47F, no wind, hardly even any on the beaches, and the ocean was very quiet this morning. All the hind-dunes lakes were like mirrors. Today’s chance of rain dwindled to nothing, but it should start up again late tomorrow afternoon and then next set of dry days will be over next week. Despite the “0.02” reading on precipitation last night, the pavement is wet and there were water droplets on every branch. Got one right down my neck, too.
Yesterday I ended up doing pickles all day. Herbs was all on preservation techniques and then we went on to do a batch of pickled onions. After that it was another batch of pickling broth and then some pickled beans.
We had a few shoppers, but mostly folks came in who wanted to talk. A friend shopped by who made some hot pepper pickle for Tempus and when he went shopping, so did she, and that’s how we got the cabbages for the cabbage pickle that I have to do this afternoon. After they got back I did the beans and those were done by 4:30. No one came in for Sewing, or I would have put it off again.
Tempus made some delicious burgers last night and then we headed home. I was really tired but I couldn’t go to sleep as early as I wanted, first because I had an asthma attack and needed to sit up, and then because I just didn’t fall asleep, even lying still in the dark for most of an hour. I got up and worked on the computer, instead. I didn’t get a lot done, but at least a little and then watched one of the vids this morning, since I hadn’t wanted to wake Tempus last night. (He has headphones. I don’t.)
We have a lot of small chores to do early today, mostly putting things where they need to go, putting away the last of the Yule stuff and getting some things out for the trash. Eventually I have cabbage pickle to make, too and I’m hoping to make some inroads on some old herbs that need to be gone through.
Today’s Plant is Oregon Ash, Fraxinus latifolia. “Ash before oak we’re in for a soak. Oak before ash we’re in for a splash” refers to a weather divination in England about spring rain and the leafing times of trees! Ash is a hardwood and is hard, dense, tough and very strong but elastic, great for making bows, , spears and drums as well as all kinds of furniture, even guitars and many of the early airplanes. It makes excellent firewood and has been used a lot for smoking meats. The bark can make a quinine substitute for fevers. The folk name for Ash is “Hoop Ash” , or “Nion” – (a rune name from the Irish Gaelic word Nionon which means heaven.) Elsewhere the ash and elm tree were known as the Widow Maker because the large boughs would often drop without warning. Witches were believed to fly on ash-handled broomsticks, while Viking ships were made of ash. In ancient Greece the Meliae were the ash nymphs and the dryads were the oak nymphs. Yggdrasil, the World Tree that supports the order of the Universe was an ash and humans were born from her branches. Odin hung on the tree to gain the knowledge of the Runes and therefore the ash tree is associated with communication. Ash trees have a sugary sap which may have been the basis of the Norse mead of inspiration. Ash Tree attracts lightening, so don’t stand under one during an electric storm. The ash fairy understands that problems are rarely solved on the level at which they were created. – Feminine – Sun & Neptune, Water & Fire – The “helicopter” seeds are used for traditional wish magicks. The Yule Log is traditionally of ash to bring the light of the Sun to the depths of winter and prosperity to the family. Wands and Staves (and traditionally the handle of the besom) made of this wood are good for healing, general and solar magic. The leaves attract love and prosperity. Sleep with them under your pillow and you will have psychic/prophetic dreams. Sleep with them in a bowl of water next to your bed to prevent illness. Wearing garters of green ash bark protects against the powers of magicians. Ash can heal children just by passing the child through a split in the tree’s trunk. It promotes strength, harmony, and a sense of being in tune with your surroundings. Ash is the key to healing the loneliness of the human spirit, forming a link between the gods, humans, and the dead in the spirit world. Ash holds the key to Universal Truth and Cosmic Wisdom, and it takes on the important role as a Tree of Initiation. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fraxinus_latifolia
Jinjitsu (Festival of Seven Herbs), Japan – Seven-herb rice soup (nanakusa-gayu) is prepared on the seventh day of January, a day known as jinjitsu, literally ‘Human Day’. It is also called Nanakusa no sekku. On the morning of January 7, or the night before, people place the nanakusa (seven edible wild herbs of spring), rice scoop, and/or wooden pestle on the cutting board and, facing the good-luck direction, chant “Before the birds of the continent (China) fly to Japan, let’s get nanakusa” while cutting the herbs into pieces. The pictures are the herbs in process and the soup/congee itself. More here: http://www.angelfire.com/de/poetry/Holy_Days/jan.html(search for “nana”) , here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jinjitsu and here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nanakusa-no-sekku
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Today’s Astro & Calendar
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.
Step out early Saturday morning January 6th to catch Jupiter with Mars. They’ll appear just as close Sunday the 7th, but with Mars now under Jupiter.
The Northern Cross in Cygnus, with Deneb at its top, plants itself nearly upright on the northwest horizon around 7 or 8 p.m. at this time of year.
Mercury (magnitude –0.3) is having a fine morning apparition. Look for it low in the southeast in early dawn, very far lower left of Jupiter and Mars. (Don’t confuse Mercury with twinklier Antares, which is about 15° or 20° to Mercury’s upper right.)
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 Runic half-month of Perdhro/ Peorth, 1/12-1/27. – Feast of Brewing, Druidic, Source: The Phoenix and Arabeth 1992 Calendar.
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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
Su 7 High 4:46 AM 7.8 7:52 AM Set 11:35 AM 71
~ 7 Low 10:50 AM 2.4 4:54 PM Rise 11:53 PM
~ 7 High 4:27 PM 6.9
~ 7 Low 10:58 PM 0.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – To lie down and be discouraged is our temptation, but to hope and have faith is our wisdom.
~ Only the prepared speaker deserves to be confident. – Dale Carnegie
~ Our opinion of others is not so variable as our opinion of ourselves. – Luc De Clapiers, Marquis de Vauvenargues
~ Praise is like candy. We love it, but it isn’t good for us. You can only improve by being told what’s wrong. – Joe Konrath
~ Shared joy is double joy, and shared sorrow is half-sorrow. – Swedish Proverb
Let a man find himself, in distinction from others, on top of two wheels with a chain – at least in a poor country like Russia – and his vanity begins to swell out like his tires. In America it takes an automobile to produce this effect. – Leon Trotsky (1879-1940) Russian revolutionary
Prayer for Imbolc
On this Imbolc day, as I kindle the flame upon my hearth,
I pray that the flame of Brigid may burn in my soul,
and the souls of all I meet today.
I pray that no envy and malice,
no hatred or fear, may smother the flame.
I pray that indifference and apathy,
contempt and pride,
may not pour like cold water on the flame.
Instead, may the spark of Brigid light the love in my soul,
that it may burn brightly through this season.
And may I warm those that are lonely,
whose hearts are cold and lifeless,
so that all may know the comfort of Brigid’s love. – Morgana West
Source: The Wheel of the Year, Copyright © 2001 Morgana West
TAGS: compassion, Guidance, holidays, New Age, pagan, Peace
The Shield of Brigid
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. ~ Irish Prayer
Highland women also invoked Brigid’s presence at the hearth-fire, the center of the home. The hearth was not only the source of warmth and cooking but also symbolized the power of the sun brought down to human level as the miraculous power of fire. Every morning the fire was kindled with invocations to St. Brigid, the “radiant flame” herself:
I will build the hearth
As Mary would build it.
The encompassment of Bride and of Mary
Guarding the hearth, guarding the floor,
Guarding the household all.
Silliness – Working Man Blues – I attempted to be a deli worker, but any way I sliced it, I…couldn’t cut the mustard.