Daily Stuff 1-31-19 Hekate

Hi, folks!

Featured photo from Krasna Praha. Rose of the Sea’s Open Circle for Imbolc on Friday 2/1, 7pm at Ancient Light.

Partly cloudy again, but the sunshine is bright and clear, even if the shadows are still long at noon. The days are getting longer by 2 1/2 minutes per. That’s adding well over 15 minutes more daylight per week. Can you feel it, yet? 56F, wind at 4mph, gusting to 8, AQI 62. The weather is due to change, though. We’re under a  Small Craft Advisory for Hazardous Seas  https://www.wunderground.com/severe/us/or/waldport/KORWALDP9 and we’re due for 2/3 of an inch of rain tomorrow!

Yesterday we did get up late. I was up around 2:30, working on that same feast invite to get eveyrone informed and Tempus by around 4:30. We had coffee and then went on to other things, but 7:30, though, he was driving me nuts since he was making bacon and eggs for supper and it smelled *so* good! He made some hashed potatoes with it and it tasted as good as it smelled.

In the evening I set up the next fig rennet cheese experiment, then tried baking some marzipan and then made cheesy olives just to try them. We liked both. I had been writing and writing all day. The cookbook for the feast, is most of the way put together, now.

The cheese is starting to set, it looks like. That’s what I have to get to, next. Tempus had to come back for me this morning. He said I was so out that he had to check to make sure I was breathing! I didn’t wake and get here until 1:30. He’s running errands today and then we have the paper run tonight.

Prague in the eclipse – Photo by Krasna Praha


Pseudotsuga_menziesii_cone douglas firToday’s Plant is the Douglas Fir, Pseudotsuga menziesii, sometimes called Oregon Pine, since it’s actually a pine, not a fir at all. Common as Christmas trees, since they hold their needles better than many other trees, and are one of the better timber trees, growing quickly with a straight grain. Their main use, magickally, is in incense, since the resin has a good sweet scent. – Mars, Air/Fire – Attracting prosperity, purifying ritual areas and new homes, helping “stay the course” during difficult times. A wand or cone kept on the altar wards off evil influences. Carry cones to increase fertility and have a vigorous old age. Floor washes with the oil cleanse a space of negativity and ward off illness. Throw needles into winter fires for protection, or burn as incense for purification and divination. Place branches over the bed to keep sickness away, or to aid the ill. Hang a branch over the main door of your house to ensure continuous joy within.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pseudotsuga_menziesii

feast 0131 Hécate_-_Mallarmé HecateFeast day of Hekate (Hecate), ancient Greece  – “In Greece, this day was celebrated as the Feast of Hecate, known to the Romans as Diana Lucifera. Diana had three manifestations, Luna in the Heavens (the moon), Diana the Huntress on earth, and Diana Ludifera in Hades, the Underworld. Diana was the goddess of the moon and was called Diana Lucifera which means the Bringer of Light. The name Lucifera was also applied to the morningstar Venus. The Christians gave the name negative connotations in their systematic attempts to discredit the Roman gods. The Greeks knew Diana as Artemis, the twin sister of Apollo, and daughter of Zeus and Leto. She was born under Mount Cynthus in Delos and hence was also called Cynthia and Delia. She was the goddess of hunting, carried a bow and quiver like her brother, and was especially fond of music and dance. Diana was never conquered by love, and submitted to no man, hence she was the goddess of a ‘chaste’ moon and, except for her family, tolerated only female companions. Her priestesses were all chaste.” From the Roman Calendar (broken link) More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trivia_%28mythology%29 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hecate and here:http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/book/jan31.html

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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 Crescent Moon –Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 1/31 at 1:04am. Hecate’s Brooch 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 2/3 at 1:04am. 

The Moon encounters Venus – A 13-percent-lit waxing crescent Moon passes 2° south-southeast of Venus in this image from the evening of September 8, 2013. On January 31, a slightly fatter, though waning crescent Moon passes a similar distance from Venus before dawn. Jared Bowens

The waning crescent Moon stands 2° to the right of brilliant Venus this morning. The Sun now illuminates just 16 percent of our satellite’s disk, so it appears a bit dimmer than it did yesterday. And Venus shines at magnitude –4.3, some 10 times brighter than Jupiter. The Moon and Venus make a dazzling pair with the naked eye or through binoculars from the time they rise until twilight is well underway. If you aim a telescope at Venus this morning, you’ll see a 19″-diameter disk that appears 62 percent lit.
In Friday’s dawn, the thinning crescent Moon hangs lower left of Venus. Look for dim Saturn a similar distance (if you’re in North America) on the opposite side of the Moon from Venus, very low. Binoculars help.
After dinnertime look due east, not very high, for twinkly Regulus. Extending upper left from it is the Sickle of Leo, a backward question mark. “Leo announces spring,” goes an old saying. Actually, Leo showing up in the evening announces the cold, messy back half of winter. Come spring, Leo will already be high.
ORION’S DOGS – To Orion’s lower left is the brightest of all stars, Sirius, which is known as the Dog Star; appropriately enough, it lies in the constellation Canis Major, the Greater Dog. If there is a Greater Dog, there ought to be a Lesser Dog, and there is. The first bright star to the upper left of Orion is Procyon, part of Canis Minor. Together, the two dogs help Orion to hunt down his prey.

Orion, Lepus

THE HUNTED HARE AND THE RIVER – Below Orion are two dimmer constellations that many sky-gazers never notice—but a clear January night is an opportunity to see them. The first is the compact constellation Lepus, the Hare (or Rabbit), forever being hunted by Orion and his dogs. A tougher challenge is the sprawling constellation Eridanus, the River, which meanders from Orion all the way down to the horizon. If you are far from city lights, give it a try.

Pleiades star cluster – The Pleiades (M45) is the closest object to Earth in Charles Messier’s famous catalog. This open cluster lies only 440 light-years away in the constellation Taurus the Bull. – Jamie Cooper

EYE OF TAURUS – To Orion’s upper right, look for the reddish star Aldebaran, which represents the eye of Taurus, the Bull. Two bright star clusters reside in Taurus, a loose collection called the Hyades near Aldebaran and the very compact Pleiades, also known as the Seven Sisters. Automobile buffs may already know that the badge on the front grille of every Subaru car represents the Pleiades.
THE FISHES AND THE SEA MONSTER – Stretched out to the right of Taurus are four well-known asterisms (unofficial star patterns). Two of them are roundish shapes known as “circlets,” one in Pisces, the Fishes, and the other in Cetus, the Sea Monster. Look for the planet Mars not far from Pisces’ Circlet. Pisces is also home to the distinctive Vee asterism. Above the Circlet of Pisces is the aptly named Great Square of Pegasus, which encloses a substantial area of sky that is nearly devoid of stars.
Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) is already quite low in the west-southwest right after dark.

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 Elhaz/Algiz, from 1/28-2/11. This half month: optimistic power, protection and sanctuary.

Sun in Aquarius
Moon in Sagittarius enters Capricorn at 4:47pm
Color: Turquoise

Harvest 1/29-31

©2018 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


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.

Luis – Rowan Ogam letter correspondences
Month: December
Color: Grey and Red
Class: Peasant
Letter: L
Meaning: Controlling your life; Protection against control by others.

Quert – Apple Ogam letter correspondences to study this month
Month: None
Color: Green
Class: Shrub
Letter: Q
Meaning: A choice must be made


Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
Th  31      Low   2:56 AM     3.5   7:36 AM    Rise  4:34 AM      22
~    31     High   8:59 AM     8.0   5:24 PM     Set  1:58 PM
~    31      Low   4:16 PM     0.3
~    31     High  10:52 PM     6.2


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – If we are what we eat, then I’m easy, fast and cheap.


Journal Prompt – What? – What kind of pet would you most like to have—monkey, snake, goat—why?



