Last Minus Tide of the cycle at 7:58 PM of -0.2 feet. The shop is open only by appointment until we re-open sometime next week, probably by the 18th, assuming that the COVID #’s are still coming down. Watch here for notifications about that! For appointments contact us at 541-563-7154, email@example.com, on Facebook or here on the blog, or just leave a note on the door! Featured photo by Aria August.
Everything’s wet, but it’s just overcast, at the moment. 48F, wind at 3-16 mph and gusting, AQI 25-42, UV2. Chance of rain 77% today and 76% tonight. There’s a GALE WARNING until 10am. The whole forecast is for rain and showers. Today should be light, but tomorrow and from Thursday on, it’ll be heavy.
Yesterday was odd. I got a lot of little stuff done, but I kept falling asleep at my desk, so I finally crawled into the nap bed around 5pm and then didn’t wake until nearly 10… after 20 minutes of falling asleep I crawled back in and slept for another hour and a half. At that point I was finally awake, so I did the pickled eggs, set up the soup vegetables and made a batch of lemon curd. I’m taking a break to do the newsletter, but I think I’m going to do some maple candy after this.
Tempus finally got laundry done, but we still have the display cloths to do and bedding and towels. Not today, though. Today is the Midwinter Feast in Eugene, even if it’s in the Virtual Realm. We’re going to be doing a lot of cookery today, because we can. 🙂
…and the papers are running late again. It’s going to be 4am before he gets them. Right now he’s snoozing on the sofa, since he has so long before he can go. I think I’ll get him to help me set up the piemaker before he heads out, if he wakes up. That way if I can’t sleep, I can get the pasties and some peach custard pies done.
He did give me a hand and then left at 3:30. I had the maple candy done and setting up at that point, and got all the stuff pulled out for the pasties and pies, and even soup. I *think* I got blackberries out of the freezer, but they might have been huckleberries, instead. …and one of the packages *has* to be kuba, which is a Czech mushroom and barley dish. I didn’t realize we had any left from Yule. Everything is thawing on the table and the computer is locking up. Doesn’t want to let me fill in the stuff at the bottom of the newsletter, drattit. …OK, finally got it, but it’s nearly 5:30! I guess no more cooking tonight.
Today’s Plant is the Evergreen Violet, Viola sempervirens. This is a pretty plant that looks like nothing much through 9 months of the year here on the coast, but is spectacular in March, when it covers the ground with beautiful golden flowers on a deep blue/green background and still lovely in April/May. It is indeed evergreen, not withering to the ground, although it sometimes is overshadowed by grass. It grows well in the park behind the house. As any viola it is Feminine, ruled by Venus, but unlike the blue violets (corresponding to water) the Evergreen Violet corresponds to the element of Air and the Sun – Protects against malevolent spirits, brings changes in luck & fortune, wear to help with headaches, dizziness and to bring calm and sleep, wear in a green sachet to heal wounds.
Today’s feast is the Parentalia, a festival of ancient Rome. Quoting Wilson’s Almanac: “Temples were closed and weddings prohibited during the Parentalia, ancient Rome’s main festival of the dead, which lasted until the Feralia (February 21). It was customary for people to visit the graves of their parents and other relatives, placing offerings of wine, milk, oil, honey and water from springs. Also laid at the graves were sacrificial blood from the bodies of black animals. Mourners decorated the graves with roses and violets, then partook of a ritual meal at the graveside.
The mourners greeted each other with the words, Salve, sancte parens, “Hail, holy ancestor”.
Today was a day for the famed Vestal Virgins to perform a special ritual, in honour of their sacred ancestor, when they visited the cult’s parental shrine which was sacred to the early Vestal, Terpeia.
The Phoenix and Arabeth 1992 Global Spiritual Calendar (Phoenix and Arabeth, Ukiah, CA, USA, 1992) called it a “purification festival of [the] Goddesses Mania and Vesta, devoted to ancestors”. ” More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parentalia
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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 2/27 at 12:17am. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 2/15 at 11:06pm.
Mercury passes 4° north of Jupiter at 2 P.M. EST today. The pair is visible — if challenging — early this morning just before sunrise. Saturn and Mercury rise roughly level with each other about 6.3° apart just before 6 A.M. local time. Mercury is a dim magnitude 3 and only 15 percent illuminated, so you’ll need binoculars to see it. Saturn is an easier magnitude 0.6. Jupiter — a bright magnitude –2 — will rise about 15 minutes later, a smidge less than 4° southeast of Mercury. Follow the pair as long as you can, but take care to stop observing with any type of optics several minutes before local sunrise.
The Moon passes 4° south of Neptune at 12 P.M. EST; the gas giant is near the Sun and sets about two hours after our star, but we’ll visit it briefly later this week for a look.
By 9 p.m. or so, the Big Dipper stands on its handle in the northeast. In the northwest, Cassiopeia also stands on end (its brighter end) at about the same height. Between them is Polaris.
