Daily Stuff 2-1-17 Imbolc

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Ken Gagne!

Rose of the Sea Logo 2013Open Circle for Imbolc, Friday 2/3 at 7pm at Ancient Light.

cloud weather motifThe sky is mottled grey with cloud except for a bit way out over the ocean that is a lovely pink/gold color beyond the edge of this cloud band. It’s 47F, but it feels a lot colder for some reason. It looks like the wintry weather mix that folks were worrying about for the tail end of this week is going to be limited to a few hours of ice pellets or some such early on Friday in the Valley, but we shouldn’t get much here, even too much wind. Speaking of wind, there’s little here in town at the moment, but the Yachats station is talking about 24mph and there’s a small craft advisory out for swells. We have a chance of rain for an hour or two and then it’ll be dry until tomorrow again.

motif bird peace doveYesterday we were so late getting to the shop that it seems like there wasn’t much of a day left. Bills got paid and then we got back to sorting things. I don’t know if we’re even going to be able to open tomorrow, honestly. I wasn’t intending to close, but we’ve got stuff piled all the walkways, so it’s going to take massive effort to get far enough to have people come in to shop, and I’m not sure Tempus will be able to hold up his end. Yes, he’s finally getting better, but about where I was 3 days ago. Well, we’ll see. If we’re not going to open, I’ll put an “extra” out late tonight before we head home.

peacock bird motif medievalI spent some time working on the Mab’s Creations 2017 Yule Kit. Weird to do it now, but I’m digitizing a lot of pictures and the design that I’m adapting for 9 months from now was next on the list. So I made a lot of progress on the drawing end of it, anyway.

motif bird farm rooster…and sorting. I found some sewing projects that had gotten mislaid, which is nice, and some clothing of mine that had vanished, probably into the utility room junk pile from the looks of it, and a lot of other things that will end up going to GoodWill or some such… probably not them. I’m hearing stuff that I don’t like about Goodwill Industry’s practices, but a local place of the same type. There were a lot of bits of “keepsies” from when the kids were little that apparently didn’t make it into those boxes, so those got set aside. I found a lot of stuff that needs washed, both dishes and clothes, and baskets from the shop that had gone home and never came back. I even found the little dish from my butter warmer that had gone awol! Lots of cardboard got broken down to go away, but it’s only a dent in the heaps.

 

plant motif bird duck flower daisyI did a little sorting on the fridge and freezer, too, finding things that I should have been able to use this past week, but had been shoved into the back. I set up my new spice drawers, so those can stay on or by the cooking area, but mostly I wrote and drew.

Motif bird peacock featherTempus got back at around 3am with some few things from the store and we headed out to finish the paper route. It was a nice night for it, chilly rather than freezing (37F), no wind except for a short while up on Hospital Hill. I watched one bright star, (actually I think it was Jupiter), all night. There was enough of a cloud layer to veil all but that one and the clouds meant that Newport and Toledo’s lights reflected from the cloud layer. We got in at 5 and I made Tempus take some cough syrup, so he slept well. Today is just more of the same.

Ken Gagne photo from yesterday of the ocean near Yachats.

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lovageToday’s Plant is Lovage, levisticum officinale. It seems to have originated somewhere near the eastern Mediterranean and has been cultivated for a long while, being a very useful plant. It has a strong, long-lasting scent, that reminds a person of celery and parsley, but with the volume turned up. It’s great in salads, but chop it small and mix with other greens or it overpowers! Both leaf and seed are great in soups, especially seafood chowders, and the roots can be eaten as a vegetable. I’ve drunk lovage cordial, which is tasty. It has a high flavonoid content, as well. Medicinally, a strong leaf tea, iced, is a good antiseptic, especially for extensive scrapes, where it takes down the sting and swelling very quickly and can be splashed on as often as needed. It can be used for mild cases of water retention, as well, and even with high blood pressure. – Masculine, Sun, Fire – This herb is often used in love magicks, but works best as a self-confidence enhancer. Take a bath with a sachet of the leaves, or make a strong tea that you toss into the bathwater before going out to meet new people or to start a new job. It also helps to squeeze a small sachet of the leaves if you’re having trouble concentrating on a task. Wiki has more:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lovage

