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It’s foggy and it’s been raining, off and on. 51, wind at 1-5mph and gusting, AQI 20-38, UV1. Chance of rain 98% today and 68% tonight. There’s a BEACH HAZARD STATEMENT through this afternoon for sneaker waves and a SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY through 6am on Wednesday. Today will be wet, but from this evening through Wednesday it should gradually taper off, until we might even see a little sun on Wednesday. Another storm is rolling in on Thursday and everything from that point is rain and rain and showers and rain.
Yesterday was a nice day. I was up and down again, having worn myself out on Saturday, apparently and I fell asleep at my desk twice. 🙂 There were birthday wishes from all over, and Circle folks, and cool stuff from House Capuchin members, birthday greetings from my kids and from the chickadees (the kids from Job Corps who were students). I had a lot of yummy stuff to eat, including a blissful date with some real roquefort cheese as an evening snack.
Tempus slept late and then did a *lot* of cleanup in back, doing several loads of dishes and getting ahead of the mess that’s been accumulating. He headed out at 2:30. The papers weren’t quite so late tonight.
Today Sash is going to try to come for a visit. That’s cool, since we have so much food. 🙂 What’s not so cool is that his Taco Bell is shut down for the moment until Corporate decides what to do about the leaking roof, so we’re going to spot him some gas and a bit of cash to keep going until he finds out what they’re planning. Tempus is going to have to do laundry. Sash is going to help me with the last of the display cloths. …and I have writing to do as usual on Mondays.
Today’s plant is Crocus angustifolius (old name Crocus sulphureus) called cloth-of-gold crocus. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crocus_angustifolius From the RHS site, “Crocus are dwarf, deciduous perennials growing from a corm, with linear leaves usually with a silvery central stripe, and goblet-shaped, sometimes fragrant flowers in autumn or early spring. C. angustifolius is a perennial corm with narrow leaves and scented, bright deep yellow flowers, strongly feathered with dark mahogany on the outside.” http://apps.rhs.org.uk/plantselector/plant?plantid=582 Sacred to Juno and Ostara, as any crocus, it is used to attract love (carry), turn away abusive love (burn), and give visions (place on altar or by bed).
The Lupercalia is a festival of ancient Rome, with customs that seem awfully strange to us, now, but from which our St. Valentine’s Day customs possibly emerge. It’s the “Wolf Feast” in honor of the she-wolf that was the foster-mother of the twins who founded Rome. It’s also a feast in honor of Pan. The oddest part was that men would run a course around the city nude, except for bits of fresh goatskin, and whip the women and girls who would line up to be swatted for fertility and ease of childbirth! Definitely not the standard fun for Valentine’s parties…. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupercalia
… A she-wolf, which had given birth to her whelps came, wondrous to tell, to the abandoned twins [Romulus and Remus, founders of Rome] … She halted and fawned on the tender babes with her tail, and licked into shape their two bodies with her tongue … fearless, they sucked her dugs and were fed on a supply of milk that was never meant for them. The she-wolf (lupa) gave her name to the place, and the place gave their name to the Luperci. Great is the reward the nurse has got for the milk she gave. – Ovid, Fasti II. 413
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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. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 2/19 at 10:47am.
Auriga the Charioteer is already riding high in the southern sky by sunset. His brightest star, Capella, shines a brilliant magnitude 0.1, making it easy to find above the trio of Orion, Taurus, and Gemini. In the southern part of Auriga is the beautiful open star cluster M37. You can find it either by skimming 5° southwest of magnitude 2.7 Bogardus (Theta [θ] Aurigae) or by looking 6.8° northeast of Elnath — Taurus’ topmost horn as the Bull climbs in the sky tonight and simultaneously Beta (β) Tauri and Gamma (γ) Aurigae. M37 covers about 24′ on the sky and it’s bright — it glows with a total magnitude of 6.2, although its members sit roughly 4,500 light-years away. Astronomers estimate these stars are between about 350 million and 550 million years old. Smaller binoculars will reveal it as a hazy patch of light, but larger binoculars or even a small scope will split that light into at least a dozen stars. Larger scopes will bring out even more cluster members.
Right after the night is fully dark this week, the W of Cassiopeia shines high in the northwest, standing almost on end. The brightest star between Cassiopeia and the zenith, at that time for the world’s mid-northern latitudes, is Alpha Persei (Mirfak). Around and upper left of Mirfak is the Alpha Persei Cluster: a large, very loose swarm of modestly bright stars about the size of your thumbtip at arm’s length. They show best in binoculars. Alpha Per is a true member of the cluster. It and the rest of the group are about 560 light-years away.
