Daily Stuff 3-3-21 Day of Remembrance for Prince Igor

Hi, folks!

The shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday. Winter hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Ken Gagne.

Quiet, clear and *cold*! 35F, wind at 0-2mph, AQI 11-39, UV3. Chance of rain 10% today and 11% tonight. Get your outdoor stuff done today, though! SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY until 7 AM on Wednesday. Doesn’t seem possible onshore. GALE WATCH from Thursday to Friday morning. That’s the next storm. Today should be nice, still, even if it doesn’t quite make it to 50F, but on Thursday, the chance of rain starts climbing around 9am, and the storm should be in full swing during the afternoon. It should slack off during the evening, but there’s another spate due on Sunday, starting around sunrise. After that, it should just be showery for the rest of the week.

Yesterday flew past. Things didn’t go quite as well as I’d hoped. I’m going to have to go back through my class outline and get rid of the “doubles”, but I just didn’t have enough brain to see them, early in the day. I took a nap in the afternoon, hoping to get a little more energy together. It helped….some. Tempus helped by pulling things out, finding pieces and keeping me fed and watered.

Witch Hazel

The bad part was that I hadn’t gotten everything together, as well as I had thought I had, and one of the main pieces….the ziploc of cut pieces has vanished. I had it in my hand just a few days ago. Tempus said he had seen it, too, but it was nowhere to be found. I had figured that the last part of the time before class was going to be making sure I had pieces in various stages of “finished” were done, so I could just pick them up and show them instead of having to stitch along. Well, no…. I did get done before the class time was over and was helping people over the humps of getting them done.

Mushroom

The talk itself also ran 1/2 again as long as I had planned, mostly because of the “doubles”, I think. Nobody minded, thankfully. It was very laid back, with about 1/2 the people making the balls and 1/2 working on their own projects and listening. I felt rather “babbly”, so the next time I do this, I’m going to have to have it planned out better. Also, the big prints for the class don’t work with the cameras, so I’m going to have to do those differently. Andrea has offered to “powerpoint” my stuff, so she can run that end of it and I just have to talk.

A salad green, blooming

The other thing is that my desk doesn’t work for a staging space. We’re going to have to work something out so I’m not flailing to find pieces as the class goes on. Some of that will happen with taking more photos and putting them into the powerpoint, but that’s not enough.

Bay

I finished up a bit after nine and went splat. Tempus had taken off somewhere after class started, maybe by 8pm? Bulk route night. He’s done with that. We just spent a little while on the phone. He did some shopping for the usual, finished the drops and napped until just before I called.

Today I was hoping to start doing some recording while things were fresh in my mind, but we really need to get laundry finished, plants watered and everything put away from the class along with keeping going on getting the office space cleaned back up. With the new orders I’m going to need a clean space! …and we need to get crystals and smudges inventoried right away, so we know what we still have and what is from the new order. Busy, busy….

Sunset with sandpipers by Ken Gagne from 1-12-15 Used with permission

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Today’s plant is GarlicAllium sativum. This is one of those wonderful herbs in cooking. Not only is it magically cleansing, it’s marvelously tasty even in small amounts. A good cook will add it and you’ll notice, not the garlic flavor, but only that the dish tastes great!
Masculine, Earth, Mars, Hecate – Magickal uses include healing, protection, exorcism, chasing vampires (both actual and psychic), and purification of spaces and objects. Guards against negative magic, spirits, and the envy of others. Hang in the home to bring togetherness to the family. Hang by bed or desk to keep your willpower strong. Wards off bad weather when worn or carried during outside activities (without throwing off natural cycles!) Absorbs diseases — rub fresh, peeled garlic against ailing body parts then throw the garlic into running water.

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Day of Remembrance for Prince Igor – Suhii (March) 3 – This pagan prince struck fear in the heart of Byzantine Christianity by attacking its capitol, Constantinople. During this time, Igor enlisted the help of many vikings who helped him rule his kingdom and fight against his enemies. Prince Igor was killed by the Drevlani when he attempted to secure fees for rent from them when they were on the lands of his kingdom (Drevlane (Drevlani), Krivichi, Vjatichi, Deregovichi: North Slavic tribes)

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Aegir is from the Norse pantheon. “Older than the giants”, he is a god of the sea, known for great parties, especially with ale brewed in a cauldron that has its own saga. He is brother to fire and wind and married to the Sea Goddess Ran. Between them they have 9 daughters who are the different types of waves. More here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aegir

The shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday. Winter hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. For appointments contact us at 541-563-7154, anjasnihova@yahoo.com, on Facebook or here on the blog, or just leave a note on the door!

Love & Light,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Waning Moon Magick – From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 3/13 at 2:21am. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 3/5 at 5:30pm.

Wild Ducks Take Flight in Open Cluster
The Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile has taken this beautiful image, dappled with blue stars, of one of the most star-rich open clusters currently known — Messier 11, also known as NGC 6705 or the Wild Duck Cluster. Messier 11 is an open cluster, sometimes referred to as a galactic cluster, located around 6000 light-years away in the constellation of Scutum (The Shield). It was first discovered by German astronomer Gottfried Kirch in 1681 at the Berlin Observatory, appearing as nothing more than a fuzzy blob through the telescope. It wasn’t until 1733 that the blob was first resolved into separate stars by the Reverend William Derham in England, and Charles Messier added it to his famous catalogue in 1764. Messier was a comet hunter and the catalogue came into being as he was frustrated by constantly observing fixed, diffuse objects that looked like comets (for example, objects that we now know to be clusters, galaxies and nebulae). He wanted a record in order to avoid accidentally observing them again and confusing them with possible new comets. This particular stellar cluster was noted down as the eleventh such object — hence the name of Messier 11.
Open clusters are typically found lying in the arms of spiral galaxies or in the denser regions of irregular galaxies, where star formation is still common. Messier 11 is one of the most star-rich and compact of the open clusters, being almost 20 light-years across and home to close to 3000 stars. Open clusters are different to globular clusters, which tend to be very dense, tightly bound by gravity, and contain hundreds of thousands of very old stars — some of which are nearly as old as the Universe itself. Image: ESO

A bright Moon sits near the border of Libra and Virgo tonight, washing out much of the sky after midnight. But there’s still plenty to see. Around 4 A.M., early risers can enjoy the large open cluster M11, also known as the Wild Duck Cluster. Located in Scutum, it’s roughly 20° high two hours before sunrise and rising. Through binoculars, you’ll see a fuzzy patch of light, easily findable with a magnitude of 6.3. Discovered in 1681, this cluster gains its nickname from the rough V shape formed by its brightest stars, which look a bit like a flock of wild ducks flying overhead. In reality, however, the cluster contains around 3,000 stars, many of which will pop out once you train a telescope on the region.

After dinnertime at this time of year, five carnivore constellations are rising upright in a row from the northeast to south. They’re all seen in profile with their noses pointed up and their feet (if any) to the right. These are Ursa Major the Big Bear in the northeast (with the Big Dipper as its brightest part), Leo the Lion in the east, Hydra the Sea Serpent in the southeast, Canis Minor the Little Dog higher in the south-southeast, and bright Canis Major the Big Dog in the south.

Uranus (magnitude 5.8, in western Aries) is far below Mars in early evening. Finder chart.

Old Farmer’s Almanac NIGHT SKY MAP FOR FEBRUARY 2021: Orion – https://www.almanac.com/sky-map-february

Runic half-month of Teiwaz/Tyr, 2/27-3/13 This is a time of positive regulation, sacrifice and hard work in order to progress. 

Sun in Pisces

Moon in Scorpio

Goddess Month of Moura, runs from 2/20-3/19
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17
Color – Yellow
Planting 3/3-4
©2021 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17, Nion (NEE-uhn), ash – the common ash (Fraxinus excelsior L.) is a major tree of lowland forests in much of Europe, along with oaks and beeches. It grows to 40 m (130 feet) in open sites, with a broad crown reminiscent of American elm trees. Ash was and still is an important timber tree, and is a traditional material for the handle of a besom. The common ash is occasionally cultivated in North America, and similar native ash species are widely grown as street trees. Ashes are members of the Olive family (Oleaceae).

Nuin – Ash Ogam letter correspondences
Month: March
Color: Glass Green
Class: Cheiftain
Letter: N
Meaning: Locked into a chain of events; Feeling bound.

Ogam letter correspondences to study this month Oir – Spindle Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: White
Class: Peasant
Letter: TH, OI
Meaning: Finish obligations and tasks or your life cannot move forward.

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Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
W    3     High   3:03 AM     8.4   6:49 AM     Set  9:20 AM      84
~     3      Low   9:36 AM     0.4   6:07 PM    Rise 11:50 PM
~     3     High   3:38 PM     6.9
~     3      Low   9:30 PM     1.5

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Full Circle – Breaking free demands filling your own heart first, with absolute, unapologetic honesty. It is a matter of going back to where we all started.

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Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – In the poem “In the Fashion,” A. A. Milne writes, “A lion has a tail and a very fine tail. And so has an  elephant, and so has a whale. And so has a crocodile, and so has a quail— They’ve all got tails but me.” Explain what you think would be both the advantages and disadvantages of your having a tail.

