We apparently had a marvelously red and orange sunrise, although I was sound asleep enough to miss it. There must be a front coming through today because we’re under a high wind warning until 6pm and there’s rain due in the early afternoon. It’s 45F, cloudy and still at the moment, but I guess that’s going to change.
Yesterday morning started really slowly. I haven’t been sleeping well and the night before was no exception so when I got the newsletter out I went back to bed. I was so groggy when it was time to leave that Tempus left me at the house. He came back for me around 1:30 after I had harvested a bunch of heather and done a little garden work. That got me mostly awake, anyway.
>>>>>>> Winter Greens >>>>>>
When I got to the shop he was still putting his playpen back together. I got the heather into the drying rack and did some more pick up in the back, putting away the cloaks and altar cloths from last night. I had to mend one of the cloaks. The tie had pulled out of it at Yule and I had forgotten to fix it. I added some beads on the end of the ties, so they couldn’t back through the casing again. I’ll probably have to do the rest at some point.
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Late in the day we had a number of customers in and the Duckmeister stopped by for a short visit.
…and since no one was in for sewing I spent about an 1/2 hour working on pouches right at the very end of things.
Today, we have more inventory to do, and all of the usual stuff.
A good attitude…..
Today’s Plant is Blackthorn, Prunus spinosa, sometimes called “sloe”, wish-thorn or faery tree. The blossoms, the fruits and the crimson sap display the three colors of the Great Goddess: white, black, and red. The dangerous long spikes and the red “blood” that flows in the veins of this tree enhance the dramatic effect of Her symbolism. Blackthorns are sacred to the Luantishees, which are Blackthorn Fairies who guard the trees. It makes great walking sticks, such as shillelaghs. The fruit and leaves contain Vitamin C, organic acids, tannins, and sugars. Otzi, the “Iceman” had fruits in his stomach, even though they’re pretty bitter for food. Good wines and liqueurs are made from the fruits. Steep the flowers for a diuretic, tonic, and laxative. Dried fruits can treat bladder, kidney and stomach ailments. Boil the leaves for a mouthwash or to sooth the throat from tonsillitis or laryngitis. –Feminine, Saturn, Earth – Blackthorn symbolizes the inevitability of Death, Good in magicks of protection and revenge, strife and negativity, the balance between light and darkness. The staves cane help in exorcism, to make wishes, in divination and general protection magicks. Being a plant that’s bad to tangle with it also symbolizes not only death and the conquering of death, but the wisdom gained in life and beyond life and can be used in magicks for the gaining of such wisdom. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prunus_spinosa
Feast day of St Agatha, martyr, patroness of victims of breast cancer. – What *is* it about martyrs that makes the stories so gruesome? In this case, because of the tortures, the pictures get pretty “squirmy”. “Agatha is an aspect of the goddess known to the Greeks as Tyche, to the Romans as Fortuna, and to the Anglo-Saxons as Wyrd. Today is especially potent for fortune telling and all forms of divination. Also known as Santo Gato, it is said that she appears as a cat and can summon storms when angry.” (Pip’s) Common primrose, Primula vulgaris, is today’s plant, dedicated to this saint. More on Agatha here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Agatha Tyche here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyche Wyrd: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wyrd More on today’s plant here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Primula_vulgaris And there’s an article in French with several more pictures of Agatha’s Bread http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santo_Gato
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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. 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. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
On Saturday morning the 6th, the crescent Moon, vibrant Venus, and shy Mercury form a triangle low in the southeast, as shown here. Mercury, Venus, and the Moon, February 2016 – Saturday, Feb. 6, dawn – A slender crescent moon will be framed by the planets Mercury and Venus at dawn this morning.
Planet Nine (probably fainter than magnitude 22, and probably not in the zodiac) seems reasonably likely to be out there, but we can’t say where. It could be anywhere along a wide sheaf of orbits supposedly inclined roughly 30° to the ecliptic. And it’s most likely to be near its aphelion, hundreds or even 1,000 a.u. away.
