Everything is deep green paling out to grey and everything is dripping and the Bay is full of whitecaps. The winds are strong and gusty. It’s running in the teens in town and the upper 20’s by the water and we’ve gotten some gusts up into the 50’s. Between 2 and 3 inches of water has come down in the last couple of days, more or less depending on where you are so we’re under an Areal Flood Advisory, Areal Flood Watch, Not so much on the Alsea, although it’s definitely high and the Bay is brown, but on the Siletz.
I forgot to tell you about an interesting one that happened Tuesday night during the paper run. We were near the top of one of the hills above 101 and there was a large pale shape on the side of the road. It looked rather like one of the snowmen that children were leaving all over the place last month, but as we came farther around the curve it stretched out wings and took off! It was a large owl!
Today I’m trying to shift the last things from by the door towards the back and I’ve sorted a couple more boxes. I have more writing to do, too. Tempus is out running errands.
This is a wonderful rendition of an excerpt from one of my favorite pieces of music, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, the 4th movement. It’s a universal shout of joy and acceptance, a “Yes!” that you can’t mistake, from a man who had lost his hearing when music was his whole life. I weep with joy, just listening to it. …and to turn it into a flashmob? 🙂 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbJcQYVtZMo
Today is the feast of Apollo, the god of the sun and inspiration and the patron of the muses. He’s a rather distant god, brother of Artemis and a killer, rather than a hunter, supposedly for good reasons, but since he was the one that slew the Great Snake at Delphi and took over the shrine and its Pythonesses, I’m not sure I actually like him. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo He was Christianized into St. Vincent, but today’s saint is St. Apollonia of Alexandria who jumped into the fire on her own, after they pulled out all her teeth. Thus she is the patron saint of dentists….. There’s a marvelous little chapel in Prague in the Loreta where she has an altar that has a pair of cherubs on one side, one of whom has a pained expression on his face and hands over his mouth and the other is triumphantly holding up a pair of pliers and a bloody tooth! Roman narcissus, Narcissus romanus, is the plant that belongs both to the god and the saint, a double-ruffled narcissus.
Today’s plant is the double-ruffled Narcissus, also Called: Asphodel, Daffy Down Lily, Goose Leek, and Lent Lily. It is a member of hardy, spring-flowering bulbs. Close relatives (actually part of the family…) are jonquils and daffodils. They are native to Europe but all over in gardens and landscapes. Some of the plants in the family have medicinal uses, but the bulb is quite poisonous. Don’t experiment! – Apollo, Air, Feminine, Ostara – Helps promote polarity and harmony. Calming vibrations bring about tranquility and inner peace. Along with jonquils it is one of the best of the fertility charms. More on the genus, here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narcissus_(plant)
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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. Full Moon – The day of the day before and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 2/12 at 4:33am.
Look above the Moon now for Pollux and Castor (Pollux is the lower and brighter of the two, tinted orange). A similar distance right or upper right of the Moon is Procyon.
Jupiter (magnitude –2.2, in Virgo) rises around 11 p.m. and shines brightly high in the south in the hours before dawn. Spica dangles 3½° lower right of it after the rise, and more directly below it before dawn. Jupiter is creamy white. Spica is an icier shade of white with a trace of blue (once it’s fairly high). In a telescope Jupiter is 40 arcseconds across its equator, on its way to 44 arcseconds in late March and April. Its opposition is April 7th.
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. Runic half-month of Sowulo/ Sigel, 2/12-26 It represents the power of the force of good throughout the world and is the harbinger of victory and ascendancy over darkness.
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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
F 10 High 12:11 AM 7.4 7:23 AM Set 7:06 AM 98
~ 10 Low 5:45 AM 2.3 5:39 PM Rise 5:40 PM
~ 10 High 11:37 AM 8.9
~ 10 Low 6:28 PM -1.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I do my best to help create a loving, harmonious world.
~ Become a student of fear learn all there is to know about it and you will have less of it. – Paul V Harris
~ All art is quite useless. – Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish writer and wit
~ Somehow I can’t believe that there are any heights that can’t be scaled by a man who knows the secrets of making dreams come true. This special secret, it seems to me, can be summarized in four C’s. They are curiosity, confidence, courage, and constancy, and the greatest of all is confidence, when you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionably. – Walt Disney
~ We will be known forever for the tracks we leave. – American Indian proverb, Dakota
Remember on St Vincent’s Day
If that the sun his beams display,
Be sure to mark his transient beam
Which through the window sheds a gleam;
For ’tis a token bright and clear,
Of prosperous weather all the year. – Traditional (Jan.22)
An old custom of drawing the name of one’s Valentine. Supposedly young women put their names on slips of paper and placed those slips in a box. Each young man drew a slip and the two became valentines, often for as much as a year.
Sometimes, of course, such arrangements ended in a betrothal. Unless the drawing was “rigged,” however, not everyone would have been anxious to submit to “chance.” Nevertheless, the custom was apparently widespread even as late as the 17th century. A related custom held that the first unmarried person encountered on Valentine’s Day became one’s Valentine.