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Quotes

~   We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls. – Mother Teresa
~   You usually don’t find your inner reserves until circumstances force you to seek them. Only then do we find out what the limits of our powers really are. – Kerr Cuhulain
~   I’ve never had a humble opinion. If you’ve got an opinion, why be humble about it? – Joan Baez
~   Authority without wisdom is like a heavy axe without an edge, more fit to bruise than polish. – Anne Bradstreet

Daffodils,
That come before the swallow dares, and take
The winds of March with beauty. – William Shakespeare (1564–1616)

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Ostara Magick – More Correspondences – O S T A R Ahttp://earthwitchery.com/ostara.htmlSpring Equinox circa March 21Altar * Herbs * Stones * Activities * Food

Ostara, or the Spring Equinox, is an enchanted borderland time outside of time where a magickal seam joins dark and light. From this moment on, the Sun God begins his seminal journey across the sky. His light and warmth overtake the darkness of Winter until his power peaks at Summer Solstice in June.

Ostara is a time of new fire. The light and dark are in perfect balance, but the light is growing and the Sun is about to burst forth with new energy. It is a season of fertility and growth.

Eostre or Ostara is the Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring to whom offerings of cakes and colored eggs were made at the Vernal Equinox. Rabbits were sacred to her, especially white rabbits, and she was believed to take the form of a rabbit.

ALTAR: For the Ostara altar:

— Candles should be light green.

— Incense may be jasmine.

— Decorate the circle with spring wildflowers.

— Place an earthenware or wooden bowl containing soil or a large seed of some kind on the altar.

HERBS to use in your magic at Ostara: lily of the valley, tansy, lavender, marjoram, thyme, tarragon, lovage, lilac, violets, lemon balm, dogwood, honeysuckle, oakmoss, orrisroot, sunflower seeds, rose hips, oak, elder, willow, crocus, daffodil, jonquil, tulip, broom (Scotch or Iris), meadowsweet, acorn, trefoil (purple clover), vervain.

STONES: Clear quartz crystal, rose quartz, agate, lapis lazuli, amazonite, garnet.

ACTIVITIES :

Perform a seed blessing and indoor planting ritual.

Have a traditional breakfast of buns, ham, and eggs.

Make natural egg dyes from herbs.

Color hard boiled eggs and add symbols for the Fertility God, the Goddess, the Sun God, unity, fire, water, agriculture, prosperity and growth, strength and wisdom, spring, love and affection, and protection.

Consecrate the eggs:

In the name of the Goddess of Spring, (name); and the ever-returning God of the Sun, (name); By the powers of the four elements — earth, air, fire, and water; I do consecrate these eggs of Ostara..

Point the athame at the eggs, make the sign of the pentagram, and see the energy flow through the blade into the eggs, and say: New life lies within as new life shall enter the soil. Let those who seek this life find it and consume it, for all life feeds on life.

The eggs may be hidden and an Ostara Egg Hunt commences.

Make pysanky and krashanky, magickal amulets of fertility, protection, and prosperity.

Make hot cross buns to honor the union of the earth and the sun for Spring. Slash the “X” with the bolline and bless the cakes.

Toss crushed eggshells into the garden and say: For fairy, for flowers, for herbs in the bowers, The shells pass fertility with springtime flowers.

Wear green clothing.

Eat an egg you have empowered with a quality you desire.

On Ostara Eve, light a purple or violet candle and burn patchouli incense. Carry them both through the house, and say: Farewell to wintry spirits and friends; On morrow we greet the spirits of spring. Our blessings to thee as your way we wend; And merry we’ll meet next winter again. Blow out the candle and say: Merry meet, merry part, and merry meet again.

At this time, witches cast spells for careers, relationships, and love. It’s a time for planting new ideas. Seek harmony and balance in the incredible energy of the season, and project good health, good fortune, and confidence in achieving goals.

FOOD: Eggs! Spring lamb, cream and milk, bake bread with a decorated egg inside, spring salad, hot cross buns.

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Silliness – Squirm electric

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Daily Stuff 3-2-21 Baba Marta

Hi, folks!

The shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday. Winter hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Linda Donaldson.

Mostly cloudy, but when the clouds part the stars are gorgeous! 41F, wind at 0-4mph and gusting, AQI 15-40, UV2. Chance of rain 8% today and 10% tonight. We’re under a SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY until this evening. Today and tomorrow we’ll have sun and the afternoons will be warm, comparatively. By lunchtime on Thursday, the wind and rain are supposed to start up and Friday could be quite wet. The rest of the forecast is for showers with the temps dropping a little at the week goes on.

Crab Salad – photo by Ken Gagne on 3/24/19

Yesterday I wrote most of the day. I spent a little while just before closing setting up a cockaleekie soup, which was supper. I was pretty happy with the way it turned out. Just as I went to the front door to start flipping the signs a car pulled up and a plaintive wail came out of its window. “Oh, you aren’t closing yet, are you?” Well, of course I wasn’t going to turn someone away!

Happy Easter 2020

She and her partner and I had a good set of chats. She was fascinated by the incense info that I have and I demonstrated how you light the miyakozumi charcoal. She ended up buying a box and some resin, plus a couple of other things and her partner picked up a couple of rings. I’m not sure, but I think they were the only folks in all day…. …and they had just made it official that they were a couple! Congratulations!

Keep your fingers crossed. We might have a spot for our tiny home!

Today I’m going to sleep late…. This was a tiring week, if a good one. Once I’m up I have to finish getting my class handout together and then I’m teaching a class on home-made balls in the middle ages in the evening. First try for an online… Tempus has a bulk route tonight, and is planning a small amount of shopping.

Photo by Linda Donaldson

Today’s plant is the Leek, Allium ampeloprasum, one of the longed-for foods of spring, cultivated for at least 4 millenia. Since leeks over-winter in many/most places and begin to come up before snowmelt in even the most frozen climes, they were one of the “rescue foods” of late winter and pack a lot of nutrition in a tasty package. Leeks are the national symbol of Wales. – Masculine, Mars, Fire – Symbolized in the Runic alphabet as “Laguz”, it brings prosperity and health in the spring. Potato Leek Health soup is a magickal blend often prepared by witches in the very early spring (and I put the recipe in this blog earlier in the year, pre-Imbolc). Eating leeks together brings love. Carry a leek as a protective amulet and bite it if you’re feeling surrounded by evil. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leek

Today’s feast is a general one that I’m putting under the name of Baba Marta, one of many “grumpy old women of March” or mother festivals that happen right around the beginning of this month. In Central Europe, the Balkan states and down along the east side of the Caucasus, there are many similar traditions about March being an old lady of changable mood. It is also Mothers’ Day in many these countries. 

One of the interesting customs of this time are the Martenitsi, which are cords of red and white, sometimes turned into yarn dolls, that are worn until the spring arrives, at which point they are tied to blossoming trees. This is a remnant of an old pagan custom. No one knows the original significance of these figures, but they were explained to me by my Czech grandparents as a reminder to Jarilo and Jarila (personifications of spring) that they were supposed to arrive soon!

Once the Spring is here, the cords become a blessing, so are passed on to the fruit trees to bless all the fields, flocks, orchards and people. More some some of the customs herehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baba_Marta_Day

It’s also Tempus and my granddaughter’s 2nd Birthday!

The shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday. Winter hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. For appointments contact us at 541-563-7154, anjasnihova@yahoo.com, on Facebook or here on the blog, or just leave a note on the door!

Love & Light,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Waning Moon Magick – From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 3/13 at 2:21am. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 3/5 at 5:30pm.

Sirius blazes high in the south on the meridian by about 8 p.m. now. Using binoculars, examine the spot 4° south of Sirius (directly below it when it’s near the meridian). Four degrees is somewhat less than the width of a typical binocular’s field of view. Can you see a little patch of gray haze here? That’s the open star cluster M41, about 2,200 light-years away. Its total magnitude adds up to 5.0. Sirius, by comparison, is only 8.6 light-years away — and shines 400 times brighter.

The Moon reaches perigee — the closest point to Earth in its slightly elliptical orbit — at 12:18 A.M. EST. At that time, it will sit 227,063 miles (365,422 kilometers) away.

Draco, Ursa Minor

Draco the Dragon sits with his head low to the northern horizon after sunset tonight, but by two hours after the Sun disappears, the magnitude 3.6 star Thuban is nearly 30° high and rising. This seemingly nondescript star has a famous past — it was once the North Star, sitting where the current pole star, Polaris in Ursa Minor, is now located. That past role is likely the reason Thuban is Draco’s alpha star, despite the fact that it’s fainter than many of the Dragon’s other luminaries. Its name also, curiously, means “the serpent’s head” in Arabic, despite its location in Draco’s tail. These days, Draco is a circumpolar constellation, meaning it circles the North Celestial Pole. If you stay out late enough, you’ll see the stars of Draco ascend in the sky and then begin arcing back over again as Earth rotates.

