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February  2016

 

The Monkey's Tree

 

 

 

Even When We Could not Speak, WE ALL KNEW

 

Scene: a Venetian court theatre, c. 1625. The ivory-colored back wall has six panels, between them gilt Corinthian columns. The wings are covered by velvet curtains with gold embroidery and tassels. At front center age is a large white tapestry bearing this chart:

 

Year of the Red Fire Monkey

Feb. 8, 2016, 10:39 pm 8E

Shanghai, China

Tropical, Placidus, True Node

 

 

 

 

And keep singing. No fear, little sorrow, much music. Keep Holding That Frequency.

 

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Daily Listings

February 2016

 

Feb. 1 - 3 (3 days):

In calendars throughout the Northern hemisphere, this is the time of one of the eight great festivals in the solar year, midway between the December Solstice and the March Equinox. This feast of mid-winter is best known in the west as Imbolc or Brigantia. The rites of fire and purification that are performed now clear the way for the returning light and resurgent vitality of spring.

 

In the southern hemisphere, this is the summer festival, counterpart to the Lughnasad and Lammas rites celebrated north of the equator.

 

These feasts are mid-seasonal within the timing of the solar year timed according to the key hinge points of the solstices and equinoxes. In the more ancient European Earth year, the great feasts of Imbolc, Beltaine, Lughnasad  and Samhain were considered to be the beginning of each season, so that Imbolc was reckoned as the start of winter in the Great Cold of late January and early February, the time of Quickening when babies conceived at harvest time would begin to stir and kick in their mothers' wombs. This time is thus joyous, full of all new possibilities.

 

Feb. 1 - 14 (two weeks):

Greek festival honoring Dionysos, god of wine and of all passionate, ecstatic experience, in anticipation of the moment when he re-emerges from his winter phase as Hades/Plouton, king of the underworld, and is reborn in the Spring as the young god of male sexuality and ecstatic love. During this festival the vines are pruned and sprinkled with old wine, thus symbolically using the old blood to refresh the ever-renewing young blood of new life.

 

Feb. 1, Monday:

Feast of St. Bridget, Christian counterpart to the ancient Gaelic goddess Brigit, or Bridhe (See Jan. 23), whose feast is still commemorated each year with the weaving of green reeds into a design combining the features of the cross, the spiral and the swastika, symbolizing the eternal recurrence of new life.

Feb. 1 - 2 (2 days):

In the Khemitian (aka "Egyptian") calendar, feast and birthday of Nut, the primordial sky netert who was said to hold all souls within her womb, and was the mother of Ausar (Osiris), Aset (Isis), Hor or "old Horus"--that is, Hor as light being, before his birth as son of Ausar and Aset--Set and Nebt-het (Nephthys). (Month of Pamenot, days 18 and 19)

 

Feb. 2, Tuesday:

Candlemas, feast of the purification of the Virgin on the day when Mary took the boy Jesus to the Temple for the first time. As the first presentation of the child in the temple and the ritual purification of the mother were always done 40 days after the birth of a boy (80 days for a girl), Candlemas always comes 40 days after Christmas. Since the Christian middle ages, candles blessed at the church on this day have been used the next day for the feast of St. Blaise, and are kept throughout the year for protection against dark forces.

 

This day is sacred to Yemanja, Queen of the Sea, the powerful orisha from the Yoruba tradition who is also revered in many South American indigenous communities. "[Yemanja] brings," according to Georgy Janiewicz, "the profound depths of the sea, cleansing and healing soft waves of love, and delicate rays of light that reflect from her cristallyine waters." This is an excellent day, then, for being in or near the water and making an offering to her.

 

Feb. 2 is also the Festival of Februalia, honoring the old Roman goddess Februa, mother of Mars, later merged with Juno to become Juno Februa, so called because expiatory offerings called februa are made to her now, in the time of purification. This festival thus embodies the transition from the latent vitality of late winter to the awakening of spring, symbolized in many cultures by weather rituals -- such as Groundhog Day -- in which sun or rain, light or shadow, indicate whether winter will continue to rule, or yield soon to spring.

 

The Yoruba and Santeria peoples of Africa and the Americas also honor Oya, the Orisha of death and rebirth, one of many manifestations of the one God Olodumare, bringer of life and death.

