First Minus Tide of the cycle at 3:37 PM of -0.2 feet. The shop is open only by appointment until we re-open on 2/11, assuming that the COVID #’s are still coming down. Watch here for notifications about that! For appointments contact us at 541-563-7154, firstname.lastname@example.org, on Facebook or here on the blog, or just leave a note on the door! Featured photo by Ken Gagne.
It’s been spitting off and on and actually raining for a good part of the day. It’s very quiet, though, not a disturbed ripple on any puddle. Of course we’re not right on the ocean, where the wind is gusting into the teens. Even the ocean is comparatively quiet tonight. F, wind at 0-7 mph and gusting, AQI 13-37, UV2. Chance of rain 24% today and 19% tonight. We’re under a SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY through 3pm. It ought to be just cloudy today and over the next few days we might even see some sun, but the temps are dropping, even more that it looked like yesterday, and we could even see some snow from Thursday through Monday. It ought to be just showers and mixed with rain, but Thursday night’s low could hit 25…. wow….
Yesterday was a hell of a day. I’ve been working with a former student and his estranged girlfriend doing some counseling over the last few weeks only to suddenly have something blow up and my student become actively suicidal at 8am…. The only reason I was up was that I had a nightmare and I was waiting for Tempus to get home and then he reminded me that we need a reservation for tonight (more on that, later) and I got on facebook until the desk was open.
So I spent 2 1/2 hours talking him down and trying really hard to get a phone number or an address or something out of him, so I could get him some help….which never happened. Once he was sorted out, some, (I really hope it holds), I had to get some sleep… and Tempus had kept me company while I was typing, so he needed sleep, too.
We didn’t get moving again until 5pm or so. There went getting anything else done. We got some food and pretty quick I was back in the counseling stuff again, this time talking to the girlfriend. Oof…. and in and out with the last part was a discussion with another “problem child” that I then had to talk to some other people to work on that.
By the time that was done it was well after midnight. I hadn’t gotten my evening nap, but systems were all thrown off and Tempus had finished a batch of bread. At that point things started looking up, since he made me a delicious sandwich while I was putting this together.
Today is our “different day”. We’re going to be working on needles, early on, talking to the online event folks from 1-3 and then at 3pm we’re going on my birthday trip. No, it’s not my birthday yet and it’s only overnight, but it’s going to be nice. Tomorrow’s newsletter will get published before we head out, at least 12 hours early, but it won’t show up on the business page until 8am, as usual. I just don’t want to have to take a computer with.
Tempus hasn’t headed out for the paper route, yet (It’s 1:30), but he normally does around 2. I’m heading for bed.
Today’s plant is Partridge Berry, (Mitchella repens) – Caution: There are similar-looking berries that are deadly. Don’t wildcraft unless you’re certain. Common Names: Squaw Vine. Description: Evergreen. Woodland Creeper. This vine flowers in Spring with fragrant white trumpet-shaped flowers. The vine grows about 6 to 12″ high, creeping through moss around old tree stumps. The leaves are thick, very shiny, and heart-shaped. In the Fall, bright scarlet berries form that last all winter, unless they are eaten by birds and deer. They are tasteless, but can serve as a survival food. Partridge berries grow wild in bogs and barrens. They store, cook, and freeze perfectly and they have a beautiful, deep red colour. Used as a women’s medicine to promote easy childbirth (don’t use until the last minute as another use is an abortifacient!) sometimes in tea or a jelly form and also for urinary disorders. – Feminine, Earth, Saturn, – Carry leaves in a sachet of green cloth to help with “female trouble” of all sorts, except during pregnancy. Add a piece of red jasper, if possible. In the last week of pregnancy carry dried flowers or berries in a red cloth sachet to ease childbirth (not before then because it can trigger things too early). Carry dried berries in orange cloth to ease mucous discharges and to help with nervous irritability.
The Sapporo Snow Festival is neither ancient, nor religious, but it’s *fun*! It started in 1950 and has grown to a big event that brings sculptors from all over to participate. This picture is some of the ice sculptures. I wonder what they’re doing this year? More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sapporo_Snow_Festival Pictures here: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Sapporo_Snow_Festival
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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. 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.
Tonight, turn your gaze north to find the constellation Camelopardalis, sitting above Polaris after dark. Nestled within its boundaries is the spiral galaxy NGC 2403, also classified as Caldwell 7 and one of the sky’s brightest galaxies at magnitude 8.5. However, the galaxy is large — nearly 30′ by 13′, or almost 50 percent the size of the Full Moon — which spreads its light out and makes it appear dimmer (i.e., low surface brightness). NGC 2403 appears about twice as long as it is wide; although you’ll need a larger amateur instrument (12 inches or more) to make out its arms, even a smaller scope will show bright stars tracing out the harder-to-see gas and dust of its spiral structure. The easiest way to find the galaxy is to locate magnitude 3.4 Muscida, the nose of Ursa Major the Great Bear. NGC 2403 is a little less than 8° northwest of the star, over the border in Camelopardalis.
