Imbolc in Aquarius at 12 degrees
Friday, February 1, 2013 – 0:00 am (midnight)
Date: Feb 1st (sometimes celebrated on the eve – Jan 31st)
Astro correspondence: 15 degrees Aquarius
Color: reds for the blood shed by lambs, whites for the milk
Food: lamb, nuts, legumes, breads, egg dishes, chicken, cakes, chocolate, wine
Common Info: Brigit or Brid is honored (Keepers of the Flame at Kildare, Ireland), Brigit’s Crosses are made, first Fertility Fest, Initiations/re-dedications,
Imbolc (Oimelc) is the festival of candles, aka as Candlemas. The date is usually around the 1st or 2nd of February, or when the Sun moves 15′ degrees into Aquarius. It is the mid-point of the winter season, when a single candle is burned from dusk to dawn to commemorate the waxing Sun. The days are getting obviously longer now, as the Goddess grows pregnant with fertility. Some folks will celebrate it in the US as Ground Hog Day or St Brigid’s Day. However, other cultures will recognize other animals as they come out of hibernation. St Brigid, Danu and Epona are the celebrated Deities of choice, which makes this Sabbat female-oriented. Customs include candle making and burning, relighting the Hearth and snuggling in with a partner. Foods used most often are the canned foods and preserves of the previous harvest.
I would like to share an Act of Power we use in the Coven for our Imbolc Sabbat. We call it “Banishing the Winter”.
Quite simply, we make paper snowflakes. After folding and cutting them, each person opens them one at a time to divine the different shapes and figures that reveal themselves within the snowflake. It’s amazing the things you can see within the paper snowflake after cutting and opening it. It is similar to reading Tea Leaves, except it’s a snowflake…
Second, we ball the snowflakes and have a paper snowball battle. It releases the tension that cabin fever can bring… And paper snowball battles are relatively safer indoors. Oh, the frivolity it alludes!!
Last, we take each snowball and burn them in the cauldron to “Banish the Winter”. We recite the following incantation over the paper snowballs before we burn them:
“Awaken, O slumbering Earth.
Bring us Joy and bring us Mirth.
The long Winter’s Sleep lingers still.
Cold nights decreasing
And warmer days increasing.
Cease ahead the cold Winter’s chill.
Banish the snows traditional,
Until the need arises next Yule.
So Mote It Be!!”
I hope that anybody who likes this specific Imbolc Act of Power shares their interest. Obviously, anybody who uses it has the option to augment it to their desire as it is given without interpretation.
Mars enters Pisces
Friday, February 1, 2013 – 9:23 pm
Impulses tend to be more mystical and mysterious. Any actions on your part will be quite impressionable. When Mars enters Pisces on a waning Moon, emotions can be wary and erratic. You will think you need to accomplish this one task, but in the end it will be moot.
Venus enters Aquarius
Friday, February 1, 2013 – 9:32 pm EST
And after Mars moves into Pisces, Venus moves right into Aquarius. This semi-sextile movement can be accommodating, but more tolerating. Affections and devotions of Venus tend to be more allowing of certain actions and demeanors. The waning Moon can put a little bit of restraint on all of this.
Ground Hog’s Day in Aquarius at 13 degrees
Saturday, February 2, 2013 – 7:21 am EST (sunrise)
The Pennsylvania Tradition of Groundhog’s Day stems from the Norse, where they celebrated Horning. This celebration happens midway between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. Although it was not really emphasized as a major holiday, it did mark the calendar to prepare for the return of spring. The Norse would keep vigil on hibernating animals, such as the badger, to see if it would emerge from its shelter. The myth says that if he sees his shadow, it will foretell six more cold weeks of winter. However, if no shadow looms, then spring would soon be evident. This tradition is carried over into North America as the “watching of the groundhog”, a counterpart of the badger, by the PA Germans. Punxsutawney Phil Sowerby is the name given to the Groundhog of Gobbler’s Knob, where he lives with his wife, Phyllis.
Astrologically, Imbolc marks the mid-point between the Winter Solstice and the Vernal Equinox, so there are approximately 6-7 weeks left of the Winter Season. Whether that is cold and harsh or mild and warming is all part of the prognostication of the Badger or Groundhog.
Mercury enters Pisces
Tuesday, February 5, 2013 – 9:42 am EST
The Planet of Communication will move into the mutable, water Sign of Pisces. Get ready to speak from the heart. Intuitions will play a big role in expressing what you feel. Many of your conversations may be profoundly controversial, but hardly combative. The direction is more towards analytical mystery than blunt or superficial expressions.
