Yesterday was one of those days that just went…. not much exciting. It’s starting to warm up and was actually 46 when we were leaving the shop last night. We got another set of inventory done during the afternoon (we’re just under 50%), but never managed to get started on the holiday boxes since we left all the stuff home that was supposed to go in ’em!!! I did plant nasturtium seeds in the hydro planters and a few in the outside planters. I’m going to do some starts, though, soonest.
Today is a house chore day, mostly. We need to finish up with the holiday stuff, but that’s mostly candles and the big tablecloth, mostly. I want to get some writing time in and Tempus has some fix-up stuff to do. I also have a potroast to do.
Honestly, though, my first order of business is going to be crawling back into bed!
I didn’t know that there was a feast day of an alphabet? !?!? That’s what this day is, the anniversary of the creation of the Hangeul, the Korean alphabet! More here: http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/book/jan15.html and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hangul_Day
Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is in Diana’s Bow moving to the Waxing Crescent at 11:44pm. New Moon – Waxing Moon Magick – The waxing moon is for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or healthy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healings for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. Phase ends at the tide change on 1/26 at 8:38pm. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! Phase ends on 1/15 at 11:44pm Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. Phase ends at the Quarter on 1/18 at 3:45pm
Goddess Month of Hestia runs from 12/26 – 1/22
Celtic Tree Month of Beth Birch Dec 24 – Jan 20
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.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible Tu 15 High 3:02 AM 8.2 7:49 AM Rise 9:45 AM 12 15 Low 9:01 AM 1.8 5:03 PM Set 10:13 PM 15 High 2:46 PM 7.8 15 Low 9:16 PM 0.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Life is what one makes it, and the outside world only reflects what is in your heart.
You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
You’re on your own.
And you know what you know.
And you are the guy
Who’ll decide where you go. — Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
~ Conditions are never just right. People who delay action until all factors are favorable do nothing. – Phil Reinhardt
~ Don’t fear failure so much that you refuse to try new things. The saddest summary of a life contains three descriptions: Could have, might have, and should have. – Louis E. Boone
~ Every human being has a personal legend to be fulfilled and this is our reason for being in the world. – Coelho
~ Every Religion is flawed. But that’s only because man-kind is flawed…Including this one. – Angels and Demons
Look at me! I am your companion in the tomb.
On that night you leave your shop and your house,
You will hear my salutation in the tomb,
And you will know then that never
Were you hidden from my eyes. – Jalal-ud-Din Rumi
(Translated by Andrew Harvey from A Year of Rumi)
Magick – ImbolcCrafts
A paper plate
Yellow construction paper
Glue (or a stapler)
Crayons, paint or markers
Googly eyes (optional)
Paint the back side of a paper plate yellow.
Trace a child’s hand on yellow construction paper about 7 times.
Cut out the tracings
Glue or staple the handprint tracings to the paper plate – the fingers are the sun’s rays.
Color in the sun, drawing a mouth and a nose. Either draw the eyes or glue on googly eyes.
Candle Hat – One holiday tradition in Scandinavian countries is for the girls to wear garlands in their hair that hold a circle of lit candles and bless the light’s return. We’ve adapted this candle custom to honor the returning light for Brigit. These paper hats are a simple and safe variation.
- Draw an inner circle on a 9-inch paper plate, about an inch from the rim.
- Next draw very light lines dividing the circle into quarters.
- Draw four rectangular candle shapes, keeping the dividing lines as guides for the candles’ centers.
- The rectangles will meet in the center of the plate in a small square. (Could also be said as, “The candle wicks meet at the center, their bases on the plate rim.)
- Cut out the candle shapes, preserving their connection to the ring at the rim. This connection serves as the base of the candle.
- Bend candles from their base to stand upright.
- Decorate candles with markers, crayons and glitter.
- Use the discarded plate material to cut flame shapes.
- Color them bright flame colors, then glue or staple them to the top of the candles.
Empty Toilet Paper Rolls
Construction Paper (in the colors you want for your candles)
Tissue Paper (yellow and orange)
Tape (or glue)
Treats (candy, nuts, raisins, or other yummy things)
1. Take your toilet paper roll and lay it down on your construction paper. Use a ruler to draw a line on the paper for the width of the paper roll as shown in the sample to your left. Use your scissors to cut along the line that you drew.
2. Lay the Paper Roll down on the edge of the construction paper. Tape one of the ends of the construction paper to the Paper Roll, then carefully roll the Paper Roll until you get to the end of the construction paper.
3. When the construction paper is all the way around the Paper Roll, put a piece of tape to hold the paper together. You can also glue the paper down instead of using tape. If you do this, put a rubber band around the Paper Roll, and allow time for this step to dry.
4. Cut two squares of tissue… one of the yellow color and one of the orange tissue paper. Use a nice sized square here so your candle flame is nice and large. Also remember when making this part of the candle, most of the tissue will be inside of the paper roll… so be generous with it’s size.
Be sure to make as many candles as there are celebrants since you want everyone to get one of the decorations when all is done.