Today’s Goddess: LAKA
Cherry Blossom Festival (Hawaii)
Themes: Tradition; Heritage; Weather; Arts
Symbols: Lei Flowers; Dance; Yellow
About Laka: Laka is the Hawaiian Goddess of Hula, through which the myths, legends, and histories of the Hawaiian people are kept intact. Today she charges us with the sacred duty of collecting the treasures of our personal legacies and recording them for sharing with future generations.
In stories, Laka is the sister of Pele (The Volcano Goddess) and a Nature Goddess who can be invoked for rain. Artistic renditions show her wearing yellow garments, bedecked with flowers, and always dancing.
To Do Today: The cherry blossoms of this festival in Hawaii are spiritual, not real, symbolizing the power of tradition among the predominantly Japanese community. On this day people gather together and honor their heritage by participating in martial arts, Japanese dances, weaving, and arts competitions. So, if there’s any art or craft you learned from an elder in your family, take the time to display that craft or work on it today to commemorate Laka’s attributes.
If possible, get together with members of your family and begin creating a family journal that will record all the important events in your lives. Cover the journal with yellow paper dabbed with fragrant oil to invoke Laka’s tending care on the sacred documents
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Seasons of the Witch! Ancient Holidays (and some not so ancient!)
Live each Season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each. ~Henry David Thoreau (1817 – 1862)
Coronado Day (US Southwest)
Dance of the Secret Places – Fairy
International Clam Chowder Festival
National Chocolate Covered Peanuts Day
National Day – Kuwait
National Don’t Utter a Word Day
Norriture Rituelle des sources têt d’ l’eau – Haiti
Norriture Rituelle des sources têt d’ l’eau – Voudon
Nut’s Day – Ancient Egypt
Pistol Patent Day (Samuel Colt)
Revolution Day – Suriname
Special Holiday Choiseul Province – Solomon Islands
St. Ethelbert’s Day
St. Tarasius’ Day
St. Walburga’s Day (patron of crops; against coughs, frenzy, plague)
Suriname Revolution Day
Time of the Old Woman begins (until 4 March)
TIME OF THE OLD WOMEN, lasting up to March 4th, & considered dangerous, especially due to the weather. The Koran says the world will end during this time.
Filling the Granary – On the 25th day of the first lunar month, Chinese grain and rice-merchants make sacrifices to the Granary God (Cangshen). In earlier times, this was the day when everyone feasted on mutton, pork and beef. Blackburn, Bonnie and Leofranc Holford-Strevens, Oxford Companion to the Year, Oxford University Press 1999
St Walburga – This sixth century Anglo-Saxon nun, who became the abbess of the double monastery of Heidenheim in Germany, was also known as a grain protectress. She was depicted holding a sheaf of wheat and was considered a matron of good crops, farmers and pregnant women.
Apparently sheaves of grain dressed like a woman were called Walburga. A legend tells how she disguised herself in a sheaf of grain while fleeing from a pursuer. Her other feast day is Walpurgishnacht (Apr 30), the date her relics were translated, a Christian date superimposed over an old Germanic spring revel, honoring a fertility goddess.Berger, Pamela, The Goddess Obscured, Beacon Press 1985
Day of Frau Holle -A day held sacred by Odinists honoring the industrious nature of women and the rewards they reap for faithlessly helping their folk…often times Gods and Goddesses in peasants clothing. To quote the Havamal “Never mock a wandering man or a guest” Ruthee C Fenian Moon Productions 2002
Seasons of the Witch! Ancient Holidays (and some not so ancient!)
Today’s I Ching Hexagram for Everyone:
Friday, February 25th, 2011
General Meaning: Following brings supreme success. You may not be able to change the direction of the wind, but by frequently adjusting your sails, you can arrive at your destination.
Those who would acquire a following must speak the language of their followers. Those who would be loved must become the envisioned lover of their beloved. Those who would prosper must bend with natural forces and the pressures of society. In matters of principle, stand firm; in matters of style and taste, swim with the current.
In all human affairs, change is constant. In order to stay fresh, old ideas and patterns must continually be discarded in favor of new ones. Only by being adaptable to the demands of the time can the highest good emerge. Only by adjusting to changing circumstances can you prosper. Remain flexible, and you will gain the confidence of those around you. Bend and you shall not break
Today’s Tarot Card for Everyone:
This Tarot Deck: Celestial
What has traditionally been known as the Star card is about reconnecting one’s Soul with the Divine — the transcending of personality, family, community and reputation. It has to do ultimately with the freedom to be one’s Self. The Soul is responding to celestial influences — forces that can provide the personality with a stronger sense of purpose. The Star card helps us to remember our exalted origins and our attraction to a Higher Union.