Mercury, Jupiter, and Saturn lurk very low in bright dawn. But Jupiter and Saturn are getting a little higher and less difficult to see each morning, while Mercury maintains its altitude and fades slightly this week. Look very low in the east-southeast about 30 minutes before sunrise, as shown below. With the sky that bright, bring binoculars. Mercury fades from magnitude +0.2 to +0.6 this week. Saturn is magnitude +0.7, while Jupiter, though lower, is much brighter at mag –2.0. Watch Jupiter close in on Mercury day by day. They reach conjunction, about 0.6° apart for North America, on the morning of March 5th.

Old Farmer’s Almanac NIGHT SKY MAP FOR FEBRUARY 2021: Orion – https://www.almanac.com/sky-map-february

Runic half-month of Teiwaz/Tyr, 2/27-3/13 This is a time of positive regulation, sacrifice and hard work in order to progress. 

Sun in Pisces

Moon in Libra enters Scorpio at 12:38pm

Goddess Month of Moura, runs from 2/20-3/19
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17
Color – Scarlet
©2021 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17, Nion (NEE-uhn), ash – the common ash (Fraxinus excelsior L.) is a major tree of lowland forests in much of Europe, along with oaks and beeches. It grows to 40 m (130 feet) in open sites, with a broad crown reminiscent of American elm trees. Ash was and still is an important timber tree, and is a traditional material for the handle of a besom. The common ash is occasionally cultivated in North America, and similar native ash species are widely grown as street trees. Ashes are members of the Olive family (Oleaceae).

Nuin – Ash Ogam letter correspondences
Month: March
Color: Glass Green
Class: Cheiftain
Letter: N
Meaning: Locked into a chain of events; Feeling bound.

Ogam letter correspondences to study this month Oir – Spindle Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: White
Class: Peasant
Letter: TH, OI
Meaning: Finish obligations and tasks or your life cannot move forward.

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Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                  Visible
Tu   2     High   2:25 AM     8.3   6:51 AM     Set  8:53 AM      92
~     2      Low   8:43 AM     0.6   6:06 PM    Rise 10:33 PM
~     2     High   2:41 PM     7.5
~     2      Low   8:49 PM     0.8

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Some people have learned to earn well, but they haven’t learned to live well.

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Journal Prompt – What if? – If you could break the Guiness Book of Records it would be for?

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Quotes

~   I try to avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward. – Charlotte Bronte
~   We’ve been having some trouble with the school bus. It keeps bringing the kids back. – from Bruce L.
~   You have not lived until you have done something for someone who can never repay you. – John Bunyan
~   Don’t ever take a fence down until you know the reason why it was put up. – Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Black boughs against a pale, clear sky,
Slight mists of cloud-wreaths floating by;
Soft sunlight, gray-blue smoky air,
Wet thawing snows on hillsides bare. – Emma Lazarus (1849–87)

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Ostara Magick – Crafts

Seedling Planter Eggs – After cleaning out your eggs, remove the top half of each egg and fill it with soil. Purchase tiny flowers or seedlings from a local nursery, and plant them in your creative shelled containers.

Laminated Window Hangings for Ostara

you will need:
–  lined paper
–  laminating paper
–  crayons
–  Ostara cookie cutters(the big ones)
–  scissors & a single hole punch
–  a pencil
what to do:

  • Lightly trace the shapes of eggs, bunnies, flowers or other Ostara figures with your pencil.
  • Cut out those shapes with scissors.
  • Colour in the shapes with your crayons lightly.
  • Laminate the shapes with laminate paper, and cut off the excess edges, leave about 3mm extra laminate paper.
  • Punch a hole through the top of the shape and hang it up in your window.                                                 

Salt Dough Bunnies

I use this dough to make a passel of bunnies to put around the house for Oestre. Of course, you can use this dough for just about anything, eggs, chicks, even make your own Willendorf Goddess statue <G>

Items needed:

  • ·    3/4 cup salt
  • ·    3/4 cup non-self-rising flour
  • ·    2 tsp powdered alum (look in the drugstore or grocery)
  • ·    3/4 cup water
  • ·    2 tblsp vegetable oil
  • ·    food coloring

Directions:

1.   Mix salt, 1/2 cup flour, and alum in a saucepan.

2.   Add water slowly, stirring to break up lumps.

3.   place over low heat and cook, stirring constantly, until mixture is rubbery and difficult to stir. It should not be sticky when touched.

4.   Add vegetable oil. Stir until blended.

5.   Turn out onto a plate or aluminum foil. Set aside until cool enough to handle.

6.   If more than one color is desired, divide mixture into portions and to each portion add a different color. Knead until color is blended.

7.   Add up to 1/4 cup flour if clay is sticky.

8.   Makes 1 1/2 cups

How to Use: Model as with any clay. Press clay into molds or use it to make beads (pierce holes in beads before clay dries) This clay hardens in 1 or 2 days; do not bake. Store in an airtight container.

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Silliness – Purrfect – Q: What does a cat call a bowl of mice? A: A purrfect meal!

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Daily Stuff 3-1-21 St. David’s Day

Hi, folks!

The shop opens at 1pm. Winter hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Ken Gagne.

Partly cloudy, chilly, and very quiet…. 39F, wind at 0-1mph, AQI 13-58, UV3. Chance of rain 8% today and 13% tonight. It look like today through Wednesday ought to be dry and warm for the time of year during the day and pretty chilly at night. Something is rolling in on Thursday with wind and rain again through Friday, but after that the chance of rain showers is closer to 50% for awhile. Still…. get your yard work done over the next few days!

Yesterday was a decent day. I had fun doing some of the cooking that’s needed to be handled, plus I got to chat with some friends about projects that we’re all doing. I got about 1/2 of what I wanted done, but then managed to get a couple of other things take care of that weren’t on the list, originally. Mostly I was cooking and doing pictures. I got the naklady hermelin done. That’s a “pickled” cheese. We’d probably call it an “infused” cheese in English, because it’s done in oil, rather than vinegar. After that I got a batch of utopenci done. Those are a Czech pub snack, a pickled (for reals this time) kielbasa. I made pickling broth and finished up a couple of jars of veg that were ready for the broth, then I made soup from the chicken broth from early in the week and some leftover veg that needed to be used, some frozen mixed veg and a few other leftovers from the fridge. Last thing was to unmold a “naughty cake”, that didn’t quite work the first time. I might do them this way on purpose instead of as a “save”. It was a solid, if small, chunk of tasty!

Tempus worked on the candle display. It’s partway back together. He’s going to finish it today, but he just ran out of oomph. We had a few customers in, but not a lot. We finally quit around 6:30 and closed, had soup, went home and went splat.

I’m back up for a bit to do the newsletter, but I’m drooping here at my desk. I’ll get that out and then sleep some more.I got several orders placed for smudges and crystals before I wore down. I did a lot and wore myself out.

Today we’re going to finish the candle display and I’m going to be working on stock, since there are crystals to bag. I’m hoping that once the candles display is done that there’s going to be some oomph left over to get more of the herb wall re-stocked. I’m also hoping to clear enough of the cooking stuff that I can start bagging some more resins.

At Yachats State Park, Another wonderful Ken Gagne pic from 2/27/15.

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Today’s Plant is Sword fernPolystichum munitum. It grows all winter on the coast, getting greener and lovelier every year as the new fiddles come up out of the center of the plant and develop into fronds. I’ve been enjoying those, watching them for months, now. they can get to be 6 feet tall and some of the ones down in the park where the stream crosses through are that size! The indigenes used the rhizome as a poverty food (baked and peeled), and the fronds are one of the best remedies for relieving the pain from the sting of a Stinging Nettle. It is also commonly used by florists as an ornamental plant. – Masculine, Air, The God, the Puck. – This is an herb of masculine power, protection and luck. Use in spells to guide to treasure. Burn to drive away pests.…and as any fern, burn for rain…. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sword_fern

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The Matronalia, the feast of  Juno Lucina, (another festival of the family of Mars)  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucina_%28goddess%29 was the Roman version of Mothers’ Day. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matronalia

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Navii’s Day (Vjunitci) – Suhii (March) 1 – On this first of four days, slavic pagans remember their ancestors in prayer. Today, Navii’s Day is the “Day of the Dead”. People bring sacrifices and invite their ancestors to attend their feast with them.

It’s also St. David’s Day. Quoting Old Farmer’s Almanac – “St. David’s Day – This day commemorates the patron saint of Wales, St. David, who was born in the sixth century at Henfynw, Cardigan. St. David’s Day also celebrates the Welsh victory over the Saxons in 640. Legend has it that the clever Welsh farmers pinned leeks to their coats so they could recognize one another in the melee; the Saxons killed many of their own kind, not having such a sign to tell friend from foe. Today, St. David’s symbol is the leek. In honor of St. David, plant a bulb of aromatic leek as soon as the ground can be worked. See our page on planting onions and leeks. An old adage suggests eating leeks all month to keep the doctor away all year. So, try Cock-a-Leekie Soup.

The shop opens at 1pm. Winter hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. For appointments contact us at 541-563-7154, anjasnihova@yahoo.com, on Facebook or here on the blog, or just leave a note on the door!

Love & Light,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Waning Moon Magick – From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 3/13 at 2:21am. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 3/5 at 5:30pm.

