It’s raining. The streets are all shiny. The weather plot is all green and if you back it out and put it on “satellite view” you can see why they call this kind of weather phenomenon an “atmospheric river”. 43F, wind at 0-3mph, AQI43, UV1. We’re under a SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY until 9pm. Today is going to be wet. 100% chance of rain today and tonight. At least the wind levels forecast to be lower than they thought. The rest of the week ought to be dry, though. There’s very little chance of rain right through Friday, then Saturday and Sunday could be damp and showery, then drying out on Monday again. That sounds nice….
When I was conscious again I found a birthday card, a Valentine’s card, a cake and a batch of mini turnovers on my desk! …and a pan of brownies that are going in the freezer for later and a shrimp ring in back. 🙂 My sweetie loves me…
The Wicca 103 class got the birthday cake, and one of them brought me a bag of Lindor chocolates. We got through the tail end of Lesson 4 and then 1/2 of Lesson 5. We have the Witch’s Pyramid to build, next time!
The shop was kinda busy during class and more later. Tempus was kept hopping. After class he ran around doing other things while I minded the front and wrote (still doing some cookbook stuff!) I ended up talking to a newcomer to Waldport for most of an hour.
We closed around 6:30 and went to have dinner at the Salty Dawg. Nothing fancy, just good food, good conversation, attentive, but not hovering, waitstaff, just right for a birthday dinner! I got peel n eat shrimp and then we both had fish and chips, just the plain cod, but prepared well.
There’s a lot doing today! Herbs Workshop at 11 is going to be on spice mixes and doing a little more cleaning. We’ll probably be doing a little cooking, too. Sewing is BYOP today. Also during the day I’ll be doing vegetable prep for the feast and hopefully setting up some pickles.
Today’s plant is Crocus angustifolius (old name Crocus sulphureus) called cloth-of-gold crocus. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crocus_angustifolius From the RHS site, “Crocus are dwarf, deciduous perennials growing from a corm, with linear leaves usually with a silvery central stripe, and goblet-shaped, sometimes fragrant flowers in autumn or early spring. C. angustifolius is a perennial corm with narrow leaves and scented, bright deep yellow flowers, strongly feathered with dark mahogany on the outside.” http://apps.rhs.org.uk/plantselector/plant?plantid=582 Sacred to Juno and Ostara, as any crocus, it is used to attract love (carry), turn away abusive love (burn), and give visions (place on altar or by bed).
The Lupercalia is a festival of ancient Rome, with customs that seem awfully strange to us, now, but from which our St. Valentine’s Day customs possibly emerge. It’s the “Wolf Feast” in honor of the she-wolf that was the foster-mother of the twins who founded Rome. It’s also a feast in honor of Pan. The oddest part was that men would run a course around the city nude, except for bits of fresh goatskin, and whip the women and girls who would line up to be swatted for fertility and ease of childbirth! Definitely not the standard fun for Valentine’s parties…. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupercalia
… A she-wolf, which had given birth to her whelps came, wondrous to tell, to the abandoned twins [Romulus and Remus, founders of Rome] … She halted and fawned on the tender babes with her tail, and licked into shape their two bodies with her tongue … fearless, they sucked her dugs and were fed on a supply of milk that was never meant for them. The she-wolf (lupa) gave her name to the place, and the place gave their name to the Luperci. Great is the reward the nurse has got for the milk she gave.
Ovid, Fasti II. 413
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
Waning Moon Magick – From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 2/23 at 7:32am. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 2/15 at 2:17pm.
Last-quarter Moon (exact at 5:17 p.m. EST.) The Moon rises around 1 or 2 a.m. tonight, with the head of Scorpius following up just below it. By the beginning of dawn Sunday they’re higher in the south-southeast. Antares is the brightest star under the Moon and the last to fade out in the oncoming daylight.
Uranus (magnitude 5.8, in southwestern Aries) is high in the southwest right after dark. 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
Goddess Month of of Moura, runs from 2/20-3/19
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17, Luis (LWEESH)/rowan
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17, Nion (NEE-uhn)
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
Sa 15 High 5:00 AM 8.3 7:16 AM Rise 12:43 AM 63
~ 15 Low 11:52 AM 1.0 5:45 PM Set 11:04 AM
~ 15 High 5:56 PM 5.9
~ 15 Low 11:30 PM 2.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – If you are too busy to laugh, you are too busy.
