54F and gusting up to 50mph. I wasn’t paying attention to the weather last night, so this surprised me. We’re under a High Wind Warming today and at Watch for tomorrow night, plus flood warnings are starting to go up since we’re likely to get an inch or more of rain today. The official gauge is already at 0.76.
Yesterday was crazy! Crazy good, not crazy bad, but crazy….. I went right into a reading when I got to the shop, after that a counseling session and then another, and several friends came in to chat and one to shop and the phone rang, and again, and again…. It was awesome! Finally at 5pm things slowed down and I got a chance to sit. Tempus was back around 5:30 and he took the cars to gas up while I closed things up at the shop.
We headed for Newport to see Sash. We were going to all go for dinner and then he got called in to work…. Gotta love being an adult…. We went to the Chalet. That was one of Grandma’s favorites out here. We both had her favorite dinner, too, which we their meatloaf with a sweet & sour sauce and a fruit plate. Yums. I had my leftovers for a midnight snack.
On the way out of Newport a dork came far to close to wiping out our right front bumper. We had to jerk into the turn lane to keep from getting hit. Tempus was pretty darned mad and started muttering about bazookas and rocket launchers, only what I heard was “sumo launcher”! I started laughing. For some darned reason I started picturing a sumo wrestler with that traditional yell landing on the other car and just ended up giggling helplessly.
I dropped into bed when we got home and slept until midnight and then got up and did some music research, then wrote for awhile. Papers ran late again, so Tempus didn’t get going until well past 3am, which meant that he got home at
Tempus came home with the news that both cars are malfunctioning. Oh, joy…. So that changed plans for the day, entirely.
Today is the Quarterly Elders’ Council meeting in Salem at 1pm at the IKE box. “Several useful pieces of information – Rozaylia (our hostess) phone number is 541-513-6711. The Ike Box is at 299 Cottage Street NE 97301. My house is 435 Richmond Ave SE 97301. Here is the IKE Box`s address –http://www.isaacsroom.org/ikebox/”
All are welcome! You don’t have to be an elder to show up and it’s a good way to connect with the pagan community.
Today’s plant is Crocus angustifolius (old name Crocus sulphureus) called cloth-of-gold crocus. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crocus_angustifolius From the RHS site, “Crocus are dwarf, deciduous perennials growing from a corm, with linear leaves usually with a silvery central stripe, and goblet-shaped, sometimes fragrant flowers in autumn or early spring. C. angustifolius is a perennial corm with narrow leaves and scented, bright deep yellow flowers, strongly feathered with dark mahogany on the outside.” http://apps.rhs.org.uk/plantselector/plant?plantid=582 Sacred to Juno and Ostara, as any crocus, it is used to attract love (carry), turn away abusive love (burn), and give visions (place on altar or by bed).
The Lupercalia is a festival of ancient Rome, with customs that seem awfully strange to us, now, but from which our St. Valentine’s Day customs possibly emerge. It’s the “Wolf Feast” in honor of the she-wolf that was the foster-mother of the twins who founded Rome. It’s also a feast in honor of Pan. The oddest part was that men would run a course around the city nude, except for bits of fresh goatskin, and whip the women and girls who would line up to be swatted for fertility and ease of childbirth! Definitely not the standard fun for Valentine’s parties…. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupercalia
… A she-wolf, which had given birth to her whelps came, wondrous to tell, to the abandoned twins [Romulus and Remus, founders of Rome] … She halted and fawned on the tender babes with her tail, and licked into shape their two bodies with her tongue … fearless, they sucked her dugs and were fed on a supply of milk that was never meant for them. The she-wolf (lupa) gave her name to the place, and the place gave their name to the Luperci. Great is the reward the nurse has got for the milk she gave.
Ovid, Fasti II. 413
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is Full. Full Moon – The day of the day before and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 2/16 at 3:53am. 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 Tide Change on 3/1.
Saturday, Feb. 15, 4 a.m. EST – Venus at its brightest – Venus reaches a point in its orbit where its phase and its distance from Earth reach an optimum point, causing it to shine at its brightest, magnitude –4.9.
This is the time of year when, soon after dark, skywatchers at mid-northern latitudes see bright Capella crossing near the zenith and Orion standing highest in the south. Orion’s diagonal belt points lower left toward bright Sirius, and upper right more or less toward Aldebaran. Beyond Aldebaran are the Pleiades.
Neptune is too close to the sun all month to observe, being in conjunction on February 23.
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
Goddess Month of of Moura, runs from 2/20-3/19
Celtic Tree month of Luis/Rowan – Jan 21-Feb 17 – Luis (LWEESH)/rowan
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17, Nion (NEE-uhn)
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.
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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 – If at first you DO succeed, try not to look astonished!
~ Young people should be helped, sheltered, ignored, and clubbed if necessary. – Al Capp (1909-1979) US cartoonist
~ An archaeologist is the best husband a woman can have; the older she gets the more interested he is in her. – Agatha Christie
~ Tea! thou soft, sober, sage and venerable liquid;- thou female tongue-running, smile-smoothing, heart-opening, wink-tippling cordial, to whose glorious insipidity I owe the happiest moment of my life, let me fall prostrate. – Colley Cibber (1671-1757) English actor, playwright
~ Dear IRS: I would like to cancel my subscription. Please remove my name from your mailing list. – Joe Cockler
The fact is, that to do anything in the world worth doing, we must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger, but jump in and scramble through as well as we can. – Robert Cushing (Robert Cushing Dennison) (1921-1998) American Colonel
Herbs & Flowers – lily of the valley, tansy, lavender, marjoram, jasmine, crocus flowers, daffodils, Irish moss, snowdrops, and ginger, daffodil, jonquils, woodruff, violet, gorse, olive, peony, iris, narcissus and all spring flowers, acorns, celadine, cinquefoil, dandelion, dogwood, rose, tansy, honeysuckle
Colors – lemon yellow, pale green and pale pink, silver, grass green, all pastels, Robin’s egg blue, violet, and white. light green,
Offerings – bread and cakes, eggs, first fruits of the season.
Deities – Cernunnos, Druantia, Corn Maiden, Attis, Eastre, Persephone, Nerthus, Asherah
Deities: Diana, Artemis
Stones – aquamarine, rose quartz, and moonstone.
Gemstones: amethyst, aquamarine, bloodstone and red jasper.
Animals – rabbits and snakes.
Mythical beasts – unicorns, merpeople, and pegasus.
Incense – make a blend from any of the following scents or simply choose one… jasmine, frankincense, myrrh, dragon’s blood, cinnamon, nutmeg, aloes wood, benzoin, musk, African violet, sage, strawberry, lotus, violet flowers, orange peel, rose or rose petals.
Symbols – eggs, rabbits, spring flowers, green and yellow jellybeans
Candles – gold, green and yellow
Foods – eggs, egg salad, hard-boiled eggs, honey cakes, first fruits of the season, fish, cakes, biscuits, cheeses, honey and ham. May also include foods made of seeds, such as sunflower, pumpkin and sesame seeds, as well as pine nuts. Sprouts are equally appropriate, as are leafy, green vegetables, leafy greens, dairy foods, flower dishes.