you, sparking your imagination and desire to learn more. Go your own way when you can, for others are in a restless mood and you may not be able to rely on them. Currently, as the Sun moves through your opposite sign of Aquarius, you’re inclined to look back over the months since your birthday. You are half way through your personal zodiac year – how’s it going? Questions about satisfaction and fulfilment arose in January, and now a crackling eclipse in Aquarius, plus Mars in flirty Sagittarius, stirs the pot still further. Perhaps you want to reassess your relationship, embrace a hot romance, or clear up some misunderstandings in a long-term professional partnership? Take it easy, and bear in mind that you won’t have all the facts, indeed – certain vital information may remain hidden until later in the spring. Travel, or learning about something that fascinates you, brings more joy than endlessly chewing over difficulties in your relationships. Clarity will arrive eventually. Meanwhile, zen is the word.
Partners or neighbours seem keen to renovate both homes and gardens this month. You may find this quite stressful, since you prefer to do things at your own speed. Ignore them if you can, and focus on those groups of friends you really enjoy spending time with. If you can throw some exercise into the mix, so much the better, for February’s vibrant solar eclipse spotlights your well-being. And part of feeling good is all about friendship and shared activities. Something you once enjoyed is on its way back into your life – and this could include a long-lost friend, lover, or acquaintance. When you stop to think about it, you’ll see patterns of the past resurfacing in both your social life and your romantic partnerships. With Saturn now in Capricorn, time and karma are making themselves visible to you – with news and events from mid-February onwards bringing chance encounters and communications. Yes, there’s much to ponder and probably some unfinished business to conclude. Stay flexible, and you’ll learn a lot.
Heart-warming surprises are on their way for many Librans. You could reignite the passion in your long standing relationship, or find someone new if you’re single. You may even be invited to create some new project with an old associate, or receive an intriguing offer from a former colleague. All of this is just the beginning, so why not enjoy feeling more creative or romantic and maybe even take a tiny risk or two? Preparation now will pay off later in the year. Just don’t be put off if something seems unconventional or unusual in some way. Cautiousness is wise when it comes to your home and any financial or property matters, but a more open-minded attitude and sense of curiosity is what you need when it comes to your personal and social life. You can then choose what feels right for you, try something different, and take off in a new direction in a few months’ time.
Maybe you believe in karma, maybe you don’t. But you’ll be thinking about the phrase ‘what goes around comes around’ this February, for developments linked with your past are waiting to unfold. Now, this can be very good news as you benefit from all your hard work – which may sometimes have seemed like an endless, unrewarding slog. For many of you, it’s high time you reaped some fabulous rewards, and the potent ongoing link between upbeat Jupiter in Scorpio and powerful Pluto, your ruler, holds much promise now, and for the year ahead. What might need more attention is your family, friends, or romantic partner. And this is where you’ll see patterns and learn lessons that are rooted in past decisions. The solar eclipse mid February acts as a catalyst, throwing up all manner of questions about love and commitment for you to consider. What you’ve said or done in the past refuses to stay there, so you can expect to bump into people, or have conversations, that invite you to reassess. You may even get an apology from someone, or realise you should make amends yourself. All of this frees you to be yourself, and make the most of what life has to offer.
Mars in Sagittarius promises to boost your optimism and joie de vivre this February. Meanwhile, the Sun, Mercury, Venus plus a fizzy solar eclipse in Aquarius spark up all kinds of news, encounters, and your own urge to talk, write, and buzz about the place. If you want to promote yourself, spread the word on social media, or make new contacts – now’s a positive time. Your sexy, magnetic qualities sparkle brightly, especially while Venus is in Aquarius from 1st – 10th February. Friendship and love make you smile, of course, but can also bring inspiration and unusual opportunities to explore new places and ideas. You may be keen to increase your earnings, or in the mood to gamble. Be uncharacteristically sceptical, and get advice before plunging into any get-rich-quick schemes – particularly in the run-up to the new Moon and solar eclipse on the 15th. Illusions abound from the 10th until the end of February, and while you may delight in the company of a seductive stranger, parting with hard cash could quickly lead to disappointment. Focus instead on nurturing your own wonderful ideas, and keep your sense of humour brightly polished.
Much became clear to you in January, when the planets gathered in Capricorn and underlined your sense of purpose and identity. Now there’s a noticeable shift, and a restless atmosphere centred upon the lively solar eclipse on 15th February. It’s focused on your values and finances, and what matters most to you. Home and family are at the top of this list, with changes, developments or important discussions cropping up all month long. Perhaps some radical changes are needed, or you’re wondering about moving home? Others may have surprising news for you, or suggestions that will need careful thought. Conversations become less startling or spiky as the planets begin to gather in shape-shifting Pisces, beginning with lovely Venus on the 10th, followed by Sun and Mercury on the 18th. Each makes a supportive, productive link with your ruler, Saturn – making the second half of February the ideal time for you to say what you feel, or attract what you need. Pleasing news at the beginning of March is the result.
At some point this month your thoughts will be drawn back to last summer’s events. What happened, or began, then has a role to play in your present and future decisions. But, just as you can’t hurry love, you really can’t move things along quickly now. Indeed, pushing for others to make decisions or do what you want isn’t really a very good plan. February 15th’s solar eclipse in Aquarius is full of surprises, and these ripple out on either side to fill the month with lively moments. You may have to reconsider an important relationship or association, you may hear about an unlikely opportunity or chance to work in a new location. There’s a carousel in your mind, whirling around and around, sparkling with potential. While you may fear losing out if you don’t grab what’s on offer, you’ll do better to play it cool. The eclipse heralds change, but what’s really going on will take time to emerge. You may not know all the facts until April, or even later. Trust yourself and your instincts – 2018 is a pivotal year for you, and this is just the beginning.
What emerges from your dreams is vitally important this February. You’re contemplating the past year, and looking forward to the start of your birthday month when the Sun enters Pisces on the 18th. So why not make time for yourself, and allow your amazing intuition, and those vivid dream images, to guide you? Wise advice and useful information is available, particularly when planets in Pisces connect with sensible Saturn around the 15th, 21st, and 24th of the month. Conversations or research offer wonderful insights, and these can lead you to attract good fortune, love, and admiration in March. All of this will take some will-power though, for feisty Mars is currently energising everything to do with your life direction and hopes for the future. There may be arguments with workmates, or partners who see things very differently from you. Hold tight. Planets in Pisces swoosh to your aid, and you’ll be able to charm the birds from the trees with seductive ease before the end of the month.
Your Daily Horoscopes for Friday, February 2
The Moon is in your work and health sector, bringing stronger awareness of your daily affairs, dear Aries. Disorganization and imbalance are disruptive to your mood right now, and the best way to take care of this is to focus on “righting” things one step at a time. This is not the best time for executive decisions, but it’s handy for tuning into areas of your life that you usually overlook. There is a progressive theme in business, and you are more attracted to objects that keep you connected or that advance you forward these days. However, a Venus-Saturn aspect today is not quite so free-flowing. There can be challenges separating pleasure and business.
The Moon spends the day in your creative sector, and Venus forms a semi-square to Saturn. This is a day for seeking out entertainment and play, dear Taurus. Your romantic inclinations are stronger than usual, as well. You appreciate an audience right now. However, it’s not as easy to come by as it is typically at this time of the lunar month. You may find that you’re not especially popular with your opinions just for today. It may be wise to follow the advice, “if you can’t say something nice, say nothing” for now. Alternatively, delays or miscommunications are something you need to deal with.
With the Moon in your solar fourth house all day, there is a homebody attitude that is distinctive, dear Gemini. Your tendency to stick with familiar people, situations, and things, in fact, fills a current need. This is the time of the lunar month when checking in with your innermost needs makes the most sense, and when family relationships can be in stronger focus. You are seeking more security and comfort, and this can prepare you well for a more outgoing period to come. Watch out later today when your bubble might burst. There can be a small letdown as you see the reality of a situation that you previously thought was no less than ideal, or there may be some tensions in interpersonal relationships, mainly revolving around responsibilities and taking communications the wrong way. However, you might reach a beautiful understanding with a significant other.
With the Moon in your communications sector all day, dear Cancer, you are likely to crave some excitement or, at the very least, a busy pace. You are curious and connected today, but at times, you may feel a little too connected, as people may be up and down with their enthusiasm. As well, you are sensitive to news. Others may see this as being fickle, which is not your usual state. Instead, it’s likely because you are not especially in touch with your deeper emotions just for now. You might find that responsibilities weigh heavier on you than usual today. People in your life can seem withholding.
This is a day for settling in, dear Leo, with the Moon in your resources sector. Although there may be some concerns or ups and downs with money and personal possessions, overall, you’re in a positive frame of mind and don’t like to linger on problem areas unless you have the tools to make changes. You are seeking out emotional security today, and it’s unlikely a day in which you go out on a limb or take major risks. You need this right now, — earthy, grounding activities can benefit you much at this time of the lunar month. There can be some tension or feelings of blockage in your interactions with others, who may find you a little distant or serious, with a minor challenge between Venus and Saturn today.
