It’s getting hot in here as we take a look at ‘Gunpowder Day’ and ‘Guy Fawkes Day.’ The Gunpowder Conspirators were a group that in 1605 plotted to blow up the British Houses of Parliament while the King of England and his supporters were in the buildings. They only thing that got blown was their plan, as it was foiled right as Fawkes was about to ignite the gunpowder. People in Great Britain still celebrate this day with bonfires and fireworks. Feng Shui says hanging a string of faux fireworks in the ‘Fame’ (fire element) area of the main floor will ignite your own ambitions and bring you a fair amount of recognition and rewards. This time around, it will be your reputation that will blow up.
By Ellen Whitehurst for Astrology.com
Guy Fawkes Night
Guy Fawkes Night is one of the most widespread and thriving of all the British holidays and one that was decreed by an act of Parliament. It was in the early hours of November 5, 1605, that Guy Fawkes was arrested. He had hidden 36 barrels of gunpowder in the cellar of Parliament and planned to blow it up that day, an act that would have wiped out the entire government of England–clearing the way for a Roman Catholic coup.
There are several theories, one of which claims that the gunpowder plot was covertly encouraged by an administration anxious to discredit its Catholic opponents. Whatever the truth, the act sparked a nationwide explosion of patriotism and Protestant enthusiasm. The commemoration has become a night replete with bonfires, beer-drinking, fireworks and bands of children begging for money. Topping off the evening’s festivities, effigies of Guy Fawkes are tossed onto the bonfires.