56F and breezy. It’s solidly overcast and the bottom layer is at 900 feet which makes it feel pretty close. I’m watching a sparrow on the seed ball which is down to about a 1/4 of its original size. I got the string into this one properly or it wouldn’t still be holding up.
Yesterday was my first day back at the shop. I had an appointment for 4 readings all back to back and got them done. Tempus and I were doing paperwork for several hours after that, then we closed up, ran up to the clinic to get some paperwork and headed for the Women’s Clinic in Newport while Tempus went to Freddie’s.
The appointment was fairly short, but Tempus was still shopping, so I sat outside in the cool (60F!) cloudy afternoon and just drifted. They were digging up the Chevron station across the way, putting in new tanks, and the clonks and hoot and backing beeps were an interesting punctuation to birdsong and traffic.
By the time Tempus got there I was back inside, as the afternoon temp had started to drop. We went straight home, forgetting to go back to the shop after my basket and such, but I was tired enough to fall straight into bed and sleep for 2 1/2 hours! When I got up Tempus had made an awesome salad and I did paperwork for the rest of the evening.
I’m not sure what all we’re doing today, although I know the kitchen stuff needs to be worked on. Some bales of boxes are comign today and I’m going to start the “sort into sets” of all the various bits and pieces, hopefully packing the “keepsies” in the living room, at the least.
Today’s Plant is the Linden Tree, tilia species. It is also called lime tree (no relation to the fruit) and basswood. It is the national tree of many countries, particularly in Central Europe, (the Czech Republic!) where at one time it was sacred and councils met at the sacred linden, just as in the British Isles they met at an oak. The wood is widely used for carving and for guitars. The inner bark of the tree has been used in making fabric. The flowers, which smell delicious, are used in teas and perfumes and a valuable honey is derived from them. The flowers, leaves, wood, and charcoal (obtained from the wood) are used for medicinal purposes.– Feminine, Jupiter, Water, Taurus – Bark used for protection, leaves and flowers for immortality. Good Fortune, Sleep and Love. Hang branches over the door for protection or grow in the garden. Use in love spells/mixtures and protection spells & incenses. Mix equal parts Linden and Lavender flowers and place in a sachet under your pillowcase to relieve insomnia. Keep Linden on a table to release the energies needed to keep the spirit alive and healthy.
Today’s feast is the anniversary of the day in 1993 that Vaclav Havel was elected President of the Czech Republic. How many playwrights, even dissident playwrights, become president? How many countries would *pick* a playwright as president? Maybe the country whose anthem is this:
Where is my home, where is my home?
Water roars across the meadows,
Pinewoods rustle among crags,
The garden is glorious with spring blossom,
Paradise on earth it is to see.
And this is that beautiful land,
The Czech land, my home,
The Czech land, my home!
No war, no battles, no glorious gore…. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaclav_Havel and on the republic here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Czech_Republic and the anthem here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Czech_national_anthem A youtube of the anthem http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPTwOZWnm6E and another with some lovely sights http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qn87PI9K99M Or even better still for today…. The version from Havel’s state funeral. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zL1fBSyXI5U Can you tell that I love my ancestral home?
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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 2/8 at 6:39am. 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 1/30 at 7:28pm.
A panoramic view 45 minutes before sunrise, plotted exact for January 25th. Each day Mercury will appear brighter and a little higher. Late this week the Moon enters this scene from the right; it will be near Jupiter on the mornings of January 27th and 28th and Spica on the 30th. The blue 10° scale is about the size of your fist held at arm’s length. All five naked-eye planets are visible in early dawn — especially by late in the week, when Mercury comes into its own. See our article Get Up Early, See Five Planets at Once!.
<<<< Jupiter shines lower left of the Moon after they rise in mid-evening. A small telescope will show Jupiter’s moon Europa fading away into eclipse by Jupiter’s shadow around 9:32 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (when Jupiter will still be low for Easterners, and not yet risen farther west). Ganymede, slightly brighter than Europa, will shine right next to it!
Jupiter‘s now-prominent Great Red Spot crosses Jupiter’s central meridian about three hours later: around 12:21 a.m. EST.
Planet Nine (probably fainter than magnitude 22, and probably not in the zodiac) seems reasonably likely to be out there, but where we can’t say. It could be anywhere along a wide range of orbits supposedly inclined roughly 30° to the ecliptic. And it’s most likely to be near its aphelion, hundreds or even 1,000 a.u. away.
Saturn (magnitude +0.5, in Ophiuchus) shines as far or farther to Venus’s upper right. Spot twinkly orange Antares (magnitude +1.1) 7° to the lower right of Saturn.
Goddess Month of of Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
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. Runic half-month of Elhaz/Algiz, from 1/28-2/11. This half month: optimistic power, protection and sanctuary.
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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
Tu 26 High 2:09 AM 7.5 7:41 AM Set 8:56 AM 96
~ 26 Low 7:52 AM 2.4 5:17 PM Rise 8:24 PM
~ 26 High 1:36 PM 8.0
~ 26 Low 8:18 PM -0.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – All people have at least ten faults. Pick ten you can live with.