motif Imbolc PentacleImbolc is the Greater Sabbat and Cross-Quarter Day for this time of year. Although some people place it on 2/2 (Groundhog Day) or 2/3 (when the Sun is at 15 degrees Aquarius) it is the feast of St. Bridget, who is a thinly disguised Christian version of the older goddess of fire, inspiration, crops and wells. More here:  http://wicca.com/celtic/akasha/imbolclore.htm  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imbolc , and here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wheel_of_the_Year#Imbolc  and some more crafts, etc. here:  http://voices.yahoo.com/free-printable-pagan-imbolc-activities-wiccan-sabbat-11972375.html

 motif Imbolc PentacleThe shop is closed on Wednesdays. Winter Hours are 11am-5pm Thursday through Monday, although we’re there a lot later most nights. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.org If we’re supposed to be closed, but it looks like we’re there, try the door. If it’s open, the shop’s open! In case of bad weather, check here at the blog for updates, on our Facebook as Ancient Light, or call the shop.

Love & Light,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Waxing Crescent MoonWaxing 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 2/10 at 4:33pm. Diana’s BowOn the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 2/1 at 4:07am.  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 2/3 at 8:19am. 

013017-astro-webvic17_jan31evThe waxing crescent Moon joins Venus and Mars at January’s end. The 10° scale bar is about a fist-width at arm’s length. (These maps are always plotted exact for an observer near the middle of North America, at latitude 40° N, longitude 90° W. The Moon is always shown three times its actual apparent size.) The waxing crescent Moon, bright Venus, and faint, distant Mars form a triangle in the west during and after dusk, as shown above.
Astro marsMars (magnitude +1.1) is the faint “star” upper left of Venus. They’re 5½° apart this week, their minimum separation for this year; Venus will soon start to move back down and away. In a telescope Mars is just a tiny fuzzblob 5 arcseconds wide.

Goddess Month of Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17, Luis (LWEESH)
Rune Runic Month 03 Elhaz AlgizRunic half-month of Elhaz/Algiz, from 1/28-2/11. This half month: optimistic power, protection and sanctuary. 

Sun in AquariusSun in Aquarius
Moon in AriesMoon in Aries
Vesta (3/7) Retrograde
Color: Brown

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©2016 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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Celtic Tree Month Rowan berries, LuisCeltic 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 Celtic Tree Month Rowan Luis Rowan Sitka Sorbus_sitchensisof 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.

plant motif rowan treeLuis – Rowan Ogam letter correspondences
Month: December
Color: Grey and Red
Class: Peasant
Letter: L
Meaning: Controlling your life; Protection against control by others.

Plant Tree Apple Quert LuisQuert – Apple Ogam letter correspondences to study this month
Month: None
Color: Green
Class: Shrub
Letter: Q
Meaning: A choice must be made

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Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide    Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time       Feet    Sunset                                  Visible
W    1     High   3:27 AM     7.8   7:34 AM    Rise 10:10 AM      15
~     1      Low   9:32 AM     1.9   5:26 PM     Set 10:56 PM
~     1     High   3:16 PM     7.2
~     1      Low   9:40 PM     0.7

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make this an understanding day!

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – Drawing on my fine command of the English language, I said nothing. — Robert Benchley

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Quotes  

~  And here’s Moses Kiptanui, the 19 year old Kenyan, who turned 20 a few weeks ago. – David Coleman
~  In a dark time, the eye begins to see. – Theodore Roethke
~  Using your power in life is learning to play the cards that you are dealt in relation to what the other players at the table have. – Kerr Cuhulain
~  I feel that the greatest reward for doing is the opportunity to do more. – Jonas Salk (1914-1995) US microbiologist

PIECES OF MYSELF
I tore off little pieces of my flesh,
And handed them to you. “Here”, I said,
“Now love me. Or if you can’t love me,
Then let me be myself.”

But the pieces of flesh were not enough
For you. “Give me more, give me all of
Yourself, hand over all your hopes and
Dreams.”

I wound pieces of cloth around the bloody
Gashes. I stuck pieces of paper to the smaller
Wounds. There was peace for awhile.

Then came the first time that our wishes
And goals clashed. More pieces of myself
Were needed, to keep the peace.

This time the pieces of cloth had to be wider;
The tears that dripped upon the wounds
To heal them with their salt, were heavier
And more bitter.

Then came a time when I had outgrown
The need to be constrained. This time, you
Tried to tear of pieces of me yourself;
But I had learned to love myself, by that time.

“No,” I said. And then I said a little prayer,
And felt a peace come over me. “I am
A child of the Blessed Mother, and am whole
In that love.

Never again will anyone take pieces from
Me, either of my flesh, or of my heart; and
Love freely given and freely taken, does
Not take away, but adds to the soul.” © Copyright 11/1/05 Beth Johnson (Mystic Amazon)

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Imbolc Magick – February Lore

Seasons of the Witch!   Ancient Holidays (and some not so ancient!)   from Granny Moon’s Morning Feast

Imbolc

An ancient Celtic festival considered the first day of spring. According to Blackburn, no information survives about the rituals associated with this festival, except that ewes were milked. Various scholars have derived the word Imbolc from Ol-melc (ewe’s milk) because the ewes are lactating at this time, Im-bolg (around the belly) in honor of the swelling belly of the earth goddess, and folcaim (I wash) because of the rites of purification which took place at this time. All of these meanings capture themes of the festival.

A medieval quatrain fills in a few more sketchy details:
Tasting every food in order
This is what behoves at Imbolc
Washing of hand and feet and head
It is thus I say

Much of the lore associated with Imbolc was probably absorbed into the customs surrounding St. Brigid’s feast day on February 1.

Blackburn, Bonnie and Leofranc Holford-Strevens, Oxford Companion to the Year, Oxford University Press 1999

February 1st is the feast day of St Brigid, who began her life as a pagan goddess and ended up a Christian saint. The great high goddess, Bride or Brigid, was a fire and fertility goddess, perhaps embodied in the stars in the constellation we view as Orion. In her temple at Kildare, her priestesses tended an eternal flame. She presided over all transformations: birth and brewing, metal-smithing and poetry, the passage from winter to spring.

In Celtic lore, she is the daughter of the Dagda, the Good God, who marries her to Bres of the Fomors. Her name may be derived from Gaelic breo aigit or fiery arrow or (the Matthews prefer) a Sanskrit derivation Brahti or high one. As Bride, the Queen of Heaven, she seems to have been a sun goddess. In one tale, St Brigid carries a burning coal in her apron. In another tale, flames engulf her body without burning her.

The legends about the goddess Brigid gradually became associated with the (somewhat spurious) Saint Brigid who founded the first convent in Ireland (where else?) at Kildare. Her emblem is a cow and many legends tell of how Brigid kept guests at her abbey supplied (often miraculously) with milk and butter. Her flower is the dandelion, whose yellow flower is the color of butter and whose stem when broken releases a milky sap. St Brigid supposedly helped at the birth of Jesus, thus she is the patron saint of midwives and pregnant women. She is also the patron of poets, scholars, healers, dairymaids and blacksmiths, recalling many of the arts under the protection of the goddess Bride.

On the eve of her feast day in Ireland, people put out a loaf of bread on the windowsill for the Saint and an ear of corn for her white cow, offerings for the grain goddess like the loaf buried in the first furrow. Wheat stalks are woven into X-shaped crosses to be hung from rafters as charms to protect homes from fire and lightning.

In Ireland, the birds known as oyster-catchers (in Gaelic they are called Gille righde, the servants of Bride) appear on St Brigid’s day and are said to bring spring with them.

During the 19th century, Alexander Carmichael collected and compiled folk customs from the West Highlands, including many revolving around Bridget. On her holiday, women get together to make Brigid’s crosses at night. They also dress the corn doll or last sheaf (from Lammas or autumn equinox) in a bridal gown and put her in a basket which is called the Bride’s bed. A wand, candle or other phallic object is laid across her and the Bride is invited to come for her bed is ready. If the blankets are rumpled in the morning, this is seen as a good omen. Obviously the goddess whose mating brings life to the land is not the abbess of a convent but the great fertility goddess.

