Imbolc Sabbat Open Circle tonight at 7pm!
We’re supposed to have another week of good weather and today certainly looks like it. It’s in the upper 50’s on my porch. After listening to the bamboo chime clonking all night I’m watching things waving around outside, particularly the clematis, which is getting ready to bloom. I have to grab some pix of that…. No thin sunlight today! It looks more like the consistency of melted button on pancakes….
Yesterday was one of those days where I was so busy that nothing got done. Paul called in the morning, “just a short call, one question”. It *was* short, for us, only 2 hours…. I got one album of pictures uploaded to Facebook and then had customers and phone calls and Rowan came in to work on the library and Guru from Soul Vacation Resort and… yeah, that kind of day.
Rowan’s down to sorting the History from the Herb sections. The both ended up with green stickers and it’s been interesting trying to get that worked out. It’s starting to look *really* good thanks to her hard work. If you didn’t know… the library is open to anyone as long as the books stay in the shop. Only students and Circle folks can take ‘em out, since I put the library together for their use although you can always ask….
It started with a lot of books that folks were constantly borrowing that we kept at the shop, then when Grandma Crossed it became her memorial, since she is where I got my bibliophile traits from and about 5 shelf feet of the books were from her library. A number of the books belonged to Joel, a high-degree witch that Crossed several years ago. Since we started it, I’ve been adding books that we need and a *lot* of people have donated books. Starting from a 3 foot shelf, we’re up to 8 feet across by either 7 or 8 shelves high! There’s another section for children’s books and videos (a good chunk of which were donated by Willow) and a section of specifically pagan-oriented DVD’s that the shop has purchased.
Finally, nearing class time I started realizing just how few people were going to be there and while we waited until almost ¼ past it was just the one, so we postponed the 2nd ½ of Lesson One to next week. Maybe everyone’s medical issues will sort by then. One’s got the flu. One had ankle surgery last week and is still in bed. One (it turned out) had been dealing with a kid melt-down in Walmart… …and Ginger has had a death in the family. Her son’s girlfriend’s father went down with what was probably a blood clot several days ago and Crossed yesterday. …or I found out about it yesterday and it happened the day before. Our sympathies…
So just as we were making up our minds to postpone two folks from the Monday class were in to try to do some library browsing. They got their research topics picked and a couple of books checked out and then the last student (the kid melt-down) got there. Aren’t kids wonderful? Ok, I’m being sarcastic, but I went through it, too!
We all chatted for a while as I was getting the other album up on Facebook and then headed home and I dropped into bed, getting up for a couple of hours in the middle of the night and sleeping right through again until an hour after the radio turned on.
The albums that are finished are here:
Stones & Crystals - https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.13839521 74545.40192.1704231146&type=1&l=5d9038e01a
Candles - https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.13839670 54917.40193.1704231146&type=1&l=139d339481
Statuary and Display pieces - https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.18136789 97447.52242.1704231146&type=1&l=68aedbefa0
…and from yesterday Pottery and Altar Glassware - https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.14284906 87980.41835.1704231146&type=1&l=0893009106
All the newest pictures are at the end of the files because I’m trying to get the uploading done and then edit later.
I did get that fabric out of the window, the blanket rack set up with the tapestries and the whole corner reset. Tempus got the wood re-stacked so just the baskets are left. That helps.
I am *sore*! My shoulders hurt, which I expected, but my wrists and hands are the worst. I can type, but I can’t grip. Weeding… argh….
Today is going to be continuing with the inventory and making sure that things are ready for the Sabbat Open Circle tonight. Bring a finger-food to share, please. Just show up around 7pm. The ritual proper will start by 8pm and be done around 9pm. We can sit around a chat for a while after that, too. We usually have all cleaned up and headed home by 11pm.
The shop opens at 11 today, and we won’t close until it’s time for the Sabbat. Winter hours – Thursday through Monday, 11am-5pm. If we’re supposed to be closed, but it looks like we’re there, try the door. If it’s open, the shop’s open!
Love & Light,
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Moon is Waxing Gibbous. 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.
Waxing Gibbous 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.
After dinnertime, the waxing gibbous Moon is shining high in the southeast. Look to its upper left for bright Capella, to its upper right for Aldebaran, lower right for Orion, and lower left for Gemini including Castor and Pollux.
Comet Garradd, still about magnitude 6.6, is passing a mere ½° west of the globular cluster M92 in Hercules in the early hours of Friday morning. The two fuzzballs are similar in brightness but different in looks. They're highest in the hour before the first light of dawn at your site.
Celtic Tree Month of Luis Rowan Jan 21 - Feb 17
Goddess Month of of Bridhe, runs from 1/23 - 2/19
Runic half-month of Elhaz, from 1/28-2/11. This half month: optimistic power, protection and sanctuary.
Sun in Aquarius
Moon in Gemini enters Cancer 10:04pm
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