Today also marks the start of the I Heart Pluto Festival, a six-day-long celebration of one of our solar system’s most beloved objects. This year, the festival is going entirely virtual, with talks, tours, an art show, and a ham radio event — all free and open for the public to attend. The lineup includes talks by New Horizons Principal Investigator Alan Stern, retired NASA astronaut Nicole Stott, Charon discoverer Jim Christy, and Astronomy Editor in Chief David Eicher. Visit iheartpluto.org for more information. Unfortunately, Pluto itself is tricky to see right now. Rising just after 5 A.M. local time, the dwarf planet is a mere magnitude 15, meaning you’ll need a telescope to spot it. The brightening background sky and Pluto’s low altitude further complicate matters. Still, although it is a challenging object, more experienced observers with a clear view of the southeastern horizon may want to give it a try.
Mars (magnitude +0.7, in eastern Aries) continues to fade. It shines pale yellow-orange high in the west-southwest right after dark, under the Pleiades. Left of the Pleiades shines Aldebaran, essentially the twin of Mars now in brightness as well as color. In a telescope Mars is only 7 arcseconds wide, but at least your scope should show its gibbous shape. At Mars itself it’s a busy time for arriving spacecraft. The United Emirates’ Hope craft and China’s Tianwen-1 braked into Mars orbit just a few days ago. NASA’s Perseverance rover should land on February 18th. Why are the missions bunched together? Because the minimum-energy transfer orbit to get from Earth to Mars becomes available only when the two planets arrange themselves a particular way with respect to each other every 2.14 years. Dedicated observers will recognize this as Mars’s synodic period — the same as its average time from one opposition to the next.
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 – Grey
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 13 High 1:48 AM 7.4 7:18 AM Rise 8:42 AM 1
~ 13 Low 7:31 AM 2.1 5:43 PM Set 7:56 PM
~ 13 High 1:17 PM 8.1
~ 13 Low 7:58 PM -0.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – If someone opens a door for you, say thank you.
Journal Prompt – When? – When were you the happiest this year?
~ It’s these times that you remember for the rest of your life. – Unknown Author
~ Those opposite could not operate a tart shop. – Paul Keating
~ The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius. – Oscar Wilde
~ If you can’t sense the energy around you and in you, how effective can your magick be? – Kerr Cuhulain
On the wind in February
Snowflakes float still,
Half inclined to turn to rain,
Nipping, dripping, chill. – Christina Rossetti (1830–94)
St. Valentine’s Day
The South is a dream of flowers
With a jewel for sky and sea,
Rose-crowns for the dancing hours,
Gold fruits upon every tree;
But cold from the North The wind blows forth
That blows my love to me.
The stars in the South are gold
Like lamps between sky and sea;
The flowers that the forests hold.
Like stars between tree and tree;
But little and white Is the pale moon’s light
That lights my love to me.
In the South the orange grove
Makes dusk by the dusky sea,
White palaces wrought for love
Gleam white between tree and tree,
But under bare boughs
Is the little house
Warm-lit for my love and me. – Edith Nesbit, 1858 – 1924
Excerpt from Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valentine%27s_Day
Valentine’s Day, also called Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is celebrated annually on February 14. Originating as a Western Christian feast day honoring one or two early saints named Valentinus, Valentine’s Day is recognized as a significant cultural, religious, and commercial celebration of romance and romantic love in many regions around the world.
There are numerous martyrdom stories associated with various Valentines connected to February 14, including a written account of Saint Valentine of Rome’s imprisonment for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians persecuted under the Roman Empire. According to legend, Saint Valentine restored sight to the blind daughter of his judge, and he wrote her a letter signed “Your Valentine” as a farewell before his execution. The Feast of Saint Valentine was established by Pope Gelasius I in AD 496 to be celebrated on February 14 in honour of the Christian martyr, Saint Valentine of Rome, who died on that date in AD 269.
The day first became associated with romantic love within the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the 14th century, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. In 18th-century England, it grew into an occasion in which couples expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as “valentines”). Valentine’s Day symbols that are used today include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards. In Europe, Saint Valentine’s Keys are given to lovers “as a romantic symbol and an invitation to unlock the giver’s heart”, as well as to children to ward off epilepsy (called Saint Valentine’s Malady).
Although not a public holiday in any country, Saint Valentine’s Day is an official feast day in the Anglican Communion and the Lutheran Church. Many parts of the Eastern Orthodox Church also celebrate Saint Valentine’s Day on July 6 and July 30, the former date in honor of Roman presbyter Saint Valentine, and the latter date in honor of Hieromartyr Valentine, the Bishop of Interamna (modern Terni).
Wanting to earn some money, Cletus decided to hire himself out as a handyman-type and started canvassing a wealthy neighborhood. He went to the front door of the first house and asked the owner if he had any jobs.
“Well, you can paint my porch. How much will you charge?”
Cletus said, “How about 50 dollars?” The man agreed and told him that the paint and ladders that he might need were in the garage. The man’s wife, inside the house, heard the conversation and said to her husband, “Does he realize that the porch goes all the way around the house?”
The man replied, “He should. He was standing on the porch.”
A short time later, Cletus came to the door to collect his money. “You’re finished already?” the man asked.
“Yes,” Cletus answered, “and I had paint left over, so I gave it two coats.”
Impressed, the man reached in his pocket for the $50. “And by the way,” Cletus added, “that’s not a Porch, it’s a Ferrari.”