It’s overcast and quite warm for winter. We’re under a SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY until 6pm today and a GALE WARNING for 6pm tonight to 10pm tomorrow night. 20% chance of rain today, 100% tonight. 50F, wind at 1mph, AQI21, UV1. Tuesday’s weather is for rain and wind. We have a couple more days of that and then we’re back to showers.
Yesterday was more than a little nuts. We were as busy as we often are on summer Sundays! There were lots of people in looking and I know there were a few sales, but I was concentrating on cookery for large chunks of the day.
The chicken was roasting by 10am and I made a chicken/barley/mushroom soup, and both carrots and beets in butter sauce to go with it. We started our potluck with a nibbles tray that had garlic butter, tvarog, clotted cream and fig and honey jam, plus 4 kinds of pickles and bread. After the chickens were done and served I picked the carcasses over and made that into another broth.
I was also “wrassling” with an embroidered piece that I started a long while back that I never finished because the embroidery was off (I miscounted). I’m going to finish it, anyway, but I’m trying to work out the finishing stitch that I used. I *must* have it listed in one of my books, somewhere, and I’m going to have to hunt because I can’t seem to work it out.
Today’s Plant is Big-leaf Maple, Acer macrophyllum. This tree has the largest leaves of any maple. I remember being startled by that when I first moved to Oregon. Have you ever played with the seeds? A twin pair, before they separate, is a good charm for separated lovers. Maple syrup can be made from the sap, although it is subtly different from the taste of sugar maple and a bit thinner. Masculine, Jupiter, Air – Maple leaves are used in prosperity and love spells. When doing a baby blessing, walk the child down a row of people with maple wands to help the child to a long life. Maple has long been used for wands, being easy to work and directing energies very well. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acer_macrophyllum
St. Agnes eve is a traditional fire divination day. There are a bunch of marriage divinations, too. “You must lie in another county, and knit the left garter about the right legged stocking (let the other garter and stocking alone) and as you rehearse these following verses, at every comma, knit a knot.”
“This knot I knit,
To know the thing, I know not yet,
That I may see,
The man (woman) that shall my husband (wife) be,
How he goes, and what he wears,
And what he does, all days, and years.
What that all comes from is a martyr from the 4th century, but more probably has to do with leftovers from the worship of Yngona/Annis. More here: http://ketutar.wordpress.com/2007/01/22/saint-agnes-annis-the-black-hag-2/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Annis http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agnes_of_Rome,http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Eve_of_Saint_Agnesand (text of poem) http://www.bartleby.com/126/39.html
The traditionally associated plant is Christmas Rose http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helleborus_niger
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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. Hecate’s Brooch.
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