It’s been dripping on us as we finished up the paper route, breezy down in Bayshore. 47F, wind at 4-11mph and gusting into the 20’s, AQI38, UV1. Today should be more windy than wet, even with an 80% chance, but tomorrow they’re talking about 1 1/3 inches! After that it’s all rain or showers or rain or showers….
I think I said something about “interesting weather” on Tuesday? https://www.thenewsguard.com/news/waterspouts-possible-tornado-and-large-hailstones-hit-the-oregon-coast/article_e40b69e0-3ca2-11ea-a191-b7720efea2e0.html?fbclid=IwAR3j0_aE8PiqUmVwS9Dlr-woS7LXm1Ks0HIs9tUaYY2dJkCDbXvGEJ9dWW4#utm_campaign=blox&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social
Yesterday started a bit later than usual. We took an extra hour or so to get caught up on sleep. We were still working on coffee when the computer arrived. Tempus got it set up while the tech and I talked and then I spent a little while looking at what he had been doing.
After that we scrabbled together the care packages for the boys in Newport and headed out. Tempus had us take a side trip to a house that really decorates for the holidays and they’ve set up for Valentine’s. That put a big smile on my face.
We stopped at Taco Bell to give Sash his, first, then at Jay’s, and the silly fellow came trotting out in bare feet and shorts. I told him he was definitely still a kid! He retorted that those were his *winter* shorts! <giggling>
Freddie’s was the next stop for some seeds, some new sheets (I put a foot through the one set….) and a pair of slippers, plus a few random food things. We went to Cash ‘n Carry after that because I needed to check some prices (thinking ahead to the feast) and we picked up a couple of other needed things, then headed home.
Once we were back I worked at the computer until it was time for supper, then I curled up on the nap bed while Tempus finished some more dishes and then headed for Newport. I woke when he was just starting the bulk drops, talked to him, went back to sleep and then got up around 1, when he was most of the way through South Beach.
By that point I had a new newsletter template filled in and was starting to set up frames. …and I side-tracked into figuring out how to edit photos. …and then started working on the ones from this week. …and we dropped the last paper at 7:15, but had one left over…
Today we’re going to sleep late, after Tempus figures out where that last paper is supposed to go. (…and he has and it’s delivered….) After that it’s back to chores. I’m going to have to get the astro later, though. Still don’t have everything quite put back together.
Today’s plant is St. John’s Wort, Hypericum perforatum,which traditionally blooms at mid-summer on the pagan festival that the feast of St. John the Baptist replaced. It is widely used in the treatment of depression and to ward off evil, both in a medical and magickal sense. Charms made of this herbs, harvested on the summer solstice (or on June 24 or July 7, depending on your culture) make some of the best protection charms (especially against lightning) and good prosperity charms.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_John%27s_wort
Today is the feast of St. Vincent who is a thinly-veiled version of Apollo as the sun-god. It’s a little weird that so many of the saints end up having been gods, but the needs of humans for beings to work with that are a little more understandable than ”God the all-seeing, all-knowing, all-powerful” dictate that we gotta have ‘em. Take away the old gods and we’ll invent new…. The plant associated with him is Draba Verna, Whitlow Grass. Today is a weather/prosperity prognostication day.
If on St Vincent’s Day the sky is clear
More wine than water will crown the year. – Traditional
Remember on St Vincent’s Day
If that the sun his beams display,
Be sure to mark his transient beam
Which through the window sheds a gleam;
For ’tis a token bright and clear,
Of prosperous weather all the year. – Traditional
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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 – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 1/23 at 1:42am.
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
Goddess Month of of Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
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 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
W 22 Low 4:13 AM 3.5 7:45 AM Rise 6:12 AM 10
~ 22 High 10:09 AM 8.7 5:11 PM Set 3:12 PM
~ 22 Low 5:22 PM -0.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Life is what one makes it, and the outside world only reflects what is in your heart.
~ The more you know yourself, the more clarity there is. Self-knowledge has no end, you don’t come to an achievement, you don’t come to a conclusion. It is an endless river. – J. Krishnamurti
~ I see no reason why I should tickle stones or waste time on polishing bronze. – Louise Nevelson (1889-1988) Russian artist
~ He who warns is not to be blamed. – Fljotsdale Saga, c.23
~ Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be. – John Wooden
Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To know that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice. –Robert Frost (1874–1963)
Prayer for Imbolc
On this Imbolc day, as I kindle the flame upon my hearth,
I pray that the flame of Brigid may burn in my soul,
and the souls of all I meet today.
I pray that no envy and malice,
no hatred or fear, may smother the flame.
I pray that indifference and apathy,
contempt and pride,
may not pour like cold water on the flame.
Instead, may the spark of Brigid light the love in my soul,
that it may burn brightly through this season.
And may I warm those that are lonely,
whose hearts are cold and lifeless,
so that all may know the comfort of Brigid’s love. – Morgana West
Source: The Wheel of the Year, Copyright © 2001 Morgana West
TAGS: compassion, Guidance, holidays, New Age, pagan, Peace
The Shield of Brigid
Every day, every night
that I praise the goddess,
I know I shall be safe:
I shall not be chased,
I shall not be caught,
I shall not be harmed.
Fire, sun, and moon
cannot burn me. Not
lake nor stream nor sea
can drown me. Fairy
arrow cannot pierce me.
I am safe, safe, safe,
singing her praise. ~ Irish Prayer
Ceremony for Candlemas Eve
Down with the Rosemary and Bayes
Down with the Mistletoe
Instead of Holly, now upraise
The greener Box (for Show).
The Holly hitherto did sway
Let Box now domineer;
Until the dancing Easter-day
Or Easter’s Eve appear. ~Robert Herrick (1591-1674)
Silliness – Twenty Uses for Fruitcake
- Use as a doorstop
2. Use as a paperweight
3. Use to clean your pots and pans
4. Use as boat anchor
5. Use as bricks in fireplace
6. Build a house with them
7. Use it to hold up your Christmas tree
8. Use as a pencil holder
9. Give it to the cat for a scratching post
10. Put it in the back yard to feed the birds and squirrels
11. Hold up your car when changing tires
12. Slice and use for poker chips
13. Use it to carve your turkey on
14. Use as replacement for Duraflame log
15. Take it camping with you…use it to weigh down the tent
16. Use it as a seat at a stadium event
17. Stand on it when you change a lightbulb
18. Put it in the back of your car/truck for snow/ice driving
19. Replaces free weights when you work out
20. Use as book ends at the school library