Tempus went to take a nap on the sofa, Friday morning, and I kept packing, but was done in about 1/2 an hour. He staggered past me, saying he *had* to sleep, and I crawled in with him. We woke around 11 and got going, running on just coffee. I was still fighting the computer, but gave up after awhile and just went with what we had.
We *finally* had everything in the car and were checking for the last bits (We made one *big* oopsie, but got everything else. …more on that, later…) and were on the road just past 1pm. We stopped in Newport for gas and at Cash&Carry for some things we needed and were heading out rt 20 by 1:45.
It was a pretty drive. We were both so tired that not a lot of it registered, though. We did stop for some lunch in Philomath and then at one of the rest stops, but we finally had to pull over in Woodburn and nap. We were back on the road just past 4:30, which meant that we hit traffic getting to Arlys’ place, but got there not long after dark.
Arlys and I scrambled into our costumes, quickly, while Tempus was offloading the things that would stay at her place. We loaded her and her stuff and headed for the Red Lion/Doubletree by Lloyd Center.
Arlys went in the main entrance and then Tempus and I went around to the Annex. We offloaded the merchant stuff and rough-set the display, then I went and signed us in to the event while Tempus got the vigil food and caught up to me. Once he was signed in we went to the 14th floor (where all the parties were being held and there were a *lot*!) found Seamus’ and I started helping set out foods and set up.
I got to hold Rori for a bit until Mom was *just* far away enough, getting food, for him to react badly to someone playing peek-a-boo. 🙂 He’s adorable. That’s the little guy from last spring on the energy list, who was still on the inside when Mom ended up hospitalized for complications. Your help got them home for the last 6 weeks of the pregnancy!
Alexander and I talked food and I got to talk to Seamus for a little before the vigil officially started. Wow, there was food! Everyone pitched in and the table and the credenza for the hot stuff were so full that we were having trouble putting plates and utensils out! My dilly beans and the cheese and the smokies in mushroom catsup were a hit…but before we had planned on heading home, Arlys’ back gave up and we zoomed out, hardly saying good night to folks.
I fell asleep on the way back to her place and only remember a couple of things before falling into bed. Unfortunately, that’s when the “oopsie” kicked in. We forgot my air purifier…. I was up for several hours with a bad asthma attack that then never quite quit for the rest of the time we were there. I really only quit this morning (Sunday is when I’m writing this….) which meant that I was pretty miserable on Saturday. <sigh> ….but more on that in the next newsletter!
Today’s Plant is Hawthorn, Crataegus monogyna, known as common hawthorn , may, mayblossom, maythorn, quickthorn, whitethorn, motherdie, and haw. It has edible buds, flowers and fruits, which are full of antioxidants . Particularly sacred to the month of May and to Beltane, it is used extensively as a hedge plant. May interfere with digitalis medications. – Masculine, Mars, Fire. – Fairy energy, increases fertility and/or celibacy. Carry on a fishing trip to ensure good catch. Brings happiness to the troubled or depressed. Protects house against lightning and storms, evil ghosts may not enter. In cradles to guard from evil spells. Most Witch’s gardens contained a hawt hedge. Sacred to the fairies, and is part of the tree triad of Britain. More on this species:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_hawthorn More on the genus Crataegus here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crataegus
Today is the anniversary of the day that Charles Perrault was born in 1628. He was the author of many of our best-loved fairy tales such as Sleeping Beauty and Puss in Boots, which he took from folklore and gave them characters and settings that reflected what he saw around him. He’s often credited with inventing the fairy tales as a literary genre. There is more information here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Perrault and a marvelously annotated version of Sleeping Beauty and links to various books based on the story here: http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/sleepingbeauty/index.html and other tales similar to this one with more links here: http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/sleepingbeauty/other.html
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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. 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.
For the next few mornings, Venus forms a roughly equilateral triangle with Jupiter to its lower left and fainter Antares more directly below it.
First-quarter Moon (exactly so at 1:46 a.m. on the 14th EST). about a fist at arm’s length left of Mars. Mars is actually about twice as large as the Moon, but it’s currently 240 times farther away. Start planning for the total eclipse of the Moon that will befall the Americas late on the night of Sunday January 20th. The eclipsed Moon will appear high in a dark sky for observers all the way from northern Canada to southern South America. See the cover story of the January Sky & Telescope.
The waxing crescent Moon points the way to ruddy Mars this evening. The two lie about halfway to the zenith in the southwestern sky after darkness falls — with Mars about 5° to the Moon’s upper right — and remain a dynamic duo until they set around 11 p.m. local time. Mars remains a fixture in the evening sky all week. The ruddy world shines at magnitude 0.6 against the much dimmer background stars of Pisces the Fish. A telescope reveals a disk that spans 7″ and might show a few subtle surface features during moments of good seeing.
The variable star Algol in Perseus reaches minimum brightness this morning at 2:11 a.m. EDT. If you start watching the star a few hours after the sky darkens Friday evening, you can see Algol dim by 70 percent over the course of about 5 hours. (Astronomers would say its brightness drops from magnitude 2.1 to 3.4.) This eclipsing binary runs through a cycle from minimum to maximum and back every 2.87 days. Algol stands one-third of the way up in the northwest and sets about an hour after it reaches minimum brightness.
Neptune, in Aquarius, is low in the southwest right after dark and more difficult at magnitude 7.9. Finder charts.
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 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
Sa 12 High 4:45 AM 6.9 7:51 AM Rise 11:26 AM 26
~ 12 Low 10:46 AM 3.1 4:59 PM Set 11:37 PM
~ 12 High 4:10 PM 6.2
~ 12 Low 10:41 PM 1.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I receive goodness and freedom from the Universe.
~ As Neill’s system is a radical approach to child rearing. In my opinion, his book is of great importance because it represents the true principle of education without fear. – Foreword to Summerhill by Erich Fromm
~ He was only forty-five when he died. It would have been better for this sensitive man had he never come to Hollywood, never heard the shrill trumpet of success and the canned laughter of this desperate insecure society. – Hollywood columnist Sheilah Graham on Montgomery Clift, American actor born on October 17, 1920
~ I love to lose myself in a mystery, to pursue my reason to an O altitudo. – Thomas Browne, English writer born on October 19, 1605; from Religio Medici (1642), Pt. 1, Sec. 9
~ Politicians are the same everywhere. They promise to build bridges even when there are no rivers. – Nikita Khrushchev, Soviet Premier, October 17, 1960
A cheer for the snow—the drifting snow!
Smoother and purer than beauty’s brow!
The creature of thought scarce likes to tread
On the delicate carpet so richly spread. – –Eliza Cook (1818–89)
Granny’s Musing: Put out food, (cake, buttered bread and milk will do), outside your door on the night of 2/1. Brighid and her cow walk through the neighborhood tonight, and will appreciate your offering.
Beginning of Spring Spell – Imbolc is the Celtic holiday that marks the beginning of spring.
It is ruled by the Goddess of spring, known as Brigit or Brigantia in Ireland, and Bride in Scotland. In Irish myth, the god of the earth Dagda, also known as the “good god,” had three daughters, who were all named Brigit. The first Brigit was the goddess of poetry, the second was the goddess of smithcraft, and the third was the goddess of fire and healing. All three are really aspects of one triple goddess who was associated with the Sun and with fire. On this day Brigit used her flame to rekindle the fire in the earth and assure that plants would have the heat that they need to break through the earth and begin to grow. In ancient times, a woman dressed as Brigit would bless the fires in the households and forges across Ireland. On this day, Brigit’s snake would come out of its mound, and the snake’s behavior would determine how long the remaining frost will last. This is the most likely origin of Groundhog Day. In Christian times, Brigit became a saint associated with the Virgin Mary. Imbolc became the Christian Candlemas, the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which is celebrated by lighting candles. A Brigit’s cross is a talisman made of woven reeds that form a cross with a woven square in the center and four equal arms extending out from the center. This design gives the cross a sense of rotation that evokes the wheel of the year. Brigit’s cross should be made or bought on this day and used to protect the home throughout the year. Also on this night one can leave a silk ribbon on the doorstep for Brigit to bless. Later it can be used for healing. – ~ Robert Place
Dream Tending Spell – Incense of the day: Sandalwood
This is a truly special day for Wiccans and some Witches. It is Imbolc, a high holiday that honors the triple goddess Brigit and one of the eight sabbats that mark the turning of the wheel of the year. Ground-hog day is also observed today.
This holiday incorporates the seasonal divination of the more ancient Imbolc, which uses the movement of a snake rather than the shadow of a ground-hog to divine how much longer winter will remain. It is the beginning of the Storm Moon and also the time of the Feast of Oya, the orisha of weather and changes. To the Iroquois people, it is Midwinter Ceremony, a time to bless the fields, tell your dreams, and pay tribute to your ancestors. Today is also the birthday of Marie Laveau II, New Orleans’ Voodoo Queen and diviner extraordinaire.
At bedtime now, light a braid of sweet grass. Extinguish the flame but allow the braid to smolder. Wave the braid lovingly and with great care around your bedroom, motioning with your hand to encourage the smoke to drift in a snake-like stream over your bed and pillow. Dip the braid in springwater, making absolutely sure no flame remains. Then put the braid away. Pour lavender water in a large bowl. Put your favorite seashell inside the bowl of water. As you sleep, the bowl will act as a conduit for messages from the ancestors, nature spirits, and the great beyond.
Place this under your bed or on your bed table. Replenish the water as needed over a period of two weeks. Write down your dreams in a journal. Read over them frequently. Messages revealed in the darkness of winter have special meaning. Work each day to lift the shroud of darkness so you can glimpse new growth and the coming light of spring. Understanding the mysteries of winter is at the heart of Imbolc and its celebrations. By: Stephanie Rose Bird, Llewellyn and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast