Calendar of the Moon for February 13th

Calendar of the Moon



13 Nion/Anthesterion

Anthesteria Day 3: Khutroi

Color: Purple
Element: Earth
Altar: Upon a purple cloth set a great jug of water, the ship of Dionysos, a wreath of grapevines, nine , and a cauldron in which are many beans.
Offerings: Food. Feed people in the community.
Daily Meal: Beans and lentils and rice. Grains cooked with honey. Only water to drink today. A great meal should be , and many people from outside the community should be invited, especially those who are in need. If there is not room, the meal may be cooked and taken to the appropriate shelter or soup kitchen.

Khutroi Invocation

After the joy of the vine,
We come to water and work.
Water of , which washed away
Our ancestors, may you give us
Only aid, and may we not see
Your terrible aspect, drowning the millions.
Work of the world, the greatest of which
Is the giving of sustenance to those who have none.
As we come to a better understanding
Of what it is to be past childhood,
After the day of joy and mirth
We come to the threshold
Of work and toil for the good of others.
For this is truly the mark
That we have passed youth and innocence:
When we realize the Fate does not
Take care of everyone, including we ourselves,
And that we must stand in for Fate
And alter the order of the world,
Giving of ourselves that others may survive,
And thus become Fate.
On this the Day of Pots
We open our cooking fires
To the rest of the world.

(All depart and proceed to the kitchen, where the meal is prepared in silence, with all meditating upon the effort that it will take to feed all that they can, and what that means to one’s understanding of oneself as a mature being connected to the web of life.)


[Pagan Book of Hours]

The Holidays Are Almost Here, See How Healthy Your Holiday IQ is?

What’s Your Holiday Health IQ? (Quiz)

by Diana Vilibert

Back away from the eggnog and find out how much you know about  staying healthy while chowing down on your holiday favorites:

1. How many calories are in an average Thanksgiving  meal? A. 1,500 B. 2,000 C. 3,000

2. TRUE OR FALSE: When it comes to turkey, you can save half the  calories by sticking to white meat instead of dark.



Answer #1: C., 3,000 calories—and 229 grams of fat.

Answer #2: TRUE. White meat has half the calories (and a  quarter of the fat) of dark meat with skin—so stick to white meat to save on  calories…or to justify a second helping. Or, make your Thanksgiving meal even  healthier by adding vegan options.


3. TRUE OR FALSE: Eating with family and friends causes you to eat  more.

4. Start with this appetizer before a big holiday meal to consume  fewer calories overall:

A. Soup

B. Salad

C. Anything on a  tiny cracker



Answer #3: TRUE. A study by Pennsylvania State University found that when people ate among friends or family, they  consumed about 50 percent more than if they were alone or among strangers. One  theory? Drinking and watching others indulge lowers your resolve, while  conversation prolongs the meal and distracts us from being aware of how much  we’re eating.

Answer #4: A., Soup. A study conducted by Baylor College of  Medicine in Houston found that people who consumed a bowl of hot soup before  meals ate less, lost more weight, and kept it off longer.


5. What’s your healthiest drink  option?

A. A 12-ounce beer

B. A 6-ounce glass of wine

C. A  2-ounce martini

6. How much weight does the average person gain between Thanksgiving  and New Year’s?

A. 2 pounds

B. 4 pounds

C. 6 pounds



Answer #5: B., a 6-ounce glass  of wine. It’ll only set you back 114 calories, compared to the 138 in a 12-ounce  beer, and 149 in a martini. Stick to red wine for the health benefits: it’s a  rich source of antioxidants and one glass a day may even lower your risk of a  heart attack, help prevent blood clots and reduce blood vessel damage caused by  fat deposits.

Answer #6: C., 6 pounds. The average person consumes an extra 600 calories a day between Thanksgiving and New  Year’s, packing on about six extra pounds by the time the ball drops.