It’s dry and bright out there, instead of gloomy. Still overcast, but looking like maybe that will burn off. They’re talking about ridiculously warm for January, though, 57F for a high? Right now it’s 53F, wind at 5mph. We got 1/10 of an inch before it stopped after most of an 1/2 inch yesterday, but we’re supposed to be going off into a dry spell through Tuesday from the looks of it.
That was a kick in the gut yesterday morning. We had hardly finished the paper route when the news came through about the Mary B. From what I understand, she was on her way back to harbor when something happened crossing the Yaquina Bar. One man was pulled out of the water by the Coast Guard, but pronounced dead at the hospital, one was found on the beach and the skipper…. was still with his boat. Mother Ocean has taken three for Herself.
“Does any man know where the love of god goes, when the waves turn the minutes to hours?” (Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald) Anyone who has had an experience of that sort is shivering at the thought. There was a vigil last night at Chicken Point.
Crossing the Bar– BY ALFRED, LORD TENNYSON
Sunset and evening star,
And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
When I put out to sea,
But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
Too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep
Turns again home.
Twilight and evening bell,
And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
When I embark;
For tho’ from out our bourne of Time and Place
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crost the bar.
Almost a bit of irony…. almost…. Please keep their families and the fisherman’s community in your thoughts.
Tempus and I had breakfast at the Salty Dawg as a celebration of the first morning of our “vacation”, then we came back. It was kinda quiet at the restaurant. All of us here on the coast are affected when something happens in the fishing community.
Tempus went to sleep and I finished the mushroom catsup, which I got put away once I was awake, as it drained all afternoon. Then the lees of the sauce went into the dehydrator and will be ground for my mushroom spice mix.
My computer was acting weird. Microsoft Edge was acting like a virus, opening multiple tabs and windows and crashing the computer. I finally found out how to turn it off, but only after losing most of this note, multiple times! …and then Chrome started doing the same thing. It fought me all day and finally crashed for good in the early evening. I have someone coming today to look at it. Of course, all of the information that I need for the weekend is in the computer. Goodness knows how I’m going to sort all this out. …and yes, I’m typing from a laptop.
So today is supposed to be all packing, although I still have food things to finish and I’m nowhere near done with my outfit. Oi!
Today’s plant is Nasturtium, Tropaeolum majus, (not watercress, which is true nasturtium). It’s certainly not native to the PNW, but grows well here. I love the brilliant oranges and yellows of the flowers. They’re yummy, too, with a slightly peppery taste, both leaf and flower, and the seeds serve as a substitute for capers in pickles. The flowers stand for Victory in Battle;Patriotism and Affectation and are little used in magicks other than as symbols and foods for Ostara and Beltane celebrations because of their association with the Sun. They also can be used as a symbol for sacrifice to the larger good of soldiers, firemen and police, but are usually only seen at funerals in this context. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tropaeolum_majus
49 BCE The date often given as the day that Julius Caesar famously crossed the Rubicon. – “As he crossed the river into Italy, he exclaimed “iacta alea est” (the die is cast) knowing full well that this action signified a declaration of war against Pompey. This gave rise to the common English-language expression ‘to cross the Rubicon’, meaning ‘to pass a point of no return, one where an action taken commits a person irrevocably’.” This is quoted from http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/book/jan10.html (link is broken)
More about the Rubicon here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rubicon
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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. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 1/13 at 10:46pm.
As twilight fades, look almost two fists at arm’s length below the crescent Moon (and a bit left) for Fomalhaut, the “Autumn Star,” now on its way out. How late into the evening, and into winter, can you keep Fomalhaut in view?
Saturn is out of sight deep in the bright sunrise.
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
Th 10 High 3:31 AM 6.9 7:51 AM Rise 10:36 AM 12
~ 10 Low 9:03 AM 3.3 4:57 PM Set 9:35 PM
~ 10 High 2:34 PM 7.2
~ 10 Low 9:28 PM 0.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I welcome success and fortune into my life.
~ Comedy is simply a funny way of being serious. – Peter Ustinov
~ Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world. – Archimedes
~ A lot of people say to me, “Why did you kill Christ?” “I dunno… it was one of those parties, got out of hand, you know.” “We killed him because he didn’t want to become a doctor, that’s why we killed him.” Lenny Bruce (1925-1966) US comic
~ Follow your passion, and success will follow you – Arthur Buddhold
The sprawling Bear
Growled deep in the sky;
And Orion’s hair
Streamed sparkling by:
But the North sighed low,
“Snow, snow, more snow!” – –Walter de la Mare (1873–1956)
You can also make beehive candles with great success by coiling ropes of salt dough in a small, deep bowl. A rice bowl is the perfect size.It’s easier to start with making a spiral, about 3 inches across, outside of the bowl, then transferring this into the bottom of the bowl. Next coil the rope inside the bowl until you reach the top. The candle is burned with the dome side up, so the wick has to be extended through the wax at the bottom of the bowl. When the wax is firm enough to insert the wick, use a slightly larger straw than usual, and push it firmly through the candle, into the dough beneath, straight to the bottom of the bowl. The candle unmolds easily: Lift candle and mold from the bowl and uncoil the mold. – From “Circle Round” By Starhawk, Diane Baker and Anne Hill
Make ropes by rolling salt dough clay between your hands. Each rope should be two or three feet long and 1/4 to 1/2 inch in diameter. If younger children can’t manage such lengths, have them make smaller segments that can be joined later with a little pressure and water. Dip your fingers into the bowl of water occasionally if the dough tends to crack. Roll the paper into a 1 inch wide cylinder and tape it shut. Around this cylinder, tape a piece of wax paper. Coat the wax paper with a thin layer of oil. Lightly moisten a salt dough rope with water. Lay the paper cylinder on its side at one end of the rope. Roll it along the dough, wrapping the rope up the cylinder until it is six inches tall. Be sure the edges of the coiled rope always touch. To provide extra support, at intervals stick severaltoothpicks vertically through the coils. Make a bottom for the mold byshaping another piece of salt dough into a 3/4 inch thick circle that’s larger than the coiled tower in diameter. Moisten the bottom’s surface, then carefully lift the coiled tower onto the bottom piece and press gently to make a seal. Pull the paper cylinder out. This slides out easily, leaving the wax paper. Remove it by gently tugging on the wax paper with one hand while you support the clay coils with the others. Inspect each part of the mold, looking for tiny cracks where melted wax could leak. Press these shut. If the coils start to sag, quickly fashion a paper cylinder around the outside of the coils and tape it closed. Trim it to the same height as the clay, so it won’t get in the way when you are pouring wax. Set the mold inan empty bowl, in case wax leaks through. You are ready to pour. Pouring the wax is thrilling. Go very slowly up each level to make sure no wax is leaking through. If a leak appears, carefully pinch it shut and pour again. Insert the wick. The wax will harden within an hour, long before the clay dries. To unmold, just unwind the clay. If some sticks, soak the candle in cool water and then gently rinse off the clay. The candles have a wonderfully craggy spiral looping from bottom to top, and burn with a lovely strong flame.
To echo the Goddess’s symbol of the serpent, make this candleholder, which resembles a coiled snake. Follow directions for making a mold for taper candles, with the following differences:
- Size your holder by wrapping a paper cylinder around whatever candle you intend to use. Remove candle before proceeding further.
- Dough ropes should be about 1/2 inch wide and a foot long. If candleholder is taller than 4 inches, use toothpicks for extra support.
- Make the bottom by coiling a rope into a small circle.
- After the paper cylinder has been removed, use your candle to gently test of the open end of the candleholder is large enough to accommodate the candle. If it’s too small, delicately press the opening wider. If it’s too large, fill in with bits of salt dough.5 Bake the holder as directed. Turn after the first hour to be sure it does not stick to the pan.
- Cool completely after baking. Then paint with snaky patterns, finishing with eyes on the end of the top coil. – From “Circle Round” By Starhawk, Diane Baker and Anne Hill
Silliness – Talkative Public Bathroom
Leaving Minnesota for Colorado, I decide to make a stop at one of those rest areas on the side of the road. I go in the washroom. The first stall was taken so I went in the second stall. I just sat down when I hear a voice from the next stall…
– “Hi there, how is it going?”
Okay, I am not the type to strike conversations with strangers in washrooms on the side of the road. I didn’t know what to say so finally I say:
– “Not bad…”
Then the voice says:
– “So, what are you doing?”
I am starting to find that a bit weird, but I say:
– “Well, I’m going back to Colorado…”
Then I hear the person say all flustered:
– “Look I’ll call you back, every time I ask you a question this idiot in the next stall keeps answering me.”