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
F 5 Low 3:35 AM 3.4 7:30 AM Rise 5:01 AM 16
~ 5 High 9:33 AM 8.1 5:31 PM Set 2:50 PM
~ 5 Low 4:42 PM 0.1
~ 5 High 11:09 PM 6.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Being focused in the moment allows you to release the fear of the future and the guilt of the past.
~ Each day is a brand new day where I have the power to create and design what’s possible! – Hanns-Oskar Porr
~ A free press can, of course, be good or bad, but, most certainly without freedom, the press will never be anything but bad. – Albert Camus (1913-1960) French writer, born in Algiers
~ Speak the truth, but leave immediately afterwards. – Slovenian Proverb
~ Fame is only good for one thing – they will cash your check in a small town. – Truman Capote (1924-1984) US writer
To be silent and meditative is so ecstatic, you will forget all about your search for meaning, truth, God. And once you have dropped the wrong questions, the wrong answers disappear of their own accord. Then between you and existence there is no question, there is no answer, but there is a communion. Your heart slowly slowly starts beating in the same rhythm as the whole existence. You start feeling yourself part of this immense organic whole. You enjoy tremendously. – Osho
Magick – Monday, April 25, 2011 – Misconceptions of Harm None
We as Wiccans all know about the “Harm None” Law of the Craft of the Wise. Many people have interpreted this Law in many ways, but where is it that we draw the line? Some people will claim that Wiccans are to be Pacifists because of this law, some saw that it is only a guideline…but should we really see this Harm None Law as a mere guideline, or a serious law that protects the sacricity of our beloved Community?
I have been observing within the Pagan Community that there are people that would dress, and act the way they wish because they think it will harm none…when in fact it does harm. Would anyone do anything about this, no…all because they don’t want to hurt this person’s feelings. This particular incident I personally witnessed at a Witches Ball that I had Hosted in a previous year. This Harm None Law has been interpreted in such ways that we have allowed Toxic people into this Community. Last time I had checked, one of the things our Religion is about self-empowerment…not the slavery of the people who practice it. The most dreadful thing I have noticed is Tolerance in the name of Tolerance, and the things people in our Ranks have allowed to happen because of it. This is what destroys something as beautiful as our Community.
I have learned the meanings of the Wiccan Rede, one of the lines says, “With a fool no season spend, nor be counted as his friend…”. Those who will allow things to happen just because they are tolerating in the name of tolerance, are fools. This has allowed Toxic people to enter into the Pagan Community, and even worse…Our Ranks. This has lead to Toxic Groups, Toxic Books, Dabblers, and even pseudo-branches to enter our Peaceful Community. And it’s all because we are letting it all in the name of tolerance…
We also have this “Live and Let live..” concept that has allowed this cancer to reign throughout our community…When we ignore a group that forces their members to stay within it. When the leaders would demand that the members of their group call them Lord or Lady, in selfish vainglory. And we do NOTHING. Some people will state that since we don’t believe in the Concept of absolute Evil, that we don’t believe in Evil itself. That is a blatant misconception and twisted belief, since they are completely wrong with that statement. We do believe in Evil, because it is alive and well today…and people of our own ranks are of just that nature. I have heard many a times in the Pagan Community that these individuals are just “Misguided”…well, lets see….was Hitler Evil, or just Misguided? Could you really call a mass genocide, the result of being misguided? Was Elizabeth Bathory Evil, or just Misguided when she killed hundreds of Virgin girls so to bathe in their blood because she thought it would preserve her youth?
Though we don’t have mass murder in the Pagan Community, nor do we have nut jobs like Charles Manson…but we do have people who act very closely like him, without the murderous mind manipulation part of course. We also have people in our community that would indulge themselves in “character assassinations” for their own vainglory. These people do this also because they fully believe in divide and conquer to get whatever it is that they want. Some of these people do this to get a group to follow them, or hate each other; destroying what was once a very healthy group. And we still do nothing, because we don’t want to be the intolerant ones. We have a lot of evil going around in the Pagan Community, and what is allowing this Evil to parade itself throughout our Community is that Good Men and Women do NOTHING! The only thing for evil to succeed is for good men to do nothing….a quote that is very powerful as it is true.
