It’s raining this morning. Not hard, but enough to make the porch roof drip. Little glittering dots form, sparkle and then fall. 48F feels quite chilly!
When we got to the shop we scrambled around getting open, did mail and then Tempus cleaned up a vacuum cleaner that we were handed yesterday. I’m processing books from the same source. Some are going into the library and some for sale. I spent a long time on the phone talking to one of my boys and the Tempus spent the same amount of time helping him file his taxes.
He had previously gone to the PO to get mail and one of the things that showed up was a sample of a new copal incense stick. We set one going and it’s *nice*, so we’re going to start carrying some when we can afford it. He was running in and out all afternoon for errands.
I got to work on the rosemary that got stripped over the weekend. For culinary purposes it need to be completely off the stems and un-sticked, which is a painstaking by-hand job. I quit about 1/2-way through, since we had enough for the kitchen at home.
By that point Hatch was there, ready for class, so I showed him a couple of tricks with the sewing and then got back to work on sorting some things from a grumple drawer.
I found some jewelry and a bunch of crystals, plus a whole batch of pendants that were all stuck together with a bunch of paperclips with what looks to have been Arby’s Horsey sauce…. a decade and a half ago. Those were soaking all afternoon! One of the pendants was a special bell, one of a pair that our youngest wore as a toddler attached to his shoes, so I could find him if I couldn’t keep up! 🙂
Today is supposed to be cooking, mostly. Hatch and I are going to put together a batch of Shrewsbury cakes and make a cheese when he wakes up. We’re supposed to go over to Rowan and Marius’ to check out the room that we’ll be in on the 15th and get those baked.
This evening I have a meeting with the merchants from along 101 in Waldport. More have been invited than that, I know. The city planning committee is looking to change the signage regs and making some dreadful choices about what we need and what we can do, so the various businesses are getting together to put some suggestions that we can agree on together, so that we can present a united front and get the folks whose livelihood doesn’t depend on our being able to tell people what we do to listen.
I keep forgetting to post about the herons. Over the last few weeks there hasn’t been a mid-tide or lower time when we went past the seawall that there weren’t at least two herons. There’ve been all kinds of seabirds, mostly varieties of ducks or pelican (and gulls, of course) and here’s an awesome picture that Ken Gagne took on Sunday of mallards on the Yachats River.
Today’s plant is New Zealand Flax, Phormium Tenax. This is a very different plant from common flax or linseed, Linum usitatissimum. It is used mostly as an ornamental in the northern hemisphere, but at one time sustained a lively trade as a fiber. While the two plants are very different, they have similar magickal properties. These days the fiber is mostly used by paper artisans. – Masculine, Mercury, Fire, Hulda – Money spells, add to coins and carry, flax in the shoe averts poverty. For protection while asleep, add to mustard seed, put both opposite cold water. Protection from evil entering, scatter with red pepper by door. Health and healing rituals, sprinkle altar with flaxseed. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PhormiumFor the traditional uses of the plant fiberhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Zealand_flax
Setsubun is one of the seasonal celebrations of Japan in honor of Amaterasu. There’s throwing and eating of beans! “Demons out! Luck in!!” …and then slam the door. It’s also a day for balancing eggs, since this is the beginning of the spring season. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Setsubun and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lichun and more on Amaterasu here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amaterasu
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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. 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 2/5 at 3:09am. 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 2/18 at 3:47pm.
The full Moon climbs the eastern sky this evening with Jupiter shining a few degrees to its left. They may look paired, but Jupiter is actually 1,600 times farther away.
Jupiter (magnitude –2.6, at the Leo-Cancer border) is at opposition this week. It comes into view low in the east-northeast as twilight fades, and by 9 p.m. it’s high enough in the east for good telescopic viewing. Down below it is fainter Regulus (magnitude +1.4). Jupiter and Regulus >>>> pass highest in the south in the middle of the night.
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
Tu 3 High 12:30 AM 7.0 7:32 AM Set 7:03 AM 98
~ 3 Low 6:02 AM 2.6 5:28 PM Rise 5:42 PM
~ 3 High 11:49 AM 8.2
~ 3 Low 6:39 PM -0.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Daydream a little.
~ Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago. – Les Brown
~ The storm had now definitely abated, and what thunder there was now grumbled over more distant hills, like a man saying “And another thing…” twenty minutes after admitting he’s lost the argument. – Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
~ Grow old with me! The best is yet to be. – Robert Browning
~ Growth is a spiral process, doubling back on itself, reassessing and regrouping. – Julia Margaret Cameron
Robert of Lincoln is gayly drest,
Wearing a bright black wedding-coat;
White are his shoulders
and white his crest. – William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878) US poet and newspaper editor
I like to make candles on Candlemas, particularly because this is the last of the three winter holidays (Halloween, Yule and Candlemas) in which candles appear as an important symbol.
Most candles are made of paraffin which is a beef by-product and most candle-making instructions assume you are using paraffin. If you are a vegetarian, you may choose to work with beeswax instead. You can buy beeswax in candle-making stores, order it on the internet or find a beekeeper with a surplus of wax to sell it to you.
Candlemas candles represent the rising energy of the new season and thus, whether you are giving them as gifts or making them for your own purposes, use colors and scents and objects which symbolize the qualities you wish to manifest in the coming year. For instance, for abundance, you might want to make a green candle with a penny as the weight for the wick. There are whole books on candle magic, listing the correspondences for colors and scents, which you can consult, but your own personal associations are undoubtedly more valid when making candles for yourself.
There are many ways to make candles but I prefer the old-fashioned way. Here’s what you need:
Old sauce pan for melting wax
Paraffin or old candles or beeswax
Pencil, small stick or dowel
|For molds, use waxed milk cartons, tin cans, salad molds (coat lightly with oil so they won’t stick), glass jars, toilet paper rolls, etc.
Crayons or food color for color
Herbs or essential oils for scent
In Herbal Treasures, Bob Clark provides these important warnings when working with hot wax:
- Never heat wax directly on a flame or burner
- Never leave the room while wax is heating
- Never leave the materials within a child’s reach
- Always protect yourself and your clothing from molten wax
- Always cover the floor and counters with plenty of newspapers
- Always keep a cover, a box of salt or a fire extinguisher handy
Boil water in the bottom half of a double boiler. When water boils, reduce to a simmer. Candle wax is always melted in a double boiler because it is extremely flammable. You can create a double boiler effect by placing tin cans inside a pan of boiling water but then you have the problem of safely removing the hot tin can from the boiling water. Better yet, buy a battered old saucepan with a heatproof handle at a secondhand store and nest that inside a larger saucepan. Before setting your old sauce pan (or tin cans) in the boiling water, fill it with shavings from paraffin blocks or old candles or beeswax.
Cut a wick for each candle so it is about 2 inches longer than your mold. Tie one end ot a pencil or stick and set it on top of the mold so the wick is centered and reaches the bottom with an inch extra. Weight the bottom (which is why store candles have those silver squares at the bottom); a penny will do. Some people use a taper candle, even a birthday candle as a wick.
Maggie Oster suggests three ways to scent a candle. Grind potpourri (or any herb) into a fine powder and add to the melted wax. Snip fresh herbs into small pieces with a scissor and add to the wax. Add drops of essential oil.
My daughter taught me a way to make interesting candles which are much admired. Some of you who are as old as me will probably remember these from grade school. Simply fill a milk carton with ice cubes, then pour the wax on top of them. I’d recommend using an actual candle for the wick since that will give you a stable center. The ice cubes melt as the hot wax pours over them but they leave interesting pockets and caves in the finished product.
Pour the melted wax into the molds. This is the tricky part and should not be done by children, or clumsy adults for that matter. Last time I made candles I tried to pour hot wax out of a hot tin can I was holding with tongs. I lost my grasp on the tongs and dropped a tin can of liquid green wax, remnants of which can still be seen on the refrigerator, linoleum floor and my suede boots.
As the wax cools, a depression will form around the wick. Fill it with more wax until it is level. Allow the wax to dry thoroughly, then remove the candle from the mold. If you are using milk cartons, you can simply tear the paper away. For other molds, immerse the mold in hot water.
Magical candles should never be simply thrown away after their use—I believe this notion comes from the fact that once you have marked it as significant, you should continue to treat it that way. Folklore says you should dispose of remaining wax in a body of running water. But since that seems possibly bad for the environment, I recommend saving remnants of previous candles and combining them in one multi-colored candle which you could then burn for the healing of the earth.