Right now there’s bright sunshine, but 10 minutes ago it was pouring! It’s a fit-in-all-the-weathers day, apparently. 41F, wind at 1mph, AQI45. We’ve gotten 1/4 inch of rain since midnight. We’re under a SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY FOR HAZARDOUS SEAS until 4pm. Chance of rain starts again Thursday evening, but very likely on Friday.
The day started slowly, but pretty soon my baskets showed up. The folks who brought them brought their little granddaughter and she was just the cutest, most sociable little critter that loved nose boops…. Anja got her baby fix. 🙂
We’re heading for Toledo as soon as we can get moving. We’re going to be baking today, at least for awhile. Hoping to do marzipan cookies and the “persian boob cookies”. Those are appropriate for the day. <snicker> Paper route this evening.
A good attitude…..
Today’s Plant is Blackthorn, Prunus spinosa, sometimes called “sloe”, wish-thorn or faery tree. The blossoms, the fruits and the crimson sap display the three colors of the Great Goddess: white, black, and red. The dangerous long spikes and the red “blood” that flows in the veins of this tree enhance the dramatic effect of Her symbolism. Blackthorns are sacred to the Luantishees, which are Blackthorn Fairies who guard the trees. It makes great walking sticks, such as shillelaghs. The fruit and leaves contain Vitamin C, organic acids, tannins, and sugars. Otzi, the “Iceman” had fruits in his stomach, even though they’re pretty bitter for food. Good wines and liqueurs are made from the fruits. Steep the flowers for a diuretic, tonic, and laxative. Dried fruits can treat bladder, kidney and stomach ailments. Boil the leaves for a mouthwash or to sooth the throat from tonsillitis or laryngitis. –Feminine, Saturn, Earth – Blackthorn symbolizes the inevitability of Death, Good in magicks of protection and revenge, strife and negativity, the balance between light and darkness. The staves cane help in exorcism, to make wishes, in divination and general protection magicks. Being a plant that’s bad to tangle with it also symbolizes not only death and the conquering of death, but the wisdom gained in life and beyond life and can be used in magicks for the gaining of such wisdom. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prunus_spinosa
Feast day of St Agatha, martyr, patroness of victims of breast cancer. – What *is* it about martyrs that makes the stories so gruesome? In this case, because of the tortures, the pictures get pretty “squirmy”. “Agatha is an aspect of the goddess known to the Greeks as Tyche, to the Romans as Fortuna, and to the Anglo-Saxons as Wyrd. Today is especially potent for fortune telling and all forms of divination. Also known as Santo Gato, it is said that she appears as a cat and can summon storms when angry.” (Pip’s Almanac) Common primrose, Primula vulgaris, is today’s plant, dedicated to this saint. More on Agatha here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Agatha Tyche here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyche Wyrd: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wyrd More on today’s plant here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Primula_vulgaris And there’s an article in French with several more pictures of Agatha’s Bread http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santo_Gato
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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. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle – In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances. God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Outer Dark, psychopomps – Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris. Phase ends at 1:04pm on 2/4. 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 2/19 at 6:47am. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends at 1:04am on 2/6.
Sirius the Dog Star blazes high in the south-southeast after dinnertime, the brightest star of Canis Major. In a dark sky with lots of stars visible, the constellation’s points can be connected to form a convincing dog profile. He’s currently standing on his hind legs; Sirius is on his chest. But through the light pollution where most of us live, only his five brightest stars are easily visible. These form a short-handled meat cleaver. Sirius is the cleaver’s top back corner, its blade faces right, and its handle is down below, pointing lower left.
One of the sky’s largest asterisms — a recognizable pattern of stars separate from a constellation’s form — occupies center stage on February evenings. To trace the so-called Winter Hexagon, start with southern Orion’s luminary, Rigel. From there, the hexagon makes a clockwise loop. The second stop is brilliant Sirius in Canis Major. Next, pick up Procyon in the faint constellation Canis Minor, then the twins Castor and Pollux in Gemini, followed by Capella in Auriga, Aldebaran in Taurus, and finally back to Rigel.
The Moon reaches apogee, the farthest point in its orbit around Earth, at 4:29 a.m. EST. It then lies 252,622 miles (406,555 kilometers) from Earth’s center.
Venus (magnitude –4.3) and Jupiter(magnitude –1.9) rise long before the first glimmer of dawn. By the time dawn begins to brighten, they dominate the southeast. Each morning Jupiter appears 1° farther upper right of Venus. On February 2nd they’re separated by 10°, on February 9th by 17°. About 10° to the right of Jupiter, look for twinkly orange Antares. At magnitude +1.0 it’s not nearly as eye-catching. In a telescope Venus is dazzling white and gibbous. Jupiter appears half again as large as Venus, but its surface brightness is some 50 times dimmer — due mostly to Jupiter’s 7-times-greater distance from the illuminating Sun.
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. Runic half-month of Sowulo/ Sigel, 2/12-26 It represents the power of the force of good throughout the world and is the harbinger of victory and ascendancy over darkness.
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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
Tu 5 High 1:17 AM 6.9 7:30 AM Rise 8:11 AM 0
~ 5 Low 6:46 AM 2.9 5:31 PM Set 6:28 PM
~ 5 High 12:29 PM 8.1
~ 5 Low 7:21 PM -0.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make this an empowering day!
~ Anything worthwhile is dangerous. – Victor H. Anderson
~ The body is an ocean, rich with hidden treasures. – Brian Perez
~ If a woman has to choose between catching a fly ball and saving an infant’s life, she will choose to save the infant’s life without even considering if there are men on base. – Dave Barry
~ There is no friendship, no love, like that of the parent for the child. – Henry Ward Beecher (1813 – 1887)
Come when the rains
Have glazed the snow and clothes the trees with ice,
While the slant sun of February pours
Into the bowers a flood of light. – William Cullen Bryant (1794–1878)
- We are all saying the same thing, we are just using different languages.
- There are as many paths as there are witches. X 10
- An it harm none, do as you will.
- They are more like guidelines really.
- All returns cubed.
- If you know your True Will, you can Do No Harm.
- Self-Empowerment = Power from Within and Power With.
- Immanent Deity
- Know Thyself
- No such thing as a stupid question unless it stays behind your teeth.
- The Black Mirror of the Mother – more of a concept than a doctrine
- Consensus Reality vs. Starlight Vision
- God and Goddess are the Human Face of Divinity. Both are Required.
- Disco Ball
- Infinite Recession – As Above, So Below
- (Add in all the Hermetic Laws)
- We are not humans having a Spiritual Experience, we are Spiritual Beings having a Human Experience.
- Magick is entering the flow.
- oOga boOga
- Ground and Center dammit
- Wicca began with Gardner, Witchcraft began before we were humans.
- Our founders had feet of clay.
- The Guru Problem
- The Litany
- Puns are contagious.
- Power gradients have to be watched for.
- No books are sacred, which makes all books Sacred.
- When you’re defending yourself, two things to remember: the Law of Return, and you do not need to be the Agent of Karma.
- Wicca looks Duo-theistic. It’s not; it’s Monist.
- It’s all Good
- These are the 4 Threads of Life:
- Living Joy
- Living Thanks
- Living Service
- Living Learning
- Doctrine of the 3 Selves
- Daily Practice:
- Walk the Walk
- Gets Easier with Practice
- So you don’t forget
- Degree Initiation is not necessary – Definition of your learning style.
- Initiations are job titles not scout badges.
- The Tool is the Witch and the Witch is the Tool.
- The Goddess comes first in Courtesy – balancing 3500 years of Masculine Divinity
- Priestess and Priest are job titles, not based on gender. Gender-queer.
- The Star Goddess is that which is, was, will be, never was, and has never even been imagined. All we see or can comprehend are tiny glimpses of the reality.
- Words are never enough.
- Humans have to categorize and limit to understand.
- All concepts of the divine are simply starting points.
- Perspective – I look at a tree, you look at a tree, we don’t see the same damn tree. Doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.
- Worship for us is not an act of groveling but more of a “Namaste”, where the god in me honors the god in you.
- Worship – to commune, to become one with
- The Great Rite is the celebration of union and creation, and yes, that means sex.
- We are going to have fun.
- The gods laugh at us and we laugh at the gods.
- Your truth and my truth are all parts of The Truth.
- What the hell is reality anyway.
- The Master learns from the Student.
Silliness – Aisle Seat – I had someone ask for an aisle seat on the plane so that their hair wouldn’t get messed up by being near the window.