Jan 132012

Friday13 Happy Friday 13th

Friday the 13th is one of my favorite days.  In 2012 there will be three Friday the 13ths (January, April and July) – which is the most that can happen in one year. I know a lot of folks consider Friday the 13th to be bad luck but I don’t subscribe to that notion.  Instead, I chose to celebrate Friday the 13th as a day to have fun and invoke the number 13 as a good luck number.  I personally love the number 13 and there are many reasons to not fear it. There are often thirteen full moons in a year (I love the full moon!).   A baker’s dozen is 13, which means a free treat.  America began with 13 colonies, and we turned out ok.  Friday the 13th happens on a Friday, my most favorite day of the week.

Looking at the numerological symbology of the numbers 1 and 3, thirteen is a positive number:

  • One is the number of self, being an individual, doing your own thing, confidence.  It is also the number of spirituality and unity.
  • Three is a number of creativity, passion, spontaneity. It is also the number of completeness, balance, body-mind-soul, and the three aspects of the Goddess.
  • Four (Combination of 1 and 3) is the number for planning, building, foundation, and stability. It is also the number strength, wisdom, and the four seasons and the four elements (air-fire-water-earth).

So rather then succumb to paraskavedekatriaphobia (fear of Friday the 13th), I urge every one to celebrate and focus on making your own good fortune today and every day.  Superstitions are based on fear of the unknown or fear of not knowing what’s coming, but that fear can be turned around with knowledge and a positive attitude and fun.  (The fear of Friday is skeviphobia, the fear of the number 13 is triskaidekaphobia, and the fear of Friday the 13th is paraskevidekatriaphobia – also know as friggatriskaidekaphobia, Frigga being the name of the Norse goddess for whom “Friday” is named.)

One way to celebrate Friday the 13th is by making up a big batch of this 13 bean good luck soup:

  • 2 cups mixed dried beans (13 different kinds, including black-eyed peas – which are associated with good luck)
  • Water with 2 tablespoons salt (to soak beans)
  • 2 qts Water or Chicken or Vegetable Broth
  • 2 large onions, sliced
  • 2 cups chopped celery
  • 1 can (28 ounces) tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste, add other herbs and seaonsings that you like
  • Optional: 1-1/2 cups bite-size pieces lean baked ham (about 1/2 pound) or 1-pound meaty ham bone or ham hock (leave out if vegetarian)

Wash the beans, cover water and add 2 tablespoons salt, and then soak overnight.  Drain the beans and combine with 2 quarts fresh water (or chicken or veggie broth) in a large pot. Add the ham and boil for 1-1/2 to 3 hours, or until the beans are tender and cooked thoroughly. Toss in the onions, celery, tomatoes, red pepper, and salt and pepper (and other seasonings) to taste. Simmer for another 30 minutes, or until the vegetables are cooked.

Set the table with 13 bowls, a plate of 39 fresh baked dinner rolls (3×13), invite 12 friends over and enjoy!  (Optional:  add a 13 ingredient salad as a side dish.)

For more interesting information about Friday the 13th, check out these articles: Symbology of 13 and Freemansonry (our founding fathers) and 13 Intriguing Friday the 13th Factoids.

Wishing everyone good luck and blessings today and always, Lady Rose

(Note:  Angelgirl, my daughter, is taking German in high school, so she will get a kick out of the calendar photo being in German.)

Jan 012012

Beach2012 Happy New Year 2012

A Recipe for Happiness in 2012

Take twelve whole months.
Clean them thoroughly of all bitterness,
hate, and jealousy.
Make them just as fresh and clean as possible.
Now cut each month into twenty-eight,
thirty or thirty-one different parts,
but don’t make the whole batch at once.

Prepare it one day at a time
out of these ingredients.
Mix well into each day one part of faith,
one part of patience
one part of courage
and one part of work

Add to each day one part of hope,
faithfulness, generosity, and meditation,
and one good deed.
Season with a dash of good spirits,
a sprinkle of fun, a pinch of play,
and a cupful of good humor.
Pour all of this into a vessel of love.
Cook thoroughly over radiant joy,
garnish with a smile,
and serve with quietness, unselfishness,
and cheerfulness
and you will enjoy a Happy New Year

[ author unknown ]

NewYear2012 Happy New Year 2012
Good Luck Foods for New Year – a collection of recipes from around the world and different cultural traditions that are eaten for good luck on New Year’s:

  • Long Noodles: Asian countries, long noodles are eaten on New Year’s Day in order to bring a long life
  • Pork: many countries, including Austria, Cuba, and Spain, view pork as a good-luck food…pigs root for food, they keep their feet planted and push their snouts forward, signifying progress and future properity
  • Lentils: lentils (symbol of coins) are eaten throughout Italy for good fortune in the new year
  • Fish: North America, Asia, and Europe, people eat fish to celebrate the new year; people associate fish with moving forward into the new year since fish swim forward…others think fish symbolize abundance since they swim in schools
  • Dark Greens: (color of money) greens such as kale, collards, and cabbage, are traditionally eaten on New Year’s Day because of their association with wealth and economic prosperity
  • Black-eyed Peas: common good luck food in the southern United States.. thought to bring prosperity, their shape and abundance representing coins
  • Pomegranates: eaten in Turkey and other Mediterranean countries for luck in the new year,  associated with abundance and fertility
  • Citrus fruits: Chinese celebrate New Year’s Day, with oranges and tangerines to promote prosperity. This tradition developed from a play on words: “tangerine” and “orange” sound much like “luck” and “wealth,” respectively, in the Chinese language
  • Grapes: At midnight on New Year’s Eve, revelers in Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries eat 12 grapes — one for every strike of the clock and month in the year. This custom grew from a grape surplus in the Alicante region of Spain in 1909, and celebrates the coming of a sweet year.
  • Round Cakes and Breads: Eating round or ring-shaped cakes, pastries, and breads is a popular New Year’s tradition in various countries, such as Greece (vassilopita, a cake containing a hidden good-luck coin), Italy (sweet panetonne), Mexico (rosca de reyes cake,) and Holland(puffed, doughnut-like ollie bollen)

Just for fun here’s a link to a comprehensive list for some good luck rituals from around the world:  Global Good Luck Traditions

Wishing every one a joyous, healthy New Year filled with bright blessings now and always, Lady Rose

Dec 182011

PrayforPeace Pray For Peace

At this holiday season when every day is hectic and everyone seems distracted with shiny objects and shopping, a little reminder to remember Pray for Peace,

Pray for Peace

Pray to whoever you kneel down to: Jesus nailed to his wooden or marble or plastic cross, his suffering face bent to kiss you, Buddha still under the Bo tree in scorching heat, Adonai, Allah, raise your arms to Mary that she may lay her palm on our brows, to Shekinhah, Queen of Heaven and Earth, to Inanna in her stripped descent.

Hawk or Wolf, or the Great Whale, Record Keeper of time before, time now, time ahead, pray. Bow down to terriers and shepherds and siamese cats. Fields of artichokes and elegant strawberries.

Pray to the bus driver who takes you to work, pray on the bus, pray for everyone riding that bus and for everyone riding buses all over the world. If you haven’t been on a bus in a long time, climb the few steps, drop some silver, and pray.

Waiting in line for the movies, for the ATM, for your latté and croissant, offer your plea. Make your eating and drinking a supplication. Make your slicing of carrots a holy act, each translucent layer of the onion, a deeper prayer.

Make the brushing of your hair a prayer, every strand its own voice, singing in the choir on your head. As you wash your face, the water slipping through your fingers, a prayer: Water, softest thing on earth, gentleness that wears away rock.

Making love, of course, is already a prayer. Skin and open mouths worshipping that skin, the fragile case we are poured into, each caress a season of peace.

If you’re hungry, pray. If you’re tired. Pray to Gandhi and Dorothy Day. Shakespeare. Sappho. Sojourner Truth. Pray to the angels and the ghost of your grandfather.

