There’s a workshop from 6-8pm tonight at City Hall in Waldport on the new signage regulations. No Wicca 101 tonight.
Yesterday we only got 0.2 inches of rain, but since midnight we’ve gotten an inch! It’s definitely a real winter storm out there, blowing rain in sheets, everything dripping and the trees thrashing. It’s 50F. We’re getting some decent wind, alright. It’s pretty steadily in the 30’s, but one gust a bit after 8am that rattled the house was listed as 60mph down in town, and there are reports all over of gusts up to 70.
Class went well yesterday morning, although they’re cutting us shorter and shorter. The young folks didn’t get there until past 10am and had to leave at 11:45. I headed straight up to the house and Hatch loaded as I packed, then we headed back down to the shop to get the rest, after which Tempus and Hatch headed for Marius and Rowan’s place. They got stuff set up and made sausage and got back 9-ish.
>>>> Jonquils in the shop planter >>>>>>
I spent the afternoon at the shop. There had been some folks shopping in the early part of the day, but it was pretty quiet during the afternoon and evening. I didn’t close until past 7pm because I had a fellow on a bike tour in reading.
<<<<<< needleroll pinned up <<<<<<<<<
I spent most of the afternoon sewing. I ironed a bunch of fabrics, cut circles for puff pin cushions, cut pouches and cut and stitched up a couple of needlerolls and the cut a forehead cloth to go with my coif.
>>>>> Two needlerolls stitched >>>>>>>
I got a bit of a nap and read for a little waiting for everyone to get home and we walked into a to-do with a couple of the folks that have been staying with us. Travis left tonight and Kyaara is supposed to be gone by Wednesday. Well… that’s sorted, anyway….
Tempus finally found some rennet! I finally figured out that I had seen it near the pudding and from my description of the packaging and the name, he found it! Hatch and I are planning to make cheese.
Today we’re all going to be at the shop. We have a mess that I created yesterday to sort out. I had to pull out a bunch of boxes of stuff to get at my fabrics. I’m hoping to get the work table cleared off, since I also want to make a couple of banners.
This is a wonderful rendition of an excerpt from one of my favorite pieces of music, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, the 4th movement. It’s a universal shout of joy and acceptance, a “Yes!” that you can’t mistake, from a man who had lost his hearing when music was his whole life. I weep with joy, just listening to it. …and to turn it into a flashmob? 🙂 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbJcQYVtZMo
Today is the feast of Apollo, the god of the sun and inspiration and the patron of the muses. He’s a rather distant god, brother of Artemis and a killer, rather than a hunter, supposedly for good reasons, but since he was the one that slew the Great Snake at Delphi and took over the shrine and its Pythonesses, I’m not sure I actually like him. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo He was Christianized into St. Vincent, but today’s saint is St. Apollonia of Alexandria who jumped into the fire on her own, after they pulled out all her teeth. Thus she is the patron saint of dentists….. There’s a marvelous little chapel in Prague in the Loreta where she has an altar that has a pair of cherubs on one side, one of whom has a pained expression on his face and hands over his mouth and the other is triumphantly holding up a pair of pliers and a bloody tooth! Roman narcissus, Narcissus romanus, is the plant that belongs both to the god and the saint, a double-ruffled narcissus.
Today’s plant is the double-ruffled Narcissus, also Called: Asphodel, Daffy Down Lily, Goose Leek, and Lent Lily. It is a member of hardy, spring-flowering bulbs. Close relatives (actually part of the family…) are jonquils and daffodils. They are native to Europe but all over in gardens and landscapes. Some of the plants in the family have medicinal uses, but the bulb is quite poisonous. Don’t experiment! – Apollo, Air, Feminine, Ostara – Helps promote polarity and harmony. Calming vibrations bring about tranquility and inner peace. Along with jonquils it is one of the best of the fertility charms. More on the genus, here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narcissus_(plant)
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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.
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.
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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
M 9 High 3:35 AM 7.4 7:25 AM Set 9:53 AM 80
~ 9 Low 9:57 AM 2.0 5:37 PM Rise 11:31 PM
~ 9 High 3:42 PM 6.2
~ 9 Low 9:46 PM 1.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Sometimes it doesn’t matter how good you are at something – it is how bad you want it.
~ I start where the last man left off. – Thomas Edison
~ A toothache, or a violent passion, is not necessarily diminished by our knowledge of its causes, its character, its importance or insignificance. – T. S. Eliot
~ What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
~ Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal. – Henry Ford
The Poets Calendar for September
I bear the Scales, where hang in equipoise
The night and day; and when unto my lips
I put my trumpet, with its stress and noise
Fly the white clouds like tattered sails of ships;
The tree-tops lash the air with sounding whips;
Southward the clamorous sea-fowl wing their flight;
The hedges are all red with haws and hips,
The Hunter’s Moon reigns empress of the night. – HW Longfellow (1807 – ’82)
Take a Medicine Walk – How To – Adapted from The Findhorn Book of Connecting with Nature, by John R. Stowe (Findhorn Books, 2003).
One of the oldest ways that human beings have sought insight and self-awareness is by turning to the living world. The medicine walk is a simple technique to help you do the same. Traditionally, the medicine walk might last a full day or longer and include fasting from food in order to increase personal clarity. But you can learn the process in a much shorter time–even under an hour–and get satisfying results. And you can always consider doing a more extensive version in the future.
Learn the simple principles of the medicine walk, here:
- Place. For your medicine walk, go to a natural area that feels strongly inviting. It’s better to be away from human activity as much as possible, but if that isn’t possible, do what you can. Before you begin, take some time to get centered and aligned both inside yourself and with your surroundings. Focus your intention by following your breath until you feel quiet and ready. Tune in to the energy of the place and ask it–verbally or silently–if it would be willing to help you. The positive feeling you get in response will be your sign to continue. If you have any doubt about the response, choose another place that feels really good.
- Intention. The most important part of your medicine walk is the clarity of your intention. To set your intention clearly, think of a question around which you’d like insight. IT could relate to any area of your life. The more specific you make your question, the clearer the answer you’ll get.
When you’ve chosen your question, turn your attention back to the living environment around you. Either aloud or silently, ask this place and the creatures within it to help you gain insight around your question. Say the question aloud, at least once, to help yourself be as clear as possible.
- Listen. When you feel ready, start to walk. Take all the time you like. Keeping silent will help you to maintain your focus on the question.
As you walk, release any expectations about what you think you should find. Follow your impulses and let them guide you to whatever calls you. When something attracts your attention, sit with it. See what it has to share with you about your question. How do you feel when you’re with it? What insights come to you?
The medicine walk draws on your imagination and symbolic awareness. The answers you receive probably won’t come verbally or literally. Instead, approach this communication as you might approach a dream of a painting. Let it speak to the intuitive, nonverbal parts of your awareness.
Example: Randy talked about the trees: “The trees all felt so self-contained. None of them seemed to have any question about whether they were doing things right or whether they had a right to be there. I realized I might try to be that way myself and just do what feels right instead of worrying what people say all the time.”
- Gratitude. When you feel complete with your medicine walk, take a few moments to thank the place for the insights you’ve received. If you like, use a simple, symbolic gesture to communicate your gratitude. This helps to complete your process and lets you return to the rest of your life with greater clarity. Breathe consciously and take a few moments to re-center yourself before you return to normal awareness.
If you’ve received answers, write them into your Nature journal. If your experience was less focused, record it anyway. In either case, allow yourself to stay open. Sometimes, the most dramatic insights come to people after they’ve completed their medicine walk–either in dreams or at other times. – From Kelly at We Are Woman We Are Goddess