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Way of Life’s February Newsletter
We welcome February and now the Chinese New Year of the Rooster. Please mark your calendar for March 22nd Way of Life lecture with Madhu Mati Brodkey and learn more about what is in store for us this year.
Valentine’s Day is just ahead and we are offering our Nordic Naturals Heart Health Products at 20% off.
Please come in to check out a new expanded line of higher potency CBD oil that is now available.
Finally, hang in there for six more weeks winter according to the official Ground Hog prediction. We are here to help you with your supplement needs to stay well.
THE YEAR OF THE YIN FIRE ROOSTER
by Madhu Mati Brodkey
The Year of the Yin Fire Rooster arrived on January 28, 2017. On that day I had a gathering where I performed traditional ceremonies to help participants shed the past. These included the Golden Cicada Ritual of Renewal & Purification Rituals. We also did rituals for embracing the New Year and set personal intentions. Then, of course, we had a feast!
Chinese New Year Do’s & Dont’s
The day also included a forecast for this Year of the Yin Fire Rooster. Some crucial characteristics of Rooster include communication and processing. This year we can expect lots of crowing, peeking & posturing and attention seeking and rustling of feathers from leaders in power. In Spring and Summer there will be flooding and the Autumn Harvest will struggle.
Protect your lungs this year as they are ruled by Rooster’s Metal Element. Communication is key this year. Be flexible in your thinking and think before you speak. Listen to what others are saying before responding.
If you would like to learn more about what the Year of the Yin Fire Rooster has in store for you, please join me on March 22 at 7:00 p.m. at the Way of Life. Many forecasters will tell you what to expect for the year but not why. My intention is for you to learn the why so you have greater understanding of the energy for the year. Discover what the active elements for this year (fire and metal) are and how they influence us and what the Rooster represents.
Madhu Mati Brodkey, BTB MFS, is a graduate of the BTB™ Feng Shui Masters Program (based on the teachings of Professor Lin Yun, founder of BTB™ Feng Shui. Madhu is a frequent guest speaker at events and bookstores, television and radio programs, and is a contributing writer for several local publications. For a personal forecast for the Year of the Yin Fire Rooster, contact Madhu at: 831-722-3669 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
History of Valentines’ Day
The history of Valentine’s Day and its patron saint is shrouded in mystery. But we do know that February has long been a month of romance. St. Valentine’s Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition.
Today’s celebration of Valentine’s Day grew out of a tradition that began many years ago in ancient Rome. A Roman feast of Lupercalia was celebrated on February 15. This ancient festival involved the celebration of fertility and honored two Roman gods, Juno and Pan. One of the conventions of this occasion called for young maidens to write love messages. The messages were placed in a large urn and then drawn out by unmarried men who courted the fair maidens whose messages they had chosen.
While some believe that Valentine’s Day is celebrated in the middle of February to commemorate the anniversary of St. Valentine’s death or burial, which probably occurred around 270 A.D, others claim that the Christian church may have decided to celebrate Valentine’s feast day in the middle of February in an effort to christianize celebrations of the pagan Lupercalia festival.
Later, during the Middle Ages, it was commonly believed in France and England that February 14 was the beginning of birds’ mating season. Taking a cue from the birds it became customary for lovers to exchange greetings and gifts on that special day in early springtime.
In Great Britain, Valentine’s Day began to be popularly celebrated around the seventeenth century. By the middle of the eighteenth century, it was common for friends and lovers in all social classes to exchange small tokens of affection or handwritten notes. By the end of the century, printed cards began to replace written letters due to improvements in printing technology.
According to the Greeting Card Association, an estimated one billion valentine cards are sent each year, making Valentine’s Day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year. (An estimated 2.6 billion cards are sent for Christmas.) Approximately 85 percent of all valentines are purchased by women.
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