It’s a drippy morning again. After last year’s weird dryness this feels much more normal. 48F. The wind is quiet with the occasional gust that makes everything thrash for a moment. After the early day dry patch we still got an inch of rain. I think I may have heard peepers last night. It was a faint sound and with the rain drumming down, I’m not sure.
We got a lot of cleaning done during the day at the shop, although as Tempus started pulling stuff to go to storage it got weird up front. We had some folks in shopping, but this has been a slow week.
By 6pm Temps had a load in the car and it was pouring. We headed home and ate and then I worked on this year’s feast cookbook. We did some small chores in the evening and I got a bath.
Today we have chores to do, but we’re starting slowly. There’s laundry and kitchen work. I have to box up some of the foods from yesterday to freeze and I’m going to make a soup from the caboges and other leftovers. We’re heading for Newport this evening with some friends, meeting up at Flashbacks.
A poem by William Martin – http://www.davidlose.net/2014/02/make-the-ordinary-come-alive/
Today’s Plant is Evening primrose, Oenothera species, sometimes called Sundrop or Suncup in Oregon. The young roots can be eaten like a peppery-flavored vegetable and the shoots can be used in salad. It can be used in poultices for wound-healing and to ease bruises. (Sun…it’s drying) Clinical trials don’t support the traditional uses for treatment of PMS (particularly bloating and water retention) or cervical ripening in pregnancy, but one of the varieties has promise as a treatment for breast cancer. – Masculine, Sun, Fire – This herb is often called the King’s Cure-all, used by a ruler to cure scrofula. It has powers of healing, particularly for drying “wet” wounds or injuries. It can be used in sleep sachets (especialy for people who have problems with fluid in the lungs at night) , and for spells to cure (or cause) alcoholism.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evening_primrose
Feast day of St Henry, Bishop of Uppsala (St Henry of England; Henry of Finland; Henry of Sweden; Henrik; Heikki; Piispa Henrik) Henry was the English-born bishop of Uppsala, Finland, who was martyred on January 20, 1156 by a Finnish soldier (or wealthy landowner) named Lalli whom he had just excommunicated for murdering a Swedish soldier. Legend says that Lalli had a long life – continually tormented by mice as a penance for his attack. More information here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry,_Bishop_of_Uppsala
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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.
Aldebaran and the Moon – Tuesday, January 19, 10 p.m. EST. – The moon will occult the bright star Aldebaran as seen from most of North America . The exact time will vary depending on your location. See the time-prediction maps in the January Sky & Telescope, page 49. You can also get local timetables for the star’s disappearance and reappearance. The Moon will be 82% sunlit.
Jupiter (magnitude –2.3, between Leo and Virgo) rises in the east around 9 or 10 p.m., shines highest in the south around 3 or 4 a.m., and moves over to dominate the southwestern sky by early dawn. It’s on its way to opposition March 8th.
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
Tu 19 Low 1:43 AM 2.7 7:47 AM Set 3:27 AM 70
~ 19 High 8:04 AM 8.5 5:07 PM Rise 1:39 PM
~ 19 Low 3:15 PM 0.3
~ 19 High 9:36 PM 6.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Entertain your inner child….build a fort with blankets..get wet.
~ Be not afraid of changing slowly; be afraid only of standing still. – Chinese Proverb
~ Deity is a reflection of the divine within you. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Patience & Diligence, like faith, remove mountains. – William Penn
~ Become the alchemist, the catalyst, work magick on yourself, transforming your raw character into steel that can be wielded to transform your future into gold. – Kerr Cuhulain
Eskimos had over two hundred different words for snow, without which their conversation would probably have got very monotonous. So they would distinguish between thin snow and thick snow, light snow and heavy snow, sludgy snow, brittle snow, snow that came in flurries, snow that came in drifts, snow that came in on the bottom of your neighbor’s boots all over your nice clean igloo floor, the snows of winter, the snows of spring, the snows you remember from your childhood that were so much better than any of your modern snow, fine snow, feathery snow, hill snow, valley snow, snow that falls in the morning, snow that falls at night, snow that falls all of a sudden just when you were going out fishing, and snow that despite all your efforts to train them, the huskies have pissed on. – Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Ceremony for Candlemas Eve
Down with the Rosemary and Bayes
Down with the Mistletoe
Instead of Holly, now upraise
The greener Box (for Show).
The Holly hitherto did sway
Let Box now domineer;
Until the dancing Easter-day
Or Easter’s Eve appear.
The youthful box, which now hath grace
Your houses to renew,
Grown old, surrender must his place
Unto the crisped yew.
When yew is out, then birch comes in,
And many flowers beside,
Both of a fresh and fragrant kin,
To honor Whitsuntide.
Green rushes then, and sweetest bents,
With cooler oaken boughs,
Come in for comely ornaments
To re-adorn the house.
Thus times do shift, thus times do shift;
Each thing his turn does hold;
New things succeed, new things succeed,
As former things grow old. – Robert Herrick (1591-1674)
Blessed be this season of Imbolc
Mother Earth stirs from Her long sleep.
Everything is waiting for spring.
This is the season of purification, a renewing of life.
At this time and in this place between the worlds,
I come to the Lady that I may gain counsel.
I know my path is within your keeping.
Guide me in the year to come
As there is a renewal within the plants and animals,
so shall there be renewal in my life.
Great Goddess give my life good health, happiness, prosperity
And magical power.
I honor you. By Amber Rain
Priestess – We stand at the crossroads of the year where Brigid will meet us. If we ask, she will guide us.
The Priest takes the basket of rosemary branches and gives an even-numbered amount to each participant along with a length of white yarn.
Priest – To make Brigid’s cross, take one branch in each hand. Lay one branch perpendicular to the other, creating an equal-armed cross. Wrap the yarn over and under at the center to secure them. While you work, let your mind roam freely and think of yourself approaching a crossroads. When you arrive, Brigid is standing in the middle. She points to one of the roads. When you finish making your cross, close your eyes and hold it between your hands. Meditate on the path Brigid pointed out for you. Let this path inspire you; let it bring you to a place of beauty. Let these thoughts and images flow into the cross you hold. As you hold the vision of the crossroads in your mind, it may feel appropriate to stand or move around the circle.
The Priestess or other designated participant may drum a steady rhythm.
When everyone has finished their cross and had a chance to meditate or move around the circle, bring the drumming to stillness.
Silliness – Smart Joke # 12. Boy I tell ya, entropy ain’t what it used to be. – http://higherperspectives.com/jokes-for-intellectuals/?c=cleo&ts_pid=2&ts_pid=2