It’s cloudy and gloomy and slightly drippy at 41F.
Just before we left the house. I had managed to print a trial run of the new Mab’s pamphlet. Check our blog at http://mabscreations.wordpress.com/ for details and on the New Release Special!
Herbs Workshop was all on the spring flowers. Primroses and jonquils are blooming at the shop and I had picked several crocuses from home, the early white & yellow ones. We also talked a little about how *not* to dry citrus peels for use. 🙂
Tempus was working on a package, so I started shelving some of the new shipment of used books. I hate to do it, but the prices on new ones coming in are going up. The USPS upped their postage over the last few days and I’m getting charged more. I won’t charge more for books that come in on people feet, but the ones I order in are going to go up by a dollar…. I don’t mean the ones in *stock*! I don’t do that…. but any future orders are going to have to allow for $4 or $5 in shipping, now….even paperbacks….which is ridiculous….
But, we have Nag Champa again! The small boxes are *still* back-ordered, <grumble, grumble>, but we have the 40 gram and 100 gram boxes back in stock. We also got a shipment of “love bath” kits. These are a nice little spell kit for romance.
Crystals got delayed. I had customers, but no one was in for the workshop, so I just left the tumblers going. Tempus had gone to mail the package. When he got back, we got sidetracked again. I’m going to have to get more grit, so I called Delta One Lapidary, since they live around the corner from us, and got set up to pick some up during the day. After that I got the small tumbler set up for a polish run. Eventually, Tempus washed the obsidians and I started sorting and setting things back up for another week’s run. It took him awhile trotting back and forth. We don’t want the grit to go down the drain, so it can get tiresome getting it dumped outside.
At that point I made him go lie down in back. He got very little sleep two nights running. It had clouded up at some point, the sun going in and out through the clouds. No rain, it didn’t even feel damp. We had customers in off and on during the afternoon, mostly people out meandering, it looked like. <grin> (That’s what Grandma used to call, “Na vander”, on wandering, in really messed-up czech/english. 🙂
There was still sunlight shining into the shop past 5pm. The Wheel is Turning!
We stopped at the park on the way home, hoping to see Mercury. We both got a glimpse, but it wasn’t really dark enough until we got up to the house to see it clearly. Mercury is not very bright, and often hard to see, since it never gets far from the sun. It’s at greatest elongation right about now and was above the colored twilight and well below the lovely Crescent New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Jupiter was high in the east, but mackerel sky was starting to veil things in spots. Tempus got the cover over my sorrel just as we were going in. We got supper and went to bed….
I got up 11-ish and talked to some friends online, then got to work on the shopping list for the last stuff for the feast. Which is one of those time-consuming, nerve-racking things, because I keep forgetting pieces…
…and then I woke at 8:40, staggering out of bed and dragging into my clothes. Oh, I’m in bad shape because I didn’t manage to fall back asleep until nearly 5.
Wicca 101 is at 9:30 or so, this morning. I’m hoping to come home and bake this afternoon. I’ve had to finish this at the shop, since we were running late. We made it here before everyone else, though….
Today’s plant is the Columbine, genus Aquilegia. Found in garden and native species in Oregon, these plants stick their flowers up into the air where they can be admired. They’re related to aconite and share those qualities of a deadly poisonous plant. The flowers aren’t the problem. It’s the seeds and root. Columbina means “dove” and Aquila is “eagle” supposedly from the resemblance of the flower either to clustered doves or the spur at the back of the flower to an eagle’s claw. There is such a thing as too much imagination…. – Feminine, Venus, Water – Crush between the hands or wear in a pouch that can be squashed to induce courage and daring. Carry a posy of the flowers to attract love and the seeds can be used as a love perfume when crushed, however the seeds are *very* poisonous, so don’t ingest any! More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aquilegia
Today is Groundhog’s Day, which is a descendant of the old Imbolc Celebrations where weather divinations for the year were a big chunk of the festivities. From the look of our weather here we’re done with winter, which is a little worrisome. We haven’t had nearly enough rainy this year… More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Groundhog_Day and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punxsutawney_Phil
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is in Diana’s Bow. 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. 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! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 2/14. Phase ends on 2/4 at 1:39am.
In Taurus, in the familiar area of the Hyades, two lesser-known clusters await your scope — or even good binoculars if you have a dark sky. NGC 1647 and sparser NGC 1746 lie exactly on the line from Aldebaran to Beta (β) Tauri (Elnath). See Gary Seronik’s Binocular Highlight in the February Sky & Telescope, page 45. http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/newtrack/st_201402/
Mercury is visible in evening twilight, low in the west-southwest. It fades rapidly, from magnitude –0.6 to +0.7 this week.
Supernova in M82 peaks at magnitude 10.5, nicely visible in amateur telescopes. Catch it before the waxing Moon starts brightening the sky after about February 2nd or 3rd. See our updated article, Supernova in M82 Reaches Its Peak. 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 Elhaz/Algiz, from 1/28-2/11. This half month: optimistic power, protection and sanctuary.
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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 – In the Name of the Maiden: I will remember to smile.
~ No one can claim to be called Christian who gives money for the building of warships and arsenals. – Belva Lockwood (1830-1917) US attorney
~ The problem is that the people with the most ridiculous ideas are always the people who are most certain of them. – Bill Maher
~ Forgiveness liberates the soul. That’s why it’s such a powerful weapon. – Nelson Mandela
~ Prayer does not use up artificial energy, doesn’t burn up any fossil fuel, doesn’t pollute. Neither does song, neither does love, neither does the dance. ~ Margaret Mead
I was told over and over again that I would never be successful, that I was not going to be competitive and the technique was simply not going to work. All I could do was shrug and say “We’ll just have to see.” – Dick Fosbury, who won an Olympic gold medal at the 1968 Mexico games after he invented a revolutionary high-jump technique.
February 4, 2013 – The Strength of Compassion – Coming at Conflict with an Open Heart by Madisyn Taylor
Conflict should always be met with open ears and an open heart.
Conflict is an unavoidable part of our lives because our beliefs and modes of being often contrast powerfully with those of our loved ones, acquaintances, and associates. Yet for all the grief disagreements can cause, we can learn much from them. The manner in which we handle ourselves when confronted with anger or argument demonstrates our overall level of patience and the quality of our energetic states. To resolve conflict, no matter how exasperating the disagreement at hand, we should approach our adversary with an open heart laden with compassion. Judgments and blame must be cast aside and replaced with mutual respect. Conflict is frequently motivated by unspoken needs that are masked by confrontational attitudes or aggressive behavior. When we come at conflict with love and acceptance in our hearts, we empower ourselves to discover a means to attaining collective resolution.
The key to finding the wisdom concealed in conflict is to ask yourself why you clash with a particular person or situation. Your inner self or the universe may be trying to point you to a specific life lesson, so try to keep your ears and eyes open. Once you have explored the internal and external roots of your disagreement, make a conscious effort to release any anger or resentment you feel. As you do so, the energy between you and your adversary with change perceptibly, even if they are still operating from a more limited energy state. Consider that each of you likely has compelling reasons for thinking and feeling as you do, and accept that you have no power to change your adversary’s mind. This can help you approach your disagreement rationally, with a steady voice and a willingness to compromise.
If you listen thoughtfully and with an empathetic ear during conflict, you can transform clashes into opportunities to compromise. Examine your thoughts and feelings carefully. You may discover stubbornness within yourself that is causing resistance or that you are unwittingly feeding yourself negative messages about your adversary. As your part in disagreements becomes gradually more clear, each new conflict becomes another chance to further hone your empathy, compassion, and tolerance.