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It’s wet, but not currently raining. 50F, wind at 0-13 mph and gusting, AQI 20-36, UV1. Chance of rain 76% today and 19% tonight. We’re under a HIGH SURF WARNING from 6am to 6pm today (with possible coastal flooding at high tide, noonish), a SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY through 6pm and a GALE WATCH for Monday evening through Tuesday. Rather large weather we’re having, ain’t it? Today should be mostly dry, but the rain will be back overnight through Wednesday and the wind peaking Tuesday morning, then a one day break, rain on Friday and then at least a few days of dry.
Yesterday I was so excited about 12th night that when I woke at 6am, I never went back to bed. I was desperate for coffee by the time Tempus walked in. I was also frantic trying to get things sorted out. By 10:30 I had things under control, was coffee and fed and that helped a lot. Also the event itself was dealing with a spam attack early on.
Tempus had gone to the PO and brought back a bunch of stuff. We have a lot of new pendants and I have materials for necklaces and earrings, too. Tempus got the marbles for his Christmas tree, too.
…and then I was busy, crazy busy for a bit, because a group of people decided that something was wrong with my website because they couldn’t find a shopping cart and the “links aren’t working”. That’s because there *aren’t* any links to a non-existent shopping cart, but they didn’t want to understand that and wouldn’t just tell me what they were interested in. That was wearing. …and they didn’t order, anyway. <sigh> I dunno if there really was a problem or they were just trying to mess with me.
So I kept all the windows open so that I could catch anything that was needed and got the zoom open for Embellisher’s. That went pretty well. We had 3 challenges during the day and one was right up my alley. The other two I knew enough to comment, as well.
I was finally just too tired to continue, coming up on 5pm, so I crawled into the nap bed. Tempus and I were both shocked when we woke at 1am! Well! We got a quick supper and he had to head out at 2:15. So much for all the stuff we were planning today…. well, we got some sleep and the 12th night stuff ate everything else.
Today’s plant is Nasturtium, Tropaeolum majus, (not watercress, which is true nasturtium). It’s certainly not native to the PNW, but grows well here. I love the brilliant oranges and yellows of the flowers. They’re yummy, too, with a slightly peppery taste, both leaf and flower, and the seeds serve as a substitute for capers in pickles. The flowers stand for Victory in Battle; Patriotism and Affectation and are little used in magicks other than as symbols and foods for Ostara and Beltane celebrations because of their association with the Sun. They also can be used as a symbol for sacrifice to the larger good of soldiers, firemen and police, but are usually only seen at funerals in this context. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tropaeolum_majus
49 BCE The date often given as the day that Julius Caesar famously crossed the Rubicon. – “As he crossed the river into Italy, he exclaimed “iacta alea est” (the die is cast) knowing full well that this action signified a declaration of war against Pompey. This gave rise to the common English-language expression ‘to cross the Rubicon’, meaning ‘to pass a point of no return, one where an action taken commits a person irrevocably’.” This is quoted from http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/book/jan10.html (link is broken)
More about the Rubicon here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rubicon
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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. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 1/11 at 9am.
As dawn brightens about a half hour before Monday’s sunrise, look very low in the southeast for Venus. The thin crescent Moon is about 4° to its right (for North America), as shown below. Binoculars will help.
Compared to yesterday’s scene, Mercury has moved a little to the upper left to form, with Jupiter and Saturn, a tighter, roughly equilateral triangle only about 2° on a side.
The distant planet Neptune is an ideal early evening object this month. You’ll find its magnitude 8 glow amid the stars of Aquarius — in fact, the gas giant is located less than 1.5° northeast of Phi (φ) Aquarii, a magnitude 4 star. Can you see the difference between the star and the planet’s subtle blueish glow?
While you’re in the area, Aquarius is home to two globular clusters: M2 and M72. Magnitude 6.2 M2 is in the northwestern region of the constellation, floating about 8° west of magnitude 3 Sadalmelik (Alpha [α] Aquarii). To its south is M72, a much dimmer magnitude 9 globular that you can find by drawing a line between Sadalmelik and Sadalsuud (Beta [β] Aquarii), then following it in the same direction for roughly the same distance to reach the cluster. Because it’s a bit fainter, you’ll need a larger telescope to resolve M72 from a fuzzy patch of brightness into stars. If you have only low power available to you, focus in on the brighter M2 instead. Additionally, M72 will set long before M2 or Neptune, so seek it out as soon as darkness falls. You’ll have another hour or two after that to catch the other targets, higher up in the constellation.
