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Kinda foggy…. 41F, wind at 1mph and gusting, AQI 11-32, UV1. Chance of rain 6% today and 5% tonight. There’s a BEACH HAZARD STATEMENT through tonight. We could have a nice sunny day today, although it means a chilly night! Dry through Wednesday evening, then showers on Thursday. Friday and Saturday should be mostly dry, but after that there’s a chance of showers or rain. By Wednesday it should start feeling a little chillier than usual, too.
Yesterday was way longer than I was happy with. I didn’t nap after Tempus got home, I just started cooking. Even with taking breaks I was fading by 5pm, and then cranky and upset, but I needed to finish what I had set out to. By 10:15 I was done, but then when I crawled into bed my lungs started acting up. …. not a fun day!
Today should be better. I have plant work to get to, but not much else, except pulling yet another cloth. Tempus has some paperwork and he left a lot of the finishing up and cleanup on his end. I’m hoping that we’ll get far enough that we can pull out a sewing table and I can get some of that started, but probably not. I’ve been sorting stuff, but there’s not much more I can do on my own. If I can’t start on that I’ll work on necklaces and pendants.
The local larkspurs, delphinium trollifolium, and delphinium pavonaceum (which the Wiki article says is confined to the Valley, but I’ve collected out here….) are pretty flowers in shade of white, blue and purple. They’re called delphiniums after the shape of the nectary. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delphinium_trolliifolium and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delphinium_pavonaceum Other names are Larksheal and Staggerweed – Feminine, Venus, Water – The flowers frighten away venomous creatures and ghosts. Sprinkle between your eyes and a Litha fire to keep your sight clear. Use in rituals to call upon Dolphin energy.
Today is the feast day of Hera, queen of the gods of Olympus and wife of Zeus. Her worship probably derives from the earlier forms of the Great Goddess and her name quite possibly is the female form of the word “hero”. Her symbols were peacocks, swans, pomegranates and poppy. More here:http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/book/jan18.html and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hera
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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 1/28 at 11:16am. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 1/20 at 1:02pm.
Sirius twinkles brightly after dinnertime below Orion in the southeast. Around 8 or 9 p.m., depending on your location, Sirius shines precisely below fiery Betelgeuse in Orion’s shoulder. How accurately can you time this event for your location, perhaps judging against the vertical edge of a building? Of the two, Sirius leads early in the evening; Betelgeuse leads later. Welcome to pre-telescopic astronomy.
In early evening the enormous Andromeda-Pegasus complex runs from near the zenith far down to the west. Near the zenith, spot Andromeda’s high foot: 2nd-magnitude Gamma Andromedae (Almach), slightly orange. Andromeda is standing on her head. Her head-star (2nd-magnitude Alpheratz) is the top corner of the Great Square of Pegasus. Down from the Square’s bottom corner run the stars outlining Pegasus’s neck and head, ending at his nose: 2nd-magnitude Enif, also slightly orange.
By this evening, the Moon has passed into Cetus the Whale and its growing light rules the south. Instead, turn north after dark, where the cup of the Little Dipper is swinging low, coming closest to the horizon roughly two hours after sunset. The lowest star, which represents the lower right-hand corner of the cup, is magnitude 3 Pherkad. To its upper right is brighter magnitude 2 Kochab.
Pinned in the sky 16.5° due north of Kochab is Polaris, Ursa Minor’s alpha star and Earth’s famous North Star. However, it’s only a touch brighter than Kochab — at magnitude 1.97, Polaris is nowhere near the brightest star in the sky. It gains its fame from the fact that it’s the only star in the Northern Hemisphere sky that remains fixed in place as Earth turns on its axis. The stars nearby appear to circle around it, earning them the classification of “circumpolar stars.”
The Little Dipper itself is an asterism, or unofficial grouping of stars, within the official constellation Ursa Minor the Little Bear. The Dipper’s long handle is actually the Bear’s elongated tail, stretched out when the Greek god Zeus flung him — and his mother, nearby Ursa Major — into the sky by their tails.