Red and blue – On March 30, 2019, Mars approached within 3.3° of the Pleiades star cluster in Taurus the Bull. A thin layer of clouds diffused the light from the Red Planet, producing the halo. – Ayman Naguib

Mars opens the month of March a mere 3° due south of M45, better known as the Pleiades. This sparkling open star cluster is easy to spot with the naked eye in the constellation Taurus, already relatively high in the southwest by the time full darkness falls. The Red Planet now spans just 6″, making it a disappointing telescopic object if you’re looking for detail. If you are an experienced observer, video capture might net you some surface features. But it’s still a great bright target for beginning observers eager to explore our solar system from their backyard. Its magnitude 0.9 glow is just the tiniest bit fainter than nearby Aldebaran, a magnitude 0.8 red giant in the Bull’s face that sits among — but is not properly part of — the loose Hyades open cluster.

It’s not spring for another 19 days, but the Spring Star Arcturus seems eager to thrust itself into view. It rises above the east-northeast horizon about an hour after dark now, depending on your latitude. To see where to watch for this, find the Big Dipper as soon as the stars come out; it’s high in the northeast. Follow the curve of its handle down and around to the lower right by a little more than a Dipper-length. That’s the spot on the horizon to watch. By 10 or 11 p.m. Arcturus dominates the eastern sky.

Algol should dip to its minimum brightness, magnitude 3.4 instead of its usual 2.1, for a couple hours centered on 11:21 p.m. EST (8:21 p.m. PST).

Waning gibbous Moon

Will you be out before dawn Tuesday morning? The waning gibbous Moon will be shining in the southwest, offering telescopic views of a phase you’re probably not used to. And spot Spica about 5° below the Moon (for North America).

Mars (magnitude +0.9, in Taurus) passes the Pleiades this week. Look high in the west in early evening. Upper left of Mars shines Aldebaran, essentially the twin of Mars in brightness now as well as color. Their separation shrinks from 15° to 12° this week. (They’ll be passing 7° apart at the turn of spring on March 20th. And by the way, Mars and March have the same root. Our month name comes from the Roman Martius, “month of Mars.”) In a telescope Mars is a mere 6 arcseconds wide: a tiny bright blob.

Old Farmer’s Almanac NIGHT SKY MAP FOR FEBRUARY 2021: Orion – https://www.almanac.com/sky-map-february

Runic half-month of Teiwaz/Tyr, 2/27-3/13 This is a time of positive regulation, sacrifice and hard work in order to progress. 

Sun in Pisces

Moon in Libra

Goddess Month of Moura, runs from 2/20-3/19
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17
Color – Grey
©2021 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17, Nion (NEE-uhn), ash – the common ash (Fraxinus excelsior L.) is a major tree of lowland forests in much of Europe, along with oaks and beeches. It grows to 40 m (130 feet) in open sites, with a broad crown reminiscent of American elm trees. Ash was and still is an important timber tree, and is a traditional material for the handle of a besom. The common ash is occasionally cultivated in North America, and similar native ash species are widely grown as street trees. Ashes are members of the Olive family (Oleaceae).

Nuin – Ash Ogam letter correspondences
Month: March
Color: Glass Green
Class: Cheiftain
Letter: N
Meaning: Locked into a chain of events; Feeling bound.

Ogam letter correspondences to study this month Oir – Spindle Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: White
Class: Peasant
Letter: TH, OI
Meaning: Finish obligations and tasks or your life cannot move forward.

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Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                              Visible
M    1     High   1:50 AM     8.0   6:53 AM     Set  8:27 AM      97
     1      Low   7:54 AM     1.0   6:05 PM    Rise  9:16 PM
     1     High   1:49 PM     8.1
     1      Low   8:11 PM     0.0

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Let loose of what you can’t control. Serenity will be yours.

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Journal Prompt – What do you think? – How much was Gas the last time you filled up?

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Quotes

~   A man may devote himself to death and destruction to save a nation; but no nation will devote itself to death and destruction to save mankind. – Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) English writer
~   Everyone who got to where they are had to begin where they were. – Richard Paul Evans
~   We are standing in the vibration of a sacred prophecy. The prophecy tells us that consciousness is preparing the spirit of the feminine, the spirit of the grandmothers. In the prophecy, we shall walk into the light united from the four directions. – Flordemayo, one of our Wise Women
~   He that cannot forgive others breaks the bridge over which he must pass himself; for every man has need to be forgiven.  –Thomas Fuller

In come the March winds,
They blow and blow,
They sweep up the brown leaves
That green ones may grow. – –George Washington Wright Houghton (1850–91)

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Ostara Magick – LoreAnother Time to Rebirth Yourself By Cate Cavanagh

Perhaps it is me but every Sabbat and esbat is another opportunity to review my progress in terms of goals met, new goals I have set and self inventory.

I am of the belief that I, as a Pagan eclectic, need to look at myself honestly. As co-inhabitants of the earth with other beings that change with each section of the wheel, we are also affected. We change with each season. We get a little older (obviously), our routines change as winter brings prolonged darkness and often bitter weather. With less light, many of us feel listless, restless, tired and depressed. I too undergo changes like these.

Long ago I decided that as the weather changes on the Wheel that I too undergo metamorphosis. My question to myself was do I just mindlessly survive this dark and lifeless-appearing season or will I, like all life on earth, choose to reflect the Wheel.

Like the other occasions we honor, there is a theme of darkness and light, clarity and veiling, life and death, death and rebirth. As we honor the Sun God’s return at Ostara and the bridging of the borders of the dark chill of winter and the coming light and the onset of the growth of spring, isn’t there a theme we need to recognize?

How dark was my own inner darkness during the winter months? What did I actively do to grapple with it? What dark part of myself did I overcome? Was I depressed? Was I ungrateful? Was I resentful? Was I angry? Was I self critical? Was I judgmental? What negative aspects of my self, my darkness did I nurture by not seeking to overcome them? How much of my own spirit power did I give up by indulging these useless patterns? Whereas all of these traits make us human and, as such, prone to feel these emotions from time to time, if we sink into the abyss that any of these mindsets can create, then we have lost our way; we have lost Goddess given spirit power.  To me, winter is the time to cleanse the spirit of such excesses in emotion and habit that deprive us of oneness with the Goddess, the path and enlightenment.

Each Sabbat I seek to know the flaws in my personality that are obstacles to me personally, materially and most importantly of all, spiritually. With winter in the northern hemisphere ending, this dark time of the wheel was useful in reassessing how true to my path I have been, did I mourn those things and people that needed further mourning and did I as a spirit power driven person do what was needed to move forward to the next stage on the wheel and in my life.

With Ostara and increased light from virtual darkness, I thank my Goddess for enlightening me despite the darkness of the season past, despite real obstacles and despite myself! I am grateful for the return of the Sun God and the light which will provide an impetus for personal action.

While there are many things to be read and enjoyed on the history of Ostara to me, as with all Sabbats, Ostara is a deeply personal thing. The “rebirth” of plant and flower life is a yardstick for me to measure myself in terms of how willing and able I am to recreate/sow my life as I choose or rebirth myself, if you will.

As part of being aligned with Mother Earth, I reflect the seasons of the wheel. As Ostara approached, I focused on coming out of the repose of winter that enabled me to look at the spiritual seeds I may have planted long ago. If they did not flower, I looked at why-what did I not do to facilitate my spiritual growth? Did I hold onto past pain and losses that prevented me from experiencing the hope and gratitude? Did I focus on others’ faults rather than see them as diverse reflections of my own? Did I ignore myself in any way by over nurturing others? Did I forget that ignoring the self and over nurturing others deprives all parties concerned of the opportunity for personal growth. Did I ignore myself in any way as a tool for avoiding certain changes I needed make in order to prepare to harvest a healthier, more creative “me”, come Ostara?

As each Sabbat draws near I feel an urgency to either remove my inner clutter or to identify what might still linger so I can release it on the upcoming Sabbat. Ostara is one of the times I do this. As the earth is sown, I too can sow my hopes and dreams.


As the earth blossoms, I too can give myself the opportunity to blossom. As the earth drastically embodies light and vibrant color, I too can look at the tapestry that is myself and decide what part needs repairing so I too can embody the Goddess’ light and the vibrancy of all her aspects. I can choose to walk blossoming as a Goddess in my own right.

Although I do a yearly self inventory to see how far I have come along with this work in progress which is my self, with Ostara coming near, I did something a little different. I asked those closest to me to name just one trait I have that is either an obstacle or creates lifelong themes I could do without. The tally is still coming in and their observations so far are interestingly in agreement with my own. I can see and feel how much I have grown since last Ostara. The flow of the winter aspect of the Wheel has certainly provided a number of events to gauge how much I have really grown and I dared to ask myself if I were to embrace the light fully, choosing to come out of my own darkness as the darkness of winter wanes?

It took a lot of work to subdue some of the “triggers” could have thrown me into Chaos. 

But, that is what winter is for: reviewing challenges and letting the majick of repose reconfigure my coping skills. Last Sabbat, as usual, I asked for growth. This last Winter on the Wheel gave me opportunities to measure that growth. Some things were joyful, others not but, I grew- as arduously as it is for a seedling to begin to burst through its pod and push through the packed earth of winter.

These seeds are readying for their rebirth and, as they do, I ask myself am I? The divine separation of our darkness past and the light to come gives me trust that I am.

