A NASA satellite has provided jaw-dropping pictures of a huge ‘storm’ brewing under the sea. The swirling mass of water, which measures a whopping 93 miles wide, has been spotted off the coast of South Africa by the Terra satellite on December 26. It looks deadly but it more likely to create life by lifting nutrients from the ocean floor. (Source)
Imbolc, the Sabbat marking the halfway point between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Solstice, is a quiet celebration for cleansing and nurturing the soul. Prepare this bath on Imbolc after sunset for a restorative bit of magic (and coincidentally softer skin).
1 cup whole powdered milk
½ cup honey
1/3 cup coconut oil
large pieces of lemon peel
lavender essential oil
clary sage essential oil
Light several white candles while drawing a warm bath. Slowly add the powdered milk, and swirl the water until dissolved. Then add the honey, coconut oil, and lemon peels. Drop in the essential oils in equal amounts.
Upon entering the bath, take a few minutes to center yourself in the water. Think about what issues from the previous calendar year are lingering around in your life that you would like to expel in the months going forward. Visualize the purifying energy of the white, restorative water flowing through your body and preparing you for the year ahead. If you wish for a simple protection measure after leaving the bath, rub a little extra coconut oil onto your skin.
‘A few words may suffice to tell the little that remains. Any attempt at finding the bodies was absolutely hopeless. And so there, deep down in that dreadful cauldron of swirling water and seething foam, will lie for all time, the most dangerous criminal, and the foremost champion of the law of their generation. I shall ever regard him as the best and the wisest man whom I have ever know.’
When you think you have let the whole world down Just remember you are an altar That every star in the galaxy is bowing down too And shining for When your bones ache under the weight of life and pain Remember you have been crafted by hands made of porcelain Even when you taste poison down your throat Because you think you have failed or you are broken The same water that swirls blue lagoons is leaking liquid gold deep inside you You are the Goddess mystics have worshiped for centuries You are the aperture where light makes its entry Thank you for continuing to breathe for me You live this life magnificently
If something in your life is taking longer than you’d like then grab your cauldron (or a big bowl) a rock the size of your fist, and some water.
Fill the cauldron with water and stir three (3) times with your rock. Then drop the rock into the cauldron (the rock represents the things that are holding you back). Then once again stir the water and say three (3) times:
Things are moving,
Things are flowing,
The wait is over,
My wish is here
Take your cauldron outside. Hold your cauldron with both hands, and swirl the water and rock around. Visualize the spell coming to fruition. End by pouring the rock and water on the ground. Then walk away.
This short clip of a rounded ring of ice spinning on the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River in Washington was one of the most popular videos shared on Social Media this week. Ice disks like these are thought to form either by ice that gets caught in an eddy in a river and is compacted into a circle while the water swirls, or ice that gets caught in an eddy as a sheet and then is rounded by collision with surrounding ice. The fact that there is an outer layer on this disk makes me think that outer layer has been accreted to the spinning disk as ice fell into a stationary eddy in this case.