Mars (about magnitude +0.2, in Aries) shines at its highest in the south in late twilight. It’s still high in the southwest as late as 8 or 9 p.m. Mars continues to fade and shrink into the distance. It’s now 9 arcseconds wide in a telescope, maybe still large enough to show some very 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, so 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
Goddess Month of Hestia runs from 12/26 – 1/22
Celtic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17
Color – Ivory
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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
M 18 High 4:19 AM 7.3 7:47 AM Rise 11:02 AM 21
~ 18 Low 10:19 AM 2.7 5:07 PM Set 11:15 PM
~ 18 High 3:50 PM 6.6
~ 18 Low 10:21 PM 1.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – When I accept the views and behaviors of others, without attempting to correct them, I allow myself to learn other points of view.
Journal Prompt – What if? – What would happen if you loved your neighbour as yourself? What if everyone did?
~ In every part and corner of our life, to lose oneself is to be a gainer; to forget oneself is to be happy. – Robert Louis Stevenson, Scottish writer, born on November 13, 1850; Old Mortality
~ In the old days villains had moustaches and kicked the dog. Audiences are smarter today. They don’t want their villain to be thrown at them with green limelight on his face. They want an ordinary human being with failings. – Alfred Hitchcock
~ It was the darndest thing I’ve ever seen. It was big, it was very bright, it changed colors and it was about the size of the moon … We watched it for ten minutes, but none of us could figure out what it was. One thing’s for sure, I’ll never make fun of people who say they’ve seen unidentified objects in the sky. If I become President, I’ll make every piece of information this country has about UFO sightings available to the public and the scientists. – USA president, Jimmy Carter, who, on September 18, 1973, filed a form with NICAP, detailing a UFO he saw in October, 1969
~ It’s going to be a combination Scopes trial, revolution in the streets, Woodstock Festival and People’s Park, all rolled into one. – Abbie Hoffman on the Trial of the Chicago Seven
Announced by all the trumpets of the sky,
Arrives the snow, and, driving o’er the fields,
Seems nowhere to alight: the whited air
Hides hills and woods, the river, and the heaven,
And veils the farm-house at the garden’s end. – Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–82)
Imbolc Magick – Crafts
Potpourri for Candlemas
45 drops myrrh oil
1 cup of oak
2 cups dried heather flowers
2 cups dried wisteria
1 cup dried yellow tulip petals
cup dried basil
cup dried and chopped bay leaves
1. mix all ingredients in large jar or other lidded container.
2. shake often until it has cured to your taste.
Laminated Window Hangings for Imbolc
you will need:
– lined paper
– laminating paper
– Imbolc cookie cutters(the big ones) (candle shapes, beehive, triple moon, babies, milk jugs
– scissors & a single hole punch
– a pencil
what to do:
Lightly trace the shapes of candles, babies, a Triple Moon or other Imbolc figures with your pencil.
Cut out those shapes with scissors.
Colour in the shapes with your crayons lightly.
Laminate the shapes with laminate paper, and cut off the excess edges, leave about 3mm extra laminate paper.
Punch a hole through the top of the shape and hang it up in your window.
Brigit’s Bed – (For Imbolc) – http://members.aol.com/ivycleartoes/bed.html
- Basket, wood box, or doll cradle
- Padding to make receptacle like a bed
- Figure to represent the goddess Brigit
- Figure to represent the god (any god)
- Nuts (optional)
Dress up the basket, box, or cradle like a bed, and make it comfortable. Put it by the fireplace or the most desirable, warm spot in the house, as if you were waiting for a visitor to lie in it. Make a figurine to represent Brigit; this can be made with a bundle of oats, rushes, straw, or any grain or craft material fashioned into a loop or slightly human shape, and can be simple or ornate, and even can be decorated with clothes of any sort, preferably white with red ribbons. (One traditional adornment is a sparkling crystal around her neck.) You can make a god figurine by making a fruitwood wand with a pinecone attached to the end, decorated with ribbons, or any male-oriented symbol that works for you.
Place the Brigit’s Bed in the most inviting, warmest place in the house and imagine that you will really be visited by Brigit, the night before or night of Imbolc. Leave an aromatic, hot snack out for her by the bed. As you invite the spirit of the goddess to inhabit the bed, ask for her blessings of fertility and healing. Put the dolly in the bed, and offer the company of the god-wand. For an extra ounce of fertility blessing, the wand can be crossed like an X over the dolly to form the Norse rune Gifu. Add nuts to the bed to stimulate fertility. Use the Brigit dolly as a talisman of protection and fertility through the winter, and either recycle her for Lughnasadh or return her to the earth if she is made of grain.
Silliness – Costco