It’s 45F this morning, supposed to get up to 60F and warmer tomorrow, but that rain’s supposed to be back on Sunday and then keep on for awhile. We’ve gott some breeze this morning, too. It’s not just leaves trembling, but branches are waving, too.
I’m realizing that we’re losing the shore pine in the other backyard. It’s going all brown and I don’t see buds at the end of the branches. <sigh> We have another to plant over there, but I think we’re going to have to get out there with a saw. It was a bit close to the path, anyway, so when we take it out, we’ll plant the other about 5 feet farther in.
Yesterday we were late to the shop and were made even later by the fact that the folks working on setting up the new computer place parked slaunchways all over our parking. The lady from Family Fabrics was in, and Crescent Moon called. We’re going to have a meeting next Tuesday about the signage issues.
I started with moving books for our historical recreation stuff into the new cabinets (the door section) so’s to get that out of the way and then worked on sorting out our feast gear in back and managed to discover what is actually missing. Two boxes have gone AWOL, although we have most of the stuff that was with them.
Hatch and Travis showed up 1:30-ish. They were going to help out the lady from Family Fabrics with moving some things so headed over there. They got back just as we were starting to get ready to close up.
Tempus was working on making some flag string hangers and Anja worked on pouch blanks during Sewing and then found some of the missing feast gear in one of the grumple boxes from 12th Night! <shaking head> Wow…..
We headed home around 6pm after waiting for a customer to pick up his lawn mower repair and had a lovely salad for supper again. I worked on catching up on some projects and then we headed off for bed. Tempus had gone to sleep in the chair.
Today we’re up a little earlier than we’ve been getting up. I’ve been writing and Tempus doing chores. I’ll be continuing to write today. I’m putting a class together on Toys from the research that I’ve been doing over the last several months and writing up the research. Tempus will have the shop open from 11-5 (at least) I’m guessing that he’s going to go on with his flag hanger project.
Could *you* pass a citizenship exam, if you had to? http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2013/07/what-if-you-had-to-earn-american-citizenship/309398/ …and can you beat my score? I’m shocked that it was so low, actually. “Your Citizenship Score: 64, Citizenship attained, with distinction.” May grandparents would be very ashamed of me.
Today’s Plant is Rhubarb, Rheum rhabarbarum. Best known as “pie plant” or in strawberry and rhubarb jam this is a wonderful and nutritious stalk vegetable, that has been legally counted as a fruit, because of its uses. The roots have been used as a laxative for thousands of years, and the stalks, while strong-tasting when uncooked and with no sugar, are delicious in sauces, pies, jellies, juice and so on, but the leaves are poisonous. It is very easy to grow since the roots will over-winter, even if the stalks die back and it’s one of the earliest vegetables to be harvestable. – Feminine, Venus Earth. – Wear a dried piece to help with stomach or gut pain and general protection. The pie served to a mate helps to maintain fidelity and is an aphrodisiac, especially when combined with strawberries.
Today is the feast day of St Martina of Rome, virgin and martyr, died 228c.e. – An emperor wanted to marry her. When he took he to Apollo’s temple there was an earthquake that knocked down the statue, which then talked to her. She’s one of the ones that they did everything to, poured hot oil on her, tried to yank her apart with hooks, a lion wouldn’t eat her, etc. They finally cut off her head and instead of blood, milk flowed out. Ew…. Makes you wonder what the fascination with taking people apart is…. More on her here: http://saints.sqpn.com/saint-martina/ More on today’s associated plant, Common Maidenhair, Asplenium trichomanes http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asplenium
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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. 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 beginning of Full Phase on 2/2 at 3:09am.
The waxing gibbous Moon shines above Orion this evening. It’s near Zeta <<<<<< Tauri, the fainter of the two stars that mark the tips of Taurus’s long horns.
Algol >>>>>> is at minimum brightness, magnitude 3.4 instead of its usual 2.1, for a couple hours centered on 7:31 p.m. EST.
Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) is sinking away into the evening twilight.
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 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
F 30 Low 2:37 AM 3.2 7:37 AM Set 4:12 AM 76
~ 30 High 8:44 AM 8.1 5:23 PM Rise 2:01 PM
~ 30 Low 3:57 PM 0.3
~ 30 High 10:27 PM 6.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – By choosing self-control will I achieve freedom.
~ If I found in my own ranks that a certain number of guys wanted to cut my throat, I’d make sure that I cut their throats first. – Pierre Elliott Trudeau (1919-2000) Canadian Prime Minister
~ Luck, that’s when preparation and opportunity meet. – Pierre Elliott Trudeau (1919-2000) Canadian Prime Minister
~ We will always have the tools to overcome any situation. – Gayle Tuten
~ Respond intelligently even to unintelligent treatment. – Lao Tzu
The Lady’s light is love incarnate,
as spirals dance about her face.
The Lord looks down to see us dancing,
and smiles he does with warmth and grace.
