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It’s just overcast, but it rained most of the day, sometimes really hard! 37F, wind at 4-6 mph and gusting, AQI 4-37, UV1. Chance of rain 83% today and 59% tonight. The GALE WARNING expires at 7pm, but there’s a SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY through 6pm on Thursday. There’s a pretty good chance of showers today, but they should taper off into the evening and Thursday should be dry, but the wet will start up again Friday evening and be rain and showers right through Tuesday. It looks like a dry stretch coming after that though, and it looks to be warming a bit while the rain is here.
Yesterday both of us were pretty tired and we slept late. First I hung up the tvarog to drain, and then I got to writing almost right away and got one blog page written and published, plus started a pointer page that is going to be incomplete for awhile. After that I worked on some drawings again.
I got a nap in the early evening and then started some cooking. We had finished up the kulajda (soup) for lunch, so I needed to make some more. There were vegetables that didn’t fit with the roast and so they went into a pot with the broth from the roast, plus some other bits and pieces that were floating around the fridge, like the broth from the carrots and a few bits of parsnip. There are still some leeks in the fridge, since I want to fry up some leeks and bacon to go with some of Tempus’ rye bread, but he has to make another batch, first. I also finished up the tvarog, seasoned it and got it into the fridge. and then made a batch of chicken salad for sandwiches.
By that point I was tired enough to sit and play games for a bit and then I got going on this newsletter again. Tempus had headed for Newport around 9pm and when I talked to him about 11pm he was still doing the bulk drops. By now he’s snoozing, I hope, and will start the subscriber papers somewhere between 2:30 and 3am.
Today we do have to do laundry. I’ve pulled another couple of cloths from the displays to be washed and have gotten two back on. …and I’m still trying to find someone to build us a deck for our new tiny home.
Today’s Plant is Oregon White Oak, Quercus garryana, also called Garry oak, or just Oregon oak. It doesn’t grow well out here on the coast, although supposedly there are some specimens. I’ve never seen one out here, but they’re *all* over the Willamette Valley, many of them hosting our local mistletoe, Phoradendron flavescens. This is the same relation of tree and herb that gave rise to the legends of the Golden Bough in Europe, although these are *far* different species. – Masculine, Sun ,Fire, Dagda, (Jupiter, Thor, Pan) – Use in magicks for protection, money, potency, fertility – Burn the bark to draw off illness, carry and piece of the for luck and protection, acorns are used to tip male power wands and worn as necklaces by some priests and can be carried to increase fertility and male potency to preserve health and long life. Place in windows to ward off lightning. Plant an acorn at the new moon if you need money. Fires of oak wood draw off illness. – Wiccaning or Seining – Wiccaning or Seining is the ceremony where we welcome a new child to the world. Holly water is used for girls and Oak for boys. Make by a tablespoon of powdered leaf brew in 1 cup of very hot water for about 10 minutes, then adding that to 2 cups of cold water. Sprinkle or wash baby with it. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oregon_white_oak Mistletoe lore here :http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mistletoe#Culture.2C_folklore.2C_and_mythologyand more about our variety here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phoradendron
Today is the birthday of the English mathematician and author, Lewis Carroll (Charles Dodgson; d. January 14, 1898), in 1832. He wrote lots of wonderful nonsense verses, including the “Hunting of the Snark” and Jabberwocky, but is best known for his books “Alice in Wonderland” and the sequel “Through the Looking Glass”. This despite him being a mathematician and logician and teacher! These latter things were his life’s work, but he has been immortalized in his hobbies. There is a wonderful article here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lewis_Carroll
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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. Full Moon – The day of, the day before, and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 1/29 at 11:16pm.
The Moon shines under Pollux and Castor this evening. The brighter star to the Moon’s lower right is Procyon, the Little Dog Star in Canis Minor. Farther to Procyon’s lower right is Sirius, the Big Dog Star, in Canis Major.
With a nearly Full Moon in Cancer tonight, only bright stars are easily visible. After sunset, test your eyesight in Taurus the Bull, who hosts the famous Pleiades star cluster, also cataloged as M45. Most observers can see six or seven stars with the unaided eye, and that might be the most you’ll see tonight. But come back in several days on a darker night and you may see as many as 11 stars without optical aid, depending on the quality of your eyesight. The Pleiades is a young open cluster of stars estimated at just a few tens of millions of years in age. Look to their southeast and you’ll find another open cluster of stars making the “v” of the Bull’s face: the Hyades, one of the closest open star clusters to Earth. Among them shines bright Aldebaran, the eye of the Bull, although this star is not actually part of the cluster. It’s also moving in a different direction on the sky than the cluster, meaning Taurus’ v-shaped visage will eventually start to deform over the next several tens of thousands of years.
Keep following a line drawn between the Pleiades and Hyades, and eventually you’ll reach Betelgeuse, the famous red giant star marking the shoulder of Orion the Hunter. This star became recently famous as it underwent a strange dimming event that astronomers attribute to a “stellar sneeze,” in which the star blew out a cool cloud of dust, temporarily blocking some of its light. It’s now back to its original brightness.
Uranus (magnitude 5.7, in Aries) is just a few degrees below Mars in early evening. 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. Finder chart (without Mars).
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 Bridhe runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17
Color – Yellow
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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
W 27 High 12:11 AM 6.5 7:39 AM Set 7:16 AM 95
~ 27 Low 5:14 AM 3.6 5:19 PM Rise 4:11 PM
~ 27 High 11:00 AM 8.5
~ 27 Low 6:12 PM -0.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – And… At the end of your days, be leaning forward – not falling backwards.
Journal Prompt – What is? – What’s the finest education?
~ The advantage of love at first sight is that it delays a second sight. – Natalie Clifford Barney (1876-1972) US writer
~ And thus the heart will break, yet brokenly lives on. – Lord Byron
~ A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life. – Dalai Lama
~ Art is not the application of a canon of beauty but what the instinct and the brain can conceive beyond any canon. When we love a woman we don’t start measuring her limbs. – Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Spanish artist
Thou sing’st alone on the bare wintry bough,
As if Spring with its leaves were around thee now;
And its voice that was heard in the laughing rill,
And the breeze as it whispered o’er meadow and hill,
Still fell on thine ear, as it murmured along
To join the sweet tide of thine own gushing song. – –Jones Very (1813–80)
Imbolc Magick – Craft
Egg Carton Fire Starters – Reuse all those old candle ends in this practical, convenient fire project suitable for outdoor fires, only. (Don’t burn wax in an indoor fireplace, it can cause chimney fires!)
You will need:
paraffin wax or beeswax (old candle stubs work great for this)
the bottom halves of cardboard egg cartons
sawdust, pine needles, scraps of cotton material, dry pinecones, or
- Stuff each cardboard egg holder with sawdust or other flammable material.
- Melt the wax in double boiler, over low to medium heat.
- When the wax is melted, carefully pour the wax into each depression in the egg cartons. Make sure the wax does not overflow.
- Stir gently with a bamboo skewer or other small stick to make sure that the wax reaches through the other combustibles.
- Let cool.
- After the wax has cooled down, use scissors to cut the fire starters apart from each other, leaving the hardened wax inside its cardboard shell.
- To use, set one or two fire starters in your fireplace, surround with kindling and larger wood, and light. The fire starters will keep burning long enough to light even the most stubborn logs.
Tips – You can used powdered resins along with the other combustibles to give a lovely scent to the flames or line each cup with plucked off “petals” from cones. A wick can be inserted so that the fire can be started with a lighter. Make a bed of crumpled paper to set this on and continue as above.
Imbolc Priapic Wand – Source unknown
Children will love the sound of this magical wand as they walk about pointing and shaking it at plants and trees, invoking them to wake up from Winter’s sleep to witness the union of the Bride and the Lord of the Forest.
**PARENTAL SUPERVISION REQUIRED!**
- Small Tree Branch
- Thin Brown String or Thread
- Yellow, Green, and Gold 1/4″ Ribbon
- Small Gold/Silver Jingle Bells.
- Select a small branch about 1/2″ to 3/4″ in diameter.
- Cut top end flat.
- Approx. 1/2″ below top score a groove (parents only) with a sharp knife.
- Take 1′ long piece of string/thread and tie in groove.
- Take another 1′ piece of thread and tie in groove on opposite side of branch.
- Place acorn at top of branch (flat end) and adhere with some glue.
- Now pull the string up over the cap and wind once around acorn.
- Repeat with all 3 other pieces of string.
- Pull strings back down to the groove in the branch and tie off. This will hold the acorn in place.
- Decorate the branch by wrapping it with the ribbons, leaving enough length at top for streamers.
- Tie gold/silver jingle bells to the ends of the ribbons.
- For smaller children, thread the bells onto the ribbon while wrapping the branch.
Silliness – Silly Q&A – Question: Why was the shoe unhappy? Answer: Because his father was a loafer & his mother was a sneaker.