Cloud, puddles and ice….. it hailed yesterday evening in a lot of spots! 34F, so it hasn’t melted off, yet…. no wind, AQI 17, UV1…. 1/5 of an inch of rain since midnight, after 1/4 inch yesterday. We’re still under a SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY FOR HAZARDOUS SEAS through 10pm, but the wave heights are dropping fast.
We went directly to Newport and picked up some forgotten sausage. Tempus drove us right to Sash’s place after that, off-loaded me and totes and headed back. I started cooking right away. The first thing was to cook the sausages for the appetizers and the bacon for the pie. While those were going I set up an egg and cheese pie and a “fair torte” which was mostly leafy greens with a little egg and cheese. I also set up some small versions of the mushroom tart, because I didn’t have a mixer and only scraps left over from the first two pies. Eventually, that was all cooked/baked/fridged and I made a batch of the sausage appetizers for Sash and his roomie, and a few of the cheesy olives, then made a batch of the appetizers for the feast.
Tempus was busy at the shop. He said he had something like 20 people in the shop. In between customers he got one bread loaf done, but that was all he had time for, since it took awhile to rise and he had to come back for me at 6pm.
Sash and I had a good time chatting during the day, a lot of which was about his work woes. Eventually, he had to head out for that (he was supposed to have this whole weekend off and now he has to work all three days!) and I packed up what we were bringing back.
We spent the evening packing everything, starting the overnight crockpots, and then getting the first load into the car, so that we can just skedaddle this morning. I have to be on-site at 8am and will be starting cooking as soon as I can plug in the 1st crockpot! The shop will *not* be open today, although we’re planning on regular hours tomorrow (Monday). Tomorrow’s newsletter may be skimpy, or it may be very late. I don’t know what kind of shape I’m going to be in at the end of the day!
Today’s Plant is Vanilla Leaf or Sweet-After-Death, Achlys triphylla, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Achlys_%28plant%29 . It grows all up and down the West Coast of North America and there’s another species in Japan. It was used as an insect repellent by the local peoples and has a strong vanilla scent if dried properly. It is used in Crossing the Bridge rituals along with rosemary and often placed in the hands of those who are Crossing or have just Crossed or in spells to ease their way.
Fornicalia is a feast from ancient Rome of bread and ovens and the goddess Fornax, the personification of the oven. It is the day that the spelt (wheat) for the mola salsa (sacred cakes) was toasted. We know that this day was the last of the festival which ran over several days, although either the beginning date danced around the calendar or kept changing. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fornax_%28mythology%29 (follow the links and other references) Today is another day sacred to the crocus, crocus susianus. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crocus_angustifolius
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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 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 2/17 at 7:54pm. 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 at 2:20 at 7:54pm.
If you thought the midweek conjunction of Mars and Uranus was special, wait until you see Venus and Saturn team up before dawn. The two bright planets lie 1.6° apart this morning and will approach within 1.1° of each other tomorrow. Venus shines at magnitude –4.2, some 80 times brighter than magnitude 0.6 Saturn. If you look carefully, you’ll also see the 3rd-magnitude star Pi (π) Sagittarii between the two. Use your naked eye or binoculars to view the stunning scene.
Venus continues to dominate the predawn sky from its perch in northern Sagittarius. The inner world shines at magnitude –4.2, more than two magnitudes brighter than the second-brightest planet, Jupiter. Venus rises around 4:30 a.m. local time and stands nearly 15° high an hour before the Sun comes up. When viewed through a telescope, Venus shows a disk that spans 17″ and appears two-thirds lit.
Have you ever seen Canopus, the second-brightest star after Sirius? It’s almost due south of Sirius: by 36°. That’s far enough south that it never appears above your horizon unless you’re below latitude 37° N (southern Virginia, southern Missouri, central California). And there, you’ll need a very flat south horizon. Canopus passes over the south point on your horizon just 21 minutes before Sirius does. When to look? Canopus is due south when Beta Canis Majoris — Mirzam the Announcer, the star about three finger-widths to the right of Sirius — is at its highest due south (roughly 8:00 p.m. now, depending on how far east or west you are in your time zone). Look straight down from Mirzam then.
Mars continues to shine brightly on February evenings. Look for the Red Planet halfway to the zenith in the west-southwest as twilight fades to darkness. The world glows at magnitude 1.1 against the much dimmer stars of Aries the Ram. A telescope reveals the planet’s 6″-diameter disk, but you likely won’t see any surface details.
The night sky’s brightest star, Sirius, may wink out when a dim asteroid passes in front of it the evening of February 18. A momentary, partial asteroid occultation of Sirius should happen late tonight for well-placed observers along a very narrow path running from northwestern Mexico through the Dakotas and past Winnipeg. See Bob King’s Will Sirius Disappear on February 18th?
Mercury (about magnitude –1.0) is emerging into view low in the afterglow of sunset. It becomes a little higher and easier to spot every evening. About 30 to 45 minutes after sunset, look for it glimmering low a little south of due west, as shown here.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for February
Goddess Month of of Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Goddess Month of of Moura, runs from 2/20-3/19
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17, Nion (NEE-uhn)
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.
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17, Nion (NEE-uhn), ash – the common ash (Fraxinus excelsior L.) is a major tree of lowland forests in much of Europe, along with oaks and beeches. It grows to 40 m (130 feet) in open sites, with a broad crown reminiscent of American elm trees. Ash was and still is an important timber tree, and is a traditional material for the handle of a besom. The common ash is occasionally cultivated in North America, and similar native ash species are widely grown as street trees. Ashes are members of the Olive family (Oleaceae).
