Winter needs more holidays (UPDATE)

Well, New Year's Eve is coming and from there on in a bleak expanse of cold, gray, short days. Christmas was wonderful (the snow stayed thick on the ground after the storm) but now there's a very February kind of rain falling out there- cold, hard, assaultive drops going out of their way to make you feel like shit. Today also begins Mercury Retrograde, one of the Astrological events I will never argue with. Things are always dicier before and after this transit, so I guess Detroit can be grateful that there aren't a lot of Astrological fundamentalist terrorists out there.

I know the Super Bowl is on the way (certainly a major holiday for many Americans) and Valentine's Day as well, but Winter - most of all of the seasons- needs more holidays. Something big and fun that we can keep all of those Christmas lights out for. I know a lot of you out there are well versed in ancient traditions- any suggestions for a big new holiday? Maybe something in the late January time period? Or maybe it can be something new - any fictional winter holidays in any popcult phenoms I'm not aware of? Something in Warcraft perhaps?

New York was supposed to have its big convention in February, but NYCC's been moving the dates around (possibly because the Javits area is frost giantly cold that time of year). But that's obviously not going to be observed by non-geeks. I don't know- I got nothing. So the floor is open. As is the culture, I might add. Never understimate the power of a good idea to fill a powerful need, and that gloomy stretch of cold darkness (at least for us Northern Hemisphere folk) desperately needs a little pick-me-up.

UPDATE: Well, maybe '10 will be a better year than '09.† Last year at this time we looked at a string of synchronicities surrounding a so-called "Christmas miracle" that turned out to be quite a bit less than miraculous once the banner headlines died down. This year we had a startling story of a girl abducted in Phoenix named Natalie Flores and rescued later that evening.

This drama caught my eye straight off because Natalie means 'Christmas Day'. And the whole drama took place in the shadow of I-17 (and in the old neighborhood of Twilight writer Stephanie Meyer, near a system of caves sacred to local tribes). The kidnapper was apprehended on Thunderbird Rd., the Thunderbird being a protective shapeshifter* in Native American mythology, similar to the Garuda, another protective bird-man resonating Horus, also associated with 17 (and Christmas Day, for that matter).

Christmas is 1/7 in the Eastern Orthodox calendar, as we see in this story. Behind the Name tells us this about the name 'Natalie':
This was the name of the wife of the 4th-century martyr Saint Adrian of Nicomedia. She is venerated as a saint in the Orthodox Church, and the name has traditionally been more common among Eastern Christians than those in the West.
Again, all of this was obviously overlooked because of the Northwest Air incident (and was resolved before it had much time to register), but I'm going to put this nice little semiotic jumble in my GOF (good omen folder).

Which has been pretty empty lately, it must be said.

† When I was a kid I always saw Christmas as a harbinger for the year to come. Good Christmas, good year, bad Christmas, etc.
*The Sioux believed that the Thunderbirds defeated a race of reptilian water monsters, similar to Apophis. Or the Silurians, for that matter.


  1. re: "Terrorists" in Detroit.

    "The plane, an Airbus 330, landed about noon in Detroit, and was carrying 278 (2+7+8=17) passengers on a flight from Amsterdam."

  2. Hmmm, how about we sacrifice an up-and-coming star to the god Janus, during January! He was invoked alongside Jupiter, which Jake Kotze and others have written of... Ugh, that's probably being done already though, huh.

  3. Alan- Yeah, I noticed that too. Poked around the story a bit but didn't notice much else of interest. Thankfully so, I might add. Well, I'm glad I'm not planning on flying anywhere in the near future.

    Grey- Jupiter literally means "God the Father." How about that?

  4. Ah man, don't say that. I have to fly in a few weeks.

    So, I don't see much in the airline story besides an excuse to hype the terror meme and spread the war into Africa like we've been prepared for (The "Save Darfur" idea set, A full season of 24, US raid on Somalia 3-4 months ago, Obama mentioning Somalia and Yemen at his Nobel speech just before his attack on Yemen, etc.) Hoping to find a more synchronistic quality of the story, but that's my take on it.
    Except that I came home with a new turntable from a family Christmas dinner and pulled out my old Motown 45s and was struck by the sync of the Motown logo:

    But, I've got something better for you. Yahoo tells us today about a bright light appearing over Egypt every night since December 10th (Same time as Norway Spiral and Moscow Pyramid). Now, that's fascinating.

    Add to that, the sync of the story on the right side of the page "Truck crashes at Ohio nativity scene, killing man"...did't I comment on the pig running wild through Nativity scene story last week as leaving an impression on me?

    Top Stories:
    Passengers help foil attack on Detroit-bound plane
    Tears, prayers mark Asian tsunami anniversary
    GOP lawmakers change tune on costly health plans
    Body of missing Maryland girl found in woods
    Girl abducted in Phoenix rescued by police
    Salvation Army major shot in front of 3 children
    Truck crashes at Ohio nativity scene, killing man

  5. Chris,

    I am still fascinated by the fact that he was able to take this "firecrackers" in the passanger baggae without being harassed by the airport screening system not to mention escaping intense security due to his muslim name.

    this is really weird. how .. i mean when ever i travel i still get harassed even without a muslim name and even as a canadian.

    wtf is that wats going on man.


    Inventor spends Christmas with his perfect woman - a £30,000 custom-made fembot

    Inventor Le Trung spent Christmas Day with the most important woman in his life - his robot Aiko.

    The science genius enjoyed a festive dinner with his mum, dad and his £30,000 fembot which he designed and built by hand.

    Le, 34, from Brampton, Ontario, Canada, even bought gifts for his dream girl, who is so lifelike she speaks fluent English and Japanese, helped cook the turkey and hang up decorations.

    'Aiko is like any woman, she enjoys getting new clothes,' he said.

    'I loved buying them for her too.'

  7. "Winter - most of all of the seasons- needs more holidays. Something big and fun that we can keep all of those Christmas lights out for. I know a lot of you out there are well versed in ancient traditions- any suggestions for a big new holiday? Maybe something in the late January time period? Or maybe it can be something new...

    Ask and you will receive!

    Martin Luther King, Jr's Birthday will be celebrated late next month, on Jan 18, 2010.

    It's a very big deal in most of the circles I run in.

    Certainly nonviolence and civil rights (hey, how about equal rights?) for all deserves celebration. Keep your Christmas lights out for it.


  9. from december 21 - january 1st week should be dedicated as civic holiday. And the lighting of the new light.

    revive the ancient ubiquitous ritual.

    no one works but keeps a well defined sabbath. this sabbath is for staying with family and friends and revive and cherish love and light.

    every body should harbour a feeling of happiness.

    Importantly this ritual should supersede all cast, creed, religion, race, skin color, orientation, wat ever great or small, king or pawn all should be one just for 2-3 weeks of this ritual. No seperation or difference at this time, only light the new light, cherish love and light, keep every one happy, stay away form work, visit relatives, and make a warm cozy feeling.

    thats it.

    oh yea at this time world wide all wars should seize, the battle fields should be rinsed with salt to purify the earth and that land where the battle was fought should be left to heal for a very long time.

    Think of it as a world resetting at this time.

    or the Golden jubilee every year at this time when the spiritual sun and the material sun are being reborn.

    hope this will enlighten the questioner.

  10. Well I acquiesce in but I think the brief should acquire more info then it has.