It cleared up fairly quickly yesterday until by 1pm the sky was nicely blue, with little white scraps of cloud. I dealt with a problem that occasioned several phone calls, emails and facebooking early on (personal and not a shop problem or ours) Tempus sat down and dozed. As soon as that was done, he got my embroidery stuff to where I could work on the display and then headed out with the bank deposit and to pick up mail on his way back to the house for working in his shop there. By then I had the display 1/2-way from where I started and all the up-high stuff was done.
…and the only wall calendars we have left, other than Moon Phase calendars are the Lincoln County Pets. Still a cute calendar, and a fund-raiser for the animal shelter! We’re scraping the bottom of the barrel on the almanacs as well, so if you want one, better come get….
By 3pm, Hatch was down at the shop for the next installment of fighting with a pouch. 🙂 He’s getting it! I stitched a little on a couple of them and then made a stitched up cheese cloth. I’ve been fighting with the folded ones for far too long, so I made a large one with a drawstring, so we don’t have to have rubbery cheese (It gets rubbery from too much handling). I spent a little longer clearing the pegboards and finishing the re-set on the embroidery display. I have a little more to do, but at least we got the board out of the way when Tempus got back around 5pm. After about another hour’s work that aisle ought to be done for the year, but for the spell candle display.
I walked into the house and crashed well before supper-time, woke around midnight and worked until Tempus finally re-appeared. He’d been working in the shop, cleaning rust off of his grinder. Kyaara keeps leaving the garage door open even when rain is blowing in.
We’re going to be starting seeds tomorrow morning in Herbs workshop! I have basil, parsley and mint seeds. Bring a foil cake or pie tin with you to hold your little pots and a dollar or so to chuck into the kitty for potting soil!
Another Ken Gagne photo from 1/7/15, the last Full Moon. This is over Yachats bay before sunrise.
Today’s Plant is Miner’s Lettuce, Claytonia perfoliata (aka winter purslane, or Indian lettuce). It’s a plant native to our area, growing and blooming in our soggy spring and drying out and dying back in the summer. I’ve seen in re-bloom in the fall. It’s a leaf vegetable that can be eaten raw or cooked like spinach. It’s really choice in salads and very high in vitamin C. It got the name because the Gold Rush miners ate it to prevent scurvy, since they really weren’t eating right. Like any lettuce or most of the salad greens it’s Feminine and Water, but as any high Vitamin C food, its planet correspondence is the Sun. – Sprinkling it inside the home brings happiness, so it’s good in floor washes or new home blessings. Carry it with you for luck and to protect from violence. Put it into sleep pillows or add to a dream catcher to keep away nightmares. I’ve actually slipped it between the mattress and sheets for this purpose. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miner%27s_lettuce More on the genus here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claytonia
Hathor is an Egyptian mother/death/sky goddess. She’s familiar to everyone as the cow-headed goddess whose symbol of cow horns as lunar crescents on either side of the disc of the sun/moon was worn by many other goddesses (and gods) in the pantheon. On her feast day offerings of cow’s milk are poured into the Nile. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hathor
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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 Tide Change on 2/3 at 3:09pm. 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 at the Quarter on 1/24 at 8:48pm.
Friday–Saturday, January 23–24, 11:35 p.m.–03:00 a.m. EST – Double and triple shadow transit on Jupiter – The shadows of Io, Europa, and Callisto will fall simultaneously on Jupiter; this is an extremely rare event, which will not occur again until 2032. Late tonight Callisto, Io, and Europa are all casting their tiny black shadows onto Jupiter at once, from 1:27 to 1:52 a.m. Saturday morning EST (10:27 to 10 52 p.m. Friday evening PST). Then all three satellites themselves appear in front of Jupiter at once (and hence are practically invisible) from 2:08 to 2:12 a.m. EST.
The Moon, dim Mars, and bright Venus form a big diagonal line in the west in twilight. And can you still detect Mercury? It’s been fading fast day by day.
Uranus is well placed in Pisces in the evening sky, setting in late evening.
Comet Lovejoy is still at its predicted brightest this week, and it’s high in the evening sky with no Moon yet. The comet is glowing at about 4th magnitude more or less west of the Pleiades. It’s very obvious in binoculars, and it’s dimly visible to the unaided eye if you have a very good dark sky. Article and finder chart: See Comet Lovejoy Tonight.
Goddess Month of of Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
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.
©2014 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17, Luis (LWEESH)/rowan – The rowan, or mountain ash (Sorbus aucuparia L.) is related to servceberries. 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
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
F 23 High 2:32 AM 8.3 7:44 AM Rise 9:29 AM 7
23 Low 8:26 AM 1.6 5:13 PM Set 9:40 PM
23 High 2:15 PM 8.5
23 Low 8:50 PM -0.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I find contentment by focusing on the positive around me.
~ Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. – Helen Keller, American Blind/Deaf Author & Lecturer
~ I thought they’d get one of us, but Jack, after all he’s been through, never worried about it I thought it would be me. – Robert F. Kennedy (1925-1968) US Politician
~ All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem. – Martin Luther King Jr.
~ I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality. – Martin Luther King, Jr.
I have walked through many lives,
some of them my own,
and I am not who I was,
though some principle of being
abides, from which I struggle
not to stray.
When I look behind,
as I am compelled to look
before I can gather strength
to proceed on my journey,
I see the milestones dwindling
toward the horizon
and the slow fires trailing
from the abandoned camp-sites,
over which scavenger angels
wheel on heavy wings.
Oh, I have made myself a tribe
out of my true affections,
and my tribe is scattered!
How shall the heart be reconciled
to its feast of losses?
In a rising wind
the manic dust of my friends,
those who fell along the way,
bitterly stings my face.
Yet I turn, I turn,
with my will intact to go
wherever I need to go,
and every stone on the road
precious to me.
In my darkest night,
when the moon was covered
and I roamed through wreckage,
a nimbus-clouded voice
“Live in the layers,
not on the litter.”
Though I lack the art
to decipher it,
no doubt the next chapter
in my book of transformations
is already written.
I am not done with my changes. – Stanley Kunitz (Passing Through)
Making A Brigid’s Cross – Brigid’s Cross is the name for a wheat weaving pattern which is used for protection. It is similar to the God’s Eye pattern which is also used for protection.
I found several different explanations of how to make a Brigid’s Cross. This one seems the easiest, and produced (at least when I did a paper mock-up) a symbol that resembled the picture.
- The Brigid’s cross is usually made from wheat that does not have heads so you could also use any other plant material that is relatively flat and smooth, like wide blades of grass. If you are using wheat straw, soak it in cool water for at least a half hour before beginning, then wrap in a towel for 15 minutes to soak up the water. You will need 28 wheat straws.
- Take two pieces of wheat and put them one on top of another like a plus sign. Fold the top of the vertical piece down over the horizontal straw so it is lying on top of its other half. Turn the whole thing 90 degrees counterclockwise so the folded part with two pieces is to the right and the longer straw is now vertical. Fold the top half of that vertical straw down over itself.
- Turn the whole thing again 90 degrees counterclockwise. Add a new straw by placing it to the right of the vertical folded straw and behind the horizontal folded straw. Fold this new straw that you added. Turn the whole thing again. Add another straw the same way you did the last one.
- Keep on turning your piece and adding straws. Place the straws next to each other, not on top of the previous round. It may be hard to keep it all together at first but it will get easier as the weave grows bigger. When you have added in 28 straws, tie each of the four ends off about 4 inches from the center. Trim the ends of the straws.
How To Make A Brighid’s Cross – A Brighid’s Cross can be made with wheat stalks, grasses, reeds or rushes. Gather a few dozen reeds of the same length. If they tend to break when you bend them, soak them in water to soften them, so that they will bend easily.
Continue to work in a circular fashion, until you have used up your reeds, or created enough of a “woven” center to the cross. Hold the reeds together carefully, and tie each end together with string, so that the cross won’t fall apart.
About the Brighid’s Cross
The Brighid’s Cross is traditionally made on February 1-2 (Brighid’s Day, Candlemas, Imbolc), and it is a symbol of protection and prosperity for the coming year. – Submitted By Krissy – GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives 2004
- Take eight stalks with sheaves still attached.
- Place four stalks on flat surface with two sheaves at the top and two sheaves at the bottom.
- Measure approx. 6″ of stalk between the sets of sheaves and cut off excess.
- Tie all four stalks together with the brown thread, first under the top sheaves, then above the bottom sheaves.
- Cut off excess thread.
- Repeat this procedure with the other four stalks, shortening the length between the sheaves to 4″.
- Carefully separate the first set of stalks (two in front and two in back) and slip the second set through approx. 1″ from the bottom of the top sheaves.
- Tie some thread in a knot just under the arms of the cross.
- Take the excess ends and diagonally wrap the thread over the opposite corresponding arm and back to the knot.
- Tie off in back and cut off excess ends.
She complained to her best friend, “They’re driving me nuts. Such pests, they give me no rest and I’m half-way to the nut hatch.”
“What you need is a playpen to separate the kids from yourself,” her friend said.
So Mary bought a playpen.
A few days later, her friend called to ask how things were going.
“Superb! I can’t believe it,” Mary said. “I get in that playpen with a good book and the kids don’t bother me one bit!”