Despite gloomy cloud there’s been little rain, only showers, 0.01 inches….. There’s not much wind, either, 3mph around here and the highest is just over 10. I think that anemometer is right on the dunes. Might be rain right in time for the Open Circle.
Yesterday flew past because we had a lot to do. First was putting away the usual accumulation in the aisles and on the counters from the weekend. Next was newsletter stuff for me, which took most of the day, off and on. Tempus was working in back, putting away some of the stuff that he brought from storage, making a loaf of bread and suchlike. We had a number of customers in, some who shopped for quite some time.
Sewing started at 5, since it’s winter, and I started in on the pouches I was working on over our weekend. Tempus headed across to the business owners meeting at 6pm and my workshop person called to cancel at just about 7pm. Amy showed up right after that and we talked for about an hour, then she headed home and I started to pack up so that Tempus wouldn’t have to wait for me.
We got his 30 minute warning as we were closing up, scuttled home and dumped me off and he headed for Newport. I had a quiet evening, taking a long nap, then waking at about the time I normally go to sleep and alternating reading and sewing until not long before he got home. He had a smooth run, only little bits of spitting rain, on a few occasions and he was home by 5:15. He left me sleeping this morning, since I was groggy and I slept for another hour and a half!
Right now I’m waiting for him to pick me up and I’ll have to get right to work on the Sabbat script. It’s mostly done, but needs cleaned up. He’s been working with customers, apparently fairly busy. I have some herbs that I want to get to, as well. once the table is clear. I’m trying to get to that, so we have stuff to work on for Herbs Workshop tomorrow.
…and I’m at the shop and coffeed. 🙂
Today’s plant is the Columbine, genus Aquilegia. Found in garden and native species in Oregon, these plants stick their flowers up into the air where they can be admired. They’re related to aconite and share those qualities of a deadly poisonous plant. The flowers aren’t the problem. It’s the seeds and root. Columbina means “dove” and Aquila is “eagle” supposedly from the resemblance of the flower either to clustered doves or the spur at the back of the flower to an eagle’s claw. There is such a thing as too much imagination…. – Feminine, Venus, Water – Crush between the hands or wear in a pouch that can be squashed to induce courage and daring. Carry a posy of the flowers to attract love and the seeds can be used as a love perfume when crushed, however the seeds are *very* poisonous, so don’t ingest any! More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aquilegia
Today is Groundhog’s Day, which is a descendant of the old Imbolc Celebrations where weather divinations for the year were a big chunk of the festivities. From the look of our weather here we’re done with winter, which is a little worrisome. We haven’t had nearly enough rainy this year… More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Groundhog_Day and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punxsutawney_Phil
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Love & Light,
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 2/15 at 6:42pm. 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 2/7 at 7:54am.
The sky’s biggest asterism (informal star pattern) — at least the biggest that’s widely recognized — is the Winter Hexagon. It fills the sky toward the east and south these evenings. Start with brilliant Sirius at its bottom. Going clockwise from there, march up through Procyon, Pollux and Castor, Menkalinan and Capella on high, down to Aldebaran, then to Rigel in Orion’s foot, and back to Sirius. Betelgeuse shines inside the Hexagon, off center.
Mars and Jupiter (magnitudes +1.2 and –2.0, respectively) rise in the east-southeast in the hours after midnight. They’re high in the south by early dawn. Jupiter, the first up, is the brightest point in the pre-dawn sky, shining in dim Libra. Mars glows to Jupiter’s lower left in the head of Scorpius. Mars passes Beta Scorpii this week; see the January 31 entry above. Jupiter and Mars are 10° apart on the morning of January 27th, widening to 13° apart by February 3rd. Lower left of Mars is Mars-colored Antares, almost the same brightness.
Goddess Month of Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17
Runic half-month of Elhaz/Algiz, from 1/28-2/11. This half month: optimistic power, protection and sanctuary.
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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 2 High 1:54 AM 8.0 7:33 AM Set 9:01 AM 97
~ 2 Low 7:38 AM 1.8 5:27 PM Rise 8:24 PM
~ 2 High 1:28 PM 8.9
~ 2 Low 8:11 PM -1.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Madness takes its toll. Please have exact change.
~ I want to put a ding in the universe. – Steve Jobs, 1955 – 2011
~ I wasted time, and now doth time waste me. – William Shakespeare
~ I’d rather be a failure at something I enjoy than be a success at something I hate. – George Burns
~ We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? – Marianne Williamson
Identification with your mind creates an opaque screen of concepts, labels, images, words, judgments, and definitions that blocks all true relationship. It comes between you and yourself, between you and your fellow man and woman, between you and nature. – Eckhart Tolle
Spring clean your home – Now is the perfect time for a good spring clean of your home, usually undertaken before Imbolc Eve. Get rid of anything that is cluttering up your home and stagnating the energy, and scrub all the surfaces down thoroughly. If you can bear the cold, open all the windows and let some refreshing clean air flow through your home. Making it in to preparation for a celebration is also a great way to tempt kids to tackle their rooms and get rid of toys they don’t want any more! – School of Witchery https://www.pinterest.com/witcheryschool
Visit a stream, river or well – Traditionally, Imbolc was a time for visiting holy water; a spring or a well, to both purify us and bring fertility to our dreams. Why not set off on an adventure together as a family to find some water near your home: a river, stream, or well. If the water’s clean, splash some over yourself as you set your intention to cleanse and purify. Glennie Kindred suggests dipping a piece of ribbon in the water and then hanging it from a nearby tree (trees near water are especially sacred) to carry messages of hope and healing. She also reminds us to thank the spirits of the place you visit and pick up any rubbish you see nearby as an act of gratitude. – School of Witchery https://www.pinterest.com/witcheryschool
Purify for Health – February comes from the Latin februarius, meaning “to purify.” Spend a day thinking about what you eat. Go one entire day without eating junk food. Concentrate on raw fruits and vegetables, and drink lots of water. At the end of the day, sit before your altar with a yellow candle, and meditate on how you feel, identifying the strengths and weaknesses in your eating habits. As a reminder of a healthy lifestyle, create an amulet. Wrap a piece of either citrine quartz, carnelian, or pyrite in yellow cloth, along with six whole sunflower seeds or cloves, a pinch of dried basil, and a pinch of dried marigold petals. Smudge the amulet with incense, and anoint it with orange or lemon oil. – By: Ember )0( GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives