Last day of the minus tides around the Full Moon.
Dim, grey and drippy at the moment….45F, which is the forecast high.
Yesterday was long and tiring. It didn’t start all that well, even though we got up on time. One thing after another slowed both of us down, repeatedly, to the point where Tempus was going to *have* to come back up to finish making lunch, and then when we were already almost late, the car wouldn’t start! Our battery is getting old. We have to re-charge it every so often because we don’t run the car very far on a regular basis. Well, this yesterday morning it went “Vrrr, vrrrr, clickety, clickety, click, click, k, k…..” Argh!
We got to the shop *just* ahead of the young folks and there were 17 of them…. Which meant class was scatter-y because I had to keep them on task. Brea’s went much better than mine. Tempus got there just as my class was getting close to done, since he had gone back up to the house to get their lunch. Marius got there right about then, too.
There were the usual counseling things and folks all over using the wifi and talking, and then we did Practical Craft on care of spider plants. Several of the young folks took plants back to the center with them, but I have 5 that are going begging. Come in and grab!
At that point Tempus started taking them back to the Center and Marius and I started in on talking about Pan-Pagan. We’re going to rent the Community Center building for the potluck, at the least, so I’ll get that done this morning. We’ve got quite a line-up of class and activity possibilities. The page here has the list as of last night and the group has the same list. I’m trying to keep it current and if there’s a class/activity that *you* want to lead/teach, speak up! They’ll get claimed, but there’s nothing to say that things can’t be co-taught, co-led! In fact we really ought to have two people for the potluck stuff. Last year Debbie did so much of it, but she’s dropped out of sight again…..
We went home on time and made orange chicken with rice and green peas. Yum! …and I worked on newsletter and pix and such…. Here are some pix I took on Friday of the mushrooms growing in the newly-potted aloe plant in the classroom.
You can see how they are snuggled up right into the plant. I have no idea what kind they are, or how they showed up unless it’s because of the compost that I mixed into the bucket! Anyone know what they are?
I’m up and typing and all I want to do is to go back to sleep. The rain on the skylight was so soothing that I’ve been drowsing back off to sleep over and over again since the alarm went off this morning. Not only that, but Tempus got some kind of robo-call (advertising) just a few minutes after 7. That’s pretty weird, because we don’t give out the cell phone number. The phone was on full volume for the ringtone and hearing the “Ride of the Valkyries” go off when you’re awake is bad enough, but…
Tempus is going to be working today, so the Readings sign won’t be out until he’s done. I have some clean-up to do from yesterday, although the young folks were pretty good about the most of it. I have some inventory stuff to do, but I’d really like to get some time in on working on sorting fabrics, now that the worst of the other things are done.
The Festival of the Lênaia to Dionysus was held in ancient Greece beginning on approximately this date. The Lênaia, which was held at the coldest time of year, was for Dionysus Lênaios, celebrating his birth from Zeus’s thigh and his emergence from the Underworld. It was a festival with a dramatic competition but one of the lesser festivals of Athens and Ionia in ancient Greece. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lenaia
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is Full moving into Gibbous phase a7 8:38am. 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. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon.
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 Elhaz, from 1/28-2/11. This half month: optimistic power, protection and sanctuary.
©2013 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
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.
M 28 High 1:25 AM 7.3 7:38 AM Set 8:01 AM 99 28 Low 7:05 AM 2.4 5:20 PM Rise 7:28 PM 28 High 12:51 PM 8.1 28 Low 7:33 PM -0.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – You surround yourself with people who make you laugh, forget the bad, and focus on the good. So, love the people who treat you right and pray for the ones who don’t. Life is too short to be anything but happy.
~ Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does. – William James
~ Always be a first rate version of yourself, instead of a second rate version of somebody else. – Judy Garland
~ And this is what comes from dabbling; I mean, you can’t practice Witchcraft while you look down your nose at it. – Practical Magic
~ Avarice is the vice of declining years. – George Bancroft (1800-1891) US historian, statesman
A Candle is a Little Thing by: Patricia Osborn Orton
A candle is a little thing
But it’s power can’t be denied.
It can light the darkest corner
And cast your fears aside.
In the blackness of a long night
You can bask in it’s soft, warm glow
Until the break of morning
When the light begins to show.
There are people all around
Who are in their darkest hour-
People who are friendless
Who need your candle power.
So let your little candle shine
For those with trouble or pain.
If you light the way for just one soul
You haven’t lived in vain.
Magick – Imbolc Drinks
Spiced Milk with Honey – Leda Merideth
1 quart milk
1 tablespoon honey
4 cardamom pods
4 whole cloves
1 cinnamon stick
4 whole allspice or spice bush berries
1/4 teaspoon shavings of fresh nutmeg
1 bay leaf
- Tie up all the spices in a cheesecloth square, or strain out before serving.
- Combine spices, milk and honey in a saucepan.
- Heat gently for 20 minutes (do not boil).
Small Mead: Honey Drink
1 Tablespoon Peeled, Sliced Fresh Ginger
1/2 Tablespoon Orange Zest (Yellow Only)
1/2 Teaspoon Yeast
11 Pints Water
1 Pint Honey
- Dissolve the honey in the water in a large pot and bring to a boil.
- Let it boil for about 21/2 hours and then add ginger, and orange zest.
- Allow mixture to boil with the new ingredients for about 2 minutes and remove from heat.
- Allow to cool to just above room temperature and add yeast.
- Cover and let sit 24-36 hours.
- Use 2 Liter Plastic Soda Bottles to bottle mead.
- Do not use glass in case bottle bursts. Injury could result.
- Refrigerate after 4 days.
- Do not drink until mead has fermented at least a week. A month is best.
1 gal. Blackberries
1 gal. Spring water, lukewarm
5 lbs. sugar
2 slices toast
1 pkg yeast
In a very large wide-mouthed container, crush the berries and add water. Mix in half of the sugar and stir until dissolved. Float toast on top and sprinkle with yeast. Cover container with cheesecloth and let stand for 5 days. Add remaining sugar and leave for another 2 days. Stir well. Let the mixture sit undisturbed for 3 more weeks. Strain through cheesecloth to remove seeds from wine. Bottle and serve when desired.