It’s Pancake Day here in the UK. As a child pancakes were something we ate in the run up to Easter, to herald the start of Lent. My family were fairly religious, so this was something we did partake in.
As an adult and someone who has practiced the craft for over 30 years, Pancake Day was acknowledged in my house as my children were fond of pancakes. The religious meaning behind the day had gone.
But did you know that the original celebration was a pagan festival?
The Slavs – a diverse group of tribal people, who lived throughout central and Eastern- Europe circa the 5th – 10th century – worshipped a God named Jarilo (I think it’s pronounced Yarilo). They believed that the changing of the season, from winter to spring, was a struggle between Jarilo, who was the God of vegetation, fertility and springtime, and the spirits of the cold and darkness.
They believed they had to help Jarilo win this struggle and this was a part of their spring celebration. The entire celebration lasted a week, with a large part of it making and eating pancakes. The hot, round pancakes symbolised the sun, and the Slavs believed that by eating the pancakes they would be imbued with the power, heat and warmth of the sun.
I think that is a wonderful and happy belief to have.
Th card is all about centring on the feeling of joy. No matter what is going on in our own lives we can still experience joy by awakening our senses. There are plenty of ways for us to engage all of our senses you just have to be willing to explore them.
During the run-up to Valentine’s Day we can engage with our sense of touch, our sense of smell, our sense of taste, our sense of sight and sound/hearing.
We don’t have to have a partner to engage our senses. Having a luxurious bath can engage some of our senses. Listening to music too.
There is no reason for us not to feel sensual if we are alone. A little imagination can go along way.
Continuing on from yesterday’s body theme, today the guidance is regarding rest.
Resting isn’t just about getting sufficient sleep each night, although that is a big part of it. Resting is essential after we’ve been to work or to school/university; even when we work from home, in fact, especially if we work from home.
Rest plays a vital role in maintaining our bodies needs, along side food and water. Rest can make sure we have a clear head when it comes to our lives.
The card is suggesting the coming weeks may continue to be hectic and stressful, and that getting the rest that our bodies require is essential.
It’s been a pretty full on week here at suepk HQ – we’ve had everything from busy schedules with work, to a multitude of family appointments, to missed deliveries and delays with deliveries. It’s been stressful that’s for sure. But, today I’m letting it all go and flow as it will.
I know I’ve said this a lot lately, but we need to focus on the positive in our lives. Whatever your thoughts on manifestation and positive thinking, it makes so much sense to focus on the good in our lives.
So, for one last time this year, make a list of everything you have to be thankful for. The aim is to focus on the good you have encountered this year, replacing the negative thoughts that we all have focused on way too much this year.