~   Until you value yourself, you will not value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it. – M. Scott Peck, author
~   Science is built up of facts, as a house is with stones. But a collection of facts is no more a science than a heap of stones is a house. – Henri Poincaré (1854-1912).
~   If you want your dreams to come true, don’t sleep. – Yiddish Proverb
~   Anyone who has to fight, even with the most modern weapons, against an enemy in complete command of the air, fights like a savage against modern European troops, under the same handicaps and with the same chances of success. – Erwin Rommel (1891-1944) German Field Marshal.

Suddenly, with lifted eyes you said,
“Oh look!”
There, on the black bough of a snow flecked maple,
Fearless and gay as our love,
A bluejay cocked his crest!
Oh who can tell the range of joy
Or set the bounds of beauty? – Sara Teasdale (1884–1933)


Imbolc Magick – Seasons of the Witch!   Ancient Holidays (and some not so ancient!)   from Granny Moon’s Morning Feast


An ancient Celtic festival considered the first day of spring. According to Blackburn, no information survives about the rituals associated with this festival, except that ewes were milked. Various scholars have derived the word Imbolc from Ol-melc (ewe’s milk) because the ewes are lactating at this time, Im-bolg (around the belly) in honor of the swelling belly of the earth goddess, and folcaim (I wash) because of the rites of purification which took place at this time. All of these meanings capture themes of the festival.

A medieval quatrain fills in a few more sketchy details:
Tasting every food in order
This is what behoves at Imbolc
Washing of hand and feet and head
It is thus I say

Much of the lore associated with Imbolc was probably absorbed into the customs surrounding St. Brigid’s feast day on February 1.

Blackburn, Bonnie and Leofranc Holford-Strevens, Oxford Companion to the Year, Oxford University Press 1999

February 1st is the feast day of St Brigid, who began her life as a pagan goddess and ended up a Christian saint. The great high goddess, Bride or Brigid, was a fire and fertility goddess, perhaps embodied in the stars in the constellation we view as Orion. In her temple at Kildare, her priestesses tended an eternal flame. She presided over all transformations: birth and brewing, metal-smithing and poetry, the passage from winter to spring.

In Celtic lore, she is the daughter of the Dagda, the Good God, who marries her to Bres of the Fomors. Her name may be derived from Gaelic breo aigit or fiery arrow or (the Matthews prefer) a Sanskrit derivation Brahti or high one. As Bride, the Queen of Heaven, she seems to have been a sun goddess. In one tale, St Brigid carries a burning coal in her apron. In another tale, flames engulf her body without burning her.

The legends about the goddess Brigid gradually became associated with the (somewhat spurious) Saint Brigid who founded the first convent in Ireland (where else?) at Kildare. Her emblem is a cow and many legends tell of how Brigid kept guests at her abbey supplied (often miraculously) with milk and butter. Her flower is the dandelion, whose yellow flower is the color of butter and whose stem when broken releases a milky sap. St Brigid supposedly helped at the birth of Jesus, thus she is the patron saint of midwives and pregnant women. She is also the patron of poets, scholars, healers, dairymaids and blacksmiths, recalling many of the arts under the protection of the goddess Bride.

On the eve of her feast day in Ireland, people put out a loaf of bread on the windowsill for the Saint and an ear of corn for her white cow, offerings for the grain goddess like the loaf buried in the first furrow. Wheat stalks are woven into X-shaped crosses to be hung from rafters as charms to protect homes from fire and lightning.

In Ireland, the birds known as oyster-catchers (in Gaelic they are called Gille righde, the servants of Bride) appear on St Brigid’s day and are said to bring spring with them.

During the 19th century, Alexander Carmichael collected and compiled folk customs from the West Highlands, including many revolving around Bridget. On her holiday, women get together to make Brigid’s crosses at night. They also dress the corn doll or last sheaf (from Lammas or autumn equinox) in a bridal gown and put her in a basket which is called the Bride’s bed. A wand, candle or other phallic object is laid across her and the Bride is invited to come for her bed is ready. If the blankets are rumpled in the morning, this is seen as a good omen. Obviously the goddess whose mating brings life to the land is not the abbess of a convent but the great fertility goddess.

Blackburn, Bonnie and Leofranc Holford-Strevens, Oxford Companion to the Year, Oxford University Press 1999
Carmichael, Alexander, Carmina Gadelica, Llindisfarne Press
Kightly, Charles, The Perpetual Almanack of Folklore, Thames and Hudson 1987
Matthews, John & Caitlin, Encyclopedia of Celtic Wisdom, Element 2000

Feb 1: Juno Sospita – In ancient Rome, consuls made a sacrifice to Juno Sospita (the Saviour) on this day. Girls offered barley-cakes to the sacred snake in her grove. If their offerings were accepted, their virginity was confirmed and the year’s fertility assured.

Blackburn, Bonnie and Leofranc Holford-Strevens, Oxford Companion to the Year, Oxford University Press 1999

Feb 1: St Tryphon – His emblem is the pruning knife and he is known as a protector of vines and fields and a killer of rats and caterpillars. On his day, vineyards and fields are sprinkled with holy water and blessed. Working in the fields is not allowed, and it is said that one man who disobeyed this injunction and went out to work cut his own nose off.

Blackburn, Bonnie and Leofranc Holford-Strevens, Oxford Companion to the Year, Oxford University Press 1999

Feb 1: Candlemas Eve – This is the official last day of the Christmas season and also the last date for taking down the Christmas greens. Leaving them up after Candlemas is bad luck. Ceremonies for Candlemas Eve

Down with the Rosemary and Bayes
Down with the Mistletoe
Instead of Holly, now upraise
The greener Box (for Show).

The Holly hitherto did sway
Let Box now domineer;
Until the dancing Easter-day
Or Easters Eve appear. ~Robert Herrick (1591-1674)

 Here are a few more! 

Be An Encourager Day
BEE-Day (Philippines)
Brigmid (Druid Festival)
Candlemas Eve
Canned Food Month
Cross-Quarter Day
Freedom Day
National Baked Alaska Day
National Enrolled Agent’s Day
Oystercatchers Arrive Back In Scotland, Heralding Spring (See Also 15 April).
Perchville USA begins (Tawas Bay, Michigan)
Return Shopping Carts To The Supermarket Month
Robinson Crusoe Day
Serpent Day (Celtic)
Spring Mother Celebration (Norse)
St. Bride’s Day
St. Brigid’s Day (aka St. Bridget; patron of dairy workers, dairy maids, poultry raisers, the only Irish fairy to become a Saint.)
St. Ives’ Hurling of the Silver Ball (Cornell, UK)
St. Pionius’ Day
St. Severus’ Day (patron of hatters, milliners)
The First Week Of February Is: National Pay Your Bills Week
The Second Monday Of The Month Is: Clean Out Your Computer Day; Fridays Before Lent Is Fariseos (Mayan Indians; Celebration Making Fun Of Christian Ceremonies)
The Second Week Is:Love May Make The World Go ‘Round, But Laughter Keeps Us From Getting Dizzy Week
This Month Is Also Known As Known By The Saxons As Sprout-Kale, Because Of The Conspicuous Sprouting Of Cabbage In Winter Gardens During This Time.
Vegetation Month.
Women’s Heart Health Day

Feb 2: Candlemas

Bonza Bottler Day
Brew Hog Day
Dia de la Candelaria (Mexico)
Feast of Pan
Feast of Torches
Groundhog Day
National Heavenly Hash Day
Presentation of Our Lord (fka the Purification of the Virgin Mary)
Purification Day
Shaving of the Candlemas Bear Masque (Pyrenees)
St. Joan de Lestonnac’s Day
Wand Dedication Day (Fairy)
Wives’ Feast Day
Yuma Crossing Day

To Do Today: In magickal traditions, people light candles in the Yule log today, giving strength to the sun and chasing away some of the figurative dark clouds that winter left behind. If candles aren’t prudent, turn on every light in the house for a few minutes for a similar effect. Do not burn the Yule log however, keeping it intact protects your home from mischief.

