Happy Monday! February 21, 2022

Happy Monday! February 21, 2022

– Disseminating Moon Phase – share, demonstrate, teach, learn, feed back

– Moon in Libra – Void of Course 12:00 AM – 4:19 AM – Moving o Scorpio

– Planetary Alignments – Earth – Venus – Mars

– Best Days (from the Farmer’s Almanac) – February 21st – 22nd – Can Fruits and Vegetables, Jar Jams/Jellies, Mow to Slow Growth, Prune Trees, Go Hunting

– Planting Calendar (from the Farmer’s Almanac) –  February 21st – 22nd  – Start seedbeds. Good days for transplanting. Plant carrots, turnips, onions, beets, Irish potatoes, and other root crops in the South. Lettuce and other leafy vegetables will do well.

– Aspect of the Aeon Sophia: (Wisdom): Matangi, The Goddess of Soft Breezes

– Aspect of the Aeon Thelete: (Will/Desire): Seth– God of the North, God of Enlightenment

– Sabian Symbol for the Solar-Lunar Month – New Moon in Aquarius: “a barometer ” (& “an old sea captain rocking on the porch of his cottage”)

– Sabian Symbol for the Solar-Lunar Year: “A Woman in pastel colors carrying a heavy and valuable but veiled load”

SUN –  03 PISCES: a petrified forest

EARTH – 03 VIRGO: two guardian angels bringing protection

Happy Monday! Human Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected. -George Washington

Happy President’s Day to all here in the United States! It is still a holiday, despite all the efforts to minimalize and delegitimize it over the past 10-20 years. It used to be his own day back in the day. It was preceded or followed by President Lincoln’s Birthday. But then they combined them in order to make room on the official calendar schedule. If you look at the third Monday in January, that will tell you about that.

Growing up, these holidays were great. They were two long weekends in a row. We would usually go camping in San Diego at least one of them – Mission Bay was great!

It also gave our Government school teachers the opportunity to present these two important figures in our history in a positive light. Of course this little graphic leaves out the most important parts – like that he chopped down a Cherry Tree. I remember doing at least one art project with an Ax and a fallen cherry tree growing up. And it leaves out that his family owned slaves and that he executed American troops who deserted. The little things that color our lives but are inconvenient in telling the story of what people were really like.

George actually has been enjoying a renaissance in the rewriting of history with the blockbuster Broadway play Hamilton. My only knowledge of it is through the songs, which my daughter still plays all the time while driving in the car.

The Happy Monday quote is a bit of a thinker. Is this really a positive thing? Is it more of a lecture? He has a lot of great quotes. But none of them are all that cheerful. But let’s take it for what it’s worth.

I would like to share one more quote from The Father of Our Country. And I share it as a piece of advice for the people North of our Border. And as a reminder to all of us here.

If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter. -George Washington

And Let’s Not Forget Lincoln

Part 2 of this special Holiday is in remembrance of President Abraham Lincoln. Like with George, Youngsters in school were given an annual course in who he was. Honest Abe. We would dress up in dour black suits. Draw dark beards on our faces and wear stove-top hats. And remember that he held the country together during the civil war. Plus we would get to make paper-plate faces of him.

Of most importance to me from his quotes is from the Gettysburg Address.

that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth. —Abraham Lincoln

Lincoln has always been close to my heart. Mostly because that is my middle name. How many of you out there were saddled with odd middle names? Mine came from my maternal grandfather, who also shared it. It had been passed down to him from a generation or two. One of our shared relatives was close to the Lincoln administration – or just possibly worked on his campaign. It is pretty murky and unclear. But the story goes that he was so enamored with Lincoln that he named a child after him. So now me and my cousin got the name.

While I never really cared for it as a name (too many kids on the playground called me stinkin-Lincoln for my taste). I thought I hit the lottery against my brother who got Victor for his middle name from my father’s side of the family.

So now the whole past President themed holidays is rolled into one. You ask yourself whether it was not a concerted effort on the part of the political faction to deemphasize the heroes of our nation.

Given the polarization seen in politics today, you start to wonder about the beliefs of our forefathers. Were political arguments as heated and mean as they are today?

Hmmm. George helped fight off the tyranny of England. You know that whole No Taxation without Representation thing. And thanks to the Masons, we have the ironclad system of government we have today.

Hmmm. Abe watched the country he was elected to lead break apart and neighbor fought neighbor for 5 years. And then he got killed for it. And 150 years later, people are still fighting that same war.

I simply hope and dream that people remind themselves of that short and powerful speech that ended:

. . . and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth. —Abraham Lincoln

Other Fun Holidays to Think About

Canada, who I mentioned above is celebrating a number of Holidays today. These include Luis Riel Day, Nova Scotia Heritage Day, Islander Day and Family Day. If any of them make a difference to my readers up in Canada, please toast a Labatts this way!

You might think that the Imperious leader of your Nation might want to sit down at a table with a bunch of truckers and a case of Labatts t discuss their differences about free speech and fascism. However Trudeau seems like more of a White Claw kind of guy. White claw with a side jab of Moderna that is.

And of Course the is Carnival – The Brazillian version of Mardi Gras and it goes longer. Carnival starts this week on Friday and goes through Ash Wednesday. Celebrated in other countries as well, including Andorra, Argentina, Aruba, St. Barts, Bolivia, Brazil, Curaçao, Germany, Denmark, Dominica, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Norway, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela.