Yesterday flew by, because we were busy, busy, busy! It wasn’t so much customers, but that we had a lot of clean-up from Sunday and we were finding things and putting them away. Mostly I was tracking down pieces of projects that have gotten scattered. Later in the afternoon we got back into inventory, getting all the way through the books and even the Book of Shadows display area. We quit around 6pm and headed home.
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This is short because I’m running out to a doctor appointment. After that we’re going to be sorting supplies at the house, mostly foodstuffs, and going through the freezers. Tempus is going to do a big food-shopping trip this evening.
Today’s plant is the Columbine, genus Aquilegia. Found in garden and native species in Oregon, these plants stick their flowers up into the air where they can be admired. They’re related to aconite and share those qualities of a deadly poisonous plant. The flowers aren’t the problem. It’s the seeds and root. Columbina means “dove” and Aquila is “eagle” supposedly from the resemblance of the flower either to clustered doves or the spur at the back of the flower to an eagle’s claw. There is such a thing as too much imagination…. – Feminine, Venus, Water – Crush between the hands or wear in a pouch that can be squashed to induce courage and daring. Carry a posy of the flowers to attract love and the seeds can be used as a love perfume when crushed, however the seeds are *very* poisonous, so don’t ingest any! More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aquilegia
Today is Groundhog’s Day, which is a descendant of the old Imbolc Celebrations where weather divinations for the year were a big chunk of the festivities. From the look of our weather here we’re done with winter, which is a little worrisome. We haven’t had nearly enough rainy this year… More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Groundhog_Day and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punxsutawney_Phil
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Love & Light,
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.
The waning <<< Moon steps eastward from Mars to Saturn from Monday to Wednesday morning.
Orion >> stands high in the southeast to south these evenings, proudly displaying the sky’s brightest orange-red supergiant, Betelgeuse, in his armpit. But did you know about the redder carbon stars glimmering faintly elsewhere in upper Orion? See the February Sky & Telescope, page 44, and tote out your scope.
Uranus (magnitude +5.9, in Pisces) is still in the west right after dark. Finder chart.
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
Tu 2 Low 12:22 AM 3.2 7:34 AM Rise 2:13 AM 43
~ 2 High 6:52 AM 7.3 5:26 PM Set 12:26 PM
~ 2 Low 2:09 PM 1.7
~ 2 High 8:22 PM 5.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – When people are laughing, they’re generally not killing each other.
~ Failure is not defeat! It’s merely a stepping stone to success. He who perseveres shall surely wear the crown of glory. – David Roppo
~ Experience is how life catches up with us and teaches us to love and forgive each other. – Judy Collins
~ Attack every problem with enthusiasm…as if your survival depended upon it. – S.Rippetoe
~ It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop. – Confucius
Druids recognize both the ancestors of the blood and the ancestors of the land, and they also recognize a third: the ancestors of the spirit. The ancestors of the spirit are those people who inspire you, who speak to something deep within you that recognizes the truth. They may be artists, musicians, writers, poets, priests, prophets, scientists, philosophers, kings, beggars, farmers, or hunters. They may have lived thousands of years ago, or they may be living now. You may know every detail of their lives, or perhaps all you know of them is a fragment of anonymous writings. – Heather “Say the Trees Have Ears” blog
These crosses were exchanged as symbols of protection in ancient times. Let the children hand these Brighid’s Crosses out to guests at any ritual you attend or host.
Method # 1 – Items needed:
a handfull of wheat stalks
clear or red thread and needle
- Soak wheat stalks in warm water until pliable
- Fold one stalk of wheat in half, leaving the kernels sticking out
- Fold another one the same way, and thread through the first one. (It now looks like a long “L” )
- Fold the third the same way, and insert through the second wheat stalk. (It now looks like an L with a tail )
- Fold and insert the fourth stalk through the third
- Use the clothes pins to help keep the shape as you weave more wheat
- Continue folding and threading the wheat stalks until you have several wheat woven through each “arm”
- Allow to dry with the clothespins in place
- Using the thread and needle, sew the stalks together – this is cheating, but I find that it’s necessary!
- Hang over the fireplace or stove
Materials: Dried Wheat Stalks, Brown Thread.
- Take eight stalks with sheaves still attached.
- Place four stalks on flat surface with two sheaves at the top and two sheaves at the bottom.
- Measure approx. 6″ of stalk between the sets of sheaves and cut off excess.
- Tie all four stalks together with the brown thread, first under the top sheaves, then above the bottom sheaves.
- Cut off excess thread.
- Repeat this procedure with the other four stalks, shortening the length between the sheaves to 4″.
- Carefully separate the first set of stalks (two in front and two in back) and slip the second set through approx. 1″ from the bottom of the top sheaves.
- Tie some thread in a knot just under the arms of the cross.
- Take the excess ends and diagonally wrap the thread over the opposite corresponding arm and back to the knot.
- Tie off in back and cut off excess ends.
Silliness – Out of the Home
While I was dining out with my children, a man came over to our table, and we started talking.
He asked where my kids go to school. I told him we home-schooled them.
With a raised eyebrow, he asked if my husband is the sole breadwinner for our family. I said, “No, I also work … out of our home.”
Then, noticing our two-month-old son, he mentioned that his daughter had just had a baby, and he wondered what hospital our son was born in. “He was born at home,” I answered.
The man looked at me, then said, “Wow, you don’t get out much, do you?”