Cate is a poet, author, columnist and eclectic Pagan and Witch. Feel free to browse her website: http://members.tripod.com/cate_cavanagh/catecavanagh/

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Silliness – Running Blood

A teacher was giving a lesson on the circulation of the blood. Trying to make the matter clearer, he said, “Now, students, if I stood on my head the blood, as you know, would run into it, and I should turn red in the face.”
“Yes, sir,” the boys said.
“Then why is it that while I am standing upright in the ordinary position the blood doesn’t run into my feet?”

Aa little fellow shouted, “It’s because yer feet ain’t empty.”

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Daily Stuff 2-28-21 temp

Hi, folks!

Last Minus Tide of the cycle at 7:34 PM of -0.5 feet. The shop opens at 1pm. Winter hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Walter Duvall. I miss having classes and other get-togethers!

Overcast and chilly. 41F, wind at 1-3mph and gusting, AQI 18-55, UV2. Chance of rain 6% today and 11% tonight. There’s a SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY in effect until 4pm today. The forecast changed rather drastically. We’re now expecting dry and partly sunny weather through Thursday with the highs reaching the mid-50’s. From Friday on we’re expecting showers, although the chance at any one point is barely over 50%.

Yesterday I worked pretty hard for several hours, even to getting the shop open on time, but I wore out by mid-afternoon and Tempus took over for me. He stayed open later than we’ve been, almost to 8pm and actually had two sets of customers after 6pm!

Tempus dug around under and beside my desk for quite a long while today. He found the stock (mostly loose quartz crystals!) from the box that he flipped, grabbing the phone. The phone was our Alaska boy reassuring us that he was fine after the earthquake… that I hadn’t actually seen had happened, yet. 🙂 So, I looked it up for him and got him the details. ….and then Tempus crawled under the desk to remedy the “flip”.

I’ve been doing a lot of sorting, trying to reduce the mess that the area around my desk has gotten to. I’m finally most of the way there. I’d *be* there if I weren’t also trying to get new stock priced and set out. ….which is why that box was there to be flipped. Not sure I got ’em all back….

Tempus made us stuffed burgers again today and they were delicious! I’ve been working on embroidery and reading during the evening. I’m going to get this out and then go to sleep, I hope.

Today is our “different day”. I didn’t get so far as cooking, yesterday, so I’m going to try again today.

Photo taken by Walter Duvall at the Agate Beach Recreation Site

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Today’s plant is the snowdrop, Galanthus. It was called that in Gerard’s Great Herbal in 1633. The derivation of the name is uncertain, although it may have come from the German word Schneetropfen, which was a type of earring popular around that time. Other British traditional common names include “February fairmaids”, “dingle-dangle”, “Candlemas bells”, “Mary’s tapers” and, in parts of Yorkshire, “snow piercers” (like the French name perce-neige). It is used in spells for making you think and for sorting out problems, also to chase the negative effects of sorrow and grief.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snowdrop

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On 2/28/53 the final link in how DNA works was found by Francis Crick and Jim Watson. The two men finally figured out how the base pairs linked up. A letter by Crick to his son Michael was found recently and was auctioned by Christie’s, http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/26/science/a-dna-lesson-from-the-pen-of-francis-crick.html?ref=science&_r=1& More on DNA itself here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DNA

The shop opens at 1pm. Winter hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. For appointments contact us at 541-563-7154, anjasnihova@yahoo.com, on Facebook or here on the blog, or just leave a note on the door!

Love & Light,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Full Moon – The day of, the day before, and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 2/28 at 12:17pm. Waning Moon Magick – From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 3/13 at 2:21am. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 3/5 at 5:30pm.

Dawn Planets

The morning triangle of planets formed by Mercury, Jupiter, and Saturn has been flattening over the past several days as Mercury’s declination drops. But at the same time, the tiny planet is growing brighter and easier to see against the twilight sky. Mercury, now magnitude 0.3, stands a mere 3° west of Jupiter this morning. Saturn is now 5.5° to Mercury’s west. All three are located in Capricornus, slightly southeast of where the Sun is rising. Try viewing them about half an hour before sunrise, taking care not to use any optics — such as binoculars or a telescope — within a few minutes of when the Sun is scheduled to appear at your location. Looking at these planets gives you a view out through the solar system. All three are currently on the far side of the Sun from our viewpoint. Mercury is closest to Earth at 0.85 astronomical unit, where 1 astronomical unit, or AU, is the average Earth-Sun distance. Next in line is Jupiter, which sits 6 AU away, and lastly is Saturn, at 10.8 AU.

Cassiopeia and the Big Dipper with Polaris between.

It’s the end of February. So soon after dark now, the Big Dipper rises as high in the northeast as Cassiopeia has descended to in the northwest. Midway between them, as always, is Polaris.

Venus is out of sight in the glare of the Sun.

Old Farmer’s Almanac NIGHT SKY MAP FOR FEBRUARY 2021: Orion – https://www.almanac.com/sky-map-february

Runic half-month of Teiwaz/Tyr, 2/27-3/13 This is a time of positive regulation, sacrifice and hard work in order to progress. 

Sun in Pisces

Moon in Virgo enters Libra at 11:17pm.

Goddess Month of Moura, runs from 2/20-3/19
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17
Color – Yellow
©2021 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17, Nion (NEE-uhn), ash – the common ash (Fraxinus excelsior L.) is a major tree of lowland forests in much of Europe, along with oaks and beeches. It grows to 40 m (130 feet) in open sites, with a broad crown reminiscent of American elm trees. Ash was and still is an important timber tree, and is a traditional material for the handle of a besom. The common ash is occasionally cultivated in North America, and similar native ash species are widely grown as street trees. Ashes are members of the Olive family (Oleaceae).

Nuin – Ash Ogam letter correspondences
Month: March
Color: Glass Green
Class: Cheiftain
Letter: N
Meaning: Locked into a chain of events; Feeling bound.

Ogam letter correspondences to study this month Oir – Spindle Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: White
Class: Peasant
Letter: TH, OI
Meaning: Finish obligations and tasks or your life cannot move forward.

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Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible

Su  28     High   1:16 AM     7.7   6:54 AM     Set  8:02 AM      99
~    28      Low   7:08 AM     1.4   6:03 PM    Rise  7:59 PM
~    28     High   1:01 PM     8.4
~    28      Low   7:34 PM    -0.5

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Love is stronger than Pride, so when you follow your heart, trust the person that you love.

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Journal Prompt – Friends – If you need inspiration and put on your favorite CD, which one is it? What is your favorite song on this CD? Why do these lyrics “speak” to you? If you met the artist, what would you ask him? If you could be in the front row, where would you see him/her in concert?

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Quotes

~   Ever since happiness heard your name, it has been running through the streets trying to find you. – Hafiz
~   No one has ever made himself great by showing how small someone else is. – Irvin Himmel
~   Next to jazz music, there is nothing that lifts the spirit & strengthens the soul more than a good bowl of chili. – Harry James
~   Democracy does not guarantee equality of conditions – it only guarantees equality of opportunity. – Irving Kristol

When the days are longer, longer,
And the sun shines stronger, stronger,
And the winds cease blowing, blowing,
And the winter’s chance of snowing
Is lost in springtime weather. – Nora Perry (1831–96)

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Ostara Magick – Recipes

FlyOffthePlate Potatoes http://greenhaventradition.weebly.com/ostara-recipes.html This was originally published in The Wordsmith’s Forge on 1/22/09, then revised for reprint 6/24/11.

Ingredients:

  • 4 large roasting potatoes
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1/2 cup goose fat
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  2. Scrub the potatoes.  Cut them into bite-sized chunks.
  3. Put 1/2 cup goose fat into a small bowl.
  4. Crumble 1/2 teaspoon of dried rosemary into it.
  5. Stir to combine.
  6. Put about half the potatoes into 8×11″ baking dish.
  7. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  8. Drizzle about half the herbed goose fat over the potatoes.
  9. Stir to coat evenly.
  10. Add the rest of the potatoes.
  11. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  12. Drizzle on the rest of the herbed goose fat.
  13. Stir carefully, being careful not to knock pieces out of the dish.
  14. Cook at 400ºF for one hour. Toward the end, test the potatoes with a fork. When done, they should be tender, and the top layer will be brown and crispy on the highest points.

Notes:

Any type of roasting or multipurpose potato should work.  I used red ones because the skins contrast nicely with the white centers.

The goose fat is what makes this recipe splendid rather than ordinary.  Its reputation as a supreme cooking ingredient is well justified.  If you don’t have any, you can try a variation of this recipe using duck fat, chicken fat, or even cooking oil.  But goose fat is so awesome that it’s actually sold in jars as an ingredient in its own right, so you can find it at gourmet suppliers.  I simply siphoned mine out of the “Herbal Roast Goose” that I made earlier.
Rosemary goes very well with potatoes.  However, you can try other herbs such as thyme or oregano if you prefer.

This recipe was originally published in The Wordsmith’s Forge on 5/1/10, then revised for reprint 6/24/11.

