47F, finally warming up! There’s a solid overcast, although they’re saying it might break later.
Yesterday was just a slog. Tempus and I worked on one thing after another, trying to get ready for 12th Night. When Hatch came in, he worked on kits, which is where I ended up for the 2nd 1/2 of the day. I went to go get the dowels for the kits and the car wouldn’t start. Goodness knows what’s going on with it! Shep’s not open, either, at least until Monday. (eep)…. so the Duckmeister is letting us use her car, so Tempus can get his paper route done. Tempus spent the rest of the time at the shop researching the problem. We did manage to get the dowels and some of the tacks that are needed and the mineral oil for the wood butter, despite the car…..
Alsea Bay was fairly quiet when we were driving along the seawall. When we were heading for the shop in the morning a family of seals was heading upstream. There were several herons, some gulls and a lot of ducks later.
Hatch came home and made a lovely chicken carbonara for supper. Tempus turned in really early and after doing some work on blogs and such, so did I.
Today we have two workshops. Herbs is at 11am and then Sewing at 3pm. We’ll be making wood butter in Herbs.
Today’s plant is the Apricot, Prunus armeniaca. Apricots are a delicious fruit, resembling a small peach, but with a flavor all their own. They were known in the ancient world, possibly being cultivated as far back as 3000BCE.Thought of as an aphrodisiac in the Renaissance it can be fermented into a yummy wine or made into the brandy, Barack. It has properties of healing and health, lust magicks and learning, mostly in educational circles. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apricot
In Roman mythology, Pax (‘peace’) was recognized as a goddess during the rule of Augustus.
On the Campus Martius (Field of Mars, God of War), she had a minor sanctuary called the Ara Pacis, dedicated to her on January 30, 9 BCE. Her temple was on the Templum Pacis (Forum Pacis) built by Emperor Vespasian on the site of a meat market, and was dedicated in 75. She was depicted in art with olive branches, a cornucopia and a sceptre. Pax became celebrated (in both senses of the word) as Pax Romana and Pax Augusta from the 2nd Century BCE.
In Greek mythology, she was Eirene or Irene (‘peace’), daughter of Zeus and Themis, one of the first generation of Horae. The Horae (the Hours, or Seasons) were Pax and her sisters Lawfulness, Wisdom and Order (Eunomia) and Justice (Justitia/Dike) are sometimes considered to be the three aspects of Themis. As goddesses of the seasons, they brought order to Nature. Eirene was the personification of peace and wealth and was depicted in art as a beautiful young woman carrying a cornucopia, sceptre and a torch or rhyton. (Links are dead, but quoted from Wilson’s Almanac here: http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/book/jan3.html ) More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pax_%28mythology%29 and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eirene_%28Greek_goddess%29
Isn’t it a cool idea to have Peace as a goddess?
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Love & Light,
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 1/4 at 8:53pm. 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 at the Full on 1/3 at 8:53am. 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 1/6 at 8:32am.
Saturday, January 3, 9 p.m. EST – Quadrantid meteor shower peaks – A waxing gibbous Moon will interfere with viewing this meteor shower. The best meteors will be visible after midnight, about 90 degrees away from the radiant in Boötes.
Are you tracking Venus and Mercury yet? They’re now just 2½° apart, low in the afterglow of sunset, with brilliant Venus on top. Look southwest. They’re drawing closer together; they will appear closest, just 0.7° apart, a week from today.
Uranus is well placed in Pisces in the evening sky, setting after midnight. Two close approaches by the moon on the 1st and 28th will make it easy to spot.
Neptune is in the early evening sky in Aquarius, setting in late evening.
Goddess Month of Hestia runs from 12/26 – 1/22
Celtic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20
Runic half-month of Eihwaz/Eoh 12/28-1/11 Represents the dead, and the yew tree, sacred to Winter shamanism. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books,
©2014 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
Celtic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20, Beith – (BEH), birch – The silver birch (Betula pendula Roth) is the most common tree birch in much of Europe. It grows up to 30 m (100 feet) high, but is more often found in spreading clumps on sandy soils. It is one of the first trees to colonize an area after a mature forest is cut; this is probably a large part of its symbolic connection with new beginnings. It is cultivated in North America, often under the name of weeping birch. The three trees in my front yard form root sprouts that would take over the bed where they are planted if I didn’t cut them back. The common birch (B. pubescens Ehrh.) is almost as widespread as the silver birch, but grows primarily on acid or peaty soils. It can reach 20 m (65 feet) in height. Birches are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae). Curtis Clark
Beth – Birch – Ogam letter correspondences –
Meaning: New Beginnings; Changes; Purification.
