I spent most of the day working out details on the feast. Tempus was at the shop working with customers and finishing up with lighting the display cases.
Today Tempus has headed for the store to do the shopping and is supposed to be back in time to get me to the shop. We’ll be sorting some stuff down there and then he’ll head home, I think, at least for awhile.
Interesting debate, even if predictable.
Today’s plant is Partridge Berry, (Mitchella repens) – Caution: There are similar-looking berries that are deadly. Don’t wildcraft unless you’re certain. Common Names: Squaw Vine. Description: Evergreen. Woodland Creeper. This vine flowers in Spring with fragrant white trumpet-shaped flowers. The vine grows about 6 to 12″ high, creeping through moss around old tree stumps. The leaves are thick, very shiny, and heart-shaped. In the Fall, bright scarlet berries form that last all winter, unless they are eaten by birds and deer. They are tasteless, but can serve as a survival food. Partridge berries grow wild in bogs and barrens. They store, cook, and freeze perfectly and they have a beautiful, deep red colour. Used as a women’s medicine to promote easy childbirth (don’t use until the last minute as another use is an abortifacient!) sometimes in tea or a jelly form and also for urinary disorders. – Feminine, Earth, Saturn, – Carry leaves in a sachet of green cloth to help with “female trouble” of all sorts, except during pregnancy. Add a piece of red jasper, if possible. In the last week of pregnancy carry dried flowers or berries in a red cloth sachet to ease childbirth. Carry dried berries in orange cloth to ease mucous discharges and to help with nervous irritability.
The Sapporo Snow Festival is neither ancient, nor religious, but it’s *fun*! It started in 1950 and has grown to a big event that brings sculptors from all over to participate. This pictures is some of the ice sculptures. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sapporo_Snow_Festival Pictures here: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Sapporo_Snow_Festival
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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 2/18 at 3:47pm. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. , Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 2/11 at 7:50pm.
<<< Orion <<< strides high in the southeastern sky after dusk, with his three-star belt pointing down toward brilliant Sirius, the Dog Star. The bright trio of Sirius, Betelgeuse high above in Orion’s shoulder, and Procyon to their left form the big, equilateral Winter Triangle. Compared to the Summer Triangle, this one is brighter, more shapely, and more colorful.
Have you been keeping an eye on bright Venus >>>> and faint little Mars >>>> at dusk? Watch as they move nearer each other every day. They’ll reach conjunction, just 0.4° apart, on the 21st. Venus (magnitude –3.9) and Mars (less than 1% as bright at magnitude +1.2) pose in the west-southwest during evening twilight. They’re near the border of Pisces and Aquarius. The gap between them diminishes this week from 7° to 4°.
Friday, Feb. 6–Friday, Feb. 20, after evening twilight. Look to the south of west, just above Venus and Mars, for the faint zodiacal light, reflected from interplanetary matter along the ecliptic (marked by green line). Don’t confuse it with the brighter Milky Way to the northwest.
Credit: Starry Night software
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. Runic half-month of Sowulo/ Sigel, 2/12-26 It represents the power of the force of good throughout the world and is the harbinger of victory and ascendancy over darkness.
©2015 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
Sa 7 High 2:32 AM 7.4 7:27 AM Set 8:58 AM 92
~ 7 Low 8:32 AM 2.1 5:34 PM Rise 9:33 PM
~ 7 High 2:16 PM 7.2
~ 7 Low 8:42 PM 0.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – When You are at the end of Your rope tie a big knot and hang on!
Journal Prompt – Expository – Write about someone you know who grew up in a culture that is different from your own. What do you like about that person? What is different or unique about that person? What about them is similar to you?
~ Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody expects of you. Never excuse yourself. – Henry Ward Beecher
~ I live on hope and that I think do all Who come into this world. – Robert Bridges (1844-1930) English writer
~ But he that dare not grasp the thorn should never crave the rose. – Anne Bronte
~ Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen. – Dominique Brown
The Rainbow Bridge (inspired by a Norse legend)
By the edge of a woods, at the foot of a hill,
Is a lush, green meadow where time stands still.
Where the friends of man and woman do run,
When their time on earth is over and done.
For here, between this world and the next,
Is a place where each beloved creature finds rest.
On this golden land, they wait and they play,
Till the Rainbow Bridge they cross over one day.
No more do they suffer, in pain or in sadness,
For here they are whole, their lives filled with gladness.
Their limbs are restored, their health renewed,
Their bodies have healed, with strength imbued.
They romp through the grass, without even a care,
Until one day they start, and sniff at the air.
All ears prick forward, eyes dart front and back,
Then all of a sudden, one breaks from the pack.
For just at that instant, their eyes have met;
Together again, both person and pet.
So they run to each other, these friends from long past,
The time of their parting is over at last.
The sadness they felt while they were apart,
Has turned into joy once more in each heart.
They embrace with a love that will last forever,
And then, side-by-side, they cross over… together.
© 1998 Steve and Diane Bodofsky. All Rights Reserved.
May the Longtime Sun Shine
This song was written by Robin Williamson to music by Yogi Bhajan and recorded by the Incredible String Band in the 1960’s. It seemed appropriate to me because of the warming and opening imagery in the lyrics. The musical notation comes from Kate Marks Circle of Song.
She Will Bring the Buds in Spring
The music for this song comes from Kate Mark’s Circle of Song. Helen Farias suggests singing this faster and faster with each verse but ending with a slow rendition of the first line.
For she will bring the buds in the Spring
And laugh among the flowers.
In Summer’s heat, her kisses are sweet,
She sings in leafy bowers.
She cuts the cane and gathers the grain
When the fruits of Fall surround Her.
Her bones grow old in wintery cold,
She wraps her cloak around Her.
Silliness – Potato
Not long ago I met the waitress of my dreams.
About halfway through dinner I called the waitress over and said, “Ma’am, this potato is bad.”
She nodded, picked up the potato and smacked it. Then she put it back on my plate and said, “Sir, if that potato causes any more trouble, you just let me know.”