The Locomotive Train
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
A Locomotive Train happens when all 10 Planets are spread across 8 Houses where one third of the Sky is void of Planets, which becomes an unexpressed sector. For two days, the Signs Cancer, Leo, Virgo and Libra lack any planetary movements, which happen to be the vast, night sky. Any planetary movement will happen in the wee hours of the morning, all thru the day and into the early evening. Our activity is overtly in movement during the day. It will be easier to rest at night during this time. Enjoy the break of the busy, hectic days.
New Moon in Aquarius at 21 degrees
Sunday, February 10, 2013 – 2:20 am EST
Aquarius is the most intellectual Sign of the Zodiac. When the Moon is new, it’s time to re-evaluate your emotions and discover something new. Take an analytical approach to your emotions. Figure out why you react to certain situations and then re-organize your thoughts and emotions accordingly. This is a time of personal discovery.
St Valentine’s Day in Aquarius at 25 degrees
Thursday, Feb 14, 2013 – 0:00 am EST (midnight)
St Valentinus was martyred for performing forbidden marriages. Now known as Valentine thru Anglicization of his name, the Martyr is now venerated as a love idol of sorts. He is called upon to invoke lust and love twixt two individuals. Modern times have instituted cards, candies and decorations to commemorate this love-intentional holiday.
Look at the weekend ahead for settling in with somebody you adore. St Valentine’s Day will be the beginning of a new facet of your relationship.
Saturn goes Retrograde in Scorpio at 11 degrees
Monday, February 18, 2013 – 4:13 am EST
Saturn is the last Planet that can be seen with the naked eye. It represents restrictions and limitations. When it goes Retrograde, Saturn can illustrate tendencies to open up. It allows us to be more lax and less traditional. Scorpio is that Sign, which can be mysterious and secretive. The energy invoked here is that Saturn is waiting to tell secrets that should remain hidden and undivulged. It could mean that it’s time to come clean.
Sun enters Pisces
Monday, February 18, 2013 – 6:50 am EST
The energy of the Sun is overwhelming, but is subdued when in Pisces. It’s a time to make final attempts to relax and get ready for the impending Spring. It is a time to enhance your supernatural energies and hone your spirituality. Avoid being a pack-rat… when in doubt, throw it out. Start your Spring cleaning now.
Sun conjuncts Neptune in Pisces at 2 degrees
Thursday, February 21, 2013 – 2:18 am EST
The Sun seems to be chasing after Neptune and catches up finally to surpass it today. The feelings of courage and leadership seem to be impressionable, but delusional at times. Neptune is quite comfortable in its Rulership of Pisces, so when the Sun finally rides past, Neptune will be able enjoy its peace and quiet of mysticism again. So for the moment, rise above, avoid the drama and share the love!
Mercury goes Retrograde in Pisces at 19 degrees
Saturday, February 23, 2013 – 8:55 am EST
Goes direct on Sunday, March 17, 2013 – 8:17 pm EDT
Be prepared for communications to go awry. Back up your computers, verify your writings and think about what you’re going to say before you utter a word. As a Planet of communications, Mercury’s role can elicit free-flowing words of wisdom. However, make it retrograde and you might find that foot in your mouth more often than not. You might find computer glitches and down-time as commonplace during a Mercury Retrograde. At work, bring a book to read while you wait for the computer geeks to reboot the computer systems. As a minor Planet in health issues, it is best to watch your diet, drink plenty of water and wash your hands often. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure when Mercury prepares to slide across the face of the Sun.
Full Moon in Virgo at 7 degrees
Monday, February 25, 2013 – 3:26 pm EST
Full Moon energies can be so compulsive!! And this is the time of the year when a Full Moon shining upon the land grants a glimpse of the starkness the Winter offers. When the Moon is Full in Virgo, our emotions have to be right on target and not erratic. At New Moon, it was time for personal discovery. By the time we got to Full Moon, did you discover anything about your emotional self?
Snow Moon or Hunger Moon – February is a month of heavy snowfalls, thus the Full Moon is referred to as the Snow Moon. Due to the heavy snows of February, it is more difficult to go hunting for food. Animals tend to burrow deep into their holes. The land is covered so there is little vegetation. Hence, the Full Moon of February is also called Hunger Moon. It is best to eat and get plump before the snows of February keep you from leaving the nest.
Venus enters Pisces
Monday, February 25, 2013 – 8:47 am EST
The Planet of Love and Affection moves into the Sign of mysticism and secrets. Making advances on your partner should be fun, yet alluring. Remember that you have better chances of making connections with your partner from the heart that are quite spiritual and orgasmic. If this is a lifetime partnership, you will know during this period as Venus enters Pisces.
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