Featured photo by Geri Hoekzema. First Minus Tide of the cycle at 4:53 PM of -0.5 feet. Today’s minus tide isn’t much, although it’s in daylight, but we have much steeper ones coming opposite the King Tides for several days here. Wine and Cheese night this evening at the shop. With any luck we’ll be bottling, and I have a tvarog to do.
1.8 inches in the rain gauge. That’s from the start of this rain, night before last. It’s breezy, overcast and damp, but not raining at the moment. 80% chance, though, today and tonight. There’s an active SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY through 4pm today. 49F, wind at 4-7mph and gusting, AQI40, UV2. The forecast hasn’t changed much. It’s all rain or showers except for Sunday/Monday and possibly Wednesday.
Yesterday I stayed up awhile talking to friends after I got the newsletter out, but I crawled back in and slept past noon. Once I was finally up we got coffee and then sorted out what needed to happen for the day.
Linda stopped by the around 2pm with stuff for the Sabbat and we were already sorting stuff. After that Tempus and I were working in back, cleaning and cookery, pretty much. After that we got the altar cleaned up. I got the horseradish cleaned and a fig pudding made, and we had that for the feast after the Circle. Everybody liked it. I did an oat and barley flour fried cake for the paten and we had some of the radish cream cheese with celery, too.
Today is supposed to be the major shopping trip for the feast. I’m going to be at the shop, but Tempus and James are going to have to keep calling me on the phone, I’m certain. Tonight is the paper run, although in the new, shorter format. I have a bunch of things to get put away before Wine and Cheese.
Today is the Aphrodisia, the festival sacred to Aphrodite in ancient Greece. She wasn’t a nice goddess, being fickle and unfaithful and a trouble-maker. She seems to have mellowed a bit with age, though. <<<< This Botticelli painting is probably the most famous image of her and is often called “Venus on the Half-Shell”. 🙂 She’s often called “foam-born” since she arose from the ocean and “Cyprian Aphrodite” because she apparently came ashore on the island of <<<<<<<<< Cyprus on this rock. There are a lot of middle-eastern goddesses who are related in forms of worship, Ishtar being the most obvious. Her symbols are: the sea, dolphins, doves, swans, pomegranates, sceptres, apples, myrtle, rose trees, lime trees, clams, scallop shells, and pearls. I’ll be putting some more in, soon, before Valentine’s/Lupercalia and there’s more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aphrodisia
Today’s plant, sacred to both St. Dorothea (patron saint of florists http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dorothea_of_Caesare ,which is the attribution that you usually see) and to Aphrodite, is the Jacinth
or Blue Hyacinth, Hyacinthus orientalis. It is highly poisonous, but has a use or two in the herbalist’s pharmacopeia. It is a lovely plant with a sweet scent that is a garden favorite. It hybridizes easily and will propagate itself in the right environment. – Male, Venus, Water – Promotes happiness, peace of mind and peaceful sleep. Attracts love, luck, and good fortune. Named for Hiakinthos, Greek God of homosexual love, this is the patron herb for gay men. Guards against nightmares when used as an oil, burned as incense, or included in dream pillows. Carry in amulet or sachet to ease grief or the pain of childbirth. More on this plant here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyacinthus_orientalis or here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyacinth_%28plant%29
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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.
Look left of the Moon this evening for Castor and Pollux. Lower right of the Moon is Procyon, the Little Dog Star. More than twice as far to the Moon’s lower right shines Sirius, the big Dog Star.
Venus gleams in the southwestern sky after sunset. The brilliant planet stands out just a half-hour after sundown, when it appears 30° above the horizon, and it is still 20° high once darkness settles in. Venus remains on display until nearly 9 p.m. local time. Shining at magnitude –4.1, it is by far the brightest point of light in the night sky. A telescope shows the planet’s disk, which spans 16″ and appears 71 percent lit.
Saturn is barely emerging from the sunrise glow about 10° lower left of Jupiter. Try for it with binoculars about 20 or 30 minutes before sunrise. Good luck.
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
Th 6 Low 3:40 AM 3.6 7:29 AM Set 5:37 AM 84
~ 6 High 9:35 AM 8.3 5:32 PM Rise 2:41 PM
~ 6 Low 4:53 PM -0.5
~ 6 High 11:29 PM 6.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Accept that you are divine, perfect and enough.
Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – The following words are from the song “Home, Sweet Home” by John Howard Payne: “Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home.” Explain what you like the most about your home.
~ A fly may sting a stately horse and make him wince; but one is but an insect, and the other is a horse still. – Dr. Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) English writer, lexicographer
~ Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly. – John F. Kennedy
~ Imagination is the true magic carpet. – Norman Peale
~ There are mysteries which men can only guess at, which age by age they may solve only in part. – Bram Stoker (1847-1912) English novelist
All heaven and earth are still—though not in sleep,
But breathless, as we grow when feeling most;
And silent, as we stand in thoughts too deep. –Lord Byron (George Gordon), 1788–1824
We don’t usually make our own Valentines anymore, which is kinda sad. I have some good memories of getting covered with paste and glitter and giving my family sticky hugs that kinda spread the wealth, but they loved and cherished those silly little messy things that I made. I have some that my kids made for me, ditto. …and any excuse for a party, right?
Drinkables – Red punch, pomegranate juice in lemon-lime soda is wonderful, especially of you can float some raspberry sherbert in it, or frozen strawberries. For low-sugar use clear glasses with water. Put a lemon wheel in and then and float frozen strawberries or raspberries on top. I ‘spose red ginger ale or some other red soda would work if you’re pressed for time.
Foods – Well, cookies and cupcakes are kinda expected and maybe some chocolates. If you feel adventurous you might try something that we call the Bartlett Bowl. It’s a can of mandarin oranges, whole roasted hazelnuts, chocolate chips and shredded coconut all mixed together. Just before serving, pour in the juice from the mandarins. This one has the traditional “love” correspondences, too.
Crafts stuff – Minimums are glue/gluesticks, red & white construction paper and scissors. Next step would be heart-shaped doilies, glitter, sequins, yarn, pompoms, macaroni. Macaroni? Yup, my favorites are bows and making scalloped edges out of elbow macaroni. How about traditional Valentine’s candies, like Red-Hots and Conversation Hearts? Next step after that would be stickers, googlie eyes, red silk flowers that can be taken apart and then you can go on from there! The more “stuff” that you throw on the table, the more creative the valentines will be.
Get envelopes/boxes – Ya gotta have these to present the creations…and trust me, kids do 3D! Adults tend to do the flatter pieces…. The PO has flat rate boxes for mailing that are free…unless you do have to drop ‘em into the mail.
How-to – You know how to do this! Eat some candies, pick up the scissors and the glitter and play!
Put the craft stuff and the food/drink in two separate rooms, or at least on two separate tables.
Put something washable on the table you’ll be doing the crafts part on. Old sheets are great.
If you’re doing this with kids under the age of 7 or 8, either put them & supplies on an old shower curtain on the floor, or put the table on top of washable sheets/old towels, so you don’t end up with more of a mess than you can help.
Silliness – Compliment?
Harold’s wife bought a new line of expensive cosmetics guaranteed to make her look years younger. After a lengthy sitting before the mirror applying the “miracle” products, she asked, “Darling, honestly, what age would you say I am?”
Looking over her carefully, Harold replied, “Judging from your skin, twenty; your hair, eighteen; and your figure, twenty five.”
“Oh, you flatterer!” she gushed.
“Hey, wait a minute!” Harold interrupted. “I haven’t added them up yet.”