It’s so amazingly bright out there! Tempus has already been and fetched a couple of raspberry plants for me and he’s making coffee. 57F with a nice breeze. It got up to 76F at the shop yesterday! I was forewarned enough to dress lightly, but there were people walking up and down the street carrying heaps of coats and such. 🙂 It’s not supposed to get so warm today and the clematis is starting to bloom.
>>>>>>>>>> Crocus and jonquil! >>>>>>>>>
The birds got the seedball eaten down far enough that it dropped off the string at some point during the day. The end of the string was flapping in the breeze, sticking out of the seedball before we left for the shop. Tempus is going to put up another. I think I need to use a cardboard “grommet” at the bottom of those to stop that happening. I think the remnants of the ball are sitting on the floor of the porch because there are a lot of birds fluttering up and down from the railings.
Yesterday I wasn’t put together enough to head to the shop with Tempus at the normal time. He came back for me around 1pm. I dug some more plants that I got properly potted once I was down at the shop before he came back.
He put a load of stuff together for storage during the day while I was inventorying the necklaces and such and working with customers, then right at the end of the day got it offloaded into the unit. I didn’t realize *how* many unfinished projects were in those boxes!
We saw the Zodiacal light in the west when we were standing in the driveway at the house. The sky was incredibly clear and the stars very plain.
Today I have some cooking to do. Tempus has some kitchen cleaning and we’re hoping to get another load of stuff to storage during this good weather, so I can sort and pack down another set of dishes and keepsakes. He has a little shopping to pick up this evening and then his paper route, too, and I have a bunch of paperwork to whomp through…and I *so* want to get outside today!
This is a wonderful rendition of an excerpt from one of my favorite pieces of music, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, the 4th movement. It’s a universal shout of joy and acceptance, a “Yes!” that you can’t mistake, from a man who had lost his hearing when music was his whole life. I weep with joy, just listening to it. …and to turn it into a flashmob? 🙂 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbJcQYVtZMo
Today is the feast of Apollo, the god of the sun and inspiration and the patron of the muses. He’s a rather distant god, brother of Artemis and a killer, rather than a hunter, supposedly for good reasons, but since he was the one that slew the Great Snake at Delphi and took over the shrine and its Pythonesses, I’m not sure I actually like him. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo He was Christianized into St. Vincent, but today’s saint is St. Apollonia of Alexandria who jumped into the fire on her own, after they pulled out all her teeth. Thus she is the patron saint of dentists….. There’s a marvelous little chapel in Prague in the Loreta where she has an altar that has a pair of cherubs on one side, one of whom has a pained expression on his face and hands over his mouth and the other is triumphantly holding up a pair of pliers and a bloody tooth! Roman narcissus, Narcissus romanus, is the plant that belongs both to the god and the saint, a double-ruffled narcissus.
Today’s plant is the double-ruffled Narcissus, also Called: Asphodel, Daffy Down Lily, Goose Leek, and Lent Lily. It is a member of hardy, spring-flowering bulbs. Close relatives (actually part of the family…) are jonquils and daffodils. They are native to Europe but all over in gardens and landscapes. Some of the plants in the family have medicinal uses, but the bulb is quite poisonous. Don’t experiment! – Apollo, Air, Feminine, Ostara – Helps promote polarity and harmony. Calming vibrations bring about tranquility and inner peace. Along with jonquils it is one of the best of the fertility charms. More on the genus, here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narcissus_(plant)
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Love & Light,
New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open. Phase ends on 2/9 at 6:39pm. – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Waxing Moon Magick – The waxing moon is for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or healthy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healings for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 2/22 at 10:20am. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 2/12 at 6:39pm.
With the Moon new and Orion high, explore the rabbity telescopic sights of Lepus, the Hare under Orion’s feet, using Sue French’s Deep-Sky Wonders article, chart and photos in the February Sky & Telescope, page 50. Get to know winter’s only globular cluster. And what about that sextuple star known as NGC 2017?
