I woke to rain pattering on the skylight this morning, but watery sunlight peers through the window now. It’s only 36F.
Yesterday went slowly, but steadily. I started with laundry and setting up newsletters for the week. Gradually we got things folded and sorted and hung to dry, then put away. Some of those were things like the walls for the merchant booth that had gotten brought here for washing and haven’t gone back into their boxes. I’m developing the stocks for the fabric rummage, which is going to include clothes and curtains, both. I’ve got a *lot* of sorting to do! ….the bad part is that there’s more in storage and we can’t get at that…. drat….
Tempus and I finally figured out how to put up the shelf that I want in the utility hall. We still have the shelf board and the wall mounts for the shelf/closet rod combination that was in the storage closet at the old shop. I need to be able to put things by like stuff that needs bleaching or dry-cleaned. It needs to be out of the way and we just need more room for storage so we can get all the utility stuff back into the utility room!
I also pestered Tempus to clean out the kitchen drawer that held the dishrags and towels. It’s been a mess for a bit, so I pulled everything to run it through the laundry and got him to wash out the drawer.
I started on putting away holiday decorations after that, while I was waiting for the hot mitts to dry. I still haven’t found all of my towels and I kept finding placemats and napkins everywhere I went for a bit. How on *earth* do things scatter so far?
Late in the afternoon I got the dough out of the fridge to warm while Tempus and I picked up the living room. He got his tree put away and several boxes of the holiday stuff are ready to go back to the “holiday wall” in storage at the shop. I got a bath and then got the kolachki set up and rising. It took an hour with the colder dough for them to rise and bake, when the room temperature dough took under 40 minutes.
Today there’s a Chamber of Commerce meeting at noon and a City Council meeting at 2pm. We’ll both be at the shop except for that and the reading sign will be out once I’m back.
49 BCE The date often given as the day that Julius Caesar famously crossed the Rubicon.
As he crossed the river into Italy, he exclaimed “iacta alea est” (the die is cast) knowing full well that this action signified a declaration of war against Pompey. This gave rise to the common English-language expression ‘to cross the Rubicon’, meaning ‘to pass a point of no return, one where an action taken commits a person irrevocably’.
This quoted from http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/book/jan10.html
More about the Rubicon here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rubicon
Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is in Hecate’s Brooch. Waning Moon Magick – From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 1/11 at 11:44am. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and begin the letting go process. Phase ends on 1/10 at 2:44am. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle – In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 1/11 at 11:44am.
Goddess Month of Hestia runs from 12/26 – 1/22
Celtic Tree Month of Beth Birch Dec 24 – Jan 20
Runic half-month of Eoh 12/28-1/11 Represents the dead, and the yew tree, sacred to Winter shamanism. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books
Runic half-month of Peorth, 1/13-1/27. Feast of Brewing, Druidic Source: The Phoenix and Arabeth 1992 Calendar.
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Beth Birch Dec 24 – Jan 20 Beith – (BEH), birch – The silver birch (Betula pendula Roth) is the most common tree birch in much of Europe. It grows up to 30 m (100 feet) high, but is more often found in spreading clumps on sandy soils. It is one of the first trees to colonize an area after a mature forest is cut; this is probably a large part of its symbolic connection with new beginnings. It is cultivated in North America, often under the name of weeping birch. The common birch (B. pubescens Ehrh.) is almost as widespread as the silver birch, but grows primarily on acid or peaty soils. It can reach 20 m (65 feet) in height. Birches are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae). Curtis Clark
Beth – Birch – Ogam letter correspondences –
Meaning: New Beginnings; Changes; Purification.
Th 10 Low 4:35 AM 2.9 7:51 AM Rise 6:36 AM 5 10 High 10:32 AM 9.5 4:57 PM Set 4:12 PM 10 Low 5:39 PM -1.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Aloneness is a flower, a lotus blooming in your heart. Aloneness is positive, aloneness is health. It is the joy of being yourself.
~ To be one’s own master is to be the slave of self. – Natalie Clifford Barney (1876-1972) US writer
~ To seize your power you must assume responsibility for your life. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Washing machines break down only during the wash cycle. – Yeager’s Law, Corollary: All breakdowns occur on the plumber’s day off.
