Yesterday was a long, busy day. I started in the garden in the morning, potting up several plants that I want to take with me when we move. One of them was a clump of crocus that was very grassy and weedy, so I took it with me down to the shop and worked on it there where I could sit with it on a table in front of me.
Once the power was back we had a lot of cleaning to do, Tempus starting with the bathroom and I with putting tools away. Once that was done I started some inventory things and Tempus went out to pay a few bills.
I spent some time mending a torn tablecloth and setting up to mend the other one, robbing some fabric from a torn napkin of the same pattern to do so.
We left the shop around 6pm and even though it was nearly 50F the wind was lazy and blowing through instead of bothering to go around. The peepers weren’t in the least bothered by that. We’ve been hearing them for 3 weeks already and last night they were *loud*.
Tempus made mac ‘n cheese for supper and I crashed right after, although I had intended to start some of the pickles last night, and then I woke about 2 hours later and got the newsletter together. …and tried to scrape up enough energy to work on the pickles…. and it didn’t happen, so I crawled back into bed with a book.
Wayne Walter Dyer (May 10, 1940 – August 29, 2015) – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wayne_Dyer
Today is the Aphrodisia, the festival sacred to Aphrodite in ancient Greece. She wasn’t a nice goddess, being fickle and unfaithful and a trouble-maker. She seems to have mellowed a bit with age, though. <<<< This Botticelli painting is probably the most famous image of her and is often called “Venus on the Half-Shell”. 🙂 She’s often called “foam-born” since she arose from the ocean and “Cyprian Aphrodite” because she apparently came ashore on the island of <<<<<<<<< Cyprus on this rock. There are a lot of middle-eastern goddesses who are related in forms of worship, Ishtar being the most obvious. Her symbols are: the sea, dolphins, doves, swans, pomegranates, sceptres, apples, myrtle, rose trees, lime trees, clams, scallop shells, and pearls. I’ll be putting some more in, soon, before Valentine’s/Lupercalia and there’s more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aphrodisia
Today’s plant, sacred to both St. Dorothea (patron saint of florists http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dorothea_of_Caesare ,which is the attribution that you usually see) and to Aphrodite, is the
or blue Hyacinth, Hyacinthus orientalis. It is highly poisonous, but has a use or two in the herbalist’s pharmacopeia. It is a lovely plant with a sweet scent that is a garden favorite. It hybridizes easily and will propogate itself in the right environment. – Male, Venus, Water – Promotes happiness, peace of mind and peaceful sleep. Attracts love, luck, and good fortune. Named for Hiakinthos, Greek God of homosexual love, this is the patron herb for gay men. Guards against nightmares when used as an oil, burned as incense, or included in dream pillows. Carry in amulet or sachet to ease grief or the pain of childbirth. More on this plant here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyacinthus_orientalis or here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyacinth_%28plant%29
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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. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle – In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Dark, psychopomps. – Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris . Phase ends at the Tide Change on 2/8 at 6:39am.
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. 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. You can still see all five naked-eye planets at dawn, though Mercury is getting lower. On Saturday morning the 6th, the crescent Moon, Venus, and Mercury form a triangle low in the southeast, as shown here. See Bob King’s article It’s Not Over Till the Fast Planet Sinks.
Bright Capella high overhead, and equally bright Rigel in Orion’s >>>> foot, are at almost the same right ascension. This means they cross your sky’s north-south meridian at almost the same time (around 8 p.m. now, depending on how far east or west you live in your time zone). So whenever Capella passes its very highest overhead, Rigel marks true south over your landscape. And vice versa.
Mercury at greatest elongation west, February 2016 – Sunday, Feb. 7, dawn – Mercury will be at its farthest from the sun. Because of the angle the ecliptic makes with the horizon, this will be more favorable in the Southern Hemisphere, seen here half an hour before sunrise in Melbourne, Australia.
Jupiter is now rising around 9 p.m. and shines brightly in Leo the rest of the night.
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
Sa 6 Low 4:27 AM 3.1 7:29 AM Rise 5:51 AM 9
~ 6 High 10:21 AM 8.4 5:32 PM Set 3:52 PM
~ 6 Low 5:23 PM -0.5
~ 6 High 11:49 PM 6.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I think God leaves me alone to let me find my own strength because no one else can give it to me. Sometimes it is very lonely. But I know the lonely times teach me the most. I must let go in order to let anything in. No one can love me, for me.”
~ Every man is the master of his own words. – Grettir’s Saga, c.19
Don’t make me walk when I want to fly. – Galina Doyla
~ There is nothing more dangerous than the moment you become a hostage to yesterday’s comfort zone. – Rob Thompson
~ Do you want to fit in or stand out? You must dare to be yourself. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ “Love is all you need.” The song played in her mind. But the Beatles misled us, she said to the air, thick with the ghosts of her own dead lovers. It wasn’t all we needed. We wanted to love, freely and without barriers. We had to remake the world in order to do it…} – Maya, from The Fifth Sacred Thing.
Fairies – sometimes banshees or females, sometimes fershees or males – often kept company with mortals, and became greatly attached to them. Every Samain a banshee used to visit Fingin Mac Luchta, king of South Munster in the second century, and bring him on a round of visits to the shees, to see all the precious things therein. A banshee follower of a mortal was usually called a lennan-shee (‘fairy-lover’), and instances of such attachments are innumerable. – Joyce, Soc. Hist. Ireland, Vol. 1. p. 265; today continues Samhain
It’s always fun to watch a movie or television show where there is a ritual of some sort going on especially if there are always candles lit around the room or in a circle or on the floor. In the media candles create a mood of love, horror or suspense depending on the storyline.
