It’s weird, I’m telling you. Honestly, with all the boneheaded things I did starting in my teens up until my mid-30’s, I am surprised I’m alive. All I can say is that the universe must want me around for some reason (still). I’m up with that 🙂 I’d rather be turning a year older than nothing at all.
Seeing that I doubt the caveman celebrated birthdays – I went on a mission to find the history of the birthday. One item stood out: The Romans enthusiastically celebrated birthdays with hedonistic parties and generous presents. In revulsion, the early Christians rejected the practice as inherently pagan.
I knew there was yet another good reason why I loved Ancient Rome!
I’ve had a hard time finding factual information on the history of birthday celebrations. But I did find this:
In pagan culture it was believed evil spirits visited people on their birthdays. To protect the person having birthday from the evil effect, people used to surround him and make merry. A lot of noise used to be created in such parties to scare away the evil spirits. In those times there was no tradition of bringing gifts and guests attending the birthday party would bring good wishes for the birthday person. However, if a guest did bring gifts it was considered to be a good sign for the person of honor. Later, flowers became quite popular as a Birthday gift.
Also in making a wish and blowing out a birthday candle, a person is doing a mini spell. But to make the wish come true, you shouldn’t blow the candles out, but snuff them out (not as much fun). As blowing them out scatters the energy of the wish!
I found ‘If Today is Your Birthday’ From Cafe Astrology:
The New Moon in your Solar Return chart suggests that you will instinctively begin a new phase of your life this year. A decisively new direction has come about in your life. This can be an emotionally stimulating time in which you feel the urge to initiate and project, even if you are not quite clear about what you are projecting. Much of the energy in your life can have a magical quality to it as things are just automatically going in a certain direction. It is important to be intuitive at this time and allow the natural course to show you the way to the next step. Surprises (mostly very pleasant) pepper your year. New beginnings are in order, and you are bound to feel some level of excitement as the year unfolds.
Your year ahead is infused with enterprising spirit. Professional as well as personal opportunities are likely to arise. Your faith in your ability to produce and to win takes you places you perhaps never imagined. You are able to see the “big picture”, which helps you to plan effectively. The energies of this influence favor negotiations, deals, legal matters, reasonable speculation, and travel. This aspect also favors positive outcomes in competitive activities, including sports and business, for example.
With Venus in a tense aspect to Saturn in your Solar Return, getting serious about love or money (or both) will be a theme this year. The need to buckle down with your finances may be necessary. This does not necessarily signify financial losses, but you are likely to have an increased awareness of your limits. The responsibilities of partnership are magnified this year. You are likely to be more earnest on a romantic level. An existing relationship may become more serious, or you may form a new partnership with a serious or older person. You are likely to work hard this year, and this could interfere with pleasure time. Opportunities to socialize may be reduced, and this could be the result of increased responsibilities or it could stem from your own insecurities or lack of confidence on a social level this year.
With Mars trine the Moon’s North Node in your Solar Return chart, you may be actively involved with teamwork and collaboration with others this year. This can also indicate an increased need for sexual union, as it stirs the passions and generally indicates ease in satisfying one’s desires through positive connections with others. This aspect is one indication of getting engaged, married, the beginning of a significant new relationship, or the intensification of an existing romance.
The year ahead is one of new beginnings. You are especially enterprising this year, possessing a strong desire to begin new ventures and to expand your knowledge and experience. You might often find you are in the right place at the right time, but you should be wary of over-reaching and overdoing. Some adjustments are required in your love life and with finances.
I am sooo ready to rock and roll. Plus I got an email today from my past self from FutureMe.org:
Damn girl, you’re looking good! I’m a bit on the pudgy side now, but you are looking fabo! Did you take up walking in the morning? You got a Wii too – didn’t you? Losing weight with Wii Fit! I bet you’re still using the Amazing Grass products. I knew that stuff rocked! So happy to know that your money problems are a thing of the past!
How are the books coming along? Did Llewellyn publish the spell book and oracle cards? What about Dreamers? I hope that’s sitting at an agent’s office right now and it’s going through a bidding war!
Stay smart and keep pushing your boundaries. Give almost 12 yr old Kyle a kiss from me.
Your almost 44 yr old self.
Well, haven’t published the books or cards. Dreamers is on a shelf – but I do look pretty damn good and I’m still pushing my boundries. I’m going to write to my 46 future self in just a minute….
Off to meander the streets of Wooster Ohio….