Yesterday started slowly. I had gone back to bed, because I had slept badly, so actually got up around 10:30. Tempus made coffee and we had bacon and hardboiled eggs with our cereal, We talked awhile and then I read mail and started in on setting up the newsletter for the week, watching chickadees on the feeder when that got tedious.
Late in the afternoon, after catching up on articles that I wanted to read, and Tempus decanting a glass of blackberry wine from the carboy that’s still bubbling (…and it’s really good wine and I wobbled around for a bit, because it’s also *strong*) I went out to the kitchen to do some cooking. Tempus wasn’t ready for me to, so I went back to files.
Coming up on sunset, I suggested that we go down to the park to watch, since it had been so beautiful all day and got some pictures.
A plant, sometimes called “seaside daisies”. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erigeron_glaucus
The moon was perfectly visible pretty high in the sky. We sat and watched as the sun set, giggling over the “slug” that turned out to be a couple of logs when I actually took a picture of it, and watching the fishing boats offshore, the waves and the gulls. It was a little chill, but not like it’s been and with almost no wind, it actually felt pretty nice!
When we got home I got the beef for a stew started while Tempus set up some bread. I ended up nibbling brie and crackers instead of actually eating supper while I was developing the pictures, and then hared off on some plant research.
We got the bed made and laundry put away, next. It’s amazing how much time small house chores take. Tempus was starting a kolach dough by that point and the bread was ready to come out, but the kitchen wasn’t ready enough for me to work on the stew, so I took a bath, instead. After that I got the meat cut up and the kolach dough out, boxed 3/4 of it and made 4 double size kolach for us with orange marmalade filling and pecans.
When I went back to put them on to bake the box of dough that I had forgotten to get into the fridge had popped the lid off! I got that taken care of, turned on the oven and set the broth aside for the stew to cool, while we were listening to Hearts of Space. It was a good program this week, the 2nd half of a history of ambient music. I heard a lot of old friends….. Finally the kolache were done and I boxed the meat & broth and went to bed.
Today is more of the same, although I’m hoping to spend some time writing, later.
Feast day of Concordia, ancient Rome – In Roman mythology, Concordia was the goddess of agreement and understanding. Her oldest temple was on the Forum Romanum and was built in 367 BCE by Marcus Furius Camillus. The Roman Senate often met there. In art, Concordia was depicted sitting, wearing a long cloak and holding onto a sacrificial bowl and a cornucopia. Sometimes, she is shown standing between two members of the Royal House shaking hands. Concordia is shown in a lot of the iconography of government buildings in Washington, D.C. More here: http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/book/jan16.html and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Concordia_%28mythology%29
Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is a Waxing Crescent. 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. 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
Celtic Tree Month of Luis, Rowan, Jan 21 – Feb 17
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 W 16 High 3:44 AM 8.1 7:48 AM Rise 10:13 AM 20 16 Low 9:56 AM 1.8 5:04 PM Set 11:18 PM 16 High 3:39 PM 7.0 16 Low 9:57 PM 0.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – When I accept the views and behaviors of others, without attempting to correct them, I allow myself to learn other points of view.
~ Excellence comes not from a single act but from a lifetime of action. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ For me, a landscape does not exist in its own right, since its appearance changes at every moment; but the surrounding atmosphere brings it to life – the light and the air which vary continually. For me, it is only the surrounding atmosphere which gives subjects their true value. – Claude Monet (1840-1926) French landscape painter
~ Give up your old self to find a greater self. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ God has no religion. – Mahatma Gandhi
You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting —
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things. ~ Mary Oliver ~ (Dream Work)
Bits of Imbolc Songlore
If Candlemas be bright and fair
Winter will have another year
But if it be dark with clouds and rain
Winter is gone, and will not come again
Candlemas carol, sung by singers who processed from house to house.
Hail reign a fair maid with gold upon your chin,
Open up the East Gate and let the New year in;
A medieval quatrain fills in a few more sketchy details
Tasting every food in order
This is what behoves at Imbolc
Washing of hand and feet and head
It is thus I say
A Candlemas Poem —from Casting the Circle by Diane Stein
Night of lit white candles
Darkness turned into light
Everything she touches changes
Feast of waxing flame
Fire of heart and hearth
Fire on the mind
Flickering of spark
Quickening of air
Warming into inspiration
Thawing in her innocence
Snow into desire
He shines for all of us
She burns within us all
Spiral heat of life
She shines for all of us
Within us all she burns
The fires to create
She shines in all of us
She burns us all within
Awakening arising is her need
She shines for all of us
She burns within us all
Her candle is our only source.
Silliness – GCF: CD Player
I wanted to buy a CD player, but was completely perplexed by one model’s promotional sign. So I called the salesclerk over and asked, “What does ‘hybrid pulse D/A converter’ mean?”
He said, “That means that this machine will read the digital information that is encoded on CDs and convert it into an audio signal.”
“In other words,” I said, “this CD player plays CDs.”