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(Date Posted:01/10/2009 21:14 PM)
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January starts the year with a plethra of fun, frolicsome festivity.  The new year in particular is celebrated by at least 170 nations.  The month gets its name for Jana, a moon goddess, which explains the abundance of water-related observances this month (in esoteric traditions, the moon represents water element). It's also named after Janus (Jana's husband), the gatekeeper of heaven, who sees the past and future.  This couple oversees the year's beginning by offering you refreshed prespective and hope for a better tomorrow.
In terms of energy, January focuses on beginnings.  It's a time for personal renewal, starting any beloved project, and sustaining those things already in progress.  Magick for health, protection, and prosperity is particularly augmented by working during this month.
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RE:January - Goddess of the Day
(Date Posted:01/10/2009 21:17 PM)

 
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January 1
New Year's Day (Europe/United States)
Gamelia
 
Themes:  Luck; Health; Prosperity; New Beginnings
 
Symbols:  Two-sided items; Representing the Old and New (like coins and hourglasses)
 
About Gamelia:  Gamelia is a lucky aspect of teh Greek goddess Hera, who brings good fortune (especially in love).  On this day of new beginnings, Gamelia extends a helping hand by teaching about the cycles in your life and how to cope with them more effectively, adding a little luck to make things easier.  In ancient times, people would wash Gamelia's statues on this day, symbolically wiping winter away.  Then would also hand bay, palm, dates, and figs around the house to inspire a year filled with Gamelia's blessings.
 
To Do Today:  Remember Gamelia today by manifest her luck and joy in your life.  Eat dates and figs (raisins are a handy substitute), leaving a little outside as an offering to her.
To encourage a fresh start, consider turning over an hourglass (or egg timer) as midnight rolls.  As you turn the hourglass, recite this incantation.
 
The sands of time turn again; with them new life begins.
THe old now departs, Gamelia, refresh my heart.
 
For prosperity in the new year, carry any silver-colored coin in your pocket the entire day, then use it to make a wish at any nearby fountain or water source.  To foster Gamelia's help with the wish, burn a little myrrh incense.
 
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RE:January - Goddess of the Day
(Date Posted:01/10/2009 21:21 PM)

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January 2
Shigoto Hijime (Japan)
Benten
 
Themes:  Luck; Wealth; Beauty
 
Symbols:  Boats; Dragons; Guitars; Snakes; Saltwater
 
About Benten:  As the Japanese goddess steering the New Year's Treasure Ship, Benten is a perfect figure to call on for financial improvements this year.  She is the only goddess of luck in Japan and is referred to as queen of the seas and patroness of gamblers.  Japanese woman invoke her to bring beauty and fortune into their lives.  Benten is dipicted as riding a gold dragon, playing a biwa (guitar), and sending out white snakes with her missives.  Her robe bears a jewel that grants wishes.
 
To Do Today:  To welcome, Benten's prosperity into your home, sprinkle a little saltwater on the threshold today.  Or, to generate beauty within and without, soak in a bath of Epsom salts while listening to guitar music.
The Shigoto Hajime festival honors the beginning of the work week in Japan, where it is believed that good omens for work begin today.  If you want to get a peek at how your employment will fare this year, try divination by dice (a traditional gambler's tool).  Hold one die in your hand, ask for Benten to provide a sign, then roll it.  The results can be interpreted as follows:  (1) a negative omen, (2) feeling torn between two good options; (3) a good omen; (4) financial security; (5) not much material change, but improvements in interoffice relationships; (6) an excellent omen; roll again.  If you get two more sixes, Benten's treasures will be  yours!
 
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RE:January - Goddess of the Day
(Date Posted:01/10/2009 21:27 PM)

 
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January 3
Third Day of the First Moon(China)
Chin Mu
 
Themes:  Health; Longevity; Femininity; Magick
 
Symbols:  Peach; Mulberry; Cats; Gold-toned Objects
 
About Chin Mu:  Chin Mu is the Queen of the West China, dispensing peaches that cure disease and grant eternal life to all who eat them, Chinese art depicts her as an ageless, beautiful woman living in a golden castle (a solar symbol), thereby getting her translated name of "golden mother."  She is also sometimes shown as a cat-woman, which represents her yin energy and connection with sorcery.
 
To Do Today:  Honoring Chin Mu today brings health, long life, and a year filled with magick.  One simple way to do this is by wearing a piece of gold jewelry or gold clothing.
Traditionally, Chinese woman carry a bowl of hot vinegar into ech room of the house today to protect those  who live there from sickness all year.  To try this yourself, slice up a peach (frozen if necessary) and add it to the hearted vinegar (peach tea bags work, too, and release a nice fragance).  The peach invokes Chin Mu's blessing.  Walk clockwise around the home, visualizing it filled with golden light  ( you can pray or chant as you go, if you wish).  If you're pressed for time, eat a peach or drink some mulberry wine instead and internalize Chin Mu's hearty energies just the same!
Finally, meditate on the feminine aspects of yourself and the devine (a good time to do this is during your morning shower, or while driving to work).  Honor the women who have influenced your life, even if you do this just by saying thanks.
 
