Happy Mardis Gras
It is also an Ancient Roman Festival called the Parentalia which means “ancestral days.” It was a nine-day festival held in honor of family ancestors, beginning on 13 February. It involved VESTA.
VESTA statue Roman.
The Parentalia was a Roman religious calendar Holiday its observances were mainly domestic and for families. The importance of the family to the Roman state, however, was expressed by public ceremonies on the opening day, the Ides of February, when a Vestal Priestess conducted a rite for the collective di parentes of Rome at the tomb of Tarpeia.
Ovid describes sacred offerings of flower-garlands, wheat, salt, wine-soaked bread and violets to the “shades of the dead” (Manes or Di manes) at family tombs, which were located outside Rome’s sacred boundary. These observances were meant to strengthen the mutual obligations and protective ties between the living and the dead, and were a lawful duty of the paterfamilias (head of the family). Parentalia concluded on 21 February in the midnight rites of Feralia, when the paterfamilias addressed the malevolent, destructive aspects of his Manes.
Feralia was a placation and exorcism: Ovid thought it a more rustic, primitive and ancient affair than the Parentalia itself. It appears to have functioned as a cleansing ritual for Caristia on the following day, when the family held an informal banquet to celebrate the amity between themselves and their benevolent ancestral dead. The emphasis on collective cult for the Manes and early di parentes implies their afterlife as vague and lacking individuation. In later cult they are vested with personal qualities, and in Imperial cult, they acquire divine numen and become divi, divine entities.”-see link below
I am thinking about VESTA meaning the Virgin in LATIN the fourth Asteroid to be discovered She is #4 known for the Priestess who kept the eternal flame burning in Ancient Rome. Vesta in your natal or in an event chart symbolizes Fire focus dedication Kundalini Tantric energy activations. The root word VESTA is the source of our money making in our inVESTment Portfolios. She is a super important powerful goddess and all investments are governed by her.
Where is she now?
Today she is at 13 degrees SAGITTARIUS squaring NEPTUNE in PISCES
and closely conjunct to MARS in SAGITTARIUS
This aspect is the perfect WTF is going on with Cryptocurrencies or the world of Finance these days or the entire messy world we are witnessing these days. Neptune in PISCES is the world of delusion illusion projection scam artists and debt. So do be very very careful these days. A lot of people have been scammed by the Bitcoin wagon of dreams. “All that glitters is not real.”
Stay focused on your own internal wisdom. Vesta protects the home fires. Make sure your first priority is that.
Vesta is conjunct the GREAT ATTRACTOR at 14 degrees SAGITTARIUS 02
Focus on what you really want to attract now.
VESTA will conjunct the Great Attractor on the Feb 15 Solar Eclipse with Mars 2 degrees behind her at 12 degrees SAGITTARIUS.
Mars and Vesta meet up on Feb. 25 @ 18+ degrees SAGITTARIUS.
Do you know where your Natal VESTA is?
If you have planets or angles there mark that date done as an auspicious day to do ceremony.
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