In everyday life people use candles to create an ambiance in the home, to scent it with roses, lilies or cinnamon but how many people consider connecting a prayer with every candle they light? Candles and prayer have gone together since before who knows when and churches and shrines used to feel so peaceful and tranquil years ago when people used to light candles at an altar or in front of a saint or other holy figure. Today, Catholic churches now use electric candles. The first time I went to a Catholic church (after many years) and discovered this I was shocked. Childhood memories of the smell of melting wax watched over by a beatific and comforting Virgin Mary were now dispelled by a switch. Candles have always had beautiful mysticism about them. When real candles were lit in church, currents of peace combined with strength could be felt. I find lighting a candle in my home makes my home feel more tranquil and if you are wondering why, the science of physics explains it all.
I am a Spiritualist and Quantum Metaphysician. My book, QUANTUM SPIRITUALITY, The Science of Change introduces the school I have founded, of the same name, which teaches the techiques of change by impacting reality on a subatomic level. I will take a moment to define what the word “prayer” means to me. It does not mean “I wish this or I wish that”. To me, prayer involves asking my Creator(s) to bless my prayer and then fulfilling the tenet of helping myself in the creation of change that will harm no one in its fulfillment.
Here is a truth: simply stated, energy is never destroyed, merely converted Thought has energy as proven by EEG technology and in Einstein’s world the past, present and future are not linear. They are all co-existing and, as such, points of focus such as intentions, wishes, good feelings and prayer (which are all mind-created waves of energy) traverse the spiral of time.
The mysticism of lighting a candle can be evidenced by the feeling of peace that ensues. Gaze into that candle while meditating and the environment around you shifts and becomes a surreal haven where external pressures no longer exist. You have just moved out of space. The act of lighting a candle with prayer or mental intention sends mind created energy out into the realm of time as well. Lighting a candle while in prayer is comforting because we know we have planted a seed of hope. During prayer, we can let go of fears and simply trust Creator and the Universe to respond. In that moment we are out of “our time” and in Creator’s- which is ever fluid and ever spiraling within the same spatial environment.
Everything and every action emotes energy of some kind. When we light a candle at home rather than thinking of only the decorative or scent value, if we offer a prayer say for peace imagine what the power of this prayer energy, said by millions as they light a simple candle, could accomplish. Taking this a step further let me share my personal prayer ritual. To me lighting a candle is a quantum ritual. When I light my candles, I focus my mind and envision my thought (or energized intention) traveling down my arm, through my hand and into that match. Before I light that match, I make sure my intent ‘reaches’ the match first. Since I channel energy all the time, my arm and hand shake violently as I feed the energy created in my mind into my hand. When I have controlled this focused energy field then I light the match and then the candle itself. Because fire is such a dynamic and powerful medium of energy I believe using a match is a most effective way to orchestrate my intention into the quantum field, creating a flux of energy. The act of lighting a candle maintains focus on my prayer (or desired outcome). Lighting the match as described above also links the energy of my mind with the candle. As the candle continues to burn, it will continue to emit the intention I programmed into this candle as ongoing energy. The impetus of heat from the match will empower the candle to emit even more heat energy waves (or quinta as Einstein called it) as it sends my prayer into time and space. Candles have been esteemed by all peoples of all beliefs as tools for prayer and petition. Never was science ever correlated with its effectiveness.
As a matter of facilitating focus, you may it find it interesting to consider that candle rituals can and should involve a little preparation. To mentally prepare for intentional prayer with candles, there are a number of things I do. Since I am a Quantum Metaphysician working with energy all the time, I believe in cleansing candles because there are any number of people who have touched it or handled it. If the energy with which these candles were handled was negative, then sorrow, despair, hopeless and rage can be send out when I light a candle and counter my work or prayer. Because of this, I purge negativity from candles so that prayer will not be tainted by this negativity. Rub salt around the candle and sprinkle some on top around the wick. After all, this was the only substance Jesus used to exorcise demons. You can use cold water by wetting your hands and rubbing the candle with the water. Buddhists monks use freezing water to strength the mind as it trains to generate heat despite freezing weather. You can smudge the candle (lighting incense and letting the smoke clean the candle) with sage as Native Shaman’s do or burn rosemary as Wiccans do. What you may notice here is the universality of the belief that there is negativity and negative energy around us as well as long recognized ways to get rid of it.
Many people find the colors of candles facilitate focus as well. In some traditions colors identify with petitions or requests in the following manner: blue for mental serenity and healing, green for help with money, and red for strength. Keep in mind however that these colors vary depending on the belief system followed. In the quantum and spiritual realms, the lack of a specific color candle does not restrict prayer. In these realms, anything can be changed by the power of the mind. So, the mind can change a white candle into blue, green or red. This is why I keep many more white candles than colored ones especially since sometimes color candles are not as available.
If you need to pray, do so. A prayer is never wasted but perhaps next time, you might add more power to your prayer by putting science to work with it. Then just wait to catch up on the time line!
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Silliness – Growing Up
My son Mark was only 5 feet, 8 inches tall when he left for college in the fall. He worked through the Christmas holidays and didn’t return home again until the February break.
When he got off the plane, I was stunned at how much taller he looked. Measuring him at home, I discovered he now stood at 5 feet, 11 inches. My son was as surprised as I. “Couldn’t you tell by your clothes that you’d grown?” I asked him.
“Since I’ve been doing my own laundry,” he replied, “I just figured everything had shrunk.”