So why and how could we expect any respect from the Cowan world when we have these Toxic people in our ranks? We can’t. This makes us no better than the Catholic Vatican when they try to hide the fact that their Priests molest little boys…and that is sad. But it is a very true concept, when we don’t address the issue and take care of it; not hide or ignore it.
It is not until we stand up and take back our Community that our community will be respected. We have to take our Community back from these toxic people. I’m not talking about going in with a gun, and forcing them to resign from their office. I’m talking about seeing the toxicity and calling it out for what it is, Evil. These people need to be called out, before other people get hurt. When we allow this toxicity to continue parading through our community, we are the ones allowing harm to be done…therefore causing harm. One of the things that hurts the Pagan Community is the merger of Christianity and various Pagan branches…I mean, come on…really? And many Pagans don’t see this as harmful, when they have for centuries demonized our beliefs and killed our ancestors; and they are allowed to form a contradicting and might I add, INSULTING practice into our Community. They create a system in our community that provides a Christian spiritual safety net for the afterlife..while they insult the true roots of their practices. This is one of the many harmful things that have been allowed to parade into our community.
If we don’t stand together and say, “Enough is Enough” and stamp out the toxic people in our community, these people win by default; and we have nobody to blame but ourselves. Even though Paganism doesn’t have a Central Authoritarian Hierarchy, we can still be self-policing and stop these individuals in their tracks. When we see an individual of this nature, we need to give them what they want, “The Spotlight”. Though this spotlight will bite them in the rear. Call them out where they stand, even though it may be in front of a group they are leading. It is far better to show a corrupted group what their leaders really are, than to wait until they are alone to call them out. The victims of these people will see that you are not afraid to stand up for what is truly right and what our Community truly believes in and practices…rather than cower and not help someone who has fallen victim to these people’s toxic ways.
When I created The Black Rose Tradition, I had this in thought. I wanted to prevent the prevailing of Toxic individuals within the Community, so I created strict law to follow within The Black Rose Tradition. None of them causing harm to others, and designed to prevent harm to both student and teacher. These laws were also designed to prevent corruption of the leaders. Though Toxic people will disguise themselves as the curious student desperately wanting help or teaching. Watch their actions and body language, you’ll know who is only there for toxic intentions. When I saw corruption, I called out the individuals and made them face their charges…they retaliated by calling me a paranoid and corrupt leader, this is to be expected from toxic individuals when they are called out. The will try to make you out to be the Toxic one, but you must stand your ground. No matter what happens, but do make sure that you prevent harm from befalling upon you. I would hate to hear about anyone getting hurt because they chose to stand their ground. Though they will most likely resort to childish ways to get back at you, instead of facing you like an adult.
If you happen to be a member of one of these groups, don’t be afraid to stand up and expose them for what they really are; Evil. If you choose to leave the group, that’s fine…but don’t do it silently, because by leaving silently, you are causing harm…because you are taking the knowledge you have of a corrupt leader with you and leaving your brothers and sisters of the community to continue to be victimized by these toxic people. If the group isn’t toxic, and you decide to leave, please, do it silently and without a scene. Toxicity spreads like a hot zone communicable disease, one that can be irreparable if left alone and not dealt with.
We need to keep in mind that these Toxic people are Power Hungry, and attention seekers. Like Children, they will seek attention by any means possible. If it’s not given with what little good they do, then they will seek it through negative means. Psychology proves that. And that is what we should do for them, show them all the attention they are wanting to have, by showing what they and their actions really are, Evil. They, if smart, will change their toxic ways and become a positive hand in helping to mold our communities growth, or cower and be known for what they truly are.
Some people will fully agree with me on this, some will fully disagree with me…either or, I really don’t care because that will not stop me from spreading the truth about this Toxicity that has been taking over our beloved Community. And will not stop me from doing my part to stamp out this toxicity.
I’m not asking for a Revolution or a Pagan Holy War…what I am asking is that we all stand together to stamp out these Toxic individuals and practices that is really harming our community. I am not saying that this is going to be easy, but I am saying that it would help our community grow in a healthy way. By stamping out these toxic individuals and practices, we will be allowing for a healthy growth of our community as a Respectable Religion as well as ourselves and fellow brothers and sisters of the community.
Article by: Rev. Mirado Crow – July 22, 2010
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