It’s just cloudy at the moment, with wet streets, but 100% chance of rain today and tonight. We’re under a GALE WARNING and SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY from midnight to 6am, although the warning for through 10am today was cancelled. It did get pretty windy from midnight to about 3am, it looks like. 50F, wind at 3-9mph and gusting, AQI39, UV1. Rain, rain and wind on Tuesday, and then it turns to showers. It’s been a wet month, for certain!
Wicca 103 went well. We’re done with the Magic of Science and well into the Science of Magick part of the course. Fascinating stuff. We also worked out what we’re doing for the Imbolc Open Circle, which will be on 2/5 at 7pm.
Tempus was really tired and putzed more than worked on anything specific, but he was doing some research. I spent a good while working on the feast cookbook and dozed off with my face in potato chip crumbs leftover from supper. That was…. special … We turned in early, too.
Today we need to do some clean-up before we open. Herbs is at 11 and we have more plants to work on, plus I’m thinking to make mustard. Sewing is at 3pm and that will be on hand-work, as usual. I’m hoping to make bieroks after that.
Today’s Plant is the Western Azalea, Rhododendron Occidentale. Azaleas are a subset of the rhodys. This is the main one that grows around here. It’s hard to tell from the shape and size of the plant that it’s an azalea, or even from the flowers, although the branches are thinner and the leaves shorter and rounder than those of rhododendrons. It least it’s hard for those of us who are familiar with the showy garden hybrids, which tend to be small and compact. The other West Coast azalea is Rhododendron Albiflorum, and there’s not a whacking lot of info floating around about that one. The wiki is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhododendron_occidentale The Chinese call azaleas “thinking of home bush”. Magickal uses for azalea are to encourage light spirits, happiness and gaiety.
Today is the eve of Disting, or Disablot, a festival in honor of the Disir, the female helper spirits. Here’s one version of a ritual. http://www.adf.org/rituals/norse/disting/disting.html and a link about the Disir here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disir …and here’s another link with related information. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D%C3%ADsabl%C3%B3t
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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 2/8 at 11:33pm. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends at 1:42am on 1/26.
After dark now the Great Square of <<< Pegasus is declining low in the west, tipped onto one corner. It’s far to the upper right of Venus. Meanwhile the Big Dipper >>> is creeping up in the north-northeast, tipped up on its handle.
Mercury returns to the evening sky late this week. If you have a sharp eye, a clear sky, and an unobstructed horizon toward the west-southwest, you should be able to glimpse it through binoculars. For observers at mid-northern latitudes, it lies just 2° high 30 minutes after the Sun goes down tonight. Fortunately, you’ll have some help spotting it: A wafer-thin crescent Moon appears just 2° to the left of the magnitude –1.1 planet. You’ll have only about 10 minutes to catch them before they sink out of sight.
Jupiter (magnitude –1.9, in Sagittarius) is very low in the glow of sunrise. About 30 minutes before sunup, use binoculars to help scan for it just above the southeast horizon, far lower left of faint Mars.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky map for January – https://www.almanac.com/sky-map-january
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. Runic half-month of Elhaz/Algiz, from 1/28-2/11. This half month: optimistic power, protection and sanctuary.
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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
Sa 25 High 1:18 AM 7.0 7:42 AM Rise 8:31 AM 0
~ 25 Low 6:37 AM 3.1 5:15 PM Set 6:11 PM
~ 25 High 12:21 PM 8.5
~ 25 Low 7:20 PM -0.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I Am Grateful, For I Feel Abundantly Blessed.
