It’s mostly cloudy out there and the puddles are more dry than not, but there’s green, pink and blue in the weather map north and east of us. Looks like the Coast Range is getting snow and ice and Newport might be getting a thunderstorm in a few minutes. We’re under a SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY until 4pm on Monday. 37F, wind at 1-2 mph, AQI39, UV2. 70% chance of rain today and tonight. We’re looking at showers and rain until next Sunday and Monday. Might have a bit of wind on Saturday.
Yesterday started pretty cranky. Tempus had stayed up too late and I had trouble sleeping, so while we got started at 9am, we still weren’t ready when it was time to open. I had been de-trashing up front….mostly boxes and cardboard that hadn’t gone out. He got those sorted around after we were open, getting them broken down and gone.
When the Herb Bunch got here we did a massive reorganization of the herbs and the compounding station. We found a lot of things. 🙂 …including a lot of dishes and bottles. We consolidated a lot and tossed a whole lot of old herbs that are going to compost and filled a trash bag.
Around suppertime Tempus went over to Ray’s for some things. He made some of his delicious cole slaw and bought a rotisserie chicken. We ate, then I started on the pear mustard (which is *really* spicy, but delicious!) and went on to determine which pickles were needed and starting to set those up. After that I made a radish and cheese spread for sandwiches. Interesting flavor! The carcass of the chicken became broth for soup and went into the freezer.
Today is House Capuchin’s Project Day. I know I’m making a couple more butters this morning, but I need to put a little time in on sewing if I can and also get the Pirate’s Treasure bucket supplies all into one place, which means consolidating what’s under the candles table. Tempus is planning to run into Newport for some more of the supplies for the feast. Looking at the to-be-completed list I also need to set up the girdlecake “kits”.
Today’s plant is the Columbine, genus Aquilegia. Found in garden and native species in Oregon, these plants stick their flowers up into the air where they can be admired. They’re related to aconite and share those qualities of a deadly poisonous plant. The flowers aren’t the problem. It’s the seeds and root. Columbina means “dove” and Aquila is “eagle” supposedly from the resemblance of the flower either to clustered doves or the spur at the back of the flower to an eagle’s claw. There is such a thing as too much imagination…. – Feminine, Venus, Water – Crush between the hands or wear in a pouch that can be squashed to induce courage and daring. Carry a posy of the flowers to attract love and the seeds can be used as a love perfume when crushed, however the seeds are *very* poisonous, so don’t ingest any! More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aquilegia
Today is Groundhog’s Day, which is a descendant of the old Imbolc Celebrations where weather divinations for the year were a big chunk of the festivities. From the look of our weather here we’re done with winter, which is a little worrisome. We haven’t had nearly enough rainy this year… More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Groundhog_Day and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punxsutawney_Phil
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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 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.
The sky’s biggest asterism (informal star pattern) is the Winter Hexagon, filling the sky toward the east and south these evenings. Start with brilliant Sirius at its bottom. Going clockwise from there, march right or upper right through Procyon, steeper upper right through Pollux and Castor, up to Menkalinan and then Capella on high, over and down a bit to Aldebaran as you face south (waving hi to the Moon tonight), then to Rigel in Orion’s foot, and back to Sirius. Betelgeuse shines inside the Hexagon, well off center.
Venus (magnitude –4.1, in Pisces) is the bright point shining in the southwest during and after twilight. Off to its upper right is the Great Square of Pegasus. In a telescope Venus still appears fairly small (16 arcseconds) and gibbous (72% sunlit). But it will enlarge in size and wane in phase as it shines in the evening for the next four months.
Comet PanSTARRS (C/2017 T2) glows at 9th magnitude this week as it makes its way northward along the Milky Way near the Perseus-Cassiopeia border. Tonight, this visitor from the distant Oort Cloud lies 1° northwest of the Double Cluster (NGC 869 and NGC 884) and 1° south of the pretty binocular cluster Stock 2. Although this region of sky remains visible all night, it lies highest in the north during the early evening hours.
For those who believe in folklore, the fate of winter rests on the shoulders of the groundhog. If the furry rodent sticks his head out of his burrow this morning and sees his shadow, we’ll have six more weeks of winter. But if the weather is cloudy, it means spring is right around the corner. What does this have to do with astronomy? Groundhog Day celebrates one of the four so-called cross-quarter days, which mark the midpoints between the solstices and equinoxes. February 2 falls approximately midway between the winter solstice and the vernal equinox.
Mercury (magnitude –1.0) is having a good apparition low in the evening twilight. Look for it about 30 to 45 minutes after sundown, far to the lower right of Venus (about 25°). Mercury gets a little higher every evening.
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
Su 2 High 6:01 AM 7.2 7:34 AM Set 1:20 AM 47
~ 2 Low 1:11 PM 1.9 5:26 PM Rise 11:49 AM
~ 2 High 7:13 PM 5.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Fortune is found where grace meets effort. You’ve made the effort. Now appreciate the grace.
~ An apple may not fall far from the tree, but that doesn’t mean you should continue to drink dysfunctional cider. Grow your own orchard. David Roppo
~ Trees are poems that earth writes upon the sky, We fell them down and turn them into paper, That we may record our emptiness. – Kahlil Gibran
~ I think hard drugs are disgusting. But I must say, I think marijuana is pretty lightweight. – Linda Eastman McCartney (1942-1998) US photographer
~ A playwright lives in an occupied country. And if you can’t live that way you don’t stay. – Arthur Miller (1915-2005) US playwright
On Candlemas day,
The good goose begins to lay. – proverb
A Brighid’s Cross can be made with wheat stalks, grasses, reeds or rushes. Gather a few dozen reeds of the same length. If they tend to break when you bend them, soak them in water to soften them, so that they will bend easily.
Can be decorated with early spring flowers, with thyme, basil, bay and any other medicinal cooking herbs that look pretty bright ribbons, etc.
These crosses were exchanged as symbols of protection in ancient times. Let the children hand these Brighid’s Crosses out to guests at any ritual you attend or host.
Method # 1 – Items needed:
- a handfull of wheat stalks
- warm water
- clear or red thread and needle
- Soak wheat stalks in warm water until pliable
- Fold one stalk of wheat in half, leaving the kernels sticking out
- Fold another one the same way, and thread through the first one. (It now looks like a long “L” )
- Fold the third the same way, and insert through the second wheat stalk. (It now looks like an L with a tail )
- Fold and insert the fourth stalk through the third
- Use the clothes pins to help keep the shape as you weave more wheat
- Continue folding and threading the wheat stalks until you have several wheat woven through each “arm”
- Allow to dry with the clothespins in place
- Using the thread and needle, sew the stalks together – this is cheating, but I find that it’s necessary!
- Hang over the fireplace or stove
Method #2 – Brighid’s Crosses
Materials: Dried Wheat Stalks, Brown Thread.
- Take eight stalks with sheaves still attached.
- Place four stalks on flat surface with two sheaves at the top and two sheaves at the bottom.
- Measure approx. 6″ of stalk between the sets of sheaves and cut off excess.
- Tie all four stalks together with the brown thread, first under the top sheaves, then above the bottom sheaves.
- Cut off excess thread.
- Repeat this procedure with the other four stalks, shortening the length between the sheaves to 4″.
- Carefully separate the first set of stalks (two in front and two in back) and slip the second set through approx. 1″ from the bottom of the top sheaves.
- Tie some thread in a knot just under the arms of the cross.
- Take the excess ends and diagonally wrap the thread over the opposite corresponding arm and back to the knot.
- Tie off in back and cut off excess ends.
Silliness – Debate About The Box
An engineer, a physicist, and a mathematician are trying to set up a fenced-in area for some sheep, but they have a limited amount of building material. The engineer gets up first and makes a square fence with the material, reasoning that it’s a pretty good working solution. “No, no,” says the physicist, “there’s a better way.” He takes the fence and makes a circular pen, showing how it encompasses the maximum possible space with the given material.
Then the mathematician speaks up: “No, no, there’s an even better way.” To the others’ amusement he proceeds to construct a little tiny fence around himself, then declares:
“I define myself to be on the outside.”