Significant dates from ancient folklore; timings given are UK time (GMT)
Timings given are UK time (GMT); to convert GMT (Universal Time) to your local time
Wednesday 1st January is New Year’s Day and is a Bank Holiday in the UK and time for New Year’s Resolutions.
Wednesday 1st – Sunday 5th January (peaking on the 3rd, 4th January) is the Quadrantids Meteor Shower; visible from 1st – 5th January after midnight and peaking in the early hours of the 4th. Typically, 40 or so bright, blue and fast (25.5 miles per second) meteors will radiate from the constellation Bootes, some blazing more than halfway across the sky. A small percentage of them leave persistent dust trains. This shower usually has a very sharp peak, usually lasting only about an hour.
The particles that cause the Quadrantid meteor show originate from the asteroid 2003 EH1 an asteroid that is probably a piece broken off from an obsolete comet. Since the orbit of 2003 EH1 is highly inclined to the orbit of the Earth, the Earth passes through it very quickly. Thus, the Quadrantid meteor shower is an extremely short one, lasting only a few hours. With the recent New Moon on Thursday 26th December, there should't be too much light pollution. See earthsky.org for more details.
Monday 6th January is also 12th night - or Epiphany - in the Christian Calendar. The day when traditionally the Christmas Tree and other decorations should be removed until the following year.
Friday 10th January @ 19.23 is the Full Moon. This is also a penumbral lunar eclipse, peaking at 19.10 (UK time = GMT/UT). This eclipse will technically be visible in London although penumbral eclipses are not always easy to identify. More about this eclipse at timeanddate.com.
Between Full Moon and the next New Moon is considered as a good time energetically for detoxing the body. Click here for Angela McGerr's Full Moon Meditation with Gabriel.
Image of Angel Gabriel (left) by Richard Rockwood, is taken from Angela McGerr's Harmony Angel cards; signed copies area available from the Harmony Shop.
Monday 13th January is Plough Monday in England! Traditionally Plough Monday (the Monday after Epiphany when The Zoroastrian Magi visited the infant Jesus) is the day for setting aside the remnants and excesses of Christmas and "putting one's hand to the plough"; in other words, starting work on a project of some sort.
Tuesday 14th Januaryis the Hindu Celebration of Makara Samkranti, which is the Winter Festival of the reborn sun. It is traditional to wear yellow clothes and eat yellow food. Bathing in sacred waters, lighting bonfires, kite flying, dancing and offering prayers are also traditional activities over this festival, with rural children going from house to house, singing and asking for treats.
Most ancient Hindu festivals are observed according to lunar cycles, whereas Makar Sankranti is one of the few set by the solar cycle. This means it falls annually on the same Gregorian calendar date (14th January), except on occasional years when the date shifts by a single day, because of the complexity of earth-sun relative movement.
Monday 20th JanuaryisSt Agnes Eve;a night for meaningful and deep dreams. In Christian tradition, St Agnes appeared to her parents in a dream the night after she was martyred.
Friday 24th January is New Moon @ 21.44.
The New Moon Abundance Ritual should be carried out within 24 hours after the New Moon. It needs to be after the New Moon because the moon should be waxing (getting bigger again) to carry the manifestation energy. There are video instructions on my You Tube Page.
It is a fabulous day for creating a personal or corporate Vision Board for 2020.
Saturday 25th January is Burns Night in Scotland. Burns Night is a revered date in the Scottish calendar and celebrates, on the anniversary of his birthday, the life and works of their national Bard, Robert Burns. Born around 250 years ago; some consider his best known poem as ‘Auld Lang Syne’, though others believe he did not write it himself, but was the first person credited with writing it down for posterity as part of his attempt to preserve Scottish traditional songs. The evening centres on the entrance of the haggis (a type of sausage made from a sheep's stomach) on a large platter to the sound of ceremonial bagpipes. When the haggis is on the table, the host reads the "Address to a Haggis". This is an ode that Robert Burns wrote to the Scottish delicacy! At the end of the reading, the haggis is ceremonially sliced into two pieces and the meal begins. The same date is St Dwynwen’s Dayin Wales. St Dwynwenis the Welsh equivalent of St Valentine, being their patron saint of love.
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