Have you ever closely compared the colors of Betelgeuse and Aldebaran? Can you detect any difference in their colors at all? I can’t, really. Yet Aldebaran, spectral type K5 III, is often called an “orange” giant, while Betelgeuse, spectral type M1-M2 Ia, is usually called a “red” supergiant. Their temperatures are indeed a bit different: 3,900 Kelvin and 3,600 Kelvin, respectively. A complication: Betelgeuse is brighter, and to the human eye, the colors of bright objects appear, falsely, to be desaturated: tending paler (whiter) than they really are. You can get a slightly better read on the colors of bright stars by defocusing them a bit, to spread their light over a larger area of your retina.
Compare them both to Mars. Mars is about two fists at arm’s length lower right of Aldebaran and slightly fainter. To me, it seems to have a very slightly more yellowish hue than either star.
Uranus (magnitude 5.8, in Aries) is roughly 10° degrees below Mars in early evening. In binoculars Uranus is a little pinpoint “star.” But with an apparent diameter of 3.5 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 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
Su 7 Low 1:58 AM 3.6 7:27 AM Rise 4:28 AM 27
~ 7 High 8:09 AM 8.4 5:35 PM Set 1:17 PM
~ 7 Low 3:37 PM -0.2
~ 7 High 10:19 PM 6.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – You will never regret being kind.
Journal Prompt – Auto-Biographical narrative – Tell about one of your father-daughter or mother-
~ Dreams are essential to life. – Anais Nin
~ This is no time for ease and comfort. It is the time to dare and endure. – Winston Churchill
~ Everything is worship if your mind is focused on the present moment. – Paulo Coehlo
~ He wishes that he, too, had a wound, a red badge of courage. – Stephen Crane (1871-1900) US writer
And in the nights of winter,
When the cold north winds blow,
And the long howling of the wolves
Is heard amidst the snow;
When round the lonely cottage
Roars loud the tempest’s din,
And the good logs of Algidus
Roar louder yet within;
When the oldest cask is opened,
And the largest lamp is lit;
When the chestnuts glow in the embers,
And the kid turns on the spit;
When young and old in circle
Around the firebrands close;
When the girls are weaving baskets,
And the lads are shaping bows;
When the goodman mends his armor,
And trims his helmet’s plume;
When the goodwife’s shuttle merrily
Goes flashing through the loom;
With weeping and with laughter
Still is the story told,
How well Horatius kept the bridge
In the brave days of old. – From Lays of Ancient Rome, by Thomas Babington Macaulay
Magick – The White Goddess
- · newspaper
- · unbleached muslin (1 yard)
- · sisal rope
- · white glue
- · florist wire
- · small egg-shaped styrofoam ball
- · trim
1. Fold one section of newspaper in half and roll it lengthwise.
2. Fold the roll in half, and twist a twist tie at the upper third of the folded roll to form the body and legs.It may be helpfull to stuff the legs into a large bottle while you work.
3. Cut off a 20 inch section of florist wire and twist the ends together. Twist the ends into a loop approximately 1 inch long, and bend the wires close together.This will be the arms and hands
4. Stick two pieces of florist wire approximately 6 inches long into the wide end of the styrofoam ball and fold them around the ball, twisting them together to hold it securely.With the remaining wire, secure the ball to the loop of the newspaper – this will be the head.
5. Thread the arms through the paper of the loop, not the loop itself, to help it remain secure.
6. Mix the glue with an equal part of water to form a solution that the material will be dipped in and used to hold the fabric to the doll and stiffen the fabric to desired shape.
7. From the muslin, rip several 1/4- 1/2 inch strips of fabric, run them through the glue solution. The material should be saturated, but not dripping.Wrap the hands and arms wire with the material, covering the wire completely. It may take several applications of material.Tuck the ends into the material already wrapped.
8. Repeating the same dipping process, cover the head first with horizontal wraps and then with vertical. Wrap the body of the doll crossing over from the front to the back in an “X” shape.Wrap the neck wire and secure the ends of the strips
9. For the skirt: Rip a 12 inch by 20 inch piece of material,sew the 12 inch ends together if desired, and dip the material into the solution.Pull up over the legs, gather the waist and secure to the paper using a 1/2 strip acting as a belt.
10. Make the apron – rip a 2 inch wide strip that is wide enough to fit over the top of the skirt, and cut the front bottom edge into a curve if desired. Secure the apron with a piece of trim.
11. Rip a 1 inch piece of material approximately 8 inches long, dip, and drap around the neck.
12. Rip a 3 inch wide piece of material approximately 16 inches long and drape around back and over arms.
13. Arrange the skirt into desired folds and allow doll to dry.
14. After the doll has dried,cut the rope into 12 12 inch sections and fold in half – this will be the part of the hair. Sew the ropes at the fold down the center of the head.Unravel the rope.
15. You can garnish the White Goddess with a wreath of dried flowers if you like – take a vine and wrap it on itself until you have a wreath. Insert dried flowers into the wreath and place on the head.
16. She can be left in the bottle for year-round use, or placed on top of the tree at Yule.
Silliness – Sun Karate