~ We are standing in the vibration of a sacred prophecy. The prophecy tells us that consciousness is preparing the spirit of the feminine, the spirit of the grandmothers. In the prophecy, we shall walk into the light united from the four directions. – Flordemayo, one of our Wise Women
WHEN THE HEAVENS TREMBLE
When the heavens tremble
And angels scream,
The battles have begun again.
St. Michael has taken up his fiery sword,
And fallen angels are once more afraid.
We hear the thunder and shouting
Here on earth, and wonder.
The beams from Michael’s fiery sword
Are like lightning flashes across
The battle between good and evil rages;
Once again we are caught between.
Great wings unfurl and we hear them
Like thunder, they are mighty.
We have our choices to face as well.
To which side will we dedicate ourselves?
Even to our own hearts the battle comes.
The Forces of Light need their soldiers,..
Will we join the battle,
Or remain neutral and do nothing? – © Copyright 2/23/06 Beth Johnson (Mystic Amazon)
Magick – Imbolc Lore – Brigdhe’s Cross
A well-known custom connected with this saint is the plaiting of reed crosses (‘Brigid’s crosses’) today, and these are supposed to protect the home, the harvest and farm animals. The tradition derives from the story that she was plaiting rush crosses while nursing a dying pagan chieftain. He asked her about this and her explanation led to his conversion to Christianity.
Her symbolism as a probable sun goddess may be found in the form of these Brigid’s crosses, which are widdershins swastikas, found widely around the world as home-protecting talismans, reaching Ireland by the second century, BCE.
In the Scottish Highlands, an effigy corn dolly of Bride made by the young woman from the previous year’s corn sheaf would be carried around the village, and gifts were collected for the Bride Feast. The ritual was completely matriarchal, the door of the feasting place being barred to the men of the community who had to plead humbly to honour Bride. Straw cradles called Bride’s Beds were also made for today among the Celtic peoples. A wand, candle or other phallic object would be laid across the dolly and Brigid (‘the Bride’) was invited to come for her bed was ready. If her blankets are rumpled in the morning, it was seen as a good omen. Brigid obviously has fertility associations far beyond her legendary persona as a convent Mother Superior.
Imbolc – (EM-bowl’g) – February 1st
Imbolc is the Sabbat that celebrates and honors the Goddess as the bride-to-be of the returning Sun God. The soon arrival of the plant life whispering beneath the soil, the full warmth of the Sun God being birthed from the Imbolg Virgin Goddesses womb, the promise of fertility that is celebrated on Beltaine, are all honored on this sacred day. Witches typically charge and anoint seeds that are harbored by their hearths until Ostara, the day in which they are planted. Imbolg is also known as Oimelc, Brid’s Day, Bride’s Day and Imbolc. Imbolc colors are white, pale yellow and silver. Symbols are candles, grain, burrowing animals, ewes and marigolds. Deities for this Sabbat are Gods as Young Men, Boys or infants, Virgin, Maiden or Child Goddesses.
As the days’ lengthening becomes perceptible, many candles are lit to hasten the warming of the earth and emphasize the reviving of life. “Imbolc” is from Old Irish, and may mean “in the belly”, and Oimelc, “ewe’s milk”, as this is the lambing time. It is the holiday of the Celtic Fire Goddess Brigid, whose threefold nature rules smithcraft, poetry/inspiration, and healing. Brigid’s fire is a symbolic transformation offering healing, visions, and tempering. Februum is a Latin word meaning purification — naming the month of cleansing. The thaw releases waters (Brigid is also a goddess of holy wells) – all that was hindered is let flow at this season.
Enjoy a Happy GroundHogs Day, USA
Woodchuck/Marmot/Ground Hog’s Wisdom Includes:
Sense of family and community
Connection to seasonal changes
Understands the power of cycles
Ability to hibernate (sleep) during hard times
Protection from floods
Ability to go underground when trouble arises
Silliness – GCF: Tornado Warning
A family took shelter in the basement after hearing a tornado warning. The father told everyone to stay put while he got his cell phone out of the car, in case the lines went dead.
He didn’t return for the longest time, so the wife went looking for him. She was upstairs calling his name, when she heard the answering machine click on. “Hi,” a voice said. “This is Dad. I’m locked out of the house.”