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Very, very clear, and therefore cold! 34F, wind at 0-5mph, AQI 18-24, UV1. Chance of rain 10% today and 98% tonight. It should be partly cloudy today and 40F, so it’ll stay cold with the clouds thickening until late in the evening when the rain should start. It will be heavy on Sunday, with possible thunderstorms on Monday and more rain on Tuesday. From Wednesday on the cold should moderate a bit, but it’s all rain and showers from that point on, although by next Sunday the highs ought to be hitting 50F again.
Yesterday was a little easier, finally. My back still isn’t ok, but it’s not quite as bad, even if my bad knee decided to chew on me for awhile. I actually got a whacking lot of writing done, mid-day, finishing up some articles that I sent off to see what they can do.
Later I wasn’t doing quite as well, but I managed to do some paperwork and spend a little while on the shelves in back, trying to bring some order out of chaos. I had them organized a month ago and now they’re just a mess…well, a bit less of one than they were, but only a bit.
I got a nap after supper and then went back to writing, after attending an online meeting. Tempus had been busy, not only picking stuff up at the PO, but getting the laundry done, working on the car, and he even found the car title, which has been missing for a couple of years. It had been set carefully in a box which has had stuff piled on it for quite some time. After he got a nap he headed out at 2:20 or so, after warnings about the cold.
Today depends a lot on what my back does, again. I need to get the indoor plants watered and if I can’t lift stuff I’m going to have to direct Tempus. The outdoor plants mostly get enough this time of year, but I’m going to have him go water a few of them. I want to try a recipe, if I can, for nucato, which is a late medieval sweet of honey and nuts. There’s a lot to do in back with sorting things out and if I can stand long enough to work on the dish, I can tell Tempus where things ought to go. I have a lot of herbs to pack and I’m hoping that he will help. I also have all the ingredients for Kulajda, which is a Czech mushroom soup. That I could do sitting down. Maybe that’s what I ought to think on.
Hathor is an Egyptian mother/death/sky goddess. She’s familiar to everyone as the cow-headed goddess whose symbol of cow horns as lunar crescents on either side of the disc of the sun/moon was worn by many other goddesses (and gods) in the pantheon. On her feast day offerings of cow’s milk are poured into the Nile. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hathor
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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.
Aldebaran shines below the waxing gibbous Moon this evening (by 4°), as shown above. Spot the Pleiades farther to the Moon’s upper right. Far beneath them all is Orion.
Asteroid 4 Vesta is stationary at 5 P.M. EST. The second-most massive object in the main asteroid belt, Vesta currently shines at magnitude 6.8 in the hindquarters of Leo the Lion. It rises around 9 P.M. EST, but wait an hour or two for the region to climb away from the more turbulent air near the horizon. By 10 or 11 P.M., pull out your binoculars to find Vesta just over 4° southwest of Denebola, which marks the tip of the Lion’s tail.
Mercury is at greatest eastern elongation (19°) at 9 P.M. EST — its second best of the year for those observing from the Northern Hemisphere. (The best is yet to come: it’ll happen in May.) Tonight, the solar system’s smallest planet sets about 90 minutes after the Sun and is a bright magnitude –06. Just 2.8° to the planet’s left (southeast) and matching it in altitude is the magnitude 2.9 star Denenb Algedi. Through a telescope, you’ll see that Mercury’s disk is just 56 percent lit and spans roughly 7″. If you come back for another look tomorrow, Mercury will appear almost exactly half lit.
Saturn is in conjunction with the Sun at 10 P.M. EST, rendering it invisible. It will reappear in the morning sky around the second week of February.
Venus (magnitude –3.9) is finally disappearing into the glow of sunrise. Early in the week, you might try looking for it just above the southeast horizon about 25 minutes before sunup.
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 Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17
Color – Indigo
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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
Sa 23 Low 1:37 AM 3.6 7:43 AM Set 3:23 AM 67
~ 23 High 7:56 AM 7.5 5:14 PM Rise 12:58 PM
~ 23 Low 3:23 PM 1.2
~ 23 High 9:56 PM 5.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Rejoice in other people’s triumphs.
Journal Prompt – What is? – What is a game or song that your family played or sang while driving?
~ There is no fate that cannot be surmounted by scorn. – Albert Camus
~ There’s no such thing as society. – Margaret Thatcher; Interview on (September 23, 1987), published in Woman’s Own (October 31, 1987)
~ Too caustic? To hell with the cost. If it’s a good picture, we’ll make it. – Samuel Goldwyn (attrib.)
~ Women should try to increase their size rather than decrease it, because I believe the bigger we are, the more space we’ll take up, and the more we’ll have to be reckoned with. – Roseanne Barr; in Utne Reader, 1991
Winter is good—his Hoar Delights
Italic flavor yield—
To Intellects inebriate
With Summer, or the World. – –Emily Dickinson (1830–86)
Imbolc Magick – Prayers
Crios Bríde, or Saint Brigid’s Girdle, made from braided straw rope and carried in procession with the effigy of Bride throughout the town. At each house, the occupants were expected to pass through it, to obtain Bride’ protection and good health for the coming year. As they did this, the bearers of the crios chanted a verse. One version goes in translation:
Brighid’s girdle is my girdle
The girdle with the four crosses
And go out three times.
May whoever goes through my girdle
Be seven times better a year from now.
Ceremony for Candlemas Eve
Down with the Rosemary and Bayes
Down with the Mistletoe
Instead of Holly, now upraise
The greener Box (for Show).
The Holly hitherto did sway
Let Box now domineer;
Until the dancing Easter-day
Or Easter’s Eve appear. ~Robert Herrick (1591-1674)
Highland women also invoked Brigid’s presence at the hearth-fire, the center of the home. The hearth was not only the source of warmth and cooking but also symbolized the power of the sun brought down to human level as the miraculous power of fire. Every morning the fire was kindled with invocations to St. Brigid, the “radiant flame” herself:
I will build the hearth
As Mary would build it.
The encompassment of Bride and of Mary
Guarding the hearth, guarding the floor,
Guarding the household all.
When a woman is in labour the midwife…goes to the door of the house, and standing on the door-step, softly beseeches Bride to come in:
‘Bride, Bride, come in!
Thy welcome is truly made,
Give thou relief to the woman,
And give thou the conception to the Trinity.’
Silliness – Silly Q&A – Question: What kind of car does a viking drive? Answer: A fjord