Daily Stuff 1-13-20 Æthelwulf

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Ken Gagne. We are taking our annual vacation and will re-open on Thursday 1/16! Minus Tide at 8:47 PM of -1.1 feet.

Rain. 44F, wind at 8mph and gusting into the teens, UV1, 0.5 inches in the rain gauge. Rain and more rain. Except for next Sunday it’s all rain and showers for 10 days out.

Yesterday was a “tired” day. I didn’t get back up until well into the afternoon and then had to fight to keep going. There was garb and tools to unpack, dishes to wash, cloths and towels to go into the laundry, stuff to fridge, and cheeses to finish, plus a supper to make to use up some of the leftovers.

I slept from about 9pm to 3am and then got up to finish one of the cheeses and do the newsletter. First thing was to add the extra bit to yesterday’s. …and then to find the shortlink to the report that I have to finish today.

…and with all this the weather flared things up with my arthritis and it was very painful to walk.

Today we have to finish clean-up, clean out the fridge and then I have sewing to get to while Tempus works on shifting one of the shelf units. …but I need a bit more sleep first.

This is an old Christmas card from what was then Czechoslovakia in 1925, showing a fairly typical winter scene. The writing in the bottom left corner, says, “Happy Christmas!” and then has the artist’s signature below that. …and I just made myself laugh…the Mom is wearing Birkies! …or that’s what it looks like!

 

220px-Asarum_caudatum_10993Today’s plant is Wild gingerAsarum caudatum – This is a different plant from the one usually used in magick, but has only slightly different properties. This is related to black pepper, kava and birthwort. –Masculine, Mars, Fire – This is used for “heating up” spells. While standard ginger is used in money, love, success and power spells, Wild Ginger is mostly used to add power, rather than on its own.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asarum_caudatum

Today’s Feast/History – Æthelwulf (/ˈɛθəlwʊlf/;[2] Old English for “Noble Wolf”;[3] died 13 January 858) was King of Wessex from 839 to 858.[a] In 825, his father, King Egbert, defeated King Beornwulf of Mercia, ending a long Mercian dominance over Anglo-Saxon England south of the Humber. Egbert sent Æthelwulf with an army to Kent, where he expelled the Mercian sub-king and was himself appointed sub-king. After 830, Egbert maintained good relations with Mercia, and this was continued by Æthelwulf when he became king in 839, the first son to succeed his father as West Saxon king since 641.

The Vikings were not a major threat to Wessex during Æthelwulf’s reign. In 843, he was defeated in a battle against the Vikings at Carhampton in Somerset, but he achieved a major victory at the Battle of Aclea in 851. In 853 he joined a successful Mercian expedition to Wales to restore the traditional Mercian hegemony, and in the same year his daughter Æthelswith married King Burgred of Mercia. In 855 Æthelwulf went on pilgrimage to Rome. In preparation he gave a “decimation”, donating a tenth of his personal property to his subjects; he appointed his eldest surviving son Æthelbald to act as King of Wessex in his absence, and his next son Æthelberht to rule Kent and the south-east. Æthelwulf spent a year in Rome, and on his way back he married Judith, the daughter of the West Frankish King Charles the Bald.

When Æthelwulf returned to England, Æthelbald refused to surrender the West Saxon throne, and Æthelwulf agreed to divide the kingdom, taking the east and leaving the west in Æthelbald’s hands. On Æthelwulf’s death in 858 he left Wessex to Æthelbald and Kent to Æthelberht, but Æthelbald’s death only two years later led to the reunification of the kingdom. In the 20th century Æthelwulf’s reputation among historians was poor: he was seen as excessively pious and impractical, and his pilgrimage was viewed as a desertion of his duties. Historians in the 21st century see him very differently, as a king who consolidated and extended the power of his dynasty, commanded respect on the continent, and dealt more effectively than most of his contemporaries with Viking attacks. He is regarded as one of the most successful West Saxon kings, who laid the foundations for the success of his son Alfred the Great.

