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Partly cloudy, so it’s chillier than it’s been. We’re under both a GALE WARNING and a SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY from 7 AM Tuesday to 7 AM PST Wednesday. 43F, wind at 0-4 mph and gusting, AQI 25-40, UV1. Chance of rain 75% today and 100% tonight. It should stay dry through lunchtime, although the clouds will be thickening up and the wind should pick up in the late afternoon. THis latest bit of “messy” will like last into Wednesday evening but we’ll have a 24 hour break in the rain and then likely a break on Saturday. Otherwise, showers and rain…..
Yesterday started early. Tempus got in at 7:15 and snoozed until 8:45. At that point he went out to drop off our rent check and pick up things at the PO. When he got back I went through the pile. There were some Yule gifts in there, and a gift to myself of some sewing supplies that I still need to put away, plus an order of Tupperware from back in November. …and bills… <sigh>
We finally decided to have coffee and biscuits for breakfast… at 2pm… and not long after that went in back and curled up on the nap bed. I got up around 6pm, but Tempus didn’t wake until past 9pm. We are *so* off kilter! …but he got enough sleep to be grumpy about the chores that needed to be done.
Today, he headed out just at 2am. I’m hoping today will be more normal, although I may go with him for the bulk route tonight, so I can do some shopping. Maybe, if I’m lucky, we can finally get starting on my sewing area. I’ve been pulling projects and small boxes, but I can’t do the big stuff. …and I have a pile of stock again that has to be priced and inventoried and set out for sale.
Today’s plant is Red Elderberry, Sambucus racemosa. It’s a large shrub that has white flower clusters in the spring and red berry clusters late in the summer. – Planet: Venus Element: Water Deity: Hel, Holda, The White Lady Magickal properties: Exorcism, Prosperity, Banishment and Healing – The leaves and berries are used for protection and in breaking spells that were cast against you or to undo spells of evil intent. Growing an elder in your garden will protect your property from misfortune and harm. In Europe they planted elder in cemeteries to keep away the evil spirits. Elder wands can be used to drive out evil spirits or thought forms, and music on panpipes or flutes of elder have the same power as the wand. Elder should not be cut without first making a prayer, and don’t burn Elder in fear of bringing about ill-luck. “Elder is the Lady’s Tree, burn it not or cursed ye be.” More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sambucus_racemosa and here:http://www.thegoddesstree.com/trees/Elder.htm
Today is the Epiphanios of the goddess Kore, the night when she gives birth to Aeon, the year-god. The last paragraph of this section talks a little about this. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aion_(deity)#Identifications …and the page has more information in historical context. Here is some more information about Persephone/Kore. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persephone
The Days of Volos – Procines (January) 1-6 – These moonlit and frosty nights have a name: The Holiday of the Wolves. These days are set aside for the worship of the God of pets and of cattle, whose name is Volos. We give our thanks for the animals on these days, which bring food and sustenance to our homes from ancient times. We also defend them from the ravenous wolves which attack. (Slavic Pagan Calendar)
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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 1/12 at 9pm. 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 1/6 at 1:37am.
Last-quarter Moon tonight (exact at 4:37 a.m. January 6th EST). The Moon rises around midnight tonight, in Virgo far below the tail of Leo. Once the Moon is well up in another hour or more, look for Spica about a fist below it or to its lower right, and brighter Arcturus nearly three fists to the Moon’s left.
A favorite wintertime constellation is rising a few hours after dark: Canis Major the Big Dog. Famous for containing the Northern Hemisphere’s brightest star, Sirius, Canis Major holds other delectable sky treats as well. One of the best is the open cluster M41, a dazzling sight through binoculars or a small telescope. (If you have good skies and you let the constellation rise higher, you may also spot it with the naked eye.) M41 is easy to locate — you’ll find it 4° south of Sirius, housed within the stars outlining Canis Major’s body, in the region often depicted as the dog’s neck. M41 spans some 25 light-years in space and is roughly 200 million years old — definitely young by stellar standards. It lies a little over 2,000 light-years away.
If you’re looking for something a little more challenging, try Thor’s Helmet — more formally known as NGC 2359. This emission nebula spans some 30 light-years and in its center is a hot Wolf-Rayet star nearing the end of its short life; when its time is up, it will explode in a brilliant supernova. The nebula is located 8.8° east-northeast of Sirius. To bring out any detail, you’ll want to use an 8-inch or larger telescope; alternatively, a long-exposure photograph even through a slightly smaller instrument may start to reveal the nebula’s delicate detail.
Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) is low in the southwest right after dark. Neptune is 2.3 arcseconds wide, harder to resolve than Uranus except in very good seeing. Finder charts for Uranus and Neptune.
