The sun is shining, although there are enough clouds to dim it a bit. 56F, so it’s already pretty warm. There’s an occasional wind gust up to about 8mph, more on the beaches and the rain is coming back tomorrow night, along with a Small Craft Advisory.
We’ve some cleanup to do at the shop. The car got offloaded and all of that got stacked in the aisles again. <groan> Tempus has already done one batch of laundry and there’s another yet to go, and then Wicca 101 tonight!
Today’s Plant is the Evergreen Violet,Viola sempervirens. This is a pretty plant that looks like nothing much through 9 months of the year here on the coast, but is spectacular in March, when it covers the ground with beautiful golden flowers on a deep blue/green background and still lovely in April/May. It is indeed evergreen, not withering to the ground, although it sometimes is overshadowed by grass. It grows well in the park behind the house. As any viola it is Feminine, ruled byVenus, but unlike the blue violets (corresponding to water) the Evergreen Violet corresponds to the element of Air and the Sun – Protects against malevolent spirits, brings changes in luck & fortune, wear to help with headaches, dizziness and to bring calm and sleep, wear in a green sachet to heal wounds.
Today’s feast is the Parentalia, a festival of ancient Rome. Quoting Wilson’s Almanac: “Temples were closed and weddings prohibited during the Parentalia, ancient Rome’s main festival of the dead, which lasted until the Feralia (February 21). It was customary for people to visit the graves of their parents and other relatives, placing offerings of wine, milk, oil, honey and water from springs. Also laid at the graves were sacrificial blood from the bodies of black animals. Mourners decorated the graves with roses and violets, then partook of a ritual meal at the graveside.
The mourners greeted each other with the words, Salve, sancte parens, “Hail, holy ancestor”.
Today was a day for the famed Vestal Virgins to perform a special ritual, in honour of their sacred ancestor, when they visited the cult’s parental shrine which was sacred to the early Vestal, Terpeia.
The Phoenix and Arabeth 1992 Global Spiritual Calendar (Phoenix and Arabeth, Ukiah, CA, USA, 1992) called it a “purification festival of [the] Goddesses Mania and Vesta, devoted to ancestors”. ” More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parentalia
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
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. 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 2/26 at 6:58am. 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 2/18 at 11:33am.
The Moon rises with Jupiter late on the nights of February 14th and 15th. By dawn the following mornings, they’re on display high in the southwest.
The sky’s biggest asterism (informal star pattern) is the Winter Hexagon, filling the southern sky after dinnertime. Start with brilliant Sirius at the Hexagon’s bottom. Going clockwise from there, march through Procyon, Pollux and Castor, Menkalinan and Capella nearly overhead, then down to Aldebaran, Rigel in Orion’s foot, and back to Sirius. Betelgeuse sparkles inside the Hexagon, off center.
Venus dazzles high in the west-southwest during twilight, then lower in the west after dark until setting around 9 p.m. Venus is at its peak brightness, magnitude –4.8, all February. Upper left of it spot tiny orange Mars, only 0.4% as bright. In a telescope Venus is a thick crescent. It’s growing larger as it approaches us, now about 37 arcseconds from cusp to cusp. For the rest of the winter Venus will continue to enlarge as its phase wanes down to a super-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
Goddess Month of Moura, runs from 2/20-3/19
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17, Luis (LWEESH)
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17
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.
©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
Tu 14 High 2:42 AM 7.8 7:17 AM Set 9:15 AM 91
~ 14 Low 8:47 AM 1.6 5:44 PM Rise 9:58 PM
~ 14 High 2:36 PM 7.4
~ 14 Low 8:59 PM 0.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Some marriages are made in heaven, but they ALL have to be maintained on earth…
Journal Prompt – What is? – What’s the first step you can take to making a difference in the world today? Would you try to feed the hungry, improve the environment, promote peace? How would you start?
~ A guest sees more in an hour than the host in a year. – unknown
~ Ask yourself: Have you been kind today? Make kindness your daily modus operandi and change your world. – Annie Lennox
~ If you don’t have a vision, then your reality will always be determined by other’s perceptions. – Melanée Addison, Author
~ But great loves, to the last, have pulses red; All great loves that have ever died dropped dead. – Helen Hunt Jackson (1830-1885) US writer
Rereading Frost by Linda Pastan, from Queen of a Rainy Country. © W.W. Norton & Company. Reprinted with permission.
Sometimes I think all the best poems
have been written already,
and no one has time to read them,
so why try to write more?
At other times though,
I remember how one flower
in a meadow already full of flowers
somehow adds to the general fireworks effect
as you get to the top of a hill
in Colorado, say, in high summer
and just look down at all that brimming color.
I also try to convince myself
that the smallest note of the smallest
instrument in the band,
the triangle for instance,
is important to the conductor
who stands there, pointing his finger
in the direction of the percussions,
demanding that one silvery ping.
And I decide not to stop trying,
at least not for a while, though in truth
I’d rather just sit here reading
how someone else has been acquainted
with the night already, and perfectly.
Valentine Magick –
Heartwings Love Notes 299 – My Always Valentine
Heartwings says, ” When you are truly in love every day is Valentines Day.”
Stephen and I have been together for more than thirty years. In that time my dear companion and I have had our share of disagreements. Even the best relationship has its occasional dust-ups and difficulties. However most of the time rather than argue, we bicker. What I call creative bickering is one of the secrets of the good health of our partnership.
Nevertheless, whether we bicker or downright disagree, we do our very best not speak to each other in hurtful ways. As best friends we make every attempt to treat one another with courtesy and kindness. In addition, from the beginning of our relationship we have had a strong commitment to honesty, especially concerning feelings. Because of past experiences, from the start I insisted we air any grievances as soon as possible rather than harbor them.
As we are both essentially peace loving, it is not always easy to come out with statements that could be potentially hurtful. Yet we both know that we must if our relationship is to be healthy. Unstated grievances can over time accumulate to a bursting point; then it becomes difficult to control what happens next. What we do is try to say what we need to say in a way that is neither accusatory nor critical of the other.
We enjoy one another’s company, a good thing because we are and have always been together most of each day. We began as friends as well romantic partners and we still are. More than anything else it is this friendship that guides our responses and repartee. After all, why would anyone want to say anything hurtful to a dear friend? On Valentines’ Day and always I give thanks for my always Valentine, my beloved partner and my dearest friend.
May your Valentines Day be filled with joy and love,
Blessings and Best Regards, Tasha Halpert
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