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RE:January - Goddess of the Day
(Date Posted:01/10/2009 21:27 PM)

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January 4
Chilseong-je (Korea)
Callisto
 
Themes:  Instinct; Protection; Flexibility
 
Symbols:  A Bear; a Willow Branch; the Constellation Ursa Major
 
About Callisto:  Appearing sometimes as a she-bear guarding her cubs, the Greek goddess Callisto reinspires the natural instincts with which we have lost touch and illustrates the intensity of maternal love.  Her other name is Helic, which means "to turn" or "willow branch"; she thus has the power to help with personal transformations. In mythology, Callisto became Ursa Major while pregnant with Zeus's child.  Artemis changed her into a bear, along with her son, who  became Ursa Minor.
 
To Do Today:  In Korea, the festival of Chilseong-je beings at midnight with an offering of white rice and water to the seven stars (Ursa Major).  This gift ensures Callisto's assistance when needed throughout the coming month.  If you can't stay up till midnight, just leave the rice and water in a special spot before you go to bed.
From her celestial home, Callisto stands ready to protect us in the new year and provide us with adaptibility as a coping mechanism.  To encourage this, carry a silver or white stone bear, or a piece of dried willow wood.  Bless this token, saying,
 
Callisto, release in me the power of flexibility.
Where're I carry this little charm, keep me ever safe from harm.
 
If these tokens aren't handy, you can subsitute any white or silver items, or a hand-drawn picture of Ursa Major (the Big Dipper).
 
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RE:January - Goddess of the Day
(Date Posted:01/10/2009 21:30 PM)

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January 5
Befana fair (Italy)
Befana
 
Themes:  Overcoming Evil; Wisdom
 
Symbols:  Broom; Horn; Hag Poppets
 
About Befana:  Befana is the Italian crone goddess.  Call on her for wisdom and guidance through the other eleven months of the year.  Because she has lived a long life, her astute insight will serve you well.  Today is her festival day in Italy, celebrated with horns, noise makers, songs and music.  These loud sounds drive out evil and mark the passage of wniter's darkness out of the region.
 
To Do Today:  Have any children in your life follow the Italian tradition of leaving Befana a broom a fly on and a gift basket.  According to legend, Befana rewards this kindness with little gifts in stockings, much like Santa Claus.
Find a "kitchen witch" at a gift shop and hang it up near the  hearth to welcome Befana's wisdom into your home.  Or, take a broom clockwise around your house, sweeping inward toward a central spot to gather her beneficent energies.
To protect your home from the rest of the year, use a kazoo or other noise maker (pots with wooden spoons work well).  Go into each room and make a loud racket, saying,
 
All evil, fear!  Befana is here!  Away, away, only goodness may stay.
 
If your schedule allows, make a poppet that looks like a old woman.  Fill it with dried garlic, pearl onions, and any other herbs you associate with safety.  Keep this near the stove or hearth to invoke Befana's ongoing protection.
 
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RE:January - Goddess of the Day
(Date Posted:01/10/2009 21:31 PM)

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January 6
Festival of Kore (Greece)
Kore
 
Themes: Luck; Cycles; Youthful Energy
 
Symbols:  Coins; Corn; the Number Seven; Flower Buds; Pomegranate
 
About Kore:  As aspect of Persephone before her marriage to Hades, this youthful goddess motivates good fortune, zeal, and a closer affinity to earth's cycles during the coming months.
Kore, whose name means "maiden," is the youngest aspect of the truine goddess.  She was the daughter of Zeus and Demeter, as beautiful as spring's blossoms and as fragant as its breezes.  It was this beauty that imspired Hades to tempt her with a pomegranate, a symbol of eternal marriage.  Because she ate the fruit, Persephone spends winter with Hades as his wife and returns to the earth in spring.
 
To Do Today:  Traditionally, on this day the Greeks carried an image of Kore around the temple seven times for victory, protection, and good fortune.  Since your home is your sacred space, consider walking clockwise around it seven times with any goddess symbol you have (a round stone, vase, or bowl will suffice).  As you go, visualize every nook and cranny being filled with the yellow-white light of dawn, neatly chasing away any lingering winter blues.
This is also Twelfth Night.  Customarily, all holiday decorations should be down by now.  This day marks wniter's passage and perpetuates Kor's gusto and luck in your home year round.  Also consider carrying a little unpopped popcorn in your pocket to keep Kore's zeal and vigor close by for when you neeed it.
 
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RE:January - Goddess of the Day
(Date Posted:01/10/2009 21:33 PM)

 
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January 7
Saint Distaff's Day (Europe)
Arachne
 
Themes:  Work; Weaving; Destiny
 
Symbols:  Web; Spinning Wheel; Needle
 
Aout Arachne:  Arachne, the Greek spider goddess, inspires positive changes in your destiny for the new year.  Legend tells us that Arachne challenged Athena to a weaving contest and won.  In anger, Athena destroyed the girl's tapestry.  Arachne, grief-stricken, took her destiny to hand and turned herself into a spider, but she continues to use her weaving talents to spin and pattern the lives of mortals.
 
To Do Today:  According to lore, Saint Distaff, the patroness of weaving, was a fictional persona made up to mark the resumption of normal activity after the holidays.  Instead of this imaginary figure, we turn to Arachne to help us take the strands of our fate in hand and begin weaving a year filled with goddess energy.
to direct your spiritual focus toward the goddess, wear something woven today, or display it proudly.  If you have no such items, braid together three strands of thread of yarn, saying,
 
Arachne, bless this magick braid, so on you my mind is staid.
 
Carry this as a charm to keep your thoughts and actions goddess-centered.
Finally, mend any work clothes in need of repairs to improve your job standing.  As you make the final knot in a button or hem, bind the magick by saying,
 
This thread I wind, the magick bind.
 
Visualize your professional goals as you work.
 
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RE:January - Goddess of the Day
(Date Posted:01/10/2009 21:34 PM)

 
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January 8
Midwives's Day (Greek Macedonia)
Eleithyia
 
Themes:  Birth; Children; Creativity; Fertility
 
Symbols:  A Torch; White Flowers
 
About Eleithyia:  As the Aegean goddess of birth, Eleithyia acts as the midwife to your new year, filling it with creative power.  Eleithyia's name translate as "Fluid of Generation," giving her strong fertile aspects, and she also has a hand in personal fate.
According to myth, Eleithyia was the midwife of the gods and even birthed Eos, the creative force behind all things.  When Eleithyia's hands were closed, birth was delayed.  When Eleithyia's opended her body, a child arrived effortlessly.
 
To Do Today:  The ancient honored their midwives today as the goddess's assistants by giving them gifts.  In modern times, this might equate to sending a thank-you note to your physician or pediatrician.
If you want to bring Eleithyia's fertility to any area of your life this year, try this spell:  Gather a handful of whit flower petals.  Work in an area that somehow represents your goal.  If you want a fertile garden, for example, cast this spell in your garden; for fertile ideas, perform it in your study.  Visualize your goal as you release all but one petal, turning clockwise to the winds, saying,
 
The wish of my heart, Eleithyia see,
and bring back to me fertility.
 
Carry the last petal to help the magick manifest.
 
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RE:January - Goddess of the Day
(Date Posted:01/10/2009 21:36 PM)

 
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January 9
Festival of Jana and Janus (Rome)
Jana
 
Themes:  Lunar Energy; Perception
 
Symbols:  The Moon; Silver or Shiny Items
 
About Jana: The Roman goddess, whose name means "luminous sky," shines herlight on the new year, extending improved insight and awareness as we move ahead.  She is strongly associated with Juno and Diana and was often invoked before any other goddess in important undertakings.  Traditional offerings to Jana included wine, incense, and barley.
 
To Do Today:  To get Jana's attention and assistance in  any magick you have planned today, wear a piece of silver-toned jewelry or clothing (silver is the color of the moon).
For increase discernment to guide your actions in the months ahead, go outside with a silver-toned coin.  Hold this to the moon, saying,
 
Jana, through the darkness and through the day,
Light my path and guide my way.
 
Carry this token with you.  Touch it and recite the incantation anytime you feel your judgment wavering.
To improve your awareness of personal lunar attributes (sensitivity, intuition, and the like), burn a stick of jasmine incense or any sweet scent meditate.  Get confortable, visualizing a full moon pouring its light into the area of your third eye.  If it helps your focus, chant
 
Jana, Jana, Diana awake in me.
 
Make notes of the experience and any insights that come.
 
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RE:January - Goddess of the Day
(Date Posted:01/10/2009 21:37 PM)

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January 10
League of Nations Day (United States)
Irene
 
Themes:  Peace; Cooperation; Reconciliation
 
Symbols:  A Peace Sign; White; Gates and Entryways
 
About Irene:  Look to this Greek goddess of peace to get the year off harmoniously with your neighbor and with all those you meet.  Ireen is Zeus's daughter an done of three Horae who together preside over matters of peace, order, and justice.  They guarded the gates of Mount Olympus to ensure that all who passed had good-intentioned hearts.  Offerings to Irene were always bloodless, in honor of her amicable energy.
 
To Do Today:  In 1920, the League of Nations was founded on this date to encourage harmony between nations.  To commemorate this and honor Irene, extend the hand of truce to someone with whom you've been bickering.  Let the energy of this day pour through you to begin healing that situation.
Peace is something that really begins in our own backyards.  To generate harmony at home and in your heart, make this simple Irene charm.  On a piece of white paper draw a peace sign.  Fold this three times, saying,
 
Order - never cease, justice - release,  let there be peace.
 
Put this somewhere safe in your home so Irene's gentle warmth can fill your words and actions all year.  Better still, make two charms and carry one with you to keep the peace in all your interactions!
Wear a white peice of clothing today as a reminder to approach life with peaceful intentions, words, and actions.
 
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RE:January - Goddess of the Day
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January 11
Burning of the Clavic (Scotland)
Banba
 
Theme:  Protection
 
Symbol:  Soil
 
About Banba:  A Celtic war goddess, Banba extends safetly to those who follow her, wielding magick in their support.  In Irish tradition, she protected the land from invaders.  As a reward for her sorcery's assistance, Banba's name became linked with ancient poetic designations for parts of Ireland.  Interestingly enough, Banba translates to "unplowed land," meaning it is left safe and untouched to grow fertile.
 
To Do Today:  Considering crime and other societal problems, a little extra protection from Banba seems like something we could all use year-round.  Think of your home and possessions as the "land" she guards.  Gather a pinch of dirt from near your residence, take it inside, and keep it in a special spot.  Light a candle (white is good) near this anytime you feel you need Banba's diligent sheltering.
On this day the Scots burn a pole attached to a barrel of tar (a Clavie) and take it around town to banish evil influences, especially magickal ones.  The Clavie's remaining ashes are gathered by people as an anticurse amulet.  In keeping with this custom, burn a small bit of wood (perhaps oak) on a safe fire source.  As it burns, recite this incantation:
 
Banba, burn away negativity, burn away malintent.
Let the energy return from where it was sent.
 
Keep the ashes as an anti-negativity talisman.
 
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RE:January - Goddess of the Day
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January 12
Hindu Solstice (India)
Ganga
 
Themes:  Cleansing; Health; Mercy
 
Symbols:  Water; Yellow-colored Items
 
About Ganga:  As the Hindu goddess of the river Ganges, Ganga represents purification, wellness, and benevolence in the new year.  Legend has it Ganga came to earth upon hearing the cries of people who were dying from drought.  Shiva divided Ganga into seven streams soshe would not flood the earthe upon her arrival.  Part of this stream remained in the heavens as the Milky Way, and the rest flows through India as the river Ganges, where the goddess lives.
Art depicts Ganga as a beautiful, controlling the makara (a sea monster on which she stands), with water flowing all around her.
 
To Do Today:  In India, peole gather on the river Ganges on this day and bathe in the waters for health, protection, and forgiveness from ten sins.  They welcome spring's approach during this festival by wearing yellow clothing and coloring food, like rice with saffron.  To adapt this tradition and prompt Ganga's blessings, wear any yellow-toned clothing or jewelry today, light a yellow candle, carry a yellow-toned stone (like citrine), and/or eat rice as part of any meal.  Adapt your shower, tap, bath, hose or lawn sprinkler to substitute for the river Ganges.  As you stand beneath the water, visualize any figurative dirt being washed away down the drain.
 
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RE:January - Goddess of the Day
(Date Posted:01/10/2009 21:40 PM)

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January 13
Tyvendedagen (Norway)
Mielikki
 
Themes:  Change; Providence
 
Symbols:  Bear; Grain; Woodland Plants
 
About Mielikki:  The Finnish goddess of game, hunting, and the forest, Mielikki protects our resources during the remaining cold season by keeping the pantry filled.  As the goddess of abundant grain, she also encourages the return of fertility to the earth.
 
To Do Today:  Go into your kitchen and get a small handful of any grain-based cereal.  Take this outside and release a pinch of it to the earth, saying,
 
Meilikki, see this grain and bless, return to earth in fruitfulness.
Hear the prayer that fills my heart; to  my home, providence impart.
 
Take the remaining pinch back in the house and  store it in an airtight container, symbolically preserving your resources.
Tyvendedagen means "twentieth day after Christmas."  In Norway, today marks the official end of the Yule season.  It's celebrated with races, sleigh rides, and th storage of ornaments and by burning the Christmas tree to drive away winter.  So, when you dismantle your Yule tree, keep a jar full of its needles handy.  Burn these throughout the year to banish frosty feelings or to warm up a chilly relationship.  The pine smoke, being from a woodland tree, also draws Mielikki's attention to any pressing needs you may have.
 
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RE:January - Goddess of the Day
(Date Posted:01/10/2009 21:41 PM)

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January 14
Carmentalia (Rome)
Carmenta
 
Themes:  Children; Fertility; Foresight; Birth
 
Symbols:  Music; Babies
 
About Carmenta:  Carmenta, the Roman goddess of prophecy and birht, joins in our new year festivities by teaching us the value of preparedness and productivity.  The only offerings acceptance to Carmenta are vegetable matter - as a birth goddess, taking life a abhorrent to her.
Her magickal, prophetic nature can be seen in Carmenta's name, specifically the root word carmen, meaning a spell or charm in the form of a song.
 
To Do Today:  Put on some uplifting music while you get dressed this morning.  Let it motivate the resourceful aspect of Carmenta within you for the entire day.
In ancient Rome, today was teh second to last day of a five-day-long festival honoring Carmenta.  Pregnant women offered her rice for a safe delivery, while those wishing to have children ate raspberries to internalize her fertility.  Try either of these to prompt the successful completion of a project or to improve your physical, emotional, or spiritual ferility.
Romans considered this an excellent day to make predictions for a child.  If you know someone who's expecting, take a ring on a long string and hold it still over the mother's belly.  If the ring swings back and forth it indicates a boy, circular movements indicate a girl.
 