It’s not easy to hide what you’re feeling today, dear Virgo, with the Moon in your sign all day. Even if you’re not verbally expressing your emotions, they are written all over your face! There can be a moody, fickle side to you revealed, as emotions tend to trump logic just for now. You’re in an excellent position to discover feelings you may have buried or brushed aside, but keep in mind that they may be larger than life right now. A sense of being blocked or inhibited today is likely to pass quickly, after which life doesn’t seem quite as serious.
This is a day in which you’re a little more sensitive to the emotional atmosphere around you, dear Libra. It’s a time in the lunar month for tying up loose ends. You have a greater need for moments of quiet and solitude so that you can regroup. You tend to want to stay in the background or avoid the spotlight just for now. This gives you the chance to center yourself and connect with your innermost feelings and aspirations. There can be some minor tensions today with a Venus-Saturn influence that can point to feelings of frustration as your plans might fall through or you could encounter delays and stresses, but nothing that you can’t manage.
You’re most at home in the world of your social life or networking today, dear Scorpio, with the Moon in your social sector all day. You may be looking to friends for nurturance or to cherished dreams and goals for inspiration. This is a better day for cooperative or solo activities than competitive ones. It’s not the best time for chores or responsibilities, which may weigh on your conscience but you’re not interested in going that route right now. You might also do a lot more thinking and planning than “doing” today.
Your ambitions are stimulated today, dear Sagittarius, although there can be distractions that interfere with accomplishing all that you set out to do. Try not to let this bother you too much. You’re harder on yourself now than you typically are, and while this is fine in moderation from time to time in order to motivate you to fill your responsibilities, it’s important to keep this tendency in check. Keep your sense of humor and fun, and you’ll end up being far more productive. There can be some tensions as people around you seem a little frivolous or careless when you want to get serious about a matter. Otherwise, you are in great shape if you work on making yourself happy regardless of what’s happening around you. You’ll find that others not only come around, you grow a bond today.
You may be longing for some fresh air, more freedom, and open spaces today, dear Capricorn. This is not the time of the lunar month for dull routines, and if you’re stuck in them anyhow, it will be essential to take extra breaks or find creative ways to enliven your day. Your curiosity and appetite for the exotic are big right now. Fresh points of view, people, and experiences are attractive. There is particular interest in sharing ideas and knowledge. There can be some difficulties understanding and sympathizing with people around you, and you may feel similarly unappreciated, at times today with a Venus-Saturn influence, however.
You’re in an observant, introspective frame of mind today, dear Aquarius. You are attracted to mysteries and puzzles, as well as the deeper layers of people and life in general. You might relish a little time to yourself, hidden away. Your intuitive faculties are in great form now, so take advantage and learn more about what you need and want. There can be some worry or uncertainty over money today, however. Or, there can be some difficulties coordinating your plans and getting everyone into a place of agreement. Fret only if you are willing to work on a strategy to change things; otherwise, you are wasting valuable energy.
This is a time of the lunar month when you’re more dependent than usual, dear Pisces, as you tend to seek out company, collaboration, and input or feedback. There are stronger emotions surrounding relationships today. Interaction is vital to emotional satisfaction right now with the Moon in your partnership sector. It can also be revealing as you discover more about yourself through your dealings with others. You are likely to feel a stronger desire for harmony, peace, and balance than usual, although getting to these places can involve some disruption! There can be some delays or miscommunications to deal with now.
If You Were Born Today, February 2
Career and family are equally important to you–both of these things drive you. You are a real achiever who has determination and willpower, as well as intuition that serves you well. Spirit and beauty reflect from within, and others cannot help but take notice of you. Very diplomatic, you are a peace lover through and through, and bringing harmony to your environment and family satisfies like nothing else. Famous people born today: Farrah Fawcett, Shakira, Christie Brinkley, James Dickey, James Joyce.
Your Birthday Year Forecast:
Your birthday falls shortly after a Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse this year, suggesting a period ahead of communication and teaching. People may turn to you for advice more frequently, and you are very willing to offer your help. This is a strong year for publicity and any other endeavors that involve spreading the word. As well, your ability to be objective–or to see the “big picture”–can be especially pronounced and rewarding this year.
Especially good energy is with you for debate or energetic mental work. You benefit from an active and clear mind this year. This can be a good year to eliminate wasteful activities. You may be involved in frequent lectures, debates, and discussions during the year. You can convey your ideas more powerfully than usual. You are quick to take the initiative and to put your thoughts into action. Adventuresome travel may be part of the picture. You may be more actively involved with young people.
You’re particularly charming in the year ahead, and you’re especially proud of your relationships. It’s a strong year for strengthening your connections with others, both partnerships and friendships.
You are seeking out equal, fair, and balanced relationships. There can be a stronger inclination towards togetherness and sharing, creating harmony, and sharing power now. You may gain an advantage in business or finances or by promoting harmony and beauty.
The Sun conjuncts the South Node in your Solar Return chart, indicating that you are likely to be dealing with karma in your personal relationships. You may be feeling hesitant about pursuing your goals or “taking” what you want from life at times. Relationships always mirror our own inner conflicts, but this year, you are bound to find particular meaning in your relationship dynamics in terms of your own life path.
You are in big demand this year, and relationships are in stronger focus than usual. It’s likely to be a particularly busy year. This is an excellent period for enterprising endeavors and new interests. You’re drawn instinctively to certain projects that have long-term value. It can be an especially creative, tuned-in year for self-expression, not only verbally but through hobbies, games, or sports. Even so, you’re especially charming and diplomatic, investing much in your relationships.
2018 is a Number Six year for you. Ruled by Venus. This is a year of relative contentment. It’s a time when love is the easiest to attract, and partnerships formed under this vibration have a better chance for longevity. You are especially able to attract others–and material things as well–this year. This is a good year for establishing harmony in the family and the home. Advice – develop existing relationships, be positive and receptive because these kinds of energies help you to attract what you desire.
2019 will be a Number Seven year for you. Ruled by Neptune. This is a year of preparation, chance, and refinement. It is not a time of dramatic changes. Instead, it’s a year when reflection on the past is helpful, and when refinements to your life path should be made. It’s a good year to study, observe, research, and analyze. Unexpected twists to your life story and “chance” meetings are probable. Advice – take stock of your life in order to prepare for more exciting years to come, examine the past and plan for the future, get in touch with your deepest needs and uncover your personal power, don’t strain yourself or actively try to expand.
Get A Jump On Tomorrow…..
Your Horoscopes for Saturday, February 2nd
Watch for unusual reactions to others’ opinions early today, dear Aries. It’s quite fine to be disturbed by an opinion that is extremely different than your own, but today, there can be other underlying issues stimulated that need to be separated from what’s actually happening in order for you to deal with them appropriately. Watch that you don’t let out your frustrations on the job or in the public eye. Take the high road, but also aim to confront any emerging anger or tension. Fortunately, your ruler Mars also forms a sextile to Mercury, and this helps you channel your energies more constructively. As well, you’re expressing yourself with more confidence and vigor, and this helps you assert yourself effectively. The major key to successful communications today is positivity. Grab any opportunity that arises now that pulls you out of your usual routine and adds a dash of adventure to your life. Problem-solving or active involvement with a friend or group can figure strongly.
Early today, you can be especially resistant in the face of someone who might seem to be pushing or pressuring you, dear Taurus. You are in no mood to be manipulated — not that you ever are, but today, you are especially sensitive to tricky power dynamics. Confrontations engaged in now are likely to be no-win situations, so choose your battles wisely. Fortunately, you’re quick to tap into the supportive energies of the day. You have the stamina and energy to accomplish a lot now and your x-ray vision is strong, which is especially good for business moves or strategies for general life direction and next steps. It’s rather easy to drum up support for what you’re doing and saying when you’re acting positively and confidently.
It’s easy for you to become completely absorbed in your personal interests or even a relationship now, dear Gemini. People in your life can take you on a rollercoaster ride today, however. Keep in mind that you can choose not to get on, as difficult as this may be! Everything seems a little larger than life early today. Conserve your energy and aim to be helpful, useful, and productive. Others can challenge you, but what matters most is how you respond. If you do need to get frustrations out into the open, however, even though this can be a messy time to do so, you may need this extra nudge to air out problems. You have a Mercury-Mars aspect on your side today. You are motivated to pursue a learning endeavor or further a mental interest. This is a time for putting ideas into action, sharing thoughts and beliefs, and strengthening alliances through positive, encouraging communication.
You have more energy for work and health routines these days, dear Cancer, but you may disagree with someone close to you about methods or approaches today. Do your best not to lock horns with others now. For some, this energy can stir up frustrations over any imbalances of power in a relationship, and while it can emerge in a disruptive way, it can also serve to push a problem area into your awareness. The minor difficult energy with you today can help you to turn around a problem area in your life, ultimately. Helping you with this is a Mercury-Mars aspect that favors supporting others through practical help, or for receiving this kind of help. It’s also a great time for work and research, as you can feel more motivated than usual. You might become more aware of the need to take charge of health and fitness matters.
Early today, watch for latching onto an idea and pushing it without budging, dear Leo. It may temporarily feel as if you’re protecting or gaining something as you do so, but you’ll be in a better position if you aim to grow through your conversations. Circumstances or people can almost seem to be riling you up and stimulating hidden anger, particularly in your love and working relationships. However, this energy is about getting you into better touch with your heart’s desire. You might also be feeling driven to express your deeper feelings creatively or artistically, and this would be a good way to channel frustrations or anger – by creating something stirring. A Mercury-Mars aspect today helps you tackle difficult problems or take on a mental challenge. You are ready to act on your ideas, and although you’re self-motivated now, a partner or special someone can be encouraging as well.
There can be some tension early today revolving around memories or reminders of a frustrating past matter, dear Virgo. Reactions to frustrations can lead to confrontations. With respect involved, the results can very well be positive, but it can be a big old mess otherwise. Questions of ownership and power may be at the heart of frustrations experienced now. Aim to put resentment behind you by boldly addressing problem areas. Helping you with this goal is a Mercury-Mars aspect today. You can be driven to put an idea into action or to pursue a line of thought today, especially if it’s related to family, home, health, and work. This can be a time of organizing or reorganizing, and you’ll find it easier to get through things quickly and efficiently. Illuminating conversations can be had at your workplace or with people you deal with on a daily basis.
Early today, there may be some tension or power plays in your interactions, dear Libra, but it’s a temporary –and possibly motivating — disruption. There can be a battle going on within, and it might seem that almost anything can set you off. There is a tendency to become very frustrated if others are not seeing things the way you want them to. However, no matter how hard you argue, you may be only fighting yourself, ultimately, and your own vulnerability, as anger is a defense mechanism used so that we don’t have to feel hurt or rejection. Use extra boosts of energy to fix problems, work enthusiastically at your projects or current interests, and look for ways to clear up clutter in your life. Fix what you can and avoid stressing over the things that you cannot. If hidden anger is stirred, perhaps it’s a good thing to get it out in the open. Fortunately, you’re able to put a creative spin on whatever you’re doing, and decisions tend to be quick but practical as well. It’s a great time to take care of business or get clarity on a matter.
You can be filled with conviction early today, dear Scorpio, but there could be some disagreements about money or valuables. For some, this energy plays out on a non-material level, and you may be feeling a somewhat protective need to defend yourself and your self-respect. Others can seem a little controlling now, and this can be frustrating. You could feel the sudden need to test someone’s trustworthiness, but try to control impulses to manipulate or to investigate a little too deeply. Once you cross a certain line, it’s hard to come back! However, there is also divine energy with you today for healthy assertiveness, particularly as the day advances. You are willing to take the lead to get things done, but you’re also conscious of others’ input and needs. It’s a good time for solving problems at home or with business. Hopeful and optimistic feelings revolve around work matters and living conditions. This is a favorable time to work on a budget or to talk about finances and strategies.
With Mars in your sign and intensified by a minor but challenging aspect to Pluto, dear Sagittarius, your ambition is stimulated, but so is your anger if things are not going as well as you’d like. Try not to push others as you seek your own answers. There can be impatience and agitation over resources or money, or there could be a sense that you’re not treated with the respect you feel you deserve. Changes are needed, but it may be too early to identify exactly what needs to transform and grow. Observe and learn, and then take your time putting things together. Mars also receives a supportive aspect from Mercury today, and tapping into this energy can be very gratifying. It’s a good time for personal magnetism and influence, and it may be something you say or do that magnetizes opportunities to you. It’s a good day for making a proposal or presenting an idea. Be firm but positive for best results. You can more successfully put a plan into action today. Particularly with a recent Lunar Eclipse in your communications zone, an idea that you’ve been working on might blossom now.
If others seem to want you to prove yourself this morning, dear Capricorn, you may get better results if you quietly refuse to stoop to that level. Try to let go of a desire to control the smallest details, as this ultimately works against you. Some resentments can surface, seemingly out of nowhere, but in fact, they’re coming from deep within. Even issues that you may have thought were ancient history could surface under moments of duress. Don’t let them rule your behavior, but don’t ignore them either — if they’re returning, then they’re not truly gone. Your good humor can help you rise above it. As well, a Mercury-Mars aspect today supplies good energy for healing activities, as you are drawn to activities that are regenerative. It’s a good time for gaining new information through study and observation. You can more easily focus your mind and prioritize. You are ready to take on intellectual challenges, and your problem-solving skills are above par. Tricky issues or ideas can be tackled now with greater ease.
With a tense aspect between Mars and Pluto early today, dear Aquarius, you may be somewhat thin-skinned for now. Events tend to bring your need for impartiality and some emotional detachment to the surface. Frustrations with friends or long-term goals can surface somewhat disruptively, but the good news is that you’re in an improved position to identify those things you may have buried. You can also feel quite motivated to resolve problems so that you can move forward. It’s unusually straightforward to make a friend or to enjoy a current friendship, however, with positivity, boldness, and as you let go of the need to know or control. Express yourself and stay flexible — be spontaneous if you feel right about something in your heart. This can be a time of lending someone a hand or acting upon an idea with much satisfaction, in fact.
While the day should be quite useful for practical affairs, dear Pisces, interactions can be a little tricky early today. Pressing for an answer when you are not ready for one is bad news right now, so aim to steer clear of this. Know yourself and your boundaries before digging too deeply. You may want to avoid power games with people in your life, and especially friends and those in authority. When it comes to people today, it’s not the time to push or to be pushed! However, it’s just fine for driving a project forward. In fact, with a Mercury-Mars influence, you can feel considerably more optimistic and ready for action. You are motivated to fulfill your duties, and then some, and the positive feedback only serves to encourage you further. You may efficiently read between the lines, draw upon experience, or uncover information now that helps you advance.
Tarot Card of the Day
Seven of Coins
The Seven of this suit is typically a paean to the humble laborer who is willing to show up every day and sweat in the sun for next season’s bounty. The traditional concept is cultivation, with an attitude that slow and steady wins the race, with faith in nature’s assistance. The protagonist of this card doesn’t make excuses, isn’t whimsical or moody, but is dedicated and sees the job through. Of course, it’s no good to count your chickens before they hatch, but there’s no question that the person who is vigilant over a project is more likely to get the desired result.
Someone who works with nature, cooperating with her ways, will waste less energy and time than the person who works against her. As a side meaning, we sometimes see this normally humble farmer in a moment of frenzy, betting the crop on a roll of the dice. This represents a moment of dementia, addiction or desperation which hopefully will not last long enough for the farmer to lose everything!
Daily Love Tarot
February 2, 2018
The Sun is an invitation to a supportive relationship in which you can be yourself around your significant other. You feel relaxed and loved, with a sense of peace of heart. You’ve struck gold and entered into a new realm. Keep looking if this is not how you feel because it is how things should be. You can’t expect improvement in a long-term union if you do not take effective steps to create it.
Your Erotic Tarot
February 2, 2018
The Judgement card represents a sexual awakening, and now that you aren’t afraid to move in a new direction, a whole new world awaits you. What sex positions do you want to try, and which fantasies have you been dying to act out? Being honest with yourself and potential partner(s) about the details of what you desire will help you get what you want faster, and the end result will be much more satisfying. And above all, enjoy your sexual liberation!
Your Daily Rune for February 2, 2018
“Man-az” – Literally: “Mankind”
Esoteric: Humankind, awareness
Rune of the Divine structure of intelligence in the human soul or psyche. Rune of the horizons of human existence and collective potential.
Psi: mind & memory (Hugin & Munin), the difference between human and all other life, development of the intellect, rational mind, perfected intelligence
Energy: psychic order of the gods reflected in humankind, projection of Self into time
Mundane: thinking, planning, analysis, the human condition, people at large (contemporary: the masses)
Divinations: Divine structure, sustainability, intelligence, awareness, social order, divine influence in life; or depression, mortality, blindness, self-delusion, collective suicide, bigotry, elitism, intellectual arrogance.
Realization of the divine structure in humankind
Increase in intelligence, memory and mental powers (passing tests)
Unlocking the third-eye hvel, the “mind’s eye”
Activating the dynamics of your own inner Christus, or Higher Self
Awareness of our roles as co-creator with the gods and nature
Mental and spiritual potential
Your Animal Spirit Guide for February 2, 2018
The Wisdom of the Budda
To be idle is a short road to death and to be diligent is a way of life; foolish people are idle, wise people are diligent.
Your Earth Sky News for February 2nd: Groundhog Day has roots in astronomy
Groundhog Day is tied to the movement of Earth around the sun. It’s the year’s 1st cross-quarter day
Ah, Groundhog Day. Punxsutawney Phil – called the world’s most beloved seasonal prognosticator by his handlers in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania – did see his shadow on this Groundhog Day 2018. According to folklore, that means six more weeks of winter.
Groundhog Day, a U.S. and Canadian tradition, comes every year on February 2. It has its roots in astronomy, in the sense that it’s a seasonal festival, tied to the movement of Earth around the sun. It’s a great excuse to go outside and enjoy some revelry during the winter months.
Punxsutawney Phil, the great weather prognosticator. We all know the rules of Groundhog Day. On February 2, a groundhog is said to forecast weather by looking for his shadow. If it’s sunny out, and he sees it, we’re in for six more weeks of winter. On the other hand, a cloudy Groundhog Day is supposed to forecast an early spring.
Of course, it can’t be cloudy, or sunny, everywhere at once. And many towns in the U.S. and Canada have their own local groundhogs and local traditions for Groundhog Day.
But by far the most famous of the February 2 shadow-seeking groundhogs is Punxsutawney Phil in Punxsutawney, in western Pennsylvania, which calls itself:
… original home of the great weather prognosticator, His Majesty, the Punxsutawney Groundhog.
Since 1887, members of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club have held public celebrations of Groundhog Day. Punxsutawney is where Bill Murray was in the movie Groundhog Day. From the looks of things … a good time is had by all.
How accurate is Phil? NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center says Phil’s forecasts have shown no predictive skill in recent years.
Groundhog Day has its roots in astronomy. What you might not know is that Groundhog Day is really an astronomical holiday.
It’s an event that takes place in Earth’s orbit around the sun, as we move between the solstices and equinoxes. In other words, Groundhog Day falls more or less midway between the December solstice and the March equinox. Each cross-quarter day is actually a collection of dates, and various traditions celebrate various holidays at this time. February 2 is the year’s first cross-quarter day.
Of course, the division of the year into segments is common to many cultures. Our ancestors were more aware of the sun’s movements across the sky than we are, since their plantings and harvests depended on it.
Groundhog Day in various cultures. In the Celtic calendar, the year is also divided into quarter days (equinoxes and solstices) and cross-quarter days on a great neopagan wheel of the year. Thus, just as February 2 is marked by the celebration of Candlemas by some Christians, such as the Roman Catholics, in contemporary paganism, this day is called Imbolc and is considered a traditional time for initiations.
The celebration of Groundhog Day came to America along with immigrants from Great Britain and Germany. The tradition can be traced to early Christians in Europe, when a hedgehog was said to look for his shadow on Candlemas Day.
Try this old English rhyme:
If Candlemas Day be fair and bright, winter will have another flight. But if it be dark with clouds and rain, winter is gone and will not come again.
Or here’s another old saying:
Half your wood and half your hay, you should have on Candlemas Day.
In Germany it used to be said:
A shepherd would rather see a wolf enter his stable on Candlemas Day than see the sun shine.
There, a badger was said to watch for his shadow.
A friend on Facebook said that, in Portugal, people have a poem about February 2 related to the Lady of Candles. Here’s the poem:
Quando a Senhora das Candeias está a rir está o inverno para vir, quando está a chorar está o inverno a acabar. [Translation: If Our Lady of Candles smiles (Sun) the winter is yet to come, if she cries (Rain) the winter is over.]
One final note. It’s supposed to be bad luck to leave your Christmas decorations up after Groundhog Day.
The National Geographic Society once studied the groundhog and found him right only one out of every three times. But what the heck? It’s all in good fun.
So whether you celebrate with a real groundhog and a real shadow – or just pause a moment on this day to reflect on the passing of the seasons.
Bottom line: Groundhog Day comes every year on February 2. It has its roots in astronomy, in the sense that it’s a seasonal festival,
A Little Humor for Your Day
Groundhogs Should Learn When Not To Open Their Mouths
We bless you,
God of Seed and Harvest
And we bless each other
That the beauty of this world
And the love that created it
Might be expressed though our lives
And be a blessing to others
Now and always
So Mote It Be
Wishing You & Yours A Very Happy & Blessed Imbolc!
For all Your Magickal Needs, Think Magickal Necessities….
Prayer for Imbolc
On this Imbolc day, as I kindle the flame upon my hearth,
I pray that the flame of Brigid may burn in my soul,
and the souls of all I meet today.
I pray that no envy and malice,
no hatred or fear, may smother the flame.
I pray that indifference and apathy,
contempt and pride,
may not pour like cold water on the flame.
Instead, may the spark of Brigid light the love in my soul,
that it may burn brightly through this season.
And may I warm those that are lonely,
whose hearts are cold and lifeless,
so that all may know the comfort of Brigid’s love.
Imbolc (pronounced “IM-bulk”, “IM mol’g” or “EM-bowl/k”) is one of the Greater Wiccan Sabbats and is usually celebrated on February 2nd. In the Celtic tradition it is celebrated on February 1st or the first Full Moon in Aquarius. Other names Imbolc are known by include Imbolg, Imbolic (Celtic), Imbolgc Brigantia (Caledonii Tradition, or the Druids), Candlelaria (Mexican Craft), Disting (Teutonic Tradition – celebrated on February 14th) Candlemas (some Pagan Traditions and/or individuals prefer this name), the Feast of Candlemas and St. Bridget’s Day (Christian), Oimelc, Brigid’s Day, Lupercus (Strega), the Feast of Lights, the Feast of the Virgin, the Snowdrop Festival, or the Festival of Lights. The name “Imbolc” or “Oimelc”, which is derived from Gaelic, means “ewe’s milk” after the lactating sheep that are feeding their first born lambs of the new season at this time of year.
The Magick of Imbolc
In many Wiccan traditions, Imbolc is celebrated as the point in the year when the Goddess recovers from giving birth to the Sun. The young God grows from an infant to a child. It is a time when the growing light promises the return of springtime. Many Wiccans tend to focus their rituals on the Maiden aspect of the Goddess at this time as well.
In Celtic lore, the Goddess Brighid, is primarily worshiped because of her triple aspect as the patroness of smith-craft(fire), healing and inspiration.
Today Is Friday, February 2nd, Imbolc
Friday is the day of Venus. It takes it name from Frigg, the Goddess of love and transformation. She rules the spiritual side of a person that manifests in the physical. Because of this, Friday is often thought of as dangerously unpredictable. This is expressed in an old East Anglian adage:
Friday’s day will have its trick
The fairest or foulest day of the week.
Zodiac Sign: Taurus/Libra
The Celtic Tree Month of Luis(Rowan) January 21 – February 17)
Runic Half Month of Elhaz (January 28 – February 11)
Goddess of the Month of Bridhe (January 23 – February 19)
The Pagan Book of Days
Pagan Book of Days for February 2nd
Juno Februa/Candlemas/Wives’ Feast Days/Groundhog Day
Festival of Juno Februa, the presiding goddess of the month and Candlemas, the purification of the Virgin. The weather on this day is said to make the progress of winter:
If Candlemas Day be fair and bright
Winter will have another flight,
If on Candlemas Day be shower and rain,
Winter is gone and will not come again.
If the sun shines bright on Candlemas Day,
The half of the winter’s not yet away.
These sayings agree with those about Groundhog Day that link the length of winter to whether or not the groundhog sees his shadow on this day. An old northern English name of Candlemas is the Wives’ Feast Day.
The Pagan Book of Days
The Wicca Book of Days for February 2nd – Imbolc and Candlemas
February 2nd – Imbolc and Candlemas
The festival of Candlemas has ancient roots, for in Pagan Europe, fires were kindled at this time of year to reflect and encourage the growing strength of the Sun. It’s name is Christian, however, being derived from the tradition of the future year’s supply of candles being blessed before the first mass of February 2, and then being carried around the church in a pious procession. This is also the feast of the purification of the Virgin Mary and the presentation of the infant Jesus in the Temple; the parallels between the Virgin Mary and the Goddess in Her maiden aspect, and Baby Jesus and the solar child of promise, are unmistakable.
White represents purity, pale gree denote a fresh start and growth, and a flame signifies the kindling of creativity. Light candles of these colors to commemorate the concepts symbolized by Candlemas. As you gaze at the flaming taper, ask the Goddess for inspiration.
She is known as Brigid Bright,
Goddess who shines against the night.
At Cille Dara, at the setting sun,
Her sacred flame is kept by one.
Nineteen times the earth turns round,
As sacred springs come forth the ground.
Twenty times the sun has burned,
And now the Goddess has returned.
Alone she tends her thrice-bright flame,
Born of her heart that bears her name.
The Dagda knows Brigid as Daughter,
Triple Blessed by fire and water.
Poets call her name to inspire.
And healers oft gain from her fire.
Wayland too would know her well
As hammer and anvil ring like a bell.
A sorrowful cry did she give meaning,
When first she brought to Eire keening.
Oh Sacred Fire against darkest night,
Burn for Brigid, for Brigid Bright!
Fire in the head…to quicken us.
Fire in the cauldron…to heal us.
Fire in the forge of the heart…to temper us.
On Friday, January 2, We Honor the Goddess Brighid
The Hearth Goddess of Ireland
In Irish mythological cycles, Brighid (or Brighit), whose name is derived from the Celtic brig or “exalted one”, is the daughter of the Dagda, and therefore one of the Tuatha de Dannan. Her two sisters were also called Brighid, and were associated with healing and crafts. The three Brighids were typically treated as three aspects of a single deity, making her a classic Celtic triple goddess.
Patron and Protector
Brighid was the patron of poets and bards, as well as healers and magicians.
She was especially honored when it came to matters of prophecy and divination. She was honored with a sacred flame maintained by a group of priestesses, and her sanctuary at Kildare, Ireland, later became the home of the Christian variant of Brighid, St. Brigid of Kildare. Kildare is also the location of one of several sacred wells in the Celtic regions, many of which are connected to Brighid. Even today, it’s not uncommon to see ribbons and other offerings tied to trees near a well as a petition to this healing goddess.
Lisa Lawrence writes in Pagan Imagery in the Early Lives of Brigit: A Transformation from Goddess to Saint?, part of the Harvard Celtic Studies Colloquium, that it is Brighid’s role as sacred to both Christianity and Paganism that makes her so hard to figure out. She cites fire as a common thread to both Brighid the saint and Brighid the goddess:
“When two religious systems interact, a shared symbol can provide a bridge from one religious idea to another. During a period of conversion, an archetypical symbol such as fire may acquire a new referent, while not being entirely emptied of a previous one. For example, the fire that clearly signifies the presence of the Holy Spirit in Saint Brigit may continue to signify pagan conceptions of religious power.”
There are a variety of ways to celebrate the many aspects of Brighid at Imbolc. If you’re part of a group practice or a coven, why not try honoring her with a group ceremoy? You can also incorporate prayers to Brighid into your rites and rituals for the season. Having trouble figuring out what direction you’re headed?
Ask Brighid for assistance and guidance with a crossroads-themed divination rite.
Brighid’s Many Forms
In northern Britain, Brighid’s counterpart was Brigantia, a warlike figure of the Brigantes tribe near Yorkshire, England. She is similar to the Greek goddess Athena and the Roman Minerva. Later, as Christianity moved into the Celtic lands, St. Brigid was the daughter of a Pictish slave who was baptized by St. Patrick, and founded a community of nuns at Kildare.
In addition to her position as a goddess of magic, Brighid was known to watch over women in childbirth, and thus evolved into a goddess of hearth and home. Today, many Pagans honor her on February 2, which has become known as Imbolc or Candlemas.
Winter Cymres at the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids, calls her a “complex and contradictory” sort of deity. Specifically,
“She possesses an unusual status as a Sun Goddess Who hangs Her Cloak upon the rays of the Sun and whose dwelling-place radiates light as if on fire. Brigid took over the Cult of the Ewes formerly held by the Goddess Lassar, who also is a Sun Goddess and who made the transition, in the Isles, from Goddess to saint. In this way Brigid’s connection to Imbolc is completed, as the worship of Lassar diminished, only to be revived later in Christian sainthood.”
One commonly found symbol of Brighid is her green mantle, or cloak. In Gaelic, the mantle is known as the brat Bhride. The legend has it that Brighid was the daughter of a Pictish chieftain who went to Ireland to learn from St. Patrick. In one story, the girl who later became St. Brighid went to the King of Leinster, and petitioned him for land so she could build an abbey. The King, who still held to the old Pagan practices of Ireland, told her he’d be happy to give her as much land as she could cover with her cloak. Naturally, her cloak grew and grew until it covered as much property as Brighid needed, and she got her abbey. Thanks to her roles as both a Pagan goddess and a Christian saint, Brighid is often seen as being of both worlds; a bridge between the old ways and the new.
In Celtic Pagan stories, Brighid’s mantle carries with it blessings and powers of healing. Many people believe that if you place a piece of cloth out upon your hearth at Imbolc, Brighid will bless it in the night. Use the same cloth as your mantle each year, and it will gain strength and power each time Brighid passes by. The mantle can be used to comfort and heal a sick person, and to provide protection for women in labor. A newborn baby can be wrapped in the mantle to help them sleep through the night without fussing.
To make a Brighid’s mantle of your own, find a piece of green cloth long enough to comfortably wrap around your shoulders. Leave it on your doorstep on the night of Imbolc, and Brighid will bless it for you. In the morning, wrap yourself in her healing energy. You can also make a Brighid’s cross or a Bride’s Bed to celebrate her this time of year.
Brighid and Imbolc
Like many Pagan holidays, Imbolc has a Celtic connection, although it wasn’t celebrated in non-Gaelic Celtic societies. The early Celts celebrated a purification festival by honoring Brighid. In some parts of the Scottish Highlands, Brighid was viewed as a sister of Cailleach Bheur, a woman with mystical powers who was older than the land itself. In modern Wicca and Paganism, Brighid is sometimes viewed as the maiden aspect of the maiden/mother/crone cycle, although it might be more accurate for her to be the mother, given her connection with home and childbirth.
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Brighid’s Crossroads Divination
Imbolc is a time when the Wheel of the Year has reached a crossroads between light and dark. The earth is about to quicken, and yet no one knows exactly what lies ahead of us. There are twists and turns on the path to come, although where it leads is anyone’s guess.
Among her many aspects, Brighid is considered a goddess of the crossroads. She is said to be able to see where we’ve been, and where each road might take us, should we choose to follow it.
A Brighid’s Cross unites the four elements, and creates paths which travel in the four directions. Because of this, Imbolc is an ideal time for divination. Not sure where your headed this year, or what choices lie before you? Let Brighid help guide you as you weave a crossroads of your own in her honor. As you create a Brighid’s Cross as part of this divination, ask her to inspire you, and guide you towards the right path in the coming months.
For this divination, you’ll want to find a place where you can be alone and undisturbed. If it’s warm enough, try to get outside, perhaps out in the woods where two paths intersect.
Before you begin, read the instructions here on how to Make a Brighid’s Cross. Have all your supplies on hand prior to beginning your divination ritual.
Begin by closing your eyes, and thinking about where you’ve been in the past year, spiritually, emotionally, even physically. What things have you done that bring your regret? What things have brought you joy? Is there anything you wanted to do, but didn’t get a chance to?
Picture yourself wandering along a path, out of the past and into the present. Let your mind roam freely, and visualize yourself approaching a crossroads. Perhaps it’s a place in a forest, where a pair of deer trails run together. Maybe it’s in the mountains, where streams intersect. Or maybe you picture yourself out in a wide open space, with roads connected in the middle of nowhere.
Regardless, see yourself at that crossroads. You are at the center, and branching out from where you stand are many paths. Each leads in a different direction. Each path will take you to something new. Begin creating your Make a Brighid’s Cross, and as you weave the straws together, think about what may lie in each direction.
As you look out over your choices, thinking about which way to travel, Brighid herself is standing beside you. Continue weaving your cross, and watch her. She points out one of the roads.
When you’ve finished your cross, close your eyes once more, and meditate on the path which Brighid indicated for you. What lies in that direction? Is it something familiar and comforting? Something new and unknown? Focus on the cross you’ve made, and let this newly chosen path inspire you. Know that it will ultimately bring you to something good and positive and strong.
When you’ve finished, you may wish to make an offering to Brighid as a gesture of thanks for her guidance
Patti Wigington, Paganism/Wicca Expert
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Brighid Lore for Imbolc
by Doreen Motheral
The goddess Brighid (also known as Brigit, Bride, Biddy and other names throughout Europe) is a goddess who is near and dear to my heart for many reasons. I like the fact that she is associated with both water (her wells in Kildare and other parts of Ireland) and fire (her fire pit in Kildare). I like the fact that she spans both the pagan and Christian worlds and some of her traditions are still celebrated today.
Since the festival of Imbolc (also called Óimelc) is this weekend I thought I’d write a few thoughts for those who aren’t familiar with her (and perhaps renew an acquaintance for those who already were). Imbolc is the time of the year that the ewes lactated, and the successful timing of this event was approximate, so the exact date of Imbolc could vary from region to region and from year to year depending on the climate. Production of this milk supply was very important to both man and animal. From the milk comes butter and cheese. Newly calved cows were also put under Brighid’s protection. Here’s an old saying:
Samhain Eve without food,
Christmas night without bread,
St. Brighid’s Eve without butter,
That is a sorry complaint.
