Wednesday, January 11
Wednesday is the day of the Teutonic deity known as Wodin or Odin, an aspect of the Allfather, god of knowledge, wisdom, enlightenment and combat, the parallel of Hermes, the planet Mercury.
Zodiac Sign: Gemini & Virgo
Stone: Emerald & Sardonyx
Animal: Raven & Cat
Color: Red & Blue
Celtic Tree Month of Beth (Birch) – December 24 – January 20
The Runic Half Month of Eoh (yew tree) – December 28 – January 12
Goddess of the Month of Hestia – December 26 – January 22nd
The Pagan Book of Days
Today is Wednesday, January 11, We Celebrate….
Burning of the Clavie (Scotland)
About Banba: A Celtic war goddess, Banba extends safety to those who follow her, wielding magic in their support. In Irish tradition, she protected the land from invaders. As a reward for her sorcery’s assistance, Banba’s name became linked with ancient poetic designations for parts of Ireland. Interestingly enough, Banba translates as “unplowed land” meaning it is left safe and untouched to grow fertile.
To Do Today: Considering crime and other societal problems, a little extra protection from Banba seems like something we could all use year-round. Think of your home and possessions as the “land” she guards. Gather a pinch of dirt from near your residence, take it inside, and keep it in a special spot. Light a candle (white is good) near this anytime you feel you need Banba’s diligent sheltering. On this day the Scots burn a pole attached to a barrel of tar (a Clavie) and take it around town to banish evil influences, especially magical ones. The Clavie’s remaining ashes are gathered by people as an anticurse amulet. In keeping with this custom, burn a small bit of wood (perhaps oak) on a safe fire source. As it burns, recite this incantation:
Banba, burn away negativity, burn away malintent.
Let the energy return from where it was sent.
Keep the ashes as an anti-negativity talisman.
365 Goddess: A Daily Guide To the Magic and Inspiration of the goddess
Wednesday – is associated with Mercury
Candle colors – Purple
Conjuring for Wednesday: Mastery, Domination Work, Wisdom, Healing, Dealing with Legal problems.
—Old Style Conjure Wisdoms, Workings and Remedies
The Sky This Week for January 11-15
A comet, longer days, and other exciting things to look for in the sky this week.
By Richard Talcott
Wednesday, January 11
Full Moon officially arrives at 6:34 a.m. EST tomorrow morning, but it looks completely illuminated all night. You can find it rising in the east just before sunset and peaking high in the south around midnight. It dips low in the west by the time morning twilight starts to brighten the sky. The Moon lies in southern Gemini the whole night through.
Thursday, January 12
Venus appears brilliant in the western sky starting within a half-hour after sunset. It reaches greatest elongation today, when it lies 47° east of the Sun, but the planet will remain the evening sky’s brightest point of light through late March. It currently shines at magnitude –4.6, some 10 times brighter than the second-brightest object, Jupiter. Venus stands about one-third to the zenith 30 minutes after the Sun goes down and doesn’t set until nearly 9 p.m. local time. When viewed through a telescope this evening, Venus appears 25″ across and half-lit. You also might glimpse its outer solar system neighbor, 8th-magnitude Neptune, which stands 0.4° south of Venus this evening.
Friday, January 13
If you look to the lower left of Saturn before dawn this week, you can catch a nice view of Mercury. This morning, the inner planet lies 10° above the southeastern horizon 30 minutes before sunrise. Shining at magnitude –0.1, it shows up nicely through the twilight glow. (If you don’t spot it right away, binoculars will bring it into view.) A telescope reveals Mercury’s 7.5″-diameter disk, which appears about half-lit.
Saturday, January 14
The waning gibbous Moon appears in the company of 1st-magnitude Regulus tonight. The pair rises in the east around 8 p.m. local time and climbs high in the south after midnight. Just 1° — twice the Moon’s apparent diameter — separates the two.
Sunday, January 15
Jupiter dominates the morning sky in early January. The giant planet rises shortly after midnight local time and climbs halfway to the zenith in the southern sky by the time twilight begins. Jupiter shines brilliantly at magnitude –2.0 and shows a disk that spans 37″ when viewed through a telescope. A small scope also reveals the planet’s four bright moons, though you may have to hunt for one of them this morning. The shadow of volcanically active Io starts to transit Jupiter at 1:45 a.m. EST, and the moon itself begins to cross the planet’s disk at 2:59 a.m. Both transits last a little more than two hours.
The Witches Sun & Moon Data for Wednesday, January 11
Sun Direction: ↑ 135.66° SE
Sun Altitude: 17.26°
Sun Distance: 91.417 million mi
Next Equinox: Mar 20, 2017 5:28 am (Vernal)
Sunrise Today: 7:13 am↑ 117° Southeast
Sunset Today: 5:04 pm↑ 243° Southwest
Current Daylight: 9 hours, 51 minutes
Moon Direction: ↑ 325.20° NW
Moon Altitude: -27.21°
Moon Distance: 226569 mi
Next Full Moon: Jan 12, 20175:33 am
Next New Moon: Jan 27, 20176:07 pm
Next Moonrise: Today4:37 pm
Current Moon Phase:Waxing Gibbous
By the power of the Moon I stand
With my sisters I bow before your
And ask for your Blessings
We ask with the power of three times
That you grant our prayer
We ask with the power of the
Sisterhood to be heard
We call on the energy force of nature
To send our power to each of us
We call on the love of the Goddess to
take us in her arms
We call on our Sisters past to stand as
We call on those we love who have
passed to share this night
May love and joy fill our lives
May prosperity come to all our lives
May our wishes be fulfilled
I turn to the East and call on my
I turn to the South and call on nature
I turn to the West and call on the
Witches from the past
I turn to the North and call on the
light of the Goddess
As the Moon rays fall on me, I feel her
As the Moon rays fall on my Sisters I
feel their energy.
As the Moon rays fall on me
I feel the light of the Goddess.
As the Moon rays fall on me I feel the
power of the earth.
As the Moon rays fall on me
I know I am a daughter of the Goddess.
I know what it means to be a
I bow to the light, the energy and
beauty of the Goddess.
I feel her embrace.
I feel my hand in my Sisters.
I know the power we have.
I know the responsibility.
I bless those in my life
I bless those who are gone from me
I hold dear my animals
I know those gone are close to me
I bless my Sisters
I thank the Goddess for hearing my
I thank the force of energy for its
I thank my Sisters
I thank my family and friends
For all is done …
—-A Witch’s Prayerbook