Bright sunshine and blue sky! It’s not likely to last, so enjoy while it’s here! 40F (but it got down to 33F!) Wind at 9mph, but clouds and wind are rolling in tomorrow and then rain, peaking around midnight.
Yesterday started so late! I still don’t know why I crashed out like that. Maybe it was just “ok, two days where the only responsibilities are the ones I set”. …no paper route last night. I dunno. It was odd. We had chlebicky for breakfast with coffee…. and then “lunch” was at 7:30, already, and it was cocoa, peas and hominy and cheese.
I spent the evening cussing at the cuff and wrist ruffles of the smock that’s the underpinnings of the outfit that I’m doing. Trying to get itty-bitty pleats into place is better than itty-bitty ruffling that wasn’t working at all, but it’s a matter of degree how awful it is!
Eventually that got done, but I was wiped…. I did find some of my fabric. Hope it’s enough! It turns out that I originally cut and partly sewed the gown, but it’s a tad tight across the shoulders, so I’m going to have to play with it.
Utterly amazing. New Year’s fireworks in Prague yesterday. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6cku-fLuoU&fbclid=IwAR1WATurTg0-5YRtpSVw_XLBw0a-sAIbAKt7Dl62vQt8A2BpOu2ba-km3TM
A pic from 11/1/15 (by me) of the sunset sky. That’s a *reflection* of the sun, which was down behind the trees!
Today’s Plant is Oregon White Oak, Quercus garryana, also called Garry oak, or just Oregon oak. It doesn’t grow well out here on the coast, although supposedly there are some specimens. I’ve never seen one out here, but they’re *all* over the Willamette Valley, many of them hosting our local mistletoe, Phoradendron flavescens. This is the same relation of tree and herb that gave rise to the legends of the Golden Bough in Europe, although these are *far* different species. – Masculine, Sun ,Fire, Dagda, (Jupiter, Thor, Pan) – Use in magicks for protection, money, potency, fertility – Burn the bark to draw off illness, carry and piece of the for luck and protection, acorns are used to tip male power wands and worn as necklaces by some priests and can be carried to increase fertility and male potency to preserve health and long life. Place in windows to ward off lightning. Plant an acorn at the new moon if you need money. Fires of oak wood draw off illness. – Wiccaning or Seining – Wiccaning or Seining is the ceremony where we welcome a new child to the world. Holly water is used for girls and Oak for boys. Make by a tablespoon of powdered leaf brew in 1 cup of very hot water for about 10 minutes, then adding that to 2 cups of cold water. Sprinkle or wash baby with it. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oregon_white_oak Mistletoe lore here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mistletoe#Culture.2C_folklore.2C_and_mythology and more about our variety here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phoradendron
Inanna, goddess of the Fertile Crescent, is known in modern paganism for the Wicca 3rd degree ritual being based on the story of the “descent of Inanna”. Her names and titles, “Nin-me-sar-ra, the Lady of Myriad Offices / or Queen of all the Me
Ninsianna as the personification of the planet Venus
Nin.an.na, which means ‘queen of the sky’.
Nu-ugiganna, the Hierodule of Heaven
Usunzianna, Exalted Cow of Heaven”. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inanna
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)
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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 1/5 at 5:28. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 1/4 at 5:18am.
In the dawn of Thursday the 3rd, the Moon is left of Jupiter, as shown above.
The Pleiades cluster glitters high in the southeast these evenings, no bigger than your fingertip at arm’s length. Its brightest star is Alcyone. How many Pleiads can you count? Take your time and keep looking. Most people can count 6. With sharp eyesight, a good dark sky, a steady gaze and careful use of averted vision, you may be able to make out 8 or 9. Binoculars can reveal dozens.
Earth reaches perihelion, the closest point to the Sun during its year-long orbit, at midnight EST. The two then lie 91.4 million miles (147.1 million kilometers) apart. It surprises many people to learn that Earth comes closest to the Sun in the dead of winter, but the cold weather in the Northern Hemisphere at this time of year arises because the Sun lies low in the sky.
Saturn passes behind the Sun from our perspective, a configuration astronomers call solar conjunction, at 1 a.m. EST. Needless to say, our star’s glare makes it impossible to see the planet. Saturn will return to view before dawn in the second half of January.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for January
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
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
W 2 Low 3:17 AM 2.9 7:53 AM Rise 4:39 AM 16
~ 2 High 9:27 AM 8.5 4:48 PM Set 2:39 PM
~ 2 Low 4:35 PM 0.0
~ 2 High 11:01 PM 6.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Negative thinking produces negative experiences.
~ It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength. – Maya Angelou
~ A man’s work is nothing but this slow trek to rediscover, through the detours of art, those two or three great and simple images in whose presence his heart first opened. – Albert Camus (1913-1960) French writer, born in Algiers
~ If there are two possible ways to spell a person’s name, you will pick the wrong one. – Second Law of Business Meetings, Corollary – If there is only one way to spell a name, you will spell it wrong anyway.
~ If you define things, you limit them – Taoism
Be utterly humble
And you shall hold to the foundation of peace.
Be at one with all living things which, having arisen and flourished,
Return to the quiet whence they came,
Like a healthy growth of vegetation
Falling back upon the root.
Acceptance of this return to the root has been called ‘quietism’,
Acceptance of quietism has been condemned as ‘fatalism’.
But fatalism is acceptance of destiny
And to accept destiny is to face life with open eyes,
Whereas not to accept destiny is to face death blindfold.
He who is open-eyed is open-minded,
He who is open-minded is open-hearted,
He who is open-hearted is kingly,
He who is kingly is godly,
He who is godly is useful,
He who is useful is infinite,
He who is infinite is immune,
He who is immune is immortal. – #16 – *The Way of Life according to Lao Tzu* (*Dao De Jing*) – translated by Witter Bynner
Imbolc Magick – DAWN OF THE NEW YEAR
With the dawn of the NEW YEAR,
New year’s resolutions abound around,
Around us blossom beliefs for the best,
Best ways of care and creation,
Creation of dazzling , delightful dreams,
Dreams of emancipation, endearment and evolution,
Evolution of friendly and fantastic feelings,
Feelings of generosity, greatness and goodness;
Goodness of human and humane hospitality,
Hospitality, without inhibition, of inner invitation,
Invitation to join in jubilation and joy,
Joy of kindled kindness,
Kindness born out of long, lurking love of life,
Life of making mutually munificent moral marvels,
Marvels of nice nature and natural nicety,
Nicety of overflowing openness offering opportunities,
Opportunities to purify, and preen up profound perception,
Perception of rights and life’s vital questions,
Questions of right requirements,
Requirements of social, spiritual and sober solutions,
Solutions leading to tolerance and tranquility,
Tranquility of ubiquitous, universal urge for unity,
Unity of various and varied values and visions,
Visions of worthy wisdom,
Wisdom that x-axially expands and extends,
E(x)tends here and yonder throughout the year,
Year full of zenithal zooming
Zooming into another ambitious year on top gear. – SREYA, VIDYA AND KARTHIK