1 February

Imbolc – Brigit’s Day

The first two days of February have since ancient times been celebrated as a midwinter sacred festival in honour of the upcoming return of the Sun. This is the decisive time of midwifery, when the divine mother enters into the final gestation for spring. The festival is also called Imbolc (from the Old Irish i mbolg “in the belly), or Brigit’s Day, with reference to the Irish triple Goddess Brigit (pronounced “breed”), known in Scotland as Bride, transformed by the Catholic Church into St. Brigit of Kildare, the patron of Ireland. Brigit is a Goddess of fire, patroness of smithcraft, poetry, and healing. Similarly to the Roman Vesta, Brigit was associated with the perpetual and sacred flame, which is still maintained by 19 nuns at her sanctuary in Kildare. She was the goddess of whatever was regarded as non-ordinary at a high level, and a triple goddess. For more details click here.

Celebrities born today:

Fritjof Capra: born on 1 February 1939, Sun Aquarius, Moon in Cancer, he is the acclaimed author of The Tao of Physics, The Turning Point and The Web of Life. According to Capra the current global culture is shifting from the modern aristotelic-cartesian paradigm to a postmodern, holistic, integrative paradigm. His assumption is that earlier science incorrectly attempted to force their subjects into mechanistic and quantifiable models, as opposed to the holistic awareness of today’s scientific revolutionaries. The Gaia hypothesis, in which the Earth is regarded as a single self-regulating biological entity, plays a large role in Capra’s vision. (11.4)

In ordinary life, we are not aware of the unity of all things, but divide the world into separate objects and events. This division is useful and necessary to cope with our everyday environment, but it is not a fundamental feature of reality. It is an abstraction devised by our discriminating and categorising intellect. To believe that our abstract concepts of separate ‘things’ and ‘events’ are realities of nature is an illusion.

The systems view looks at the world in terms of relationships and integration. Systems are integrated wholes whose properties cannot be reduced to those of smaller units. Instead of concentrating on basic building blocks or basic substances, the systems approach emphasizes basic principles of organization. Every organism- from the smallest bacterium through the wide range or plants and animals to humans is an integrated whole and thus a living system. …But systems are not confined to individual organisms and their parts. The same aspects of wholeness are exhibited by social systems- such as an anthill, a beehive, or a human family- and by ecosystems that consist of a variety of organisms and inanimate matter in mutual interaction. What is preserved in a wilderness area is not individual trees or organisms but a complex web of relationships between them. All these natural systems are wholes whose specfic structures arise from the interactions and interdependence of their parts. The activity of systems involves a process known as transaction- the simultaneous and mutually interdependent interaction between multiple components.

Quantum theory thus reveals a basic oneness of the universe. It shows that we cannot decompose the world into independently existing smallest units. As we penetrate into matter, nature does not show us any isolated “building blocks,” but rather appears as a complicated web of relations between the various parts of the whole. These relations always include the observer in an essential way. The human observer constitute the final link in the chain of observational processes, and the properties of any atomic object can be understood only in terms of the object’s interaction with the observer.

Takashi Murakami, (11.9) Japanese artist, 1963

Francesco Maria Veracini, Italian composer (1 February 1690- d. 1768)

William Davenport, American magician (1 February 1841-d. 1877)

G. Stanley Hall, (11.4) American psychologist (1 February 1844-d. 1924)

Hugo von Hofmannsthal, (11.5) Austrian writer (1 February 1874-d. 1929)

John Ford, (11.9) American director and producer (1894-1973)

Clark Gable, (11.4.10) American actor (1901-1960)

Langston Hughes (11.8) African-American poet and author (1902-1967) “…the only way to get a thing done is to start to do it, then keep on doing it, and finally you’ll finish it,….”

George Pal, Hungarian-born science fiction director and producer (1908-1980) The Time Machine (1960), Atlantis, the Lost Continent (1961),

Muriel Spark, (11.7.8) Scottish author (1918-2006)

Claude François, (11.3.10) French singer (1939-1978)

Sonny Landreth, American guitarist and songwriter 1951

Jani Lane (11.6) American musician, songwriter (1964-2011)

Meg Cabot, American author, 1967,  romantic and paranormal fiction, The Princess Diaries

Lisa Marie Presley, (11.12.5) American singer and actress, 1968

Joshua Redman, (11.5.11) American musician, 1969

Laura Marling, (11.1) English singer-songwriter from Hampshire, born 1 February 1990 (Sophia)
ACIM: 32. I have invented the world I see.

Saints: Feria. Brigid, patron saint of Ireland, Astina (Syrian Church)

Gospel of Thomas: (24) His disciples said to him, “Show us the place where you are, since it is necessary for us to seek it.” He said to them, “Whoever has ears, let him hear. There is light within a man of light, and he lights up the whole world. If he does not shine, he is darkness.”

Concise Epitome: 4.1 But where could it proceed if Handor was the Last Frontier? This was the prevailing dilemma. (Ma, se Handor era l’Ultima Frontiera, dove poteva mai peregrinare il Picco?)