The shop opens at 1pm. Winter hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Aria August. House Capuchin Project Day, 1-5pm
[posting at 6pm] Rain gauge at noon on 2/12 – Dry, It’s been sunny and *warm* all day, and then sunset was pretty. 59F (although the temp is dropping fast, now that it’s past sunset), wind at 0-6mph and gusting, AQI 14-34, UV2. Chance of rain 6% today and 73% tonight. Today (56/45) will gradually cloud up from a clear sunrise, until it’s overcast in the late afternoon then starts showering, probably past midnight. Monday is likely to be wet most of the day (47/43), then Tuesday (48/42) cloudy. For Wed (49/42) there’s a small chance of showers in the morning, then clouds later, which will thin out through Thursday, and then on Friday it’ll start to cloud back up until it starts raining again over the weekend. We might be done with our False Spring. 1 fire, 8 firespots.
After yesterday’s newsletter was out I got ready for the recording session, and then Bonnie and I got that finished in about an hour. It was a talk about the feast and how we researched and what we had been planning to serve. Once that was done I was exhausted. Tempus had fed me some spaghetti while I was getting ready for the recording, so when we got home I crawled right into bed.
I had been sky-watching on the way home. The Moon was bright and illuminating ice crystals high up, so the sky was almost more brown/pink than black. Orion was obvious, anyway and Sirius, but most stars were washed out. Lovely anyway….
When Tempus woke to go out for the paper run I got up, but I was still so very tired that pretty much all I did was read, skimming at least, to sort the next stack of books. I did only a little embroidery, a motif or three, and then went back to sleep, only waking with the noon chime/alarm on Tempus’ phone.
Once we were at the shop and coffeed I started collecting photos (more, at least) for the “feast pages”. I got the menu put up and then started with sub-pages of pictures and ended up in a quiet tantrum after the 3rd time a batch of work vanished. Gah!
I was the only one for sewing, although one person came in later to apologize. She’d gotten tangled in up one of her kids’ problems and missed the time. I got a look at what she’d been doing and then she headed out again. For some reason we got suddenly busy right around 4pm. 1/2 a dozen people came in within 10 minutes of each other!
I have a cheese workshop tonight at 7…no, it’s at 5pm! This will likely be a bit late, then. I’ve already got it going in the background…. drat… it was all stuff I knew and then they got started talking about steampunk costume…
Today I want to get up early enough to get the baby horseradish potted and the walking onions into their bucket. I can’t lift the potting soil or more the bucket the way I ripped myself up earlier in the week, so I need Tempus to help…and light. We’ll be open at 1pm, and it’s our “different day”. We’ve got planned to work on bookmarks and plants, at least, and I’ll be busy with House Capuchin folks.
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 at 2:16 at 8:56am. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 2/14 at 8:56pm.
Now the Moon shines in a line with Castor and Pollux, as shown above. The lineup is precisely straight around 9 p.m. in the Eastern time zone, 8 p.m. Central, 7 p.m. Mountain as twilight is ending, and 6 p.m. Pacific where the sky may be too bright to see the stars. How well can you judge the exact lineup time where you are? The actual time will be a little different across the continent regardless of time zone. This is because the Moon is moving eastward along its orbit, and because different vantage points on Earth have slightly different lines of sight to the Moon (topocentric parallax), and Earth is carrying you eastward as it rotates — at a different projected speed with respect to your line of sight to the Moon as the Moon changes altitude in your sky. Hold a straightedge to the Moon and stars, and you may be able to fix the lineup time to an uncertainty of 15 minutes or less. You’ll do better if you press or clamp one end of the straightedge against something to hold it motionless. Measure many times, and take the midtime between when the center of the Moon last seems just a trace off the Castor-Pollux line, and when it first seems just a trace off on the other side. Welcome to pre-telescopic astronomy — and to techniques of scientific measurement generally. This kind of thing, done in vast quantities by skilled people using naked-eye tools outdoors at night, eventually enabled Kepler to derive and prove the laws of planetary motion, Copernicus and his successors to determine the correct model of the Sun-centered solar system, and Newton to use these to discover the universal laws of gravitation. The Moon, as you may find, travels along its orbit by about one Moon-diameter per hour.
The quickly waxing Moon floats in Gemini tonight, hanging near its two bright stars Castor and Pollux. Let’s seek out another bright target tonight: The brightest, in fact, if you’re taking about stars! Sirius, also cataloged as Alpha (α) Canis Majoris and sometimes called the Dog Star, is the brightest star in the northern sky. A beacon at magnitude –1.4, you can’t miss it as it climbs above the southeastern horizon, already more than 20° high an hour after sunset. Although it’s easy to see this star with the naked eye, try inspecting it with binoculars or a telescope, particularly early in the evening. That’s when Sirius will be most affected by motion within Earth’s atmosphere, causing it to scintillate, or twinkle. Although astronomers try to avoid this effect when studying targets, the results can be visually stunning. You may see the star appear to both dance in place and alternate through a wide range of vivid hues, almost like a color-changing LED light. Take a look — you won’t be disappointed!
Saturn is out of sight in the glare of the Sun.
Runic half-month of Sowulo/ Sigel, 2/12-26 It represents the power of the force of good throughout the world and is the harbinger of victory and ascendancy over darkness..
Goddess Month of of Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17, Luis (LWEESH)
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion Ash Feb 18 – Mar 17
Color – Yellow
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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 13 Low 4:11 AM 3.8 7:19 AM Set 6:01 AM 85
~ 13 High 9:54 AM 7.7 5:43 PM Rise 2:35 PM
~ 13 Low 5:11 PM 0.1
~ 13 High 11:49 PM 6.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Being both soft and strong is a combination very few have mastered.
Journal Prompt – Schoolish Stuff – If you could write several new rules for your school or workplace, what would they be?
~ The natural liberty of man is to be free from any superior power on Earth, and not to be under the will or legislative authority of man, but only to have the law of nature for his rule. – Samuel Adams (1722-1803) US patriot
‘Tis strange – but true; for truth is always strange; Stranger than fiction. – Lord Byron
The place to begin building any relationship is inside ourselves, inside our Circle of Influence, our own character. – Paradigm of Interdependence
~ Those who produce should have, but we know that those who produce the most – that is, those who work hardest, and at the most difficult and most menial tasks, have the least. – Eugene V. Debs (1855-1926) US Socialist Leader
Esbat ~ Snow Moon 2005
Most Benevolent and Beautiful
Silvered Lady reflecting the light
surrounded in white
Crystaled snowflakes dancing about
like last summer’s fireflies
They surround and dance with thee
The soft snow quiets the grounds
the silence of the forest
the icy blast of breath of winter
The crisp crunch of footsteps
of the forest folk
disturbs the deafness
as they gather, listening now to hear
the Gods own heartbeat
from within Goddess womb
the beating of promise
of renewal and future
redemption from past left behind
A shake of Her snowy mane
sends forth tiny reflective spears
reminders that change is part of life
Gathering these for remembrance
crystals we will lay out
to be charged anew in their light
For even not seen
The Gods light shines forth
from within the womb
And her brightness
is doubled as she shines
with love for her children
Lady of the Hunt
Queen of the lands
of crystals and snow
Let us walk
in the safety
of thy steps
As we move forward
in the land of shadows
Blessed Snow Queen
walk with us these months
to welcome once more the Spring
Help us each to overcome
the barrenness which we have suffered
remove the burdens and free us
Let our lives renew
during this time of darkness
and time of leaving past behind
Let us reflect on past
and use it as a springboard
to envision and live a more productive future.
Helps us to dip deep
into the cauldron within
and utilize the gifts we are given
Help each of us to see
that we are our own best tools
and the solutions to our struggles lie within us
Guide us to use our gifts wisely
not to waste or doubt
but to walk forward strong in faith and conviction
Teach us to approach or practice
not as beggars and whiners
but as the Priests and Priestess we are
Help us to stand boldly
in the face of troubles and woes
and overcome our personal weaknesses
Lead us forth to Victory
in our daily life problems
and over our shortcomings
Help each of us to see
the renewal and rebirth
in our personal lives
Let each of us strive to become the bear
seek to be more close
with you this winter
And to rejoice together
as we waken the earth together
once more in the spring
So Mote it Be! – Written and Submitted By Ruby RedPepper , ©11/15/2005
Valentine’s Magick – Spells
When you send a scented Valentine the fragrance is your signature. All you have to do is make sure you are wearing the same fragrance when you see your sweetheart . The aroma memory ensures that the memory of you lingers on. Brought to you by AromaThyme.com – http://www.aromathyme.com
Valentine’s Day Spell (why are love spells always set up for women to do and not men?)
On the evening of 13th February , sprinkle Rosewater on two Bay leaves and place under your pillow in the shape of an “X”. Take four more Bay leaves and place each one at each corner of your pillow (six being the number of Love)
Put on a clean nightdress, pure white in color and sprinkle with rosewater , now visualize your lover’s face and make this pledge:
“I will not be Jealous, but will trust in you ,
And I will not be Possessive, but give time and space to you,
I will have confidence in your actions and dealings
And I will chide gently if you hurt my feelings,
In short I will love you and believe
That you must love me to, if here you will be .”
During your dreams your love will answer you and give you a sign of fidelity on Valentine’s Day – )0( From Llewellyn and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast
Silliness – Slow Ouija