February Full Moon / Valentine’s Day (Lupercalia) / Purim Katan
The first quarter of this moon was on February 6th at 2:22pm EST, last Thursday, the day before the opening of the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Tensions were high before the games, and things as ordinary as toothpaste deemed dangerous. The moon was in Taurus, opposite Saturn, and security at home and away featured in the headlines.
February’s full moon is traditionally called the full snow moon, because of February’s snow, which is timely for those hunkered down in the Northeast and Southeast storms. Snow piled on the American south, breaking records, and records were broken as well in New York and Chicago already for snow pileup. Meanwhile in Sochi, where athletes top off four years of practice in one run that could make or break it, the snow is *melting* faster than the organizers can keep up with due to unusually high temperatures. So we have Americans freezing and in shut-down cities with bought-out grocery stores, watching (if the power is on) Olympians in the Sochi winter Olympics taking a dip in the Black Sea and sunbathing. Planet gone whack?
Traditionally snow meant a more difficult hunting season, and Native Americans knew this moon as Hunger Moon. Snow and bitter cold are physiologically and naturally antithetical to prosperity and growth. It was also known as the Bone Moon as people would gnaw on bone and eat bone marrow soup, which is actually highly nutritious. It is making the most of what you have, and pushing what you have to the limit.
This theme of having enough and survival has been playing out in the Taurus-Scorpio dialectic that has been featured in recent eclipses. After this full moon Valentine’s day weekend, the eclipse theme will shift from this zodiac opposition to the cardinal pair of Libra and Aries. On a personal level, this will move us towards a reconciliation of balance and freedom. On a global level, new energy will be infused through the cycles of the moon and its alignments with the sun, especially in the blood moon tetrad sequence beginning in April.
The week of the waning moon from full on February 14th to last quarter (Sagittarius) through February 22nd should prove interesting to say the least. It is the last week of the Sochi Winter Olympics, with the closing ceremony taking place 8 hours after the quarter moon on February 23rd at 8pm Moscow time. The sun and Neptune (symbolic of the Trident featured in the latest Maserati commercial, and reminiscent of the Trojan horse [false] gift given by the Greeks to the Trojans in honor of the god Poseidon of the sea, which gave way to the Greek invasion of Troy, from within). Considering the symbolism of the opening ceremony relating to the imminent birth of the fifth age, echoed in Superbowl and Olympic commercials, the closing ceremony may tie up the saga with some important clues for the coming power-packed months of March and April 2014.
The Superbowl was held on February 2nd, which is the agricultural festival of Imbolc, celebrating the fertility goddess Bridgid and which was also a day of weather divination, exemplified by Phil the groundhog. The next ancient fertility festival is Lupercalia for the Roman god Faunus or Greek god Pan, celebrated February 13-15 over the full moon. Lupa was the she-wolf who suckled infant orphans, including Romulus and Remus, the legendary brothers who built Rome.
Tomorrow night the moon rises around sunset and sets around sunrise, the only night in the month when the Moon is in the sky all night long.
The 14th of February is also the 14th of Adar or Purim Katan on the kabbalistic calendar:
Purim Katan does not occur every year but will occur in the year 2014, beginning on February 13th at sunset and through February 14th at nightfall.
This article contrasts the concealed redemption of Purim and the revealed redemption of Passover as hinted to in the biblical story of the destruction of Sodom and Gemorrah:
Lot sits in Sodom, bearing within him the seed of redemption. He hosts two angels to a meal on that fateful eve of destruction: the cataclysmic destruction of Sodom is about to occur. Lot provides a meal: we have a deep tradition that the time of year was Passover, Lot served matza. But the Torah uses the word mishteh, a feast, for that meal, and the Sages with their super-conscious ears hear in that word the mishteh which is used elsewhere, in the Megillah of Purim, the Purim seuda (meal). This requires understanding. Passover is the festival of redemption, redemption in the light, redemption revealed, accompanied by miracles, in Nisan, the first month, the month of nissim (miracles), in the glow of spring. Purim is the festival of redemption too, but redemption in darkness, without revealed miracles, in the last month of the year, in the depth of winter. Together they form the full spectrum of the elements of redemption. And Lot is sitting in Sodom, on the eve of its annihilation and his miraculous redemption bearing hidden within his body the seed from which Mashiach will sprout, and conducting a Passover seder and a Purim seuda in one!
Furthermore we learn:
From the sources above we learn that the Ides of February are an even more hidden preview to the Ides of March, which are a hidden preview to the Ides of April, which occur this year in tandem with the first of four lunar eclipses on the festivals of Passover and Sukkot in the years 5774, 5775 and 5776, leading up to the Jubilee year of 5777, fifty years after the recapture of Jerusalem in 1967, and one hundred years after the end World War I in 1917.
For those who have eyes to see, the 13th, 14th and 15th of this month, peaking with the illumination of the full moon on Friday night (Ki Tissa) reveal the blueprint for the dawning of the age of Mashiach. This blueprint will be externalized to a certain degree in Adar Bet and externalized in the world significantly come April. Those with eyes to see will witness the whole process, which is also ultimately aimed at our illumination. Those who have been hiding from the light will begin to see, but the light will not be blinding. It will however, get brighter and brighter, because as the line from the Dark Horse goes, ‘there’s no going back’.
Oh, and speaking of the dark horse…
A dark horse is a little-known person or thing that emerges to prominence, especially in a competition of some sort or a contestant that seems unlikely to succeed.
A dark horse which had never been thought of, and which the careless St. James had never even observed in the list, rushed past the grandstand in sweeping triumph.
— Benjamin Disraeli, The Young Duke
On the zodiac sign of Adar Rishon [February 2014 – the leap month in the Kabbalistic calendar]:
The Lebush maintained that Adar rishon corresponds to the mazzaroth sign of Aquarius, the sign of Shebat, and thus it does not have the special qualities of Adar sheni [March 2014]. A different view, however is taken by the Kedushat Levi, in a famous passage in Parashat KiTisa, and by Rabbi Tzadok Hakohen of Lublin. They note that just as the twelve months correspond to the twelve signs of the zodiac, similarly, the months correspond to the twelve tribes of Israel. The month of Adar, which is under the sign of Dagim, corresponds to Yosef HaTzadik, who is blessed like fish, and who, like fish, was free from the clutches of the Ayin HaRa. Yosef was unique among Yaaqov’s sons in that his two sons, Menashe and Efrayim, each formed a separate tribe. Accordingly, in a leap year, the two months of Adar correspond to the two sons of Yosef, Menashe and Ephraim, and, as such, both are represented by the sign of Dagim.