Neptune is lost in evening 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 – Lavendar
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
M 15 High 2:51 AM 7.5 7:15 AM Rise 9:24 AM 9
~ 15 Low 8:55 AM 1.9 5:46 PM Set 10:03 PM
~ 15 High 2:40 PM 7.1
~ 15 Low 9:03 PM 1.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Daydream a little.
Journal Prompt – What? – What makes you special or unique?
~ Good service leads to multiple sales. If you take good care of your customers, they will open doors you could never open by yourself. – Jim Rohn
~ A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave. – Gandhi
~ The climb upward will be easier if you take others along with you. – Napoleon Hill
~ Washing machines break down only during the wash cycle. – Yeager’s Law, Corollary: All breakdowns occur on the plumber’s day off.
On the wind in February
Snowflakes float still,
Half inclined to turn to rain,
Nipping, dripping, chill. – Christina Rossetti (1830–94)
Magick – 7 Pieces of Timeless Wisdom From Maya Angelou – http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/05/maya-angelou-death-words-of-wisdom – The celebrated poet, who died Wednesday on 5/28/14 at the age of 86, once married a man because he defied rape culture. Here’s what else she told Mother Jones nearly 20 years ago. By Dana Liebelson
Mother Jones had the opportunity to interview Angelou almost 20 years ago. Our reporter, Ken Kelley, wrote that she “speaks in the lilting cadence of the dancer she was trained to be. She moves with the sure grace of the poet she was born to be.” Her words of wisdom are as true now as they were in 1995. Here are seven excerpts from the interview:
1. Not everyone can pull themselves up by the bootstraps:
The powerful say, “Pull yourself up by your bootstraps.” But they don’t really believe that those living on denuded reservations, or on strip-mined hills, or in ghettos that are destinations for drugs from Colombia and Iraq, can somehow pull themselves up. What they’re really saying is, “If you can, do, but if you can’t, forget it.” It’s the most pernicious of all acts of segregation, because it is so subtle.
2. Life isn’t about material things:
Somehow, we have come to the erroneous belief that we are all but flesh, blood, and bones, and that’s all. So we direct our values to material things. We become what writer Beah Richards calls “exiled to things”: If we have three cars rather than two, we’ll live a little longer. If we have four more titles, we’ll live longer still. And, especially, if we have more money than the next guy, we’ll live longer than he. It’s so sad. There is something more—the spirit, or the soul.
3. It doesn’t matter what a woman is wearing:
I married a man once because of something he said. We were in England, and somebody said that women should always expect to be raped if they wore very short pants and low decolletage and acted “fast.” So this man, whom I knew slightly, said, “If a woman has no panties on and sits with her legs wide open, no man has the right to assault her. When a guy tells me, ‘I couldn’t resist because she did sit in such a provocative way,’ all I want to know is if four of her brothers were standing there with baseball bats, would they have resisted?”
4. America is making progress in the fight against racial discrimination, but there’s more to do:
We’ve made a lot of progress—it’s dangerous not to say so. Because if we say so, we tell young people, implicitly or explicitly, that there can be no change. Then they compute: “You mean the life and death and work of Malcolm X and Martin King, the Kennedys, Medgar Evers, Fannie Lou Hamer, the life and struggle of Rosa Parks—they did all that and nothing has changed? Well then, what the hell am I doing? There’s no point for me to do anything.” The truth is, a lot has changed—for the good. And it’s gonna keep getting better, according to how we put our courage forward, and thrust our hearts forth.
5. Black children are the representatives of us all:
Those black children are the bravest, without knowing it, representatives of us all. The black kids, the poor white kids, Spanish-speaking kids, and Asian kids in the US—in the face of everything to the contrary, they still bop and bump [snaps fingers], shout and go to school somehow. And dare not only to love somebody else, and even to accept love in return, but dare to love themselves—that’s what is most amazing. Their optimism gives me hope.
6. Artists and writers must fight to be heard:
What we ought to be doing is singing in the parks, talking to children, going to gatherings of parents, doing whatever it is we do—dancing, reading poetry, performing—all the time, so that people know, “These artists are my people—you can’t kill them, you can’t stop them.” We then reestablish our footing with the people. All artists must do that, or we will be defanged.
7. Progressives must confront themselves:
We will have to confront. I don’t only mean external confrontations. We have to confront ourselves. Do we like what we see in the mirror? And, according to our light, according to our understanding, according to our courage, we will have to say yea or nay—and rise!
Read the full interview here.
Silliness – Mocktopus