Signs of spring
The chickadees just pulled the seed ball loose. What was left when I came out to the study was maybe an inch across and had a chickadee hanging from the underside. A few minutes ago I heard and squawk and a thump and now there’s just the bare string.
Yesterday flew past. I started with getting the pictures above from the shop planters. The Herbs Workshop started late and ran late. We made eggshell fertilizer and then started in on processing, getting the last of the Lady’s Mantle done and making huge inroads on the last of the fennel.
When that was done I was very sleepy so I got to lie down on the sofa for a nap. When I woke we got the book inventory finished….all but the buck-a-books that need to be sorted before they get counted.
It was well after 6pm when we got that done, so we closed up and headed home. We had a nice supper of steak, yams and peas in cheese sauce and then Tempus went to sleep. I kept working for a couple of hours, setting up some designs.
He’s still asleep. Today was the last day of this middle-of-the-night paper route. I’m going to have to wake him in a few minutes and we’ll be heading to the shop.
Next in the inventory are the CD’s. Today is House Capuchin’s project day and we’re supposed to either be varnishing tops or doing block-printing.
Today’s Plant is the Douglas Fir, Pseudotsuga menziesii, sometimes called Oregon Pine, since it’s actually a pine, not a fir at all. Common as Christmas trees, since they hold their needles better than many other trees, and are one of the better timber trees, growing quickly with a straight grain. Their main use, magickally, is in incense, since the resin has a good sweet scent. – Mars, Air/Fire – Attracting prosperity, purifying ritual areas and new homes, helping “stay the course” during difficult times. A wand or cone kept on the altar wards off evil influences. Carry cones to increase fertility and have a vigorous old age. Floor washes with the oil cleanse a space of negativity and ward off illness. Throw needles into winter fires for protection, or burn as incense for purification and divination. Place branches over the bed to keep sickness away, or to aid the ill. Hang a branch over the main door of your house to ensure continuous joy within.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pseudotsuga_menziesii
Feast day of Hekate (Hecate), ancient Greece – “In Greece, this day was celebrated as the Feast of Hecate, known to the Romans as Diana Lucifera. Diana had three manifestations, Luna in the Heavens (the moon), Diana the Huntress on earth, and Diana Ludifera in Hades, the Underworld. Diana was the goddess of the moon and was called Diana Lucifera which means the Bringer of Light. The name Lucifera was also applied to the morningstar Venus. The Christians gave the name negative connotations in their systematic attempts to discredit the Roman gods. The Greeks knew Diana as Artemis, the twin sister of Apollo, and daughter of Zeus and Leto. She was born under Mount Cynthus in Delos and hence was also called Cynthia and Delia. She was the goddess of hunting, carried a bow and quiver like her brother, and was especially fond of music and dance. Diana was never conquered by love, and submitted to no man, hence she was the goddess of a ‘chaste’ moon and, except for her family, tolerated only female companions. Her priestesses were all chaste.” From the Roman Calendar (broken link) More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trivia_%28mythology%29 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hecate and here:http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/book/jan31.html
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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 Crescent Moon –Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 2/3 at 6:39pm.
A panoramic view in early dawn this week. The waning Moon marches through the scene; it’s plotted here only every other morning to reduce crowding. (The planet positions are exact for February 1st.) 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 — and Mercury is easier this week than last. See our article Get Up Early, See Five Planets at Once! Media and bloggers: Use the info and graphics in our press release.
Sunday, January 31, 10:28 p.m. EST – Last Quarter Moon, January 2016 – The Last Quarter Moon rises around 1 a.m. and sets around noon. It is most easily seen just after sunrise in the southern sky. The Moon rises around 1 a.m. tonight, in
company with Mars. By the dawn of Monday the 1st they’re high in the south. Look for 3rd-magnitude Alpha Librae (Zubenelgenubi) 1° south of Mars. And standing directly above Procyon now (depending on your latitude) is 3rd-magnitude Beta Canis Minoris, the only other easy naked-eye star of Canis Minor. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Algol should be at minimum light for a couple hours centered around 5:54 p.m. EST. Watch it brighten through the rest of the evening.
Saturn (magnitude +0.5, in Ophiuchus) shines in the south-southeast, far to Venus’s upper right. Spot twinkly orange Antares (magnitude +1.1) 8° to the lower right of Saturn. In a telescope, Saturn’s rings this year are tilted a wide-open 26° from edgewise.
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
Su 31 High 5:13 AM 7.2 7:36 AM Rise 12:17 AM 62
~ 31 Low 11:59 AM 2.3 5:24 PM Set 11:17 AM
~ 31 High 5:43 PM 5.4
~ 31 Low 11:25 PM 2.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Some folks wear their halos much too tight…
~ People forget how fast you did a job, but they remember how well you did it. – Brian Perez
~ Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. – Lao Tzu
~ Through love all pain will turn to medicine. – Rumi
~ Little beginnings sometimes have great endings. – Benvenuto Cellini
Esbat ~ Snow Moon 2005
Most Benevolent and Beautiful
Silvered Lady reflecting the light
surrounded in white
Crystaled snowflakes dancing about
like last summer’s fireflies
They surround and dance with thee
The soft snow quiets the grounds
the silence of the forest
the icy blast of breath of winter
The crisp crunch of footsteps
of the forest folk
disturbs the deafness
as they gather, listening now to hear
the Gods own heartbeat
from within Goddess womb
the beating of promise
of renewal and future
redemption from past left behind
A shake of Her snowy mane
sends forth tiny reflective spears
reminders that change is part of life
Gathering these for remembrance
crystals we will lay out
to be charged anew in their light
For even not seen
The Gods light shines forth
from within the womb
And her brightness
is doubled as she shines
with love for her children
Lady of the Hunt
Queen of the lands
of crystals and snow
Let us walk
in the safety
of thy steps
As we move forward
in the land of shadows
Blessed Snow Queen
walk with us these months
to welcome once more the Spring
Help us each to overcome
the barrenness which we have suffered
remove the burdens and free us
Let our lives renew
during this time of darkness
and time of leaving past behind
Let us reflect on past
and use it as a springboard
to envision and live a more productive future.
Helps us to dip deep
into the cauldron within
and utilize the gifts we are given
Help each of us to see
that we are our own best tools
and the solutions to our struggles lie within us
Guide us to use our gifts wisely
not to waste or doubt
but to walk forward strong in faith and conviction
Teach us to approach or practice
not as beggars and whiners
but as the Priests and Priestess we are
Help us to stand boldly
in the face of troubles and woes
and overcome our personal weaknesses
Lead us forth to Victory
in our daily life problems
and over our shortcomings
Help each of us to see
the renewal and rebirth
in our personal lives
Let each of us strive to become the bear
seek to be more close
with you this winter
And to rejoice together
as we waken the earth together
once more in the spring
So Mote it Be! – Written and Submitted By Ruby RedPepper , ©11/15/2005
Prayer for Imbolc
On this Imbolc day, as I kindle the flame upon my hearth,
I pray that the flame of Brigid may burn in my soul,
and the souls of all I meet today.
I pray that no envy and malice,
no hatred or fear, may smother the flame.
I pray that indifference and apathy,
contempt and pride,
may not pour like cold water on the flame.
Instead, may the spark of Brigid light the love in my soul,
that it may burn brightly through this season.
And may I warm those that are lonely,
whose hearts are cold and lifeless,
so that all may know the comfort of Brigid’s love. – Morgana West
Source: The Wheel of the Year, Copyright © 2001 Morgana West
Purify for Health – February comes from the Latin februarius, meaning “to purify.” Spend a day thinking about what you eat. Go one entire day without eating junk food. Concentrate on raw fruits and vegetables, and drink lots of water. At the end of the day, sit before your altar with a yellow candle, and meditate on how you feel, identifying the strengths and weaknesses in your eating habits. As a reminder of a healthy lifestyle, create an amulet. Wrap a piece of either citrine quartz, carnelian, or pyrite in yellow cloth, along with six whole sunflower seeds or cloves, a pinch of dried basil, and a pinch of dried marigold petals. Smudge the amulet with incense, and anoint it with orange or lemon oil.
By: Ember )0( GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives
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
She 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