Another traditional activity for Candlemas is weather divination, which we commonly recognize on this day as Groundhog Day. So, get up and look out the window! Poor weather portends a beautiful spring, and mild, enjoyable summer. Snow today foretells twelve more snowfalls before April 11 (Saint George’s Eve).

February, Ice Moon Also Known As:
Celtic ~ Moon of Ice
English Medieval ~ Storm Moon
Neo Pagan ~ Snow Moon

February brings with her Moon a time to begin your Spring Cleaning.  It is a time to welcome change, as light once again begins to take hold of the world, and darkness recedes. We need to start making plans for the future, accept responsibility for past discrections; a time for purifying your thoughts, and self forgiveness.  It is a time of rebirth of self, and self purification.

The beginning of February’s Moon of Ice, brings with it the Festival of Imbolc, also known as Imbolg, Imbolgc, Oimelc, Candlemas, Brigantia, Lupercus, Disting, Festival of the Lights, Brighid’s Day , Brid’s Day or Brides Day.  This festival, sacred to the goddess Brigid (pronounced “Breed”), who is known as a goddess of Healing, Inspiration, and Metalworking, in her aspect, of the triple goddess.  The christianized version of Brigid, is St. Brigid or St. Bridget, is said to have been Jesus’ mid-wife; yet another story says that she was Jesus’ maid, when he was being schooled by by the Druids.

Her symbol is the cross, commonly called Brid’s Cross, this cross has brought about much modern debate, as it closely resembles, Hitler’s Germany, swastika.

This FireFestival celebrates the light and heat,  that the fires flame’s bring forth; symbolizing the coming of the new born Sun.  Multitudes of White Candles are lit, often within a wreath, a symbolization of the Wheel of the Year.

At this time of year, the dieties are still youthful and not yet joined through the sacred vows of marriage.  It is the time of the waiting Bride, of the Sun God; a time when the ancient Celts saw the sun as being born anew.

The name Imbolc, literally means “In Milk”,  named thus, since this was the time that goats and cows began lactaing, a prelude to the birth of their young. During the Imbolg ritual it was a customary offering, to pour milk on to the Earth, to ensure the return of fertility, and the generosity of the Earth to the people.  They would dress grain dollies, as brides and place them about the house, and on altars in places of honor.   The greens and boughs that had been placed around the house, at Yule, for protection of the deep Winter, are now removed and burned in the sacred fires, the house is then throughly cleaned physically and then spiritually cleansed and purified.

In other parts of the world, it is a time of the return of the Kore, or the Maiden, who is returned from her prison in the “Underworld.”  She is no longer the vestial virgin, who wandered the fields, and forest paths, in innocence.  Her spiritual transformation, hearalds the first signs of spring, and the promise that Winter cannot last forever. She not only gives us promise, but attains a new name, Peresphone, and the responsibility of taking care of those who have crossed over and leading the souls of the confused.

This time of year we pay homage to the Greek Pan, or Lupercus.  He is honored at the Celebration of Lupercalia, where his priests perfomed these rites naked.  This celebration  honors the coming of spring and the enhancement of ensuring fertility to the  land, animals and humans, alike.  He is the ancient diety, who is necessary to join with the Great Goddess to reestablish balance, and fertility to the Earth. Written amd Submitted by Irish Faerie (Welsh) Witch© 2004

Enjoy a Happy GroundHogs Day, USA

Candles and Lights

Candles (leading to the name, “Candlemas”) are sometimes burned in every window in the house, starting the night of February 1st, until the candles burn themselves out. (If you practice this, be watchful of fire hazards.  We use battery-operated candles, and the if the bulbs and batteries are new, the lights remain on all night.)

This is yet another time to enjoy outdoor luminaria, as well. That’s when you take bags (lunch bags work fine, and you can cut designs in them), put a couple of inches of sand in the bottom of each bag, and then put a  tea candle in each bag. If the bag is on a wooden porch or other flammable surface, make certain to use plenty of sand to insulate. Also check the bags regularly, in case a stiff wind tilts a bag and the paper goes up in flames.

A similar tradition (in older houses where families have lived for generations) is to light a candle, one in the window of each room where someone has died. One candle for each person who died in that room. Again, the candle is allowed to burn itself out.

