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Lunar New Year, a New Moon, and Saint Brigid | Good Luck and a Fresh Start

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February 1 All day

The Power of February 1st

February 1st is Lunar New Year (aka Chinese New Year), a New Moon, and Saint Brigid’s Day (aka Imbolc). What’s so special about all of that, you may ask. Well, this will be a powerful day to start new journeys or projects.

Starting in February there will be new energy that will make it easier for us to push forward and work harder toward our goals. This new moon falls in Aquarius, the ruler of the eleventh house of networking.  That means it’s time to reflect on the relationships, friendships, and groups that you pour your time and energy into. It will challenge us to focus on our community above all, to seek out people who share your vision and goals. And what is the vision and goal in our subMrs community? Our marriage, our relationship, and our dynamic!

Lunar New Year, or Chinese New Year

Lunar New Year celebrates the beginning of a new year on the traditional Chinese calendar. The first day of the festival begins on the new moon that appears between January 21 and February 20. The festival was traditionally a time to honor deities as well as ancestors.

Customs and traditions concerning the celebration of the New Year vary widely according to region. The evening preceding Chinese New Year’s Day is normally a time for families to gather for the annual reunion dinner. It is also traditional for every family to thoroughly clean their house, in order to sweep away any ill fortune and to make way for incoming good luck. This is a chance for a fresh start, to head into the new year with good luck.

Year of the Water Tiger

Each Lunar New Year welcomes a new animal from the Chinese Zodiac. 2022 is the Year of the Water Tiger which only occurs every 60 years. The tiger is powerful, bold, and has a penchant for doing everything big. This is the year to go big or go home! Qualities that belong to the tiger are courage and leadership, they don’t stop until they achieve their goals no matter what, and they like things their own way.

Water is the strongest element, even stronger than fire. It is most connected with emotions, although it also has one of the greatest forces of nature, which can be unpredictable.

Always wanted to be a writer? Take that writing class. Always wanted to be a chef? Learn to cook. Always wanted to be a ballerina? Take a dance class. Always wanted to be a rock star? Learn to play an instrument. In other words, take some risks and pursue those dreams that you have relegated to the back burner.

How to Celebrate

  • Decorate with the color red. Red is a symbol of good luck. Children receive money in red envelopes called hong bao for protection and good fortune.
  • Have a reunion dinner on New Year’s Eve with family. Traditional meals include fish, which signifies wealth and prosperity. Also, rice cakes, which symbolize success in one’s career; oranges, which symbolize good fortune; dumplings, which symbolize wealth; glutinous rice balls, which symbolize family togetherness and reunion; and long noodles that symbolize long life.
  • Do not wash, cut, or dye your hair on the first day of New Year. This is symbolic as washing your fortune away and dramatically reduces chances of prosperity in the year ahead.
  • Avoid buying books or other reading material for the length of the two-week celebration. This is could be an invitation for bad luck.

Customs may vary from region to region and even household to household. Regardless of the differences, there are a few common themes : reuniting with family, sharing delicious food with special meanings, and preparing for a new beginning.

February’s New Moon

The new moon on February 1 is a great time to manifest like-minded communities. Astrologer Liz Simmons says, “Seek out people who support your purpose and share your vision and goals. Find people who propel you to go forward and really go after your dreams, which has been hard over the past few years.” Who better to sub-port your purpose and share your vision and goals, but your subMrs community. This is the year to becum more involved in your D|s-M community. Join the discussions. Attend the chats. Be active on the subMrs website and on the Discord channel. Attend an event. These are all great way to becum involved and get to know like-minded people.

Plant Seeds

New moons are the time for planting the seeds of intention, conceiving new ideas, and starting new projects. This new moon is a great time to re-start. It is also a great opportunity for reflection. Do you have a bad habit that you would like to get rid of? Would you like to start a new business? Do you want to learn something new in your dynamic? Would you like to start a new type of training (positions, oral, anal, etc) with your husDOM? Set your intention and then watch it cum to fruition over time. This particular new moon is a great time to meditate and reconnect with yourself. It’s also a great time to make a fresh start or to start a new project. Be flexible and inventive, open minded and self aware.

Watch it Grow

February’s new moon will bring good change and excitement to your love life, finances, and creativity. You may have the urge to seek pleasure, amusement, stimulation, and new experiences. This will be a wonderful time during your D|s-M dynamic, and you should embrace this excitement! It is a time to channel impulsiveness, to resolve conflict, and to relieve tension. Make sure you are scheduling those scenes. It’s the perfect time to spice up your relationship. This new moon will help you to feel more uninhibited and better able to express your submission and your kinky side. Embrace it!

Simple New Moon Ritual to Set Intentions

  • Write your intentions, what you want to manifest. Write in the present tense as if it has already happened. 
  • While looking at yourself in the mirror, state your intentions as if they’ve already happened.
  • Continue to do this over the next few weeks and watch as your intentions unfold.

Saint Brigid’s Day, or Imbolc

Saint Brigid’s Day, also known as Imbolc, occurs from sunset on February 1 to sunset February 2. Imbolc is an ancient Celtic celebration marking the beginning of lambing season, as well as signaling the start of spring and new life. It originated in pre-Christian Ireland. The word Imbolc, or Imbolg, means ‘in the belly’ in Old Irish. We are expectant, anticipating the reawakening of the earth and the promise of nature’s renewal.

Who was Brigid?

Brigid actually combines the stories of two women. Saint Brigid, the saint who is considered a patron saint of Ireland, and the goddess Brigid, a powerful woman and the patroness of healing, arts, fertility, poetry/music, prophecy and agriculture.

The goddess

The Celtic goddess Brigid (pronounced Breed or Breej) was the daughter of the oldest god in the Tuatha dé Danann. She is the goddess of fertility to the land and its people, and is closely connected to midwives and new-born babies. She is a goddess of healing, poetry and smithcraft, and also a goddess of fire, of the sun, and of the hearth. People would light fires in honor of Brigid during Imbolc. The young girls and unmarried women would make dolls made of oat. These dolls represented the goddess. Then they would all gather in one house and stay up all night. Later in the evening the young men would visit and had to ask permission to enter. Upon entering, they were required to treat the girls and the dolls with respect. Sometimes offerings of pieces of clothing or strips of cloth were left. They would tie the offerings to trees near small springs called clootie wells. The next morning the girls would carry the dolls from house to house to bless them.

The saint

When Christiainity arrived in Ireland, Brigid was loved so much as a pagan goddess that she became Saint Brigid around 450 A.D. in Kildare, Ireland. The legend goes that when Saint Brigid was trying to get land from the king of Leinster, he told her she could have as much as her cloak could cover. So Brigid laid down her cloak and it magically spread over several hundred acres. As a saint, she was known for feeding the poor and healing the sick. There is a perpetual flame which burns for Saint Brigid at her shrine in the town square of Kildare.

So in summary, you know those intentions that you’re making on the new moon? February 1st is a powerful day to set the stage for manifestation. Saint Brigid’s day reminds us to clear the way for them to grow, symbolically and literally….just like Saint Brigid’s cloak. Just set your intentions, lay the foundations, have faith, and watch it grow.

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