I’m up way early because the blinds kept banging and waking me. The forecast changed late in the day and we went from a High Wind Watch to a Warning as well as the High Surf Warning is up to 10am, now. It’s 53F and the wind is clipping along up here in the 20’s. We’ve gotten an inch of rain since midnight, too.
Yesterday I spent the early part of the afternoon (since that’s when I woke!) working on newsletter set-up. Tempus and I went into Newport to pick up some canisters and to run a couple of other errands and ended up spending some time sitting and watching the ocean, both at Agate Beach (and the coast willows are getting ready to pop!) and then by the jettys before heading home.
He made a real feast of a supper, buttered peas, honey-glazed carrots, steak and baked potatoes. Yum! …and then he crashed. I think he’s been needing to catch up after last week.
I did paperwork and then curled up and read until I crashed, but this storm has me antsy.
Today we’ll be at the shop. We’re probably going to be working on inventory.
Some mushroom pix from Monday.
Waves crashing into Tillamook Rock Lighthouse on the Oregon Coast – by Jim Scott (This is the lighthouse that needed a major repair after the ocean picked up a 2-ton rock and dropped it through that tower that you see on top, taking out the light’s Fresnel lens and mangling the stairway and tower underpinnings.)
Lupines are represented on the coast by the Large-Leaved Lupine, Lupinus polyphyllus, (which is often the common garden variety and all over out here) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupinus_polyphyllus and Kincaid’s Lupine, Lupinus sulphureus subsp. Kincaidii (which used to be called Oregon Lupine). The latter is threatened as they’re disappearing and are needed for an also disappearing butterfly. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupinus_sulphureusWe also get the yellow varieties of this one on the coast. More on the main lupin species here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupin These are tall showy flower spikes with a distinctive leaf pattern that bloom all summer into the fall. Some varieties of lupins (the “sweet lupins”) are eaten, but many require soaking in salt water for long periods of time to get the alkaloids out that could be poisonous. These were eaten by the indigenes, but no one has said how they were prepared. There’s a little here about the beans, which are being used as a vegan food, but have a high potential for allergic effects. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupin_bean –Masculine, Fire, Moon – As far as magick goes, it’s not listed very many places, but its old name is “Blood from a head”. The word “lupine” derives from the word for wolf, as well. They are useful in magicks for any canine. In fact, I always include them in amulets for dogs or wolves. They can also be used to help with spirit communication with the canine/lupine totems. They have also been used in curse magicks for getting rid of things like cancers, or resistant viruses and bacteria or even for brain tumors.
The Festival of the Lênaia to Dionysus was held in ancient Greece beginning on approximately this date. The Lênaia, which was held at the coldest time of year, was for Dionysus Lênaios, celebrating his birth from Zeus’s thigh and his emergence from the Underworld. It was a festival with a dramatic competition but one of the lesser festivals of Athens and Ionia in ancient Greece. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lenaia (picture is the present-day remains of the Theatre of Dionysus Eleuthereus, Athens)
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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!.
The sky’s biggest asterism (informal star pattern) — or at least, the biggest one that’s widely recognized — is the Winter Hexagon. It fills the sky toward the east and south these evenings. Start with brilliant <<< Sirius at its bottom. Going clockwise from there, march through Procyon, Pollux and Castor, Capella >>>> high up, Aldebaran over to Capella’s right, down to Rigel in Orion’s foot, and back to Sirius.
Jupiter (magnitude –2.3, between Leo and Virgo) rises in the east around 9 p.m., shines highest in the south around 3 a.m., and moves over to dominate the west-southwest by the time the other planets are up during early dawn.
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 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
Th 28 High 3:18 AM 7.4 7:39 AM Set 9:53 AM 86
~ 28 Low 9:18 AM 2.3 5:19 PM Rise 10:21 PM
~ 28 High 2:58 PM 7.0
~ 28 Low 9:26 PM 1.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Road to Success: It’s not straight, there are: curves called failure, a loop called confusion, speed bumps called friends, red lights called family flats called jobs. If you have a spare it’s called determination, an engine is called perserverance, insurance called faith and you’ll make it to a place called “SUCCESS”.
