So the weather is starting to change to a more normal pattern. The sunshine and warm temperatures have been nice and today has a lot of pretty clouds….lots. 🙂 They’re thinning the sunshine and it’s cooler. 54F, wind at 7mph, gusting into the teens, AQI 26. At least the smoke that we were smelling yesterday dissipated. Folks are thinking it was a yard debris burn, but it got thick for awhile. The rain and wind should be back over the next 5 days, at least. We’re under a GALE WATCH from tomorrow night through Thursday.
I managed to get the computer up and running for a little while, yesterday, and got some work done, and then it crashed again. Tempus got it running again around midnight and that’s why I’m not posting this until past 2pm. I got up and worked until the computer crashed at around 6am, and then went to sleep …. He’s got it going in safe mode at the moment.
Today’s Plant is Salal, Gaultheria shallon. This is a shrub, an understory plant, that ranges all up and down the west coast, from Alaska to California. They’re an invasive in wild heathlands in Europe, having been introduced back in the 1800’s. There’s a big industry in Oregon, supplying the foliage to florists. The local peoples harvested the berries as a primary food source, drying them into cakes. They make a nice crunchy snack, dried this way or individually. The young leaves are edible, too. One nearly-forgotten use, is medicinally as an astringent. Mashed with some water, they’re a great soother for sunburn or insect bites, even working on yellow-jacket stings. It also works internally on an inflamed digestive tract from ulcers to diarrhea and a tea (simple infusion) will help with a dry cough. Eat the young leaves as an appetite suppressant. –Feminine, Saturn, Juno – Use in spells as the medicinal uses, the appetite suppressant effect, particularly. This is an hardy herb, so it also can be added to spells for added duration. It also works in situations of emotional upset, particularly when there’s a sick stomach from stress. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salal
I didn’t know that there was a feast day of an alphabet? !?!? That’s what this day is, the anniversary of the creation of the Hangeul, the Korean alphabet! It is a rest day and does have different names in North Korea and other places. One year it was celebrated by unveiling a statue. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hangul_Day
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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 Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 1/19 at 9:16am.
The Moon shines high due south shortly after dark. Below it by 7° (less than a fist at arm’s length), can you see Alpha Ceti, magnitude 2.5? If so, can you detect the star’s reddish orange tint? It’s a giant of spectral type K7.
You may know where the center of our Milky Way galaxy is: in Sagittarius by the Large Sagittarius Star Cloud. But that’s for summer. How about the galactic anticenter, high in the winter evening sky? Pinpoint its location at the Taurus-Auriga border, near Beta Tauri, using binoculars and Matt Wedel’s diamond-shaped asterism with his Binocular Highlight column in the January Sky & Telescope, page 43. Here, you’re looking precisely outward away from the galaxy’s center.
Venus (magnitude –4.5) and Jupiter (magnitude –1.8) rise well before the first light of dawn. They dominate the southeast as dawn begins to brighten. Venus is the upper one this week. Watch them draw together day by day. They’re 9° apart on the morning of the 12th, 4° by the 19th, and they’ll pass closest, 2.4° apart, on the morning of the 22nd. And, look about 6° to Jupiter’s right or 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
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17
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
Tu 15 Low 12:16 AM 2.6 7:49 AM Set 1:44 AM 55
~ 15 High 6:55 AM 7.5 5:03 PM Rise 12:44 PM
~ 15 Low 2:00 PM 1.7
~ 15 High 7:58 PM 5.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Relationships are the proving grounds for my growth
~ It only takes twenty years for a liberal to become a conservative without changing a single idea. – Robert Anton Wilson
~ Almost anyone can be an author; the business is to collect money and fame from this state of being. – AA Milne, English author, born on January 18, 1882
~ He is simply a shiver looking for a spine to run up. – Paul Keating
~ Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time; for that’s the stuff life is made of. – Benjamin Franklin
January is here,
With eyes that keenly glow–
A frost-mailed warrior striding
A shadowy steed of snow. – Edgar Fawcett (1847–1904)
A medieval quatrain fills in details:
Tasting every food in order
This is what behoves at Imbolc
Washing of hand and feet and head
It is thus I say
CANDLEMAS IMBOLC HERBS
This time is known by some as the “Feast of the Waxing Light” it is the time of year that we are beginning to notice the Sun Gods growth in that the days are becoming longer. This, like MayDay/Beltane, is another pagan holiday which has survived into the current time, now it is celebrated as Ground Hog Day.
ANGELICA–is best in the ritual cup. In this manner is considered to bring one in contact with the inhabitants of Atlantis and to bring Atlantean energies into their lives, visions and understanding.
BASIL–this is the traditional time of year for initiations and the initiate should have been taking daily tonics of basil for at least the last two weeks. It is given now to prepare the innerself for initiation to bring fortitude.
BAY–if the ritual is to be a solemn occasion then it is appropriate to chew one or two (no more than that!) Leaves and meditate upon the growing light and Sun God.
BENZOIN–is used in the incense.
CELANDINE–is used in the ritual cup and tossed into the fire.
HEATHER–is used to decorate the entire space.
MYRRH–is used in the ritual cup and/or incense. – GrannyMoon’s Herbal Course – http://goddessschool.com/courses/Herbs/herbology.html
Purify for Health – February comes from the Latin februarius, meaning “to purify.” Spend a day thinking about what you eat. Go one entire day without eating junk food. Concentrate on raw fruits and vegetables, and drink lots of water. At the end of the day, sit before your altar with a yellow candle, and meditate on how you feel, identifying the strengths and weaknesses in your eating habits. As a reminder of a healthy lifestyle, create an amulet. Wrap a piece of either citrine quartz, carnelian, or pyrite in yellow cloth, along with six whole sunflower seeds or cloves, a pinch of dried basil, and a pinch of dried marigold petals. Smudge the amulet with incense, and anoint it with orange or lemon oil.
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