Something got the bird seed ball that we had hanging up last night. I thought I heard something out there during the night, but couldn’t see anything when I looked. It was the first thing that I noticed this morning, though.
Yesterday was a long day. I spent most of the day slogging through newsletter stuff, not even touching the writing that I wanted to do. In the late morning Tempus and I went into Newport. He got the car looked at. $500 at the least, but they’re pretty certain what the problem is and the part has been ordered. He’ll take the car back into Newport this afternoon.
I’m hoping to do some sewing today. I was supposed to last night while Tempus was on his paper route, but my back was giving me too much trouble.
A photo from yesterday by Ken Gagne in Yaquina Bay of the Tabitha being given the Seal of Approval (says Tempus). Ken says it’s their new security system. 🙂
Today’s plant is Candy Flower, Claytonia siberica, also called, Siberian Spring Beauty, Siberian Miner’s Lettuce or Pink Purslane) is a flowering plant in the family Montiaceae, native to Siberia and western North America. A synonym is Montia sibirica. The plant was introduced into the United Kingdom by the 18th century where it has become very widespread. It is similar to Miner’s Lettuce in properties, but not as edible. – Feminine, Moon, Water, – Sprinkling it inside the home brings happiness, so it’s good in floor washes or new home blessings. Carry it with you for luck and to protect from violence. Put it into sleep pillows or add to a dream catcher to keep away nightmares. I’ve actually slipped it between the mattress and sheets for this purpose. This one is also a spirit-lifter. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claytonia_sibirica
Tri králové is the name of this feast day in the Czech Republic. Children dress up as the Kings and visit neighbors to raise money for charities, often for children in need. (Trick or Treat for Unicef?) This is also “Chicken Step Day”, the day the sun takes a chicken step back into the sky and the end of the holiday season.
Turisi – Procines (January) 6 – This is the holiday of the bull, Jar-tur, a symbol of the strong power of life and fertility. People today celebrate this day by donning masks, parading and imitating the Great Bull. Younger and older folk alike join in playing games of enjoyment, called “Turisi”. This also ends the New Year holiday.
The Days of Volos – Procines (January) 1-6 – These moonlit and frosty nights have a name: The Holiday of the Wolves. These days are set aside for the worship of the God of pets and of cattle, whose name is Volos. We give our thanks for the animals on these days, which bring food and sustenance to our homes from ancient times. We also defend them from the ravenous wolves which attack. (Slavic Pagan Calendar)
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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 1/8. 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 1/8 at 5:31am.
On Thursday morning the 7th, the waning crescent Moon stands left of Venus, Saturn, and Antares low in the southeast, as shown here.
<<< Algol should be at its minimum light, magnitude 3.4 instead of its usual 2.1, for a couple hours centered on 10:31 p.m. EST.
The thinning crescent Moon in the dawn will pair with Venus on the 7th, before occulting Venus in broad daylight that day for much of North America.
Neptune (magnitude +7.9, in Aquarius) is getting low in the southwest right after dark.
Goddess Month of Hestia runs from 12/26 – 1/22
Celtic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20, Beith – (BEH), birch
Runic half-month of Eihwaz/Eoh 12/28-1/11 Represents the dead, and the yew tree, sacred to Winter shamanism. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books Runic half-month of Perdhro/ Peorth, 1/12-1/27. – Feast of Brewing, Druidic, Source: The Phoenix and Arabeth 1992 Calendar.
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Celtic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20, Beith – (BEH), birch – The silver birch (Betula pendula Roth) is the most common tree birch in much of Europe. It grows up to 30 m (100 feet) high, but is more often found in spreading clumps on sandy soils. It is one of the first trees to colonize an area after a mature forest is cut; this is probably a large part of its symbolic connection with new beginnings. It is cultivated in North America, often under the name of weeping birch. The three trees in my front yard form root sprouts that would take over the bed where they are planted if I didn’t cut them back. The common birch (B. pubescens Ehrh.) is almost as widespread as the silver birch, but grows primarily on acid or peaty soils. It can reach 20 m (65 feet) in height. Birches are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae). Curtis Clark
Beth – Birch – Ogam letter correspondences
Meaning: New Beginnings; Changes; Purification.
Phagos – Beech Ogam letter correspondences to study this month
Letter: PH, IO
Meaning: New experiences and information coming
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
W 6 Low 3:14 AM 3.3 7:52 AM Rise 4:28 AM 18
~ 6 High 9:20 AM 8.0 4:52 PM Set 2:31 PM
~ 6 Low 4:30 PM 0.5
~ 6 High 10:53 PM 6.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Great ideas need landing gear as well as wings.
Journal Prompt – Auto-Biographical narrative – What safety lessons did you receive when you were younger? Write a few paragraphs describing a memorable one and how it affected you. Auto-Biographical narrative – What safety lessons did you receive when you were younger? Write a few paragraphs describing a memorable one and how it affected you. Alternate – What safety lesson have you had to teach that actually saved a life or directly helped someone avoid injury?
~ What makes a river so restful to people is that it doesn’t have any doubt – it is sure to get where it is going, and it doesn’t want to go anywhere else. – Hal Boyle
~ A man knows when he is growing old because he begins to look like his father. – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
~ Argue for your limitations and sure enough they’re yours. Are you holding yourself back? – Dominique Brown
~ A good politician is quite as unthinkable as an honest burglar. – H. L. Mencken (1880-1956) US writer
Declaration of Interdependence
- Human progress having reached a high level through respect for the liberty and dignity of men, it has become desirable to re-affirm these evident truths:
- That differences of race, color, and creed are natural, and that diverse groups, institutions, and ideas are stimulating factors in the development of man;
- That to promote harmony in diversity is a responsible task of religion and statesmanship;
- That since no individual can express the whole truth, it is essential to treat with understanding and good will those whose views differ from our own;
- That by the testimony of history intolerance is the door to violence, brutality and dictatorship; and
- That the realization of human interdependence and solidarity is the best guard of civilization. – William James Durant; from ‘Declaration of Interdependence’ (1945), introduced into the US Congressional Record on October 1, 1945
Potpourri for Candlemas
- 45 drops myrrh oil
- 1 cup of oak
- 2 cups dried heather flowers
- 2 cups dried wisteria
- 1 cup dried yellow tulip petals
- cup dried basil
- cup dried and chopped bay leaves
- mix all ingredients in large jar or other lidded container.
- shake often until it has cured to your taste.
- A paper plate
- Yellow construction paper
- Glue (or a stapler)
- Crayons, paint or markers
- Googly eyes (optional)
- Paint the back side of a paper plate yellow.
- Trace a child’s hand on yellow construction paper about 7 times.
- Cut out the tracings.
- Glue or staple the handprint tracings to the paper plate – the fingers are the sun’s rays.
- Color in the sun, drawing a mouth and a nose. Either draw the eyes or glue on googly eyes.
Laminated Window Hangings for Imbolc
you will need:
– lined paper
– laminating paper
– Imbolc cookie cutters(the big ones)
– scissors & a single hole punch
– a pencil
what to do:
- Lightly trace the shapes of candles, babies, a Triple Moon or other Imbolc figures with your pencil.
- Cut out those shapes with scissors.
- Colour in the shapes with your crayons lightly.
- Laminate the shapes with laminate paper, and cut off the excess edges, leave about 3mm extra laminate paper.
- Punch a hole through the top of the shape and hang it up in your window.