48F and breezy is what it’s looking like today. The sky is mostly covered by cloud, but not enough to keep the sun completely gone and large patches of a pretty blue exist. We got 1/2 an inch of rain yesterday and the 10am thunderstorm was apparently quite impressive if you live right on the water. Here it was just loud, but one lady a little south of Waldport who lives right on the beach said that 1/2 a dozen lightning strikes hit the water, one right after the other and that the boom was deafening. I think that was the long rumble that started with a crashing sound that I heard.
We were pretty busy yesterday, trying to sort out my stuff from Saturday, setting up foods for our potluck and that sort of thing. We didn’t have any Job Corps students, but customers started coming in right after we opened and were in and out until about 2pm. The potluck was good, but late because we were waiting for a couple of people who didn’t show, and then
It’s supposed to be relatively clear for a couple of days, so Tempus is going to be working on clearing some things from the car and up in storage. I’m going to be here. I’m hoping I can get a little more sorting done in back, although it might mean an explosion from Tempus since I need to get at the compounding station and get things put away, and that mean moving some of the totes that are sitting directly in the way at the moment. He keeps putting them there and I keep shifting them. 🙂
Another Ken Gagne photo from 1/7/15, Full Moon over Yachats bay before sunrise.
Today’s Plant is Miner’s Lettuce, Claytonia perfoliata (aka winter purslane, or Indian lettuce). It’s a plant native to our area, growing and blooming in our soggy spring and drying out and dying back in the summer. I’ve seen in re-bloom in the fall. It’s a leaf vegetable that can be eaten raw or cooked like spinach. It’s really choice in salads and very high in vitamin C. It got the name because the Gold Rush miners ate it to prevent scurvy, since they really weren’t eating right. Like any lettuce or most of the salad greens it’s Feminine and Water, but as any high Vitamin C food, its planet correspondence is the Sun. – 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. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miner%27s_lettuce More on the genus here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claytonia
Hathor is an Egyptian mother/death/sky goddess. She’s familiar to everyone as the cow-headed goddess whose symbol of cow horns as lunar crescents on either side of the disc of the sun/moon was worn by many other goddesses (and gods) in the pantheon. On her feast day offerings of cow’s milk are poured into the Nile. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hathor
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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 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. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 1/26 at 4:07am.
The waning Moon steps downward above Antares, Saturn, and Mercury in the dawn. In early dawn Tuesday morning the 24th, look southeast for the waning crescent Moon hanging 3° upper left of Saturn (when seen by North America), as shown here.
Venus is the brilliant “Evening Star” this winter, high in the southwest during twilight and long after. It’s currently magnitude –4.7, between Aquarius and Pisces. To its upper left you’ll spot Mars, an orange less than 1% as bright. In a telescope Venus is now slightly less than half sunlit. It’s growing larger as it approaches us, now about 28 arcseconds from cusp to cusp. For the rest of the winter, Venus will continue to enlarge as its phase wanes down to a thin crescent. Venus in a telescope is least glary when viewed in bright twilight. So get your scope on it as soon as you can see it naked-eye.
Goddess Month of Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
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. Runic half-month of Elhaz/Algiz, from 1/28-2/11. This half month: optimistic power, protection and sanctuary.
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Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17, Luis (LWEESH)/rowan – The rowan, or mountain ash (Sorbus aucuparia L.) is related to servceberries. The red berries were historically used to lure birds into traps, and the specific epithet aucuparia comes from words meaning “to catch a bird”. Birds are also responsible for dispersing the seeds. Rowans thrive in poor soils and colonize disturbed areas. In some parts of Europe they are most common around ancient settlements, either because of their weedy nature or because they were planted. Rowans flower in May. They grow to 15 m (50 feet) and are members of the Rose family (Rosaceae). They are cultivated in North America, especially in the northeast.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
M 23 Low 2:45 AM 3.5 7:43 AM Rise 4:02 AM 24
~ 23 High 8:51 AM 7.7 5:14 PM Set 1:56 PM
~ 23 Low 4:06 PM 0.9
~ 23 High 10:33 PM 5.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be.
~ The faith that moves mountains always carries a pick. – Anonymous
~ There is no security on this earth; there is only opportunity. – Douglas Macarthur
~ Every morning you are handed 24 golden hours. They are one of the few things in this world that you get free of charge. If you had all the money in the world, you couldn’t buy an extra hour. What will you do with this priceless treasure? – Anonymous
~ Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when youd have preferred to talk. – Doug Larson
People call me an optimist, but I’m really an appreciator….When I was six years old and had scarlet fever, the first of the miracle drugs, sulfanilamide, saved my life. I’m grateful for computers and photocopiers…I appreciate where we’ve come from. – Julian Simon (1933-1998) American Academic
Highland women invoked Brigid’s presence at the hearth-fire, the center of the home. The hearth was not only the source of warmth and cooking but also symbolized the power of the sun brought down to human level as the miraculous power of fire. Every morning the fire was kindled with invocations to St. Brigid, the “radiant flame” herself:
I will build the hearth
As Mary would build it.
The encompassment of Bride and of Mary
Guarding the hearth, guarding the floor,
Guarding the household all.
When a woman is in labour the midwife…goes to the door of the house, and standing on the door-step, softly beseeches Bride to come in:
‘Bride, Bride, come in!
Thy welcome is truly made,
Give thou relief to the woman,
And give thou the conception to the Trinity.’
Purify for Health – February comes from the Latin februarius, meaning “to purify.” Spend a day thinking about what you eat. Go one entire day without eating junk food. Concentrate on raw fruits and vegetables, and drink lots of water. At the end of the day, sit before your altar with a yellow candle, and meditate on how you feel, identifying the strengths and weaknesses in your eating habits. As a reminder of a healthy lifestyle, create an amulet. Wrap a piece of either citrine quartz, carnelian, or pyrite in yellow cloth, along with six whole sunflower seeds or cloves, a pinch of dried basil, and a pinch of dried marigold petals. Smudge the amulet with incense, and anoint it with orange or lemon oil.
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