~ Love has but one word and it never repeats itself. – Jean Lacordaire
~ For me, a landscape does not exist in its own right, since its appearance changes at every moment; but the surrounding atmosphere brings it to life – the light and the air which vary continually. For me, it is only the surrounding atmosphere which gives subjects their true value. – Claude Monet (1840-1926) French landscape painter
~ Nobody Trips over mountains. It’s small pebbles that cause you to stumble. Pass all the pebbles & you will cross mountains. – Phil Reinhardt
~ Habit is habit, and not to be flung out the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time. – Mark Twain
Jeepers, creepers, did you hear those spring peepers? –The 1991 Old Farmer’s Almanac
She weeps for a great river where willows will not grow.
She weeps for a field where grain and herbs will not grow.
She weeps for a pool where fishes cannot live.
She weeps for a waterside where reeds cannot live.
She weeps for a woodland where trees do not grow.
She weeps for a garden where honey and wine are not found.
She weeps for a place where life is not found. ~Babylonian Lament Of The Goddess
In ancient times, winter was imagined as a time when the Goddess wept for the death of her lover, the god of vegetation. Her tears watered the ground, preparing it for the god’s rebirth in springtime. The more intense her lamentation, the more the following season would be fruitful, the grains plentiful. Thus the rains and snows of winter were acknowledged to be, however inconvenient and even dangerous, necessary for the life of the planet to continue.
Today the winter of extinction has come to entire species, and even the laments of the Goddess cannot bring them back. Rivers have died, lakes are in danger. What has been our part in it? We do not ask. Instead we reap the benefits of the death of nature, consuming more and more, discarding more and more.
The Goddess weeps, but she cannot weep enough to bring back all that has been lost. It is up to each of us, to help revitalize our earth. – )0( By Patricia Monaghan – From ” The Goddess Companion” and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast 1-800-THE-MOON
Moist Mother Earth Herban Corner –
The Earth Goddess of Slavic myth was associated with moisture and referred to as Moist Mother Earth. In Russia long ago, earth worship formed the basis of religion, particularly among the peasants and farmers who depended on the land to provide food even though it froze solid during the winter. Moist Mother Earth was possibly revered as Mati-Syra-Zemlya or as Mokosh. Her connection to moisture suggested her connection to the waters of both the earth and the sky. She was associated with streams and wells and was frequently evoked to end droughts with her life-giving rains.
Like Earth Goddesses of other lands, Moist Mother Earth was a fertility Goddess. Some say she was the wife of Perun, the storm god, and that he clothed her in his sky waters, making oceans, rivers, and seas. The Slavic earth mother was a spinner, and she spun the waters that renewed life after the icy winds blew in and the winter gods cast their death spell on the land. Worshippers of Moist Mother Earth not only prayed to her to bring the rain but also to calm the winds and the whirlwinds, to subdue the snow-storms, and to lessen the severity of the winter cold. – Source: A Dictionary of Nature Myths by Tamra Andrews and GrannyMoon’s Feast Archives
Nuvak’chin’Mana – Hopi Kachina Dances – (Southwestern United States)
Themes: Ghosts (Spirits); Blessings; Weather; Winter – Symbols: Cold Items; White; Moisture
About Nuvak’chin’Mana: This Goddess’s name means Snow Maiden. In the Niman festival, Nuvak’chin’Mana is a Kachina who appears to pray for the return of cold weather so the moisture in the earth gets replenished. In our lives, she comes to replenish the well of our spirits and cool any overheated tempers that erupt with summer’s heat.
To Do Today: In Hopi tradition, Kachinas are spirits that help the tribe in all matters of life. Each year the Kachinas emerge around February to remind people of their blessings and to teach the sacred rituals that bring rain. Around this time of year, the Kachinas return to their rest, escorted out of the human realms by the Niman ritual.
To bring Nuvak’chin’Mana’s coolheadedness and refreshing energy to your entire day, drink a glass of milk on the rocks at breakfast, lunch, and dinner (or anytime in between). It’s very refreshing, and the appearance of the beverage honors the Goddess. If your region has been suffering from a dry spell, pour out a little of the milk and ice on the ground as an offering to Nuvak’chin’Mana so she might carry your need for rain to the nature spirits.
Last, take a moment at some point during the day to thank the Powers for all your blessings. A grateful heart is one ready to give and receive more of the Goddess! – )0(
Silliness – Signs and Notices – Road sign seen on the island of Cyprus. (translation of the Greek): ‘Caution: Road Slippery from Grapejuice’