It’s a “misty, moisty morning”! The clouds are at 300 feet and you can’t even see across the bay. Little bits of water are drifting in the air, not falling, but if you hit them you get damp. A heron was standing on the sand flats this morning like the pair of eagles, yesterday, but this time you could see his reflection below him. 51F and quite, quite still. Even on the beaches the wind’s at 3mph. It’s still enough that the houses and structures on the bayfront, the ones with the bay view are reflecting perfectly in the dark, still water. We might get a bit of sun over the next several days, though.
Yesterday was kindof a sleepy day. No one was in for either workshop, so I made little egg dumplings and we got them frozen. Tempus and I also cleaned up from the Sabbat and I spent quite awhile writing. We had a couple of sets of customers in, but it was quiet for a Saturday. …and by the end of the day I was fighting to stay awake. I kept dozing off at my desk and Tempus startled me awake several times. Tempus made a chicken and rice casserole for supper and we went home and I fell into bed, even though it was barely 8pm!
Today, before we had the door open, we had a young couple in, shopping, and then a family who wanted a reading. ….before coffee…. I feel like I’m stuck in my own personal fog bank, at the moment…
We have projects to get into today, and some dough to set up to bake tonight.
Today’s plant is the Snowberry, Symphoricarpos albus. My kids used to call this “popcorn plant”, which is a name I’ve heard from others, too. The white berries are used as a food, a soap and for hand lotion. It doesn’t have any magickal uses that I know of, although the folk magicks of a similar bush amongst the Slavs say that it is “proper” as an offering to statues of the gods. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphoricarpos_albus
Limbo Festival, Trinidad and Tobago – “Few of the Americans who take part in a favorite party tradition realize that it originally served as a sacred funeral ritual from the West Indies – it is called the Limbo. In Trinidad, the Limbo was a part of a funeral dance. Mourners at the funeral would walk towards a horizontal bamboo pole and would attempt to walk forward, while bending backwards at the waist in order to move under the pole without knocking it off of its supports. The act was meant to symbolize the passage that the soul of the departed would take between life and the afterlife.” (quoted from Pip Wilson’s Almanac) More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Limbo_%28dance%29
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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.
Look south as dawn begins to brighten to catch the waning Moon stepping past Jupiter and Mars over Scorpius — a constellation usually associated with summer evenings. (The blue 10° scale is about the width of your fist arm’s length.)
As soon as it’s fully dark, Orion and the Winter Triangle shine high in the southeast. Sirius is the Triangle’s brightest and lowest star. Betelgeuse in Orion’ shoulder stands above Sirius by about two fists at arm’s length. Left of them is the Triangle’s third star, Procyon. And standing above Procyon now (depending on your latitude) is 3rd-magnitude Gomeisa, or Beta Canis Minoris, the only other easy naked-eye star of Canis Minor.
Mercury and Venus are hidden in the glare of the Sun.
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.
©2018 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
Su 4 High 3:18 AM 8.1 7:31 AM Set 10:03 AM 86
~ 4 Low 9:23 AM 1.6 5:30 PM Rise 10:42 PM
~ 4 High 3:10 PM 7.6
~ 4 Low 9:36 PM 0.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Talk to people that you have never talked to before and actually listen.
~ It is better to keep one’s oath. – The Saga of Thorstein Viking’s Son, c.19
~ It is not the going out of port, but the coming in, that determines the success of a voyage. – Henry Ward Beecher
~ those words have alot of meaning.. ive been obsessed recently with the meaning of consciousness’s role in the universe – Jose Chavez
~ Let everyone sweep in front of his own door and the whole world will be clean. – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Of all the animals in the world, the human race is by far the most savage. No other animals kills to mutilate or for fun than those of the human race. Some might even say this is evil in its own form, and those that choose to conserve our fellow animals are of the good. Cruelty thy name be Human, Passion thy name is also Human… – Laura Miller
The word craft implies a skill that does or produces something practical and useful. If you want to put the craft back into witchcraft, try looking for the places where material and spiritual crafts overlap.
