It’s 49F and the sun is shining. There’s a puddle of fog below the low sun that’s glowing in the light. There’s no wind. It’s supposed to get really warm over the next couple of days. What’s up with this weather?
Yesterday started at a good time, but it took me 3 hours to wade through mail. At that point I decided to start cooking whether the boys were up or not and got the cheese going. The trial run on a cheese cloth worked *beautifully*! That was the easiest ever! It’s a semi-round, roughly-octagonal, 4-layers of butter-muslin bound by blanket binding with a cord to draw it up. It opens flat, so draped over my big bowl really well, and then drew up easily. The bowl pours (if you’re careful) into a funnel, so we could save the whey. …and the cloth washes up beautifully!
After that I got a pickle broth with onions and garlics going, then some barley, then Hatch did potatoes. We’re cooking up stuff that’s starting to sprout. I had to sit awhile and then set up the mustard broth for mushrooms. By then the barley and the potatoes were done and boxed and cooling and I was wiped. Hatch did some dishes while I emptied the washer and put things away and then Marius showed up to pick him up.
Marius and Rowan are moving this weekend and Hatch and Travis went to help. We still had the piroshki filling going, so I kept the beef cooking, then cut it up. In between times I had finished setting up the rest of the week’s newsletters and had been doing a little writing.
Tempus finally got home 9-ish. He’d been trying to re-set the back, so we can get that shelf unit that’s been out front for a week tucked back in where it’s going to live. He helped get the rest of the stuff into the fridge and then we ate and went to bed.
We have our workshops. Both Tempus and I will be at the shop, so the readings sign will be out. I might head home a bit early to see if I can get my piroshki dough done and start rolling out, or I might do that in the evening. We’ll see.
Another beautiful Ken Gagne photo of yesterday’s waves at sunset in Yachats.
Feast day of St Francis de Sales – Francis, Count of Sales, left a life of riches for poverty and became a preacher. Francis died in 1622, aged 55. Francis of Sales was beatified in 1661 by Pope Alexander VII, who then canonized him in 1665. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_de_Sales With Jane Frances de Chantal, he founded the Order of the Visitation of Holy Mary, called the Salesian Sisters. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Order_of_the_Visitation_of_Holy_Mary I went on a retreat at their convent in Georgetown. picture is Francis de Sales and Jane Frances de Chantal, medal 1867
Flowering fern [Royal fern], Osmunda regalis, is today’s plant, dedicated to this saint. Osmunda regalis belongs to the oxymoronically named flowering fern family, so called because the densely-clustered sporangia resemble flowers. It is said by some to be one of the most handsome European ferns, hence the name. It is widely distributed in Europe, Asia and North America. The ‘Royal Fern’ is also known as the ‘Queen Flower’. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osmunda_regalis(pictures are the American variety of this fern)
According to Slavic mythology, the sporangia – called ‘Perun’s flowers’ – have assorted magical powers, such as giving their holders the ability to defeat demons, fulfil wishes, unlock secrets, and understand the language of trees. However, collecting the sporangia is a difficult and frightening process. In earlier traditions, they had to be be collected on Kupala night; later, after the arrival of Christianity, the date is changed to Easter eve. Either way, the person wanting to collect Perun’s flowers must stand within a circle drawn around the plant and withstand the taunting or threats of demons.
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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 on 1/24 at 8:48pm. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 1/26 at 8:48pm.
Brilliant Sirius >>>> , the Dog Star, glitters in the southeast after dinnertime. Look high above it for Betelgeuse in Orion’s shoulder, shining reddish-orange. To their left is Procyon, the Little Dog Star. It forms the equilateral Winter Triangle with them. Sirius, Betelgeuse, and Procyon are 8.6, 500, and 11.5 light-years away, respectively. Here’s some starwatching you can do through even the worst city light pollution.
Mercury disappears deep into the glow of sunset.
Comet Lovejoy is now fading somewhat, and the Moon increasingly brightens the night sky this week for comet viewers. Even so, the comet is still a nice sight in binoculars at magnitude 4½ or so. And it’s high overhead. See our article and finder chart: Where To See Comet Lovejoy Tonight. http://www.skyandtelescope.com/astronomy-news/observing-news/spot-comet-lovejoy-tonight-122920141/
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. Runic half-month of Elhaz/Algiz, from 1/28-2/11. This half month: optimistic power, protection and sanctuary.
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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
Sa 24 High 3:16 AM 8.4 7:43 AM Rise 10:03 AM 15
~ 24 Low 9:22 AM 1.4 5:14 PM Set 10:53 PM
~ 24 High 3:10 PM 7.8
~ 24 Low 9:35 PM 0.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I have many friends who love me.
~ Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards. – Vernon Saunders Law
~ The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach–waiting for a gift from the sea. – Anne Morrow Lindbergh
~ I do not believe in sex distinction in literature, law, politics, or trade – or that modesty and virtue are more becoming to women than to men, but wish we had more of it everywhere. – Belva Lockwood (1830-1917) US attorney
~ One of the greatest joys known to man is to take a flight into ignorance in search of knowledge. – Robert Lynd
~ The Lord’s Prayer is 66 words, the Gettysburg Address is 286 words, there are 1,322 words in the Declaration of Independence, but government regulations on the sale of cabbage run to 14,992 pages! National Review
The Light of Stars – From Voices of the Night, 1839 By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The night is come, but not too soon;
And sinking silently,
All silently, the little moon
Drops down behind the sky.
There is no light in earth or heaven
But the cold light of stars;
And the first watch of night is given
To the red planet Mars.
Is it the tender star of love?
The star of love and dreams?
O no! from that blue tent above,
A hero’s armor gleams.
And earnest thoughts within me rise,
When I behold afar,
Suspended in the evening skies,
The shield of that red star.
O star of strength! I see thee stand
And smile upon my pain;
Thou beckonest with thy mailed hand,
And I am strong again.
Within my breast there is no light
But the cold light of stars;
I give the first watch of the night
To the red planet Mars.
The star of the unconquered will,
He rises in my breast,
Serene, and resolute, and still,
And calm, and self-possessed.
And thou, too, whosoe’er thou art,
That readest this brief psalm,
As one by one thy hopes depart,
Be resolute and calm.
O fear not in a world like this,
And thou shalt know erelong,
Know how sublime a thing it is
To suffer and be strong.
Bride put her finger in the river
On the Feast Day of Bride
And away went the hatching mother of the cold. — Carmina Gadelica
Ceremony for Candlemas Eve
Down with the Rosemary and Bayes
Down with the Mistletoe
Instead of Holly, now upraise
The greener Box (for Show).
The Holly hitherto did sway
Let Box now domineer;
Until the dancing Easter-day
Or Easter’s Eve appear.
The youthful box, which now hath grace
Your houses to renew,
Grown old, surrender must his place
Unto the crisped yew.
When yew is out, then birch comes in,
And many flowers beside,
Both of a fresh and fragrant kin,
To honor Whitsuntide.
Green rushes then, and sweetest bents,
With cooler oaken boughs,
Come in for comely ornaments
To re-adorn the house.
Thus times do shift, thus times do shift;
Each thing his turn does hold;
New things succeed, new things succeed,
As former things grow old. – Robert Herrick (1591-1674)
If Candlemas be bright and fair
Winter will have another year
But if it be dark with clouds and rain
Winter is gone, and will not come again
A medieval quatrain
Tasting every food in order
This is what behoves at Imbolc
Washing of hand and feet and head
It is thus I say.