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RE:January - Goddess of the Day
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January 15
Feast of Vesta (Rome)
Vesta
 
Themes:  Home; Love; Fertility; Peace
 
Symbols:  Fire; Donkey; Veils
 
About Vesta:  In Roman mythology, Vesta was part of every fire.  As such, Vesta commands the sacred fires of the hearth, the heart of spiritual and emotional stability in your home.  Today was one of her festival days.  Christianized as the Feast of the Ass, which is a sacred animal to her.  Traditional offerings for Vesta include homemade bread and salt cakes.
In works of art, Vesta was never shown directly but always depicted her in veils, possibly to honor her importance in Roman society.  The vestal priestess was one of the few people considered suited to negotiating peace during war threats.
 
To Do Today:  The first month of the year is a good time to think about the spiritual warmth in your living space.  Ask Vesta to kindle those fire anew.  Do this by lighting any fire source you have handy-a match, a candle, the oven, a pilot light-or, alternatively, just turn on alight as a symbolic fire.  Be sure to keep this lit all day.  When a fire goes out of Vesta's day, it's considered a bad omen, indicative of love being lost.
To encourage peace on any battleground you're facing this year, light a white candle (the color of truce) and put it in a window to invite Vesta's presence (being sure it's safe to do so, of course). Then take a piece of bread outside, breaking it into small bits so the birds can carry your wish of harmony across the earth.
 
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RE:January - Goddess of the Day
(Date Posted:01/10/2009 21:45 PM)

 
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January 16
Mount Fuji Climbing Season (Japan)
Sengen Sana
 
Theme:  Growth; Maturity
 
Symbols:  Flower Buds
 
About Sengen Sana:  Sengen Sana, a Japanese growth goddess, lives high on Fujiyama, giving her unique perspectives about each person's path in life.  When you need to see yourself more clearly or inspire development in your spirit, call on her for aid.  According to Japanese tradition, this goddess makes the flowers blossom today, just as she can make our lives blossom into maturity.  She also governs cherry blossoms, which represent the beauty and fragility of life.
 
To Do Today:  Put a nosegay of new blossoms on your altar or in a special place to remember Sengen Sana today.  Use one as a bouton-niere to liven up your clothing and inspire progress in any situation that seems to be stagnating.  After the day is done, dry and petals of the blossom an dburn them on a day when you want a little extra motivation.
In Japan, this day is a time to honor those who have come of age (on turning twenty) in the last year.  These people dress in new clothing to mark the transition and go to community centers to celebrate.  In keeping with this theme, consider having a rite of passage for any children in your life who have shown unique maturity (no matter their age). Bring them into the magick circle, present them with ritual tools, let them choose a magickal name, and then give them permission to participate as a full adult in all your rituals to come.
 
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RE:January - Goddess of the Day
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January 17
Wassail Day (England)
 
Gunnloed
 
Themes:  Creativity; Wisdom; Health; Protection; Fertility
 
Symbols:  Meads; Poetry; Cauldron
 
About Gunnloed:   This Teutonic goddess guards the mead (a honey wine often made with apples), of sagacity and the muse - a refreshment  most welcome at the outset of a new year.  In art, Gunnleod is depicted as a giantress, according to stories about her, she stood vigilantly by the magick cauldron of Odherie until Odin wooed her and stole much of hte elixir away.
 
To Do Today:  For inspiration and insight, pick out a cup that's special to you and fill it with apple tea and a teaspoon of honey (a mock mead).  Stir it clockwise, saying,
 
Gunnloed, come to me, put ingenuity in this tea!
 
Drink the tea to internalize the magick.  If possible, sip it quietly while enjoying a good book of heartening poetry.
Alternatively, sip some mead, quaff some apple juice, or eat a apple today for good health, give a little of the leftover liquid to nearby trees.  In Anglo-Saxon tradition, this festival marked a time to enjoy wassil, a spiced apple cider or mead with herbs.  Farmers hared this beverage with the apple groves to keep fertile.  Wassil literally means "be well" or "be whole."  Drink of the wassil cup to ensure yourself of Gunnloed's gifts of well-being, creativity, and happiness all year.
 
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RE:January - Goddess of the Day
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January 18
 
Festival of Perh (Australia)
Nungeena
 
Themes:  Restoration; Creativity; Beauty
 
Symbols:  Birds or Feathers; All Artistic Creations
 
About Nungeena:  This Aborigine mother goddess took on the task of restoring beauty to the world after an evil spirit destroyed it with insects.  Call on her for assistance when you feel that a cherished project or goal has been ravaged similarly by malintent or negativity.
According to the legend, Nungeena made birds to eat all the insects Marnoo (an evil spirit) let loose on the world.  But these were not just any birds; they were the most attractive of all - the lyre birds.  In turn, the lyre birds made assistants like magpies to help with their sacred task.  Together they renewed the world's beauty.
 
To Do Today:  Dust off any home crafts or arts that have been neglected on a back shelf and work on them for a while today.  If  time doesn't allow for this, find some way to brings a little extra
beauty to the world - toss some flowering seeds in an open field, deliver food or clothing to a charitable organization, or just smile at a stranger.
In Australia this is the Festival of Perth, a huge arts festival that features local talent including dancers, mimes opera, musicians, and some sports competitions.  If there are any art galleries in your neck of the woods, go to them today to honor Nungeena and enjoy the cretive works.
 
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January 19
 
Water Blessing Festival (Bulgaria)
Kupala
 
Themes:  Joy; Health; Cleaning
 
Symbols:  Water; Flowers; Fern; Birchwood
 
About Kupala:  The Slavic goddess of springs and water, Kupala, whose name literally means "to bathe," washes us with happiness and longevity.  Oddly enough, she has a fire aspect to.  Which likely allude to purification, protection, and transformation.  Wildflowers, birch trees, and ferns were sacred to her.
 
To Do Today: To bring a year filled with joy, contentment, and health, leave a natural-fiber cloth outside today to gather dew.  Use it tomorrow to bathe in Kupala's magick!
Take some flower petals to any moving water source (even a hose) and toss them on the stream.  As you do, make a wish for something that will make you really happy.  Let Kupala, in the form of the water, carry your wish toward manifestation.
To rid yourself of sickness, negativity, or a bad habit before the year really get rolling, find safe fire source (such as a candle that's self-contained in glass).  Put this on the floor and jump over it.  As you do say,
 
Old burns away; only the good, the good shall stay.
Old to new, old to new, Kupala, may heart renew.
 
This symbolically leaves the old behind and invokes Kupala's aid in your efforts for positive change.
 
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RE:January - Goddess of the Day
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January 20
 
Aquarius Begins (various locations)
Oya
 
Themes:  Justice; Tradition; Zeal; Femininity
 
Symbols:  Fire; Water; The number Nine
 
About Oya:  A Yoruban mother goddess and spirit of the river Niger, Oya flows with us through the last day of January, strengthening our passion for and appreciation of life.  She is wild and irrepressible,  like the fire she's said to have created, yet Oya presides over matters of fairness and custom, using that fire as the light of truth.  Artistic depictions of Oya show a nine-headed woman whose bosom speaks of fertile femininity.
 
To Do Today:  Enjoy a glass of water when you get up to begin generating Oya's zest for life in your body and soul.  This is also very suited to energies of the day.  Aquarius represents the Water Bearer who continually pours inspiring, creative waters from celestial spheres into our lives.
Get out and do something daring today.  Invoke Oya through your pleasure and pure excitement.  Dare to dream; then try to make that dream come true somehow.
 
If there's some area of your life that needs more equity, try making this Oya charm;  Take any small candle and carve.  Oya's name into it.  Have a glass of water nearby. Light the candle to invoke the goddess.  Hold the water over the candle, saying,
 
What injustice consume, Oya's waters quell.
 
Drop a little water on the candle, then trim off the taper, carrying it with you to draw justice to you.
 
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RE:January - Goddess of the Day
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January 21
 
Saint Agnes's Day (various locations)
 
Oshun
 
Themes: Divinations; Love
 
Symbols  Flowing Water; Seashells; Amber Beads
 
About Oshun:  Oshun is a beautiful, oracular goddess of love.  Generous and beneficent, she opens her eyes to let us peek into what the future holds for relationships.  According to legends,  Oshun didn't always know how to tell the future.  She was taught by Obatala, one skilled in divination, in return for retrieving his stolen clothing from Elegba.  But Elegba exacted his price too.  Once Oshun learned to divine, she had to teach all the othe orishas the fortune-telling secrets.
 
To Do Today:  Traditionally, Saint Agnes's Day is spent divining information about love's path and relationships in the coming year.  Following Oshun's example, make a fortune-telling gool from three shells, each of which has a "top" and "bottom."  If shells aren't handy, use three coins.  Think of a "yes" or "no" question related to love .  Three tops (or heads) mean "yes."  Two tops mean things are generally positive, but uncertain.  One top indicates a "wait" or a negative response, and three bottoms is a definite "no."  Put the shells under your pillow before you go to bed to dream of future loves.
Or, to encourage Oshun's problem-solving skills in a relationship, carry a small peice of amber or wear a piece of amber-colored clothing when you meet your loved one to talk things over.
 
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January 22
 
Bonfim Festival (Brazil)
Auchimalgen
 
Themes: Protection; Blessing
 
Symbols:  Silver or Lunar Items:  Water; White Flowers
 
About Auchimalgen:  A Chilean goddess of the moon, Auchimalgen protects us from all evils and disasters that lie in wait in the month's ahead.  Her husband is the sun, who blesses the land with light, while she shines through the darkness to keep her followers safe and inspired.
 
To Do Today:  Count your blessings today, and give thanks for them.  In our rushed society, this is something that often gets over-looked, and life is far more pleasant when we appreciate that little things.
Wear any silver-colored clothing or jewelry to honor Auchimalgen, and burn some lunar incense (coconut, jasmine, lemon, or myrrh)  to fill the sacred space of your home with her protection.
The Bonfim Festival takes place in Brazil today in a church known as the "church of happy endings" because it was built by a ship's captain in gratitude for a safe return to land.  The priests of the area wash the the steps of the church with flower water to cleanse and bless the sacred place anew, and as way of thanking the gods for their ongoing kindness.  In keeping with this tradition, sprinkle the doorway to your home with any floral-scented water (or personal cologne or perfume) to draw Auchimalgen's beneficent energies to you.
 
