Yesterday was *so* much fun! I hurt today, a lot, but it was so worth it! We ran late. <sigh> I didn’t get to Marcus’ until noon, when I hoped to be there by 10. …but there were enough bodies to set up and load it and it just went from there!
<<<< Marcus being weird with the paper pulp mixer. 🙂 <<<
It’s been marvelous having Hatch here and having Amor home for the week has been a marvelous bonus. They worked their tukas’ off yesterday and other than one meltdown I survived. 🙂
So today is cleanup day. I’m going to be at the shop. I hurt, but I should be able to straighten things… I hope. Also a student from Medford is going to stop at the shop before heading home and we’re going to work on some embroidery.
>>>>>>>> Hacky-Choppy >>>>>>>>>>>
Tempus, Hatch and Amor are all heading for Marcus’ to clean up from the weekend. There are tables to take down, tapestries to fold, tablecloths to bag for laundry. There are dishes to wash and foods to pack into the ice chest. There are utensils that have gotten mixed up and I’m worried that some will have gotten mixed with Rowan’s. Well, we’ll get it sorted out.
Today’s Plant is the Blueberry, Vaccinium Cyanococcus (many species/varieties)! This is a fruiting bush that is related to cranberries, huckleberries and bilberries, has many species within the genus and many varieties within the species. Many fruits are called blueberries, when they’re not Vaccinium. Widely cultivated across the world, the fruit is high in iron and lot of micronutrients and even has resveratrol like red grapes. It may have effects on brain health, reducing strokedamage in experimental animals and memory retention in the aged. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blueberry – Put blueberries under the doormat to keep people you don’t want out of the house or plant them along the property line or next to the front walk to keep them entirely off your property. Blossoms can be dried and carried in an amulet, or wear fresh ones in your hair for protection from negative psychic energy near you. Eat blueberries and/or make blueberry pie or tea or jam to get the protection from psychic attack inside you, especially if the effects are leading to headaches and fatigue.
Today has been proposed as a Wear Purple to Support the Kyoto Protocol day. There’s a lot of misinformation floating around about this effort to reduce climate changing greenhouse gasses, especially carbon dioxide. Here’s the Wiki article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyoto_Protocol “I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that.” – Thomas Alva Edison; in conversation with Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone (1931)
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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. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 2/17 at 3:47am.
The Winter Triangle, or rather one side of it, is also part of a much bigger asterism: the Winter Hexagon. This fills the sky toward the southeast and south these nights. Start with brilliant Sirius at its bottom. Going clockwise from there, march through Procyon, Pollux and Castor, Capella very high, Aldebaran over to Capella’s lower right, down to Rigel in Orion’s foot, and back to Sirius.
The eclipsing variable star Algol >>>> will be at its minimum light, magnitude 3.4 instead of its usual 2.1 (in other words a third of its normal brightness) for a couple hours centered on 12:19 a.m. Tuesday morning EST (9:19 p.m. Monday evening PST). Algol takes several additional hours to fade and to rebrighten.
Venus (magnitude –3.9) and Mars (less than 1% as bright, at magnitude +1.2) are drawing close together in the west-southwest during evening twilight. The gap between them diminishes this week from 4° on the 13th (when Mars is on top) to 0.4° at their conjunction on the evening of Saturday the 21st (with Mars just to Venus’s upper right). On Friday the 20th, the crescent Moon joins them to make a beautiful bunch.
Comet Lovejoy is still 5th magnitude, high in the evening sky for binoculars and telescopes. See Comet Lovejoy Shines On.
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
Goddess Month of of Moura, runs from 2/20-3/19
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17
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
M 16 Low 3:51 AM 2.9 7:15 AM Rise 5:17 AM 14
~ 16 High 9:48 AM 8.5 5:46 PM Set 3:29 PM
~ 16 Low 4:49 PM -0.6
~ 16 High 11:14 PM 7.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Count your age with friends, not with years.
~ I never forget a face, but in your case I’ll be glad to make an exception. – Groucho Marx
~ I don’t need a lot of money. Simplicity is the answer for me. – Linda Eastman McCartney (1942-1998) US photographer
~ If slaughterhouses had glass walls the whole world would be vegetarian. – Linda Eastman McCartney (1942-1998) US photographer
~ When you win, nothing hurts. – Joe Namath
THE PROUD MAIDEN
I was very proud to wear a snood
Beaded with pearls, ’round my hair
Gold on my fingers and ears,
And beautiful velvets to wear.
I sat on ‘broidered cushions so soft
With a tiny kitten curled on my knee
Nibbling daintily on sweetmeats,
And drinking the spiciest tea.
I thought my life was measured out
For luxuriant riches and more,
Servants to tend to my every need
And guards to watch after my door.
I was an example of quiet piety
And every day I went to mass,
Never I guessed and never I knew
That my comfort would not last.
My father was a wealthy merchant-lord
And my mother had since passed on
And I as the only child of theirs
Was to inherit their lands all alone.
One day with my head held high with pride
I passed a young knight on the stairs,
His beauty did flash and ensnare me,
And I was all caught unawares, unawares.
My father took my hand in the hall,
And gifted it to an older man,
The father of he who had ensnared me,
(The most beautiful youth in the land).
Never had a wish been denied me!
I fell senseless to the floor,
And the youth bathed my head with water
While my heart broke apart at the core.
Now I still wear my pearled snood
And sit on my cushions so fine
And the kittens gambol on the carpets
And my fingers like daggers, entwine.
My pride had kept me from knowing
My beauty’s worth was only a prize
My heart did not matter at all in life,
Or the tears that fall hard from my eyes.
Ah! The tears that fall from my eyes. – © 2005, Beth Johnson (Mystic Amazon)
Herbs & Flowers – lily of the valley, tansy, lavender, marjoram, jasmine, crocus flowers, daffodils, Irish moss, snowdrops, and ginger, daffodil, jonquils, woodruff, violet, gorse, olive, peony, iris, narcissus and all spring flowers, acorns, celadine, cinquefoil, dandelion, dogwood, rose, tansy, honeysuckle
Colors – lemon yellow, pale green and pale pink, silver, grass green, all pastels, Robin’s egg blue, violet, and white. light green,
Offerings – bread and cakes, eggs, first fruits of the season.
Deities – Cernunnos, Druantia, Corn Maiden, Attis, Eastre, Persephone, Nerthus, Asherah
Deities: Diana, Artemis
Stones – aquamarine, rose quartz, and moonstone.
Gemstones: amethyst, aquamarine, bloodstone and red jasper.
Animals – rabbits and snakes.
Mythical beasts – unicorns, merpeople, and pegasus.
make a blend from any of the following scents or simply choose one… jasmine, frankincense, myrrh, dragon’s blood, cinnamon, nutmeg, aloes wood, benzoin, musk, African violet, sage, strawberry, lotus, violet flowers, orange peel, rose or rose petals.
Symbols – eggs, rabbits, spring flowers, green and yellow jellybeans
Candles – gold, green and yellow
Foods – eggs, egg salad, hard-boiled eggs, honey cakes, first fruits of the season, fish, cakes, biscuits, cheeses, honey and ham. May also include foods made of seeds, such as sunflower, pumpkin and sesame seeds, as well as pine nuts. Sprouts are equally appropriate, as are leafy, green vegetables, leafy greens, dairy foods, flower dishes.