 

Feb. 3, Wednesday:

In the Roman Catholic calendar, feast of St. Blaise, whose efficacy in the prevention of throat diseases inspired rituals like those of the preceding day, Candlemas. Crossed, unlighted candles, symbolizing purification of speech, are held at the throat of those receiving the blessing.

 

In Japan, 2/3 is the joyous festival of Setsubun, in which the people cast out evil spirits from their homes and other places by throwing dried beans out of doors while chanting the words "Oni wa soto, fuku wa uchi" -- "Out with the devil, in with the good". In the comic ritual plays of the season, children in the crowds of shrinegoers throw the dried beans at devil dancers carrying grotesque weapons. In the annual Setsubun dances at Heian Shrine in Kyoto -- where this shot of the author wielding a big tsubo, or iron club, was taken -- the chief oni sings the ancient Tsuina, one of Japan's oldest surviving ritual melodies. It, and the Setsubun rite itself, comes from an older Chinese practice called Ta Nuo, the cleansing of the field to prepare it for the spring thaw and planting time.

 

Feb. 5, Friday:

In the ancient western world, this is one of the most important days of the year for all forms of prophecy and divination, sacred to the goddess Tyche and her counterparts: Fortuna in Rome and Wyrd among the Celtic peoples. All were superseded in medieval Christian Europe by St. Agatha, whose feast is celebrated on this day.

 

Feb. 5 - 9 (five days):

For Christians, Carnival! begins today. This one-week festival offers a last chance to feast and party -- Carne Vale means "so long, meat!" -- before the penitential season of Lent begins. Carnival culminates on Shrove Tuesday, the famous Mardi Gras (Feb. 9), when since the old days it is still customary to eat pancakes filled with sacred and medicinal herbs. The cakes are said to protect the believer against shortages of food and money during the coming year, provided they are eaten before 8:00pm. It is said that, festivals being what they are, the cakes are often washed down with beer, or wine, even -- goodness gracious! -- both.

 

Feb. 6, Saturday:

In the Greco-Roman calendar, this is the feast of Aphrodite and Venus, goddess of love. This is the day for poetry, drama, comedy, music and pictures in honor of the paragon of Beauty.

 

Feb. 7, Sunday:

This day is the Baha'i feast honoring the Deity as Mulk, Sacred Dominion.

 

In this year's Roman Catholic calendar, this day is Transfiguration Sunday, commemorating the occasion on which, just prior to the time of his own purification that is now observed as Lent, Jesus went up Mount Tabor with his closest disciples and manifested to them as a being of light, as shown here in the last painting completed by Raphael.

 

Feb. 8 (Monday), 4:40am HT; 2:40pm UT:

Dark Moon in Leo conjunct Sun in Aquarius. The defining quality of this Black Moon, and the New Moon that follows, is that the Sun is "in detriment" -- that is, limited and weakened in his usual exercise of power -- in Aquarius, so that the emphasis of the time tends to be upon the lunar and traditionally feminine areas of hearth and home, and the protection of children from winter illnesses, especially as this is Imbolc, the time of the mid-Winter "Great Cold," when homes are cleaned and purified before the coming of Spring. Powers of perception and intuitive observation are high at the Aquarius New Moon, manifesting under the right conditions as a wealth of ideas and ambitious plans, especially as they may involve collaboration with like-minded friends.

 

This Dark Moon is powerful and eventful. The Moon-Sun pair form harmonious and creative 60° sextiles to Saturn in Sagittarius and Uranus in Aries, and another major aspect that could hardly be more of a contrast: a tight, tense 90° "square" to Mars in Scorpio. This is why it will feel at this time as though many of the people we meet shift at the flick of an eyelash or an opinion from love to trouble, heart to hassle, and all shades around and in between. Best be light and mobile, and take nothing personally.

 

In the Beth-Luis-Nion Celtic tree calendar used by devotees of the faerie path, this second New Moon following the December Solstice begins Luis, or rowan month. The rowan is considered especially efficacious for protection, healing and divination.

 

Gong Hay Fat Choy! The Year of the Red Fire Monkey begins.

This is Hsih Nien, New Year's Day, in the Chinese lunar calendar. It begins a two-week festival culminating at the Full Moon. The Chinese lunar year, basis of several other Asian lunar calendars, usually begins on the evening of the first New Moon while the Sun is in what the west calls Aquarius. This year is one of the rare exceptions when the Chinese year begins instead at the Black Moon in Pisces,  thereby placing the hinge  of the year closer to the Spring Equinox than to the Winter Solstice. While the preceding Wood Horse Year was what we might have expected in unpredictable, impetuous movement in many areas of life, the Year of the Goat that begins now is decidedly different, as we’ve already seen in the Mythic Prelude above.

