You’d think a “short day”, since I got up so late yesterday, wouldn’t feel long…. It did by the time I was getting done for the evening. Tempus and I were having brunch around noon, just as I got the newsletter out was when he started walking in with bits and pieces. Kit-form breakfast? 🙂 We ate and chatted and then I tried to put the pointers up for the people who pick up the links from Facebook and Yahoo.
The computer started to argue. 😦 I finally got them all posted by around 1pm and, thinking that it was already pretty late and I’d better get the Cafe Press stuff done while I could, I got going on that. I managed a few designs in the music section.
Tempus promised to set up a kolach dough for me. Thinking that I ought to take a nap, since I was pretty sleepy, I crawled into bed…and made the mistake of picking up a book. Just one page before the end, he came in to say the dough was ready. I read my page, got up and got the kolache done….2 pans of ’em, while he was putting supper together… and we ate. They were done just in time to have some, hot & fresh, for dessert!
I worked a little on newsletter files at that point. Tempus was setting up a regular bread dough so that I could get some rolls made. We intend to freeze them so that they stay a bit fresher for the week. Split and toasted with cheese they make a great lunch or snack! When the dough started beeping I was putting powdered sugar on the kolache pans and after I got the rolls formed and rising, I got the rum into the pears that I had intended to “brandy”. Tempus and I decided that rum was more affordable and they’re good either way! Rummied pears?
Hearts of Space was on by that point (10pm on Tuesdays on KLCC or http://www.hos.com), so I sat down and listened until it was time to turn the heat on in the oven, then listened some more while they baked, then crawled into the tub with another book, only realizing at *that* point that I hadn’t written out anything for Cathy for this morning…and then realizing that I had, but I hadn’t gotten a reply. Can you tell I was sleepy? Hopefully, it won’t be a problem.
So, this morning we have to be at the studio by 8:30. The show goes out live on KCUP! After that we’re going to do a little shopping and then I’m going to drop Tempus at our shop to clean up one section of the back of the shop that’s his stuff and needs to get sorted so that I can do the next bit on the fabric. I’ll come back down for him once he’s got that done. I think I’m going to pull out some recipes and make a couple of Imbolc dishes since Friday evening is the Open Circle.
We’re not going to start Wicca 101 tomorrow evening, after all. A couple of people have to clear the decks before we can start. So now the official start day is 2/14. Anyone can take this course, which runs 10-14 weeks depending on the group. The cost is $45 for one printed copy of the handout, which runs to nearly 300 pages. If you have a flash drive, there is an electronic version (Word or PDF) and that is only $15. There’s more information at http://www.ancientlight.info/classes/#wicca
Today is the feast day of St Martina of Rome, virgin and martyr, died 228c.e. – An emperor wanted to marry her. When he took he to Apollo’s temple there was an earthquake that knocked down the statue, which then talked to her. She’s one of the ones that they did everything to, poured hot oil on her, tried to yank her apart with hooks, a lion wouldn’t eat her, etc. They finally cut off her head and instead of blood, milk flowed out. Ew…. Makes you wonder what the fascination with taking people apart is…. More on her here: http://saints.sqpn.com/saint-martina/ More on today’s plant, Common Maidenhair, Asplenium trichomanes http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asplenium
The shop opens at 11am. Winter hours are 11am-6pm Thursday through Monday. If we’re supposed to be closed, but it looks like we’re there, try the door. If it’s open, the shop’s open! In case of bad weather, check here at the blog for updates, on our Facebook as Ancient Light or call the shop at 541-563-7154.
Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is in Gibbous phase. 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. Phase ends at the Quarter on 2/3 at 5:56am
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.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible Tu 29 High 1:56 AM 7.5 7:37 AM Set 8:29 AM 97 29 Low 7:44 AM 2.1 5:22 PM Rise 8:34 PM 29 High 1:30 PM 7.9 29 Low 8:05 PM 0.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.
~ Don’t give up the ship! – The dying words of American naval hero Capt. James Lawrence became an honored naval motto.
~ Don’t look back, don’t regret, because even though you can’t change the past, you can make the future brighter. -Hera EG
~ Failure seldom stops you. What stops you is the fear of failure. – Jack Lemmon
~ He serves his party best who serves his country best. – Rutherford B. Hayes (1822-1893) US President (19)
A FULL MOON RITUAL
She undressed slowly by the light of the full moon;
She didn’t know that he was watching from behind
The trees. She put her clothes down in a folded pile,
And shook her hair loose from a confining scarf.
Naked, she stood proudly and raised her arms,
Calling to the Triple Moon Goddess to bless her
And her magical works, this night. Then she shook
Out salt into the shape of a pentagram, and stood
In the middle of the circle. She asked for some of
The desires of her heart, for the health of her family
And friends, and for true love with a man who could
Accept her for all that she was.
Then suddenly, there was a baying of hounds in the
Distance, and shouting voices. She started in fright,
Said a quick farewell to the Goddess and closed her
Circle. She knew she was in great danger.