As time stands still I hear Them whisper,
“Though you can’t see us, we’re always here.
Within the bubbling brook you’ll find us,
We’re always there, never fear.
“Within the roar of a wild lion,
within the brush of a wandering breeze,
within the embers of a blazing fire,
within the depths of a mermaids sea.
“Come together my bright shining children,
and praise the life We hold so dear.
Feel Our touch of warmth surround you,
As time moves on and turns the year.”
The firelight gleams and glows about us,
the Wheel has turned and here we stand.
Ever together in light and love,
bound together within Their hands.
This is our day, our time of thanks,
and in return we give to Them.
Loves light, it shines all about us,
We are bound Their loving clan.
Yet in the stillness, in the gloaming,
our hearts rise up , and dance with Theirs.
And through the dark our love is shining,
and giving light with loving care. – © Athena Ravenmoon 2003~2005, Chanel R. Stuff
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Imbolc Magick – Imbolc tidbit – From: http://irelandsown.net/imbolc.html
Imbolc —by Míchealín Ní Dhochartaigh – “And she shall arise like a shining sun” —The Book of Lismore
Celebrated on February 2
Imbolc, a Celtic word meaning ‘in the belly’, celebrates the midwinter and the return of the sun. It is also known as Oimelc, Brighid, Imbolg, Imbollgc Brigantia, and Lupercus. The ‘belly’ being referred to is that of the Great Mother.
Imbolc Also known as Candlemas or St Brighid’s Day (its Christianised titles) and Groundhog Day:
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
Symbols – Snowflakes, crystals, lambs, milk, Brighid’s Cross, white flowers, orange or yellow candles, alder, hazel, wisteria, myrrh, basil, rowan
Imbolc is a celebration of knowledge and understanding, and a celebration of the beauty and mysteries of life. Its themes include purification, inspiration, new beginnings.
This time of year has traditionally been the lactation period of ewes and cows. Ewes are unable to produce milk until after they bear their young, which occurs at this time. Since milk was very important to the basic survival of the Celtic tribes, this was a time of great joy, and signified that the end of a long winter was in sight. At Imbolc, we are one with Nature, as we await the coming of spring, the Vernal Equinox, when day and night are equal; light has vanquished the dark and a new change is upon the land.
At sunset on Imbolc, it is traditional to light every lamp or candle in the house in honour of the sun’s rebirth.
The Celtic Goddess Brighid (Brid, Bride, Brigante) presides over Imbolc. Brighid, the radiant triple-Muse Goddess, is also a fertility-bringer. At Imbolc, Brighid is pregnant with the seed of the Sun, ready for new life to awaken within the Earth. She was later adopted by Christianity as a ‘Saint’.
See Brighid, The Goddess of the Sun for more about Brighid.
In some circles, ‘Brid’s bed,’ the union place of the Goddess and the Sun God, is created and placed within the circle, inviting the fertility of life that begins anew around us. This is done by creating a female figure of straw or a ‘Brid’s Cross,’ and laying it in a basket at the center of the circle with a phallic wand across it to symbolize the impregnation of the Mother.
It is tradition for every candle or lamp in the house to be lit for a little while welcoming the return of the Sun. Reverence of the snow is also a part of this celebration, and this festival falls during the Snow Moon. Some symbols or tools to have for present for ritual include a representation of a white flower or a snowflake and an orange or yellow candle to symbolise the renewing energy of the Sun’s rebirth.
Imbolc is also a fire festival, with significance placed upon the Light of fire, to celebrate the ever-increasing light at this time — symbolic of the Earth working Her way back to Spring. Brighid is crowned with a wreath of candles. Some circles make a ceremony of ‘charming the plow,’ in which they bless a spade or shovel with oil or wine, and then use it to dig a hole in the earth and bury an offering to the Mother.
During the Imbolc ritual, most traditions also pour milk onto the earth as a ‘thanksgiving’ to Brighid; and as an offering of nurturing with hope of the return of fertility to the Earth and its people. According to some sources, alder and hazel are coming into bloom and make great offerings. In the Celtic Tree Calendar, rowan is associated with the festival for Imbolc. It is a member of the apple family, and if you cut across the berries horizontally, a tiny, pentagram-shaped seed container will be revealed, much like a wee version of the one found inside an apple. Copyright © 2001 Ireland’s OWN
A Candlemas Poem —from Casting the Circle by Diane Stein
Night of lit white candles
Darkness turned into light
Everything she touches changes
Feast of waxing flame
Fire of heart and hearth
Fire on the mind
Flickering of spark
Quickening of air
Warming into inspiration
Thawing in her innocence
Snow into desire
He shines for all of us
She burns within us all
Spiral heat of life
She shines for all of us
Within us all she burns
The fires to create
She shines in all of us
She burns us all within
Awakening arising is her need
She shines for all of us
She burns within us all
Her candle is our only source – Copyright © 2004 Ireland’s OWN All Rights Reserved.
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