It’s pouring and windy at the moment. These are showers, not steady stuff, but the wind is amazing. 60% chance of rain today. 50% overnight. 51F, wind at 12 mph and gusting, AQI44, UV1. There’s a spike in the chance of rain on Sunday, and then Monday and Tuesday look to be mostly dry, but the rain will be back Tuesday evening. We could get a break again over next Sunday and Monday. We’ll see how that works out.
Yesterday started in a flurry. For some reason the alarms either didn’t go off or wake us, so we were a couple of minutes late getting the shop open. We got our coffee and did mail and other paperwork.
After we finished class I worked on checking in the incense. We do have all the scents in the daily line, now, including 5 hills and White Cloud…. which use to be $20 for the roll packs. These are $8 and $12! We also have plenty of the Miyakozumi charcoal again! It’s gone up a bit, though…. $13. 😦
Once Tempus was back he brought in the groceries and ran out on another errand and then went up to storage. I have a lot of trouble sitting in the low chair hat I’ve been using and this winter, with my knees, it’s gotten worse. I can’t mend either of the peacock chairs, yet, since we need some materials that we don’t have, so it’s the big rocker that I need to use. …and he fetched it.
I got hold of the computer tech and he said he’d stop by with the program that I need. He did, right around 6pm, just as I was starting the prep on some more sugar strawberries. We have about a cup, maybe a little over and want about 2 cups for the feast. …and then there’s the strawberry syrup.
By the time he was back with the rocker I was starting to fade and trying to keep going on paperwork. Tempus got me some supper and then I crawled into the nap bed. I was up again around 11pm and did some more on the feast stuff. Tempus was making bread. Late night….
Today’s Plant is Lovage, levisticum officinale. It seems to have originated somewhere near the eastern Mediterranean and has been cultivated for a long while, being a very useful plant. It has a strong, long-lasting scent, that reminds a person of celery and parsley, but with the volume turned up. It’s great in salads, but chop it small and mix with other greens or it overpowers! Both leaf and seed are great in soups, especially seafood chowders, and the roots can be eaten as a vegetable. I’ve drunk lovage cordial, which is tasty. It has a high flavonoid content, as well. Medicinally, a strong leaf tea, iced, is a good antiseptic, especially for extensive scrapes, where it takes down the sting and swelling very quickly and can be splashed on as often as needed. It can be used for mild cases of water retention, as well, and even with high blood pressure. – Masculine, Sun, Fire – This herb is often used in love magicks, but works best as a self-confidence enhancer. Take a bath with a sachet of the leaves, or make a strong tea that you toss into the bathwater before going out to meet new people or to start a new job. It also helps to squeeze a small sachet of the leaves if you’re having trouble concentrating on a task. Wiki has more:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lovage
Imbolc is the Greater Sabbat and Cross-Quarter Day for this time of year. Although some people place in on 2/2 (Groundhog Day) or 2/4 (when the Sun is at 15 degrees Aquarius) it is the feast of St. Bridget, who is a thinly disguised Christian version of the older goddess of fire, inspiration, crops and wells. More here: http://wicca.com/celtic/akasha/imbolclore.htm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imbolc , and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wheel_of_the_Year#Imbolc and some more crafts, etc. here: http://voices.yahoo.com/free-printable-pagan-imbolc-activities-wiccan-sabbat-11972375.html
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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. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 2/7 at 1:33am.
Betelgeuse remains dim. The red supergiant Betelgeuse in Orion’s shoulder has always been slightly variable, but for more than a month it’s been in an unusually low dip. As of January 29th it was still V magnitude +1.6 instead of its more typical +0.5. It looks obviously fainter than similarly-colored Aldebaran, magnitude +0.9, which it usually obviously outshines.
Go look! If you’re familiar with Orion, he looks distinctly odd with his two shoulders now basically equal. The other shoulder is bluish-white Bellatrix, visual magnitude +1.6, but that’s a poor comparison star because of its very different color. As we age our eye lenses yellow, so older people see the world through yellow filters. Thus your age affects how you judge the brightness of an orange-red star compared to a blue-white one. I’m 68, so I still see Bellatrix looking a trace fainter than Betelgeuse even though (as of January 29th) their V magnitudes are the same.
