It’s bright sunshine and 43F. There’s a nice breeze, too.
We were pretty busy at the shop, yesterday. There were a lot of people out enjoying the sunshine and many came in and browsed. I worked on the inventory files, making sure another batch of things were in a consistent format. Tempus went back into Newport finishing up on getting the car properly tagged, went to the PO and that got us more books. We’ve got a couple nice copies of Truth or Dare again and a hardbound Walking to Mercury, plus a decent condition Fifth Sacred Thing and some random other ones.
Those got priced and onto the shelves and Tempus started re-sorting the used book shelves. We can’t figure out how it happened, but the computer sorts things by title and he got the idea that they needed to be sorted by author. Oops…. So, that took all day.
Early on I spent awhile on the phone with a lady who is moving down from Seaside, who is going to open a small shop in town doing Palm Readings, Face painting and henna! It’ll be nice having another pagan business in town and she’s hoping to come to the Imbolc Open Circle.
I spent awhile, mid-day, working on the planter boxes, as I got to realizing that they were already getting buds and I needed to clear out the old leaves and such. The primrose in the one box has been flowering steadily for a week. I get a couple of flowers each day, but I saw today that the jonquils are setting buds and one bit of crabgrass that I hadn’t seen before, hidden by the crocosmias, had turned into a large clump. It’s gone, now.
It was incredibly warm, 65F when we got to the shop and 68F while I was working outside. It was still 62F as we were closing up the shop. We came home to the Shoyeido order on the porch and I went to bed and crashed for about 3 hours, then got up and started writing and turned back in around 3am.
Workshops today! Herbs at 11am. Crystals at Noon. Sewing at 3. Other than that we need to keep on with the inventory.
Today’s Plant is the Western Azalea, Rhododendron Occidentale. Azaleas are a subset of the rhodys. This is the main one that grows around here. It’s hard to tell from the shape and size of the plant that it’s an azalea, or even from the flowers, although the branches are thinner and the leaves shorter and rounder than those of rhododendrons. It least it’s hard for those of us who are familiar with the showy garden hybrids, which tend to be small and compact. The other West Coast azalea is Rhododendron Albiflorum, and there’s not a whacking lot of info floating around about that one. The wiki is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhododendron_occidentale The Chinese call azaleas “thinking of home bush”. Magickal uses for azalea are to encourage light spirits, happiness and gaiety.
Today is the eve of Disting, or Disablot, a festival in honor of the Disir, the female helper spirits. Here’s one version of a ritual. http://www.adf.org/rituals/norse/disting/disting.html and a link about the Disir here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disir …and here’s another link with related information. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D%C3%ADsabl%C3%B3t
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
The moon is a Waning Crescent. – 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. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends at the New M0on on 1/30. Waning Crescent Moon –Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 1/26 at 1:39am.
Saturday, Jan. 25, early morning – The moon close to Saturn – The moon will pass just south of Saturn in Libra. The moon will occult Saturn for observers in French Polynesia, New Zealand, southern South America, and Antarctica.
Algol is at minimum brightness, magnitude 3.4 instead of its usual 2.3, for a couple hours centered on 10:09 p.m. EST. It takes several additional hours to fade and to rebrighten.
Jupiter’s Great Red Spot transits Jupiter’s central meridian around 11:01 p.m. EST.
Goddess Month of of Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Celtic Tree month of Luis/Rowan – Jan 21-Feb 17 – Luis (LWEESH)/rowan
Runic half-month of Perdhro/ Peorth, 1/13-1/27. – Feast of Brewing, Druidic, Source: The Phoenix and Arabeth 1992 Calendar.
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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.
Quert – Apple Ogam letter correspondences to study this month
Meaning: A choice must be made
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Some marriages are made in heaven, but they ALL have to be maintained on earth…
~ A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools. – Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
~ Cheerfulness is the best promoter of health and is as friendly to the mind as to the body. – Joseph Addison
~ Theatre director: a person engaged by the management to conceal the fact that the players cannot act. – James Agate (1877-1947) English writer
~ Friendship is delicate as a glass, once broken it can be fixed but there will always be cracks. – Waqar Ahmed
Great ideals and principles do not live from generation to generation just because they are right, nor even because they have been carefully legislated. Ideas and principles continue from generation to generation only when they are built into the hearts of children as they grow up. – George S. Benson
Imbolc tidbits – 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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** Near Woodlawn Cemetery: ‘Second-hand tombstone for sale.
Extraordinary bargain for family named Schwarzendorfer.’
** At a shop specializing in in fireplace accessories: ‘Anything your
little hearth desires.’
** On the window of T. Ginsberg’s Delicatessen: ‘Mr. Ginsberg himself
** Near the busy terminal of a trucking firm in Paterson, New Jersey, a
large billboard proclaimed: ‘This is a trucking company that never
sleeps.’ Crayoned neatly beneath: ‘And neither do it’s neighbors.’
** It says something about our times that we rarely use the word sinful,
except to describe a really good dessert.
** There’s no such thing as a weird human being. It’s just that some people
require more understanding than others. — Tim Robbins
** Knowledge is power. — Francis Bacon
** I don’t hear a different drummer, I just lack rhythm — Sam Voeller
** Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures. — H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
** It’s when you run away that you’re most liable to stumble. — Casey Robinso
** We never live; we are always in the expectation of living. — Voltaire
** Accept that some days you are the pigeon and some days the statue.