Ogam letter correspondences to study this month Oir – Spindle Ogam letter correspondences
Letter: TH, OI
Meaning: Finish obligations and tasks or your life cannot move forward.******
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Su 17 Low 4:08 AM 3.1 7:13 AM Set 5:59 AM 88
~ 17 High 10:03 AM 8.8 5:48 PM Rise 3:37 PM
~ 17 Low 5:10 PM -1.1
~ 17 High 11:40 PM 7.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Everybody gets one chance to do something great.
~ Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest. – Denis Diderot
~ Mistletoe is, however, seldom found on a hard-oak, and when it is discovered it is gathered with great ceremony, and particularly on the 6th day of the moon (which for those tribes [Druids] constitutes the beginning of the months and the years) and after every thirty years of a generation, because it is then rising in strength and not one half its full size. – Pliny the Elder (Plinius maior or Gaius Plinius Secundus; 23 CE – 79), Natural History XVI, xcv. 250 (see Coligny Calendar)
~ Lord, open the eyes of the King of England! – Last words of William Tyndale, English translator of the Bible, who was burned at the stake as a heretic in Vilvarde, Belgium, on October 6, 1536. Tyndale is referring to King Henry VIII.
~ If you had asked me as a 17-year-old whether I would go to sea on a raft, I would have absolutely denied the possibility. At that time, I suffered from fear of the water. – Thor Heyerdahl, born on October 6, 1914
Golden Future by Melodie Bolt
Elder ones too
Clean fresh water
And enough food
Spiral dance whirl
Sisters’ hands link
Voices in praise
We build a place
Golden Age days
Goddess embrace. – Melodie Bolt is a writer and poet of dark fantasy.Copyright Melodie Bolt Wolfsighs@aol.com.
Herbs & Flowers – lily of the valley, tansy, lavender, marjoram, jasmine, crocus flowers, daffodils, Irish moss, snowdrops, and ginger, daffodil, jonquils, woodruff, violet, gorse, olive, peony, iris, narcissus and all spring flowers, acorns, celadine, cinquefoil, dandelion, dogwood, rose, tansy, honeysuckle
Colors – lemon yellow, pale green and pale pink, silver, grass green, all pastels, Robin’s egg blue, violet, and white. light green,
Offerings – bread and cakes, eggs, first fruits of the season.
Deities – Cernunnos, Druantia, Corn Maiden, Attis, Eastre, Persephone, Nerthus, Asherah
Deities: Diana, Artemis
Stones – aquamarine, rose quartz, and moonstone.
Gemstones: amethyst, aquamarine, bloodstone and red jasper.
Animals – rabbits and snakes.
Mythical beasts – unicorns, merpeople, and pegasus.
Incense – make a blend from any of the following scents or simply choose one… jasmine, frankincense, myrrh, dragon’s blood, cinnamon, nutmeg, aloes wood, benzoin, musk, African violet, sage, strawberry, lotus, violet flowers, orange peel, rose or rose petals.
Symbols – eggs, rabbits, spring flowers, green and yellow jellybeans
Candles – gold, green and yellow
Foods – eggs, egg salad, hard-boiled eggs, honey cakes, first fruits of the season, fish, cakes, biscuits, cheeses, honey and ham. May also include foods made of seeds, such as sunflower, pumpkin and sesame seeds, as well as pine nuts. Sprouts are equally appropriate, as are leafy, green vegetables, leafy greens, dairy foods, flower dishes.
Silliness – A report claims that playing Mozart for your designer baby (either in the womb or during their formative early years) will improve his/her IQ and help him/her get into that exclusive preschool. If playing Mozart for little Johnny could boost his intelligence, what would happen if other composers or contemporary genres were played during his developmental time? And what about early exposure to classic art or literature?
BABBITT EFFECT: Child gibbers nonsense all the time. Eventually, people stop listening to him. Child doesn’t care because all his playmates think he’s cool.
BARTÓK EFFECT: Child becomes more and more dissonant. Has trouble maintaining harmony with his peers. Difficulty following rules. Presents an increasingly bad tone overall and is unable to resolve anything.
BEETHOVEN EFFECT: Child spends far too much time at the keyboard and goes deaf. (If the child doesn’t suffer from deafness, it’s the Wakeman effect).
BRAHMS EFFECT: Child is able to speak beautifully as long as his sentences contain a multiple of three words (3, 6, 9, 12, etc.). However, his sentences containing 4 or 8 words are strangely uninspired.
BRUCKNER EFFECT: Child speaks very slowly and repeats himself frequently. Gains reputation for profundity.
GLASS EFFECT: Child tends to repeat himself over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over again.
IVES EFFECT: Child develops a remarkable ability to carry on several separate conversations at once.
LISZT EFFECT: Child speaks rapidly and extravagantly, but never really says anything important.
MAHLER EFFECT: Child continually screams, at great length and volume, that he’s dying.
SCHOENBERG EFFECT: Child never repeats a word until he’s used all the other words in his vocabulary. Sometimes talks backwards. Eventually, people stop listening to him. Child blames them for their inability to understand him.
STOCKHAUSEN EFFECT: All you get out of the child is an atonal cacophony, but those around him are conned into believing it has some sort of artistic merit.
STRAVINSKY EFFECT: Child is prone to savage, guttural and profane outbursts that often lead to fighting and pandemonium in the preschool.
TAVENER EFFECT: Child sings a lot.
WAGNER EFFECT: Child becomes a megalomaniac. May eventually marry his sister.
And finally ….
CAGE EFFECT: Child says absolutely nothing for 4 minutes, 33 seconds. Preferred by 9 out of 10 classroom teachers.