When you walk to your car, to the mailbox, to the video store, let each step be a prayer that we all keep our legs, that we do not blow off anyone else’s legs. Or crush their skulls. And if you are riding on a bicycle or a skateboard, in a wheel chair, each revolution of the wheels a prayer that as the earth revolves we will do less harm, less harm, less harm.

And as you work, typing with a new manicure, a tiny palm tree painted on one pearlescent nail or delivering soda or drawing good blood into rubber-capped vials, writing on a blackboard with yellow chalk, twirling pizzas, pray for peace.

With each breath in, take in the faith of those who have believed when belief seemed foolish, who persevered. With each breath out, cherish.

Pull weeds for peace, turn over in your sleep for peace, feed the birds for peace, each shiny seed that spills onto the earth, another second of peace. Wash your dishes, call your mother, drink wine.

Shovel leaves or snow or trash from your sidewalk. Make a path. Fold a photo of a dead child around your VISA card. Gnaw your crust of prayer, scoop your prayer water from the gutter. Mumble along like a crazy person, stumbling your prayer through the streets.

pray for peace – ellen bass

Happy holidays and bright blessings, Lady Rose

Dec 152011

December Celebrations 13 Holidays To Celebrate in DecemberNot in the Xmas spirit, don’t want to deal with the crowds at the malls, then this post is for you.  There are plenty of options for having fun and celebrating during December, so pick a few from the list below and start a new tradition.

  1. 12th National Ding-a-Ling Day – a day for bizarre and crazy behavior, from all of the people you encounter today, even normally conservative people have been known to go a little crazy on this day, so cut loose, get a little weird and let your inner whackiness out.
  2. 17th-23rd Saturnalia – An ancient week long celebration, the most popular holiday of the Roman year, restrictions were relaxed and the social order inverted
  3. 15th Bill of Rights Day – A good day to celebrate American Citizenship, and reflecting and being thankful for the freedoms we enjoy (that are not enjoyed by many others in other countries), and also reflect on what we can do to protect those freedoms today and in the future.
  4. 21st Humbug Day – According to wellcat.com, the creators of this day, Humbug Day  “Allows everyone preparing for Christmas to vent their frustrations.”
  5. 21st Look on the Bright Side Day – We hope you see the light! (It is also winter solstice, the shortest day of the year.)
  6. 23rd Festivus  for the rest of us – Created by Seinfeld show scriptwriter Daniel O’Keefe. His dad had found reference to an obscure holiday called Festivus, which was first celebrated in 1966,
  7. 23rd Human Light Celebration – A secular winter holiday, “an alternative reason to celebrate: a Humanist’s vision of a good future. It is a future in which all people can identify with each other, behave with the highest moral standards, and work together toward a happy, just and peaceful world.”  The first HumanLight celebration took place in 2001 in New Jersey, created by the New Jersey Humanist Network.
  8. 24th National Chocolate Day – Most likely created by the candy industry or a confectioner, but any excuse to indulge in more chocolate deserves to be celebrated.
  9. 24th National Egg Nog Day – A delicious seasonal drink enjoyed by many at Thanksgiving, and again around the Christmas holidays through until New Year’s, (after Jan. 1 it is no longer available in stores).
  10. 24th Leave out goodies for Krampus (he travels with Santa) – who is Krampus;  the Krampus song (video).  Official Krampus Day is Dec. 5th.
  11. 26th Boxing Day – Origins of this holiday goes back to the Middle Ages, members of the merchant class would take boxes, fill them with food and fruits, and give them to servants, tradespeople and the less fortunate (since servants worked on Christmas Day th 25th, their day off was the 26th).
  12. 26th National Whiners Day – Celebrated to encourage people to be grateful for what they already have.
  13. 28th Card Playing Day – A good excuse to have fun and play games with the family, have a few laughs and build some memories

For even more ideas see Holiday Insights: December.

Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season no matter what holidays you choose to celebrate.

Bright Blessings, Lady Rose

Related Posts:  13 Gods Associated with December 25th and 13 Holiday Greetings.

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