49F and rather gloomy, but we’ve a bit to go until sunrise. I’m up a bit early, but I think I’m going to crawl back in after I get this out. We got 9/10’s of an inch of rain yesterday, but it’s supposed to be dry now until evening.
Yesterday was long. I was at the shop all day. Hatch and Travis helped unpack the car. Tempus headed home not long after that and Hatch started learning how to make a simple pouch and then how to thread them. He took a bit in the middle to make some supper and bring it back down and take Travis up to the house. I kept unpacking and putting away most of the day.
Early in the evening, not long after Marius got there for Sewing, Tempus came back and then took off with Marius to pick up some solid wood shelf units that we bought. We did get some sewing and talking time in.
Today we have to get the shelf units cleaned up and put in place. After that I need to re-set the embroidery display. Tempus is supposed to be working on lawn mowers today. I’m thinking that I’m going to start up front, getting my project area cleaned up and the stuff back into the back of the shop and re-boxed.
Ken Gagne from 1/15/15 – Mergansers on the Yachats River
Today’s Plant is Pearly Everlasting, Anaphalis margaritacea, sometimes called Life-Everlasting. The “everlasting” part of the name comes from the fact that the flowers dry well and can be used as decorations during the winter month. There are a number of medicinal uses for this plant, particularly as poultices and often as a decoction added to a hot bag of some sort (iow, put it on a washcloth, warm and put a heating pad on top of that) for bruises, sprains and to the chest for bronchitis, among others – Feminine, Venus, Air – Add to spells that are long-term. Can be useful in a sachet/potpourri/amulet since the flowers will soak up essential oils and release the scent over time.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anaphalis_margaritacea
Feast day of Concordia, ancient Rome – In Roman mythology, Concordia was the goddess of agreement and understanding. Her oldest temple was on the Forum Romanum and was built in 367 BCE by Marcus Furius Camillus. The Roman Senate often met there. In art, Concordia was depicted sitting, wearing a long cloak and holding onto a sacrificial bowl and a cornucopia. Sometimes, she is shown standing between two members of the Royal House shaking hands. Concordia is shown in a lot of the iconography of government buildings in Washington, D.C. More here: http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/book/jan16.html and here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Concordia_%28mythology%29
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Love & Light,
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 1/20 at 5:14am. 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 at the Dark on 1/18 at 4:59pm.
Comet Lovejoy is at its best this week and next, especially now that the Moon is gone from the evening sky. The comet is glowing at about 4th magnitude well to the west of Orion early in the week — nice in binoculars and possibly visible very dimly to the unaided eye, depending on your sky conditions. By week’s end it’s higher overhead, nearly west of the Pleiades. See our article and finder chart: How To See Comet Lovejoy Tonight.
Friday, January 16, 10:51–11:59 p.m. EST – Double shadow transit on Jupiter – The shadows of Io and Europa will fall simultaneously on Jupiter.
Friday, January 16, 1 hour before sunrise – Saturn and the Moon – Saturn will be close to the slender waning crescent Moon, just before sunrise Tuesday morning.
Bright <<<< Capella high overhead, and bright Rigel >>>>>> in Orion’s foot, are at almost the same right ascension — so they cross your sky’s meridian at almost the same time (around 9:30 p.m. now, depending on how far east or west you live in your time zone). This means that whenever Capella passes its very highest, Rigel marks true south over your landscape. Capella goes exactly through your zenith if you’re at latitude 46° north: for instance Portland, Oregon; Montreal; central France; Tokyo.
Uranus (magnitude 5.8, in Pisces) is still up in the southwest after dusk.
Goddess Month of Hestia runs from 12/26 – 1/22
Celtic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17
Runic half-month of Perdhro/ Peorth, 1/12-1/27. – Feast of Brewing, Druidic, Source: The Phoenix and Arabeth 1992 Calendar.
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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
F 16 Low 2:08 AM 3.3 7:49 AM Rise 3:48 AM 26
16 High 8:25 AM 8.0 5:04 PM Set 1:45 PM
16 Low 3:41 PM 0.6
16 High 10:04 PM 5.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – If we are what we eat, then I’m easy, fast and cheap.
~ Alas, after a certain age every man is responsible for his face. – Albert Camus (1913-1960) French writer, born in Algiers
~ Go out there and seek the truth and speak your truth. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ If you already know how to make your dream come true, then you’re thinking too small. – Jack Canfield
~ If life was fair, Elvis would be alive and all the impersonators would be dead. – Johnny Carson
The kernel, the soul – let us go further and say the substance, the bulk, the actual and valuable material of all human utterances – is plagiarism. For substantially all ideas are second-hand, consciously and unconsciously drawn from a million outside sources, and daily use by the garnerer with a pride and satisfaction born of the superstition that he originated them; whereas there is not a rag of originality about them anywhere except the little discoloration they get from his mental and moral calibre and his temperament, and which is revealed in characteristics of phrasing. – Mark Twain/Samuel Clemens
- A paper plate
- Yellow construction paper
- Glue (or a stapler)
- Crayons, paint or markers
- Googly eyes (optional)
Paper Brigid’s Crown
This is especially appropriate for young girls, since this is the holiday for the return of the maiden
You will need:
Construction paper in your child’s favorite colors, and yellow and/or red, for the flames.
Pencil, crayon, or marker
Glue (white glue or glue stick
What to do:
- Cut a strip of paper about 2 inches wide and long enough to wrap around your child’s head. You may need to glue 2 shorter strips to get the right length. Remember to include a couple of extra inches for overlap!
- Draw and cut out eight thin rectangles (these are the candles) of paper.
- Draw and cut out eight flames.
- Glue the flames to the candles
- Draw wicks in the flames and candles.
- Distribute the candles evenly around the headband.
- Glue the candles to the outside of the headband. (You can glue it to the inside if you think your youngster will wait long enough for the glue to dry!)
- Depending on the age of your child, they can do the drawing, cutting and gluing. Even the youngest child can hold paper and have you guide her hands.
- Empty Toilet Paper Rolls
- Construction Paper (in the colors you want for your candles)
- Tissue Paper (yellow and orange)
- Tape (or glue)
- Treats (candy, nuts, raisins, or other yummy things)
- Take your toilet paper roll and lay it down on your construction paper. Use a ruler to draw a line on the paper for the width of the paper roll as shown in the sample to your left. Use your scissors to cut along the line that you drew.
- Lay the Paper Roll down on the edge of the construction paper. Tape one of the ends of the construction paper to the Paper Roll, then carefully roll the Paper Roll until you get to the end of the construction paper.
- When the construction paper is all the way around the Paper Roll, put a piece of tape to hold the paper together. You can also glue the paper down instead of using tape. If you do this, put a rubber band around the Paper Roll, and allow time for this step to dry.
- Cut two squares of tissue… one of the yellow color and one of the orange tissue paper. Use a nice sized square here so your candle flame is nice and large. Also remember when making this part of the candle, most of the tissue will be inside of the paper roll… so be generous with it’s size.
- Lay the tissue down, one piece on top of the other. If you angle it like the sample here to your left, both colors of the tissue will show nicely in your finished project.
- Use a spoon to gently push the tissue into the Paper Roll. Don’t push too hard or the tissue may rip. Once the tissue is in the Paper Roll… add your treats.
- Once your treats have been added… tie off the end. The illustration shows green string… but that is only so you can see where to add the tie.
- With your fingers… work up the tissue to form a tip to make it look like a candle flame.
Be sure to make as many candles as there are celebrants since you want everyone to get one of the decorations when all is done.