It’s really clear even if the computer says, “Partly cloudy”. There is some ground fog around the edges and a few stray bits, is all. The Moon had a red halo around it, though. 39F, wind at 2mph, AQI26. No rain in the forecast until Wednesday, although it may not be as clear as this night was.
Yesterday was a long day. We were up really early, to get the car worked on, and then it took most of the day. It turns out that it’s the front of the engine, itself, that’s going…. $1200 fix on a car that’s 20 years old….So we have some thinking to do.
We had a fair number of shoppers in for a winter day. Tempus and I took turns since we both still feel pretty bad. He went into Newport late in the afternoon to get some stuff that *might* fix the problem on the car for awhile and he dropped off soup samples to the other Newport guy.
Once he was back, we closed, had supper and he took off again for the paper route. It went relatively smoothly. I had spent the evening reading and embroidering and then did a bunch of computer work for awhile, setting up newsletters.
He was back to pick me up at about 4:45. I did Bayshore and rt 34 with him and then he finished out the route himself while I worked on this. Venus and Jupiter in conjunction is a marvel! The moon was really bright and dawn was starting before he dropped me at the shop.
Today is going to be a tired day. I can tell that already. We’ll be open at 11am, though. Tempus has laundry and dishes to do and we need to get the table clear again for Herbs on Saturday and so I can get some more sewing done. I was going to make mustard tonight and didn’t have room to work, so I’m going to try that again today.
Today’s Plant is the Western Azalea, Rhododendron Occidentale. Azaleas are a subset of the rhodys. This is the main one that grows around here. It’s hard to tell from the shape and size of the plant that it’s an azalea, or even from the flowers, although the branches are thinner and the leaves shorter and rounder than those of rhododendrons. It least it’s hard for those of us who are familiar with the showy garden hybrids, which tend to be small and compact. The other West Coast azalea is Rhododendron Albiflorum, and there’s not a whacking lot of info floating around about that one. The wiki is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhododendron_occidentale The Chinese call azaleas “thinking of home bush”. Magickal uses for azalea are to encourage light spirits, happiness and gaiety.
Today is the eve of Disting, or Disablot, a festival in honor of the Disir, the female helper spirits. Here’s one version of a ritual. http://www.adf.org/rituals/norse/disting/disting.html and a link about the Disir here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disir …and here’s another link with related information. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D%C3%ADsabl%C3%B3t
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
Waning Moon Magick – From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 2/4 at 1:04pm. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 1/27 at 1:10pm.
Right after dark, face east and look very high. The bright star there is Capella, the Goat Star. To the right of it, by a couple of finger-widths at arm’s length, is a small, narrow triangle of 3rd and 4th magnitude stars known as “the Kids.” Though they’re not exactly eye-grabbing, they form a never-forgotten asterism with Capella.
With the waning gibbous Moon now rising late in the evening, it’s a good time to look for Sirius. The night sky’s brightest star (at magnitude –1.5) appears prominent in the southeast as darkness falls and lies due south and at its highest elevation around 10 p.m. local time. From mid-northern latitudes, it then stands about one-third of the way from the horizon to the zenith. (The farther south you live, the higher it appears.) If you point binoculars at Sirius, look for the pretty star cluster M41 in the same field of view, just 4° south of the star.
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 of Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
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.
Runic half-month of Elhaz/Algiz, from 1/28-2/11. This half month: optimistic power, protection and sanctuary.
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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
F 25 High 3:46 AM 8.1 7:42 AM Set 10:40 AM 82
~ 25 Low 9:46 AM 1.8 5:16 PM Rise 11:08 PM
~ 25 High 3:31 PM 7.6
~ 25 Low 10:02 PM 0.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make love, not war.
~ I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality. – Martin Luther King, Jr.
~ Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows. – Helen Keller
~ We go through the day rather than getting something from the day. We are everywhere at any given moment in time except living in that moment in time. – Jim Rohn
~ Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer. – Unknown
Outside your shadow, I can go
A free moon in a crystal arc;
Circling at dusk with lunar cold
Above, below, your cone of dark. – –Kathryn Worth (1898–1969)
Brigit’s Bed – (For Imbolc) – http://members.aol.com/ivycleartoes/bed.html
- Basket, wood box, or doll cradle
- Padding to make receptacle like a bed
- Figure to represent the goddess Brigit
- Figure to represent the god (any god)
- Nuts (optional)
Dress up the basket, box, or cradle like a bed, and make it comfortable. Put it by the fireplace or the most desirable, warm spot in the house, as if you were waiting for a visitor to lie in it. Make a figurine to represent Brigit; this can be made with a bundle of oats, rushes, straw, or any grain or craft material fashioned into a loop or slightly human shape, and can be simple or ornate, and even can be decorated with clothes of any sort, preferably white with red ribbons. (One traditional adornment is a sparkling crystal around her neck.) You can make a god figurine by making a fruitwood wand with a pinecone attached to the end, decorated with ribbons, or any male-oriented symbol that works for you.
Place the Brigit’s Bed in the most inviting, warmest place in the house and imagine that you will really be visited by Brigit, the night before or night of Imbolc. Leave an aromatic, hot snack out for her by the bed. As you invite the spirit of the goddess to inhabit the bed, ask for her blessings of fertility and healing. Put the dolly in the bed, and offer the company of the god-wand. For an extra ounce of fertility blessing, the wand can be crossed like an X over the dolly to form the Norse rune Gifu. Add nuts to the bed to stimulate fertility. Use the Brigit dolly as a talisman of protection and fertility through the winter, and either recycle her for Lughnasadh or return her to the earth if she is made of grain.
Paper Brigid’s Crown
This is especially appropriate for young girls, since this is the holiday for the return of the maiden
You will need:
Construction paper in your child’s favorite colors, and yellow and/or red, for the flames.
Pencil, crayon, or marker
Glue (white glue or glue stick
What to do:
- Cut a strip of paper about 2 inches wide and long enough to wrap around your child’s head. You may need to glue 2 shorter strips to get the right length. Remember to include a couple of extra inches for overlap!
- Draw and cut out eight thin rectangles (these are the candles) of paper.
- Draw and cut out eight flames.
- Glue the flames to the candles
- Draw wicks in the flames and candles.
- Distribute the candles evenly around the headband.
- Glue the candles to the outside of the headband. (You can glue it to the inside if you think your youngster will wait long enough for the glue to dry!)
- Depending on the age of your child, they can do the drawing, cutting and gluing. Even the youngest child can hold paper and have you guide her hands.
Laminated Window Hangings for Imbolc
you will need:
– lined paper
– laminating paper
– Imbolc cookie cutters(the big ones) (candle shapes, beehive, triple moon, babies, milk jugs
– scissors & a single hole punch
– a pencil
what to do:
- Lightly trace the shapes of candles, babies, a Triple Moon or other Imbolc figures with your pencil.
- Cut out those shapes with scissors.
- Colour in the shapes with your crayons lightly.
- Laminate the shapes with laminate paper, and cut off the excess edges, leave about 3mm extra laminate paper.
- Punch a hole through the top of the shape and hang it up in your window.
Silliness – The Frog
A frog walks into a bank and asks the teller, “Who do I talk to about getting a loan?” The teller shows him to the office of the loans manager, Ms. Patricia Black.
“I would like a loan for $20.00 to buy a new lily pad,” the frog tells her.
“Do you have any collateral?” asks Ms. Black.
The frog produces a small statuette of the Eiffel Tower with the inscription “Souvenir of Paris” engraved on the base. Unsure whether or not the object is worth the amount of the loan, she summons the bank manager.
The manager inspects the trinket, nods his head, and says, “It’s a knick-knack, Patty Black – give the frog a loan.”