 

In the Vietnamese lunar calendar, which is synchronous with this year's Chinese calendar, this is Tet Nguyen Dan, first day of the New Year.

 

In the Celtic/Druidic and Wiccan calendars, this late winter New Moon is called Crow Moon, as food is still so scarce that crows, as well as wolves, are loud and insistent.

 

Curiously, a lunar New Year festival period of roughly three days, beginning at the New Moon during Aquarius month, was celebrated in ancient Europe for many centuries before Julius Caesar fixed the start of the New Year at Jan. 1 on a 12-month solar calendar that was the basis of the 16th-century Gregorian calendar, now the standard for time reckoning in Europe, the Americas and other lands colonized by European explorers. The implications of this -- that all the peoples of Eurasia once lived by a single lunar calendar, but were split from each other when the new solar calendar divided West from East, solar from lunar, intellect from intuition, masculine from feminine, etc. -- is at the root of the cultural rift that has separated orient and occident ever since.

 

In ancient Eurasia, peoples everywhere celebrated this festival as one of the three great turning points in the cycle of the Triple Goddess, the moment when the aged Wise Woman transmutes back into the Virgin who carries new life. Patriarchal religions have since taken over the show, but whether they can long continue to produce it remains to be seen, as the new Aquarian Age favors neither male nor female, but a complementary balance of the two.

 

Feb. 8- 10 (three days):

Losar, the Tibetan Buddhist New Year, is celebrated with joyous rites of light, song and dance, and with butter towers, ritual sculptures and other arts designed to drive out evil and clear the way for abundance and blessing in the coming year.

 

The Tibetans prefer to time their sacred year a month behind the lunar calendars of most Asian countries, thus to keep their year distinct from that of the Chinese. While Chinese-run fake "Tibetan" websites like the Digital Tibetan Buddhist Altar time Losar  to assimilate it to the Chinese calendar,  Tibetans time it differently when they can. 2016  is one of the years when the timing is synchronous. Best to check festival timing with Tibetans in your area.

 

Feb. 9, Tuesday:

In the ancient Greek calendar, this day is the annual Feast day of Apollo in his aspect as Helios, god of the Sun, honored now a week after the mid-winter festival.

 

Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, the licentious and ecstatic all-nighter that culminates Carneval week (see Feb. 5 - 9), just before Ash Wednesday (next).

 

Feb. 10, Wednesday:

For Roman Catholics, this is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, the season of austerity leading to Holy Week from Palm Sunday to Easter. On this day priests draw crosses of black ash on the third eye chakras of the faithful to remind them of the vanity of all worldly pleasures, and ask them to turn inward to cleanse the soul in the weeks before the solemn rites of sacrifice and redemption are enacted. Ash Wednesday is yet another Christian adaptation of an earlier festival: the Adonia, a time of mourning for the Syrian demigod Tammuz, whose rites were observed at this time in the eastern Mediterranean, especially in Byblos and the other major cities of Syria.

 

Feb. 11 - 13 (3 days):

One of the great festival cycles of Ausar (Osiris) in the ancient Khemitian calendar, celebrated especially at the main center of Ausar worship in Abydos (2/11) and at Busiris, the ancient holy city of the Nile delta. The principal ceremony performed on the last of these three days was a dawn ritual of opening the doors of the horizon, and thereby reaffirming the precision of the divine order operating between Sun and Earth. (Month of Pamenot, days 28 - 30).

The Pharaonic melody for this feast, as preserved in music of the Coptic church, has been found by Dr. Maged Samuel Ibrahim in Cairo.

 

Feb. 11, Thursday:

First appearance of Our Lady of Lourdes (1858), the most celebrated healing emanation of the Virgin Mary.

 

Feb. 12, Friday:

Hindus celebrate Vasant Panchami, sacred to Saraswati, goddess of learning. On this 5th day of the lunar month of Magh, she is honored in rites and customs ranging from ceremonies of pitri-tarpan, in honor of ancestors who have imparted love of learning to their grandchildren, to blessing rituals in which young children are formally taught their first words. The white swan, symbol of non-attachment and purity, is especially associated with Saraswati today. Her image, and her devotees, are clothed in yellow, symbolizing the spiritual gold, saffron and honey that come with patient, selfless effort.

 

In the Greco-Roman calendar, this the feast of the virgin huntress Artemis, or Diana, whose purity symbolizes the ascendancy of spirit over matter. Artemis is the protector of women and children against sexual intimidation and all violence.

 

The Ides of February, beginning of the eight-day Roman festival of the Parentalia, the year's chief festival in honor of the dead.

 

Feb. 13, Saturday.

Mercury enters Aquarius. This air sign is naturally happy, free and advantageous, releasing a free flow of Mercury's ebullience, quickness of mind and spirit, and infectious good humor. Until March 5.

 

Feb. 13 - 15 (three days):

In the Roman calendar, this is one of the year's great feasts, the Lupercalia, an agricultural festival sacred to Faunus, the beneficent aspect of the god Pan in his role as giver of abundance, protector of flocks and fields. This is a day on which animal communication is especially favored, and animals are said to assist humans in other ways as well. The she-wolf who suckled Romulus and Remus is honored on this day. Above all, this festival is a celebration of love, both spiritual and erotic, in all its streams.

 

Fire circle communities sing this chant to Pan: "I am the dance of the forest glade in spring. / I am the joy of life, the soul of every thing. / I am the flame that leaps upon the hill. / I am the word. I am the will."

 

Best modern Pan story: Tom Robbins' novel Jitterbug Perfume.

 

Feb. 14, Sunday:

In Christian calendars, and by now in the calendars of many other cultures, Valentine's Day, the famous feast of the lovers. According to one legend from Greece -- which has been celebrating Eros, erotic love, on this day since very ancient times -- this is the day on which young doves mate during the transition from winter to spring. As doves mate for life and live in a happy fidelity that other beings rarely approach, 2/14 has embodied ever since the loyalty of true love. The symbol that has stuck for this day is the heart pierced by an arrow, fired by -- who else? -- Eros (Cupid), who has always ruled this day.

 

Before Feb. 14 became fixed in the solar calendar as the feast of lovers, the Athenians celebrated at this time the festival of Zeus and Hera, whose marriage bond -- despite the supreme god's constant infidelities -- somehow symbolized the ideal marriage to which earthly couples could aspire. In the Greek lunar calendar, mid-January to mid-February was the month of Gamelion, so called because it was a major mating season, engendering new babies to be born in November, when winter's approach would keep armies and other disruptions at home, thus increasing the mothers' chances of bringing new children safely to birth. Feb. 14 was Gamelion's climactic fertility rite, performed as the beginning of the mid-winter thaw heralds the coming of spring.

 

Similar practices survive in many European cultures. Slovenian people begin the year's work in their fields and vineyards, on the day when plants and flowers are said to start growing again, and birds are said to marry. Finns celebrate Ystavanpaiva, the feast of friendship. And in old Norfolk, long before England became the UK, a character named Jack Valentine was believed to come knocking on the back door of houses, delivering sweets and gifts to children.

 

Fascinatingly, the Christian association of this day involves no fewer than four Valentines: three priests named Valentinus (of Rome, Terni and Africa), all of whom were said to have been martyred on Feb. 14 in or around the year 270; and Valentinius of Alexandria, the much-admired bishop and Gnostic teacher who was reportedly among the leading candidates to be elected pope in 143. What may have ruined his chance to be the bishop of Rome was that unlike mainstream prelates whose views of women and sex ranged from ascetic to hostile, Valentinius taught that the marriage bed was the earthly sanctuary of couples who celebrated the hierogamos (see Zeus and Hera above), the sacred marriage rite between the human soul and the Divine Beloved.

 

In the ancient Khemitian calendar, the month of Parmuti begins on this day. The netert associated with this month is Renenutet, the serpent-headed protector of children and lady of fertility and good fortune.

 

Feb. 15, Monday:

In the Norse calendar, this day is sacred to a noted animal communicator: Siegfried, greatest of all warrior heroes, who understood the songs of forest birds after slaying the dragon Fafner and inadvertently tasting its blood.

 

This day is also the birthday of another famous fighter, the hero scientist and warrior astronomer Galileo Galilei (1564), whose severe personal ordeal of sacrifice for the truth -- he was held under house arrest, and forbidden to publish or to speak in public, for some 16 years -- was the price of the knowledge we have had since about the physical properties of the solar system. The story of how Galileo smuggled his secret writings out to his students, who sped them by courier to bolt holes from Leyden to Paris to Prague, is one of the world's great true stories of the theft of fire.

