The sky is clear and blue…or it was when I started writing. I keep getting distracted… and it’s above freezing. 38 in town. 43 in Seal Rock. There’s some wind and gusts are into the teens. Rain is rolling in tonight, so it ought to wash the remnants of the ice away.
Yesterday I got the newsletter out after fussing and tears. There’s a reason I don’t do them at home anymore…. Tempus and I had spanish rice and meatballs for breakfast and did a few chores. He headed up to the washer to get the laundry and I sat, going, “Now what?” and ended up taking a nap!
At 3pm it looked clear enough, so we headed for the shop and were open by 3:45. I worked on newsletters and Tempus made a loaf of bread. Amy got there for Sewing and I got a bunch done, particularly taking pictures. After she headed home I worked on more sewing, alternating pincushions & facebook, while Tempus was trying to move stuff and about lifted out of my seat when there was a *huge* clatter from where he was working. He had a lumber avalanche while trying to re-stack it.
He helped me get things together to concoct a lentil stew, then headed out. That was at the “add water and stir well” stage (iow, edible, but crunchy) when he stopped by around 3:30am as he was passing the shop (27F outside at that point), and fully done when he got back at 6am. I got him a serving with bread and we both slept at that point. (I had napped, earlier.)
While I was working on the computer, prepping photos, and I wasn’t napping, I lost a picture that I had been working on and it made me mad enough to figure out where it had gone and I found my recycling bin! I pinned it back to the desktop so I can use it again, then found my picture and emptied the bin. Windows 10 dumped all of my pinned stuff when I did the upgrade, but why did they vanish such a necessary thing as a recycling bin?
He still has two papers to deliver, but they’re up a hill that’s too icy, even to walk. He got the rest of them done, though. Today he’s still trying to get the stuff out of the aisles and he has to run into Newport for a bit. I’m hoping my package is finally at the PO, and I awfully sleepy. I think we’re going to head home on time tonight.
A photo from 1/5/16 by Ken Gagne in Yaquina Bay of the Tabitha being given the Seal of Approval (says Tempus). Ken says it’s their new security system.🙂
Today’s plant is Candy Flower, Claytonia siberica, also called, Siberian Spring Beauty, Siberian Miner’s Lettuce or Pink Purslane) is a flowering plant in the family Montiaceae, native to Siberia and western North America. A synonym is Montia sibirica. The plant was introduced into the United Kingdom by the 18th century where it has become very widespread. It is similar to Miner’s Lettuce in properties, but not as edible. – Feminine, Moon, Water, – Sprinkling it inside the home brings happiness, so it’s good in floor washes or new home blessings. Carry it with you for luck and to protect from violence. Put it into sleep pillows or add to a dream catcher to keep away nightmares. I’ve actually slipped it between the mattress and sheets for this purpose. This one is also a spirit-lifter. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claytonia_sibirica
Tri králové is the name of this feast day in the Czech Republic. Children dress up as the Kings and visit neighbors to raise money for charities, often for children in need. (Trick or Treat for Unicef?) This is also “Chicken Step Day”, the day the sun takes a chicken step back into the sky and the end of the holiday season.
Turisi – Procines (January) 6 – This is the holiday of the bull, Jar-tur, a symbol of the strong power of life and fertility. People today celebrate this day by donning masks, parading and imitating the Great Bull. Younger and older folk alike join in playing games of enjoyment, called “Turisi”. This also ends the New Year holiday.
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. 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 at 2:47pm. 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 1/12.
Look above the Moon this evening for the two or three brightest stars of <<< Aries.
This is the time of the year when Cassiopeia >>>passes highest, just north of overhead, right after dark. When in this position, Cassiopeia is a flattened letter M.
Uranus (magnitude 5.8, in Pisces) is high in the south after dark.
Calendar is supposed to arrive today!
©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
F 6 High 6:28 AM 7.9 7:52 AM Set 1:05 AM 50
~ 6 Low 1:14 PM 1.7 4:53 PM Rise 12:39 PM
~ 6 High 7:03 PM 5.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Let your virtues speak for themselves.
~ Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. – Benjamin Franklin
~ Always remember that the future comes one day at a time. – Dean Acheson
~ If you can’t annoy somebody, there’s little point in writing. – Kingsley Amis
~ Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing. – Abraham Lincoln
May the smell of thyme and lavender accompany us on our journey
To a province that does not know how lucky it is
For it was, among all the hidden corners of the earth,
The only one chosen and visited.
We tended toward the Place but no signs led there.
Till it revealed itself in a pastoral valley
Between mountains that look older than memory,
By a narrow river humming at the grotto.
May the taste of wine and roast meat stay with us
As it did when we used to feast in the clearings,
Searching, not finding, gathering rumors,
Always comforted by the brightness of the day.
May the gentle mountains and the bells of the flocks
Remind us of everything we have lost,
For we have seen on our way and fallen in love
With the world that will pass in a twinkling. – Czeslaw Milosz (New & Collected Poems, translations by Czeslaw Milosz and Robert Hass)
Kindling a Fire
This holiday is a good time to teach your older children how to set a fire and kindle a blaze. Most children are eager to help lay a fire, but may be too scared to light one. Using long matches often eases their fear, and with supervision they can become quite proficient at lighting fires.
Children are great at gathering wood.
A note of caution about burning found wood, however: Make sure you inspect the wood. Scrap plywood gives off toxic fumes, as does wood that has been painted or coated with urethane. Make sure the wood you are burning has not been coated with creosote. Creosote is a dark, often tarry preservative and is commonly found on wood washed up on the beach. Its fumes are toxic, and when burned, the treated wood creates a smoky, stinky blaze. Creosote is easy to identify by its smell, which resembles that of turpentine or paint thinner.
Imbolc Priapic Wand – Source unknown
Children will love the sound of this magical wand as they walk about pointing and shaking it at plants and trees, invoking them to wake up from Winter’s sleep to witness the union of the Bride and the Lord of the Forest. **PARENTAL SUPERVISION REQUIRED!**
- Small Tree Branch
- Thin Brown String or Thread
- Yellow, Green, and Gold 1/4″ Ribbon
- Small Gold/Silver Jingle Bells.
- Select a small branch about 1/2″ to 3/4″ in diameter.
- Cut top end flat.
- Approx. 1/2″ below top score a groove (parents only) with a sharp knife.
- Take 1′ long piece of string/thread and tie in groove.
- Take another 1′ piece of thread and tie in groove on opposite side of branch.
- Place acorn at top of branch (flat end) and adhere with some glue.
- Now pull the string up over the cap and wind once around acorn.
- Repeat with all 3 other pieces of string.
- Pull strings back down to the groove in the branch and tie off. This will hold the acorn in place.
- Decorate the branch by wrapping it with the ribbons, leaving enough length at top for streamers.
- Tie gold/silver jingle bells to the ends of the ribbons.
- For smaller children, thread the bells onto the ribbon while wrapping the branch.
Tell the children about how the acorn-wand is a symbol of the Lord of the Forest, and how this magical wand helps the sleeping plants and animals wake up and prepare for Spring.
To echo the Goddess’s symbol of the serpent, make this candleholder, which resembles a coiled snake. Follow directions for making a mold for taper candles, with the following differences:
1. Size your holder by wrapping a paper cylinder around whatever candle you intend to use. Remove candle before proceeding further.
2. Dough ropes should be about 1/2 inch wide and a foot long. If candleholder is taller than 4 inches, use toothpicks for extra support.
3. Make the bottom by coiling a rope into a small circle.
- After the paper cylinder has been removed, use your candle to gently test of the open end of the candleholder is large enough to accommodate the candle. If it’s too small, delicately press the opening wider. If it’s too large, fill in with bits of salt dough.5 Bake the holder as directed. Turn after the first hour to be sure it does not stick to the pan.
6 Cool completely after baking. Then paint with snaky patterns, finishing with eyes on the end of the top coil. – From “Circle Round” By Starhawk, Diane Baker and Anne Hill
Make ropes by rolling salt dough clay between your hands. Each rope should be two or three feet long and 1/4 to 1/2 inch in diameter. If younger children can’t manage such lengths, have them make smaller segments that can be joined later with a little pressure and water. Dip your fingers into the bowl of water occasionally if the dough tends to crack. Roll the paper into a 1 inch wide cylinder and tape it shut. Around this cylinder, tape a piece of wax paper. Coat the wax paper with a thin layer of oil. Lightly moisten a salt dough rope with water. Lay the paper cylinder on its side at one end of the rope. Roll it along the dough, wrapping the rope up the cylinder until it is six inches tall. Be sure the edges of the coiled rope always touch. To provide extra support, at intervals stick severaltoothpicks vertically through the coils. Make a bottom for the mold byshaping another piece of salt dough into a 3/4 inch thick circle that’s larger than the coiled tower in diameter. Moisten the bottom’s surface, then carefully lift the coiled tower onto the bottom piece and press gently to make a seal. Pull the paper cylinder out. This slides out easily, leaving the wax paper. Remove it by gently tugging on the wax paper with one hand while you support the clay coils with the others. Inspect each part of the mold, looking for tiny cracks where melted wax could leak. Press these shut. If the coils start to sag, quickly fashion a paper cylinder around the outside of the coils and tape it closed. Trim it to the same height as the clay, so it won’t get in the way when you are pouring wax. Set the mold in an empty bowl, in case wax leaks through. You are ready to pour. Pouring the wax is thrilling. Go very slowly up each level to make sure no wax is leaking through. If a leak appears, carefully pinch it shut and pour again. Insert the wick. The wax will harden within an hour, long before the clay dries. To unmold, just unwind the clay. If some sticks, soak the candle in cool water and then gently rinse off the clay. The candles have a wonderfully craggy spiral looping from bottom to top, and burn with a lovely strong flame.