It’s just overcast and breezy at the moment, but there’s more rain coming, and everything is soaked because it’s been raining off and on all night. 80% chance of rain today and 100% tonight. 48F, wind at 6-10 mph and gusting, AQI41, UV2. Actually it looks like the spike in the chance of rain about 7pm tonight is going to be the last solidly wet until Thursday. That’s a big change.
Yesterday really flew past because we had so much going on. I was busy doing the pear pudding and shopping list and answering the phone for judgment calls on the shopping. We actually had people in buying stuff, too, which kept me hopping.
I had a cheese going for Wine and Cheese last night which didn’t happen because the shopping went so late. Tempus ran in at 7:30 or so, quickly put away things that needed to be frozen or fridge and we took back off for Newport.
It wasn’t raining much or blowing when we headed that way, but the rain got heavier and the wind was blowing pretty hard in Newport. It wasn’t enough to be a problem, since no papers need to be tossed. These are the bulk drops, but Tempus had to bag some of the door drops that are more exposed.
Today there’s more cooking after we get some of the things from yesterday put away. Beet/Horseradish relish for one! …and I need to finish the tvarog. We need to take a load up to storage and do laundry, as well. The shop will open at 11am and the 103 class meets from 1-4 or so.
Today’s plant is Partridge Berry, (Mitchella repens) – Caution: There are similar-looking berries that are deadly. Don’t wildcraft unless you’re certain. Common Names: Squaw Vine. Description: Evergreen. Woodland Creeper. This vine flowers in Spring with fragrant white trumpet-shaped flowers. The vine grows about 6 to 12″ high, creeping through moss around old tree stumps. The leaves are thick, very shiny, and heart-shaped. In the Fall, bright scarlet berries form that last all winter, unless they are eaten by birds and deer. They are tasteless, but can serve as a survival food. Partridge berries grow wild in bogs and barrens. They store, cook, and freeze perfectly and they have a beautiful, deep red colour. Used as a women’s medicine to promote easy childbirth (don’t use until the last minute as another use is an abortifacient!) sometimes in tea or a jelly form and also for urinary disorders. – Feminine, Earth, Saturn, – Carry leaves in a sachet of green cloth to help with “female trouble” of all sorts, except during pregnancy. Add a piece of red jasper, if possible. In the last week of pregnancy carry dried flowers or berries in a red cloth sachet to ease childbirth. Carry dried berries in orange cloth to ease mucous discharges and to help with nervous irritability.
The Sapporo Snow Festival is neither ancient, nor religious, but it’s *fun*! It started in 1950 and has grown to a big event that brings sculptors from all over to participate. This picture is some of the ice sculptures. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sapporo_Snow_Festival Pictures here: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Sapporo_Snow_Festival
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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. Full Moon – The day of, the day before, and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 2/10 at 1:33am.
Have you ever closely compared the colors of Betelgeuse and Aldebaran? Can you detect any difference in their colors at all? Normally, when Betelgeuse is the brighter of the two, I can’t. But now that Betelgeuse is fainter, to me it looks distinctly redder. Aldebaran, spectral type K III, is often called an “orange” giant, while Betelgeuse, spectral type M1-M2 Ia, is usually called a “red” supergiant. Their temperatures are indeed a bit different: 3,910 Kelvin and 3,590 Kelvin, respectively — and that’s when Betelgeuse is normal. As it has dimmed this season its surface has also cooled slightly, by about 100 K. Most of Betelgeuse‘s apparent color deepening this winter, however, is due to an illusion in the human eye: The colors of brighter objects appear, falsely, to be desaturated: tending paler (whiter) than they really are.
Ruddy Mars grows more prominent before dawn with each passing week. The Red Planet now rises before 4 a.m. local time and climbs 20° above the southeastern horizon an hour before sunrise. Mars glows at magnitude 1.3 against the backdrop of Ophiuchus the Serpent-bearer. Unfortunately, a telescope doesn’t add much to our view of the planet, revealing a bland disk that measures only 5″ across.
Uranus (magnitude 5.8, in southwestern Aries) awaits your binoculars or scope high in the southwest right after dark.
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. Runic half-month of Sowulo/ Sigel, 2/12-26 It represents the power of the force of good throughout the world and is the harbinger of victory and ascendancy over darkness.
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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
F 7 Low 4:35 AM 3.4 7:28 AM Set 6:33 AM 91
~ 7 High 10:26 AM 8.7 5:33 PM Rise 3:48 PM
~ 7 Low 5:37 PM -1.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Life is a garden of riches waiting for you to harvest its fruit
~ He who can destroy a thing, can control a thing. – Frank Herbert (1920-1986) US writer
~ A wagging tongue is the beginning of ill works. – Norse Adage
~ He who rides the sea of the Nile must have sails woven of patience. – William Golding (1911-1993) English writer
~ Evening News is where they begin with ‘Good Evening’ and then tell you why it isn’t. – Georg Grey
A hand as icy as the hand of death
Rests on the hills inviolably white;
And while a brazen bell invokes the night
With deep reverberant voice that clearly saith,
“I mark each hour that swiftly hasteneth,”
Behold within the north a crimson light
That reaches to the heavens’ farthest height.
As fiery as the fabled war-god’s breath.
‘Tis grim old Thor, who, in the halcyon days
Of seasons gone, his searing bolts let fly
Until no shaft was left wherewith to slay;
Now in his polar furnace’s fiercest blaze
He forges darts with which to terrify
When summer treads again her sunlit way! – –Clinton Scollard (1860–1932)
Heartwings Love Notes 299 My Always Valentine
Heartwings says, ” When you are truly in love every day is Valentines Day.”
Stephen and I have been together for more than thirty years. In that time my dear companion and I have had our share of disagreements. Even the best relationship has its occasional dust-ups and difficulties. However most of the time rather than argue, we bicker. What I call creative bickering is one of the secrets of the good health of our partnership.
Nevertheless, whether we bicker or downright disagree, we do our very best not speak to each other in hurtful ways. As best friends we make every attempt to treat one another with courtesy and kindness. In addition, from the beginning of our relationship we have had a strong commitment to honesty, especially concerning feelings. Because of past experiences, from the start I insisted we air any grievances as soon as possible rather than harbor them.
As we are both essentially peace loving, it is not always easy to come out with statements that could be potentially hurtful. Yet we both know that we must if our relationship is to be healthy. Unstated grievances can over time accumulate to a bursting point; then it becomes difficult to control what happens next. What we do is try to say what we need to say in a way that is neither accusatory nor critical of the other.
We enjoy one another’s company, a good thing because we are and have always been together most of each day. We began as friends as well romantic partners and we still are. More than anything else it is this friendship that guides our responses and repartee. After all, why would anyone want to say anything hurtful to a dear friend? On Valentines’ Day and always I give thanks for my always Valentine, my beloved partner and my dearest friend.
May your Valentines Day be filled with joy and love,
Blessings and Best Regards, Tasha Halpert
Filled with helpful information, lovely poems and practical wisdom Heartwings: Love Notes for a Joyous Life delights all who read it. For Valentine’s Day order a personal, autographed copy of as a gift for a friend or loved one. Send desired dedication, plus your name, address and $15, which includes postage and handling to Tasha Halpert, P.O. Box 323, Grafton, MA 01519. The book is also available at www.galdepress.com <http://www.galdepress.com/> , (To order direct, or for a discount on quantity orders, call Galde at 1-800-777-3454) and Amazon.com. For your free weekly Heartwings Love Notes, click here: www.heartwingslovenotes.com <http://www.heartwingslovenotes.com/>
Silliness – Signs and Notices – On a ski lift in Taos, NM: ‘No jumping from the lift. Survivors will be prosecuted.’