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Only partly cloudy, so it’s pretty chilly tonight. 41F, wind at 1-2 mph and gusting, AQI 13-40, UV1. Chance of rain 9% today and 6% tonight. Highs are only going to be un the upper 40’s for a couple of days and after the rain starts back up Saturday evening it’s only going to get colder….which means ice and snow in the higher spots…. Monday and Tuesday are likely to be the coldest during the day, but the nights, right through Thursday, are likely to be in the mid-30’s….
Yesterday didn’t start well. I was having so much trouble moving that I got about 1/2 the sleep that I needed. I found out partway through the morning that I could ease things by sitting on the sofa with one of the big pillows behind me. After that I was getting around and managed to do some writing, at least.
…but only some. I ended up reading several kindle books, stupid romances, taking my mind off of not being able to think well. <sigh> I hate it when I get like this, but like I said yesterday, at least it happened when customers won’t be discommoded.
I didn’t realize until this afternoon that I had missed updating the tree month, etc. section below. Ok, fixing that, now. If I have the oomph, I’ll get back and get that last couple of days, but I doubt I’ll get that far.
Tempus made us more of those delicious burgers for supper and then we had angel cake, with some huckleberry preserves that I had done last weekend, and whipped cream for dessert. Tempus headed out to do the bulk route right after that. I’m going to call him as soon as I get this posted and then try to get some sleep.
Today still depends a lot on my back. It’s not an “errands Friday”, so it may be that today will be more of the display cloths and laundry. I hope so. We may stay closed an extra week because of moving, (home, not shop), but I won’t know until we get closer to the day.
Today’s plant is St. John’s Wort, Hypericum perforatum, which traditionally blooms at mid-summer on the pagan festival that the feast of St. John the Baptist replaced. It is widely used in the treatment of depression and to ward off evil, both in a medical and magickal sense. Charms made of this herbs, harvested on the summer solstice (or on June 24 or July 7, depending on your culture) make some of the best protection charms (especially against lightning) and good prosperity charms.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_John%27s_wort
Today is the feast of St. Vincent who is a thinly-veiled version of Apollo as the sun-god. It’s a little weird that so many of the saints end up having been gods, but the needs of humans for beings to work with that are a little more understandable than ”God the all-seeing, all-knowing, all-powerful” dictate that we gotta have ‘em. Take away the old gods and we’ll invent new…. The plant associated with him is Draba Verna, Whitlow Grass. Today is a weather/prosperity prognostication day.
If on St Vincent’s Day the sky is clear
More wine than water will crown the year. – Traditional
Remember on St Vincent’s Day
If that the sun his beams display,
Be sure to mark his transient beam
Which through the window sheds a gleam;
For ’tis a token bright and clear,
Of prosperous weather all the year. – Traditional
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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 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 1/26 at 1:16pm.
With the Moon setting shortly before 2 A.M., the best time for deep-sky viewing is early morning. At that time, Virgo is high in the sky, providing the perfect opportunity to search out the famous galaxy M87, one of our local universe’s most massive residents. Occupying the heart of the Virgo Cluster, M87 is an ancient elliptical galaxy containing more than 2,000 Suns’ worth of mass. Through a telescope, it appears as a fuzzy sphere whose stars cannot be resolved. Astrophotographers may want to try to catch the massive, 18,000-light-year-long jet issuing from the galaxy’s center, an outflow powered by the galaxy’s central supermassive black hole. This is the same black hole, by the way, imaged by the Event Horizon Telescope when it released the first-ever photo of a black hole in 2019.
Right after dark, face east and look very high. The bright star there is Capella, the Goat Star. To the right of it, by a couple of finger-widths at arm’s length, is a small, narrow triangle of 3rd and 4th magnitude stars known as “the Kids.” Though they’re not exactly eye-grabbing, they form a never-forgotten asterism with Capella.
