Just so you know, the shop is only going to be open from 1:30-4pm today. It’s Valentine’s Day, my birthday and Tempus and my 25th year of being married, so we’re doing a vows renewal at the Little Log Church in Yachats in the evening. Early in the day we’re going to have a birthday lunch, so…short hours. We’ll be open normal hours tomorrow.
Well, it’s my birthday and just like a little kid my eyes popped open early. Around 6am, you could already tell that it was beginning to get light. There was an odd phenomenon caused by some low-hanging fog and a street light off in the distance that made it look as though light was already spilling over the horizon just in one swathe and illuminating a “valley”, but it was just a ‘fool the eye”.
Later, there was a chilly, green streak with just stripes of cloud above. The computer was saying, “clear”, but tell that to the long streaks of cloud! ….Gradually, the sky blushed, and then the streak along the horizon began to glow. That glow is 2/3 of the way back toward the gap. It *has* been awhile since I’ve seen a sunrise! Frost was thick and temp was down to 37F.
The first birds I saw this morning were juncos hopping around in the clematis. Later there were towhees all over the feeder. ..and now I’m getting sleepy again. …
Craziness, yesterday! I had a lot to do and very little attention to spare for it. I get bitten by the writing bug and I *have* to put things down, no matter what else I’m supposed to be doing. <sigh> So that’s what happened to most of yesterday!
Our class went well and we ended up afterwards discussing non-profit status and the various workshops and Sabbats. I should have word in a couple of days what the Ostara ritual is about. After that I tried to work on newsletter again. I did get somewhere. One of the files needed to be added to and that I meant I went through and cleaned out a “storage” file which needed to be sorted.
Today is going to be fun. Tempus is whomping up something in the kitchen because he forebade me to come out there and there are some interesting smells. We’ve got the lunch/Chamber of Commerce meeting and I’m rethinking about trying to get outside with my camera before that. We’ll be at the shop for a short while and then head for the Little Log Church for the vows renewal and then come home to brownies with real whipped cream and strawberries. …and the rest of the brandied pears!
Juno Februata may be a mangled re-telling of the Lupercalia Feast that we’re going to talk about tomorrow. This goddess was of the home, hearth and married women and has a name that may be a borrowed word from another language. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juno_Februa Some interesting stuff about Juno’s tree: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ficus_Ruminalis and more about figs in general: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ficus …and following with today’s theme, I’ve liked this song since the first time I heard it, and when Wikipedia featured it today I found out some interesting background. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Single_Ladies_%28Put_a_Ring_on_It%29
The shop is only open from 1:30-4pm today! 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 Diana’s Bow, moving to Waxing Crescent at 11:20am 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 2/25 at 12:26pm. 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 2/14 at 11:20am. 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.
Goddess Month of of Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Celtic Tree Month of Luis, Rowan, Jan 21 – Feb 17
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion, Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17
Runic half-month of Sigel/Sowelo, 2/12-26 It represents the power of the force of good throughout the world and is the harbinger of victory and ascendancy over darkness.
©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
Th 14 High 3:00 AM 8.1 7:17 AM Rise 9:09 AM 14
~ 14 Low 9:23 AM 1.2 5:44 PM Set 11:08 PM
~ 14 High 3:17 PM 6.9
~ 14 Low 9:21 PM 1.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Abundance and joy enhance all my thoughts and feelings.
~ Frequently the more trifling the subject, the more animated and protracted the discussion. – Franklin Pierce (1804- 1869) 14th US president
~ God believes. Man worships. There IS a difference. – John Thomas Gordy
~ He can who thinks he can and he can’t who thinks he can’t. This is an inexorable, indisputable law. – Picasso
~ He who finds diamonds must grapple in mud and mire because diamonds are not found in polished stones. They are made. – Henry B. Wilson
I never saw a purple cow,
I never hope to see one;
But I can tell you, anyhow,
I’d rather see than be one. – Gelett Burgess, American poet, born on January 30, 1897
Though we may make many commitments throughout our time on earth, few have a lifelong impact on the path our lives will take. The decision to marry someone you love-to bond yourself to them completely-is unlike any other and can reshape your existence. When two people have similar goals, values, and needs, marriage can result in a lifetime partnership of love and respect, shared laughter and tears, friendship, and intimacy that is ultimately fulfilling. Love is often cited as the sole prerequisite of a strong and stable married life. However, the decision to get married should be made with the mind and the soul as well as with the heart. Carefully considering whether you truly want to get married, both individually and as a couple, can ensure that if you do choose to marry, your relationship can grow to unimaginable depths.
The decision-making process you employ to determine whether you should marry should be a thoughtful and honest one in which you appraise not only your partner but also yourself. Consider that love and attraction do not guarantee long-term compatibility. If your relationship is not secure, marriage will not make it so. Likewise, if your partner is not as attentive, loving, or kind as you would like, your becoming spouses will not change that. Marriage has no power to permanently fill any emotional or spiritual gaps in your life. Before you choose to marry, ask yourself whether you and your partner are adept at resolving conflict, can speak openly to one another, and fully respect one another. Your attitudes regarding the nature of marital commitment, children and child rearing, and marital roles may be the same or they may differ. It is your shared responsibility to discuss your similarities and come to agreements regarding your differences that will predict how successful yo! ur future marriage will be. Often times, younger couples rush into marriage just for the wedding dress, the ring, the party, and honeymoon. Would you still be willing to be married if you couldn’t have these things?
Remember that planning a wedding is simple when compared to the intricacies of nurturing a marriage. The honeymoon and nesting period will eventually wear off, and what you are left with is a partner for life. When you work together with your partner, reassure and support one another, and are honest about your feelings regarding marriage, you’ll come to the right decision.
Silliness – A group of young children were sitting in a circle with their teacher. She was going around in turn asking them all questions.
“Davey, what sound does a cow make?”
Davey replied, “It goes ‘moo’.”
“Alice, what sound does a cat make?”
Alice said, “It goes ‘meow’.”
“Jamie, what sound does a lamb make?”
Jamie said, “It goes ‘baaa’.”
“Jennifer, what sound does a mouse make?”
Jennifer paused, and said, “Uhh… it goes… ‘click’!”