It’s been amazingly warm overnight. and the storm didn’t turn out to be much, just a lot of rain. 52F, wind at 12 gusting up to 20, AQI 14. The Gale warning is in effect until 10am. It looks like we got 3/5 of an inch yesterday, but less than 1/10 so far today. It looks like Thurs-Sat should be mostly dry and then showers after that.
We got moving so late yesterday that it was unreal. Pretty much everything until past 6pm was catching up and eating. After that point I was starting on grocery lists and sewing and Tempus was running around in circles, finding things (or not finding things) and getting crankier by the minute…. He finally got on his way to Newport at 8pm. I sat down with some supper. I hope he ate…
At 4:15 Tempus stopped at the shop to drop off groceries and quickly took off again. I got things put away and made myself a snack. He didn’t pick me up after Bayshore. I was working on the catsup and some pickles, so he picked me up before starting 34 and then dropped me back off before doing the last 10 or so drops, because I had a muscle seizing up on me.
The first thing I noticed as we were driving was what I thought was Sirius, flirting in and out of the clouds, but it turned out to be Venus! It’s really far south, now, after the greatest elongation and dropping fast. It was getting into twilight, but with enough clouds to still be quite dark.
I’m about to head into the back to go on with the pickles and such and when he gets back he’s going to help me start a tvarog. We’re intending to sleep in and be back at work late this afternoon, so I can finish the cheese and get back to my sewing.
Today’s Plant is Cascade Oregon Grape, Mahonia aquifolium, or Dull Oregon Grape, Mahonia nervosa. It’s a lovely, spiky-leaved large shrub or small tree with amazing clusters of bright, yellow flowers in the early spring. ull Oregon Grape is a shorter plant with duller leaves with a nerve-like pattern of veins, but they both have the same magickal properties. The locals used it to help with rheumatism and it has been tested to replace Goldenseal in the pharmacopeia with some good results. The fruits can be made into jam or wine, although they’re too sour to eat. – Feminine, Earth,carry to draw money and prosperity, or popularity. More on aquifolium here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oregon_grape and on nervosa here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahonia_nervosa
Karel Capek, Czech novelist, short-story writer, playwright, essayist; born in Bohemia, Austria-Hungary (now in the Czech Republic). He wrote R.U.R. (Rossum’s Universal Robots), in which the word ‘robot’ first appeared and the play Ze života hmyzu (Life Among the Insects) which Grandma and I saw when in Prague. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karel_Capek
I have a personal “funny” associated with that play. It’s a satire, as is much of Capek’s work, comparing different types of societies to different insects. I was having no trouble with the vocabulary, but Grandma was missing some of the more adult colloquialisms that she never learned, having been working hard at learning English as her second language at the same age that I learned Czech as mine…and I learned it from lurking under the dining table while the teti were chatting. They usually forgot I was there….. So we got to the part of the play where a butterfly throws herself on her back with her legs in the air and yells, “Oh, somebody f*** me!” There was a titter from the audience and then Grandma said loudly, in English and the too-loud tones of the hearing-impaired, “WHAT did she say?” The audience roared….. It took me 3 tries to explain what had happened, later, but Grandma howled with laughter once she realized what she had said.
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
Waxing Moon Magick – The waxing moon is for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or healthy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healings for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 1/20 at 9:16pm. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 1/10 at 5:28am.
The Gemini twins lie on their sides these January evenings, left of Orion. Their head stars, Castor and Pollux, are farthest from Orion, one over the other. (Castor is the top one.) The Castor figure’s feet are just left of Orion’s very dim Club.
Jupiter (magnitude –1.8, in Ophiuchus) shines in the east during dawn, lower left of brighter Venus. Every morning Venus and Jupiter are a little less far apart. Look 6° to Jupiter’s lower right for orange Antares, twinkly and much fainter.
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 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
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
W 9 High 2:55 AM 6.9 7:52 AM Rise 10:08 AM 6
~ 9 Low 8:20 AM 3.3 4:56 PM Set 8:35 PM
~ 9 High 1:55 PM 7.6
~ 9 Low 8:53 PM 0.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I am constantly moving forward in the direction of my goals.
~ The Earth is degenerating today. Bribery and corruption abound. Children no longer obey their parents, every man wants to write a book, and it is evident that the end of the world is fast approaching. – Allegedly from an Assyrian tablet, c. 2800 BCE.
~ Do not fear going forward slowly; fear only to stand still. – Chinese Proverb
~ A little simplification would be the first step toward rational living, I think. – Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) US first lady (33)
~ Peace in my heart, peace in this place, peace in our land and throughout the world peace. – UK Peace Foundation Mantra
A liquid moon
moves gently among
the long branches.
Thus having prepared their buds
against a sure winter
the wise trees
stand sleeping in the cold. – William Carlos Williams (1883–1963)
Imbolc was the second of the Celtic seasonal festivals, covering the months of February, March and April. The chief rituals were carried out on 1 February and had strong associations with fertility. In pastoral terms, they were linked with lambing and the lactation of ewes. The festival was also devoted to the powerful triple-goddess, Brigid. In her different aspects, she was influential in the fields of healing, poetry and smithcraft. Poets regarded her as the source of literary inspiration and her protection was frequently invoked by mothers in childbirth. In Ireland, she was much revered by the filidh (sages), who recognized her gift of prophecy. The cult of Brigid was probably connected with the worship of Brigantia, a northern British deity, and also with the Irish saint of the same name. It can be no coincidence that the latter’s feast day is celebrated on 1 February, the same day as Imbolc. From: http://members.tripod.com/~Banshee_Sidhe/seasons.html
Imbolc – (EM-bowl’g) – February 1st
Imbolc is the Sabbat that celebrates and honors the Goddess as the bride-to-be of the returning Sun God. The soon arrival of the plant life whispering beneath the soil, the full warmth of the Sun God being birthed from the Imbolg Virgin Goddesses womb, the promise of fertility that is celebrated on Beltaine, are all honored on this sacred day. Witches typically charge and annoint seeds that are harbored by their hearths until Ostara, the day in which they are planted. Imbolg is also known as Oimelc, Brid’s Day, Bride’s Day and Imbolc. Imbolc colors are white, pale yellow and silver. Symbols are candles, grain, burrowing animals, ewes and marigolds. Dieties for this sabbat are Gods as Young Men, Boys or infants, Virgin, Maiden or Child Goddesses.
As the days’ lengthening becomes perceptible, many candles are lit to hasten the warming of the earth and emphasize the reviving of life. “Imbolc” is from Old Irish, and may mean “in the belly”, and Oimelc, “ewe’s milk”, as this is the lambing time. It is the holiday of the Celtic Fire Goddess Brigid, whose threefold nature rules smithcraft, poetry/inspiration, and healing. Brigid’s fire is a symbolic transformation offering healing, visions, and tempering. Februum is a Latin word meaning purification — naming the month of cleansing. The thaw releases waters (Brigid is also a goddess of holy wells) – all that was hindered is let flow at this season.
Enjoy a Happy GroundHogs Day, USA
Woodchuck/Marmot/Ground Hog’s Wisdom Includes:
- Sense of family and community
- Connection to seasonal changes
- Understands the power of cycles
- Ability to hibernate (sleep) during hard times
- Protection from floods
- Ability to go underground when trouble arises
- GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives
A well-known custom connected with this saint is the plaiting of reed crosses (‘Brigid’s crosses’) today, and these are supposed to protect the home, the harvest and farm animals. The tradition derives from the story that she was plaiting rush crosses while nursing a dying pagan chieftain. He asked her about this and her explanation led to his conversion to Christianity.
Her symbolism as a probable sun goddess may be found in the form of these Brigid’s crosses, which are widdershins swastikas, found widely around the world as home-protecting talismans, reaching Ireland by the second century, BCE.
In the Scottish Highlands, an effigy corn dolly of Bride made by the young woman from the previous year’s corn sheaf would be carried around the village, and gifts were collected for the Bride Feast. The ritual was completely matriarchal, the door of the feasting place being barred to the men of the community who had to plead humbly to honour Bride. Straw cradles called Bride’s Beds were also made for today among the Celtic peoples. A wand, candle or other phallic object would be laid across the dolly and Brigid (‘the Bride’) was invited to come for her bed was ready. If her blankets are rumpled in the morning, it was seen as a good omen. Brigid obviously has fertility associations far beyond her legendary persona as a convent Mother Superior.
Silliness – Good Advice – Military Style – What is the similarity between air traffic controllers and pilots? If a pilot screws up, the pilot dies; If ATC screws up, …. the pilot dies.