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January 23
 
New Year of the Trees (Israel)
The Earthly Mother
 
Themes:  Nature; Earth Awareness
 
Symbols: Trees
 
About The Earthly Mother:  This Essene goddess embodies nature and teaches us how to live in harmony with the earth.  The Essenes portray her with the elements personified as four angels (earth, air, fire, water)  plus two companions named Joy and Life, all helping the Earthly Mother in her work.  What a magickal blend to bless and energize this first month!
 
To Do Today:  In the spirit of making every day Earth Day, why not launch the new year by giving something back to the earth int he tradition of the Israelities?  Today (the fifteenth day of Shebat on the Hebrew caldendar), plant a tree to rejuvenate the land.  If you wish, name the tree after a deceased loved one, as the Israilites do.  According to lore, doing so brings that person peace in the afterlife.
If your location or finances don't allow for tree plantings, just water a tree.  By so doing you symbolically feed the whole earth.  Sit down for a moment or two afterward and meditate.  Feel the rich soil beneath you, and feel how it nourishes and enriches all living things, including you.
Finally, as you're walking around, pick up any stone that catches your eye.  Put it in your pocket to carry a piece of the Earthly Mother with you as a gentle reminder that the earth is a sacred, living thigns that blesses us daily.
 
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RE:January - Goddess of the Day
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January 24
Gold Rush Day (California)
Nokomis
 
Themes:  Prosperity; Luck: Providence
 
Symbols:  Golden items: Corn
 
About Nokomis:  In Algonquin tradition, Nokomis is the "grandmother"  who supplies us with the earth's riches and gives nourishment to humankind in times of  need.  When people are hungry, Nokomis provides food.  When there is no food to be found, she offers to let us consume her spirit, thereby continuing  the cycle of life.
 
To Do Today:  Today marks the anniversary of the discovery of gold to California and the resulting expansion westward in the United States.  In keeping with this prosperous, fortunate them, wear or carry something gold today to bring a little more of Nokomis's abundance your way.
For financial improvements, especially if you have any pressing bills, eat corn (any type) today.  Before consuming it pray to Nokomis, saying,
 
Grandmother, see the sincerity of my need, Go to
your storehouse and dispense ______ (fill in the minimum
amount  you need to get by), so that I might meed my obligations.
 
Eating the corn internatlizes the energy of the prayer so opportunities to make money start manifesting.
If you're pressed for time, grab a kernel of unpopped popcorn and put it in your wallet or purse to keep Nokomis's prosperity (and your cash) where it's needed most.
 
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January 25
Vietnamese New Year
 
Mother of Ten Thousand Things
 
Theme:  Luck
 
Symbol:  Any Lucky Token
 
About the Mother:  This goddess represent the unknowable and uncontrollable things we face daily.  In Indo-chinese tradition, she is part of the Universe's ebb and flow, ever changing and ever the same.  Turn to her when you feel as if ten thousand things in your life were up in the air.
 
To Do Today:  Take out any item that you associate with good fortune.  Name it after the one area of your life in which you need more luck (naming something designates its purpose and powers).  Hold the token to the night sky (symbolic of the Universe's vastness), saying,
 
Mother, see this symbol of my need.  Empower it
with your fortune influence to fill my year with
_____ (fill in with the name of your token).
 
Carry this with you as possible to manifest that energy in your life. 
In Vietnam, this holiday, known as Tet, is filled with ceremonies for luck over several days, including as offering to the goddess and ancestors  to give good fortune a boost.  Eating rice today invokes that spirit of prosperity. Or you can try a traditional divinatory activity instead.  Make note of the name of the first person you meet today.  If the name has an auspicious meaning (check a baby-name book), your meeting presages wonderful year filled with the Mother's serendipity.
 
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January 26
Jun Ti
Chinese New Year (China)
 
Themes:  Long life; Luck; Fertility; Wisdom; Tradition
Symbols:  Dragons; Sun and Moon Symbols; the Numbers Three and Eighteen
About Jun Ti:  This chinese Buddhist godess oversees all matters of life generously.  In works of art she is depicted as living on Polaris, the star around which all tings revolve, including each individual's fate. She has three eyes for wise discernment, eighteen arms holding weapons with which to protect her people, and a dragon's head that symbolizes her power and wisdom.
 
To do today:  Jun Ti can help yo live a more fulfilled life this year by overseeing your fortune and well-being.  To encourage her assistance, think silver and gold (or white and yellow) --the colors of the moon and the sun.  Wear items in these hues, or perhaps have a glass of milk followed by pineapple juice in the morning to drink fully of her attributes!
On or around this day, the Chinese take to the streets with new year festivities that last two weeks.  Eating various rice-based dishes today encourages fertility, respect, and long life, while wearing new shoes brings Jun Ti's luck.  It is also customary to be on one's best behavior and honor the ancestors throughout the day for good fortune.  The climax of festivities is a dragon parade, the beast, Jun Ti's scared animal, being associated with ancient knowledge and tradition.  So, find a way to commemorate your personal of family customs today to draw Jun Ti's attention and blessings.
 
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January 27
Roman Planting Festival (Rome)
Ceres
 
Themes:  Fertility; Earth; Harvest; Growth
 
Symbols:  Grains (especially Corn); Poppies; Bread
 
About Ceres:  Ceres, the Roman goddess of corn, returns our attention to the land today to begin preparing for spring's crop plantings.  At the same time, Ceres reminds us to plant some figurative seeds of character now so they will mature throughout this year.
Ceres's name translate as "create."  Ceres is truly the creator and mistress of our morning feast table, having lent her name to modern breakfast cereals, which shows her affiliation with essential food crops.
 
To Do Today:  For growing energy and earth awareness, east any grain based food today.  Ideal choices include corn bread, corn flakes, puffed wheat, buttered corn, or corn chowder.
If you're a gardener, or even if you just enjoy a few houseplants, today is the perfect time to tend the soil.  The Roman's took time out from their other duties and spent an entire week around this date blessing the land.  They invoked Ceres as the essential vegetable spirit for aid after the seeds were laid into the ground.
While we may not be able to spend a week doing likewise, a few minutes of caring for the earth is well worth the time.  Put any seeds you plan to plant on an altar or in another special spot.  Visualize a yellow-golden light filling and fertilizing them.  Leave them here to absorb Ceres's energy until your traditional planting seaons begins.
 
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January 28
Up-Helly-Aa (Shetland Islands)
Fulla
 
Themes:  Abundance; Protection; Cycles; Magick
 
Symbols:  Gold-colored items; Hair
 
About Fulla: The Teutonic sister of Frigg, Fulla visits with fulfillment this year, just as her name--which means "fullness"--implies.  In legends, Fulla had long golden hair bound by a golden band.  She guarded her sister's enchanted casket of slippers, giving her an additional association as a protectress of magickal tools.
 
To Do Today:  In metaphysical traditions, hair is sometimes used in spells to empower them.  In this case, to evoke Fulla's protection over your magickal tools, use a piece of your own hair.  Pull one strand and adhere it in some manner to any tool that you want guarded from undesired energies.  As you attach the hair say,
 
Fulla, safeguard this _____, even as you mindfully
guarded Frigg's treasures.
 
If the hair ever falls off, recreate the spell.
The festival of Up-Helly-Aa has ancient origins and closely resembles Viking funeral rites, except that it's meant for the season of winter!  People on the Shetland Islands gather to watch the burning of a longship.  The fire's golden flame lights the way for spring's and Fulla's abundance.  It also expels evil spirits.  In keeping with this custom, light as many lamps or candles as you can in your home, ideally yellow ones, and leave them on for a while to cast out any lingering darkness.
 
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January 29
 
Hikuli Dance (Mexico)
Spider Woman
 
Themes:  Magickal Charms; Growth
 
Symbols:  Spiders; Woven Items
 
About Spider Woman:  Spider Woman appears in the m yths of the southwestern Native Americans as a resourceful helper who spins magickal charms and each person's fate.  No matter what problems or obstacles you face, Spider Woman creates the right network of energy to put you on the road toward accomplishment.
 
To Do Today:  In metaphysical traditions, all life is seen as a network within which each individual is one strand.  Spider Woman reveals the power and purpose of each strand psychically and keeps you aware of those important connections in your life.  To augment this, get a native American dream catcher, which looks like a web, and hang it over your bed so Spider Woman can reveal her lessons while you sleep.  Or, carry a woven item with you today.  It will strengthen your relationship with this ancient helpmate and extend positive energy for success in all you do.
In Mexico, the Native Americans perform the Hikuli dance today, searching out peyote for their religious rites.  As part of this ceremony, worshipers dance to reach altered states of awareness, honor the ancestors, and help crops to grow.  So, if your schedule allows, put on some music and boogie! Visualize a web as you move, and empower your future path with the sacred energies of Spider Woman's dance.
 
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RE:January - Goddess of the Day
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January 30
Festival of Pax (Rome)
Pax
 
Theme:  Peace
 
Symbols:  White Items; Corn; Cornucopia; Olive Branch
 
About Pax:  Pax is the Roman goddess of peace; she urges us to keep harmony among one another as a sacred commodity throughout the year.  On coins, Pax appears youthful and often bears an olive branch to extend the hand of truce or a cornucopia, indicating that there is an abundance of peace for those who truly seek it.
 
To Do Today:  Remember Pax by wearing or carrying something white today and offering to make amends with someone with whom you've had an argument.
Alternatively, make a funnel from a piece of white paper (like a cornucopia).  Leave this somewhere predominant. Each time you have an angry or discordant  thought, toss a coin into the funnel.  At the end of the day donate these coins (plus a few dollars) to a charity that promotes peace.
Roman custom dictated that the images of all  leaders were to be placed at Pax's feet on this day, as if to invoke her amicable energy in their interactions.  This isn't a bad idea for modern leaders, either!  Take any pictures you have of world leaders (check newspaper and magazines).  If you can't find pictures, write their names on white paper instead.  Put these in a pile before a white candle.  As you light the candle, say,
 
Pax, let peace fill their hearts.
Let all hatred depart.
Peace be between me and thee, and all those I meet.
 
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