Yesterday was kinda weird. We had to get up earlier than we’ve been for my fasting doctor appointment and then when we got back home, we crawled back into bed. I think we actually got started working at about 1pm. I spent the early part of the afternoon on feast planning and then the later part on newsletters.
>>>>>>>>>> lemon thyme >>>>>>>>>>
By mid-afternoon it was pouring and it started getting dark by 4:30, even though the early day was bright and sunny. We had seen the waning Moon through the window of the new clinic in the morning, in a bright blue sky. Yes, we just got a huge new clinic, partly with tsunami-readiness funds, so that if we get cut off from the hospital in Newport we won’t be without caregivers.
Tempus ran around paying bills for part of the afternoon and then we sorted out his shopping list and he took off. He got tangled up looking for the place where he was supposed to pick up a bread-maker, but eventually got heading for Marcus’ place. He didn’t get home until 3am.
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Awesome picture that Ken Gagne took on 2/2/15 of mallards on the Yachats River.
Today’s plant is New Zealand Flax, Phormium Tenax. This is a very different plant from common flax or linseed, Linum usitatissimum. It is used mostly as an ornamental in the northern hemisphere, but at one time sustained a lively trade as a fiber. While the two plants are very different, they have similar magickal properties. These days the fiber is mostly used by paper artisans. – Masculine, Mercury, Fire, Hulda – Money spells, add to coins and carry, flax in the shoe averts poverty. For protection while asleep, add to mustard seed, put both opposite cold water. Protection from evil entering, scatter with red pepper by door. Health and healing rituals, sprinkle altar with flaxseed. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PhormiumFor the traditional uses of the plant fiberhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Zealand_flax
Setsubun is one of the seasonal celebrations of Japan in honor of Amaterasu. There’s throwing and eating of beans! “Demons out! Luck in!!” …and then slam the door. It’s also a day for balancing eggs, since this is the beginning of the spring season. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Setsubun and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lichun and more on Amaterasu here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amaterasu
A Day of Remembrance for Oleg the Prophet (Visionary) – Sjechen (February) 3
The Varangian’s (Viking’s) king was a good example of the Rus-Viking. His history is very instructive, yet at the same time mysterious. Volhv of Kiev (a pagan wizard) prophesied to Oleg that his horse would die in battle but afterward he would also be killed. He triumphed under the Byzantines, and after his final battle, his shield was hung on the Gate of Tsargrad in Constantinople. (Volhv: a priest of Slavic Paganism; analogous to the scandinavian “Godhi”) (Tsargrad: The Old Russian name for Constantinople) Wikipedia has an article here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oleg_of_Novgorod
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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. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 2/6 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 only sizable objects that are closer to the Sun than Earth is are Venus, Mercury, and (at this time of the lunar month) the Moon. See all three at once low in the southeast in early dawn.
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.
Neptune is in conjunction with the sun on 28th, making it too close to the sun to be observed all month.
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
W 3 Low 1:29 AM 3.5 7:33 AM Rise 3:10 AM 34
~ 3 High 7:47 AM 7.4 5:28 PM Set 1:07 PM
~ 3 Low 3:07 PM 1.2
~ 3 High 9:31 PM 5.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – You can only go as far as you push.
~ Remember that any time you’re filled with resentment, you’re turning the controls of your emotional life over to others to manipulate. – Dr. Wayne Dyer
~ It is not well to see everything, to hear everything; let many causes of offense pass by us unnoticed. – Lucius Annaeus Seneca
~ History has lessons for us all, but that lesson should not be dogma. History’s lesson should be the pitfalls that lay in wait for those who cannot change. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Money doesn’t make you happy, but it quiets the nerves. – Sean O’Casey (1880 – 1964), Playwright
One late fall day, he knelt,
A spray of white roses held with trembling hands, a gold and diamond ring,
As he declared his love, and asked for me to share his life,
To be his lover, his friend, his guide.
I said “Yes!”, and we were wed the following June.
With pink rose buds to grace the altar,
We promised love, which would never falter.
Neither mine for him nor his for me has ever wavered.
As the spring showers came and went, we held fast to each other.
I became a mother;
He, a father, a coach, a grandfather,
As we grew old together.
But slowly, slowly he began to forget,
His keys, his home, my name.
His thoughts slipped through his mind, like sand through your fingers.
He could not hold them.
I still loved him.
And I knew he loved me,
But we were not the people we had planned to be.
And then, one bright morning in May,
We were sitting in the garden, side by side,
When with a look of anxious joy
He got down on one knee.