 

For some Buddhists, this is an important holy day, symbolizing the Buddha's teaching and healing mission brought to fruition, and expanding to embrace a worldwide community of believers. For Mahayana Buddhists it is Paranirvana Day, commemorating the passing away of the Awakened One's physical body, and his entry into Nirvana. Pure Land Buddhists assign this day the same meaning, observing it as Nirvana Day. Zen Buddhists in Japan celebrate this day as Nehan -- literally the sleeping holy day -- honoring the Buddha's attainment of parinirvana. The timing of this festival should be checked with local Buddhist communities, as the timing of the Asian sacred year is unusual in 2015, beginning with the Black Moon in Pisces (Feb. 18) rather than the usual Back Moon in Aquarius. and in this instance Parinirvana day, normally a Full Moon festival, is observed over the Black / New Moon days.

 

For the people of Tanna Island in Vanuatu, this is John Frum Day, named for the semi-mythic figure whom the islanders invoked as far back as the 1930's in prayers for liberation from their colonial oppressors. During World War II, when the US air force used Tanna as a supply base for the Pacific campaign, John Frum became a composite hero resembling the American fliers whose largesse to the local people in the 1940's made them the deities of the famous cargo cults that erected wooden control towers and airplanes in an effort to bring back the airmen and their bounty. John Frum Day features a ceremony of flowers and flag raising, face painting, singing and dancing, a military parade of men dressed in camouflage and carrying bamboo rifles, and a feast at which, presumably, people pray for Spam.

 

Feb. 17, Tuesday:

This day is Mahashivaratri, the great annual Hindu festival in honor of Lord Shiva in his most beneficent aspect as the universal creator whose drum and dance bring the visible world into being. Shiva and his consort Shakti are honored with music, dance and other works of beauty, and with prayers for abundant vitality.

Om Nama Shivaya.

 

In the Roman calendar, festival of Fornicalia, goddess of ovens and patroness of bread. On this day prayers are offered on behalf of the grain that is about to be planted in the spring, and in thanksgiving for the abundance of Mother Earth.

 

In the Japanese Shinto calendar this day is Toshigoi, when rites are held in honor of Kuni -Tokotachi - no- Kami, the primordial creator Deity of whom all other Kami are manifestations. Prayers are offered on this day for an abundant rice harvest.

 

Feb 18, Thursday:

Venus enters Aquarius: Here, until  March 12, she enjoys all the talk and gossip that flow in this voluble air sin -- but she prefers Pisces, where she is exalted in the water element of her deepest feeling. From the end of this month and into the top of the next, she has advantageous linkages by sextile with Saturn in Sagittarius and Uranus in Aries, so chances in digital media abound, not all of them just flashes in the pan; and there may be connections with older mentors and teachers, like the one that drew Marilyn Monroe to Einstein.

 

Feb. 19, Friday:

Sun enters Pisces. Traditionally the time each year when plans are developed in secret, alliances reviewed, assumptions questioned and energies organized toward release a month later, at the beginning of spring. While the Sun is not "in detriment" in Pisces, as he has just been in Aquarius, the watery, deep, mysterious qualities of Pisces are not the most compatible venue for the heat, incandescence and clarity associated with the Sun. The symbolic image for Pisces time is that the Sun is most brilliant when far above the water, much less radiant and impressive when near the water, even in it. It would be simplest just to enjoy the water, but the Sun does not enjoy perceiving this. Do not walk across carpets and touch perfectionists until Aries time in March.

 

In some native American calendars, the Month of the Cougar begins on this day.

 

In Mayan calendar systems, this day begins the Uinal Before Dawn, the twelfth of the 20-day Uinals in the current cycle of the Tzolkin, or 260-day calendar (13 Imix, Tzolkin 221). The symbolic bird for this uinal is the Quetzal, the symbolic planet Venus as Morning Star, embodiment of the beauty of the new day.

 

Feb. 20 – 26 (one week):

Among the ancient Athenians, and pilgrims from throughout the Greek world, these days are the Lesser Eleusinian Mysteries, celebrating the transformation of the Winter goddess Persephone back into her Spring aspect as Kore, and her annual marriage to Dionysus. This rite heralds the coming of Spring at the Equinox. Note that while the Greater Mysteries of summer culminate at the Full Moon in Virgo, the Lesser Mysteries begin at the New Moon in Pisces -- that is, two days after the Dark Moon, when the crescent of the New Moon appears.

