Foggy this morning! 51F, only a breath of breeze every so often and steady gentle rain. We got over 1 1/2 inches yesterday,but despite the steady pour this morning, then computer is saying only .04 inches since midnight. Hmmm…
Yesterday went pretty well. We were busy for a Sunday, and I got a bunch of birthday phone calls. Tempus and I between us managed to get the witch hazel that I harvested prepped. The flowers are drying and he managed to chip up the stems that I’m going to process into extract. He also worked on mending a mug and I did some sewing.
In the evening we had a lovely low-key birthday supper at the Salty Dawg. Cocktails, beef/barley soup, peel’n eat shrimp, steak, baked potato, garlic bread and home-style pineapple upside-down cake! Loren got me candy from the Chocolate Frog earlier, too.
Today we have to get back into inventory. I’m not moving very fast, though, so Tempus may leave me home again.
Photo by Ken Gagne – up the Yachats River on 2/5/15
Today’s plant is Crocus angustifolius (old name Crocus sulphureus) called cloth-of-gold crocus. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crocus_angustifolius From the RHS site, “Crocus are dwarf, deciduous perennials growing from a corm, with linear leaves usually with a silvery central stripe, and goblet-shaped, sometimes fragrant flowers in autumn or early spring. C. angustifolius is a perennial corm with narrow leaves and scented, bright deep yellow flowers, strongly feathered with dark mahogany on the outside.” http://apps.rhs.org.uk/plantselector/plant?plantid=582 Sacred to Juno and Ostara, as any crocus, it is used to attract love (carry), turn away abusive love (burn), and give visions (place on altar or by bed).
The Lupercalia is a festival of ancient Rome, with customs that seem awfully strange to us, now, but from which our St. Valentine’s Day customs possibly emerge. It’s the “Wolf Feast” in honor of the she-wolf that was the foster-mother of the twins who founded Rome. It’s also a feast in honor of Pan. The oddest part was that men would run a course around the city nude, except for bits of fresh goatskin, and whip the women and girls who would line up to be swatted for fertility and ease of childbirth! Definitely not the standard fun for Valentine’s parties…. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupercalia
… A she-wolf, which had given birth to her whelps came, wondrous to tell, to the abandoned twins [Romulus and Remus, founders of Rome] … She halted and fawned on the tender babes with her tail, and licked into shape their two bodies with her tongue … fearless, they sucked her dugs and were fed on a supply of milk that was never meant for them. The she-wolf (lupa) gave her name to the place, and the place gave their name to the Luperci. Great is the reward the nurse has got for the milk she gave.
Ovid, Fasti II. 413
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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. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 2/20 at 10:20pm.
Monday, Feb. 15, 2:46 a.m. EST – First Quarter Moon, February 2016 – The First Quarter Moon rises around 10:45 a.m. and sets around 1:15 a.m. It dominates the evening sky. This evening the Moon is in the Hyades for North Americans. It creeps along the Hyades’s southern arm, with its dark limb occulting 4th-magnitude and fainter stars one by one.
Aldebaran occulted by Moon, February 2016 – Monday, Feb. 15, evening >>>> – The First Quarter Moon will occult the bright red star Aldebaran against the backdrop of the Hyades star cluster, as seen from Hawaii, Japan, southern China, and southeast Asia. By the time the Moon reaches Aldebaran only the West Coast will still have a view, and even there the Moon will be low in the west on its way to setting. The dark limb snaps up Aldebaran at 1:05 a.m. PST for Los Angeles, 1:03 a.m. for the San Francisco area, and around 1:10 a.m. for Portland. From Seattle, the Moon barely misses it.
Jupiter (magnitude –2.4, between Leo and Virgo) rises in the east around 7 or 8 p.m. and shines highest in the south around 1 or 2 a.m. By dawn it’s getting low in the west-southwest.
Goddess Month of of Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Goddess Month of of Moura, runs from 2/20-3/19
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17, Luis (LWEESH)/rowan
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17, Nion (NEE-uhn)
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.
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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
M 15 High 5:33 AM 8.2 7:16 AM Set 1:19 AM 44
~ 15 Low 12:32 PM 0.9 5:45 PM Rise 11:39 AM
~ 15 High 6:44 PM 5.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Know your worth, name your price.
~ You can’t be successful until you step through your fears to create what you’ve dreamed. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ It is wise to remember that you are one of those who can be fooled some of the time. – Laurence J. Peter
~ Every exit is an entry somewhere else. – Tom Stoppard
~ Danger, the spur of all great minds. – George Chapman
Serene will be our days and bright,
And happy will our nature be,
When love is an unerring light,
And joy its own security.–William Wordsworth (1770–1850)
You meet someone for the first time and feel as if you know them already. You’re in a town that you’ve never been to before, yet you recognize streets and buildings. You start playing a new sport and amaze everyone, including yourself, at your natural abilities and intuitive knowing of the rules. We often describe such experiences as déjà vu: the experience or feeling that a new situation has happened to us before. Then again, the possibility does exist that we have actually lived these experiences in the past or, rather, in another lifetime.
Many spiritual practices believe that reincarnation is real: Our souls return to this earth over a series of lifetimes to evolve, learn, grow, transform, and become more spiritually attuned through the course of each life. When we reincarnate, it is believed that we tend to cycle through our different lives with many of the same people. Often these traveling “soul” companions are the ones we enter into relationships with; we work through our unresolved issues together so that we may heal. When we struggle or keep encountering blocks that keep us from reaching our goals, there may be a specific lesson that we are supposed to learn in this lifetime. Being naturally blessed with a musical talent or another gift can be a special ability that you worked hard to develop in a past life. You may even have lived before as another gender or as part of a different social or economic class. Each lifetime brings with it specific lessons that are necessary for our spiritual evolution.
Past life recall can give us valuable insights into our past, present, and future lives. The knowledge of how we lived before can help us overcome present obstacles, understand phobias, and resolve relationship issues. There are workshops you can take to learn about past lives, and past life regression therapists can guide you on your journey backward in time. You can learn to visit your past lives through your dreams, meditation, and trance work. It is even possible to see full scenes of a former lifetime flash before you in your mind’s eye as if you were watching a movie. While looking back at your past lives can be exciting and enlightening, it is important to remember that the answers you are seeking to this life can only truly be found by living this one. Look to your past to see where you’ve been, but remember that the life that matters most is the one that you are living now.
Silliness – Smart Joke # 18. A Higgs Boson walks into a church. The priest says “We don’t allow Higgs Bosons in here.” The Higgs Boson replied, “Well, without me, you can’t have mass.” – http://higherperspectives.com/jokes-for-intellectuals/?c=cleo&ts_pid=2&ts_pid=2