~ You are here to enable the divine purpose of the universe to unfold. That is how important you are. – Eckhart Tolle
~ Faith is not belief without proof, but trust without reservations. – Elton Trueblood
~ if we wait for the moment when everything, absolutely everything is ready, we shall never begin. – Ivan Turgenev
~ I doubt that the imagination can truly be suppressed. If you truly eradicated it in a child, he would grow up to be an eggplant. – Ursula K. Le Guin
The sprawling Bear
Growled deep in the sky;
And Orion’s hair
Streamed sparkling by:
But the North sighed low,
“Snow, snow, more snow!” – –Walter de la Mare (1873–1956)
Candlemas Candle Wheel – (For Imbolc) – http://members.aol.com/ivycleartoes/cndlweel.html
- Craft wreath
- Eight white candles
- Ivy leaves or vines
- Glue gun
Either drill thick holes into the wreath so that candles can be placed inside, or just secure them with screw-bottom candleholders or glue gun glue. Place the ivy leaves around in a decorative fashion.
The eight candles are symbolic of the eight spokes of the year, and spinning the circle into motion at Imbolc is important. In ritual, the candles can be solemnly lit with a cauldron or bowl placed in the middle of the candle wheel. The cauldron or bowl can have a Wish Tree in the middle of it, with water all around it, and have new pennies thrown into it while cementing the wishes. Also the tree and the candle wheel can be toasted with milk and honey.
Imbolc Priapic Wand – Source unknown
Children will love the sound of this magical wand as they walk about pointing and shaking it at plants and trees, invoking them to wake up from Winter’s sleep to witness the union of the Bride and the Lord of the Forest.
**PARENTAL SUPERVISION REQUIRED!**
- Small Tree Branch
- Thin Brown String or Thread
- Yellow, Green, and Gold 1/4″ Ribbon
- Small Gold/Silver Jingle Bells.
- Select a small branch about 1/2″ to 3/4″ in diameter.
- Cut top end flat.
- Approx. 1/2″ below top score a groove (parents only) with a sharp knife.
- Take 1′ long piece of string/thread and tie in groove.
- Take another 1′ piece of thread and tie in groove on opposite side of branch.
- Place acorn at top of branch (flat end) and adhere with some glue.
- Now pull the string up over the cap and wind once around acorn.
- Repeat with all 3 other pieces of string.
- Pull strings back down to the groove in the branch and tie off. This will hold the acorn in place.
- Decorate the branch by wrapping it with the ribbons, leaving enough length at top for streamers.
- Tie gold/silver jingle bells to the ends of the ribbons.
- For smaller children, thread the bells onto the ribbon while wrapping the branch.
Tell the children about how the acorn-wand is a symbol of the Lord of the Forest, and how this magical wand helps the sleeping plants and animals wake up and prepare for Spring.
Laminated Window Hangings for Imbolc
you will need:
– lined paper
– laminating paper
– Imbolc cookie cutters(the big ones) (candle shapes, beehive, triple moon, babies, milk jugs
– scissors & a single hole punch
– a pencil
what to do:
- Lightly trace the shapes of candles, babies, a Triple Moon or other Imbolc figures with your pencil.
- Cut out those shapes with scissors.
- Colour in the shapes with your crayons lightly.
- Laminate the shapes with laminate paper, and cut off the excess edges, leave about 3mm extra laminate paper.
- Punch a hole through the top of the shape and hang it up in your window.
Silliness – Car Insurance Excuses
– The other car collided with mine without giving warning of its intention.
– The accident occured when I was attempting to bring my car out of a skid by steering it into the other vehicle.
– I was driving my car out of the driveway in the usual manner, when it was struck by the other car in the same place it had been struck several times before.
– Coming home, I drove into the wrong house and collided with a tree I don’t have.
– The indirect cause of this accident was a little guy in a small car with a big mouth.
– As I approached the intersection, a stop sign suddenly appeared in a place where no stop sign had ever appeared before. I was unable to stop in time to avoid the accident.
– The telephone pole was approaching fast. I was attempting to swerve out of its path when it struck my front end.
– An invisible car came out of nowhere, struck my vehicle and vanished.
– I thought my window was down but found it was up when I put my hand through it.
– To avoid hitting the bumper of the car in front, I struck the pedestrian.
– A pedestrian hit me and went under my car.
– The pedestrian had no idea which direction to go, so I ran him over.
– I saw the slow-moving, sad-faced old gentleman as he bounced off the hood of my car.