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It’s just cloudy now, but the pavement is wet. There was enough sunshine this afternoon that I had to hang a mini-curtain on the window side of my desk. It was glaring in my eyes! 42F, wind at 0-1mph, AQI 4-36, UV2. Chance of rain 62% today and 24% tonight. There’s a good chance of rain or showers today, starting at 9am, but then drying out over the evening. We’re under a SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY through 4pm today. After today the chance of rain drops until 25% through mid-day on Thursday. It’s going to get chillier and chillier though, until Friday’s high is expected to be 41F! There’s a possibility of snow showers that night. Don’t get your hopes up, though. It’s going to warm up and rain after that. 🙂
I worked steadily at my desk all of yesterday afternoon, mostly stringing necklaces and checking through inventory, getting rid of duplicate lines, etc., double-checking what actual stock numbers are…. I did manage a bit of paper sorting and some more photo-sorting, but not as much of either as I wanted.
Tempus didn’t get up until well past 4 and by the time he had his errands run it was too late for the PO. He made us an awesome salad for supper and then we talked for a couple of hours, mostly about politics. We haven’t had a chance for that.
I got some photos done of my embroidery and processed, and managed a bit on the newest page of the Mab’s Creations blog and then got to work on this. I’m still dealing with knee, back and lack of energy, but it’s nowhere *nearly* what it was. Mostly it keeps me doing small amounts at a time rather than nothing at all.
…Tempus is running around like a headless chicken trying to find all the pieces of things that he needs. He’s heading out now, at 2:15am. I’m going to curl up with some embroidery and a book and hopefully get tired enough to sleep.
Today, yet again, we need to try for laundry and those display cloths. We’ll see how that goes. I have a batch of jewelry to get made up at some point, now that I’ve dug far enough into the stuff purchased for stock. I have a batch of headers and tags for some of the necklaces, too. Well, I’m getting places.
Today is the Aphrodisia, the festival sacred to Aphrodite in ancient Greece. She wasn’t a nice goddess, being fickle and unfaithful and a trouble-maker. She seems to have mellowed a bit with age, though. <<<< This Botticelli painting is probably the most famous image of her and is often called “Venus on the Half-Shell”. She’s often called “foam-born” since she arose from the ocean and “Cyprian Aphrodite” because she apparently came ashore on the island of <<<<<<<<< Cyprus on this rock. There are a lot of middle-eastern goddesses who are related in forms of worship, Ishtar being the most obvious. Her symbols are: the sea, dolphins, doves, swans, pomegranates, sceptres, apples, myrtle, rose trees, lime trees, clams, scallop shells, and pearls. I’ll be putting some more in this newsletter, soon, before Valentine’s/Lupercalia, and there’s more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aphrodisia
Today’s plant, sacred to both St. Dorothea (patron saint of florists http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dorothea_of_Caesare ,which is the attribution that you usually see) and to Aphrodite, is the Jacinth
or Blue Hyacinth, Hyacinthus orientalis. It is highly poisonous, but has a use or two in the herbalist’s pharmacopeia. It is a lovely plant with a sweet scent that is a garden favorite. It hybridizes easily and will propagate itself in the right environment. – Male, Venus, Water – Promotes happiness, peace of mind and peaceful sleep. Attracts love, luck, and good fortune. Named for Hiakinthos, Greek God of homosexual love, this is the patron herb for gay men. Guards against nightmares when used as an oil, burned as incense, or included in dream pillows. Carry in amulet or sachet to ease grief or the pain of childbirth. More on this plant here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyacinthus_orientalis or here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyacinth_%28plant%29
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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 11:06am. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 2/9 at 11:06am.
Venus and Saturn rise less than a Moon’s-width apart this morning, but they make a challenging pair in the light of dawn. They rise in Capricornus on the eastern horizon a scant 30 minutes before the Sun. Venus is a bright morning star at magnitude –3.9, showing a nearly full disk (98 percent lit). The ringed planet is a much dimmer magnitude 0.7. Its rings stretch nearly 35″. To avoid accidentally damaging your eyesight, set an alarm for several minutes before sunrise and put the binoculars away when it goes off. Never scan the skies with binoculars or a telescope after sunrise, because even an accidental glimpse of our star could cause permanent damage to your eyes.
The sky’s biggest asterism (informal star pattern) — at least the biggest one that’s widely recognized — is the Winter Hexagon. It fills the sky toward the east and south these evenings. Start with brilliant Sirius at its bottom. Going clockwise from there, march up through Procyon, Pollux and Castor, then Menkalinan and Capella on high, down to Aldebaran, then to Rigel in Orion’s foot, and back to Sirius. Betelgeuse shines inside the Hexagon, well off center. The Hexagon is somewhat distended. But if you draw a line through its middle from Capella down to Sirius, the Hexagon is fairly symmetric with respect to that axis.
Algol should be at its minimum brightness tonight, magnitude 3.4 instead of its usual 2.1, for a couple hours centered 12:46 a.m. EST; 9:46 p.m. PST. Algol takes several additional hours to fade and to rebrighten.
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 – Brown
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
Sa 6 Low 12:41 AM 3.2 7:28 AM Rise 3:16 AM 38
~ 6 High 7:05 AM 8.3 5:33 PM Set 12:30 PM
~ 6 Low 2:32 PM 0.4
~ 6 High 9:07 PM 5.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Before you decide about your aim in life, check your ammunition.
Journal Prompt – What is? – What is the best way to treat meddlesome people?
~ Perplexity is the beginning of knowledge. – Kahlil Gibran
~ No matter how cynical you become, it’s never enough to keep up. . – Lily Tomlin
~ I suppose no person ever enjoyed with more relish the infusion of this fragrant leaf than did Johnson. – James Boswell (1740-1795) Scottish biographer
~ Knights live in the now, directly experiencing the present moment. Now is the time for action. – Kerr Cuhulain
Deep down within the frozen brook
I hear a murmur faint and sweet,
And lo! The ice breaks as I look,
And living waters touch my feet. –Jane Goodwin Austin (1831–94)
Magick – Crafts
Spa Baskets – Gather together some spa ingredients into a basket. Some ideas are: bottles of essential oils, bubble bath, bath salts, candles, loofah, a pair of warm socks, and some chocolates, set on a bed of evergreens. Wrap this up in cellophane with a ribbon an voila! Add some incense or oils to the basket.
Simple Ritual Soaps – Categories: Pagan Crafts [Note: original source unknown]
This is a very super simple way to create your own ritual soaps. Ritual soaps can be created to cleanse and purify yourself as part of an overall ritual. Think about your purpose and then select herbs and oils to correspond to your need.
You will need: 1 bar of plain white soap, unscented (like Ivory brand soap) 1/4 cup of very warm water, several drops of essential oil and crushed herbs. [Anja’s note – I would use Castille Soap rather than ivory. Herbs must be powdered, and sifted to make sure you don’t have hard bits of stem that will scratch.]
Grate the bar of soap using a simple metal kitchen grater (if you use a food processor it may or may not work, and I believe magick is more empowered with spirit when you use simple hand tools). [Anja’s note -We have a small plastic “mouli” grater for this, the kind where the grater is round and is operated with a handle.]
Place the grated soap into a bowl and add the remaining ingredients. Knead the soap, water, oils, and herbs together with your hands and form your soap into simple ball shapes or some other simple shape. [Anja’s note – Flat stars or moon shapes are also cool and can be cut with cookie cutters after you squash or roll the soap flat. For cleansing/purifying soaps, you can roll them in table salt once they’re shaped. ]
[Anja’s note – She doesn’t give the rest of the instructions! Set your soaps in a dry place (bath and kitchen are bad….) for 2-3 days, then wrap individually in cling film and tie with a ribbon or yarn of an appropriate color. These make great gifts if you tie an explanatory tag to the ribbon/yarn. I have made small spa baskets (see above) with an assortment of these soaps plus oils for different purposes. ]
Since you do not need a lot of ritual soap at one time, I usually make about 3 or 4 small shaped soaps from this recipe. While you are making your soaps keep your magickal purpose in mind and perhaps sing or chant something appropriate, for instance:
“Air moves us, Fire transforms us, Water heals us, Earth grounds us, and the power of the Wheel goes round and round, and the power of the Wheel goes round!”
While using your ritual soaps, whether in the bath or shower, you can visualize the soap/herbs/oils healing, cleansing and purifying you! And the water rinsing away your problems and any negative stress. While these soaps can be created specifically for ritual, they can also be used as a soothing soap to effectively calm your spirit and invigorate you in a positive way.
…and a 17th century recipe for “Washing Balls”, that I use to make some for myself! I like the stain remover. Might not be listed as magical, but it sure seems like it!
125. _A very fine washing-Ball (from The Queen-Like Closet by Hannah Wolley_
Take three Ounces of Orrice, half an Ounce of Cypress-wood, 2 Ounces of Calamus Aromaticus, 1 ounce of Damask-Rose leaves, 2 Ounces of Lavender-flowers, a quarter of an Ounce of Cloves, beat all these and searce them fine, then take two pounds and an half of Castile Sope dissolved in Rose water, and beat all these forenamed things with the Sope in a Mortar, and when they are well incorporated, make it into Balls, and keep them in a Box with Cotton as long as you please.
Translation by Anja – Take three Ounces of powdered orris root, half an Ounce of powdered Cypress-wood , 2 Ounces of powdered Calamus root, 1 ounce of Damask-Rose leaves, 2 Ounces of Lavender-flowers, a quarter of an Ounce of Cloves, grind and run them through a sieve. Take two pounds and an half of Castille Soap that has been softened with Rose water. Pound it all up in a mortar and when it is well mixed, you can form it into Balls. Let them dry. Store air-tight and cushioned.
A stain-remover – Take four Ounces of hard white Sope, beat it in a Mortar, with two small Limons sliced, and as much Roch Allom as a Hazle Nut, when they are beaten well together, make it up in little Balls, rub the stain therewith and then wash it in warm water, till you see it be quite out.
Translation by Anja – Take four ounces of castille soap (bar) and pound it up in a mortar with the zest of two lemons, (save the juice) and about a teaspoon of powdered alum (buy in the pickling section). Add in enough of the lemon juice to make it stick together, form into balls and let dry. When you have a stain, rub it with the washing ball and then wash in warm water.
Silliness – Science and Math are Funny! – Just remember that there are two kinds of people: those who can extrapolate from 2 kinds of data.