~ All are lunatics, but he who can analyze his delusion is called a philosopher. – Ambrose Bierce
~ Do what you love, love what you do, and deliver more than you promise. – Harvey McKay
~ LOVE – To love someone is to see a miracle invisible to others. – Writer Francois Mauriac (1885 – 1970)
~ We’ve been having some trouble with the school bus. It keeps bringing the kids back. – from Bruce L.
Digit applies to fingers and toes,
Precipitation to rain and to snow,
Child may be either girl or boy
Tofu and tamari both mean soy.
Limbs are legs as well as arms
Enchantment includes both spells and charms.
Simple words compound confusion
Unless you reach the right conclusion! – Written and Submitted ByTasha Halpert, www.heartwingsandfriends.com
Imbolc tidbit – From: http://irelandsown.net/imbolc.html
Imbolc —by Míchealín Ní Dhochartaigh
“And she shall arise like a shining sun” —The Book of Lismore
Celebrated on February 2
Imbolc, a Celtic word meaning ‘in the belly’, celebrates the midwinter and the return of the sun. It is also known as Oimelc, Brighid, Imbolg, Imbollgc Brigantia, and Lupercus. The ‘belly’ being referred to is that of the Great Mother.
Imbolc Also known as Candlemas or St Brighid’s Day (its Christianised titles) and Groundhog Day:
If Candlemas be bright and fair
Winter will have another year
But if it be dark with clouds and rain
Winter is gone, and will not come again
Symbols – Snowflakes, crystals, lambs, milk, Brighid’s Cross, white flowers, orange or yellow candles, alder, hazel, wisteria, myrrh, basil, rowan
Imbolc is a celebration of knowledge and understanding, and a celebration of the beauty and mysteries of life. Its themes include purification, inspiration, new beginnings.
This time of year has traditionally been the lactation period of ewes and cows. Ewes are unable to produce milk until after they bear their young, which occurs at this time. Since milk was very important to the basic survival of the Celtic tribes, this was a time of great joy, and signified that the end of a long winter was in sight. At Imbolc, we are one with Nature, as we await the coming of spring, the Vernal Equinox, when day and night are equal; light has vanquished the dark and a new change is upon the land.
At sunset on Imbolc, it is traditional to light every lamp or candle in the house in honour of the sun’s rebirth.
The Celtic Goddess Brighid (Brid, Bride, Brigante) presides over Imbolc. Brighid, the radiant triple-Muse Goddess, is also a fertility-bringer. At Imbolc, Brighid is pregnant with the seed of the Sun, ready for new life to awaken within the Earth. She was later adopted by Christianity as a ‘Saint’.
See Brighid, The Goddess of the Sun for more about Brighid.
In some circles, ‘Brid’s bed,’ the union place of the Goddess and the Sun God, is created and placed within the circle, inviting the fertility of life that begins anew around us. This is done by creating a female figure of straw or a ‘Brid’s Cross,’ and laying it in a basket at the center of the circle with a phallic wand across it to symbolize the impregnation of the Mother.
It is tradition for every candle or lamp in the house to be lit for a little while welcoming the return of the Sun. Reverence of the snow is also a part of this celebration, and this festival falls during the Snow Moon. Some symbols or tools to have for present for ritual include a representation of a white flower or a snowflake and an orange or yellow candle to symbolise the renewing energy of the Sun’s rebirth.
Imbolc is also a fire festival, with significance placed upon the Light of fire, to celebrate the ever-increasing light at this time — symbolic of the Earth working Her way back to Spring. Brighid is crowned with a wreath of candles. Some circles make a ceremony of ‘charming the plow,’ in which they bless a spade or shovel with oil or wine, and then use it to dig a hole in the earth and bury an offering to the Mother.
During the Imbolc ritual, most traditions also pour milk onto the earth as a ‘thanksgiving’ to Brighid; and as an offering of nurturing with hope of the return of fertility to the Earth and its people. According to some sources, alder and hazel are coming into bloom and make great offerings. In the Celtic Tree Calendar, rowan is associated with the festival for Imbolc. It is a member of the apple family, and if you cut across the berries horizontally, a tiny, pentagram-shaped seed container will be revealed, much like a wee version of the one found inside an apple. Copyright © 2001 Ireland’s OWN
A Candlemas Poem —from Casting the Circle by Diane Stein
Night of lit white candles
Darkness turned into light
Everything she touches changes
Feast of waxing flame
Fire of heart and hearth
Fire on the mind
Flickering of spark
Quickening of air
Warming into inspiration
Thawing in her innocence
Snow into desire
He shines for all of us
She burns within us all
Spiral heat of life
She shines for all of us
Within us all she burns
The fires to create
She shines in all of us
She burns us all within
Awakening arising is her need
She shines for all of us
She burns within us all
Her candle is our only source Copyright © 2004 Ireland’s OWN All Rights Reserved.