Cloudy, with possible showers around 10am and drying up a bit after that. 40F, wind at 12mph and gusting up to 20mph, UV1. GALE WATCH – From 10:00am PST, Wed Jan 15 until 10:00amPST, Thursday, SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY – UNTIL 10 AM PST WEDNESDAY. Rain or showers are the forecast for days to come with some wind on Wednesday and Saturday.
I’m not sure I really saw anything of yesterday other than on the computer. I’m still worn out from the last few weeks and I spent a lot of the day writing and even more of it scavenging pictures of the weekend.
…but the day passed in a bit of a haze. We did more of the clean-up. I finished the cheeses that were sitting overnight. Tempus did a *lot* of dishes… but… we sat a lot and yawned a lot and I went to bed early.
I thought y’all might get a kick out of this Ronald Hutton documentary about Wicca. It’s a bit, “ooh-wow” in spots, but, oh well…. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHAqBjOvYOQ
Today’s plant is Foxglove, Digitalis purpurea. It is naturalized in the PNW, being native to Europe, not the Americas. Digitalis was one of the first heart medications and was extracted from the plant and then synthesized. The plant is poisonous, not just because of this (too much causes irregular heartbeat), but some other chemicals. Also known as Lady’s Glove, Witches’ Gloves, Fairy Fingers, or Dead Men’s Bells. – Feminine, Venus, Water – A Druid sacred herb associated with the “little people”. Lust, protection, decision, grow in a garden for protection of house and yard, reveals insincerity. Flower meaning – a wish, “I am not ambitious for myself but for you”.
Mallard Day, All Souls’ College, Oxford University – In 1437 the founder of this college was turning over options for various sites in his mind. On this day he woke from a dream of a huge mallard trapped in the place where he should build. Workmen went to dig and found an enormous bird making quite a racket. In honor of this event the Mallard Song is sung and a feast is held on this day. More about the college and the custom here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_Souls_College,_Oxford#Customs
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Love & Light,
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 Moon – Best 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.
Sirius twinkles brightly after dinnertime below Orion in the southeast. Around 8 or 9 p.m., depending on your location, Sirius shines precisely below fiery Betelgeuse in Orion’s shoulder. How accurately can you time this event for your location, perhaps using the vertical edge of a building? Of the two, Sirius leads early in the evening; Betelgeuse leads later.
For those who recently caught the observing bug, the so-called Summer Triangle must seem like a huge misnomer. That’s because this asterism remains on view after darkness falls in January. Look for Vega, the fifth-brightest star in the sky and the brightest triangle member, low in the northwest. Deneb lies above Vega and about one-third of the way to the zenith. Deneb marks the top of another asterism, the Northern Cross, which stands nearly straight up from the horizon on January evenings. Altair, the third triangle member, scrapes the western horizon and sets shortly after 6:30 p.m. local time.
Mars (magnitude +1.6, passing the head of Scorpius) glows in the southeast before and during early dawn, not very high. It’s a very tiny 4 arcseconds in diameter. Below or lower right of it twinkles Mars-colored Antares, which at magnitude 1.1 is noticeably brighter than Mars now (not counting the effects of atmospheric extinction).
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 BirchDec 24 – Jan 20
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17, Luis (LWEESH)/rowan
Runic half-month of Perdhro/ Peorth, 1/12-1/27. – Feast of Brewing, Druidic, Source: The Phoenix and Arabeth 1992 Calendar.
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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
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Tu 14 High 3:22 AM 7.6 7:50 AM Set 10:39 AM 88
~ 14 Low 8:59 AM 2.6 5:01 PM Rise 9:59 PM
~ 14 High 2:40 PM 8.2 14
~ Low 9:31 PM -0.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Gardening Rule: When weeding, the best way to make sure you are removing weed and not a valuable plant is to pull on it. If it comes out of the ground easily, it is a valuable plant.