In any case, Orion this winter wears an aspect you’ve never seen before and may never see again! Read Bob King’s new The Latest on Betelgeuse, Plus a Bright Supernova and New Comet Iwamoto
And no, this does not mean Betelgeuse is about to go supernova. It’s a massive star “close to the end” of its 10-million-year lifespan — but that’s on an astronomical timescale! Expect to wait maybe another 100,000 years for it to violently gulp down its core and blaze, for a few weeks, as bright as the Moon.
First-quarter Moon (exact at 8:42 p.m. EST). The Moon, half-lit, shines high in the south as darkness falls, near the head of Cetus. In early evening look for 2.5-magnitude Alpha Ceti (Menkar), an orange giant, about 8° to the Moon’s lower left. That’s a little less than the width of your fist held at arm’s length. Watch it sink toward the western horizon throughout the evening hours. The Moon spends the evening hugging the border between the constellations Aries the Ram and Cetus the Whale.
Farther to the Moon’s right are the two or three brightest stars of <<< Aries. Still farther to the Moon’s upper left are the Pleiades >>>> and Aldebaran. Aldebaran is physically similar to Menkar but only a third as far away (65 light-years versus 220).
Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in eastern Aquarius) is passing through the background of Venus right after dark this week; see January 27 above. Finder charts for Uranus and Neptune (without Venus).
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.
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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 1 High 5:17 AM 7.1 7:35 AM Set 12:18 AM 37
~ 1 Low 12:05 PM 2.3 5:25 PM Rise 11:23 AM
~ 1 High 5:49 PM 5.3
~ 1 Low 11:24 PM 2.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Rain and snow always seem to have such a good time. They descend to earth giving their nourishment and beauty to all living things – never stopping to point out “weed” from “flower”.
~ It is the nature of man to rise to greatness if greatness is expected of him. – John Steinbeck
~ Diversity builds strength. Take a look at a circle; it faces 360 degrees looking outward and inward in all directions. – David Bennett
~ Age is strictly a case of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter. – Jack Benny
~ The three great elemental sounds in nature are the sound of rain, the sound of wind in a primeval wood, and the sound of outer ocean on a beach. – Henry Beston
And in the nights of winter,
When the cold north winds blow,
And the long howling of the wolves
Is heard amidst the snow;
When round the lonely cottage
Roars loud the tempest’s din,
And the good logs of Algidus
Roar louder yet within;
When the oldest cask is opened,
And the largest lamp is lit;
When the chestnuts glow in the embers,
And the kid turns on the spit;
When young and old in circle
Around the firebrands close;
When the girls are weaving baskets,
And the lads are shaping bows;
When the goodman mends his armor,
And trims his helmet’s plume;
When the goodwife’s shuttle merrily
Goes flashing through the loom;
With weeping and with laughter
Still is the story told,
How well Horatius kept the bridge
In the brave days of old. – From Lays of Ancient Rome, by Thomas Babington Macaulay
Beginning of Spring Spell – Imbolc is the Celtic holiday that marks the beginning of spring.
It is ruled by the Goddess of spring, known as Brigit or Brigantia in Ireland, and Bride in Scotland. In Irish myth, the god of the earth Dagda, also known as the “good god,” had three daughters, who were all named Brigit. The first Brigit was the goddess of poetry, the second was the goddess of smithcraft, and the third was the goddess of fire and healing. All three are really aspects of one triple goddess who was associated with the Sun and with fire. On this day Brigit used her flame to rekindle the fire in the earth and assure that plants would have the heat that they need to break through the earth and begin to grow. In ancient times, a woman dressed as Brigit would bless the fires in the households and forges across Ireland. On this day, Brigit’s snake would come out of its mound, and the snake’s behavior would determine how long the remaining frost will last. This is the most likely origin of Groundhog Day. In Christian times, Brigit became a saint associated with the Virgin Mary. Imbolc became the Christian Candlemas, the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which is celebrated by lighting candles. A Brigit’s cross is a talisman made of woven reeds that form a cross with a woven square in the center and four equal arms extending out from the center. This design gives the cross a sense of rotation that evokes the wheel of the year. Brigit’s cross should be made or bought on this day and used to protect the home throughout the year. Also on this night one can leave a silk ribbon on the doorstep for Brigit to bless. Later it can be used for healing. – ~ Robert Place
Granny’s Musing: Put out food, (cake, buttered bread and milk will do), outside your door: Brighid and her cow walk through the neighborhood tonight, and will appreciate your offering.
Silliness – Punny Business Slogan – At a Propane Filling Station: “Thank heaven for little grills.”