Saturn (magnitude +0.5, in southern Ophiuchus) rises around 3 a.m. and is fairly well up in the south-southeast by the beginning of dawn. Spot Antares 7° to its lower right. Mars glows three times as far to Saturn’s right or upper right. In a telescope, Saturn’s rings are tilted a wide-open 26° from edgewise.
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. Runic half-month of Sowulo/ Sigel, 2/12-26 It represents the power of the force of good throughout the world and is the harbinger of victory and ascendancy over darkness.
©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
Tu 9 High 1:05 AM 7.7 7:25 AM Rise 7:57 AM 0
~ 9 Low 6:48 AM 1.8 5:36 PM Set 7:22 PM
~ 9 High 12:39 PM 8.9
~ 9 Low 7:22 PM -1.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Do it. Do it right. Do it right now. These are three simple steps to success.
Journal Prompt – Auto-Biographical narrative – Tell the story of a young person or adult who has made a difference by helping others. Characterize the person and describe how he or she has helped other people.
~ It is not titles that honour men, but men that honour titles. – Niccolo Machiavelli
~ Teach kids to become better not bitter through challenge. – Unknown
~ An expert is a person who has made all the mistakes that can be made, in a very narrow field. – Niels Bohr
~ There is no passion to be found playing small — in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living. – Nelson Mandela
Every day poor people are forced to work for fourpence a day, though corn is dear. And yet the tithing priest stops their mouth and tells them that ‘inward satisfaction of mind’ was meant by the declaration ‘the Poor shall inherit the earth’. I tell you, the Scripture is to be really and materially fulfilled. You jeer at the name ‘Leveller’; I tell you Jesus Christ is the Head Leveller. – Gerrard Winstanley; The True Leveller’s Standard Advanced, April 20, 1649
We don’t usually make our own Valentines anymore, which is kinda sad. I have some good memories of getting covered with paste and glitter and giving my family sticky hugs that kinda spread the wealth, but they loved and cherished those silly little messy things that I made. I have some that my kids made for me, ditto. …and any excuse for a party, right?
Drinkables – Red punch, pomegranate juice in lemon-lime soda is wonderful, especially of you can float some raspberry sherbert in it, or frozen strawberries. For low-sugar use clear glasses with water. Put a lemon wheel in and then and float frozen strawberries or raspberries on top. I ‘spose red ginger ale or some other red soda would work if you’re pressed for time.
Foods – Well, cookies and cupcakes are kinda expected and maybe some chocolates. If you feel adventurous you might try something that we call the Bartlett Bowl. It’s a can of mandarin oranges, whole roasted hazelnuts, chocolate chips and shredded coconut all mixed together. Just before serving, pour in the juice from the mandarins. This one has the traditional “love” correspondences, too.
Crafts stuff – Minimums are glue/gluesticks, red & white construction paper and scissors. Next step would be heart-shaped doilies, glitter, sequins, yarn, pompoms, macaroni. Macaroni? Yup, my favorites are bows and making scalloped edges out of elbow macaroni. How about traditional Valentine’s candies, like Red-Hots and Conversation Hearts? Next step after that would be stickers, googlie eyes, red silk flowers that can be taken apart and then you can go on from there! The more “stuff” that you throw on the table, the more creative the valentines will be.
Get envelopes/boxes – Ya gotta have these to present the creations…and trust me, kids do 3D! Adults tend to do the flatter pieces…. The PO has flat rate boxes for mailing that are free…unless you do have to drop ‘em into the mail.
You know how to do this! Eat some candies, pick up the scissors and the glitter and play!
Put the craft stuff and the food/drink in two separate rooms, or at least on two separate tables.
Put something washable on the table you’ll be doing the crafts part on. Old sheets are great.
If you’re doing this with kids under the age of 7 or 8, either put them & supplies on an old shower curtain on the floor, or put the table on top of washable sheets/old towels, so you don’t end up with more of a mess than you can help.
Argue going to let me in or not???