Uranus (magnitude 5.7, in Aries) is highest in the south right after dark, just a couple degrees or so from eastward-flying Mars. They’re closest together at conjunction, 1.5° apart, on the 20th; see January 20 above. Mars will be within 2° of Uranus from the 18th through 22nd. Finder charts for Uranus and Neptune. In binoculars Uranus is a little pinpoint “star.” But with an apparent diameter of 3.6 arcseconds, it’s a tiny, fuzzy ball at high power in even a smallish telescope with sharp optics — during spells of good seeing.
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 Perdhro/ Peorth, 1/12-1/27. – Feast of Brewing, Druidic, Source: The Phoenix and Arabeth 1992 Calendar. Runic half-month of Elhaz/Algiz, from 1/28-2/11. This half month: optimistic power, protection and sanctuary.
Goddess Month of Hestia runs from 12/26 – 1/22
Goddess Month of Bridhe runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Celtic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17
Color – White
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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.
Luis – Rowan Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Grey and Red
Meaning: Controlling your life; Protection against control by others.
Quert – Apple Ogam letter correspondences to study this month
Meaning: A choice must be made
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
F 22 Low 12:36 AM 3.2 7:44 AM Set 2:20 AM 58
~ 22 High 7:07 AM 7.3 5:12 PM Rise 12:29 PM
~ 22 Low 2:29 PM 1.6
~ 22 High 8:44 PM 5.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – By choosing self-control will I achieve freedom.
Journal Prompt – What do you think? – How do you imagine humans would move to Mars in the event of world wide catastrophe?
~ Tact consists in knowing how far we may go too far. – Jean Cocteau, French writer, who died on October 11, 1963
~ The Jews possessed this faculty of exalting and exciting the soul to such a degree that they saw every future event as dearly as possible; only unfortunately it is difficult to decide whether by Jerusalem they always meant eternal life; whether Babylon means London or Paris; whether, when they speak of a grand dinner, they really mean a fast, and whether red wine means blood, and a red mantle means faith, and a white mantle charity. Indeed the correct and complete understanding of the prophets is the most arduous attainment of the human mind. – Voltaire
~ The proud man loves his own illusion and self-sufficiency. The spiritually poor man loves his very insufficiency. The proud man claims honor for having what no one else has. The humble man begs for a share in what everybody else has received. – Thomas Merton
~ There is a great stir about colored men getting their rights, but not a word about the colored women … you will see the colored men will be masters over the women. – Sojourner Truth
All day the gusty north-wind bore
The loosening drift its breath before;
Low circling ‘round its southern zone,
The Sun through dazzling snow-mist shone. – John Greenleaf Whittier (1807–92)
Imbolc Magick – Crafts
Paper Brigid’s Crown
This is especially appropriate for young girls, since this is the holiday for the return of the maiden
You will need:
Construction paper in your child’s favorite colors, and yellow and/or red, for the flames.
Pencil, crayon, or marker
Glue (white glue or glue stick
What to do:
- Cut a strip of paper about 2 inches wide and long enough to wrap around your child’s head. You may need to glue 2 shorter strips to get the right length. Remember to include a couple of extra inches for overlap!
- Draw and cut out eight thin rectangles (these are the candles) of paper.
- Draw and cut out eight flames.
- Glue the flames to the candles
- Draw wicks in the flames and candles.
- Distribute the candles evenly around the headband.
- Glue the candles to the outside of the headband. (You can glue it to the inside if you think your youngster will wait long enough for the glue to dry!)
- Depending on the age of your child, they can do the drawing, cutting and gluing. Even the youngest child can hold paper and have you guide her hands.
Sun Paper Plate
This is a simple craft made from a paper plate and a child’s handprint cutouts.
- A paper plate
- Yellow construction paper
- Glue (or a stapler)
- Crayons, paint or markers
- Googly eyes (optional)
Paint the back side of a paper plate yellow.
Trace a child’s hand on yellow construction paper about 7 times.
Cut out the tracings.
Glue or staple the handprint tracings to the paper plate – the fingers are the sun’s rays.
Color in the sun, drawing a mouth and a nose. Either draw the eyes or glue on googly eyes.
Silliness – Ones and Twos