The radar is showing heavy rain, but someone oughta tell the clouds that! Right this second there’s not much coming down, but I had trouble waking up because I kept listening to it pattering on the skylight and dozing back off.
A towhee and some jays are arguing over the feeder. Now some juncos…..
Yesterday was productive, but mostly in patches. We got to the shop on time and got open and then one thing after another slowed us down. The package had to go out and several mail things dealt with and friends came in or called. We finally got started on the boxes around 2pm. After everything was pulled out, sorted and put back I discovered that there were still 5 boxes that hadn’t been gone through! It turned out that two of those were not holiday stuff, but to-be-sorted boxes that got misplaced. Another box was kid-craft supplies from Pan-Pagan several years ago. But I still have two boxes that have stuff that need to be put away and so those boxes will have to be hauled back out again… <sigh> At least it’s *most* of the way, now! Tempus is still working on the boxes and reels of lights, but the ones in the windows, the holiday-specific ones, are finally down and packed.
It had rained off and on all day, but slowed down nearing sunset. Even with the cloud cover it was still light at closing time!!!! We left the shop around 7 and the Moon was already high in the eastern sky. As we rounded the corner on Cedar I looked up and the sky was banded with stripes of cloud! I don’t know what would have caused that because the bands were huge, not like contrails. By the time we got to the house, though, they were already mostly obscured as the lower clouds, moving quickly, covered both them and the Moon. We emptied the car and I took a long bath and then we had supper, a yummy tuna casserole made with 5-color pastas, peas and mushrooms.
Today is the workshops. We have Herbs at 11am, which is going to be re-potting some starts. Next is Crystals at Noon and we’ll start the small tumbler as well as sorting some stones. Sewing is at 3pm. It’s a BYOP today! (Bring your Own Project)
I don’t have a single product picture for today. Too busy!
Today’s feast is the anniversary of the day in 1993 that Vaclav Havel was elected President of the Czech Republic. How many playwrights, even dissident playwrights become president? How many countries would *pick* a playwright as president? Maybe the country whose anthem is this:
Kde domov můj, kde domov můj?
Voda hučí po lučinách,
bory šumí po skalinách,
v sadě skví se jara květ,
zemský ráj to na pohled!
A to je ta krásná země,
země česká domov můj,
země česká domov můj!
Where is my home, where is my home?
Water roars across the meadows,
Pinewoods rustle among crags,
The garden is glorious with spring blossom,
Paradise on earth it is to see.
And this is that beautiful land,
The Czech land, my home,
The Czech land, my home!
No war, no battles, no glorious gore…. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaclav_Havel and on the republic here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Czech_Republic and then anthem here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Czech_national_anthem A youtube of the anthem http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPTwOZWnm6E and another with some lovely sights http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qn87PI9K99M Or even better still for today…. The version from Havel’s state funeral. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zL1fBSyXI5U Can you tell that I love my ancestral home? 🙂
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is Full. 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. Full Moon Magick: From fourteen to seventeen-and-a-half days after the new moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. 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 2/9 at 11:20pm.
Goddess Month of of Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
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.
Runic half-month of Elhaz, from 1/28-2/11. This half month: optimistic power, protection and sanctuary.
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Luis Rowan Jan 21 – Feb 17 – Luis – (LWEESH), rowan – The rowan, or mountain ash (Sorbus aucuparia L.) is related to serviceberries. The red berries were historically used to lure birds into traps, and the specific epithet aucuparia comes from words meaning “to catch a bird”. Birds are also responsible for dispersing the seeds. Rowans thrive in poor soils and colonize disturbed areas. In some parts of Europe they are most common around ancient settlements, either because of their weedy nature or because they were planted. Rowans flower in May. They grow to 15 m (50 feet) and are members of the Rose family (Rosaceae). They are cultivated in North America, especially in the northeast.
Luis – Rowan Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Grey and Red
Meaning: Controlling your life; Protection against control by others.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible Sa 26 High 12:23 AM 6.8 7:40 AM Set 7:00 AM 98 26 Low 5:48 AM 2.9 5:18 PM Rise 5:20 PM 26 High 11:35 AM 8.2 26 Low 6:30 PM -0.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Freedom Demands the Right to be Wrong.