Mars (magnitude 0.0, in Aries) shines pale yellow-orange at its highest in the south right after nightfall. Mars continues to fade and shrink into the distance. It’s now 10 or 9 arcseconds wide in a telescope, maybe still enough to show some large-scale surface markings during steady seeing. It’s gibbous, 89% sunlit from Earth’s point of view. To get a map of the side of Mars facing you at the date and time you observe, you can use our Mars Profiler. The map there is square; remember to mentally wrap it onto the side of a globe. (Features near the map’s edges become very foreshortened.)
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
Runic half-month of Eihwaz/Eoh 12/28-1/11 Represents the dead, and the yew tree, sacred to Winter shamanism. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books Runic half-month of Perdhro/ Peorth, 1/12-1/27. – Feast of Brewing, Druidic, Source: The Phoenix and Arabeth 1992 Calendar.
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 – Yellow
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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
Su 10 Low 3:20 AM 3.3 7:51 AM Rise 5:29 AM 14
~ 10 High 9:26 AM 9.1 4:57 PM Set 2:34 PM
~ 10 Low 4:44 PM -0.9
~ 10 High 11:19 PM 6.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I can see clearly now, the brain is gone…
Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – There is a great distance between said and done. — Puerto Rican proverb
~ To act wisely when the time for action comes, to wait patiently when it is time for repose, put man in accord with the … tides. Ignorance of this law results in periods of unreasoning enthusiasm on the one hand, and depression on the other. – Helene Blavatsky; in Wisdom of the Ages at Your Fingertips, MCR software, 1995
~ We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do. – Mother Teresa
~ Wheresoever there is a people united by common community of livelihood into oneness, it will be the strongest in the world, for they will be as one man to defend their inheritance. – Gerrard Winstanley
~ Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea. – Robert A. Heinlein
Suddenly, with lifted eyes you said,
There, on the black bough of a snow flecked maple,
Fearless and gay as our love,
A bluejay cocked his crest!
Oh who can tell the range of joy
Or set the bounds of beauty? – Sara Teasdale (1884–1933)
Imbolc Magick – Crafts
Imbolc Ideas Having To Do With Fire by Starhawk, Anne Hill, and Diane Baker
Whether we circle around a hearth, outdoor bonfire, or kindle a blaze in a cast-iron cauldron, in the season of Brigit we welcome the return of light. Here are some suggestions for a safe and cheerful blaze.
Cauldron Fire – Any cast-iron pot can be made into a cauldron with a fire of Epsom salts and rubbing alcohol. This is a very safe blaze. [Anja’s note: …as long as it’s *tiny*! We had one of these in a standard 8” cauldron that sent flames 5 feet into the air!]
You will need:
a cast-iron pot of any size [I’d say 3” or smaller, actually]
a lid that fits snugly, for putting out the fire (or something heavy and heatproof that lies across the top of the cauldron)
bricks, hotplate or other heat-resistant material to set the cauldron on.
To keep the blaze going for 45 minutes in a five quart cauldron, you need 1/2 gallon of Epsom salts and approximately 4 to 6 pints of rubbing alcohol [they’re NUTS!…..this is WAY too much!!!!!]
- Once the cauldron is secured on a heat-proof surface, pour the Epsom salts in until the bottom is covered, approximately 1 inch deep.
- Pour rubbing alcohol over the salts until the alcohol is about an inch higher than the salts.
- Hold a lighted match just above the alcohol.
- The liquid will light and produce a strong orange flame. The flame burns cool, unlike a wood fire, and it is difficult to burn things in.
- When the flame gets low, cover to snuff out completely.
- Add more rubbing alcohol to the cauldron and relight carefully. The warmer the rubbing alcohol, the more quickly it ignites.
- This fire recipe leaves a significant amount of sediment in the bottom of the cauldron. For this reason, it is best to dedicate a pot strictly for cauldron use.
- It is a good idea to have a pail of water or a fire extinguisher close at hand when having a fire.
- Never leave candles lit and a blazing fire unattended.
- If you often light fires at your home, try growing an aloe vera plant, or keep some of the pure gel on hand in the fridge, to use as first aid for burns.
- Fires at the beach are popular in all seasons, and eliminate some of the risks of fires in the woods or in the meadow. Few people are aware of how to extinguish a beach fire safely, however. Covering up a beach fire with sand actually insulates the coals, keeping them burning through the night. Those hidden coals will still be red-hot in the morning waiting for an unsuspecting person to step on them. Always douse a beach fire with water – seawater works as well as fresh water – until there are no more live coals. Wait for the steam to clear; then using a stick, turn over all the coals to make sure no smoldering coals remain.
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