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Love & Light,
Anja

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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 1/23 at 1:42pm. Waning Gibbous MoonBest 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 1/17 at 4:58am. 

Orion the Hunter – This renowned winter constellation looked normal when it was captured in December 2015, but ruddy Betelgeuse (the bright star at top left) has faded by a magnitude or so since then. – Scott Rosen

Dimmed Betelgeuse. The red supergiant Betelgeuse marking Orion’s shoulder has always been slightly variable, but lately it has been in an unusually low dip: As of January 9th it was around visual magnitude +1.4 instead of its more typical +0.5. That’s actually fainter than Aldebaran, with which it’s often compared, magnitude +0.9. Where do you judge it? See Bob King’s What’s Up With Betelgeuse? And no, this does not mean Betelgeuse is about to go supernova, despite the overinflated hype going around (friends and relatives keep asking me). Yes, it’s nearing the end of its life — but on an astronomical timescale! Expect to wait something like 100,000 years.
Mid-January finds several solar system objects lost in the Sun’s glare. Mercury, which passed on the far side of the Sun from our perspective three days ago, remains hidden from view. And today finds Saturn and the two brightest dwarf planets — Ceres and Pluto — in conjunction with our star. Pluto passes behind the Sun first, at 8 a.m. EST, with Saturn following two hours later and Ceres trailing three hours behind the ringed planet.
The Moon reaches perigee, the closest point in its orbit around Earth, at 3:21 p.m. EST. It then lies 227,396 miles (365,958 kilometers) away from us.
Venus (magnitude –4.0, between Capricornus and Aquarius) dominates the southwest during and after twilight. It will shine as the grand “Evening Star” at dusk all winter and into the spring. In a telescope Venus still appears small (14 arcseconds) and gibbous (78% sunlit), but it will enlarge in size and wane in phase for the next 4 months.

Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky map for January – https://www.almanac.com/sky-map-january
Goddess Month of Hestia runs from 12/26 – 1/22
Celtic Tree Month of Beth  Birch  Dec 24Jan 20
Runic half-month of Perdhro/ Peorth, 1/12-1/27. – Feast of Brewing, Druidic, Source: The Phoenix and Arabeth 1992 Calendar. 

Sun in Capricorn
Moon in Leo enters Virgo at 6:06am
Color: White

©2020 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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Celtic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20, Beith – (BEH), birch – The silver birch (Betula pendula Roth) is the most common tree birch in much of Europe. It grows up to 30 m (100 feet) high, but is more often found in spreading clumps on sandy soils. It is one of the first trees to colonize an area after a mature forest is cut; this is probably a large part of its symbolic connection with new beginnings. It is cultivated in North America, often under the name of weeping birch. The three trees in my front yard form root sprouts that would take over the bed where they are planted if I didn’t cut them back. The common birch (B. pubescens Ehrh.) is almost as widespread as the silver birch, but grows primarily on acid or peaty soils. It can reach 20 m (65 feet) in height. Birches are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae). Curtis Clark

Beth – Birch – Ogam letter correspondences
Month: November
Color: White
Class: Peasant
Letter: B
Meaning: New Beginnings; Changes; Purification.

Phagos – Beech Ogam letter correspondences to study this month
Month: None
Color: Orange-brown
Class: Chieftain
Letter: PH, IO
Meaning: New experiences and information coming

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Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
M   13     High   2:39 AM     7.5   7:50 AM     Set 10:07 AM      94
~    13      Low   8:04 AM     2.8   5:00 PM    Rise  8:43 PM
~    13     High   1:48 PM     8.7
~    13      Low   8:47 PM    -1.1

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Waves are inspiring. Not because they rise and fall,.    But because every time they fall, they always try to rise.

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Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – The following statement was from the 1972 Only One Earth Conference: “We have forgotten how to be good guests, how to walk lightly on the earth as other creatures do.” What do you think this statement means?

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Quotes

~   The Queen’s Park Oval, exactly as its name suggests, is absolutely round. – Tony Crozier
~   The waves of the sea help me get back to me. – Jill Davis
~   In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different. – Coco Chanel
~   Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver. – Barbara de Angelis

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)

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Imbolc Magick – Lore

From:  http://members.tripod.com/~Banshee_Sidhe/seasons.html

Imbolc – (EM-bowl’g) – February 1st

Imbolc is the Sabbat that celebrates and honors the Goddess as the bride-to-be of the returning Sun God. The soon arrival of the plant life whispering beneath the soil, the full warmth of the Sun God being birthed from the Imbolg Virgin Goddesses womb, the promise of fertility that is celebrated on Beltaine, are all honored on this sacred day. Witches typically charge and annoint seeds that are harbored by their hearths until Ostara, the day in which they are planted. Imbolg is also known as Oimelc, Brid’s Day, Bride’s Day and Imbolc. Imbolc colors are white, pale yellow and silver. Symbols are candles, grain, burrowing animals, ewes and marigolds. Dieties for this sabbat are Gods as Young Men, Boys or infants, Virgin, Maiden or Child Goddesses.

As the days’ lengthening becomes perceptible, many candles are lit to hasten the warming of the earth and emphasize the reviving of life. “Imbolc” is from Old Irish, and may mean “in the belly”, and Oimelc, “ewe’s milk”, as this is the lambing time. It is the holiday of the Celtic Fire Goddess Brigid, whose threefold nature rules smithcraft, poetry/inspiration, and healing. Brigid’s fire is a symbolic transformation offering healing, visions, and tempering. Februum is a Latin word meaning purification — naming the month of cleansing. The thaw releases waters (Brigid is also a goddess of holy wells) – all that was hindered is let flow at this season.

From:  http://www.geocities.com/SouthBeach/Marina/4870/celtic.html

IMBOLC
Imbolc was the second of the Celtic seasonal festivals, covering the months of February, March and April. The chief rituals were carried out on 1 February and had strong associations with fertility. In pastoral terms, they were linked with lambing and the lactation of ewes. The festival was also devoted to the powerful triple-goddess, Brigid. In her different aspects, she was influential in the fields of healing, poetry and smithcraft. Poets regarded her as the source of literary inspiration and her protection was frequently invoked by mothers in childbirth. In Ireland, she was much revered by the filidh (sages), who recognized her gift of prophecy. The cult of Brigid was probably connected with the worship of Brigantia, a northern British deity, and also with the Irish saint of the same name. It can be no coincidence that the latter’s feast day is celebrated on 1 February, the same day as Imbolc.

From:  http://members.tripod.com/~Banshee_Sidhe/seasons.html

Imbolc – (EM-bowl’g) – February 1st

Imbolc is the Sabbat that celebrates and honors the Goddess as the bride-to-be of the returning Sun God. The soon arrival of the plant life whispering beneath the soil, the full warmth of the Sun God being birthed from the Imbolg Virgin Goddesses womb, the promise of fertility that is celebrated on Beltaine, are all honored on this sacred day. Witches typically charge and annoint seeds that are harbored by their hearths until Ostara, the day in which they are planted. Imbolg is also known as Oimelc, Brid’s Day, Bride’s Day and Imbolc. Imbolc colors are white, pale yellow and silver. Symbols are candles, grain, burrowing animals, ewes and marigolds. Dieties for this sabbat are Gods as Young Men, Boys or infants, Virgin, Maiden or Child Goddesses.

As the days’ lengthening becomes perceptible, many candles are lit to hasten the warming of the earth and emphasize the reviving of life. “Imbolc” is from Old Irish, and may mean “in the belly”, and Oimelc, “ewe’s milk”, as this is the lambing time. It is the holiday of the Celtic Fire Goddess Brigid, whose threefold nature rules smithcraft, poetry/inspiration, and healing. Brigid’s fire is a symbolic transformation offering healing, visions, and tempering. Februum is a Latin word meaning purification — naming the month of cleansing. The thaw releases waters (Brigid is also a goddess of holy wells) – all that was hindered is let flow at this season.

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Silliness – Henry VIII

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