The man whistled for his horse, climbed on him,
And rode into her space in the grove. “Quick,
Get behind me!” he said, “Grab your clothes lest
They recognize them, and put my cloak around
You. I will keep you safe.”
She drew on his cloak, and rolled her clothes
Up into a ball. None could tell that she had nothing
On under the cloak. As they were riding away,
They were stopped by a group of men with staves
And swords. They had heard there was going to be
A witching ceremony, they said, and were determined
To stop it. “This is my betrothed, Melinda,” said the
Man, “And I am Sir James Sterling. Let us pass.”
When they reached Melinda’s cottage, he came in
And drank hot tea while she dressed. “We are bound
Now,” he said. “I am a follower of the Old Ways
Myself, and had asked for a mate who was, as well.”
She smiled at him demurely, but her dark eyes
Had a charm of their own, as did her dimples. She
Knew that the Goddess had answered her prayers;
And had never doubted that She would. – © Copyright 11/10/05, Beth Johnson (Mystic Amazon
Magick – Imbolc Lore
Collected Candlemas info
Feb 2: Candlemas
Bonza Bottler Day
Brew Hog Day
Dia de la Candelaria (Mexico)
Feast of Pan
Feast of Torches
National Heavenly Hash Day
Presentation of Our Lord (fka the Purification of the Virgin Mary)
Shaving of the Candlemas Bear Masque (Pyrenees)
St. Joan de Lestonnac’s Day
Wand Dedication Day (Fairy)
Wives’ Feast Day
Yuma Crossing Day
To Do Today: In magickal traditions, people light candles in the Yule log today, giving strength to the sun and chasing away some of the figurative dark clouds that winter left behind. If candles aren’t prudent, turn on every light in the house for a few minutes for a similar effect. Do not burn the Yule log however, keeping it intact protects your home from mischief.
Another traditional activity for Candlemas is weather divination, which we commonly recognize on this day as Groundhog Day. So, get up and look out the window! Poor weather portends a beautiful spring, and mild, enjoyable summer. Snow today foretells twelve more snowfalls before April 11 (Saint George’s Eve).
February, Ice Moon
Also Known As:
Celtic ~ Moon of Ice
English Medieval ~ Storm Moon
Neo Pagan ~ Snow Moon
February brings with her Moon a time to begin your Spring Cleaning. It is a time to welcome change, as light once again begins to take hold of the world, and darkness recedes. We need to start making plans for the future, accept responsibility for past discrections; a time for purifying your thoughts, and self-forgiveness. It is a time of rebirth of self, and self-purification.
The beginning of February’s Moon of Ice, brings with it the Festival of Imbolc, also known as Imbolg, Imbolgc, Oimelc, Candlemas, Brigantia, Lupercus, Disting, Festival of the Lights, Brighid’s Day , Brid’s Day or Brides Day. This festival, sacred to the goddess Brigid (pronounced “Breed”), who is known as a goddess of Healing, Inspiration, and Metalworking, in her aspect, of the triple goddess. The christianized version of Brigid, is St. Brigid or St. Bridget, is said to have been Jesus’ mid-wife; yet another story says that she was Jesus’ maid, when he was being schooled by by the Druids.
Her symbol is the cross, commonly called Brid’s Cross, this cross has brought about much modern debate, as it closely resembles, Hitler’s Germany, swastika.
This FireFestival celebrates the light and heat, that the fires flame’s bring forth; symbolizing the coming of the new born Sun. Multitudes of White Candles are lit, often within a wreath, a symbolization of the Wheel of the Year.
At this time of year, the dieties are still youthful and not yet joined through the sacred vows of marriage. It is the time of the waiting Bride, of the Sun God; a time when the ancient Celts saw the sun as being born anew.
The name Imbolc, literally means “In Milk”, named thus, since this was the time that goats and cows began lactaing, a prelude to the birth of their young. During the Imbolg ritual it was a customary offering, to pour milk on to the Earth, to ensure the return of fertility, and the generosity of the Earth to the people. They would dress grain dollies, as brides and place them about the house, and on altars in places of honor. The greens and boughs that had been placed around the house, at Yule, for protection of the deep Winter, are now removed and burned in the sacred fires, the house is then throughly cleaned physically and then spiritually cleansed and purified.
In other parts of the world, it is a time of the return of the Kore, or the Maiden, who is returned from her prison in the “Underworld.” She is no longer the vestial virgin, who wandered the fields, and forest paths, in innocence. Her spiritual transformation, hearalds the first signs of spring, and the promise that Winter cannot last forever. She not only gives us promise, but attains a new name, Peresphone, and the responsibility of taking care of those who have crossed over and leading the souls of the confused.
This time of year we pay homage to the Greek Pan, or Lupercus. He is honored at the Celebration of Lupercalia, where his priests perfomed these rites naked. This celebration honors the coming of spring and the enhancement of ensuring fertility to the land, animals and humans, alike. He is the ancient diety, who is necessary to join with the Great Goddess to reestablish balance, and fertility to the Earth.