Cormac mac Cuillenàin, who lived in the 9th century said, “Brighid i.e. a learned woman, daughter of the Dagda. That is Brighid of learning, i.e. a goddess who filid worshipped. For her protecting care was very great and very wonderful. So they call her a goddess of poets. Her sisters were Brighid woman of healing, and Brighid woman of smithcraft, daughters of the Dagda, from whose names among all the Irish a goddess used to be called Brighid” In this writing, Cormac mentions her triple aspect of three sisters, common among the Celts. I often call on one or more of her aspects of creativity, writing and healing, but she is much more than that.
The Christian aspects of Brighid and the pagan aspects often overlap, so it’s difficult to figure out which stories have pre-Christian beginnings. I think there is a seed of paganism in many of the later stories associated with her. We’ll never know for sure, but in my own private practice I take many of her current customs and use them for my own worship of her – and I don’t worry about the pre-Christian aspect of the story or not. Your mileage may vary, of course.
On the eve of Imbolc, a piece of linen, other cloth or ribbons is placed outside (some folks put them on their window sill). This piece of cloth is called Brighid’s Brat or Brighid’s Mantle. It is said that Brighid travels all over the land on Imbolc eve and if she sees this cloth, she will bless it and give it healing powers. Some folks in Ireland say that the older your brat is, the more powerful it is. Mugwort Grove (the grove to which I belong) destroys ours from year to year. We put out a whole piece of linen and tear it into strips for members of the Grove during our Imbolc ritual. People take the strips home to use for healing and some are kept on personal altars throughout the year.
Other folklore says that if the mantle gets bigger overnight, you will be especially blessed. It’s a nice tradition, especially if you have a lot of illness to overcome for the following year, and a brat is nice to have for healing rituals later in the year.
Brighid’s fiery aspect makes her the perfect goddess of the hearth – in fact, my hearth at home is dedicated to Brighid. There are many hearth prayers dedicated to Brighid, especially concerning smooring. Ashes and embers were often deposited in the fields. Also, indoor activity associated with Imbolc often took place near the hearth, and if there was a feast, an extra place was set for Brighid. It is also considered bad luck to do any type of spinning on Brighid’s Day.
There is also the custom of Brighid’s Bed. A small bed is made near the hearth and a doll (called a Brídeog), often made from a sheaf of corn and made into the likeness of a woman and is sometimes placed in the bed. In Ireland the doll was often made from a churn dash decorated in clothing (associations t milk again). Sometimes the doll was carried around town to visit houses in the neighborhood. Songs, music and dances are performed – then prayers are said to St. Brighid for blessings upon the house (this is similar to wassailing in other countries around Christmas). Then the family is asked to contribute a donation – which used to be bread and butter (there’s that dairy again!) but now it’s often money (sometimes given to charity).
There is much, much more about Brighid I could share, but this is just the tip of the iceberg. A bit of trivia – Brighid is so loved by the Irish people that in 1942 a survey was taken on “The Feast of St. Brighid”. The replies about the customs run to 2,435 manuscript pages. A great book, if you can find it, is The Festival of Brighid Celtic Goddess and Holy Woman by Séamas Ó Catháin. There are many really cool stories and legends about her.
Last but not least one of the other interesting aspects of Brighid is a prayer attributed to her from the 11th century which goes like this:
I would like a great lake of ale, for the King of the Kings
I would like the angels of Heaven to be among us.
I would like an abundance of peace.
I would like full vessels of charity.
I would like rich treasures of mercy.
I would like cheerfulness to preside over all.
I would like Jesus to be present.
I would like the three Marys of illustrious renown to be with us.
I would like the friends of Heaven to be gathered around us from all parts.
I would like myself to be a rent payer to the Lord; that I should suffer distress, that he would bestow a good blessing upon me.
I would like a great lake of beer for the King of Kings.
I would like to be watching Heaven’s family drinking it through all eternity.
Imbolc: Emerging Into Light
The Celtic festival of Imbolc celebrates the return of Spring from underground and the soul to renewed life.
BY: Mara Freeman
Once again, it is time to welcome in the early Spring and the festival of Bride, or Brigid, the Goddess who brings Light and Life to the land. The ancient Celts called it Imbolc, the time when the new lambs were born, the Earth is beginning to thaw, and new, impossibly fragile-looking green shoots start to emerge through the bare soil.
This miraculous emergence into light is one of the major themes of the holiday. An old Scottish rhyme tells us that this is the time when Bride emerges from the Earth, just as in the Greek myth, enacted at this time of year as part of the Eleusinian mysteries, the goddess Persephone came out of the underworld and Spring returned once more.
These myths are not only about the return of Spring to the land, but also the return of the Soul–traditionally depicted as feminine–from its dwelling in the obscurity of the subconscious mind. In the western world, we tend to get so caught up in material pursuits that the soul is forgotten most of the time – even though we never feel truly at home to ourselves without that connection. At the dawn of the modern age, a poet wrote that “affairs are now soul size.” His words are even more true today: with the escalating crises in the world from wars to global warming, now is the time to fully awaken into what each of us has been called to do during our time on Earth, to emerge into a life that catches fire from the soul-flame within each of us.
When humanity listens to the voice of the soul, rather than being seduced by the astral glamour of consumer-driven culture, then the Soul of the World, the Anima Mundi, will also emerge, like Bride or Persephone, from deep within the Earth where it has been hidden, and its long estrangement from the human race will be over. This is the true meaning behind the Quest for the Holy Grail, a symbol of the Divine Feminine that was withdrawn from the world when our insatiable desire for dominance turned it into the Wasteland. For the Grail to be found, for the Wasteland to be restored to the Courts of Joy, we must learn to become co-creators in partnership with all the Living Intelligences of our planet: human, animal, faery or Devic.
The Festival of Bride is also known as Candlemas, for it is marked by the lighting of candles to brighten the long February nights. This also gives us an opportunity to rekindle our own inner flame upon the shrine of the soul. So light your own candle this season, and as you do so, see this tiny flame as a spark of the One Light that shines through all the worlds. Then sense your own inner flame within your heart and know that you, too, are a spark of the Divine. Breathe in the peace of this knowledge, and listen to your soul telling you how to fully awaken into Light in the emerging year.
The Simple Facts About Imbolc
Candlemas: Imbolic (Celtic), Imbollgc Brigantia (Caledonii), Lupercus (Strega) Candlemas involves celebrations of banishing the winter and welcoming the spring.
Light a candle in each room of the house or turn on all the ligts for a moment or two to welcome back the Sun. Imbolc is a celebration of the end of winter and the return of the light.
At the time of Candlemas, the newborn Sun God is seen as a small child nursing from his Mother.
At this phase of the cycle, winter is swept away and new beginnings are nurtured. Some Wiccan groups favor this time of year for initiations into the Craft. It is traditional at Candlemas to light every lamp in the house for a few minutes in honor of the Sun’s rebirth.
The Goddess becomes the “Maiden” again as the wheel turns toward Spring. It is a celebration of the coming Spring and the new life it represents
The Witches Guide to Imbolc
Spring is Coming!
Imbolc is a holiday with a variety of names, depending on which culture and location you’re looking at. In the Irish Gaelic, it’s called Oimelc, which translates to “ewe’s milk.” It’s a precursor to the end of winter when the ewes are nursing their newly born lambs. Spring and the planting season are right around the corner.
The Romans Celebrate
To the Romans, this time of year halfway between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox was the season of the Lupercalia. For them, it was a purification ritual held on February 15, in which a goat was sacrificed and a scourge made of its hide. Thong-clad men ran through the city, whacking people with bits of goat hide. Those who were struck considered themselves fortunate indeed. This is one of the few Roman celebrations that is not associated with a particular temple or deity. Instead, it focuses on the founding of the city of Rome, by twins Romulus and Remus, who were suckled by a she-wolf — in a cave known as the “Lupercale”.
The Feast of Nut
The ancient Egyptians celebrated this time of year as the Feast of Nut, whose birthday falls on February 2 (Gregorian calendar). According to the Book of the Dead, Nut was seen as a mother-figure to the sun god Ra, who at sunrise was known as Khepera and took the form of a scarab beetle.
Christian Conversion of a Pagan Celebration
When Ireland converted to Christianity, it was hard to convince people to get rid of their old gods, so the church allowed them to worship the goddess Brighid as a saint — thus the creation of St. Brigid’s Day. Today, there are many churches around the world which bear her name.
Purification and Light
For many Christians, February 2nd continues to be celebrated as Candelmas, the feast of purification of the Virgin. By Jewish law, it took forty days after a birth for a woman to be cleansed following the birth of a son. Forty days after Christmas – the birth of Jesus – is February 2nd. Candles were blessed, there was much feasting to be had, and the drab days of February suddenly seemed a little brighter. In Catholic churches, the focus of this celebration is St. Brighid.
Love & Courtship
February is known as a month when love begins anew, in part to to the widespread celebration of Valentine’s Day. In some parts of Europe, there was a belief that February 14th was the day that birds and animals began their annual hunt for a mate. Valentine’s Day is named for the Christian priest who defied Emperor Claudius II’s edict banning young soldiers from marrying. In secret, Valentine “tied the knot” for many young couples. Eventually, he was captured and executed on Feb. 14, 269 C.E. Before his death, he smuggled a message to a girl he had befriended while imprisoned — the first Valentine’s Day card.