~ You have 2 choices in life: a] to find a way b] to make one. – P. Coelho
~ You should not confuse your career with your life. – Dave Barry
~ A hospital bed is a parked taxi with the meter running. – Julius “Groucho” Marx (1890-1977) US comic, actor
~ A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal. – Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish writer and wit
A Battle of Wolves (an apocryphal tale)
One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, “My son, the battle is between two “wolves” inside all of us.
One is Evil. It is:
Envy and Jealousy
Sorrow and regret,
Greed and arrogance
Self-pity and guilt,
Resentment and inferiority,
Lies and false pride,
Superiority and ego,
The other is Good. It is:
Joy and Peace,
Love and hope,
Serenity and Humility,
Kindness and benevolence,
Empathy and generosity,
Truth and compassion,
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf wins?”
The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed!”
Magick – Imbolc Studies
Imbolc tidbit – From: http://irelandsown.net/imbolc.html
Imbolc —by Míchealín Ní Dhochartaigh
“And she shall arise like a shining sun” —The Book of Lismore
Celebrated on February 2
Imbolc, a Celtic word meaning ‘in the belly’, celebrates the midwinter and the return of the sun. It is also known as Oimelc, Brighid, Imbolg, Imbollgc Brigantia, and Lupercus. The ‘belly’ being referred to is that of the Great Mother.
Imbolc Also known as Candlemas or St Brighid’s Day (its Christianised titles) and Groundhog Day:
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
Symbols – Snowflakes, crystals, lambs, milk, Brighid’s Cross, white flowers, orange or yellow candles, alder, hazel, wisteria, myrrh, basil, rowan
Imbolc is a celebration of knowledge and understanding, and a celebration of the beauty and mysteries of life. Its themes include purification, inspiration, new beginnings.
This time of year has traditionally been the lactation period of ewes and cows. Ewes are unable to produce milk until after they bear their young, which occurs at this time. Since milk was very important to the basic survival of the Celtic tribes, this was a time of great joy, and signified that the end of a long winter was in sight. At Imbolc, we are one with Nature, as we await the coming of spring, the Vernal Equinox, when day and night are equal; light has vanquished the dark and a new change is upon the land.
At sunset on Imbolc, it is traditional to light every lamp or candle in the house in honour of the sun’s rebirth.
The Celtic Goddess Brighid (Brid, Bride, Brigante) presides over Imbolc. Brighid, the radiant triple-Muse Goddess, is also a fertility-bringer. At Imbolc, Brighid is pregnant with the seed of the Sun, ready for new life to awaken within the Earth. She was later adopted by Christianity as a ‘Saint’.
See Brighid, The Goddess of the Sun for more about Brighid.
In some circles, ‘Brid’s bed,’ the union place of the Goddess and the Sun God, is created and placed within the circle, inviting the fertility of life that begins anew around us. This is done by creating a female figure of straw or a ‘Brid’s Cross,’ and laying it in a basket at the center of the circle with a phallic wand across it to symbolize the impregnation of the Mother.
It is tradition for every candle or lamp in the house to be lit for a little while welcoming the return of the Sun. Reverence of the snow is also a part of this celebration, and this festival falls during the Snow Moon. Some symbols or tools to have for present for ritual include a representation of a white flower or a snowflake and an orange or yellow candle to symbolise the renewing energy of the Sun’s rebirth.
Imbolc is also a fire festival, with significance placed upon the Light of fire, to celebrate the ever-increasing light at this time — symbolic of the Earth working Her way back to Spring. Brighid is crowned with a wreath of candles. Some circles make a ceremony of ‘charming the plow,’ in which they bless a spade or shovel with oil or wine, and then use it to dig a hole in the earth and bury an offering to the Mother.
During the Imbolc ritual, most traditions also pour milk onto the earth as a ‘thanksgiving’ to Brighid; and as an offering of nurturing with hope of the return of fertility to the Earth and its people. According to some sources, alder and hazel are coming into bloom and make great offerings. In the Celtic Tree Calendar, rowan is associated with the festival for Imbolc. It is a member of the apple family, and if you cut across the berries horizontally, a tiny, pentagram-shaped seed container will be revealed, much like a wee version of the one found inside an apple. Copyright © 2001 Ireland’s OWN
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
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