As a freezing fog swirls through the pines, I lift my coffee mug and think of the sun — and coffee!
Thursday was a much warmer day: M. and I went to Pueblo for supplies, and after a stop at Hercules Liquor for beer and wine, had a late breakfast at Solar Roast Coffee, whose emblem is Apollo Helios in his chariot. (They use solar power for roasting the beans, an idea that started in western Oregon but did not stay there — not enough sunshine.)
The Wikipedia article on caffeine says nothing about its divine patrons, but it seems obvious what is going on.
In his wonderful Pharmakodynamis, the section on Excitantia, Dale Pendell lists correspondences for caffeine — Planet: Sun, of course, and these, among others:
- Realm of Pleasure: Brain
- Rock: Granite
- Season: Winter
- Sign: Canis Major
- God: Hermes
- Goddess: Fortuna
- Social Event: New Job
Outside, the fog is spitting graupel. Two wild turkey hens scratch under the bird feeder, looking for seeds that the little birds kicked down. Canis major is sleeping by the fire.