 

Feb. 21, Sunday:

In the ancient Khemitian calendar, Festival of Min, neter of Love. (Parmuti day 7). Min is the active, propagating emanation of Amun, the primordial creator whose festivals are celebrated in the preceding month. See Jan. 15 and 24.

 

In the Celtic Tree Calendar, Ash Month begins. In some accounts this month is considered the most sacred of all because it honors Yggdrasil, the World Ash Tree, the universal principle of Balance. Ash month is favorable for breaking of curses and building of new protection. Ash wands are cut and prepared as conduits of energy. The ash is remarkable for being easily workable, yet strong enough to serve in everything from walking sticks to baseball bats.

 

Feb. 21 - 3/20 (one month):

The annual Baha'i month of fasting begins. The fast continues until the day before the Spring Equinox festival of Naw Ruz.

 

Feb. 22, Monday,  8:21 am HT - 6:21 pm UT:

Full Moon in Virgo, opposite Sun in Pisces. The aspect of Sun in Pisces, Moon in Virgo entails a kind of role reversal in which the solar intellect is balanced by psychic receptivity and intuition, while lunar emotion is braced by practical mentality.  This alignment is highly favorable, then, for males who seek to develop their female qualities, and vice versa. As we'll soon see, a great many joyous festivals come now.

 

This Full Moon has the qualities of the earthy and the spiritual at the same time, as Ceres and Neptune in Pisces both conjoin the Sun and oppose the Moon

 

In the Celtic/Druidic and Wiccan calendars, this Full Moon is called Seed Moon. Also Budding Moon, Planter’s Moon, Pink Moon and the Green Grass Moon, when Nature revives.

 

Feb. 22, Monday:

In the ancient Roman calendar, this day is Caristia, celebrating the feast of the goddess Concordia. On this day good will and forgiveness are celebrated, especially in ritual meals at which all disputes are resolved and all ill will purged, on the premise that the bounty of the coming spring depends in great measure on the energies living within the hearts of the country's people: good will is said to promote good growth and a bountiful harvest.

Feb.23, Tuesday:

Also on this day, the Butter Lamp Festival, Chunga Choepa in Tibetan, celebrates a demonstration of miracles attributed to the historical Buddha, also called Shakyamuni Buddha. Colorful butter sculptures are displayed, and singing and dancing go on into the night. This intricate, ancient art is performed by monks who prepare with ritual baths and other ceremonies.

 

Feb. 24, Wednesday:

Dragobete, the Romanian version of Valentine's day, named in honor of an Eros/Adonis figure from ancient folklore whose name is related to drag (dear) and dragoste (love).

 

Feb. 25, Thursday:

This day is sacred to the memory of the Sufi saint Muhyi ad-Din Ibn El Arabi (d. 1240), who taught that Allah manifests the Divine energy in all the myriad forms of nature, female as well as male.

 

In the Chinese Taoist calendar, this is the birthday of Wen Chang Di Jun, god of literature and the arts.

 

Feb. 25 - 29 (five days):

These are the days of Ayyam-I-Ha, the intercalary days in the Baha'i calendar, when believers strengthen their communal bonds through gifts and acts of hospitality and service.

 

Feb. 27, Saturday:

Birthday, in 1861, of Rudolf Steiner, the immensely influential spiritual researcher and teacher who created the Anthroposophical Society and the Church of Spiritual Science, and whose teachings on education, empowerment and creativity are the foundation of the Waldorf Schools system.

 

Feb. 28, Sunday:

In the Zoroastrian calendar of ancient Persia, this day is Spentra Armaitri, one of the year's great festivals honoring the quiet strength and nurturing power of women. The Roman counterpart in honor of Tacita, the silent goddess, protectress against the ill effects of unkind speech, is observed on the same day.

 

Feb. 29, Monday:

On this day the ancient Slavic peoples celebrate Velja Noc, the feast of the dead, when the shades of the departed visit their living descendants, and all celebrate the rites of Veles, lord of the dead.

 

Want to know how any of these days affects you? An Astrocartography reading covers not only your unique, personal planet energy lines and crossings, but the conditions of timing that are in effect for you now, and in the months and years ahead.