We got 1/2 an inch of rain yesterday and it was gloomy all day. That makes me sleepy! There’s not nearly as much of a chance of rain today, but then we’re supposed to get more tomorrow. We’re under a High Surf until 4pm today. Waves are hitting 23 feet. It’s just starting to get light and it looks pretty windy, although the computer says the wind is at 11mph and not really gusting. Hmm…. 51F
Yesterday, I got up on time and got the newsletter out, then went back to bed and got up very late! Tempus made us a lovely breakfast of bagel, bacon and a hard-boiled egg and then I got to work on some computer house-keeping: getting a backup done before Windows 10 takes over. Mid-afternoon I spent some time sorting dishes and glassware, prepping to get them moved and found some things that have been missing for quite some time…. probably just in time to pack them back away. <sigh>
<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< Thyme, that one long stem got clipped and planted! <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
We had a good Sabbat, but Tempus and I were both tired. When we got home we had a snack and then just crashed.
Today we’ll both be at the shop. Getting tired of hearing about inventory, yet? It’ll get worse before it gets better! We have some re-set to do, first thing, and I have some sorting of embroidery stuff to do while that’s happening, then we need to get right back into the inventory. Sewing is from 3-5 today.
Today’s plant is the Snowberry, Symphoricarpos albus. My kids used to call this “popcorn plant”, which is a name I’ve heard from others, too. The white berries are used as a food, a soap and for hand lotion. It doesn’t have any magickal uses that I know of, although the folk magicks of a similar bush amongst the Slavs say that it is “proper” as an offering to statues of the gods.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphoricarpos_albus
Limbo Festival, Trinidad and Tobago – “Few of the Americans who take part in a favorite party tradition realize that it originally served as a sacred funeral ritual from the West Indies – it is called the Limbo. In Trinidad, the Limbo was a part of a funeral dance. Mourners at the funeral would walk towards a horizontal bamboo pole and would attempt to walk forward, while bending backwards at the waist in order to move under the pole without knocking it off of its supports. The act was meant to symbolize the passage that the soul of the departed would take between life and the afterlife.” (quoted from Pip Wilson’s Almanac) More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Limbo_%28dance%29
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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. 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. In early dawn Friday morning the 5th, catch the crescent Moon pointing the way down to Venus and Mercury, as shown at right.
Neptune (magnitude +8.0, in Aquarius) is sinking away into the sunset. 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.
©2016 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright.
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 4 Low 2:36 AM 3.6 7:31 AM Rise 4:07 AM 25
~ 4 High 8:41 AM 7.7 5:29 PM Set 1:55 PM
~ 4 Low 3:57 PM 0.6
~ 4 High 10:25 PM 6.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Applaud others with abandon……forget to toot your own horn.
~ Patience in the present, faith in the future, and joy in the doing. – George Perera
~ The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost. – G. K. Chesterton
~ Perceive that which cannot be seen with the eye. – Musashi Miyamoto
~ Who discovered we could get milk from cows, and what did he think he was doing at the time? – Billy Connolly
DUALITY OF THE MOTHER
I see two halves in one woman…
One is golden, with amber hair
And has in her hand a flame;
The other pale blue with azure hair
That holds a knife made of ice.
One is a flame to burn away
The illusions and deceptions of life;
One is a knife to freeze and cut
All cords and attachments
That hinder our Higher Self.
She dances, and as she does
The world forms and re-forms.
She dances, the skies change color
She laughs, and the Earth shakes.
Her flame erupts the volcanoes,
Her ice sends hail down upon us.
She claps her hands together,
And the steam forms the clouds.
Rain comes from her
In the form of nourishing waters,
Or instead, in rivers of blood.
She drops to Earth in Spring,
To see flowers and baby animals.
So many facets has Our Mother! – © July 7, 2008, Beth Clare Johnson (Mystic Amazon)
Sun Light Tea – February 25th, 2007
Color of the day: Yellow – Incense of the day: Lavender
Bring the healthy, revitalizing energies of the Sun into your life today through a delicious tea. If you live in an area of the world that is experiencing summer at this time of year, feel free to ice your tea as a cool escape from the heat. But a warm cup of tea will certainly contribute to your experience of the Sun’s energy. Pour boiling water over a chamomile tea bag and a cinnamon stick. As you dissolve half a teaspoon of local honey in the hot water, imagine the brilliant, life-giving light of the Sun in the center of your tea cup. Stirring clockwise, see this light spread and fill the tea to overflowing. Allow the tea to steep for nine minutes before removing the tea bag and stick. With each sip, feel the warm light of the Sun spread throughout your body. By: Kristin Madden
Winter Afternoon Tea
1 tsp. dried chamomile
1 tsp. dried mint
1 tsp. dried lavender
Combine the herbs in your warmed tea pot and add 2 cups boiling water. Steep for 5 minutes and strain. Add 1 tsp. of honey to each cup of tea. Notes: I put together this simple mellow tea one winter afternoon. I like it with the honey, but lemon would be fine too. This makes 2 cups of tea, but it can easily be doubled and tripled.
Courtesy of Brenda Hyde of OldFashionedLiving.com – GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives
Divination Wine Crone’s Corner –
one quart cowslip flowers
one quart dogwood blossoms
one quart rose hips
2 gallons spring water
7 lbs sugar
1 yeast cake (or 1 envelope dry yeast)
Cover cowslip flowers, dogwood blossoms and rose hips with the 2 gallons boiling water. Let it stand for 3 days.
Strain through a colander and discard blossoms. Add the 7 pounds of sugar to the liquid. Slice the oranges and lemons, leaving the peels but removing the seeds. Add the fruits to the liquid, stir thoroughly. boil for 20 min. and then remove from heat. Let stand another 24 hours.
Add the yeast, dissolve in 6 T. of hot water. Stir and then strain the mixture through a wet muslin or clean dish towel into wine bottles, filling them to the brim. Tie pieces of muslin over the bottle tops or seal with corks. Do not cap bottles too tightly. small amounts of gas may form and must be allowed to escape.
The wine is ready to drink after fermentation has stopped and no more bubbles appear in the bottles. Store in a dark cool place for up to 6 months.
Use this in your divination rituals…or place on alter as an offering to the Goddess during your divination rites.
Can also be offered to any animal guide, fae, spirit guide etc that you ask to be part of your rituals. – GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives