Hmmm, the computer weather’s not coming up…. It’s cold and grey and getting dark. How’s that for weather? Actually, we have rain, maybe a storm, rolling in tonight. That was plain from last night’s sky. 54F, wind at 6mph, last night’s low was 43F
Yesterday was a little scattered, to put it mildly. We took it easy in the morning and got some chores done, but I couldn’t get the newsletter out since the Internet was down at home. It turned out that the internet and phone lines were down all over town. A tree came down on a line or something of the sort.
…and then I had a list of tasks and kept getting distracted by research paths I want to go haring down, and then by a discussion of Czech phrases that we learned from our grandparents on one of the Czech Facebook groups, mostly cusswords. 🙂 It was fun to see the misspellings/mishearings. Eventually Tempus and I had lunch and then supper and then he headed out to do some shopping, drop some stuff off for Sash and then the paper run. He got on the road for that at about midnight and picked me up just past 4am.
I was hard at work on a rather lengthy project occasioned by the fact that I keep double-posting pictures and cartoons in the newsletters that I do and I need to track those down and get rid of them to save space, and then I did some writing and then some clipart and around and around for hours. I finally ended up working on a page about pickles, tracking down the recipes and links and got it almost done when Tempus pulled up. I need to get on that one tomorrow.
It was really windy down in Bayshore, but the Moon was lovely and the cloud formations pretty amazing. Gradually the clouds blocked out the stars as the run went on, all but Jupiter. Even close-by Mars wasn’t visible after 5am or so. The Moon was throwing out beams of light as the cloud formations changed and then as we were heading back into town on 34 seemed to be surrounded by a glow that turned into a 22 degree halo that persisted for the rest of the night.
We got home in the early twilight and fell into bed. We only woke around 4pm! So today Tempus needs to get some laundry soap put together (we make our own), then do laundry. I have a bunch of things to straighten out from moving my computer area the other day. I have some things that need to be shifted to less tippable places and to figure out where my extra clothing is going to live. After that I need to sort books and then tidy the shelves in the galley. I dunno how that got to be that much of a mess! I’m hoping to get to bed at a reasonable hour tonight, so I don’t throw my sleep schedule too far off.
Today’s plant is the Apricot, Prunus armeniaca. Apricots are a delicious fruit, resembling a small peach, but with a flavor all their own. They were known in the ancient world, possibly being cultivated as far back as 3000BCE.Thought of as an aphrodisiac in the Renaissance it can be fermented into a yummy wine or made into the brandy, Barack. It has properties of healing and health, lust magicks and learning, mostly in educational circles. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apricot
On the Campus Martius (Field of Mars, God of War), she had a minor sanctuary called the Ara Pacis, dedicated to her on January 30, 9 BCE. Her temple was on the Templum Pacis (Forum Pacis) built by Emperor Vespasian on the site of a meat market, and was dedicated in 75. She was depicted in art with olive branches, a cornucopia and a sceptre. Pax became celebrated (in both senses of the word) as Pax Romana and Pax Augusta from the 2nd Century BCE.
In Greek mythology, she was Eirene or Irene (‘peace’), daughter of Zeus and Themis, one of the first generation of Horae. The Horae (the Hours, or Seasons) were Pax and her sisters Lawfulness, Wisdom and Order (Eunomia) and Justice (Justitia/Dike) are sometimes considered to be the three aspects of Themis. As goddesses of the seasons, they brought order to Nature. Eirene was the personification of peace and wealth and was depicted in art as a beautiful young woman carrying a cornucopia, sceptre and a torch or rhyton. (Links are dead, but quoted from Wilson’s Almanac here: http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/book/jan3.html ) More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pax_%28mythology%29 and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eirene_%28Greek_goddess%29
Isn’t it a cool idea to have Peace as a goddess?
The Days of Volos – Procines (January) 1-6 – These moonlit and frosty nights have a name: The Holiday of the Wolves. These days are set aside for the worship of the God of pets and of cattle, whose name is Volos. We give our thanks for the animals on these days, which bring food and sustenance to our homes from ancient times. We also defend them from the ravenous wolves which attack. (Slavic Pagan Calendar)
The Day of Remembrance for Princess Olga – Procines (January) 3 – On this day we celebrate Olga who brought glory and honor to herself for all eternity through her acts of heroism. She avenged her husband’s murder by slaying the perpetrator, Drevlane. She later gave birth to the Great Prince Sviatoslav and thus united all the Russias; a feat of great honor in her remembrance. Today is the day of a toast to the Great Paganess, Olga. (Slavic Pagan Calendar)
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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 1/3 at 6:24am. 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 1/16 at 6:17pm. 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 1/8 at 2:25pm.
010218 astro On the evening of New Year’s Day, the full supermoon shines in the feet of Gemini. (The blue 1° scale is about the width of your fist at arm’s length.)
Once the Moon rises in early evening, it forms a big, almost equilateral triangle with << Pollux above it and Procyon >>> to its upper right. A little above Pollux is Castor, slightly fainter.
The Quadrantid meteor shower should reach its brief peak late tonight, well-timed for North America. But the floodlight of the waning gibbous Moon in the sky will hide all but the brightest of the Quads.
Uranus (magnitude 5.8, in Pisces) and Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) are best hunted right after dark — when Uranus is high in the south-southeast and Neptune hasn’t yet sunk too low in the southwest. Use our finder charts online or in the OctoberSky & Telescope, page 50.
