Daily Stuff 1-30-20 Martina of Rome

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Ken Gagne. Open Circle for Imbolc on 2/5 at 7pm.

It’s just cloudy at the moment and even the puddles have mostly dried up, but there’s an 80% chance today and 70% chance tonight of a steady light rain after morning showers. 46F, wind at 0 mph, AQI39, UV1. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY until 10am Friday and GALE WATCH from Friday morning through Saturday morning. There’s still a good chance of 1/2 an inch of rain on Saturday and now they’re saying possible thunderstorms on Sunday. That dry patch on Monday? Don’t count on it, and it’s showers for the rest of the week.

Yesterday seemed very long, but it was actually pretty short. I spent the day pounding away at the Feast cookbook and then had a 2 hour *intense* meeting with the cooks. I had gotten up *way* before I was happy with, because we had people tromping around on the roof.

I got myself some soup since it was lunchtime and just sailed in. The tromping woke Tempus, too, but he went back to sleep. Once he got up he went around checking on leaks and pulling things out of my way. He also spent quite a bit of time digging through the freezers looking for things that I had stashed. He found some, but not others that I *know* are there…. and I kept asking him for others as we went through the cooks’ discussion.

Tempus spent a long time on dishes and eventually cooked one of the lasagnas which we had for supper. He also had to haul my sewing equipment basket out from under the bed. It had slid off the shelf. We sorted out the laundry and I turned in not long after.

Not that I slept… <sigh> Insomnia is the worst….

Today we’ll have the shop open from 11-6 or so. I have some cookery to do and more work on the cookbook, but we also got incense in! If you were waiting for good charcoal, we’re re-stocked and I’m going to be re-filling the rack.

From 1/30/16. “There’s a chickadee on the seedball pecking busily. He’s actually hanging from the bottom of it, completely upside-down! Best pic I could get of him.”

Today plant is Common Maidenhair, the Spleenwort, Asplenium family, Pictured is Asplenium trichomanes ssp. quadrivalens.) This is not the Maidenhair fern which is Adiantum family (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adiantum )! The Doctrine of signatures associates this plant with the treatment of diseases of the spleen because of the shape of the sori (the reproductive spots on the leaves). Asplenium nidus and Asplenium bulbiferum are often sold as decorative potted plants. It is used by herbalists as a Demulcent; Expectorant; & Laxative. (although it may have some cancer-causing chemicals in it and as an Emmenagogue (which helps to fix problems with the female reproductive cycle. At one point it was used in cures for syphis. It even makes a good hair rinse. – Masculine, Saturn, Earth, – It is used in magics to cure an enlarged spleen or in any of the associated blood disorders. We made amulets at one point for a kiddo who had exploded his spleen in an fall and he’s all healed up. “Gravel” or stones in the spleen and liver can also be helped this way. It should not be used by women, except as a contraceptive. More on the associated plant for today’s martyr here:  Asplenium trichomanes http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asplenium

saint martina of rome feast 0130Today is the feast day of St Martina of Rome, virgin and martyr, died 228c.e. –  An emperor wanted to marry her. When he took her to Apollo’s temple there was an earthquake that knocked down the statue, which then talked to her. She’s one of the ones that they did everything to, poured hot oil on her, tried to yank her apart with hooks, a lion wouldn’t eat her, etc. They finally cut off her head and instead of blood, milk flowed out. Ew…. Makes you wonder what the fascination with taking people apart is…. More on her here: http://saints.sqpn.com/saint-martina/

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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. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 2/1 at 5:42pm. 

And then there were two – Although Mars returned to view in the southeastern sky before dawn in late 2019, Jupiter joins it in the twilight glow in late January. – Astronomy: Roen Kelly

Soon after dark, spot the equilateral Winter Triangle in the southeast. Sirius is its brightest and lowest star. Betelgeuse stands above Sirius by about two fists at arm’s length. To the left of their midpoint is Procyon. And, standing 4° above Procyon is 3rd-magnitude Gomeisa “the Bleary-Eyed” (Beta Canis Minoris), the only other easy naked-eye star of Canis Minor.

The Milky Way floats over Alamere Falls in California in this stunning image taken by Jay Huang. – Jay Huang/Flickr

Is your sky dark enough for you to see the winter Milky Way? In mid-evening now it runs vertically up and across the zenith: from Canis Major low in the southeast, up between Orion and Gemini, through Auriga and Perseus almost straight overhead, and down through Cassiopeia, Cepheus, and Cygnus to the northwest horizon.

Open cluster M46 – The constellation Puppis the Stern holds many wonderful open star clusters, but few equal the pair of M46 (seen here) and M47. Although both reward a look through binoculars, M46 has a bonus if you view it through a a 4-inch or larger telescope. The planetary nebula NGC 2438 sits just 7′ north of the cluster’s center. Most astronomers agree that NGC 2438 is a foreground object, somewhat fortunately superimposed upon M46. Chuck Kimball

A pair of fine binocular objects are on display during the evening hours this week. The open star clusters M46 and M47 reside a degree apart in the northwestern corner of the constellation Puppis the Stern. The two lie about 12° east-northeast of the sky’s brightest star, Sirius. The western cluster, M47, glows at 4th magnitude and appears as a fuzzy patch sprinkled with several pinpoint stars. Sixth-magnitude M46 shows up as a hazy collection of faint stars that is hard to resolve under most conditions. Although it contains nearly twice as many stars as M47, M46 appears fainter and fuzzier because it lies some three times farther from Earth.
Saturn is still out of sight low in the glow of sunrise.

Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky map for January – https://www.almanac.com/sky-map-january
Old Farmer’s Almanac February Sky Map! https://www.almanac.com/sky-map-february
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 Elhaz/Algiz, from 1/28-2/11. This half month: optimistic power, protection and sanctuary.

Sun in Aquarius
Moon in Aries
Color: Purple

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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.

Luis – Rowan Ogam letter correspondences
Month: December
Color: Grey and Red
Class: Peasant
Letter: L
Meaning: Controlling your life; Protection against control by others.

Quert – Apple Ogam letter correspondences to study this month
Month: None
Color: Green
Class: Shrub
Letter: Q
Meaning: A choice must be made


Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
Th  30     High   4:04 AM     7.1   7:37 AM    Rise 10:38 AM      20
~    30      Low  10:10 AM     2.6   5:22 PM     Set 11:17 PM
~    30     High   3:44 PM     6.3
~    30      Low  10:06 PM     1.5


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Life! Life! Only Life!


Journal Prompt – Auto-Biographical narrative – How do you make ice cream?



~   Many people do not reach their eighties because they spend too much time in their forties. – Salvador Dali
~   Life is always going to be stranger than fiction, because fiction has to be convincing and life doesn’t. – Neil Gaiman
~   A man’s true wealth is the good he does in the world. – Kahlil Gibran
~   Much good work is lost for the lack of a little more. – Edward H. Harriman

Winter is there, outside, is here in me:
Drapes the planets with snow, deepens the ice on the moon,
Darkens the darkness that was already darkness.
The mind too has its snows, its slippery paths. – –Conrad Aiken (1889–1973)


Imbolc Magick – Prayers and sayings

A medieval quatrain fills in details:

Tasting every food in order
This is what behoves at Imbolc
Washing of hand and feet and head
It is thus I say

Blessed be this season of Imbolc

Blessed be this season of Imbolc
Mother Earth stirs from Her long sleep.
Everything is waiting for spring.
This is the season of purification, a renewing of life.
At this time and in this place between the worlds,
I come to the Lady that I may gain counsel.

I know my path is within your keeping.
Guide me in the year to come

As there is a renewal within the plants and animals,
so shall there be renewal in my life.

Great Goddess give my life good health, happiness, prosperity
And magical power.
I honor you. By Amber Rain

Bride put her finger in the river

Bride put her finger in the river
On the Feast Day of Bride
And away went the hatching mother of the cold. — Carmina Gadelica


Silliness – Schoolteacher and the Judge

In the traffic court of a large Midwestern city, a young woman was brought before the judge to answer for a ticket she received for driving through a red light. She explained to the judge that she was a school teacher and requested an immediate disposal of her case so she could get to the school on time.

A wild gleam came into the judge’s eyes. “You’re a schoolteacher, eh?” he said. “Madam, I shall realize my lifelong ambition. I’ve waited years to have a schoolteacher in this court. Now sit down at that table and write ‘I will not drive through red lights’ 500 times!”

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