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.
It’s been quite some time since I gathered a list 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. And 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.
- I’m particularly celebrating Venus this year. According to my astrological solar return, this year Venus is a planet out-of-bounds in my 9th house of philosophy, spirituality, deep voyages of discovery. What do you associate with the term out-of-bounds? I think breaking free, ungoverned by convention, rebellious. Doesn’t that sound like a fascinating way for Venus to behave – I’m quite looking forward to seeing how this plays out for me.
- Isn’t this the perfect time in our collective society to be deeply exploring all the areas that are rigidly governed by convention and start figuring out what more authentic unifying responses might be? So this TED talk by writer activist Ashton Applewhite on ageism feels particularly important and inspiring to me. And I know Venus would approve.
- I’ve really been enjoying this deck – The Messenger Cards: Guidance from the Animal Spirits by Sandra Kunz.
- 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 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 today, 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 am an unabashed fan of Hali Karla – I think she holds beautiful space for deep reflection and creative expression. Right now she’s offering a free on-line course called Soul Shine. My schedule is crazy full this autumn, and I’m being quite discerning about what additional things I’m inviting in. But I’m quite glad to make room for this make-it-fit-you creative practice.
- Last night, during a call with a circle of friends, one of the members shared a poem I had shared with her a while ago. I always love when she does that – she has an uncanny ability to know just what I need to hear in the moment, and of course, she chooses it because it’s something she needs as well. Poetry can be magical like that. The poem she shared was one from Em Claire, and I urge you to check her out if you don’t know her work. I whole-hearted agree with her statement:
“I believe this is a time on our planet where we are all being individually and collectively called to find and then to share the medicine-gifts we have each come here to offer in order to bring healing to a Humankind that has mostly forgotten its kindness…”
- As I’ve mentioned before I’m immersing myself this season in the Persephone energies – Perspehone as Queen of the Underworld. And of course, having made that commitment, in synchronistic ways I keep finding references. One such mention which I truly regret not being able to recall precisely in order to offer proper attribution, was someone talking about her practice of Persephone Letters – taking this time to write letters to the dead. As we start nearing the Samhain portal, I feel called to do this as an additional component in my traditional honoring of the ancestors. But one need not confine one’s practice to only those they knew and loved, but perhaps anyone who has influenced, inspired, touched them.
- This week I learned Paulus Berensohn died earlier this summer. He offered wonderful examples of what it’s like to spend a lifetime journaling and the magic of creating your own journals. The term he used for his journals was Soul Kitchen – isn’t that fabulous?! Here’s a clip about him here.
- One of my favorite things about autumn is the plethora of local apple varieties that become available. While I like to use apples in all manner of recipes or, of course, straight up, Baker Bettie has just published a test of the best apples to use for pie. I think I foresee some baking in my future.
- 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. But today when I saw this ad for a collection of naturally blue teas, I knew I’d be making it part of my autumn tea drinking. Lapis inside and out!
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.