February 2nd in modern secular times we have the mash up of Candlemas and Groundhog day.
Originally an ancient pagan holiday. At the beginning of February, in honoring of the myth of spring, wherein Pluto stole Proserpine/Persephone, and her mother Ceres/ Demeter sought her in the night with lighted candles. The custom was to walk around the city with lighted candles in honor of the Goddess. Because the Christians could not destroy these ancient customs, they called it Candlemas and made it in honor of the Blessed Virgin.
February also takes its name from Februa meaning “religious purification”, and means “the month of purification”, or “the cleansing month”.
Candlemas is celebrated as the 40th day of Jesus’s birth where he was presented in the Temple in Jerusalem for blessing by the Rabbi.. Mothers stayed in their homes with newborns until the 20th day. Simeon then prophesied to Mary: “Behold, this child is set for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and for a sign which is spoken against. Yes, a sword will pierce through your own soul, that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed” it is recorded in the Gospels.
In modern archetypes, Groundhog Day has become an icon for the literal theme of the movie about “seeing your shadow” which the groundhog may or may not do on Feb 2. The Movie, starring Bill Murray from 1993 directed and written by Harold Ramis. has the protagonist in a karmic time loop. He woke up every day experiencing the same things over and over and he cannot die.
The message is: WHAT KARMIC LESSONS are you still stuck on and repeating over and over, like Phil Connors in the film?
Think about this during Mercury’s Retrograde in Aquarius.the sign of liberation.
Make this your Groundhog day mantra.
Where am I stuck in my life? What am I resisting?
Why do I keep repeating the same old same old same old lessons?
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