Serpents in the Spring
Although Imbolc isn’t even mentioned in non-Gaelic Celtic traditions, it’s still a time rich in folklore and history. According to the Carmina Gadelica, the Celts celebrated an early version of Groundhog Day on Imbolc too – only with a serpent, singing this poem:
Thig an nathair as an toll
(The serpent will come from the hole)
la donn Bride
(on the brown day of Bride (Brighid)
Ged robh tri traighean dh’an
(though there may be three feet of snow)
Air leachd an lair
(On the surface of the ground.)
Among agricultural societies, this time of year was marked by the preparation for the spring lambing, after which the ewes would lactate (hence the term “ewe’s milk” as “Oimelc”). At Neolithic sites in Ireland, underground chambers align perfectly with the rising sun on Imbolc.
The Goddess Brighid
Like many Pagan holidays, Imbolc has a Celtic connection as well, although it wasn’t celebrated in non-Gaelic Celtic societies. The Irish goddess Brighid is the keeper of the sacred flame, the guardian of home and hearth. To honor her, purification and cleaning are a wonderful way to get ready for the coming of Spring. In addition to fire, she is a goddess connected to inspiration and creativity.
Brighid is known as one of the Celtic “triune” goddesses — meaning that she is one and three simultaneously. The early Celts celebrated a purification festival by honoring Brighid, or Brid, whose name meant “bright one.” In some parts of the Scottish Highlands, Brighid was viewed in her aspect as crone as Cailleach Bheur, a woman with mystical powers who was older than the land itself. Brighid was also a warlike figure, Brigantia, in the Brigantes tribe near Yorkshire, England. The Christian St. Brigid was the daughter of a Pictish slave who was baptized by St. Patrick, and founded a community of nuns at Kildare, Ireland.
In modern Paganism, Brighid is viewed as part of the maiden/mother/crone cycle. She walks the earth on the eve of her day, and before going to bed each member of the household should leave a piece of clothing outside for Brighid to bless. Smoor your fire as the last thing you do that night, and rake the ashes smooth. When you get up in the morning, look for a mark on the ashes, a sign that Brighid has passed that way in the night or morning. The clothes are brought inside, and now have powers of healing and protection thanks to Brighid.
By Patti Wigington, Paganism/Wicca Expert
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The Witches Almanac for Friday, February 2nd
Imbolc • Groundhog Day
Moon phase: Third Quarter
Moon Sign: Virgo
The Witches Correspondences for Imbolc
Tools, Symbols & Decorations
White flowers, marigolds, plum blossoms, daffodils, Brigid wheel, Brigid’s cross, candles, grain/seed for blessing, red candle in a cauldron full of earth, doll, Bride’s Bed; the Bride, broom, milk, birchwood, snowflakes, snow in a crystal container,evergreens, homemade besom of dried broom, orange candle annointed in oil can be used to sybolize the renewing energy of the Sun’s rebirth.
Brown, pink, red, orange, white, lavender, pale yellow, silver, green, blue
Lighting candles, seeking omens of Spring, storytelling, cleaning house, bonfires, indoor planting, stone collecting, candle kept burning dusk till dawn; hearth re-lighting
Firebird, dragon, groundhog, deer, burrowing animals, ewes, robin, sheep, lamb, other creatures waking from hibernation
Amethyst, garnet, onyx, turquoise
Angelica, basil, bay, benzoin, celandine, clover, heather, myrrh, all yellow flowers, willow
Jasmine, rosemary, frankincense, cinnamon, neroli, musk, olive, sweet pea, basil, myrrh, wisteria, apricot, carnation
Cleansing; purification, renewal, creative inspiration, purification, initiation, candle work, house & temple blessings, welcoming Brigid, feast of milk & bread
Dairy, spicy foods, raisins, pumpkin, sesame & sunflower seeds, poppyseed bread/cake, honey cake, pancakes, waffles, herbal tea
Candlemas – The Feast of Light
THE FEAST OF LIGHT
If Candlemas day be fair and bright,
Winter will have another flight.
If Candlemas day clouds and rain,
Winter is gone, and will not come again.
– E. Holden
The time has come to call and welcome the forces of light!
Candlemas or Imbolc is the mid point of the dark half of the year. We welcome the rebirth and awakening of the Earth, the earliest beginnings of Spring.
Through Pagan lore, we learn that the Sun God, who is now a young boy, is beginning to feel his growing powers through the renewing energies of the Sun, represented in the lengthening in the daylight hours. The Goddess is awakening from her slumber and rest after giving birth to the God/Child at Yule. She is represented in the Maiden aspect of the triple Goddess. The awakening of the Goddess/Earth, causes germination of seeds and development of buds on the trees, as the powers of the Sun begin to warm and
renew the earth. A celebration of fertility.
Traditionally, Imbolc is a time to prepare for the goals one wishes to accomplish in the coming months, and to clarify and redefine our personal projects which were begun at Yule. the fires of Imbolc represent our personal illumination and inspiration, a celebration of ideas yet to be born. Imbolc has also become a time for new initiations into covens, self-dedication, and renewal of our bows. It is also a time for purification of oneself.
The colors for Imbolc are lavender, white and pink. Herbs include Heliotrope, Carnation, Poppy, Basil and Violet. Stones used for this celebration may include Amethyst for peace of mind or jet for heightened intuition and inner sight.
Offerings of cakes and wine may be presented to the Lord and Lady, to seek their assistance in helping to ignite your creative fires and energy.
May the fires of Imbolc burn brightly within all of you throughout the coming year!
—Author: Titania Morgay
Candlemas = Renewal
Each year, we celebrate February 2nd around the world. We call it Brigid, Candlemas, Imbolc, St. Brigid’s Day, and yes, of course, Groundhog’s Day. Why do we celebrate on February 2nd? Is it like President’s Day – providing a nice day for state and federal workers to stay at home? Not really… Brigid has been celebrated for many thousands of years. It is the day on which we recognize and honor the awakening of the maiden aspect of the Goddess.
Some of us celebrate the holiday as Brigid, in honor of Brigid who was a Celtic Goddess of poetry, healing, fire and smithcraft. In years past, the people of the British Isles would build a nice fire in their hearth, light torches and candles, and celebrate Brigid. What were they celebrating? The Maiden aspect of the Goddess awakes or returns from the underworld. At Winter Solstice she was impregnated with Spring. She sleeps until Brigid and returns, bringing Spring and renewal for the earth with her. The other names for this holiday are just different names for the same celebration.
Some may ask what this really has to do with us? We see that some of the animal kingdom hibernates through the dark time of the year. We tend to follow the same cycle. During the dark time of the year we retreat within ourselves. We focus internally. We stay inside our homes in the warmth and think about
what is upcoming for us. We may not even recognize it. We may not even think about it consciously, but subconsciously we are very much aware of it. We are very much a part of the spiral of birth, death, and rebirth throughout the year. We are interconnected with the earth and all that is on it. You have likely heard the old expression “Spring Fever” many times before. This is simply our anticipation of Spring’s return, when we can go out and live a full life upon the earth once more.
Often if we look at our ancestors and the His/Herstory, we can find the answers to many of our questions. I hope that everyone has a beautiful Brigid and remember… Spring is just around the corner.
The Witches Magick for February 2nd – A Winter to Spring Psychic Protection Spell
This psychic protection spell requires some visualization on your part. To begin, I recommend working this spell in daylight hours. Bundle up as needed and stand outside in nature, with your feet securely on the ground. Tip your face up to the February sun… know that its strengthening rays are slowly bringing life back. Spring is coming, and winter will lose its grip on the land.
During this in-between time as winter fades and a new season of growth awaits is your best opportunity to clear out any old negativity, psychic goop, or unhappiness that you may be carrying around. It’s also an excellent time of the year to strengthen your personal psychic protection. So let’s get started!
As you repeat this spell verse, imagine that sunlight swirls around you in a colorful stream; it’s your call as to whether the energy streams clockwise or counterclockwise, so go with whatever seems correct to you. The light you are visualizing can be any color or a rainbow of colors, so feel that sunlight and get the circle of energy spinning around.
Hold your hands up and feel that energy circle and spin around you. Then repeat the following spell verse:
As the winter season fades and the spring begins
This psychic protection magick around me spins.
Light and warmth increase across the land
And strengthens this magick from where I stand.
As the snow and ice of Imbolc will surely melt away
I am refreshed and ready for whatever comes my way.
Protection rolls around me in an enchanted ring
Serenity, hope, health, and strength this magick does bring.
Allow your hands to come down to your sides, and let the energy follow the motion of your hands so it grounds itself back into the earth. Take a nice cleansing breath in, hold it for four counts, and then slowly blow it out.