Carrot Pecan Wild Rice – http://autumnearthsong.com/2012/03/03/ostara-recipes-2012/

  • 1 1/2 cups wild rice
  • 2 carrots sliced  into 1/2-inch rounds1/4 cup raisins
    1/4 cup pecans
  • The zest and juice from 1 orange
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 4 tablespoons  melted butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method

  1. Add wild rice to a sauce pot with about 4 1/2 cups of water, and cover.
  2. Bring the rice to a boil and then simmer for about 40 minutes according to the package directions.
  3. While the rice is cooking, slice carrots into 1/2-inch rounds and then simmer for about 5 to 7 minutes until they are tender.
  4. In a large bowl combine raisins, pecans, the zest and juice from an orange, chopped parsley, melted butter and salt and pepper, to taste.
  5. To the large bowl combine the wild rice and carrots.
  6. Mix and serve hot or cold.

Makes 8 servings.

Fruit and Spinach Salad – http://autumnearthsong.com/2012/03/03/ostara-recipes-2012/

  • 1 pound fresh spinach, torn
  • 4 cups strawberries, sliced
  • 1 (11 ounce) can mandarin oranges, drained (I would use Clementine fresh oranges here!) 
  • 1 star fruit, sliced

GINGER SALAD DRESSING:

  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive or canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel

Method

Arrange spinach and fruit on salad plates. In a jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine the dressing ingredients; shake well. Drizzle over salads; serve immediately.

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Silliness – Silly Q&A – Question: What looks like red paint but is dry? Answer: Dried red paint

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Daily Stuff 2-27-21 Equirria

Hi, folks!

Minus Tide at 6:57 PM of -0.8 feet. The shop opens at 1pm. Winter hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Ken Gagne.

Overcast, but bright. The clouds aren’t all that thick. 46F, wind at 3-11mph and gusting, AQI 43-55, UV2. Chance of rain 19% today and 16% tonight. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY through 4am. We might see some sun today, definitely tomorrow and on Tuesday/Wednesday. The rest of the forecast is wet, and likely quite heavy on Thurs./Fri. It’s that time of the year, but I’m starting to get tired of rain and more rain. It’ll be nice to see a little sun.

Yesterday felt very long for me. I still need to catch up on sleep lost to coughing. I worked pretty hard in the morning, although I have no clue on what, other than catching up messages and mail and trying to keep the spam file from getting any larger. That’s a 5 steps forward, two back, unless I get to it every single day.

Tempus startled me with, “Aren’t we going to open the shop today?” at just 1pm! We had to scramble, but were open by 10 past and he got us coffee. I started in on getting some basket tags set up, printed and then laminated. I’m having to print on regular paper. No clue what’s wrong with the printer, but it’s being stubborn about card stock. I got a new hours sign done for the front window….

…and do you know, I was going to put some pix of the new pendants in here (they’re in the baskets with the tumbled stones under the crystal wall) and darned if I don’t have a single usable one. What did I do to the camera, now? I had a meeting at 6, online, but I faded a bit early.

Tempus ran in to Newport to drop off some incense for a customer, to pick up a check and do a little shopping. When he got back he had to run to the bank and PO and back. He had gotten the ingredients for stuffed burgers, so he got to try out his yule prezzie of a stuffed burger molder. They were pretty thick and mine was very pink in the middle…. there’s a learning curve…. So, what’s new? 🙂 But they were delicious!

He’s going to have to head out soon. It’s pushing 3am…. I’d better wake him. …Ok, he’s heading out. A wreck on I-5 apparently delayed the delivery.

Today is going to be more of the same: fewer errands, more stock whomping. I’m hoping to put some time in on plants again, too, and maybe do a couple of cookery things. I want to try the nakladny hermelin (a “pickled” cheese) again and figure out what didn’t work last time, and do more utopenci (pickled sausage) and both the honey candies that I wanted to make a couple of months back and nucato (a honey sweet from 15th century Italy) are still waiting.

Photo by Ken Gagne over the Seal Rocks on 2/22/17

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Today’s plant is the Weeping Cherry, Grandma’s favorite, which seems to be this one http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prunus_subhirtella, the Higan Cherry. There are listings for cherries and weeping trees both, but the weeping cherries do not produce fruit, only lovely flowers. Cherries:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cherry Cherry Blossom:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cherry_blossom Weeping Trees:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weeping_tree  – Divination, Creativity; Healing – Objects made of Cherry wood are used to attract Love. Cherry juice is used as a substitute for blood in old recipes. Cherry gum is burned as a resin for sore throats.

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First Equirria – There were two days of horse racing framing the festivals of the gods of Rome as the family of Mars. They’re some of the earliest religious observances documented in Roman practice and may have been preserved as a religious requirement long after the time when anyone knew what they were for! Driving the biga, the two-wheeled light-weight chariot was a feature of these races, since it had a ritual sacred aspect as well as the excitement of a horse race! More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equirria and on the biga here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biga_(chariot)

The shop opens at 1pm. Winter hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. For appointments contact us at 541-563-7154, anjasnihova@yahoo.com, on Facebook or here on the blog, or just leave a note on the door!

Love & Light,
Anja

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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 2/27 at 12:17am. Full Moon – The day of, the day before, and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 2/28 at 12:17pm. Waning Moon Magick – From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 3/13 at 2:21am.

Super Snow Moon – The February Full Moon is also called a Snow Moon. This Full Moon appeared in the sky last year, on February 8, 2020. The event coincided with our satellite’s perigee, meaning it was also a Super Moon. – Giuseppe Donatiello (Flickr)

Full Moon occurs at 3:17 A.M. EST. As February’s Full Moon, it’s also known as the Snow Moon. Our satellite will still be 99 percent lit this evening, when it’s rising as the Sun sets. Because the Full Moon is so bright, it’s difficult to observe deep-sky objects during this phase. But at the same time, the Moon makes an excellent target for beginning and experienced observers alike. When the Moon is Full, its nearside is experiencing noon — the Sun appears high in the sky for an observer on the lunar surface, which can admittedly wash out some of our satellite’s more subtle detail. But all its seas — or maria — are on exquisite display, showing us exactly where lava once flowed across the surface. These seas are relatively young — 3.8 billion years or younger — because otherwise, they’d be fully covered in craters by now. The lighter areas that surround the seas are called highlands. These regions have undergone heavy cratering and appear much more rugged and pockmarked. Some of the Moon’s largest craters are also easily visible, including Tycho in the south, Copernicus in the (lunar) west, and Plato in the (lunar) northwest.

Denebola, Leo’s 2nd-magnitude tail tip, shines some 7° left of the rising moon after dark.

Monoceros the Unicorn sits sandwiched between Orion’s two hunting dogs, Canis Major and Canis Minor. You’ll find it sinking in the southwest one to two hours after sunset — but before this region disappears, take some time to hunt down some of the many open star clusters that lie within its borders.

5 Clusters in Monoceros, NGC 2286, NGC 2302, NGC 2311, NGC 2324, and NGC 2335

First try for NGC 2286, which shines at magnitude 7.5 and is located a little over 6° northeast of magnitude 5 Beta (β) Monocerotis. A small scope will reveal roughly 30 stars covering a region 15′ across, including the cluster’s two brightest stars: a double system separated by 34″, whose components both shine around magnitude 10.

open cluster NGC 2311

Once you’ve mastered that challenge, move on to NGC 2311. This cluster is magnitude 9.6 and floats about 1.5° southwest of a different magnitude 5 star: 19 Monocerotis. NGC 2311 is a bit smaller, covering only 7′. Only its brightest 15 to 20 stars are visible through a 4-inch scope; you’ll need 8 inches to double that amount.

NGC 2335

Finally, seek out magnitude 7.2 NGC 2335, similar in angular size (7′) to NGC 2311. Although this cluster is still within Monoceros’ borders, the nearest bright signpost is magnitude 4 Theta (θ) Canis Majoris in the Big Dog. NGC 2335 is about 3.5° northeast of this star. A magnitude 7 field star, SAO 134220, lies near the cluster’s core, just 8′ to its northeast. A small scope will net you about 20 cluster stars, but you’ll need something much larger — 12 inches — to double that number.

Neptune is lost in the western evening twilight.

Old Farmer’s Almanac NIGHT SKY MAP FOR FEBRUARY 2021: Orion – https://www.almanac.com/sky-map-february

Runic half-month of Teiwaz/Tyr, 2/27-3/13 This is a time of positive regulation, sacrifice and hard work in order to progress. 

Sun in Pisces

Moon in Virgo

Goddess Month of Moura, runs from 2/20-3/19
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17
Color – Blue
©2021 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17, Nion (NEE-uhn), ash – the common ash (Fraxinus excelsior L.) is a major tree of lowland forests in much of Europe, along with oaks and beeches. It grows to 40 m (130 feet) in open sites, with a broad crown reminiscent of American elm trees. Ash was and still is an important timber tree, and is a traditional material for the handle of a besom. The common ash is occasionally cultivated in North America, and similar native ash species are widely grown as street trees. Ashes are members of the Olive family (Oleaceae).

Nuin – Ash Ogam letter correspondences
Month: March
Color: Glass Green
Class: Cheiftain
Letter: N
Meaning: Locked into a chain of events; Feeling bound.

