Minus Tide at 7:29 PM of -1.3 feet.
The sky is full of high cirrus clouds. They’re thin enough that the computer weather says, “Clear”, but thick enough to strain the sunlight. It’s 37F with a light breeze (gusts are in the low teens) and even last night’s frost is light.
Yesterday was a “sleepy” day. I ended up getting up too early, so I took a nap early in the day. Tempus crashed in the late afternoon, refusing to lie down, but snoozing, sitting up. 🙂 I tried, late in the afternoon, to open a can of chickpeas. I wanted to get some pickled since I have the broth, but my good can opener is awol again. In between we were just doing the usual stuff, although I had a counseling session in the middle of the afternoon.
I did get a bit more hung up on the new hanging bars, but wrenched things in the process. <grr> Tempus got some more of my embroidery display stuff hung up. Sewing was just two of us and Tempus and I had lentil stew for supper, afterwards.
I didn’t stay at the shop and do the end of the route with Tempus. He dropped me at the apartment and I just stayed quiet. The Moon was bright and I spent a little while gazing. He got in around 5:30.
Today we have more to do to get the shop sorted out.
Moar snow pix.
Today’s plant is Wild ginger, Asarum caudatum – This is a different plant from the one usually used in magick, but has only slightly different properties. This is related to black pepper, kava and birthwort. –Masculine, Mars, Fire – This is used for “heating up” spells. While standard ginger is used in money, love, success and power spells, Wild Ginger is mostly used to add power, rather than on its own.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asarum_caudatum
Lamentations of Isis, ancient Egypt(Nov 13 – 14) –Today: ‘Dismemberment of Osiris’. Isis and Osiris are archetypes bearing a similarity to other divine dualities such as Ishtar and Tammuz ( Damuzi), Venus and Adonis, Mary and Jesus Christ. The tears of Isis, as she lamented Osiris, were said to cause the periodic rising of the Nile; June 18 is another such event, The Egyptian story is believed to have influenced Christianity. See also the Festival of Isia, October 28. Related bits here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Djed and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nephthys
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
Full Moon – The day of the day before and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 1/14 at 3:34pm. 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 1/27 at 4:07pm. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 1/19 at 2:13pm.
The Venus-Mars-Fomalhaut triangle continues to narrow.
Here it is the coldest month of the year, but the “Summer Star,” Vega, is still barely hanging in there. Look for it twinkling over the northwest horizon during and shortly after nightfall. The farther north you are the higher it will be. If you’re too far south, it’s already gone.
Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) is passing Venus this week, after passing Mars last week. They appear closest, about 0.4° apart for North American observers, on the evening of January 12th; on that date you’ll find Neptune to Venus’s lower left. Use high power to try to discern its 8th-magnitude disk, which appears only slightly nonstellar with a diameter of just 2.2 arcseconds. Finder charts for Uranus and Neptune among their background stars.
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 Perdhro/ Peorth, 1/12-1/27. – Feast of Brewing, Druidic, Source: The Phoenix and Arabeth 1992 Calendar.
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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 13 High 1:15 AM 7.7 7:50 AM Set 8:32 AM 99
~ 13 Low 6:43 AM 2.5 5:01 PM Rise 6:53 PM
~ 13 High 12:33 PM 9.3
~ 13 Low 7:29 PM -1.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I remember freedom. I remember who I Am. I am free.
~ Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife. – Proverbs 17:1, New International Version
~ An unattended mind is the breeding ground of self-defeat. – Guy Finley
~ Fascism is capitalism plus murder. – Upton Sinclair (1878-1968) US writer
Our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save. –Will Rogers (Bornin 1879)
Imbolc was the second of the Celtic seasonal festivals, covering the months of February, March and April. The chief rituals were carried out on 1 February and had strong associations with fertility. In pastoral terms, they were linked with lambing and the lactation of ewes. The festival was also devoted to the powerful triple-goddess, Brigid. In her different aspects, she was influential in the fields of healing, poetry and smithcraft. Poets regarded her as the source of literary inspiration and her protection was frequently invoked by mothers in childbirth. In Ireland, she was much revered by the filidh (sages), who recognized her gift of prophecy. The cult of Brigid was probably connected with the worship of Brigantia, a northern British deity, and also with the Irish saint of the same name. It can be no coincidence that the latter’s feast day is celebrated on 1 February, the same day as Imbolc.
Imbolc tidbit – From: http://irelandsown.net/imbolc.html
Imbolc —by Míchealín Ní Dhochartaigh
“And she shall arise like a shining sun” —The Book of Lismore
Celebrated on February 2
Imbolc, a Celtic word meaning ‘in the belly’, celebrates the midwinter and the return of the sun. It is also known as Oimelc, Brighid, Imbolg, Imbollgc Brigantia, and Lupercus. The ‘belly’ being referred to is that of the Great Mother.
Imbolc Also known as Candlemas or St Brighid’s Day (its Christianised titles) and Groundhog Day:
If Candlemas be bright and fair
Winter will have another year
But if it be dark with clouds and rain
Winter is gone, and will not come again
Symbols – Snowflakes, crystals, lambs, milk, Brighid’s Cross, white flowers, orange or yellow candles, alder, hazel, wisteria, myrrh, basil, rowan
Imbolc is a celebration of knowledge and understanding, and a celebration of the beauty and mysteries of life. Its themes include purification, inspiration, new beginnings.
This time of year has traditionally been the lactation period of ewes and cows. Ewes are unable to produce milk until after they bear their young, which occurs at this time. Since milk was very important to the basic survival of the Celtic tribes, this was a time of great joy, and signified that the end of a long winter was in sight. At Imbolc, we are one with Nature, as we await the coming of spring, the Vernal Equinox, when day and night are equal; light has vanquished the dark and a new change is upon the land.
At sunset on Imbolc, it is traditional to light every lamp or candle in the house in honour of the sun’s rebirth.
The Celtic Goddess Brighid (Brid, Bride, Brigante) presides over Imbolc. Brighid, the radiant triple-Muse Goddess, is also a fertility-bringer. At Imbolc, Brighid is pregnant with the seed of the Sun, ready for new life to awaken within the Earth. She was later adopted by Christianity as a ‘Saint’.
See Brighid, The Goddess of the Sun for more about Brighid.
In some circles, ‘Brid’s bed,’ the union place of the Goddess and the Sun God, is created and placed within the circle, inviting the fertility of life that begins anew around us. This is done by creating a female figure of straw or a ‘Brid’s Cross,’ and laying it in a basket at the center of the circle with a phallic wand across it to symbolize the impregnation of the Mother.
It is tradition for every candle or lamp in the house to be lit for a little while welcoming the return of the Sun. Reverence of the snow is also a part of this celebration, and this festival falls during the Snow Moon. Some symbols or tools to have for present for ritual include a representation of a white flower or a snowflake and an orange or yellow candle to symbolise the renewing energy of the Sun’s rebirth.
Imbolc is also a fire festival, with significance placed upon the Light of fire, to celebrate the ever-increasing light at this time — symbolic of the Earth working Her way back to Spring. Brighid is crowned with a wreath of candles. Some circles make a ceremony of ‘charming the plow,’ in which they bless a spade or shovel with oil or wine, and then use it to dig a hole in the earth and bury an offering to the Mother.
During the Imbolc ritual, most traditions also pour milk onto the earth as a ‘thanksgiving’ to Brighid; and as an offering of nurturing with hope of the return of fertility to the Earth and its people. According to some sources, alder and hazel are coming into bloom and make great offerings. In the Celtic Tree Calendar, rowan is associated with the festival for Imbolc. It is a member of the apple family, and if you cut across the berries horizontally, a tiny, pentagram-shaped seed container will be revealed, much like a wee version of the one found inside an apple. Copyright © 2001 Ireland’s OWN
A Candlemas Poem —from Casting the Circle by Diane Stein
Night of lit white candles
Darkness turned into light
Everything she touches changes
Feast of waxing flame
Fire of heart and hearth
Fire on the mind
Flickering of spark
Quickening of air
Warming into inspiration
Thawing in her innocence
Snow into desire
He shines for all of us
She burns within us all
Spiral heat of life
She shines for all of us
Within us all she burns
The fires to create
She shines in all of us
She burns us all within
Awakening arising is her need
She shines for all of us
She burns within us all
Her candle is our only source
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Silliness – Too Hot, Too Cold
A customer was bothering the waiter in a restaurant. First, he asked that the air conditioning be turned up because he was too hot, then he asked it be turned down cause he was too cold, and so on for about half an hour.
Surprisingly, the waiter was very patient, he walked back and forth and never once got angry. So finally, a second customer asked him why he didn’t throw out the pest.
“Oh, I really don’t care or mind,” said the waiter with a smile. “We don’t even have an air conditioner.”