~ I advise you to say your dream is possible and then overcome all inconveniences. – Les Brown
~ How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days. ~ John Burroughs
~ The Night is also a religious concern – and even more so – when I viewed the Moon and Stars through Herschell’s telescope – and saw that they were worlds. – Lord Byron
~ …the hill has not yet lifted its face to heaven that perseverance will not gain the summit of at last. – Charles Dickens (1812-1870) English Novelist
Then welcome cold, welcome, ye snowy nights!
Heaven midst your rage shall mingle pure delights.
And confidence of hope the soul sustain,
While devastation sweeps along the plain:
Nor shall the child of poverty despair,
But bless the Power that rules the changing year;
Assured, though horrors round his cottage reign,
That Spring will come, and Nature smile again. – Robert Bloomfield (1766–1823)
Brigit’s Bed – (For Imbolc) – http://members.aol.com/ivycleartoes/bed.html
- Basket, wood box, or doll cradle
- Padding to make receptacle like a bed
- Figure to represent the goddess Brigit
- Figure to represent the god (any god)
- Nuts (optional)
Dress up the basket, box, or cradle like a bed, and make it comfortable. Put it by the fireplace or the most desirable, warm spot in the house, as if you were waiting for a visitor to lie in it. Make a figurine to represent Brigit; this can be made with a bundle of oats, rushes, straw, or any grain or craft material fashioned into a loop or slightly human shape, and can be simple or ornate, and even can be decorated with clothes of any sort, preferably white with red ribbons. (One traditional adornment is a sparkling crystal around her neck.) You can make a god figurine by making a fruitwood wand with a pinecone attached to the end, decorated with ribbons, or any male-oriented symbol that works for you.
Place the Brigit’s Bed in the most inviting, warmest place in the house and imagine that you will really be visited by Brigit, the night before or night of Imbolc. Leave an aromatic, hot snack out for her by the bed. As you invite the spirit of the goddess to inhabit the bed, ask for her blessings of fertility and healing. Put the dolly in the bed, and offer the company of the god-wand. For an extra ounce of fertility blessing, the wand can be crossed like an X over the dolly to form the Norse rune Gifu. Add nuts to the bed to stimulate fertility. Use the Brigit dolly as a talisman of protection and fertility through the winter, and either recycle her for Lughnasadh or return her to the earth if she is made of grain.
- a handfull of wheat stalks
- warm water
- clear or red thread and needle
- Soak wheat stalks in warm water until pliable
- Fold one stalk of wheat in half, leaving the kernels sticking out
- Fold another one the same way, and thread through the first one. It now looks like a long “L”
- Fold the third the same way, and insert through the second wheat stalk. It now looks like an L with a tail
- Fold and insert the fourth stalk through the third
- Use the clothes pins to help keep the shape as you weave more wheat
- Continue folding and threading the wheat stalks until you have several wheat woven through each “arm”
- Allow to dry with the clothespins in place
- Using the thread and needle, sew the stalks together – this is cheating, but I find that it’s necessary!
- Hang over the fireplace or stove
Bride’s Bouquet Sachets (Brigid)
- Imbolc Potpourri (below)
- 1 Yard White Netting Material
- Yellow and Pink 1/8″ width Ribbon
Potpourri is made with:
- 1/2 cup dried basil
- 1/2 cup dried chopped bay leaves,
- 1 cup dried Heather flowers
- 1 cup dried Violets
- 1 cup dried white or pink rosebuds
Blend together in non-metal bowl. Cut netting material into 4″x4″ squares. Lay out squares on a flat surface. Place 1 heaping tablespoon of potpourri in the middle of each square. Pull up all the corners to the middle of the potpourri and gather the excess material until potpourri is caught in a “bag”. Give bag on twist to the right and tie off with yellow or pink ribbon. Use enough ribbon to make a small bow in the front of the sachet. Tell children how these sachets were exchanged as symbols of good luck and fertility. – )0( GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives
Silliness – Jogging Shoes
Deciding to take up jogging, the middle-aged man was astounded by the wide selection of jogging shoes available at the local sports shoe store.
While trying on a basic pair of jogging shoe, he noticed a minor feature and asked the clerk about it.
“What’s this little pocket thing here on the side for?”
“Oh, that’s to carry spare change so you can call your wife to come pick you up when you’ve jogged too far.”