Ogam letter correspondences to study this month Oir – Spindle Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: White
Class: Peasant
Letter: TH, OI
Meaning: Finish obligations and tasks or your life cannot move forward.

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Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                Visible
Sa  27     High  12:44 AM     7.3   6:56 AM     Set  7:36 AM      99
~    27      Low   6:24 AM     1.9   6:02 PM    Rise  6:43 PM
~    27     High  12:14 PM     8.6
~    27      Low   6:57 PM    -0.8

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Keep your chin up.

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Journal Prompt – Friends – Imagine a friend of yours is considering whether to take steroids. What would you tell that friend to persuade him or her not to do that?

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Quotes

~   Change not the mass but change the fabric of your own soul and your own visions, and you change all. – Vachel Lindsay
~   Your silence will not protect you. – Audre Lorde
~   If religion were true, its followers would not try to bludgeon their young into an artificial conformity; but would merely insist on their unbending quest for truth, irrespective of artificial backgrounds or practical consequences. – H. P. Lovecraft
~   In truth, people can generally make time for what they choose to do; it is not really the time but the will that is lacking. – Sir John Lubbock

The birds have vanished down the sky.
Now the last cloud drains away.
We sit together, the mountain and me,
until only the mountain remains. – –Li Bai (701–762)

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Ostara Magick – Story

One spring the Goddess Ostara was late in returning to her lands, the snow still covered the ground. As she wandered the forest she found a little bird lying in the snow, his wings were frozen and she was sure he would die, and she felt sad because if she had been on time, he might have lived. Ostara gently picked up the bird and his wings fell off, and she made him her pet. The bird got well and became a dear friend to the Goddess, though when he was alone he would cry because he missed his wings so badly.

The Goddess had compassion for her friend the bird and asked what she could do. He said if only he could jump and run and play and frolic like he did when he had wings he would be so grateful and happy. The Goddess told him she could not give him new wings though she could change him into something else that could do all he wanted.

“I will make you white to blend in with the snow, she said, and give you fur to keep you warm during the winter, I will give you strength to jump and frolic and to outrun the greatest hunter. There is part of you that will always remain a bird, you will always lay eggs, and because magic changes things your eggs will be all colours of the rainbow my dear friend. Is this what you wish?”

“Yes”, the bird chirped, and she gathered him into her hands, and kissed his brow. In an instant the air shimmered with the brightness of dawn and he was transformed into a snow white rabbit, with a pink nose and white ears. The Goddess reached down to the ground and released him from her grip, he ran around in circles and jumped and dashed here and there, he was so happy and the Lady smiled at his joy and went on her way.

The hare made friends with the other rabbits, though he was the only one who could lay eggs. Yet it didn’t matter that he was different, he loved his life and often gave the Goddess gifts of colorful eggs when she returned in Spring.

One year the hare noticed children watched as his friends played, they laughed and giggled as they watched the rabbits run and hop and the white hare decided the children would appreciate the gift of a rainbow egg, so early one morning he left some in a basket in early spring. The children were delighted and the hare decided to give colorful eggs to all the children he saw for the rest of his life.

Years passed and some of the other creatures became upset with the white hare, he had been telling them he was more blessed by the Goddess because he could lay eggs and they could not. Somehow he felt superior, he was a magical creature and they were just plain and that made him more important than the others and he began to treat the others poorly.

The Goddess Ostara was walking through the woods early one morning and saw the white hare. “I have heard some unsettling news about you, my friend, that you think you are above the other creatures. It troubles me, because all my creatures are precious, no one is greater or lesser than another. I saved your life and took you as a pet, you were so sad that I transformed you into a magical snow hare, and you have spread joy by gifting your rainbow eggs to me and the children. Yet I see now that you are not part of the world where all things are equal, I cannot change you back to a bird for you will surely die, and I wish you to live on. The only place for you is in the sky among the stars, where you may watch over all the earth and return once a year to bring the children your eggs.”

“I will live in the stars Ostara, and every spring when you walk the earth I will return to bring the eggs to the children.

“Then let it be so my friend, you must rest in my arms as you did when you were transformed once before.”

The white hare leaped into her arms, and she embraced him warmly and kissed his pink nose, “I will always love you and watch for you in the stars”, and she tossed him into the sky and he came to sit just under Orion, the hunter of the stars, who never catches the hare.

Even today you can see him watching in the sky in the constellation Lepus, the hare.

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Silliness – Meat Ship

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Daily Stuff 2-26-21 Nabonassar

Hi, folks!

Minus Tide at 6:21 PM of -0.8 feet. The shop opens at 1pm. Winter hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Ken Gagne.

That was a lot more rain than predicted, yesterday. Everything is still wet. 46F, wind at 3-9mph and gusting, AQI 33-44, UV. Chance of rain 59% today and 47% tonight. We have a HIGH SURF ADVISORY from 1-7pm today and SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY through 4pm on Sunday. The only day with a chance of sun is Sunday, at this point. Everything else is rain or showers.

Yesterday I worked on the class that I’m teaching next Tuesday and then on 3/14. I want to get the handout re-vamped before Tuesday and I’m also adding things into the blog page. I pretty much spent the day either doing that, making a mess of it and cussing, or bemoaning my sleepiness that was making it difficult to work!

Tempus worked on getting some things ready to go to the laundromat. We had some nice towels that got badly stained by a leaking squash that needed soaked and rinsed and he re-did the nap bed. I spent quite awhile collecting socks and small stuff, too.

We did have a number of customers in and a couple of serious inquiries over the phone. Most everyone was just browsing, but they bought, too. I need to remember to do a new hours sign.

It was bulk route night, so he headed out early, hoping to make a Freddie’s stop before they were closing and he had to rush, which has been the norm for a few weeks. He will be done with that route, soon, and will curl up for a nap until the subscriber route papers show up around 2am.

I’m putting this out early hoping to get some extra sleep tonight, since I went short last night. Today I don’t know whether Tempus is going to get to the laundromat, but there are a bunch of other errands. We’ll be opening the shop at 1pm, but probably close on time. Depending on customers I may be trying to do some short recordings for the class. Maybe I’ll just be doing photos. We’ll see.

A Ken Gagne photo taken on 2/26/15 in the morning up the Yachats River Valley.

Turenza

Today’s plant is Anthurium. This is a genus of about 1000 species of flowering plants, the largest genus of the arum family, Araceae. The most common names for this plant that is beloved by florists include anthurium, tailflower, flamingo flower, and laceleaf. The genus is native to the Americas, where it is distributed from northern Mexico to northern Argentina and parts of the Caribbean. – Masculine, Fire, Vesta & Mars – Correspondences are for bringing love and beauty to the home, hearth fires and passion. Great handfasting plant! More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthurium

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On this date in 747BCE Nabonassar began the habit of keeping chronologically precise historical records, at least according to Ptolemy. There were precedents, isolated sets of records, but he came up with a system of calendar dates that could be calculated accurately enough to keep astronomical events dated properly. This is what actually gave the Babylonians that reputation of being awesome astronomers. Astrology, as practiced since the late Middle Ages, is based on the Babylonian record-keeping methods. More on Nabonassar here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nabonassar and Babylonian astrology here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babylonian_astrology

The shop opens at 1pm. Winter hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. For appointments contact us at 541-563-7154, anjasnihova@yahoo.com, on Facebook or here on the blog, or just leave a note on the door!

Love & Light,
Anja

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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 2/27 at 12:17am. Full Moon – The day of, the day before, and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 2/28 at 12:17pm.

Messier 13 – This 2016 shot shows the Great Cluster in Hercules, cataloged as M13 and the finest globular cluster in the northern sky. – TheWitscher (Flickr)

A nearly Full Moon makes it difficult to track down dim objects, but plenty of bright targets remain, including the Great Cluster in Hercules (M13). This massive, bright globular cluster is visible in the early morning hours before sunrise, when the Strongman is high in the East. You’ll find M13, which has a magnitude of 5.8, about 2.5° south of magnitude 3.5 Eta (η) Herculis. This ancient group of suns spans 20′, which translates to more than 140 light-years at its distance of roughly 25,000 light-years. Famous as the best Northern Hemisphere globular cluster, M13 contains hundreds of thousands of stars. You should be able to begin resolving it at low magnification, while bumping up your aperture or magnification will show an ever-increasing number of its stars.

The Sickle – The Sickle asterism in Leo looks like a backwards question mark, starting with Regulus and ending with Algenubi. – Alison Klesman via TheSkyX

Full Moon tonight (exact at 3:17 a.m. Saturday morning EST). The Moon is under the belly of Leo. This evening through the moonlight, Regulus is 7° to the Moon’s upper right and Algieba is 7° above the Moon (again for North America.) Bring the binoculars. A typical binocular’s view is about 6° wide.

Mars (magnitude +0.8, under the Pleiades) continues to fade in the evening sky as it moves from Aries into Taurus. Look for it high in the west-southwest right after dark. Left of Mars shines Aldebaran, essentially the twin of Mars now in brightness as well as color. The gap between them shrinks this week from 18° to 15°. They’ll pass 7° apart in mid-March. (And by the way, Mars and March do have the same root. The month name comes from the Roman Martius, “the month of Mars.”) In a telescope Mars is a mere 6½ arcseconds wide.

