The Roman Festival of Caristia. was a Feast Day celebratring family reunion. It was when Roman fathers paid special attention to their families, if they were home. This was was unusal because many were soldiers as thus away on campaigns and of course because chauvinism was rife at this time. It was a private family festival when families would gather together to celebrate the love of family with banquets and gifts. When disagreements were set aside and any reconciliations necessary could begin.
Carers by their very nature put others needs before their own. They willingly do their best to provide for the needs of others. Often sacrificing themselves and their own needs. In the longer-term however this caring attitude eventually defeats their objective.
February 15 - is a partial solar eclipse as well as a New Moon at 21.05. As we know this is the best time to be starting new projects and writing those abundance cheques. Even though we can't see it here in the UK the partial solar eclipse it will still add energy to our abundance cheque ritual and we will probably see abundance coming to us in unexpected ways with the energy of this partial eclipse. See here for the abundance cheque ritual and here for general information about how eclipses affect us astrologically affect us astrologically
14th February is of course Valentine's Day. Legend suggests that during the third century there was a priest in Rome called Valentine. Emperor Claudius decided to outlaw marriage because he believed single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families. However, Valentine refused to accept this edict from the Emperor and proceeded to perform marriages in secret.
When Claudius found out he had Valentine imprisoned and tortured. There are many myths about Valentine's time in prison and this is just one.
As many of you know I have been running my annual retreats at Grue Demoiselle for many years. This year we are focussing it a bit differently. Catherine Jameson and I now both have "Caring" roles and we have discovered how demanding this role is and how little time there is left for "ME TIME". To this end we have decided to offer a special Holiday for Carers at a much reduced price especially for carers. Normally a week at Grue Demoiselle would be £1000, this "Caring for the Carers" week is only £600. So whatever type of Carer you are, Professional Carer, Nurse, or Caring for family and friends, YOU deserve a break and at £400 off, come and be pampered.
Nirvana Day is an annual Buddhist festival remembering the death and enlightenment of the Lord Buddha when he reached Nirvana at the age of 80. It is also known as Parinirvana Day. Buddhists believe Nirvana is the end of the cycle of death and rebirth when someone reaches enlightenment. Buddhism teaches that Nirvana is reached when all want and suffering is gone. Celebrations include: