It rained and blew yesterday. I kept watching the ferns in the fairy garden whipping around. 51F, wind at 2, AQI 8. We’ve gotten 0.16 inches since midnight, about 2/3 of an inch, yesterday, but the rain has quit for a bit. There should be more tonight, tomorrow and Tuesday, but else, there’s not much in the forecast.
Around 2pm Tempus headed for Newport to do some errands and the shopping. I sat down to sew, but then a frequent customer came in with some spellwork questions. Another lady came in looking for essential oils.
He got back around 5pm and we closed. After that I went in back to pack and then I took a long nap. Once I got up we had some supper and I decided that I would take the tvarog for the “Breads & Spreads” competition at the event.
So I got the newsletters filled in for the next several days. Sunday’s is going to be very late, I think. I won’t be getting back until late morning and I have a ton of things to do at that point. …and just as I saved Monday’s file, the whole thing vanished…. I have no idea what happened, but it means that Monday’s, since I have to recreate all of the info, is probably going to come out late….
I got back to my packing and sewing, finally. Not too much packing, just enough for overnight. Tempus had to drag out a lot of serving dishes that we usually don’t use, except for our feast in February.
Today I’m heading for Eugene for an event. There won’t be any workshops today. It’s possible that Tempus will get back later than we usually open, but he’ll get there!
Today’s Plant is Evening primrose, Oenothera species, sometimes called Sundrop or Suncup in Oregon. The young roots can be eaten like a peppery-flavored vegetable and the shoots can be used in salad. It can be used in poultices for wound-healing and to ease bruises. (Sun…it’s drying) Clinical trials don’t support the traditional uses for treatment of PMS (particularly bloating and water retention) or cervical ripening in pregnancy, but one of the varieties has promise as a treatment for breast cancer. – Masculine, Sun, Fire – This herb is often called the King’s Cure-all, used by a ruler to cure scrofula. It has powers of healing, particularly for drying “wet” wounds or injuries. It can be used in sleep sachets (especialy for people who have problems with fluid in the lungs at night) , and for spells to cure (or cause) alcoholism. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evening_primrose
Feast day of St Henry, Bishop of Uppsala (St Henry of England; Henry of Finland; Henry of Sweden; Henrik; Heikki; Piispa Henrik) Henry was the English-born bishop of Uppsala, Finland, who was martyred on January 20, 1156 by a Finnish soldier (or wealthy landowner) named Lalli whom he had just excommunicated for murdering a Swedish soldier. Legend says that Lalli had a long life – continually tormented by mice as a penance for his attack. More information here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry,_Bishop_of_Uppsala
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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. Full Moon – The day of, the day before, and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 1/22 at 9:16pm.
The Moon shines in Gemini this evening, with Castor and Pollux to its left, Betelgeuse farther to its right, and Procyon down below the Moon. Remember — plan for the total eclipse of the Moon over the Americas late tomorrow night!
Sirius twinkles brightly after dinnertime under Orion in the southeast. Around 8 or 9 p.m., depending on your location, Sirius shines precisely below fiery Betelgeuse in Orion’s shoulder. How accurately can you time this event for your location, perhaps using the vertical edge of a building? Of the two, Sirius leads early in the evening; Betelgeuse leads later.
Jupiter continues to grow more prominent in the southeastern sky before dawn. The giant planet rises three hours before our star and climbs 15° high in the southeast 45 minutes before sunup. Although Jupiter gleams at magnitude –1.8, it pales in comparison to Venus, which stands just above it. Four degrees separate these solar system luminaries this morning. They will continue to draw closer until they meet in a spectacular conjunction on the 22nd. A telescope reveals Jupiter’s 33″-diameter disk and at least two conspicuous cloud belts.
Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) is getting low in the southwest right after dark. Finder charts.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for January
Goddess Month of Hestia runs from 12/26 – 1/22
Goddess Month of of Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
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
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17, Luis (LWEESH)/rowan – The rowan, or mountain ash (Sorbus aucuparia L.) is related to servceberries. The red berries were historically used to lure birds into traps, and the specific epithet aucuparia comes from words meaning “to catch a bird”. Birds are also responsible for dispersing the seeds. Rowans thrive in poor soils and colonize disturbed areas. In some parts of Europe they are most common around ancient settlements, either because of their weedy nature or because they were planted. Rowans flower in May. They grow to 15 m (50 feet) and are members of the Rose family (Rosaceae). They are cultivated in North America, especially in the northeast.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Sa 19 Low 4:21 AM 3.3 7:47 AM Set 6:20 AM 91
~ 19 High 10:18 AM 9.2 5:08 PM Rise 3:43 PM
~ 19 Low 5:30 PM -1.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I AM at peace as I experience all the love around me.
~ A taxpayer is someone who works for the federal government but who doesn’t have to take a civil service exam. – Ronald Reagan
~ Give kind heed to the dead, sick-dead, Sea-dead, or word-dead; treat their bodies with respect and see that they are laid to rest with respect. – Volsunga Saga, c.21
~ It’s hard for me to put into words why I like the beach so much. Everything about it is renewing for me, almost like therapy…Beach Therapy. – Amy Dykens
~ I’m all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me! – Dr. Seuss
All day the gusty north-wind bore
The loosening drift its breath before;
Low circling ’round its southern zone,
The sun through dazzling snow-mist shone. – John Greenleaf Whittier (1807–92)
Hecate’s Brooch Winter Meditation – Morgan
Close your eyes. Take a deep breath and relax your eyes, your face, your shoulders, your arms, your hands. Take a deep breath, and relax your chest, your back, your belly, your hips, your legs, your feet.
Take a deep breath, and relax your mind, let it empty of everyday worries and thoughts. Take a deep breath, and relax your heart, let it open in perfect safety to the love and wisdom of the Goddess.
You notice you feel a bit chilled, and when you look around there is near darkness, an open field with dark leafless trees. You begin to walk, and feel snow crunching beneath your feel, cold snowflakes brushing your checks, and an icy wind that tries to find its way under your warm coat. You walk and walk, and in the distance far away there is a tiny cottage. There is a light in the window, and smoke curling from the chimney. You walk and walk thru the wind and snow, getting colder and colder. Finally you are at the door of the cottage. It is opened by a very old woman dressed in all in black.
She hangs your wet coat by the fire and invites you to sit at the hearth. She brings you a cup of warm soup, which warms your hands and your belly as your toes and fingers thaw and you watch the flickering flames.
The old woman speaks. “Welcome, little one. do not fear the dark of winter, it is just a season like any other. When the noise and light of the holidays fade away there is welcome dark and quiet, a time to rest, reflect and dream. On these cold, quiet nights come to me and listen, and I will teach you and tell you secrets.” So you listen…
A while later it is time to go. You thank the Goddess for her wisdom. You take your dry warm coat from its place by the fire. As you step thru the door the cottage is gone, and you are standing at a cross roads in the snow. But the wind is not so biting, and you
begin to walk toward the lights of our circle quite nearby. Soon
you are back in your place in our circle. You feel your chair beneath you, and begin to wiggle your fingers and toes. Take a deep breath, as your awareness returns totally to your physical body.
When you are ready, open your eyes.
Meditation on Cat. Breathe deep… Breathe from your belly, from your core, your center… Inhale and become… Exhale and release… Release all things that do not serve. Anger. Fear. Resentment. Shame. Sadness. Let them flow out of your breath, down to Mother Earth… Breathe in and know that we all breathe the same breath…. Breath out and know that you are safe, surrounded by friends and Gods who will let no harm come to you… Breathe and let the cradling darkness of the Mother envelop you… Rest in Her mysteries as you breathe in… And out…
Floating in the Mother’s womb, you know that you are meant to go forward, to receive a message, to seek the path that She has set you upon… The cat has long been a guide and friend to Witches, and tonight we call upon the power of Cat to guide us to the Lady of the Crossroads who sees all possible pathways…
You hear a sound, maybe a meow, or a roar… You can feel the silent steps of the Cat coming to guide you to the Lady. The darkness fades a little, and as you look around you can see the Cat who has been sent to you. This Cat is your guide… Some of you may be guided by your own house cat, or one who has passed away… Others will be guided by their Cat totems, ranging from Tigers, to Lions, to Panthers, to Leopards, to Lynxes. Let Cat come to you in the way it is meant to… Spend some time with this Cat… Ask its name and why it has been sent to you…
It is time to go to the Lady… Cat turns, and begins walking away from you… Follow Cat… Follow and know that it is leading you to the Lady of the Crossroads… As you walk with Cat, feel around you for the Direction that you are walking in… If you do not feel which direction you are walking in, you may ask Cat which direction it is taking you in… By paying attention to North, East, South, and West you will get a better idea of what Path you are being set upon…
Looking down at your feet, you see that Cat has taken you upon a Pathway… Looking around you, pay attention to your surroundings… What do you see? Are there trees, animals, birds? Are you near the ocean, a river, or in a desert? What do you smell? Hear? Let these visions come to you…
Looking ahead of you, you see a lady, cloaked in fire… Her red hair shines like the sun, and her eyes are as green as the deep waters… As you get closer, you notice that she is standing at the center of a four-way Crossroad… This is the Lady Bridget. Goddess of Fire, Inspiration, Poetry, Blacksmiths, and the Crossroads. She holds the knowledge of Pathworking and possibilities… Cat brings you to Her, and lays at Her feet… You are struck by Her beauty and obvious strength..
Let Bridget offer to you her words of wisdom… Ask Her any questions you have about the Path are currently on… Let Bridget show you the possible outcomes of your actions, and the possible alternatives…
Ask Bridget any last quick questions that you have for Her, and give Her your thanks… Cat stands, and begins walking down one of the Pathways in the Crossroad… Follow… Is this the same Pathway that you followed to meet Bridget, or a different one? As Cat guides you back to your physical body, is the scenery the same, or somehow altered? Are there any new smells or sounds?
You arrive at a shimmering black-misty Veil… Ask the Cat if it has any last words for you, and thank Cat for it’s guidance… Step through the Veil, and be cradled once again in the Mother’s formlessness…
In this darkness, you are within your own being… Breathe deep and allow yourself to begin slipping back into your physical body… Breathe and become aware once again of your physical body and your physical surroundings… Breathe and let your mind and soul reenter your physical vessel…
Begin to wiggle your toes and fingers… Breathe deep, and begin to slowly move your arms and feet… Roll your head from side to side… Breathe deep, and when you are ready, open your eyes.
You have seen many things in this Quest that will be of great benefit to you. Anytime that you need guidance on your Path, you may call on Cat or Lady Bridget and seek their guidance… If you were lead by a Cat totem, it would be a good idea to continue working with it… If you felt a deep connection with Bridget, you might wish to build an altar for Her, and continue working with Her.
In order for you to keep a blessing and reminder from this Pathwork, you will now be instructed in how to create one of Bridget’s sacred charms, a Bridget’s Cross. This charm will act as a ward of protection, a symbol of the presence of Bridget, and as a amulet for aiding you to keep in contact with the knowledge that was gained at the Crossroads.