Blackburn, Bonnie and Leofranc Holford-Strevens, Oxford Companion to the Year, Oxford University Press 1999
Carmichael, Alexander, Carmina Gadelica, Llindisfarne Press
Kightly, Charles, The Perpetual Almanack of Folklore, Thames and Hudson 1987
Matthews, John & Caitlin, Encyclopedia of Celtic Wisdom, Element 2000

Feb 1: Juno Sospita – In ancient Rome, consuls made a sacrifice to Juno Sospita (the Saviour) on this day. Girls offered barley-cakes to the sacred snake in her grove. If their offerings were accepted, their virginity was confirmed and the year’s fertility assured.

Blackburn, Bonnie and Leofranc Holford-Strevens, Oxford Companion to the Year, Oxford University Press 1999

Feb 1: St Tryphon – His emblem is the pruning knife and he is known as a protector of vines and fields and a killer of rats and caterpillars. On his day, vineyards and fields are sprinkled with holy water and blessed. Working in the fields is not allowed, and it is said that one man who disobeyed this injunction and went out to work cut his own nose off.

Blackburn, Bonnie and Leofranc Holford-Strevens, Oxford Companion to the Year, Oxford University Press 1999

Feb 1: Candlemas Eve – This is the official last day of the Christmas season and also the last date for taking down the Christmas greens. Leaving them up after Candlemas is bad luck. Ceremonies for Candlemas Eve

Down with the Rosemary and Bayes
Down with the Mistletoe
Instead of Holly, now upraise
The greener Box (for Show).

The Holly hitherto did sway
Let Box now domineer;
Until the dancing Easter-day
Or Easters Eve appear. ~Robert Herrick (1591-1674)

Here are a few more! 

Be An Encourager Day
BEE-Day (Philippines)
Brigmid (Druid Festival)
Candlemas Eve
Canned Food Month
Cross-Quarter Day
Freedom Day
National Baked Alaska Day
National Enrolled Agent’s Day
Oystercatchers Arrive Back In Scotland, Heralding Spring (See Also 15 April).
Perchville USA begins (Tawas Bay, Michigan)
Return Shopping Carts To The Supermarket Month
Robinson Crusoe Day
Serpent Day (Celtic)
Spring Mother Celebration (Norse)
St. Bride’s Day
St. Brigid’s Day (aka St. Bridget; patron of dairy workers, dairy maids, poultry raisers, the only Irish fairy to become a Saint.)
St. Ives’ Hurling of the Silver Ball (Cornell, UK)
St. Pionius’ Day
St. Severus’ Day (patron of hatters, milliners)
The First Week Of February Is: National Pay Your Bills Week
The Second Monday Of The Month Is: Clean Out Your Computer Day; Fridays Before Lent Is Fariseos (Mayan Indians; Celebration Making Fun Of Christian Ceremonies)
The Second Week Is:Love May Make The World Go ‘Round, But Laughter Keeps Us From Getting Dizzy Week
This Month Is Also Known As Known By The Saxons As Sprout-Kale, Because Of The Conspicuous Sprouting Of Cabbage In Winter Gardens During This Time.
Vegetation Month.
Women’s Heart Health Day

Feb 2: Candlemas

Bonza Bottler Day
Brew Hog Day
Candlemas
Dia de la Candelaria (Mexico)
Feast of Pan
Feast of Torches
Groundhog Day
Lupercalia
National Heavenly Hash Day
Presentation of Our Lord (fka the Purification of the Virgin Mary)
Purification Day
Shaving of the Candlemas Bear Masque (Pyrenees)
St. Joan de Lestonnac’s Day
Wand Dedication Day (Fairy)
Wives’ Feast Day
Yuma Crossing Day

To Do Today: In magickal traditions, people light candles in the Yule log today, giving strength to the sun and chasing away some of the figurative dark clouds that winter left behind. If candles aren’t prudent, turn on every light in the house for a few minutes for a similar effect. Do not burn the Yule log however, keeping it intact protects your home from mischief.

Another traditional activity for Candlemas is weather divination, which we commonly recognize on this day as Groundhog Day. So, get up and look out the window! Poor weather portends a beautiful spring, and mild, enjoyable summer. Snow today foretells twelve more snowfalls before April 11 (Saint George’s Eve).

February, Ice Moon Also Known As:
Celtic ~ Moon of Ice
English Medieval ~ Storm Moon
Neo Pagan ~ Snow Moon

February brings with her Moon a time to begin your Spring Cleaning.  It is a time to welcome change, as light once again begins to take hold of the world, and darkness recedes. We need to start making plans for the future, accept responsibility for past discrections; a time for purifying your thoughts, and self forgiveness.  It is a time of rebirth of self, and self purification.

The beginning of February’s Moon of Ice, brings with it the Festival of Imbolc, also known as Imbolg, Imbolgc, Oimelc, Candlemas, Brigantia, Lupercus, Disting, Festival of the Lights, Brighid’s Day , Brid’s Day or Brides Day.  This festival, sacred to the goddess Brigid (pronounced “Breed”), who is known as a goddess of Healing, Inspiration, and Metalworking, in her aspect, of the triple goddess.  The christianized version of Brigid, is St. Brigid or St. Bridget, is said to have been Jesus’ mid-wife; yet another story says that she was Jesus’ maid, when he was being schooled by by the Druids.

Her symbol is the cross, commonly called Brid’s Cross, this cross has brought about much modern debate, as it closely resembles, Hitler’s Germany, swastika.

This FireFestival celebrates the light and heat,  that the fires flame’s bring forth; symbolizing the coming of the new born Sun.  Multitudes of White Candles are lit, often within a wreath, a symbolization of the Wheel of the Year.

At this time of year, the dieties are still youthful and not yet joined through the sacred vows of marriage.  It is the time of the waiting Bride, of the Sun God; a time when the ancient Celts saw the sun as being born anew.

The name Imbolc, literally means “In Milk”,  named thus, since this was the time that goats and cows began lactaing, a prelude to the birth of their young. During the Imbolg ritual it was a customary offering, to pour milk on to the Earth, to ensure the return of fertility, and the generosity of the Earth to the people.  They would dress grain dollies, as brides and place them about the house, and on altars in places of honor.   The greens and boughs that had been placed around the house, at Yule, for protection of the deep Winter, are now removed and burned in the sacred fires, the house is then throughly cleaned physically and then spiritually cleansed and purified.

In other parts of the world, it is a time of the return of the Kore, or the Maiden, who is returned from her prison in the “Underworld.”  She is no longer the vestial virgin, who wandered the fields, and forest paths, in innocence.  Her spiritual transformation, hearalds the first signs of spring, and the promise that Winter cannot last forever. She not only gives us promise, but attains a new name, Peresphone, and the responsibility of taking care of those who have crossed over and leading the souls of the confused.

This time of year we pay homage to the Greek Pan, or Lupercus.  He is honored at the Celebration of Lupercalia, where his priests perfomed these rites naked.  This celebration  honors the coming of spring and the enhancement of ensuring fertility to the  land, animals and humans, alike.  He is the ancient diety, who is necessary to join with the Great Goddess to reestablish balance, and fertility to the Earth.

Written amd Submitted by Irish Faerie (Welsh) Witch© 2004

Enjoy a Happy GroundHogs Day, USA

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Candles and Lights

Candles (leading to the name, “Candlemas”) are sometimes burned in every window in the house, starting the night of February 1st, until the candles burn themselves out. (If you practice this, be watchful of fire hazards.  We use battery-operated candles, and the if the bulbs and batteries are new, the lights remain on all night.)

This is yet another time to enjoy outdoor luminaria, as well. That’s when you take bags (lunch bags work fine, and you can cut designs in them), put a couple of inches of sand in the bottom of each bag, and then put a  tea candle in each bag. If the bag is on a wooden porch or other flammable surface, make certain to use plenty of sand to insulate. Also check the bags regularly, in case a stiff wind tilts a bag and the paper goes up in flames.

A similar tradition (in older houses where families have lived for generations) is to light a candle, one in the window of each room where someone has died. One candle for each person who died in that room. Again, the candle is allowed to burn itself out.

A related tradition is to make candles the night before the holy day, then take them to church to be blessed on the feast, and use those candles throughout the rest of the year.

Snow candles

Yet another candle tradition, which we have used with delight, is to collect a bowl of snow. (A white cereal bowl is perfect.) Bring the bowl indoors, place a “floating candle” in the center of the pile of snow and light it. As the snow melts, the candle will remain alight because it floats in the water. This is a very visual symbol for the return of light and heat to the earth, melting the snow.

Bride’s Bed

There are a variety of traditions related to making a “Bride’s bed” (also called “Brighid’s bed”) with a homemade cradle, an ear of corn, a wand (smaller but related to the coronation wand given to the kings of Ireland), and small tokens of respect and/or adornment. Many books on Celtic traditions give the details of this ritual.

St. Brighid’s Cross

“St. Brighid’s Cross,” is another tradition. It is a woven cross made from straw, sometimes with a diamond shape woven around the center. (Compare this with the Native American “God’s eye” crosses.) In some places, wells and other water sources (such as faucets) are decorated with ivy and early flowers.

Blessed clothing

Brighid’s healing arts are called upon in yet another delightful tradition. As night falls, place an item of clothing outside, for Brighid to bless as she passes over the earth on Imbolc. In the morning, bring the item indoors, and wear it whenever you need an extra blessing to heal. People with migraines are supposedly helped by this tradition, in particular. (Due to winter winds, it’s
a good idea to tie the item to a tree or fence so it doesn’t blow away during the night.)

And, in the morning…

In keeping with the milk theme of the holiday, some people pour a small amount of milk onto the soil early on February 2nd morning, as they thank Mother Earth for having fed them for the past year. The dairy theme of the festival also makes it appropriate to enjoy rich dishes and desserts such as cheesecake.

As with many holidays, it’s always appropriate to drum or ring in the festival, with a drum, rattle, or bells.

This is also a time for housecleaning and preparing for the new growing season. (Some women do a ritual “spring cleaning” of house, or use a cleansing tonic at this time, to mark a fresh start and a new year.)

In many ways, New Year’s Eve is somewhat misplaced. We do far better to begin our “resolutions” at Imbolc, which celebrates new beginnings.

Brigid, gold-red woman,
Brigid, flame and honeycomb,
Brigid, sun of womanhood,
Brigid, lead me home.

You are a branch in blossom.
You are a sheltering dome.
You are my bright precious freedom.
Brigid, lead me home.

~Irish Prayer To The Goddess

Every day, every night
that I praise the goddess,
I know I shall be safe:
I shall not be chased,
I shall not be caught,
I shall not be harmed.
Fire, sun, and moon
cannot burn me. Not
lake nor stream nor sea
can drown me. Fairy
arrow cannot pierce me.
I am safe, safe, safe,
singing her praise. ~The Shield of Brigid, Irish Prayer

This famous prayer was reputed to protect those who spoke it fervently from all evil. Originally an invocation to the goddess Brigid, it was later addresses to the saint who took her place and whose feast day, February 2, was the old Celtic feast of the goddess. Called Imbolc in earlier times, it became known as Candlemas, a feast of light celebrating the time when winter’s sway over this world was loosened, and spring at last beckoned.

The invocation was a shield against natural calamities as well as unnatural ones. For thousands of years the Irish prayed to the goddess, and then to the goddess-turned-saint, always asking for the same thing: to live out their lives in peace and plenty. Today we hope for more than just a good crop and no epidemics, good weather for harvest, and nothing to cripple our children. But is this not all we could hope for: enough to nourish us, both spiritually and physically, and people around us who love us?

)0( By Patricia Monaghan – From ” The Goddess Companion” and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast  1-800-THE-MOON

If you have someone in your heart, carve their initials into a leaf and place it in your shoe overnight. In the morning if the initials are clearer they’ll marry you if not they won’t.

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motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Late Night Funny – CNN reported that intelligence chiefs presented Trump with claims of Russian efforts compromise him. Trump immediately denied the report, tweeting, “Intelligence agencies should never have allowed this fake news to leak into the public. One last shot at me. Are we living in Nazi Germany?” So true — we all remember how unfair Nazi Germany was to their charismatic leader. Those people were always going “Talk to the hand! Seth Meyers

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