~ Teaching kids to count is fine, but teaching them what counts is best. – Bob Talbert
~ Without some goal and some effort to reach it no man can live. – Feodor Dostoyevsky
~ Gossip often leads to trouble. – Gisli Sursson’s Saga, c.9
~ Create a new notion of who you’d like to be and work towards it. – Kerr Cuhulain
From his side I came,
and when he holds me
against his heart
I feel the boundaries
and we are one again. © 2005 Beth Johnson (Mystic)
Brigid, gold-red woman,
Brigid, flame and honeycomb,
Brigid, sun of womanhood,
Brigid, lead me home.
You are a branch in blossom.
You are a sheltering dome.
You are my bright precious freedom.
Brigid, lead me home. ~Irish Prayer To The Goddess
Highland women also invoked Brigid’s presence at the hearth-fire, the center of the home. The hearth was not only the source of warmth and cooking but also symbolized the power of the sun brought down to human level as the miraculous power of fire. Every morning the fire was kindled with invocations to St. Brigid, the “radiant flame” herself:
I will build the hearth
As Mary would build it.
The encompassment of Bride and of Mary
Guarding the hearth, guarding the floor,
Guarding the household all.
Brighids Crossroads Divination By Patti Wigington, About.com Guide – One of the many aspects of the goddess Brighid is that of a crossroads deity. She knows where we’ve been, and can guide us to where we belong. – Image © Dimitri Vervitsiotis/Getty Images
Imbolc is a time when the Wheel of the Year has reached a crossroads between light and dark. The earth is about to quicken, and yet no one knows exactly what lies ahead of us. There are twists and turns on the path to come, although where it leads is anyone’s guess.
Among her many aspects, Brighid is considered a goddess of the crossroads. She is said to be able to see where we’ve been, and where each road might take us, should we choose to follow it. A Brighid’s Cross unites the four elements, and creates paths which travel in the four directions. Because of this, Imbolc is an ideal time for divination. Not sure where your headed this year, or what choices lie before you? Let Brighid help guide you as you weave a crossroads of your own in her honor. As you create a Brighid’s Cross as part of this divination, ask her to inspire you, and guide you towards the right path in the coming months.
For this divination, you’ll want to find a place where you can be alone and undisturbed. If it’s warm enough, try to get outside, perhaps out in the woods where two paths intersect. Before you begin, read the instructions here on how to Make a Brighid’s Cross. Have all your supplies on hand prior to beginning your divination ritual.
Begin by closing your eyes, and thinking about where you’ve been in the past year, spiritually, emotionally, even physically. What things have you done that bring your regret? What things have brought you joy? Is there anything you wanted to do, but didn’t get a chance to? Picture yourself wandering along a path, out of the past and into the present. Let your mind roam freely, and visualize yourself approaching a crossroads. Perhaps it’s a place in a forest, where a pair of deer trails run together. Maybe it’s in the mountains, where streams intersect. Or maybe you picture yourself out in a wide open space, with roads connected in the middle of nowhere.
Regardless, see yourself at that crossroads. You are at the center, and branching out from where you stand are many paths. Each leads in a different direction. Each path will take you to something new. Begin creating your Make a Brighid’s Cross, and as you weave the straws together, think about what may lie in each direction. As you look out over your choices, thinking about which way to travel, Brighid herself is standing beside you. Continue weaving your cross, and watch her. She points out one of the roads.
When you’ve finished your cross, close your eyes once more, and meditate on the path which Brighid indicated for you. What lies in that direction? Is it something familiar and comforting? Something new and unknown? Focus on the cross you’ve made, and let this newly chosen path inspire you. Know that it will ultimately bring you to something good and positive and strong.
When you’ve finished, you may wish to make an offering to Brighid as a gesture of thanks for her guidance.