And holding the first red rose of spring,
He asked, again, to marry me.
I looked at him, as he stared at me waiting,
Waiting for what my answer would be.
And I told him as I laughed through my tears,
“Darling, we’ve been married for sixty years.”
The look of joy that lit his face,
Told me once again how much he loved me.
He has gone, gone away,
To the place where all good memories stay.
I am here; I still have life to live.
But I imagine, when we meet again,
Among the celestial beings,
It will be in a rose garden,
On the first day of spring. – Grace Hanna
O Spring, beautiful Season!
O Goddess, beautiful Goddess!
Come with joy to us now,
with goodness and plenty.
Come with tall flax that
roots deeply in the field.
Come with corn, lots
of corn, lots and lots of corn!
Look, we have sent girls to you
bearing gifts to make you happy:
look, we have sent them to you
bearing cakes made with fried eggs. ~Russian Folksong
The Earth will bear for a long time with no return. She will keep giving and giving, providing us with food and water and air. But even the Goddess cannot go on without getting. If we only take from the Earth, and never give back, we will eventually deplete even her vast energy.
Agricultural people across the world have recognized the need to offer food to the earth – to put back into the earth nutrients we have taken from it. Today we send our garbage out to sea; we turn our back on the mountains of discards that stand as sentinels to all our cities. To truly honor the Goddess is to seek to rectify that imbalance, to give back to the Earth so that she can continue to give to us, her children. – By Patricia Monaghan ~ From “The Goddess Companion” and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast 1-800-THE-MOON
Tailtiu – Lammas (Various Locations)
Themes: The First Harvest; Excelling in a Craft or Sport – Symbol: Bread
About Tailtiu: The Irish Goddess Tailtiu reconnects us with the earth’s cycles and the spirit of excellence. Tailtiu was the foster mother to the god of light, Lugh, whom this date venerates. Lugh held her in such high regard that he created the Tailtean games, which took place during Lammas (rather like the Olympics). This honor may have also had something to do with Tailtiu’s association as an earth Goddess.
To Do Today: In Wiccan tradition, and in many others, today is a day for preparing food from early ripening fruits like apples. It is also a time for baking bread in honor of the harvest. Combining the two, make an applesauce bread. Stir the batter clockwise, focusing on any craft or sport in which you wish to excel. As you stir, chant,
“Flour from grain, the spell begins, let the power rise within; Apples from trees, now impart, Tailtiu, bring _______ to my heart.”
Fill in the blank with a word that describes the area in which you want to encourage improvements or develop mastery. Eat the bread to internalize the energy.
Time-friendly alternatives here are buying frozen bread and adding diced apples to it, having toast with apple butter, or just enjoying a piece of bread and apple anytime during the day. Chant the incantation mentally. Then bite with conviction! – By Patricia Telesco ~ From “365 Goddess” and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast
SPES – Thanksgiving (United States)
Themes: Thankfulness; Hope; Abundance; Harvest
Symbols: A Bouquet of Flowers
About Spes: In Roman tradition, this Goddess’s name means “hope.” She joins us today to celebrate the successful harvest and keep our hearts hopeful as the earth’s plenty wanes. In art, Spes often appears as a simple bundle of flowers whose beauty inspires the most distraught of spirits.
To Do Today: Follow pilgrim tradition and set aside time today to thank the Goddess for her blessings in any way that seems suited to your path and vision. For example, give Spes an offering of the first slice of holiday bread, share food with those in need, or perhaps treat the birds and squirrels in your neighborhood to some bread and nuts.
Locally we invite any friends who have no family nearby to join with us in a delightful symbolic meal. I serve round rye bread and dill dip for unity and kinship, sweet potatoes for life’s sweetness and Spe’s harvest energies, cranberries mixed with oranges to keep our energy and health intact, vegetables for firm foundations, and pumpkin pie with magickal sigils carved in the crust for the goddess’s protective spark. If you look at your own traditional menu, I’ll bet you will find many other foods and beverages that have similar symbolism to bring meaning and Spe’s magick to your table for this holiday. As you eat, remember to pass all the food and beverages clockwise to invoke Spe’s ongoing providence. – By Patricia Telesco ~ From “365 Goddess” and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast
Silliness – Smart Joke # 15. Pavlov is at a bar enjoying a pint. The phone rings and he shouts “Oh! I forgot to feed the dog.” – http://higherperspectives.com/jokes-for-intellectuals/?c=cleo&ts_pid=2&ts_pid=2