There’s no better example than weaving and knot-tying. Getting married is called “tying the knot,” and everyone’s heard of tying a bit of string around a finger to remember something important, or has used the phrase “weave a spell.” When you tie a knot you store up a bit of your will, bind up some energy (possibly for use later), or even create a physical manifestation of a hope or a dream. To untie a knot is to release that energy, to let that which was bound go free once more.
Try this very simple craft. Once you get the project set up and the tying process becomes automatic, try either (a) unfolding your mind outward so that it’s free to wander and relax, or (b) fold your thoughts inward so that you focus completely on the task at hand, perhaps even spontaneously working a spell as you weave. For example, if you are planning to use your bag to carry a water bottle on a difficult hike or survival trip, you can use the unfolding to imagine and predict the hazards that lay ahead; or you can fold inward and allow your intent to manifest and become tangible in the survival tool you are making.
When you’re done you’ll have a useful bag for carrying a bottle (plastic, steel, or homemade gourd). The same technique can be scaled up with longer and heavier cordage to make a net that can hold a pot for a hanging basket. You can even make a bag to hold potatoes and onions in the pantry, to hold seasonal decorations like small pumpkins and gourds for Halloween, or any number of things. Instead of working with a hoop, you can even weave on a broomstick with rope to make a cargo net to cover the bed of your truck like I did.
If you feel adventurous, use sturdy colored yarn or strips of colored cloth twisted into cordage, or add a bead or two between knots for decoration.
Start by finding a spot where you can hang your project and sit comfortably. You’re going to need 50 feet or so of cordage – jute twine works nicely – a knife or pair of scissors, and about an hour of free time. Start by making a hoop about 10 inches across from a green stick. Use a scrap of twine to hold the ends together. Take two lengths of cord and tie the ends to opposite sides of the hoop. Hang your hoop like a mobile at a comfortable height.
Now cut about twenty lengths of cord approximately 2 ½ feet long. The easiest way to do this is by wrap cord around your thumb and elbow twenty times; slip the loops off and cut one end.
If you want your bag to be a bit deeper you’ll need to cut them one a time, or wrap around a larger object such as the back of a large chair, adjacent fence posts, etc.
Now start tying your lengths to the hoop using cow hitches. It’s important to use a cow hitch so that you can snip apart the hoop and slide out the pieces without leaving any knots. Space them around the hoop evenly.
Move around the hoop, tying adjacent strands together using overhand knots like the one above. As you go forward, row after row, you will be creating a series of diamond shapes. When you’ve reached the bottom your project should look like the picture above. Cut the hoop using pruning shears or snips and slip out the scraps of twig.
Here’s how to tie off the loose ends. Cut a length of cordage and lay it alongside your ends. Form a loop, and begin wrapping one end very tightly around the entire assembly.
Insert the free end through the loop and pull the other end. The loop and the free end will disappear beneath the wrapping and pull even tighter. Clip the ends even with the wrapping and you’re done (this tying method, by the way, can be used to wrap knife handles, to secure spear and arrowheads, to finish the ends of braided cords for necklaces, and so forth).
Now for the final step. Thread a length of cord through the top row of open sections and tie it off. Now when you place something in the bag and hold the loop, the bag will cinch shut and hold firm.
Above is a net bag my daughter made for holding a water bottle. That’s a rubber snake in the background by the way, not a copperhead. Keeps the chipmunks humanely out of my Calendula!
Please do give this little craft a try, incorporate the spiritual elements, and see if you don’t have a pleasant experience.
If you get stuck and need a hand, or just want to share your thoughts insights, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Silliness – It’s So True
– It’s hard to make a comeback when you haven’t been anywhere.
– If ignorance is bliss, why aren’t more people happy?
– Hard work pays off later. Laziness pays off now!
– When you do a good deed, get a receipt, in case heaven is like the IRS.
– Be nice to your kids. They’ll choose your nursing home.
– I still miss my ex. But my aim is getting better!
– A closed mouth gathers no foot.
– The trouble with life is there’s no background music.