Photo by Ken Gagne.
There’s white stuff on the ground! Not as much as there was around 4am, because it’s starting to melt, but still some; enough for kids to play in with the schools closed for the day. Wing and windgusts both are in the low teens, although my windchime was making quite a racket, earlier. 30F.
Yesterday just whomped along. I was working on the usual Tuesday writing, picture developing computer housekeeping and all. Tempus was up at storage and brought a load of stuff to sort out that’s going to happen today.
He took off for the paper route at about 8:30, and not long after that there was an odd sound and the power cut off to all the items on my computer desk! I checked all the usual things, but he took an extra 15 minutes in the middle of the paper run to roll down here to get me up and running again. The power bar blew, as far as we can tell.
The snow started around 1am. I got picked up at 3:50, but the snow was quickly too deep and slippy and we went back to the shop and curled up to snooze at about 4:15. He headed back out around 9:30 and I’m not seeing updates, yet, although he’s in cell phone range if he gets into trouble, so I’m trying not to fret.
…and so this….
So not a lot is going to happen today other than getting the papers delivered and I’ll be writing, although once Tempus wakes back up, I’ll be asking him to do some dishes, at the least. Made by the Beach is closed and I don’t know who else, and a lot of folks are going to open late, it looks like.
Today’s plant is the Weeping Cherry, Grandma’s favorite from her front yard, which seems to be this one http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prunus_subhirtella, the Higan Cherry. There are listings for cherries and weeping trees both, but the weeping cherries do not produce fruit, only lovely flowers. Cherries: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cherry Cherry Blossom: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cherry_blossom Weeping Trees: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weeping_tree – Divination, Creativity; Healing. Objects made of Cherry wood are used to attract Love. Cherry juice is used as a substitute for blood in old recipes. Cherry gum is burned as a resin for sore throats.
The festival of Fufluns is a Roman event that happened somewhere near this day. There’s nothing much written about Fufluns, except that he’s a vegetation god, equivalent to Bacchus, that originally was Etruscan, but here are some references. http://www.pantheon.org/articles/f/fufluns.html and here: http://www.godchecker.com/pantheon/roman-mythology.php?deity=FUFLUNS …and on the Etruscans http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Etruscan_mythology
The Days of Volos – Procines (January) 1-6 – These moonlit and frosty nights have a name: The Holiday of the Wolves. These days are set aside for the worship of the God of pets and of cattle, whose name is Volos. We give our thanks for the animals on these days, which bring food and sustenance to our homes from ancient times. We also defend them from the ravenous wolves which attack. (Slavic Pagan Calendar)
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
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 1/12, at 3:35 AM. 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 1/2 at 10:53am. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 1/5?
In early evening at this time of year, the Great Square of Pegasus balances on one corner high in the west. The vast Andromeda-Pegasus constellation complex runs all the way from near the zenith (Andromeda’s foot) down through the Great Square (Pegasus’s body) to fairly low in the west (Pegasus’s nose).
Jupiter (magnitude –2.0, in Virgo) rises around 1 a.m. and shines brightly high the south by early dawn. Spot Spica 5° below it. Jupiter is creamy white, but Spica is icy white with a trace of blue. In a telescope, Jupiter is 35 or 36 arcseconds in diameter, relatively small as Jupiter goes. It’s still far away, heading toward opposition on April 7th.
Goddess Month of Hestia runs from 12/26 – 1/22
Celtic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20, Beith – (BEH), birch
Runic half-month of Eihwaz/Eoh 12/28-1/11 Represents the dead, and the yew tree, sacred to Winter shamanism. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books
This next is going to be skimpy until I get my new calendar (sold the copy that I brought into the shop, oops….)
©2016 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
Celtic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20, Beith – (BEH), birch – The silver birch (Betula pendula Roth) is the most common tree birch in much of Europe. It grows up to 30 m (100 feet) high, but is more often found in spreading clumps on sandy soils. It is one of the first trees to colonize an area after a mature forest is cut; this is probably a large part of its symbolic connection with new beginnings. It is cultivated in North America, often under the name of weeping birch. The three trees in my front yard form root sprouts that would take over the bed where they are planted if I didn’t cut them back. The common birch (B. pubescens Ehrh.) is almost as widespread as the silver birch, but grows primarily on acid or peaty soils. It can reach 20 m (65 feet) in height. Birches are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae). Curtis Clark
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
W 4 High 4:49 AM 7.4 7:52 AM Rise 11:35 AM 28
~ 4 Low 10:53 AM 2.7 4:51 PM Set 11:56 PM
~ 4 High 4:24 PM 6.6
~ 4 Low 10:55 PM 1.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I delight in my world and my world delights in me.
~ Humor is just another defense against the universe. – Mel Brooks
~ And I want to thank you for all the enjoyment you’ve taken out of it. – Julius “Groucho” Marx (1890-1977) US comic, actor
~ Cut hay right after the full moon. – “Old Farmer’s Almanac”, circa 1745
~ If you are ever at a loss to support a flagging conversation, introduce the subject of eating. – Leigh Hunt (1784-1859) English writer
On Wednesday, when the sky is blue,
And I have nothing else to do,
I sometimes wonder if it’s true
That who is what and what is who. – AA Milne; Winnie-the-Pooh
Incense #1 by Dawn Thebarge Hill
- 1 part each of Basil and Bay, Frankincense, Myrrh
- 2 parts Rosemary
- 3 parts Cinnamon
Grind herbs until fine if using whole herbs. Break resins into small pieces and grind. Visualize fertility and cleansing your home, environment and life of all negativity. Burn on charcoal tablets.
Incense #2 by Scott Cunningham
- 3 parts Frankincense
- 2 parts Dragon’s Blood
- 1/2 part red Sandalwood
- 1 part Cinnamon
- a few drops of red wine
- a pinch of the first flower of the season-dried
To 2 Tablespoons of sweet almond, grape seed or other light weight carrier oil add:
- 5 drops Sandalwood e.o.
- 5 drops Vanilla extract
- 6 drops Jasmine e.o.
- 2 drops Balsam e.o.