It has long been the tradition of giving gifts or love tokens on Valentine’s Day. Originally, the man and woman exchanged presents, but by the later 17th century, it was much more common for the man alone to give the gift. For a while in history at least, one’s Valentine was not necessarily one’s sweetheart (or one’s spouse) and even married men and women could have Valentines. In societies where names were drawn or where Valentines were chosen or challenged (any man or woman could claim an unspoken-for person as his or her Valentine), the celebration, and gift-giving that accompanied it, sometimes proved troublesome and often expensive.
Although some Valentine presents were quite costly, others were more moderate. Gloves were a common gift for a young woman as were, curiously enough, garters. In an age when reticence or modesty were mixed with suggestiveness, one writer sent along the following verse:
“Blush not, my fair, at what I send,
‘Tis a fond present from a friend.
These garters, made of silken twine,
Were fancied by your Valentine.
Hundreds of years ago in England, many children dressed up as adults on Valentine’s Day. They went singing from home to home. One verse they sang was:
Good morning to you, valentine;
Curl your locks as I do mine—
Two before and three behind.
Good morning to you, valentine.
In Wales wooden love spoons were carved and given as gifts on February 14th. Hearts, keys and keyholes were favorite decorations on the spoons. The decoration meant, “You unlock my heart!”
If a woman saw a robin flying overhead on Valentine’s Day, it meant she would marry a sailor . If she saw a sparrow, she would marry a poor man and be very happy. If she saw a goldfinch, she would marry a millionaire.
If you found a glove on the road on Valentine’s Day, your future beloved will have the other missing glove.
Christian customs combined to form some of the enduring traditions. One was that the first person you saw on Valentine’s Day would be your Valentine. We know the custom was well established in Shakespeare’s time, for Ophelia wanted to be “betime” at Hamlet’s window. She sang:
“Good morrow! `tis St. Valentine’s Day
All in the morning betime.
And I a maid at your window,
To be your Valentine!”
Crayons” or pencils (lipsticks not invented until the 20th century) were made by grinding down alabaster calcinate or plaster of Paris into a powder, coloured appropriately, mixed into a paste, rolled into shape and dried in the sun. Face powder could be obtained from ground alabaster, but starch, prepared with perfume would do very well……..- (“Powder and Paint a history of the Englishwoman’s Toilet – Neville Williams)
English folklore suggests that you may obtain another’s affection if you take an orange, prick it all over with a needle and then sleep with it in your left armpit. Give it to the object of your affections to eat and he or she will become enamored of you.
Superstitions abound regarding the first bird seen on St Valentine’s Day by a girl, for it was said to indicate what sort of man her husband would be. For instance, a blackbird meant a clergyman or priest, a goldfinch (or any yellow bird for that matter) a rich man, a crossbill was an argumentative, mean man and doves and bluebirds were good and happy men respectively. However, should she see or hear a woodpecker on Valentine’s Day she would never marry.
St. Valentine’s Day with all of its colorful lore was taken to the New World by the English settlers and lost none of it romantic appeal through the journey. The deeply rooted superstitions continued, in fact, flowered, in the new environment. An extract from a young lady’s diary written in 1754 describes some of the practices:
Last Friday was Valentine’s Day and the night before I got five bay – leaves, and pinned four of them to the four corners of my pillow, and the fifth to the middle; and then if I dreamt of my sweetheart, we should be married before the year is out. But to make it sure, I boiled an egg hard and took out the yolk, and filled it with salt; and when I went to bed ate it, shell and all, without speaking or drinking after it. We also wrote our lovers names upon bits of paper, and rolled them up in day, and put them into water; and the first that rose up was to be our valentine.
Write the names of prospective lovers on slips of paper, roll them in clay balls and drop them in a bowl of water. The first to rise to the surface will be your valentine.
Write the names of prospective lovers on pieces of paper, put them into a container, then draw one out and say: “Thou art my love and I am thine, I draw ______ for my Valentine.” The lover you chose will be yours by the following year.
Valentine cards first appeared in England at about the time of Queen Victoria. The first cards were called “Penny Dreadfuls” because they were insulting. As time passed the holiday became one of giving gifts, flowers, candy and cards to loved ones and sweethearts.
A Valentine sentiment from a woman to a possible beau, author unknown
Plenty of Love
Plenty of Love,
Tons of kisses,
Hope some day
To be your Mrs.
A love knot is a series of winding and interlacing loops with no beginning and no end. It is a symbol of endless love. people made love knots from ribbons or drew them on paper. Often a message was written on the love knot. The message had no beginning or end. It could be repeated endlessly.
A love seat is a wide chair. It was first made to seat one woman and her wide dress. Later, the love seat or courting seat had two sections, often in S-shape. In this way, a couple couples sit together-but not too closely!
Courtesy of Miss Daney at Folklore,Magic and Superstitions