Written amd Submitted by Irish Faerie (Welsh) Witch© 2004
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
From the desk of Mysti/Fran Hafey at http://Mystickblue.com ~Where we believe in Miracles and Magic~
Candles and Lights
Candles (leading to the name, “Candlemas”) are sometimes burned in every window in the house, starting the night of February 1st, until the candles burn themselves out. (If you practice this, be watchful of fire hazards. We use battery-operated candles, and the if the bulbs and batteries are new, the lights remain on all night.)
This is yet another time to enjoy outdoor luminaria, as well. That’s when you take bags (lunch bags work fine, and you can cut designs in them), put a couple of inches of sand in the bottom of each bag, and then put a tea candle in each bag. If the bag is on a wooden porch or other flammable surface, make certain to use plenty of sand to insulate. Also check the bags regularly, in case a stiff wind tilts a bag and the paper goes up in flames.
A similar tradition (in older houses where families have lived for generations) is to light a candle, one in the window of each room where someone has died. One candle for each person who died in that room. Again, the candle is allowed to burn itself out.
A related tradition is to make candles the night before the holy day, then take them to church to be blessed on the feast, and use those candles throughout the rest of the year.
Yet another candle tradition, which we have used with delight, is to collect a bowl of snow. (A white cereal bowl is perfect.) Bring the bowl indoors, place a “floating candle” in the center of the pile of snow and light it. As the snow melts, the candle will remain alight because it floats in the water. This is a very visual symbol for the return of light and heat to the earth, melting the snow.
There are a variety of traditions related to making a “Bride’s bed” (also called “Brighid’s bed”) with a homemade cradle, an ear of corn, a wand (smaller but related to the coronation wand given to the kings of Ireland), and small tokens of respect and/or adornment. Many books on Celtic traditions give the details of this ritual.
St. Brighid’s Cross
“St. Brighid’s Cross,” is another tradition. It is a woven cross made from straw, sometimes with a diamond shape woven around the center. (Compare this with the Native American “God’s eye” crosses.) In some places, wells and other water sources (such as faucets) are decorated with ivy and early flowers.
Brighid’s healing arts are called upon in yet another delightful tradition. As night falls, place an item of clothing outside, for Brighid to bless as she passes over the earth on Imbolc. In the morning, bring the item indoors, and wear it whenever you need an extra blessing to heal. People with migraines are supposedly helped by this tradition, in particular. (Due to winter winds, it’s
a good idea to tie the item to a tree or fence so it doesn’t blow away during the night.)
And, in the morning…
In keeping with the milk theme of the holiday, some people pour a small amount of milk onto the soil early on February 2nd morning, as they thank Mother Earth for having fed them for the past year. The dairy theme of the festival also makes it appropriate to enjoy rich dishes and desserts such as cheesecake.
As with many holidays, it’s always appropriate to drum or ring in the festival, with a drum, rattle, or bells.
This is also a time for housecleaning and preparing for the new growing season. (Some women do a ritual “spring cleaning” of house, or use a cleansing tonic at this time, to mark a fresh start and a new year.)
In many ways, New Year’s Eve is somewhat misplaced. We do far better to begin our “resolutions” at Imbolc, which celebrates new beginnings.
Written by Fiona Broome http://www.fionabroome.com
The Goddess Companion
Brigid, gold-red woman,
Brigid, flame and honeycomb,
Brigid, sun of womanhood,
Brigid, lead me home.
You are a branch in blossom.
You are a sheltering dome.
You are my bright precious freedom.
Brigid, lead me home. ~Irish Prayer To The Goddess
Every day, every night
that I praise the goddess,
I know I shall be safe:
I shall not be chased,
I shall not be caught,
I shall not be harmed.
Fire, sun, and moon
cannot burn me. Not
lake nor stream nor sea
can drown me. Fairy
arrow cannot pierce me.
I am safe, safe, safe,
singing her praise. ~The Shield of Brigid, Irish Prayer
This famous prayer was reputed to protect those who spoke it fervently from all evil. Originally an invocation to the goddess Brigid, it was later addresses to the saint who took her place and whose feast day, February 2, was the old Celtic feast of the goddess. Called Imbolc in earlier times, it became known as Candlemas, a feast of light celebrating the time when winter’s sway over this world was loosened, and spring at last beckoned.
The invocation was a shield against natural calamities as well as unnatural ones. For thousands of years the Irish prayed to the goddess, and then to the goddess-turned-saint, always asking for the same thing: to live out their lives in peace and plenty. Today we hope for more than just a good crop and no epidemics, good weather for harvest, and nothing to cripple our children. But is this not all we could hope for: enough to nourish us, both spiritually and physically, and people around us who love us?
)0( By Patricia Monaghan – From ” The Goddess Companion” and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast 1-800-THE-MOON
If you have someone in your heart, carve their initials into a leaf and place it in your shoe overnight. In the morning if the initials are clearer they’ll marry you if not they won’t.