It’s raining pretty hard and the wind has picked up although the gusts aren’t even getting into the 20’s, yet. We’ve gotten most of an inch of rain.
Yesterday ran so very late for me. Tempus was at the shop during the day, working with customers and talking with friends. I did a lot of printing of headers, specifically asking him which ones we needed.
It was undecided all day as to whether to behave like fog or to turn to drizzle…. Sometimes it was drippier, some times it got rainy. All welcome Water! Little Meadows is up to 31 inches and Jump off Joe to 11, finally. Maybe we’ll be alright for the year, after all. Keep praying for it and not cussing about it!
My little candle flickered on at 5pm, despite the gloomy day. Tempus got to the house at 5:30 and we went right back to the shop. Class went well and although we finished at about 8:45, it was 9:30 before we left the shop. …and 46F, I was shivering when we got home, since a playful sylph decided that my skirt needed to be inflated… <shiver>
When I got up in the middle of the night, it was 46F and the clouds at 300 feet. That’s when I saw the High Wind Watch. I worked on drawings for awhile and got shocked out of my socks by a flash of lightning and roll of thunder around 1pm… where the forecast had *just* said, “overcast” and then we got some *awesome* pounding rain! I opened the window for a bit, so I could listen…. and checked they had changed the forecast. 🙂 Tempus headed out right on time. He’s training someone else to do part of the one route, since they were down one person and he’s been going long hours.
We have a lot to do today. He’s still asleep. We need to sort out the last of the stuff from the feast and get it put away and then we need to sort out the freezers, but we’re both pretty tired, still. I don’t know how far we’ll get.
Today’s Plant is the Blueberry, Vaccinium Cyanococcus (many species/varieties)! This is a fruiting bush that is related to cranberries, huckleberries and bilberries, has many species within the genus and many varieties within the species. Many fruits are called blueberries, when they’re not Vaccinium. Widely cultivated across the world, the fruit is high in iron and lot of micronutrients and even has resveratrol like red grapes. It may have effects on brain health, reducing stroke damage in experimental animals and memory retention in the aged. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blueberry – Put blueberries under the doormat to keep people you don’t want out of the house or plant them along the property line or next to the front walk to keep them entirely off your property. Blossoms can be dried and carried in an amulet, or wear fresh ones in your hair for protection from negative psychic energy near you. Eat blueberries and/or make blueberry pie or tea or jam to get the protection from psychic attack inside you, especially if the effects are leading to headaches and fatigue.
Today is the anniversary of the date in 1858 when Bernadette Soubirous first saw an apparition of the Goddess, appearing as the Virgin Mary, in the grotto of Lourdes, which has been a shire of Kore/Persephone for a long, long while. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Our_Lady_of_Lourdes I learned a new word today, “mantic”. It means related to divination or prophecy. The spring at Lourdes was described as “mantic” in the article.http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/mantic
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is Waxing Gibbous. 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 Full on 2/14 at 3:53pm. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends on 2/13 at 3:53am.
Jupiter shines above the Moon in early evening. Lower right of the Moon is Procyon. Upper left of the Moon are Pollux and, farther on, Castor. Jupiter (magnitude –2.6, in Gemini) dominates the eastern sky in early evening. It crosses nearly overhead (for mid-northern observers) around 9 p.m. In a telescope Jupiter is still a big 45 arcseconds wide, more than a month after opposition. Read lots about observing Jupiter in the January Sky & Telescope, http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/newtrack/st_201401/ or see our brief online article Jupiter: Big, Bright, and Beautiful. http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/home/238809441.html
Supernova in M82 tops out. Supernova 2014J is still nicely visible in amateur telescopes at about magnitude 10.6 as this week begins. But its slow fading seems to have begun — barely so, after reaching a peak V magnitude of 10.5. And the light of the waxing Moon is becoming more intrusive. Keep track with our updated article, Supernova in M82.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. Runic half-month of Sowulo/ Sigel, 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.
©2014 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.
Quert – Apple Ogam letter correspondences to study this month
Meaning: A choice must be made
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Gratitude is the doorway to increased blessings.
~ Death is the wish of some, the relief of many, and the end of all. – Seneca
~ The inside-out approach to personal and interpersonal effectiveness means to start first with self; even more fundamentally, to start with the most inside part of self-with your paradigms, your character, and your motives. – Inside-Out
~ One way to prevent conversation from being boring is to say the wrong thing. – Frank Sheed
~ Do not weep; do not wax indignant. Understand. – Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677) Dutch philosopher
We have worked at full speed since May. And that is I’m persuaded the root and source and origin of all health and happiness, provided of course that one rides work as a man rides a great horse, in a spirited and independent way; not a drudge, but a man with spurs to his heels. (Writing in her journal about her life as a publisher and writer.) – Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) English Writer
Magick for Valentines (party)
Have an Old-Fashioned Valentine-Making Party – written by Anja 2014
We don’t usually make our own Valentines anymore, which is kinda sad. I have some good memories of getting covered with paste and glitter and giving my family sticky hugs that kinda spread the wealth, but they loved and cherished those silly little messy things that I made. I have some that my kids made for me, ditto. …and any excuse for a party, right?
Drinkables – Red punch, pomegranate juice in lemon-lime soda is wonderful, especially of you can float some raspberry sherbert in it, or frozen strawberries. For low-sugar use clear glasses with water. Put a lemon wheel in and then and float frozen strawberries or raspberries on top. I ‘spose red ginger ale or some other red soda would work if you’re pressed for time.
Foods – Well, cookies and cupcakes are kinda expected and maybe some chocolates. If you feel adventurous you might try something that we call the Bartlett Bowl. It’s a can of mandarin oranges, whole roasted hazelnuts, chocolate chips and shredded coconut all mixed together. Just before serving, pour in the juice from the mandarins. This one has the traditional “love” correspondences, too.
Crafts stuff – Minimums are glue/gluesticks, red & white construction paper and scissors. Next step would be heart-shaped doilies, glitter, sequins, yarn, pompoms, macaroni. Macaroni? Yup, my favorites are bows and making scalloped edges out of elbow macaroni. How about traditional Valentine’s candies, like Red-Hots and Conversation Hearts? Next step after that would be stickers, googlie eyes, red silk flowers that can be taken apart and then you can go on from there! The more “stuff” that you throw on the table, the more creative the valentines will be.
Get envelopes/boxes – Ya gotta have these to present the creations…and trust me, kids do 3D! Adults tend to do the flatter pieces…. The PO has flat rate boxes for mailing that are free…unless you do have to drop ‘em into the mail.
You know how to do this! Eat some candies, pick up the scissors and the glitter and play!
Put the craft stuff and the food/drink in two separate rooms, or at least on two separate tables.
Put something washable on the table you’ll be doing the crafts part on. Old sheets are great.
If you’re doing this with kids under the age of 7 or 8, either put them & supplies on an old shower curtain on the floor, or put the table on top of washable sheets/old towels, so you don’t end up with more of a mess than you can help.