There are a bunch of weather alerts this morning, but at the moment, it’s just a bit blustery and showery. GALE WARNING through 10am, HIGH WIND WARNING from 4pm today through 10pm tomorrow and a FLOOD WATCH from 7pm tonight through late tomorrow night. 49F, wind at 11mph, gusting to 16mph, AQI 5, UV1. We’ve gotten 1/5 of an inch of rain, but the forecast last night was calling for 2 inches today but that’s down to 1 1/2 inches.
Yesterday was quiet again. I ended up cooking almost the whole day, since there really wasn’t anyone around. The rain started up in the evening with a vengeance. Tempus was laughing a little that he timed getting things in from outside just right, but then I handed him the recycling. 🙂 No, I didn’t make him go do that, right them….
I set up a chowder from some whey and vegetable that were left over from the pickles and some bacon that got scorched. The shop smelled wonderful while it was cooking. …and we were both tired. I think Tempus may have that flu that I fought several days ago. …so not much more got done.
Wow, the cold weather *really* dropped the number of folks in the shop. It’s not uncommon for us to have very few people in during the winter, but so far this weekend, it’s been fewer that 20….
We’ll have the shop open on time this morning. I have a lady coming with some model horses for Lupa. I’m going to be cooking again, hoping to get the “dragon eggs” done, and then we have class tonight.
Today’s Plant is the Blueberry, Vaccinium Cyanococcus (many species/varieties)! This is a fruiting bush that is related to cranberries, huckleberries and bilberries, has many species within the genus and many varieties within the species. Many fruits are called blueberries, when they’re not Vaccinium. Widely cultivated across the world, the fruit is high in iron and lot of micronutrients and even has resveratrol like red grapes. It may have effects on brain health, reducing stroke damage in experimental animals and memory retention in the aged. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blueberry – Put blueberries under the doormat to keep people you don’t want out of the house or plant them along the property line or next to the front walk to keep them entirely off your property. Blossoms can be dried and carried in an amulet, or wear fresh ones in your hair for protection from negative psychic energy near you. Eat blueberries and/or make blueberry pie or tea or jam to get the protection from psychic attack inside you, especially if the effects are leading to headaches and fatigue.
Today is the anniversary of the date in 1858 when Bernadette Soubirous first saw an apparition of the Goddess, appearing as the Virgin Mary, in the grotto of Lourdes, which has been a shire of Kore/Persephone for a long, long while. More here: http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/book/feb11.html and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Our_Lady_of_Lourdes I learned a new word researching this; “mantic”. It means related to divination or prophecy. The spring at Lourdes was described as “mantic” in the article. http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/mantic
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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 2/19 at 6:47am. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 2/12 at 2:56pm.
Mars and Uranus pass close by each other this evening through Wednesday evening. Mars is magnitude 1.0. Uranus is almost 100 times fainter at magnitude 5.8, but it’s visible in binoculars nonetheless. Right after nightfall tonight, find Mars to the lower right of the Moon. Uranus is located 1.2° to Mars’s left and perhaps a touch higher. (For a sense of scale, a typical 8-power binocular has a field of view 6° or 7° wide.) To help orient yourself, you’ll see the brighter star Omicron Piscium, magnitude 4.2, in the same binocular view a little farther below Uranus and a bit left.
Meanwhile, late this evening for North America, 7th-magnitude Comet Iwamoto passes very close to Eta Leonis, magnitude 3.5, in Leo’s Sickle. The timing of this passage is especially good for late-evening observers in the Eastern and Central time zones. See Comet Iwamoto Ascends and Brightens, with finder chart.
Lighting on the February 11 waxing crescent Moon is perfect for spotting the Lunar X – a play of light and shadow on several crater walls. – Consolidated Lunar Atlas/UA/LPL
If you grab a telescope and target the Moon this evening, you can watch a few points of light evolve into a prominent letter X. Focus on a spot along the terminator — the dividing line between lunar day and night — almost halfway from the equator to the south pole. Use the twin craters Aliacensis and Werner as guides to the Lunar X, which lies just to their northwest. In the image above, the X is just beginning to show. Although the X is just a chance alignment of light and shadow as the Sun rises over a group of crater walls, it’s fun to see because it triggers our brain’s pattern-recognition ability.
