Minus Tide at 8:11 PM of -1.1 feet.
The sun was in my eyes coming across the bridge. It actually *is* clear today, not counting the usual bits of cloud over the Coast Range and out at sea. There’s little wind, even the gusts are hitting 9mph is all. Down by the water there’s a little more, but only a little.
Yesterday was one of those days when I got almost nothing done. I was sleepy and out of it all day, even after getting a nap. I kept working on filling in newsletter files, though. Tempus went from one area to another sorting things. He made us a nice supper of ham, potatoes and veg. We had a few customers in. It’s the January slump.
I thought y’all might get a kick out of this Ronald Hutton documentary about Wicca. It’s a bit, “ooh-wow” in spots, but, oh well…. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHAqBjOvYOQ
Today’s plant is Foxglove, Digitalis purpurea. It is naturalized in the PNW, being native to Europe, not the Americas. Digitalis was one of the first heart medications and was extracted from the plant and then synthesized. The plant is poisonous, not just because of this (too much causes irregular heartbeat), but some other chemicals. Also known as Lady’s Glove, Witches’ Gloves, Fairy Fingers, or Dead Men’s Bells. – Feminine, Venus, Water – A Druid sacred herb associated with the “little people”. Lust, protection, decision, grow in a garden for protection of house and yard, reveals insincerity. Flower meaning – a wish, “I am not ambitious for myself but for you”.
Mallard Day, All Souls’ College, Oxford University – In 1437 the founder of this college was turning over options for various sites in his mind. On this day he woke from a dream of a huge mallard trapped in the place where he should build. Workmen went to dig and found an enormous bird making quite a racket. In honor of this event the Mallard Song is sung and a feast is held on this day. More about the college and the custom here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_Souls_College,_Oxford#Customs
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
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, as Venus creeps toward Mars in the twilight week by week and Fomalhaut moves toward the lower right far below them. How much Venus has brightened since December! It’s now magnitude –4.6. Meanwhile, distant Mars has dwindled to +1.0.
The waning gibbous Moon shines near Regulus, after they rise around 8 p.m. Watch the distance between them increase through the night as the Moon moves east along its orbit.
In this coldest time of the year, the dim Little Dipper hangs straight down from Polaris after dusk — as if, per Leslie Peltier, from a nail on the cold north wall of the sky.
Mercury and Saturn are low in the southeast in early dawn. Mercury (magnitude –0.2) is sinking lower from day to day, while Saturn (magnitude +0.5) is getting higher to Mercury’s upper left. They widen from 7° to 13° apart this week. Antares, magnitude +1.0, twinkles 14° or 15° to Saturn’s right or upper right.
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
Sa 14 High 1:58 AM 7.8 7:49 AM Set 9:13 AM 97
~ 14 Low 7:33 AM 2.4 5:02 PM Rise 8:01 PM
~ 14 High 1:20 PM 8.9
~ 14 Low 8:11 PM -1.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Do not lose courage for what you believe in.
~ Little things affect little minds. – Benjamin Disraeh
~ I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph. – Shirley Temple
~ A business that makes nothing but money is a poor kind of business. – Henry Ford
~ Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen. – John Steinbeck
~ As the Dalai Lama says, a child’s first teacher is the mother. The mother is the one who teachers them right from wrong and how to be a good person in the culture…Such lessons are highly valued in Tibet. – Grandmother Tsering Dolma Gyaltong, one of our Wise Women – from Tibet.
All which, because it was
flame and song and granted us
joy, we thought we’d do, be, revisit,
turns out to have been what it was
that once, only; every invitation
did not begin
a series, a build-up: the marvelous
did happen in our lives, our stories
are not drab with its absence: but don’t
expect to return for more. Whatever more
there will be will be
unique as those were unique. Try
to acknowledge the next
song in its body — halo of flames as utterly
present, as now or never. ~ Denise Levertov ~ (Selected Poems)
Bride’s Bouquet Sachets (Brigid)
- Imbolc Potpourri (below)
- 1 Yard White Netting Material
- Yellow and Pink 1/8″ width Ribbon
Potpourri is made with:
- 1/2 cup dried basil
- 1/2 cup dried chopped bay leaves,
- 1 cup dried Heather flowers
- 1 cup dried Violets
- 1 cup dried white or pink rosebuds
Blend together in non-metal bowl. Cut netting material into 4″x4″ squares. Lay out squares on a flat surface. Place 1 heaping tablespoon of potpourri in the middle of each square. Pull up all the corners to the middle of the potpourri and gather the excess material until potpourri is caught in a “bag”. Give bag on twist to the right and tie off with yellow or pink ribbon. Use enough ribbon to make a small bow in the front of the sachet. Tell children how these sachets were exchanged as symbols of good luck and fertility. )0( GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives
Potpourri for Candlemas
- 45 drops myrrh oil
- 1 cup of oak
- 2 cups dried heather flowers
- 2 cups dried wisteria
- 1 cup dried yellow tulip petals
- cup dried basil
- cup dried and chopped bay leaves
- Mix all ingredients in large jar or other lidded container.
- Shake often until it has cured to your taste.
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.”