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The street is very wet and glistening in the light of the streetlamps. 45F, wind at 0-7mph and gusting, AQI 21-42, UV2. Chance of rain 94% today and 16% tonight. We’re under a SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY from 4am to 10pm today. This morning’s rain ought to be done, mid-late morning. It should stay dry except for a possible spate of morning rain on Saturday, even if it’s cloudy, right through the end of the 10-day forecast. Yeah, there’s up to a 50% chances some days, but it looks like some kinda of a break, at least. It’s likely to get cold, if the clouds clear off. They’re predicting near-freezing temps on Tuesday/Wednesday. Sounds like get the yard work done, right? 🙂
Yesterday I didn’t get a lot done. Still dealing with the coughing, but I got a bit farther on the picture-sorting and managed to sort a large wad of papers that needed to be done. I have to wait on more of that chore until my trash can is empty. I also need to sort and pull last year’s records and then start new folders for this year. Maybe I can get that started today. ….nope, no file folders… gah…
In the evening I worked on embroidery and some reading, alternating with napping. Right now I’m in the process of setting up newsletter frames for the week and doing some small amount of plant watering, a bit at a time.
…wow, I’m really sleepy! I’m going to call Tempus in a couple of minutes, before he starts the subscriber route. He spent most of the afternoon replacing brake lights and turn signal lights.
Today we have to hit the PO and the laundromat. I figured out how to get the incense display cloth off, finally, so we’re going to get that stripped and do the BoS display, too, re-setting it once the clean cloth is back. I want to make it more obvious that the classroom space is not stuff for sale. I also need to figure out how to fix the table under the white bookshelf, so the storage isn’t visible.
A good attitude…..
Today’s Plant is Blackthorn, Prunus spinosa, sometimes called “sloe”, wish-thorn or faery tree. The blossoms, the fruits and the crimson sap display the three colors of the Great Goddess: white, black, and red. The dangerous long spikes and the red “blood” that flows in the veins of this tree enhance the dramatic effect of Her symbolism. Blackthorns are sacred to the Luantishees, which are Blackthorn Fairies who guard the trees. It makes great walking sticks, such as shillelaghs. The fruit and leaves contain Vitamin C, organic acids, tannins, and sugars. Otzi, the “Iceman” had fruits in his stomach, even though they’re pretty bitter for food. Good wines and liqueurs are made from the fruits. Steep the flowers for a diuretic, tonic, and laxative. Dried fruits can treat bladder, kidney and stomach ailments. Boil the leaves for a mouthwash or to sooth the throat from tonsillitis or laryngitis. –Feminine, Saturn, Earth – Blackthorn symbolizes the inevitability of Death, Good in magicks of protection and revenge, strife and negativity, the balance between light and darkness. The staves cane help in exorcism, to make wishes, in divination and general protection magicks. Being a plant that’s bad to tangle with it also symbolizes not only death and the conquering of death, but the wisdom gained in life and beyond life and can be used in magicks for the gaining of such wisdom. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prunus_spinosa
Feast day of St Agatha, martyr, patroness of victims of breast cancer. – What *is* it about martyrs that makes the stories so gruesome? In this case, because of the tortures, the pictures get pretty “squirmy”. “Agatha is an aspect of the goddess known to the Greeks as Tyche, to the Romans as Fortuna, and to the Anglo-Saxons as Wyrd. Today is especially potent for fortune telling and all forms of divination. Also known as Santo Gato, it is said that she appears as a cat and can summon storms when angry.” (Pip’s Almanac) Common primrose, Primula vulgaris, is today’s plant, dedicated to this saint. More on Agatha here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Agatha Tyche here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyche Wyrd: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wyrd More on today’s plant here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Primula_vulgaris And there’s an article in French with several more pictures of Agatha’s Bread http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santo_Gato
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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 2/10 at 11:06pm. Waning Crescent Moon –Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 2/6 at 11:06pm.
Moonless February evenings are the perfect time to look for the dim glow of the zodiacal light. This cone-shaped pillar of light is created when sunlight reflects off dust scattered throughout the plane of our solar system. To find it, you’ll need to start at a dark location with a clear western sky after sunset. Look first for the Milky Way’s glow, high up in Perseus and arcing through Orion, then stretching down toward the southern horizon. The zodiacal light will appear to stem from the western horizon, reaching up through Pisces and ending near Taurus. These first two weeks are the month’s best for spotting this phenomenon, but its visibility will continue into March and April evenings as well — so don’t be discouraged if conditions aren’t right in your location just yet.
Before and during early dawn Saturday morning the 6th, spot the waning crescent Moon in the south-southeast with Antares some 4° or 5° to its lower right, as shown above.
Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) is sinking out of sight into the west-southwestern twilight.
Old Farmer’s Almanac NIGHT SKY MAP FOR FEBRUARY 2021: Orion – https://www.almanac.com/sky-map-february
Goddess Month of Bridhe runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17
Color – Coral
Mercury (2/20) Retrograde
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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 5 High 6:06 AM 8.2 7:29 AM Rise 2:00 AM 49
~ 5 Low 1:20 PM 0.9 5:32 PM Set 11:50 AM
~ 5 High 7:37 PM 5.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Falling down is part of LIFE…Getting back up is LIVING
Journal Prompt – What do you think? – When you see a picture of the Statue of Liberty, what thoughts go through your mind? Do you think statues like the Statue of Liberty are important?
~ An unexamined life is not worth living. – Socrates
~ The public is like a piano. You just have to know what keys to poke. – Al Capp (1909-1979) US cartoonist
~ Joy is not in things! It is in us! – Benjamin Franklin
~ We need to become conscious of ourselves, not as individuals, but as mankind. – Nietzsche
Here delicate snow-stars, out of the cloud,
Come floating downward in airy play,
Like spangles dropped from the glistening crowd
That whiten by night
the milky way. – William Cullen Bryant (1794–1878)
Magick – Creating Sacred Space
Standing in the mountain rain, I think:
do you love me just of how
green the pear tree sounds?
Or do you love me because
I have made this place sacred,
full of the spirit of eagles? ~Korean Shaman Song
The great psychologist Carl Jung once said that the purpose of humanity is to help the world become conscious. One of the ways we do this is through sanctifying the space we occupy. Our homes, our gardens, our workplaces: all these can become sacred spaces, if we purposefully and carefully arrange them to do so.
Such wisdom traditions as Chinese feng shui codify the knowledge that we are sensitive to our surroundings. Cluttered and ugly surroundings take their toll on us. We are less focused, and far less happy, than we could be. Creating sacred space means, simply paying attention to the arrangement of our surroundings, and treating the inanimate occupants with the respect we would give guests in our home. Even our pots and pans can become sacred tools, if used with intention and respect. Our world is already sacred; we only need acknowledge that this is so.
By Patricia Monaghan ~ From “The Goddess Companion” and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast
Silliness – Anthill Golfing
Once there was a golfer whose drive landed on an anthill. Rather than move the ball, he decided to hit it where it lay. He gave a mighty swing. Clouds of dirt and sand and ants exploded from the spot. Everything but the golfball. It sat in the same spot.
So he lined up and tried another shot. Clouds of dirt and sand and ants went flying again. The golf ball didn’t even wiggle.
Two ants survived. One dazed ant said to the other, “Whoa! What are we going to do?”
Said the other ant: “I don’t know about you, but I’m going to get on the ball.”