A related tradition is to make candles the night before the holy day, then take them to church to be blessed on the feast, and use those candles throughout the rest of the year.

Snow candles

Yet another candle tradition, which we have used with delight, is to collect a bowl of snow. (A white cereal bowl is perfect.) Bring the bowl indoors, place a “floating candle” in the center of the pile of snow and light it. As the snow melts, the candle will remain alight because it floats in the water. This is a very visual symbol for the return of light and heat to the earth, melting the snow.

Bride’s Bed

There are a variety of traditions related to making a “Bride’s bed” (also called “Brighid’s bed”) with a homemade cradle, an ear of corn, a wand (smaller but related to the coronation wand given to the kings of Ireland), and small tokens of respect and/or adornment. Many books on Celtic traditions give the details of this ritual.

St. Brighid’s Cross

“St. Brighid’s Cross,” is another tradition. It is a woven cross made from straw, sometimes with a diamond shape woven around the center. (Compare this with the Native American “God’s eye” crosses.) In some places, wells and other water sources (such as faucets) are decorated with ivy and early flowers.

Blessed clothing

Brighid’s healing arts are called upon in yet another delightful tradition. As night falls, place an item of clothing outside, for Brighid to bless as she passes over the earth on Imbolc. In the morning, bring the item indoors, and wear it whenever you need an extra blessing to heal. People with migraines are supposedly helped by this tradition, in particular. (Due to winter winds, it’s
a good idea to tie the item to a tree or fence so it doesn’t blow away during the night.)

 And, in the morning…

In keeping with the milk theme of the holiday, some people pour a small amount of milk onto the soil early on February 2nd morning, as they thank Mother Earth for having fed them for the past year. The dairy theme of the festival also makes it appropriate to enjoy rich dishes and desserts such as cheesecake.

As with many holidays, it’s always appropriate to drum or ring in the festival, with a drum, rattle, or bells.

This is also a time for housecleaning and preparing for the new growing season. (Some women do a ritual “spring cleaning” of house, or use a cleansing tonic at this time, to mark a fresh start and a new year.)

In many ways, New Year’s Eve is somewhat misplaced. We do far better to begin our “resolutions” at Imbolc, which celebrates new beginnings. Written by Fiona Broome http://www.fionabroome.com

The Goddess Companion

Brigid, gold-red woman,
Brigid, flame and honeycomb,
Brigid, sun of womanhood,
Brigid, lead me home.

You are a branch in blossom.
You are a sheltering dome.
You are my bright precious freedom.
Brigid, lead me home. ~Irish Prayer To The Goddess

Every day, every night
that I praise the goddess,
I know I shall be safe:
I shall not be chased,
I shall not be caught,
I shall not be harmed.
Fire, sun, and moon
cannot burn me. Not
lake nor stream nor sea
can drown me. Fairy
arrow cannot pierce me.
I am safe, safe, safe,
singing her praise. ~The Shield of Brigid, Irish Prayer

This famous prayer was reputed to protect those who spoke it fervently from all evil. Originally an invocation to the goddess Brigid, it was later addresses to the saint who took her place and whose feast day, February 2, was the old Celtic feast of the goddess. Called Imbolc in earlier times, it became known as Candlemas, a feast of light celebrating the time when winter’s sway over this world was loosened, and spring at last beckoned.

The invocation was a shield against natural calamities as well as unnatural ones. For thousands of years the Irish prayed to the goddess, and then to the goddess-turned-saint, always asking for the same thing: to live out their lives in peace and plenty. Today we hope for more than just a good crop and no epidemics, good weather for harvest, and nothing to cripple our children. But is this not all we could hope for: enough to nourish us, both spiritually and physically, and people around us who love us?

)0( By Patricia Monaghan – From ” The Goddess Companion” and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast  1-800-THE-MOON

If you have someone in your heart, carve their initials into a leaf and place it in your shoe overnight. In the morning if the initials are clearer they’ll marry you if not they won’t.


Silliness – Burns


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