Friday the 13th – always one of my favorite days. There are folks who suffer from triskaidekaphobia, the fear of the number 13, and those who can claim friggatriskaphobia and/or paraskvidekatriaphobia, the actual fear of Friday the 13th. But I lean in the other direction – I think this an auspicious day inviting us to pay attention and celebrate. Thirteen has long been considered a goddess number and connected to the lunar calendar, and Fridays are devoted to Venus.
One of my favorite blog shares is always a gathering of things I’m delighting in, and what better way to celebrate this day honoring Venus than with 13 things I love, find beautiful, or please my senses?
- This is one of my favorite images of Venus – from the Moon Oracle deck, which is a deck I love and use often. I think she looks especially nice sitting in a field of four-leaf clovers – which happens to be a spread in Katie Daisy’s book How to Be a Wildflower: A Field Guide.
- I have a friend who has a superpower of being able to locate four-leaf clovers without fail – she can stand amid a field of endless green and hone right in on them. Makes me laugh every time. I’m pretty sure it makes Venus happy as well.
- Another happy association: did you know 13 was a happy number? Did you even know there were such things? Frankly, I feel better knowing we live in a world that has happy numbers, and I delighted to know that Deborah computed numerically is a happy number.
- You surely know I love unusual words, and you’d never get me to admit to a single favorite. There are so many to love! But often I will declare on my favorite of the week and this week’s award goes to quoz: strange or absurd thing or person. I’m pretty sure we can just label this whole year and our entire collective world right now as quoz and call it done!
- Periodically I dial into the blog of Professor Oddfellow. He’s known as “America’s most creative and diligent scholar of letters, words and punctuation.” I don’t know about that, but given my love of abecedariums, I am powerless to resist a website with the name Abecedarian. Poking around I discovered this curiosity, definitely a quoz, from 1909 entitled Rose from Hell. A most unfortunate moniker, I think, for something so interesting, and which turns out actually to be a gall. Yet, another example of beauty in unexpected places.
- I recently accomplished something worth celebrating and I’m doing so by enjoying these fabulous peonies. They’re from South America, which explains how I happen to be indulging in them in mid-November. All the more abundantly frivolous and fabulous, don’t you think?
- I’m quite fond of Patreon and the concept of supporting those artists we love. I’m a big fan of Heidi Rose Robbins, who is a poet and an astrologer – a great combination don’t you think? In any case, I’m always delighted to receive a daily poem in my inbox – something chosen and read by her for her Patreon supporters.
- I have a great love for Persephone, particularly in her empowered guise as Queen of the Underworld. I always find myself deep diving in these energies as we move into the longer darker nights. I’ve recently begun working with Persephone Elixir, a product foundationed on Pomegranate and Mulberry, created by PoppyandSomeday,
- One of my favorite things about autumn is the plethora of local apple varieties that become available.
- Palo Santo is a beautiful sacred tree. While I more often use it in its essential oil form, smudging with it is wonderful as well. Here’s a brief video.
- I’m kind of obsessed with lapis at the moment – I keep dreaming about finding myself waking up under a literal lapis sky, and all sort of other lapis references are popping up on my radar.
- Lately I’ve been working with Blue Lotus (Nymphaea Caerulea), also known as Egyptian Lotus or Sacred Lily of the Nile. It was highly valued by ancient Egyptians, and although I’ve seen it before as dried petals, this is the first time I’ve been able to work with the whole dried flower.
- And finally, another blue thing I’m loving. I tend to drink more tea during the autumn and winter. It always feels like a special treat to indulge in blue tea – butterfly pea flower tea – which brews up into a lovely shade of blue. You can read more about blue tea here.
So there you have it, thirteen things I think are in the realm of Venus – things I love, things that are beautiful, things that honor and delight the senses. I’m very happy to celebrate Friday the 13th and feel very lucky to have such goodness in my life. What about you? Feeling lucky? Celebrating Venus? Avoiding black cats and walking under ladders today? Do tell – you know I love to hear.