This card could also be called the “Celestial Mandate” — that which refers us back to our reason for being, our mission in this lifetime. The Star reminds us that, in a sense, we are agents of Divine Will in our day-to-day lives. If we let go of the idea that we are supposed to be in control, we can more easily notice and appreciate the synchronicities that are nudging us along. In this way, we become more conscious of the invisible Helping Hand, and we better understand our place within — and value to — the larger Cosmos.
Differences of opinion are revealed when bombastic Jupiter squares ruthless Pluto today. The Sun-Mercury conjunction in dreamy Pisces can confuse communication unless we stick with the facts. We may not realize the impact we have on others because the Sun-Mercury sextile to Pluto packs our words with an extra punch now. We would be wise, especially with the cavalier Sagittarius Moon, to moderate our perspective with patience and an open mind.
You are hot to trot today, even if you know that it makes more sense to be patient. Unfortunately, you may not be willing to slow down enough to learn an important lesson because you’re eager for action. Your strong self-confidence is an asset as long as you don’t overplay your hand. Reduce your stress by trying to see things as they are, instead of as you want them to be.
You may be in for some good times today, but you’ll need to moderate your desires or you could ruin a good thing before you know it. Seeking pleasure with reckless abandon will probably lead to trouble because overindulgence is not a smart idea. Setting clear priorities can help you manage your day, so figure out what’s most important and then get busy.
You can finally gain traction on a project that has taken a long time to get going, but you must narrow your vision and focus your energy. Thankfully, you’re motivated because you can see the tangible results from your recent hard work. Your key planet Mercury enables you to speak with power, and the same folks who were once in your way are now trying to help you advance. However, there’s no reason to think that you will get everything you want, but a positive attitude can definitely improve your chances for success.
You are more self-assured today than others may realize. Your friends and associates might misinterpret your quiet approach and believe that you lack the necessary confidence. However, your caution about sharing your feelings is not about being insecure. If you don’t like putting others in an emotionally awkward position, wait until you feel more comfortable before expressing yourself.
You may be called upon to shine in the leading role of your own drama today. In practice, however, you won’t be able to carry the entire performance on your own, so make sure you spend some time garnering the support of others. Sharing the spotlight isn’t difficult now, as long as you are with someone who is willing to play a supporting role in your real life movie.
Although you may be bouncing all over the emotional map today, your people skills are functional enough to get you the help you want. But there’s no need to rush to set major career or relationship goals. Instead of focusing on the distant future, live your life in the here and now. Take a calculated risk and do something that has meaning only in the present moment. This is an excellent opportunity to break out of the boring status quo.
You may be at your most charming and creative now that your key planet Venus is forming a beautiful quintile with anything-goes Uranus. The uplifting Sagittarius Moon allows you to build on your good intentions and to get away with more than usual. However, it’s not a good idea to test these limits. Instead of just sharing your true feelings today, express yourself in a way that emphasizes the positive aspects of the relationship.
Your attitude toward money has probably grown more positive in recent days. You might even start to think that you’re going to get exactly what you want. Nevertheless, you could underestimate the cost of a coveted item or overestimate its potential importance to you. If you spend money today, make certain that it’s for something you truly desire.
The Moon’s visit to your fiery sign encourages you to feel great, even if you are simultaneously processing more complicated issues. Thankfully, your emotions need not stand between you and success now, although there is no reason to be overly sentimental. Your feelings may even act as a catalyst, helping you to discover a path to happiness. Pay close attention to your inner process, but don’t dwell on it to the exclusion of what’s happening around you.
You are driven to share your big ideas today because you know how fragile your overall plan is while it’s in the beginning stages. You probably haven’t had enough time to fill in all the details and you need everyone’s feedback to help you clarify your own thoughts. Don’t rush the creative process; slow down and solidify your strategy. Begin on the ground floor and work your way up.
The storm clouds have temporarily lifted and you are jubilant that you can once again see the horizon. There doesn’t seem to be a lot that could get in your way now, but too much bravado might create its own set of problems. It’s easy to miss a critical piece of data or respond too quickly to an event. Nevertheless, a positive outcome is likely today, so don’t waste a lot of time worrying about what might go wrong.
You may fall so in love with your own dreams today that you wish you could manifest them in the real world. But don’t just leave your thoughts to wander around in your mind. Instead of wondering where an idea will take you, be proactive and consciously guide your imagination where you want it to go. Once you create a mental picture that makes you happy, consider how to make your fantasies come true.
Jupiter square Pluto
Friday, February 25
Giant Jupiter makes its third stressful square with potent Pluto that can incite extreme beliefs and behavior. This aspect occurred on July 25 and August 3, 2010, producing low frequency rumbles of change in philosophies. An exaggerated sense of danger and exposure of corruption are possible, but a more constructive application of this alignment is to purge outmoded expectations to concentrate efforts where they can have the greatest impact.