Themes: Instinct; Protection; Flexibility
Symbols: A Bear; a Willow Branch; the Constellation Ursa Major
Appearing sometimes as a she-bear guarding her cubs, the Greek goddess Callisto reinspires the natural instincts with which we have lost touch and illustrates the intensity of maternal love. Her other name is Helic, which means “to turn” or “willow branch”; she thus has the power to help with personal transformations. In mythology, Callisto became Ursa Major while pregnant with Zeus’s child. Artemis changed her into a bear, along with her son, who became Ursa Minor.
To Do Today:
In Korea, the festival of Chilsong-je begins at midnight with an offering of white rice and water to the seven stars (Ursa Major). This gift ensures Callisto’s assistance when needed throughout the coming months. If you can’t stay up till midnight, just leave the rice and water in a special spot before you go to bed.
From her celestial home, Callisto stands ready to protect us in the new year and provide us with adaptability as a coping mechanism. To encourage this, carry a silver or white stone bear, or a piece of dried willow wood. Bless this token, saying:
Callisto, release in me the power of flexibility.
Where’er I carry this little charm, keep me ever safe from harm.
If these tokens aren’t handy, you can substitute any white or silver item, or a hand-drawn picture of Ursa Major (the Big Dipper).
By Patricia Telesco
the news you heard this morning was actually current. I went to do a post on North Korea finding a reportedly Unicorn Lair. Now I had just heard it about ten minutes ago on the Today Show. I went to get more details and come to find out the story is two days old. What? Why on earth is our current news not current?
I give up on posting about their find. I thought it was actually “breaking” news, ha! Instead, I will give you the link to the two day old news……
North Korea Has Found a Secret Unicorn Lair, Apparently
Ha-Ri-Ku-Yo (aka Mass for Broken Needles, day of rest for needles; Japan)
Kite Flying Day (Korea)
Boy Scout Day
Narvik Sun Pageant Day (Norway)
Eidul Fitr (Breakfast Festival)
St. Jerome Emilani’s Day (patron of orphans)
Iraq’s February Revolution Day
Snow Festival begins (Sapparo, Japan)
National Molasses Bar Day
St. Meingold’s Day (patron of bakers, bankers, millers, miners)
Hold Onto Your Head Day
St. Theodore’s Day (Greek)
Crufts Dog Show begins (London @)
Laugh and Get Rich Day
Jules Verne’s Birthday
Kate Chopin, Author of “The Awakening”, 19th-century American classic feminist novel.
GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast
This Korean formula is used to remove sources of pollution. Use it in cleansing spells and for banishing.
1. Grind ashes, salt and red pepper to a fine powder.
2. Add the resulting powder to spring water.
This product is intensified if the ashes are the remains of protective spells or holy verses.
In Korea, water with ash is a traditional soap base. Salt and red pepper are used to effect exorcisms.
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