Phagos – Beech Ogam letter correspondences to study this month
Letter: PH, IO
Meaning: New experiences and information coming
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Sa 3 Low 4:45 AM 3.0 7:53 AM Set 6:17 AM 94
~ 3 High 10:41 AM 8.7 4:49 PM Rise 4:05 PM
~ 3 Low 5:44 PM -0.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Each new day offers us possibilities, don’t waste it. Accept the challenge that comes with the sunrise. Marvel at the opportunities before you. Step confidently into the day and relax with the setting of the sun, knowing you made the most of your day!
~ Everyone carries with them at least one piece to someone else’s puzzle. – Lawrence Kushner
~ One of the best ways to measure people is how they behave when something free is offered.- Ann Landers, Syndicated columnist
~ You never get away, you only get someplace else. – Lovka’s Dilemma
~ Why waste your time going through a complicated procedure when a simple one will do the trick? – Kerr Cuhulain
THE GOING-STEADY CONTRACT
Stop it, Wilbur!
I don’t think kissing you is a good idea,
Now that you’re dead.
Stop dripping blood on my new dress!
I know we’re going steady, but still…
There has to be an opt-out clause, somewhere.
I think steady contracts fizzle, upon mortality.
I’m really going to have to give your ring back.
Well, surely you can find somebody
In the cemetery, who is looking for a boyfriend.
No? Well, PLEASE look harder.
I’d hate to have to start looking for a stake.
Besides, sex with a ghost is overrated.
I hate to hurt your feelings, but there it is.
You keep disappearing at the crucial times.
I do think it was sweet of you to give me the
Skull earrings, though.
You always were good about giving presents.
Please stop following me everywhere.
I know it’s Halloween, but still…
The ghost hunters will be out tonight, and
You wouldn’t want them to find you.
I promise to go trick-or-treating with you
Every Halloween, until I get married, Okay?
By that time, you should have found someone
In the cemetery who will go with you.
And you don’t have to worry about a costume.
Okay, let’s go. Do you let me out of the
Going-Steady contract? Yeah? Oh, good!
Well, let’s head for the Halloween Party.
(No, you don’t need a mask).
We’ll have a great time! – © Copyright 10/3/05 – Beth Johnson (Mystic Amazon)
Potpourri for Candlemas
45 drops myrrh oil
1 cup of oak
2 cups dried heather flowers
2 cups dried wisteria
1 cup dried yellow tulip petals
cup dried basil
cup dried and chopped bay leaves
1. mix all ingredients in large jar or other lidded container.
- shake often until it has cured to your taste.
Bride’s Bouquet Sachets (Brigid)
- Imbolc Potpourri (below or use recipe above)
- 1 Yard White Netting Material
- Yellow and Pink 1/8″ width Ribbon
Potpourri is made with:
- 1/2 cup dried basil
- 1/2 cup dried chopped bay leaves,
- 1 cup dried Heather flowers
- 1 cup dried Violets
- 1 cup dried white or pink rosebuds
Blend together in non-metal bowl. Cut netting material into 4″x4″ squares. Lay out squares on a flat surface. Place 1 heaping tablespoon of potpourri in the middle of each square. Pull up all the corners to the middle of the potpourri and gather the excess material until potpourri is caught in a “bag”. Give bag on twist to the right and tie off with yellow or pink ribbon. Use enough ribbon to make a small bow in the front of the sachet. Tell children how these sachets were exchanged as symbols of good luck and fertility.
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Laminated Window Hangings for Imbolc
you will need:
– lined paper
– laminating paper
– Imbolc cookie cutters(the big ones)
– scissors & a single hole punch
– a pencil
what to do:
Lightly trace the shapes of candles, babies, a Triple Moon or other Imbolc figures with your pencil.
Cut out those shapes with scissors.
Colour in the shapes with your crayons lightly.
Laminate the shapes with laminate paper, and cut off the excess edges, leave about 3mm extra laminate paper.
Punch a hole through the top of the shape and hang it up in your window.
You’re always typing.
Well, let’s see you ignore my
sitting on your hands. ©poofcat.com