50F and bright instead of gloomy. There’ve only been a few sunbreaks, but it’s not that thick dark that we’ve had for several days. We got 1.3 inches of rain yesterday! That’s one heck of a lot of water!
I had a fun day yesterday! Well, I love to cook and a quantity of yummy stuff makes me happy. Yesterday morning I got up and got the newsletter out and then started in. Carrots and lima beans were already going, so I degreased the broth for the cabbage, added saffron and bread crumbs to thicken and then set that to cook. (When it was done we decided it was ok, but needed salt.) I finished the hot crab dish (which turned out awesome!) and then made laganum, which is a tortilla-type patty made with spelt flour.
By then Tempus was already at the shop, putting away some of the holiday stuff. Marius came to pick me up once he was done shopping and we set up our feast on the work table in back. Willow made a pottage and a spice cake and we had those with bread, cheese, olives and the yummy things that I’ve been talking about.
We sat around, stuffed, and talked until well past 7pm, then cleaned up and headed home. Tempus and I fell into bed within minutes and slept. I woke around midnight and processed some pictures and then went back to bed.
…and just realized it’s well past 10:30! I gotta get out the door!
Ken Gagne oystercatchers in Yachats from 01/16/16
The local larkspurs, delphinium trollifolium, and delphinium pavonaceum (which the Wiki article says is confined to the Valley, but I’ve collected out here….) are pretty flowers in shade of white, blue and purple. They’re called delphiniums after the shape of the nectary. More here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delphinium_trolliifolium and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delphinium_pavonaceum Other names are Larksheal and Staggerweed – Feminine, Venus, Water – The flowers frighten away venomous creatures and ghosts. Sprinkle between your eyes and a Litha fire to keep your sight clear. Use in rituals to call upon Dolphin energy.
Today is the feast day of Hera, queen of the gods of Olympus and wife of Zeus. Her worship probably derives from the earlier forms of the Great Goddess and her name quite possibly is the female form of the word “hero”. Her symbols were peacocks, pomegranates and poppy. More here:http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/book/jan18.html and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hera
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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 1/23 at 5:46pm. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 1/22 at 5:46am.
Jupiter’s outer big moon, Callisto, disappears into eclipse by Jupiter’s shadow — slowly, gradually — around 12:32 a.m. Tuesday morning EST; 10:32 p.m. Monday evening MST.
Bright Capella high overhead, and equally bright Rigel in Orion‘s foot, are at almost the same right ascension. This means they cross your sky’s north-south meridian at almost the same time (around 9 or 10 p.m. now, depending on how far east or west you live in your time zone). So whenever Capella passes its very highest, Rigel marks true south over your landscape.
Mars (magnitude +1.1, in eastern Virgo), glows high in the south in early dawn. This week it moves from 13° to 17° left of Spica, its twin for brightness but not for color!
Goddess Month of Hestia runs from 12/26 – 1/22
Goddess Month of of Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Celtic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20, Beith – (BEH), birch
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17, Luis (LWEESH)/rowan
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
M 18 Low 12:34 AM 2.2 7:47 AM Set 2:20 AM 59
~ 18 High 7:05 AM 8.4 5:06 PM Rise 12:55 PM
~ 18 Low 2:10 PM 0.9
~ 18 High 8:19 PM 5.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I accept peace, love, and mastery in all aspects of life.
~ A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin. – H. L. Mencken (1880-1956) US writer
~ Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it. – Russell Baker
~ All we need is the truth in our hand. Someone to call a friend. Never fear the darkness. All we need is just the sun in the sky. And the hope of a summer to come with the meaning of love. – Unknown
~ If you aren’t fire with enthusiasm, you will be fired, with enthusiasm. – Vince Lombardi
The wisdom that we need to solve our problems lies encoded in the depths of our unconscious minds–but it must be evoked by elders who reveal our potential. Throughout history elders have served as beloved pathfinders, beckoning us to enter the province of old age in anticipation of growing strength and usefulness to society. – Roshi Joan Halifax
Bride’s Bouquet Sachets (Brigid)
Imbolc Potpourri (you made this a couple of weeks ago, right?)
- 1 Yard White Netting Material
- Yellow and Pink 1/8″ width Ribbon
Potpourri is made with:
- 1/2 cup dried basil
- 1/2 cup dried chopped bay leaves,
- 1 cup dried Heather flowers
- 1 cup dried Violets
- 1 cup dried white or pink rosebuds
Blend together in non-metal bowl. Cut netting material into 4″x4″ squares. Lay out squares on a flat surface. Place 1 heaping tablespoon of potpourri in the middle of each square. Pull up all the corners to the middle of the potpourri and gather the excess material until potpourri is caught in a “bag”. Give bag on twist to the right and tie off with yellow or pink ribbon. Use enough ribbon to make a small bow in the front of the sachet. Tell children how these sachets were exchanged as symbols of good luck and fertility.
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Imbolc Priapic Wand – Source unknown
Children will love the sound of this magical wand as they walk about pointing and shaking it at plants and trees, invoking them to wake up from Winter’s sleep to witness the union of the Bride and the Lord of the Forest.
**PARENTAL SUPERVISION REQUIRED!**
- Small Tree Branch
- Thin Brown String or Thread
- Yellow, Green, and Gold 1/4″ Ribbon
- Small Gold/Silver Jingle Bells.
- Select a small branch about 1/2″ to 3/4″ in diameter.
- Cut top end flat.
- Approx. 1/2″ below top score a groove (parents only) with a sharp knife.
- Take 1′ long piece of string/thread and tie in groove.
- Take another 1′ piece of thread and tie in groove on opposite side of branch.
- Place acorn at top of branch (flat end) and adhere with some glue.
- Now pull the string up over the cap and wind once around acorn.
- Repeat with all 3 other pieces of string.
- Pull strings back down to the groove in the branch and tie off. This will hold the acorn in place.
- Decorate the branch by wrapping it with the ribbons, leaving enough length at top for streamers.
- Tie gold/silver jingle bells to the ends of the ribbons.
- For smaller children, thread the bells onto the ribbon while wrapping the branch.
Tell the children about how the acorn-wand is a symbol of the Lord of the Forest, and how this magical wand helps the sleeping plants and animals wake up and prepare for Spring.
Brigit’s Bed – (For Imbolc) – http://members.aol.com/ivycleartoes/bed.html
- Basket, wood box, or doll cradle
- Padding to make receptacle like a bed
- Figure to represent the goddess Brigit
- Figure to represent the god (any god)
- Nuts (optional)
Dress up the basket, box, or cradle like a bed, and make it comfortable. Put it by the fireplace or the most desirable, warm spot in the house, as if you were waiting for a visitor to lie in it. Make a figurine to represent Brigit; this can be made with a bundle of oats, rushes, straw, or any grain or craft material fashioned into a loop or slightly human shape, and can be simple or ornate, and even can be decorated with clothes of any sort, preferably white with red ribbons. (One traditional adornment is a sparkling crystal around her neck.) You can make a god figurine by making a fruitwood wand with a pinecone attached to the end, decorated with ribbons, or any male-oriented symbol that works for you.
Place the Brigit’s Bed in the most inviting, warmest place in the house and imagine that you will really be visited by Brigit, the night before or night of Imbolc. Leave an aromatic, hot snack out for her by the bed. As you invite the spirit of the goddess to inhabit the bed, ask for her blessings of fertility and healing. Put the dolly in the bed, and offer the company of the god-wand. For an extra ounce of fertility blessing, the wand can be crossed like an X over the dolly to form the Norse rune Gifu. Add nuts to the bed to stimulate fertility. Use the Brigit dolly as a talisman of protection and fertility through the winter, and either recycle her for Lughnasadh or return her to the earth if she is made of grain.