The sky is a blank white except for some blue and showers over the ocean and it was snowing on me as I headed for the car. It didn’t last but a minute, but it was startling. The bay is brown from all the rain washing dirt down. A hill collapsed on a trailer with a mom and kid inside. They’re fine, but had to be dug out. Spots in town got 4 inches of rain yesterday! There’s some wind down by the water and we’re getting the occasional gust in the upper teens, but it’s calmed down a lot since yesterday. 43F. Why don’t I have an icon for mixed weather?
Yesterday started early. I didn’t know whether we had anyone for Wicca 101, so we headed down early. That was a good thing because we did! He was there until nearly noon. After that Tempus was moving things and I sorted a little more, then worked on clipart until the House Capuchin folks showed up and we had our rehearsal.
Pic by Geri Hoekzema, Vancouver, WA 2/4/17
Today is the Aphrodisia, the festival sacred to Aphrodite in ancient Greece. She wasn’t a nice goddess, being fickle and unfaithful and a trouble-maker. She seems to have mellowed a bit with age, though. <<<< This Botticelli painting is probably the most famous image of her and is often called “Venus on the Half-Shell”. 🙂 She’s often called “foam-born” since she arose from the ocean and “Cyprian Aphrodite” because she apparently came ashore on the island of <<<<<<<<< Cyprus on this rock. There are a lot of middle-eastern goddesses who are related in forms of worship, Ishtar being the most obvious. Her symbols are: the sea, dolphins, doves, swans, pomegranates, sceptres, apples, myrtle, rose trees, lime trees, clams, scallop shells, and pearls. I’ll be putting some more in, soon, before Valentine’s/Lupercalia and there’s more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aphrodisia
Today’s plant, sacred to both St. Dorothea (patron saint of florists http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dorothea_of_Caesare ,which is the attribution that you usually see) and to Aphrodite, is the
or blue Hyacinth, Hyacinthus orientalis. It is highly poisonous, but has a use or two in the herbalist’s pharmacopeia. It is a lovely plant with a sweet scent that is a garden favorite. It hybridizes easily and will propogate itself in the right environment. – Male, Venus, Water – Promotes happiness, peace of mind and peaceful sleep. Attracts love, luck, and good fortune. Named for Hiakinthos, Greek God of homosexual love, this is the patron herb for gay men. Guards against nightmares when used as an oil, burned as incense, or included in dream pillows. Carry in amulet or sachet to ease grief or the pain of childbirth. More on this plant here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyacinthus_orientalis or here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyacinth_%28plant%29
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
Waxing 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. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 2/9 at 4:33am.
The sky’s biggest asterism (informal star pattern) is the Winter Hexagon, and the Moon shines inside it tonight and tomorrow night. Start with brilliant Sirius at the Hexagon’s bottom. Going clockwise from there, march through Procyon, Pollux and Castor, Menkalinan and Capella high up, Aldebaran down to Capella’s lower right, down to Rigel in Orion’s foot, and back to Sirius. Betelgeuse sparkles inside the Hexagon, south of the Moon this evening.
Venus dazzles high in the southwest during twilight, then lower in the west after dark until setting around 9 p.m. All February it’s at its peak brightness, magnitude –4.8. To its upper left is tiny orange Mars, only 0.5% as bright. In a telescope Venus is less than half sunlit. It’s growing larger as it approaches us, now about 34 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, even before sunset.
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 Elhaz/Algiz, from 1/28-2/11. This half month: optimistic power, protection and sanctuary.
©2016 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
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 6 Low 1:35 AM 3.0 7:28 AM Set 3:33 AM 68
~ 6 High 7:52 AM 8.3 5:33 PM Rise 1:29 PM
~ 6 Low 3:07 PM 0.2
~ 6 High 9:35 PM 6.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – May your day be filled with love and smiles throughout your day and laughter and breaks of relaxing times too!
~ Behind every successful man stands a surprised mother-in-law. – Voltaire (1694-1778) French Philosopher and Author
~ I’ll not listen to reason… reason always means what someone else has got to say. – Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865) English writer
~ Your life is something opaque, not transparent, as long as you look at it in an …ordinary human way. But if you hold it up against the light of God’s goodness, it shines and turns transparent, radiant and bright. And then you ask yourself in amazement: Is this really my own life I see before me? – Albert Schweitzer
~ Minimal appearance, maximum content. – Kerr Cuhulain
On lonely strand
Works hard all day
To tame the land,
Takes time to pray;
Makes clothes by hand.
For eighteen years
His skill he plies,
Then lo! A footprint
He espies —
“Thank God it’s Friday!”
Take heart from his
Work hard, produce;
Complete your sums;
Friday comes. – Michael Sagoff, American poet (1910-1998), from Shrink-Lit: Seventy of the world’s towering classics cut down to size
The legendary Peace Pilgrim spent decades walking thousands of miles throughout the United States and speaking out for peace. She identified four preparations she had undertaken in her own life that led to her own profound inner peace.
Find out what they are, and begin to create more peace within yourself, which is always where world peace begins.
1.) Right attitude toward life’s problems. – Problems serve a purpose. Every time we solve a problem according to the highest light we have, we attain a little more spiritual growth. “I began to realize that every problem that came to me I was capable of solving if I turned to God for help,” said Peace. “I began to face my problems with anticipation. Here’s a problem–what can I learn from this? And I began to work meaningfully to solve those problems. And I also began to realize that I had a part to play in solving the great collective problems that are set before all of us. I wouldn’t wish for people a life without problems. I would wish for them the strength to meaningfully solve their problems and attain spiritual growth.”
2.) Living in harmony with Universal Law. – The principles that govern the universe run through religious teachings. They are cause-and-effect, but we have free will as to whether or not we follow spiritual law. When we do, we experience an inner harmony and peace. When we don’t we create difficulties for ourselves.
3.) Finding your part in the overall scheme of things. – Everyone comes into this life with a special job to do, with his or her own unique place in life. Peace began her search by taking an hour each day to walk alone in the beauty of nature. She called this walking meditation a time of receptive silence and found that wonderful insights sometimes came then. “Most people are not called to do some unusual job but a well-recognized, useful task in society,” she said. “You can begin by doing the good things you feel motivated toward, even if they are small things at first. You can give these priority in your life overall the superficial things that customarily clutter human lives.”
4.) Simplify. – “Unnecessary possessions are unnecessary burdens,” said Peace. “If you have them, you have to take care of them.” The things we don’t need but hold on to are the things that become burdens. Living a simple lifestyle can bring a sense of freedom and harmony into life. The value our culture has given to the material side has pulled the world out of harmony to such a degree that our inner well-being lags behind our outer well-being.
Copyright: Adapted from Profound Healing, by Cheryl Canfield – GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives
Silliness – Little Girl Walking Home From School
A man pulled up next to a little girl walking home from school and said “If you get in, I’ll give you a lollypop.” The girl kept walking.
Following along slowly, the man said “Come on and get in the car with me and I’ll give you two lolly pops.” She kept her eyes on the sidewalk and continued on her way.
The man said “Get in with me and I’ll give you this whole bag of lollypops!” Finally, the girl turned and said “Look daddy, YOU bought the Ford, YOU ride in it!!!”