The sunrise this morning is all deep pink and slate blue streaks. The clouds are almost completely covering us, but they’re going to scatter as the sun comes up. It’s 41F and we’ve got a chance of rain tonight. Let’s put some oomph behind getting some water coming down! My garden is bone-dry 6 inches down. We need some rain!
Yesterday, I had actually gotten plenty of sleep, finally, but I’ve been running so short for so long that it took some doing to get awake. We almost ran late getting to the shop, but got there before Brea did. The youngsters were in the door just after 9:30. Tempus ran around doing small tasks. Brea’s class went well and so did mine, and then Tempus ran back up to the house because we forgot lunch. …actually, he drove the car, not “ran”, but you get what I mean. 🙂
I got a nap after that, since he said he wasn’t sleepy. When I woke, Marius was at the shop. He got a reading from a local lady and then went back out front to work on the wood project some more. I washed the 3rd grit stones, first, and they are really turning out to be pretty! Polish is next for those. Tempus cleaned the 1st grit, so I could go through and sort ’em. …and I managed to dump the tray, so we have a lot more little pieces than we used to….drattitude…. Both big tumblers are going on “coarse” and the small one is going to be on “polish”. I haven’t re-started, ‘coz it’s squealing….
Kelly was in for a bit and we talked to him about Beltane. So, Marius finished up his project, put stuff away and headed out. Tempus and I were doing inventory by then and quit around 6pm, headed home and I went to bed very soon thereafter.
I don’t know what time Tempus turned in, but we got up together and I started working on embroidery patterns as he headed out for the paper route. I think I may have finally fixed all the ones that got screwed up in that computer crash several years ago. I had gotten some kind of virus in the computer and it “ate” quite a number of holes in certain text files. The newer software can read them, but there’s a lot of gibberish that has to be cleared away.
We have several things to do again and it all depends on whether Tempus is home or at the shop. If he’s home, then I have to work in the back, clean up the work table and do some sewing. If he’s at the shop, we need to do more of the inventory. We’ll see. No Wicca 101 tonight.
Today’s Plant is Oregon White Oak, Quercus garryana, also called Garry oak, or just Oregon oak. It doesn’t grow well out here on the coast, although supposedly there are some specimens. I’ve never seen one out here, but they’re *all* over the Willamette Valley, many of them hosting our local mistletoe, Phoradendron flavescens. This is the same relation of tree and herb that gave rise to the legends of the Golden Bough in Europe, although these are *far* different species. – Masculine, Sun ,Fire, Dagda, (Jupiter, Thor, Pan) – Use in magicks for protection, money, potency, fertility – Burn the bark to draw off illness, carry and piece of the for luck and protection, acorns are used to tip male power wands and worn as necklaces by some priests and can be carried to increase fertility and male potency to preserve health and long life. Place in windows to ward off lightning. Plant an acorn at the new moon if you need money. Fires of oak wood draw off illness. – Wiccaning or Seining – Wiccaning or Seining is the ceremony where we welcome a new child to the world. Holly water is used for girls and Oak for boys. Make by a tablespoon of powdered leaf brew in 1 cup of very hot water for about 10 minutes, then adding that to 2 cups of cold water. Sprinkle or wash baby with it. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oregon_white_oak Mistletoe lore here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mistletoe#Culture.2C_folklore.2C_and_mythology and more about our variety here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phoradendron
Today is the birthday of the English mathematician and author, Lewis Carroll (Charles Dodgson; d. January 14, 1898), in 1832. He wrote lots of wonderful nonsense verses, including the “Hunting of the Snark” and Jabberwocky, but is best known for his books “Alice in Wonderland” and the sequel “Through the Looking Glass”. This despite him being a mathematician and logician and teacher! These latter things were his life’s work, but he has been immortalized in his hobbies. There is a wonderful article here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lewis_Carroll
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
The moon is in Hecate’s Brooch. – 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. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends on 1/29 at 1:39am.
In the dawn Tuesday morning the 28th, make a point to look low in the southeast to catch Venus with the waning crescent Moon to its right. A telescope shows that Venus too is a crescent! Venus (magnitude –4.6) shines brightly in the dawn; look east-southeast. It gets higher every day. Venus is revealed as a crescent in a telescope or even good binoculars.
Supernova in M82! An 11th-magnitude supernova has gone off in the galaxy M82 in Ursa Major. It’s in the evening sky in reach of amateur telescopes, and it may not be done brightening yet. See our article Bright Supernova in M82, with ongoing updates. http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/home/Bright-Supernova-in-M82-241477661.html
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 – Nobody is perfect until you fall in love with them.
~ Breathless, we flung us on a windy hill, laughed in the sun, and kissed the lovely grass. – Rupert Brooke
~ Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. – Leo F. Buscaglia
~ Every Winner has scars. – Herb Caisson
~ Your purpose is to make your audience see what you saw, hear what you heard, feel what you felt. – Dale Carnegie
If you’re going to be passionate about something, be passionate about learning. If you’re going to fight something, fight for those in need. If you’re going to question something, question authority. If you’re going to lose something, lose your inhibitions. If you’re going to gain something, gain respect and confidence. And if you’re going to hate something, hate the false idea that you are not capable of your dreams. ― Daniel Golston
CANDLEMAS IMBOLC HERBS
This time is known by some as the “Feast of the Waxing Light” it is the time of year that we are beginning to notice the Sun God’s growth in that the days are becoming longer. This, like MayDay/Beltane, is another pagan holiday which has survived into the current time, now it is celebrated as Ground Hog Day.
ANGELICA–is best in the ritual cup. In this manner is considered to bring one in contact with the inhabitants of Atlantis and to bring Atlantean energies into their lives, visions and understanding.
BASIL–this is the traditional time of year for initiations and the initiate should have been taking daily tonics of basil for at least the last two weeks. It is given now to prepare the innerself for initiation to bring fortitude.
BAY–if the ritual is to be a solemn occasion then it is appropriate to chew one or two (no more than that!) Leaves and meditate upon the growing light and Sun God.
BENZOIN–is used in the incense.
CELANDINE–is used in the ritual cup and tossed into the fire.
HEATHER–is used to decorate the entire space.
MYRRH–is used in the ritual cup and/or incense.
GrannyMoon’s Herbal Course – http://goddessschool.com/courses/Herbs/herbology.html
Granny’s Musing: Put out food, (cake, buttered bread and milk will do), outside your door on the night of Jan 31. Brighid and her cow walk through the neighborhood that night, and will appreciate your offering.