Now open your eyes and close the spell with these lines:
By the power of the slowly strengthening sun
As I will, so mote it be, an’ let it harm none.
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Hold An Imbolc House Cleansing Ceremony
Give your whole house a thorough cleaning at the end of winter.
A clean physical space feels good spiritually.
Be sure to clean your windows so they’re free of winter’s grime.
No one really likes to clean, but we all know we feel better when our physical space is tidy. It’s one of life’s necessary chores. Start your spring off with a good thorough cleaning, and then follow that up with a spiritual cleansing. This is a great ritual to perform at Imbolc — remember that for many of our ancestors, washing came only a few times a year, so by February, a house was probably smelling pretty ripe. Pick a bright sunny day to do a clean sweep, and then invite friends and family to join you in a blessing of your home.
First, do a complete physical cleaning of your house. Put on some music and thoroughly clean every room. Strip sheets off the beds, turn the mattresses, dust every surface, and vacuum every floor. Sort through those piles of paper on your desk, and get rid of things you don’t need to keep; file everything else. Gather up the kids’ toys and put them in baskets for easy storage. If you need to get rid of things, do it now — set aside a box for charity and put gently used items in it. Set aside another box for trash, and see if you can fill it up!
Once your house is clean — and this assumes you did the kitchen as well — it’s time to have some fun. Call up some friends and invite them over for a potluck. Cook up some Imbolc-themed comfort foods, such as Braided Bread or Beer Battered Fish & Chips, and have a small potluck celebration. Ask each guest to bring a small token to bless your house — pebbles, shells, interesting bits of wood, beads, etc.
You’ll also need the following:
A bowl of water
Some sea salt
A smudging bundle of sage or sweetgrass
A blue candle
Some Blessing Oil
A bowl or bag
Begin at the front door — it is, after all, where you welcome guests into your home — and go through the house in a sunwise direction (clockwise). Ask your guests to help you by smudging the perimeter of each room with the salt, sage, candle flame and water. You may wish to say some sort of incantation as they do this, something like:
With the purifying power of water, with the clean breath of air, with the passionate heat of fire, with the grounding energy of earth we cleanse this space.
As you pass from room to room, anoint each door and windowsill with the Blessing Oil by tracing the shape of a pentagram or other symbol of your tradition. This prevents anything negative from crossing into the home. If you like, you can offer a small incantation as you do this, something like:
May the goddess bless this home, making it sacred and pure, so that nothing but love and joy shall enter through this door.
Finally, once you’ve gone through the house, ask each of your guests to deposit their blessing token in your bowl or bag. Keep it in a place of honor in your home — on the mantel or in your kitchen is a good idea. Gather around the dinner table, break out the goodies, and enjoy a feast with your friends and family!
* If you don’t have Blessing Oil, you can use rosemary oil instead. Make your own by infusing fresh rosemary in grapeseed or flaxseed oil.
By Patti Wigington
Published on ThoughtCo.com
Hold an Imbolc Candle Ritual (for Solitaries)
Imbolc is a festival of light — celebrate it with candles and flames!
Hundreds of years ago, when our ancestors relied upon the sun as their only source of light, the end of winter was met with much celebration. Although it is still cold in February, often the sun shines brightly above us, and the skies are often crisp and clear. As a festival of light, Imbolc came to be called Candlemas. On this evening, when the sun has set once more, call it back by lighting the seven candles of this ritual.
** Note: although this ceremony is written for one, it can easily be adapted for a small group.
Time Required: Varied
First, set up your altar in a way that makes you happy, and brings to mind the themes of Imbolc. You’ll also want to have on hand the following:
Seven candles, in red and white (tealights are perfect for this)
Something to light your candles with
A large bowl or cauldron big enough to hold the candles
Sand or salt to fill the bottom of the bowl/cauldron
Prior to beginning your ritual, take a warm, cleansing bath. While soaking, meditate on the concept of purification. Once you’re done, dress in your ritual attire, and begin the rite.
If your tradition requires you to cast a circle, do so now.
Pour the sand or salt into the bowl or cauldron. Place the seven candles into the sand so they won’t slide around. Light the first candle. As you do so, say:
Although it is now dark, I come seeking light. In the chill of winter, I come seeking life.
Light the second candle, saying:
I call upon fire, that melts the snow and warms the hearth. I call upon fire, that brings the light and makes new life. I call upon fire to purify me with your flames.
Light the third candle. Say:
This light is a boundary, between positive and negative. That which is outside, shall stay without. That which is inside, shall stay within.
Light the fourth candle. Say:
I call upon fire, that melts the snow and warms the hearth. I call upon fire, that brings the light and makes new life. I call upon fire to purify me with your flames.
Light the fifth candle, saying:
Like fire, light and love will always grow. Like fire, wisdom and inspiration will always grow.
Light the sixth candle, and say:
I call upon fire, that melts the snow and warms the hearth. I call upon fire, that brings the light and makes new life. I call upon fire to purify me with your flames.
Finally, light the last candle. As you do so, visualize the seven flames coming together as one. As the light builds, see the energy growing in a purifying glow.
Fire of the hearth, blaze of the sun, cover me in your shining light. I am awash in your glow, and tonight I am made pure.
Take a few momemnts and meditate on the light of your candles. Think about this Sabbat, a time of healing and inspiration and purification. Do you have something damaged that needs to be healed? Are you feeling stagnant, for lack of inspiration? Is there some part of your life that feels toxic or tainted? Visualize the light as a warm, enveloping energy that wraps itself around you, healing your ailments, igniting the spark of creativity, and purifying that which is damanged.
When you are ready, end the ritual. You may choose to follow up with healing magic, or with a Cakes and Ale ceremony.
What You Need
Seven candles, white and red, and something to light them with
A bowl or cauldron with sand in the bottom
By Patti Wigington
Published on ThoughtCo.com
13 Ways to Celebrate Imbolc
by Heather Evenstar Osterman
Regardless of what religion we grew up with, most of us have favorite memories of things we did every year for specific holidays. These traditions were what made our celebrations special. So what do you do when the holidays you celebrate now aren’t the same ones you grew up with? How do you share the joys of Imbolc with your family?
Imbolc (or Candlemas/Brigid/whatever you choose to call this celebration) falls on February 2nd and is a time to honor the quickening of the earth and the first manifestations of spring emerging from winter. This Sabbat is sacred to the goddess Brigid in particular, and is a wonderful time to acknowledge your own creativity, expand your knowledge, and practice the healing arts. Here are my suggestions to get you started developing your own family traditions!
Help your kids go through all their clothes, toys, and books to find the unwanted and outgrown items. Donate everything to a charity that will give the items to children who need them.
Collect canned goods from family and friends to give to a food bank. Yule isn’t the only time people are in need.
Go for a walk! Search for signs of spring. Take off your shoes and socks and squish your toes in the mud.
Open all the doors and windows and turn on every light in the house for a few minutes. Let the kids sweep all the old energies out the doors.
Lead the family on a parade around the outside of your home, banging on pots and pans or playing musical instruments to awaken the spirits of the land.
Make corn dollies and a cradle for them to sleep in.
Create a sun wheel out of stalks of grain and hang it on your front door.
Meditate as a family. Have everyone explore what it would feel like to be a seed deep in the earth, feeling the first stirrings of life. Lie on the floor and put out tendrils. Stretch and bloom.
Have your children hold some herb seeds in their hands. Talk to the seeds. Bless them with growth and happiness. Fill them with love. Plant an in-door herb garden.
Decorate candles with stickers, metallic markers, paint and anything else you can think of! Light your candles and give thanks to Brigid for her inspiration.
Help your kids make a special feast! Spicy foods and dairy dishes are traditional. Try Mexican or Indian cuisine. Top it off with poppy seed cake. Drink milk or spiced cider.
Set a fabulous dinner table with your candles, evergreen boughs spring flowers, dragons, sun symbols, or whatever says Imbolc to you. Use the good china.
Let your children make their beds in a special way to represent Brigid’s bed. Go camp style with sleeping bags or build a makeshift canopy! Have sweet dreams…
Put in soap or annoint candles
5 drops frankincense
5 drops rosemary
3 drops cinnamon
2 drops sandalwood
Add a piece of rowan and a small hematite, garnet, and clear quartz crystal. A spicy, sunny scent for awakening the earth.
3 parts Frankincense
2 parts Dragon’s Blood
1/2 part Red Sandalwood
1 part Cinnamon
a few drops Red Wine
To this mixture add a pinch of the first flower (dry it first) that is available in your area at the time of Imbolc (February 1st). Burn during Wiccan ceremonies on Imbolc, or simply to attune with the symbolic rebirth of the Sun — the fading of winter and the promise of Spring.
(The above recipe for Imbolc Incense is directly quoted from Scott Cunningham’s book: The Complete Book of Incense, Oils & Brews, page 72, Llewellyn Publications, 1992