Old Farmer’s Almanac NIGHT SKY MAP FOR JANUARY 2021: THE BRIGHTEST SKY OF THE YEAR – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-january-brightest-sky
Goddess Month of Hestia runs from 12/26 – 1/22
Celtic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20
Uranus (1/14/21) Retrograde
Color – Grey
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Celtic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20, Beith – (BEH), birch – The silver birch (Betula pendula Roth) is the most common tree birch in much of Europe. It grows up to 30 m (100 feet) high, but is more often found in spreading clumps on sandy soils. It is one of the first trees to colonize an area after a mature forest is cut; this is probably a large part of its symbolic connection with new beginnings. It is cultivated in North America, often under the name of weeping birch. The three trees in my front yard form root sprouts that would take over the bed where they are planted if I didn’t cut them back. The common birch (B. pubescens Ehrh.) is almost as widespread as the silver birch, but grows primarily on acid or peaty soils. It can reach 20 m (65 feet) in height. Birches are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae). Curtis Clark
Beth – Birch – Ogam letter correspondences –
Meaning: New Beginnings; Changes; Purification.
Phagos – Beech Ogam letter correspondences to study this month
Letter: PH, IO
Meaning: New experiences and information coming
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Tu 5 High 5:13 AM 7.5 7:52 AM Set 11:56 AM 68
~ 5 Low 11:20 AM 2.7 4:52 PM
~ 5 High 4:50 PM 6.4
~ 5 Low 11:16 PM 1.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – An unbreakable toy is useful for breaking other toys.
Journal Prompt – Expository – What talents do you have?
~ Force has no place where there is a need of skill. – Herodotus
~ If you are ever at a loss to support a flagging conversation, introduce the subject of eating. – Leigh Hunt (1784-1859) English writer
~ What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us. ~ Helen Keller
~ Don’t let one cloud obliterate the whole sky. – Anaïs Nin
Chill airs and wintry winds! my ear
Has grown familiar with your song;
I hear it in the opening year,
I listen, and it cheers me long. – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–32)
Imbolc Magick – Lore
Sylvester, Tri Kralu & Little Christmas
Little Christmas is a custom that is not usually observed in Western Europe or in the USA. Celebrated on January 6 (beginning the evening before) in Central and Eastern Europe, this is actually the bigger celebration in many places. Guessing from the proverbs and observances surrounding it, this particular place in the Wheel of the Year has a significance that goes back to pre-xtian times.
The saying that I remember from my childhood, (roughly translated), is “Today the Sun makes a chicken step back towards the warm.” If you’re watching the position of the setting or rising sun, this is the first day that you can actually see a distinct difference in the position without having careful marks or large dolmens, etc. to work with.
In many of these countries the Christmas celebrations have completely taken over the Solstice observations that were held at one time. Many of the customs are of solemn religious rites and emphasize not the coming of the Sun/Son but the coming sacrifice. The rejoicing “party-time” has been pushed over to New Year’s, Little Christmas or later
I grew up with this celebration, Sylvester, Tri Kralu and the Mikulas days, along with the usual Christmas.
Sylvester What is Silvester? It’s the New Year’s celebration in Central Europe! Silvester celebrations http://www.thelocal.de/society/20111231-16425.html#.UN3uwazheSq More on Pope Sylvester:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Sylvester_I A bit about it more on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silvester
Part of the reason that I’ve heard of this is that Babicka and Dedi (my grandparents) used to talk about the “SIEVE-est-er” which was a costume party held by the Czech community in Baltimore in late January. At various times the “uncles” (Dedi’s brothers and cousins) came up with some impressive outfits, including a clock that worked, a “rooster” that ran around laying eggs, a house on chicken legs and a two-person horse. This one was the big hit because they made balls of newspaper painted brown and the horse, after running around the dance floor, swishing its tail, backed up to the most pompous woman in the room and dropped them out the hind end of the horse into her lap!
Since January 6 is the feast day of the Three Kings in both Western and Eastern church observance it fits right in. Many places have gift-givings on this day rather than on 12/25 and explain it by the gifts of the Magi.
We always celebrated Christmas just as others do in the United States, but Tri Kralu/Little Christmas (Jan.6) is a holiday that most people haven’t heard of by that name. It is the end of the Christmas season as Mikulas begins it. Little Christmas, goes by the name of Epiphany, 12th Night, Befana, and the Feast of Three Kings in other countries. We used to celebrate with a special dinner, during which, for dessert, we ate up the last of the Christmas candy and cookies and took apart and ate the gingerbread house. Baba and Dedi would tell stories all evening until my brother and I dropped off to sleep and were carried off to bed. My children and I did this, but I’ve also added in that we play any of the new games from Christmas that haven’t been opened yet, or we open and put together a special jigsaw puzzle.
Silliness – To Help You Smile – The Grapes of Wrath 2: The Raisins of Revenge.