Featured photo by Ken Gagne. Sewing 6-8pm
It’s rather grey again today and wet, but not currently dripping on us. I don’t have a good way of measuring rain without the usual computer site and it’s down at the moment. The wind has died right down and it’s in the low 50’s, as far as temperature.
Yesterday was rather slow, but short as far as work went. After he got his other paper delivered, Tempus napped a lot. I worked on newsletters and then we had supper and went home to do some chores, there. Gary was in for a bit. A friend online was sitting in the ER for hours, waiting for the flu cases to clear out, so I kept her a bit of company online. We finally had our chicken and dumplings and I sat and waited for Tempus to get done with “one more thing” for at least an hour. 🙂
Photo by Ken Gagne on 1/18/17 – Seagulls hunkered down away from the storm at Yachats State Park
Today’s Plant is Evening primrose, Oenothera species, sometimes called Sundrop or Suncup in Oregon. The young roots can be eaten like a peppery-flavored vegetable and the shoots can be used in salad. It can be used in poultices for wound-healing and to ease bruises. (Sun…it’s drying) Clinical trials don’t support the traditional uses for treatment of PMS (particularly bloating and water retention) or cervical ripening in pregnancy, but one of the varieties has promise as a treatment for breast cancer. – Masculine, Sun, Fire – This herb is often called the King’s Cure-all, used by a ruler to cure scrofula. It has powers of healing, particularly for drying “wet” wounds or injuries. It can be used in sleep sachets (especialy for people who have problems with fluid in the lungs at night) , and for spells to cure (or cause) alcoholism. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evening_primrose
Feast day of St Henry, Bishop of Uppsala (St Henry of England; Henry of Finland; Henry of Sweden; Henrik; Heikki; Piispa Henrik) Henry was the English-born bishop of Uppsala, Finland, who was martyred on January 20, 1156 by a Finnish soldier (or wealthy landowner) named Lalli whom he had just excommunicated for murdering a Swedish soldier. Legend says that Lalli had a long life – continually tormented by mice as a penance for his attack. More information here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry,_Bishop_of_Uppsala
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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. Waning Crescent Moon –Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 1/23 at 4:07am.
Mars and Venus creep closer, but at an ever slower rate. They will never pass this season; they’ll be closest, 5½° apart, in early February, and then Venus will begin to drop away.
Last-quarter Moon (exactly so at 5:13 p.m. EST). The Moon rises around midnight or 1 a.m. tonight, now to the lower left of Jupiter and Spica. By dawn Friday morning they’re again high in the south, with the Moon well left of Jupiter and Spica, as shown here.
Jupiter (magnitude –2.0, in Virgo >>>>) rises around midnight and shines brightly high due south before the first light of dawn. Spica dangles 4° below it. Jupiter is creamy white, but Spica is an icier shade of white with a trace of blue. In a telescope Jupiter is 37 or 38 arcseconds in diameter, not very large for Jupiter; it still has a long way to go until its opposition April 7th.
Goddess Month of Hestia runs from 12/26 – 1/22
Goddess Month of Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Celtic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20, Beith – (BEH), birch
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17, Luis (LWEESH)
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
Th 19 High 5:35 AM 7.4 7:46 AM Rise 12:13 AM 60
~ 19 Low 12:13 PM 2.3 5:08 PM Set 11:43 AM
~ 19 High 5:51 PM 5.6
~ 19 Low 11:48 PM 2.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Believe your beliefs and doubt your doubts.
~ Most witches don’t believe in gods. They know that the gods exist, of course. They even deal with them occasionally. But they don’t believe in them. They know them too well. It would be like believing in the postman. – Terry Pratchett, Witches Abroad
~ Mountaintops inspire leaders but valleys mature them. – Winston Churchill
~ Health, Wealth, and Happiness attend! – Signora Francesca Testarossa de’ Martini
~ If life was fair, Elvis would be alive and all the impersonators would be dead. – Johnny Carson
One ship sails East,
And another West,
By the self-same winds that blow,
Tis the set of the sails
And not the gales,
…That tells the way we go. ~ Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Priestess – We stand at the crossroads of the year where Brigid will meet us. If we ask, she will guide us.
The Priest takes the basket of rosemary branches and gives an even-numbered amount to each participant along with a length of white yarn.
Priest – To make Brigid’s cross, take one branch in each hand. Lay one branch perpendicular to the other, creating an equal-armed cross. Wrap the yarn over and under at the center to secure them. While you work, let your mind roam freely and think of yourself approaching a crossroads. When you arrive, Brigid is standing in the middle. She points to one of the roads. When you finish making your cross, close your eyes and hold it between your hands. Meditate on the path Brigid pointed out for you. Let this path inspire you; let it bring you to a place of beauty. Let these thoughts and images flow into the cross you hold. As you hold the vision of the crossroads in your mind, it may feel appropriate to stand or move around the circle.
The Priestess or other designated participant may drum a steady rhythm.
When everyone has finished their cross and had a chance to meditate or move around the circle, bring the drumming to stillness.
Hecate’s Brooch Winter Meditation – Morgan
Close your eyes. Take a deep breath and relax your eyes, your face, your shoulders, your arms, your hands. Take a deep breath, and relax your chest, your back, your belly, your hips, your legs, your feet.
Take a deep breath, and relax your mind, let it empty of everyday worries and thoughts. Take a deep breath, and relax your heart, let it open in perfect safety to the love and wisdom of the Goddess.
You notice you feel a bit chilled, and when you look around there is near darkness, an open field with dark leafless trees. You begin to walk, and feel snow crunching beneath your feel, cold snowflakes brushing your checks, and an icy wind that tries to find its way under your warm coat. You walk and walk, and in the distance far away there is a tiny cottage. There is a light in the window, and smoke curling from the chimney. You walk and walk thru the wind and snow, getting colder and colder. Finally you are at the door of the cottage. It is opened by a very old woman dressed in all in black.
She hangs your wet coat by the fire and invites you to sit at the hearth. She brings you a cup of warm soup, which warms your hands and your belly as your toes and fingers thaw and you watch the flickering flames.
The old woman speaks. “Welcome, little one. do not fear the dark of winter, it is just a season like any other. When the noise and light of the holidays fade away there is welcome dark and quiet, a time to rest, reflect and dream. On these cold, quiet nights come to me and listen, and I will teach you and tell you secrets.” So you listen…
A while later it is time to go. You thank the Goddess for her wisdom. You take your dry warm coat from its place by the fire. As you step thru the door the cottage is gone, and you are standing at a cross roads in the snow. But the wind is not so biting, and you
begin to walk toward the lights of our circle quite nearby. Soon you are back in your place in our circle. You feel your chair beneath you, and begin to wiggle your fingers and toes. Take a deep breath, as your awareness returns totally to your physical body.
When you are ready, open your eyes.