Venus (magnitude –4.2, above the Sagittarius Teapot) and Jupiter(magnitude –1.9, in the feet of Ophiuchus) each rise well before the first glimmer of dawn. By the time dawn begins to brighten, they dominate the southeastern sky. (See the illustrations higher up.) But they’re ever farther apart, widening by 1° per day. On the morning of February 9th Jupiter is 17° upper right of Venus. By the 16th, it’s 24° to Venus’s upper right. Look for twinkly orange Antares, magnitude +1.0, about 11° right of Jupiter. In a telescope Venus is dazzling white and gibbous. Jupiter appears nearly twice as large in apparent diameter, 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 February
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
M 11 High 4:25 AM 7.3 7:22 AM Rise 10:45 AM 28
~ 11 Low 11:00 AM 2.0 5:39 PM
~ 11 High 4:48 PM 5.8
~ 11 Low 10:36 PM 2.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Plant impossible gardens.
~ The candy bar you planned to eat on the way home from the market is hidden at the bottom of the grocery bag. – The Grocery Bag Law
~ Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well. – Voltaire (1694-1778) French Philosopher and Author
~ Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. – Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail
~ He that hath wife and children hath given hostages to fortune; for they are impediments to great enterprises, either of virtue or mischief. – Francis Bacon; Of Marriage and Single Life
A hand as icy as the hand of death
Rests on the hills inviolably white;
And while a brazen bell invokes the night
With deep reverberant voice that clearly saith,
“I mark each hour that swiftly hasteneth,”
Behold within the north a crimson light
That reaches to the heavens’ farthest height.
As fiery as the fabled war-god’s breath.
‘Tis grim old Thor, who, in the halcyon days
Of seasons gone, his searing bolts let fly
Until no shaft was left wherewith to slay;
Now in his polar furnace’s fiercest blaze
He forges darts with which to terrify
When summer treads again her sunlit way! – –Clinton Scollard (1860–1932)
Valentine’s Day Spell – On the evening of 13th February , sprinkle Rosewater on two Bay leaves and place under your pillow in the shape of an “X”. Take four more Bay leaves and place each one at each corner of your pillow (six being the number of Love)
Put on a clean nightdress, pure white in color and sprinkle with rosewater , now visualize your lover’s face and make this pledge:
“I will not be Jealous,but will trust in you ,
And I will not be Possessive, but give time and space to you,
I will have confidence in your actions and dealings
And I will chide gently if you hurt my feelings,
In short I will love you and believe
That you must love me to, if here you will be .”
During your dreams your love will answer you and give you a sign of fidelity on Valentine’s Day
)0( From Llewellyn and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast
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of you lingers on.
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Getting Ready For Valentine’s Day
In the early days of the American South, it was thought that if a woman wore a wasp’s nest in her clothing (hidden in her bustle), that her lover would love her more deeply. Don’t try this one at home, kids!
Feng Shui For Lovers!
A tall vase of pussy-willows placed in the southwest corner of the bedroom or the most southwestern corner of the house is thought to amplify warmth, compassion, tenderness and sweetness in a relationship. To attract a new relationship, put two roses in the same corner.
Love Potion #69
Two ounces Vanilla flavored vodka
One ounce Orange flavored vodka
Sprig of Mint
This is the adult version of a creamsicle. The vanilla flavor represents warmth, sweetness and smoothness of communication. The orange represents warmth, joy, tenderness and affection. The vodka is for hardiness and strength. Mix ingredients with lots of ice in a cocktail shaker. Pour into two martini glasses. Garnish with a sprig of mint – to encourage the whispering of sweet nothings in your ear.
Take two large sewing needles, one representing a man and the other a woman. Name each of the needles and ask God/dess to bless them. Insert the point of the “male” needle into the eye of the “female needle.” Bind the two needles together with orange thread (for passion), red thread (for lust) and pink thread (for joy.) Put in a place for safekeeping – like a jewelry box and don’t let the needles become unraveled until your wish is obtained.
If wish is not obtained within a year, it is probably not a union that is meant to be.
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Silliness – Good Advice – Military Style – The Piper Cub is the safest airplane in the world; it can just barely kill you. – Attributed to Max Stanley (Northrop test pilot)