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The Moon Path Chapter Of CUUPS [Witchvox Sponsor] announces...
What to Bring: Bring food and drink to share as well as your drum
Price/Donation: Love Donation
Acct. Id: 186382
Event Id: 81267
2013 (1) Mid Winter Sun Celebration - Imbolc
When: Jan. 19th. 2013
Where: Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Ft Lauderdale - Mid Winter Sun Celebration - Imbolc
Event Details: The Moon Path Chapter of
Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPS) will host a
Mid Winter Sun Celebration
7:00 PM, Saturday, January 19, 2013
Unitarian Universalist Church of Ft. Lauderdale,
3970 NW 21st Avenue (between Commercial and Oakland Park) ,
Ft. Lauderdale, Fl 33309, 954-484-6734 Love Donation.
The public is invited to attend the
Mid Winter Sun Celebration which will which will honor the Ancient ways.
Bring non-perishable food items (Or Cash Donation)
to be donated to LifeNet4Families
During the Mid Winter Sun Celebration
there will be drumming, dancing, and chanting.
Bring food and drink to share as well as your drums and percussion
instruments for the feast and drum circle to follow the Celebration.
Feel free to come dressed in Garb.
Anyone interested in participating is welcome.
Visit the CUUPS Moon Path Chapter website for details on pagan activities.
The full moon in the month of February is called the Quickening Moon.
This year the Quickening Moon is
February 25, 2013, 20 26 Universal Time.
This year the Mid Winter Cross Quarter is on February 5,
when the Sun reaches 15 degrees Aquarius but it is always
celebrated on February 2.
Mid Winter is a festival of spiritual purification and dedication;
very home-centered, with cleansing and purification rites conducted
for each room in preparation for the birth of spring. This is the
origin of 'Spring Cleaning'. It's the appropriate time for new
beginning and re-dedications. Mid Winter is the time considered
by some to be the start of spring. The quickening of the seeds
of spring within the earth. Though in early February the days
are growing noticeably longer, this is still a dark time.
Imbolc is a Gaelic word meaning 'in the belly' (of the Mother) and
thought to be derived from the word Oimelc meaning ‘ewe’s milk’.
Imbolc has also been described as referring to the quickening of
the unborn in the womb (allegorically the seeds of spring within
the earth) . Inbolc is normally celebrated on February 2nd and
honors the Celtic sun/fire Goddess Brigid.
The month of February is named for the Roman goddess Februa,
virgin mother of Mars, (Also known as Juno Februa and St. Febronia)
or the Etruscan god of the Underworld Februus
or for februa, means of purification.
Though in early February the days are growing noticeably longer, this
is still a dark time, and for the ancient Celts candles were the only
means of lighting the long nights. If there were enough candles, a
celebration of light was held, with each window of a house being
lit on this night.
The Christans adopted this tradition and called it Candlemas meaning
'Candle Mass' and the priests of the church took stock of their candle
supply and cleansed their altars.
In Ireland at this time people celebrated a feast in honor of the Goddess
Brigit (later St. Brigit) , a hearth deity whose realm included the
fires of purification. The colors of the celebration are White, and
sometimes Red. It is a festival of spiritual purification and dedication.
The ancient Egyptians had both a lunar calendar, and a solar 365 day calendar,
which was divided into three seasons of four months each. Each month consisted
of 30 days (3 weeks of 10 days per week) . At the end of the year,
five additional 'Heriu-renpet' days were added to the solar calendar
for the birth of the Goddesses/Gods. An extra day would be added as needed.
The heliacal rise of Sirius just before dawn was an extremely important event
for the Ancient Egyptians. The first visibility of the star Sirius on the
morning sky, called heliacal rising, fell close to the Inundation of the
Nile and was the beginning of the Ancient Egyptian solar year.
The first new moon after the heliacal rising was the begining of the lunar year.
3, 000 years ago the heliacal rising was in early July, currently it is around
August 1st. Each lunar month was named after an Ancient Egyptian Goddess,
God, or major festival. In a year with 13 new moons, the 13th lunar month
was added to the end of the year.
The Ancient Egyptian sixth solar month from December 28 to January 27
is Peret II (emergence) , when crops were planted, cultivated, and maintained.
The Ancient Egyptian seventh solar month from January 28 to February 26
is Peret III (emergence) , when crops were planted, cultivated, and maintained.
The ancient Hellenic lunar months would start on the new moon and a
new day would start at sunset. The new year would start on the new moon
before the Autumn Equinox. Except for Athens which used the new moon
following the Summer Solstice. I use the Autumn Equinox and the lunar
month of Boedromion for my calculations for the new year. In a year
with 13 new moons, the 13th lunar month (Poseideon II) was inserted
between the 4th (Poseideon) and 5th (Gamelion) lunar months around
December/January. A different Goddess/God was honored for the
full moon of the month.
The Roman calendar was originally lunar.
The first days was the kalends (from which the modern word calendar is derived) ,
the first quarter was the nones, and the full moon was the ides.
A crown of flowers was hung over the hearth, and sacrifices were made to the
Lares, or household gods on the kalends, nones, ides, and all feast days.
The waning moon was the unlucky part of the month and had no name.
The days were numbered backward from the first of the next month.
The ancient Roman solar calendar consisted of 10 months in a year of 304 days.
The Romans seem to have ignored the remaining 61 days, which fell in the middle
of winter, the unmarked "Terror Time". The 10 months were named Martius,
Aprilis, Maius, Junius, Quintilis, Sextilis, September, October, November,
and December. The year began with Martius "March". Numa Pompilius,
the second king of Rome circa 700 BC, added the two months Januarius "January"
and Februarius "February". He also moved the beginning of the year from Marius
to Januarius. This made the Roman year 365 days long.
The name of Januarius, the modern January, is derived from the name of the God Janus,
the god of beginnings. The month is dedicated to the God Janus. Day 1 is the start
of the New Year Festival. This was originally a one day festival, but was extended
to five days during the Imperial era. Natales templorum for Vediovis, for Fortuna,
and for Aesculapius.
For the ancient Roman, February was the month of purification, when Rome was
ceremonially purified, and the 5th was the official beginning of spring.
The first two weeks are considered a time of abstinence. It was the last month
before the new year (when the new year began at the beginning of Martius) and was
a time for wiping the slate clean and starting fresh. Houses were purified by
sweeping out and by sprinkling with salt and toasted spelt (a kind of wheat) .
'Februa' (means of purification) , was the name of the whip used in the
Festa di Lupercalia (February 15) where both women and fields were slapped
to purify and fertilize them. As part of this festival young men would
draw the names of young females from an urn. Since this season represents
the coming of spring, the rituals focus on purification and fertility.
Valentine's Day probably derives its origins from the ancient Roman feast of Lupercalia.
At this time of the year, in most of the Northern Hemisphere, we are deep in
the middle of Winter, halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox,
with the promise of Spring to come. This is the time of the year to celebrate prophesy,
purification, and the begining of fertility of the land. We associate Ground hog Day,
in early February, with practicing the old tradition of weather divination.
Midwinter observences, fesitvals, and/or celebrations in February are:
Disting (Teutonic) ,
Feast to celebrate the Birhtday of Nut (Egyptian) ,
Festa di Lupercus (Strega) , Roman Lupercalia and Feast of Faunus (Pan) ,
Chinese New Year (new moon) , Aztec New Year, Candlelaria (Mexican) ,
Ground Hog's Day (USA) , Valentine's Day (USA Feb 14) ,
Oimelc, Imbolic Brigantia (Caledonni) , Imbolic (Celtic) ,
the Snowdrop Festival, the Festival of Lights, Feast of the Waxing Light,
Armenian Candlemas, Saint Brighids's Day, Brigit's Day,
St. Bridget's Day (Christian) , Candlemas (Christian) ,
and The Feast of the Purification of the Virgin Mary.
Deities of midwinter: All Virgin/Maiden Goddesses: Februa, Brighid, Aradia,
Athena, Inanna, Gaia; and Gods of Love and Fertility: Februus, Lupercus,
Aengus Mac Og, Eros.
Brigit/Brighid was a Celtic sun Goddess and her sacred fire burned at Cill Dara
for 1500 years until it was extinquished by King Henry VIII's soldiers.
The fire was relit on Brighid's Day 1995, ending 500 years of darkness.
She was considered a goddess of fire, patroness of smithcraft, poetry
and healing (especially the healing touch of midwifery) . Another form of the
name Brigit is Bride, and it is thus She bestows her special patronage on any
woman about to be married or handfasted, the woman being called 'bride' in her
honor. Brigit's holiday was chiefly marked by the kindling of sacred fires,
since she symbolized the fire of birth and healing, the fire of the forge,
and the fire of poetic inspiration. Bonfires were lighted on the beacon
tors, and chandlers celebrated their special holiday.
The God associated with Brigit is Aengus Mac Og. He is the son of Dagda.
The Celtic version of Eros and the embodiment of youthful love.
The Year is divided into Quarters by
the Winter Solstice, Spring Equinox, Summer Solstice, and the Autumn Equinox.
Halfway beteen the Solstice and and Equinox is the Cross Quarter.
These Quarters and Cross Quarters are called
the Wheel of the Year of the Sun.
Mid Winter (Imbolc) is one of the
4 Cross Quarter Sun Celebrations in the Wheel of the Year.
It is halfway between the two Quarter Sun Celebrations,
Winter Solstice (Yule) and Spring Equinox (Ostara) .
Exactly opposite Mid Summer (Lammas, August 1) on the wheel of the year.
This is the time considered by some to be the start of spring.
In the highlands of Scotland and England all
the Cross Quarters are considered times of
being able to cross over to the "other world".
The eight Sun Celebrations in the Wheel of the Year are:
Wiccan name: Druid Name
Samhain November 1 (Cross Quarter)
Yule December 20-22 (Winter Solstice) Alban Arthan
Imbolc February 2 (Cross Quarter)
Ostara March 20-22 (Spring Equinox) Alban Eiler
Beltaine May 2 (Cross Quarter)
Litha June 20-22 (Summer Solstice) Alban Hefin
Lammas August 1 (Cross Quarter)
Mabon September 20-22 (Autumn Equinox) Alban Elfed
Event Location: 3970 NW 21st Avenue in Ft. Lauderdale
Event TIME Details: 7:00 PM
Directions: between Commercial and Oakland Park
Phone: (954) 484-6734
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