Goddess Month of Hestia runs from 12/26 – 1/22
Celtic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20
Runic half-month of Eihwaz/Eoh 12/28-1/11 Represents the dead, and the yew tree, sacred to Winter shamanism. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books
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Celtic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20, Beith – (BEH), birch – The silver birch (Betula pendula Roth) is the most common tree birch in much of Europe. It grows up to 30 m (100 feet) high, but is more often found in spreading clumps on sandy soils. It is one of the first trees to colonize an area after a mature forest is cut; this is probably a large part of its symbolic connection with new beginnings. It is cultivated in North America, often under the name of weeping birch. The three trees in my front yard form root sprouts that would take over the bed where they are planted if I didn’t cut them back. The common birch (B. pubescens Ehrh.) is almost as widespread as the silver birch, but grows primarily on acid or peaty soils. It can reach 20 m (65 feet) in height. Birches are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae). Curtis Clark
Beth – Birch – Ogam letter correspondences –
Meaning: New Beginnings; Changes; Purification.
Phagos – Beech Ogam letter correspondences to study this month
Letter: PH, IO
Meaning: New experiences and information coming
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
W 3 High 1:32 AM 7.7 7:53 AM Set 9:09 AM 99
~ 3 Low 6:56 AM 2.6 4:50 PM Rise 7:12 PM
~ 3 High 12:46 PM 9.6
~ 3 Low 7:47 PM -1.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Nothing is so bad that some good may not come of it.
~ If you only care enough for a result, you will almost certainly attain it. – William James
~ I’m not concerned with your liking or disliking me, All I ask is that you respect me as a human being. – Jackie Robinson
~ It is always better to have no ideas than false ones; to believe nothing, than to believe what is wrong. – Thomas Jefferson
~ It is quality rather than quantity that matters. – Seneca
The fresh New Year, the bright New Year
That telleth of hope and joy, my dear! – Bryan Waller Procter (1787–1874)
On the night of Imbolc – Granny’s Musing: Put out food, (cake, buttered bread and milk will do), outside your door: Brighid and her cow walk through the neighborhood tonight, and will appreciate your offering.
Beginning of Spring Spell
Imbolc is the Celtic holiday that marks the beginning of spring.
It is ruled by the Goddess of spring, known as Brigit or Brigantia in Ireland, and Bride in Scotland. In Irish myth, the god of the earth Dagda, also known as the “good god,” had three daughters, who were all named Brigit. The first Brigit was the goddess of poetry, the second was the goddess of smithcraft, and the third was the goddess of fire and healing. All three are really aspects of one triple goddess who was associated with the Sun and with fire. On this day Brigit used her flame to rekindle the fire in the earth and assure that plants would have the heat that they need to break through the earth and begin to grow. In ancient times, a woman dressed as Brigit would bless the fires in the households and forges across Ireland. On this day, Brigit’s snake would come out of its mound, and the snake’s behavior would determine how long the remaining frost will last. This is the most likely origin of Groundhog Day. In Christian times, Brigit became a saint associated with the Virgin Mary. Imbolc became the Christian Candlemas, the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which is celebrated by lighting candles. A Brigit’s cross is a talisman made of woven reeds that form a cross with a woven square in the center and four equal arms extending out from the center. This design gives the cross a sense of rotation that evokes the wheel of the year. Brigit’s cross should be made or bought on this day and used to protect the home throughout the year. Also on this night one can leave a silk ribbon on the doorstep for Brigit to bless. Later it can be used for healing. – ~ Robert Place
Dream Tending Spell – Incense of the day: Sandalwood
This is a truly special day for Wiccans and some Witches. It is Imbolc, a high holiday that honors the triple goddess Brigit and one of the eight sabbats that mark the turning of the wheel of the year. Ground-hog day is also observed today.
This holiday incorporates the seasonal divination of the more ancient Imbolc, which uses the movement of a snake rather than the shadow of a ground-hog to divine how much longer winter will remain. It is the beginning of the Storm Moon and also the time of the Feast of Oya, the orisha of weather and changes. To the Iroquois people, it is Midwinter Ceremony, a time to bless the fields, tell your dreams, and pay tribute to your ancestors. Today is also the birthday of Marie Laveau II, New Orleans’ Voodoo Queen and diviner extraordinaire.
At bedtime now, light a braid of sweet grass. Extinguish the flame but allow the braid to smolder. Wave the braid lovingly and with great care around your bedroom, motioning with your hand to encourage the smoke to drift in a snake-like stream over your bed and pillow. Dip the braid in springwater, making absolutely sure no flame remains. Then put the braid away. Pour lavender water in a large bowl. Put your favorite seashell inside the bowl of water. As you sleep, the bowl will act as a conduit for messages from the ancestors, nature spirits, and the great beyond.
Place this under your bed or on your bed table. Replenish the water as needed over a period of two weeks. Write down your dreams in a journal. Read over them frequently. Messages revealed in the darkness of winter have special meaning. Work each day to lift the shroud of darkness so you can glimpse new growth and the coming light of spring. Understanding the mysteries of winter is at the heart of Imbolc and its celebrations. By: Stephanie Rose Bird, Llewellyn and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast
Silliness – Working Man Blues – My last job was working at Starbucks, but I had to quit because it …was always the same old grind.