Old Farmer’s Almanac NIGHT SKY MAP FOR FEBRUARY 2021: Orion – https://www.almanac.com/sky-map-february

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. Runic half-month of Teiwaz/Tyr, 2/27-3/13 This is a time of positive regulation, sacrifice and hard work in order to progress. 

Sun in Pisces

Moon in Leo enters Virgo at 9:07am.

Goddess Month of Moura, runs from 2/20-3/19
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17
Color – Purple
©2021 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17, Nion (NEE-uhn), ash – the common ash (Fraxinus excelsior L.) is a major tree of lowland forests in much of Europe, along with oaks and beeches. It grows to 40 m (130 feet) in open sites, with a broad crown reminiscent of American elm trees. Ash was and still is an important timber tree, and is a traditional material for the handle of a besom. The common ash is occasionally cultivated in North America, and similar native ash species are widely grown as street trees. Ashes are members of the Olive family (Oleaceae).

Nuin – Ash Ogam letter correspondences
Month: March
Color: Glass Green
Class: Cheiftain
Letter: N
Meaning: Locked into a chain of events; Feeling bound.

Ogam letter correspondences to study this month Oir – Spindle Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: White
Class: Peasant
Letter: TH, OI
Meaning: Finish obligations and tasks or your life cannot move forward.

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Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                  Visible
F   26     High  12:11 AM     6.9   6:58 AM     Set  7:07 AM      96
~    26      Low   5:40 AM     2.5   6:01 PM    Rise  5:26 PM
~    26     High  11:29 AM     8.5
~    26      Low   6:21 PM    -0.8

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Celebrate all that you have accomplished in my life.

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Journal Prompt – What is? – What is one object or symbol that is important to your cultural background?

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Quotes

~   We who are clay blended by the Master Potter, come from the kiln of Creation in many hues. How can people say one skin is colored, when each has its own coloration? What should it matter that one bowl is dark and the other pale, if each is of good design and serves its purpose well. – Polingaysi Qoyawayma, Hopi
~   Love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward together in the same direction. – Antoine Marie Roger de Saint-Exupery, French aviator and writer
~   Simplicity is the essence of the great, the true and the beautiful in art. – George Sand, French author (Amandine Aurore Lucile Dupin)
~   Depend on the rabbit’s foot if you will, but remember: it didn’t work for the rabbit. – R. E. Shay

The little birds twitter and cheep
To their loves on the leafless larch. – –John Addington Symonds, Jr. (1840–93)

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Ostara Magick – Crafts

How To… Decorate Your Easter Egg Like It’s 60000 BC, 3 April, 2015 by Maria Pakholok, How To Kidshttp://digventures.com/2015/04/how-to-decorate-your-easter-egg-like-its-60000-bc/?utm_content=buffer532b1&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Decorating eggs is a well-known Easter tradition in many parts of the world, but it’s actually a practice that goes waaaay back in time. Like 60,000 years back in time.

If you’re looking for a bit of inspiration this Easter, then here’s our handpicked selection of decorated eggs from the ancient world that you can try at home.

These South African Stone Age eggs

These are just some of the 270 fragments of engraved ostrich egg that archaeologists have collected from years of excavation at the Diepkloof Rock Shelter in South Africa, and which were used to create this replica. The site is about 60,000 years old and the eggs were probably used for storing water.

This egg from Ur, Iraq

This ostrich egg comes from a grave in the Royal Cemetery at Ur, in modern-day Iraq. While ostrich eggs were used as containers in north Africa as early as the fourth millennium BC, the earliest eggs found so far in this part of the world date to about 2600-2400 BC.

This Ancient Egyptian egg

This ostrich egg from Egypt dates to about 2,000 BC. There’s plenty of evidence that not only the Egyptians, but also the Persians, Greeks and Romans also decorated eggs which they gave as gifts, given to the gods, or even just eaten during ancient spring festivals, like the Egyptian Sham el Nessim (still celebrated today), the Greek Anthesteria, and the Roman Lupercalia.

These Ancient Greek eggs

Like the Ancient Egyptians, Greeks and others also placed decorated ostrich eggs or their representations in gold, silver or clay in graves. But these ones mimic the typical blackfigure ceramic vases. Currently on display at the Kerameikos Archaeological Museum in Athens and dating to the early 5th century BC. These were definitely the least rude ones we could find!

This egg from Puig des Molins, Ibiza

Looking lovely in red and white is this fleur-de-lis. It comes from Puig de Molins in Ibiza – a 3,000 year old Punic-Phoenician necropolis. Don’t crack this one open – we’re pretty sure you won’t get a nice surprise if you do!

This egg from the Isis Tomb, Italy

Is that a unicorn? Or a horse with one very big ear? Whatever that beautiful beast on the right is, this egg also features four sphinxes. Originally, it would have had a mouthpiece and support to form a drinking vessel. It’s another Phoenician design dating to about 625BC-600BC.

This Iron Age egg from the Villaricos necropolis, Spain

This iron age egg from Spain dates to around 300 BC. Don’t go hiding it now will you? We’re not sure museum curators are as much fun in that respect as the Easter bunny.

This Cypriot egg

From around 700 BC, this Cypriot egg lives at the archaeological museum in Tarquinia. Got to love the merry little people holding hands and the big and small figures below… looks like this one was decorated with some sort of party scene!

So of all things, why decorate eggs? And why during springtime? Well, the eggshell does provide a good surface for decoration because of its smooth firmness and light colour.

The egg is and has also been considered a symbol of new life, fertility, and rebirth, and also plays a main role in many creation myths, being the beginning of the universe or with the first being or deity hatching from the egg.

In any case, egg decoration is a fun tradition which can be enjoyed by all ages. and cultures today. We hope these examples give you some ancient inspiration!

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Silliness – Quick Quotes – “The whole reason you watch a TV show is because it ends. If I wanted a long, boring story with no point to it, I’ve got my life.” –Jerry Seinfeld

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Daily Stuff 2-25-21 Junapani

Hi, folks!

Minus Tide at 5:44 PM of -0.6 feet. The shop opens at 1pm. Winter hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Ken Gagne.

It was nice and sunny in the afternoon, plaguing me by shining in my eyes at my desk. Now, it’s partly cloudy, but the clouds are thickening up. It’s why it’s so chilly! 37F, wind at 1-4mph and gusting, AQI 33-38, UV3. Chance of rain 87% today and 69% tonight. It’s likely to start raining before sunrise. We’ll be under a SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY from this evening through noon on Friday. We could get a break in the rain around lunchtime, but chances are showers will hang on through Friday night and the earliest I’ll be working on the planters is Saturday. Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday ought to be dry, but Monday is likely to be wet and the rest are all expected to be showery.

Yesterday I got up around 8am. Tempus didn’t get home until nearly 9am, since it had been an insert night. He put groceries away and then went to bed. I mostly caught up on mail and pounded away at the spam content of the shop e-mail. I whomped through another 5K. After that I worked on the media files for this newsletter.

At around 11:30 I started falling asleep at my desk, so I crawled back in next to Tempus. Later, after we were at the shop, we got some lunch and coffee and he worked in back, on getting another increment of the mess cleaned up. We’re going to start having Herbs Workshops again, hopefully soon, so we need that space ready.

I was busy on tags and inventory files for most of the rest of the afternoon. He made mashed potatoes and cheese for supper. That was tasty! We both went splat after supper and he’s still snoring. I’m heading back to bed after I get this out.

Today I didn’t get to the planters yesterday, maybe if the rain slows down enough later in the afternoon…. We’ll be open at 1pm and we have crystal and herbs displays to work on. I might actually get as far as bagging more.

We got some sad news during the afternoon. At 5:10 Central Time, Jane Hawner, of The Eye of Horus, Crossed Over. Safe Journey, Jane! …and our hearts go out to you, Thracie….

Clematis flower from 4/26/16

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Today’s plant is the tropical tree, the Rose AppleSyzygium jambos – In ancient Sanskrit, the land now called India was referred to by the ancient Indians themselves as Jambudvipa, which means Rose-apple-land (jambud = rose apple; vipa = land). With its thick, leathery leaves and great span of branches, the Jambu Tree offers great shade and coolness against the sun. Stories tell that Lord Buddha sat in the shade of a Jambu Tree (the story is often told as a “Bodhi tree”), watching men plowing the land with oxen and meditating on the burdens we all must carry in this life. He was determined that he would either reach enlightenment or die where he sat. He finally saw his previous births and realized that people are born and reborn into different states according to their deeds. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syzygium_jambosInformation on the Bodhi Tree, Ficus religiosa here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bodhi_tree

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The stone circles of Junapani are near Nagpur in the Indian state of Maharashtra and are dated from 1000 BCE to 300 CE. Megalithic burial monuments exist near the circles and unlike most in Europe contain human remains, and in one case, a horse. Some of the stones have “cup marks” and clusters of lines which seem to have astronomical significance More here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stone_circles_of_Junapani

The shop opens at 1pm. Winter hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. For appointments contact us at 541-563-7154, anjasnihova@yahoo.com, on Facebook or here on the blog, or just leave a note on the door!

Love & Light,
Anja

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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 2/27 at 12:17am. 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 2/25 at 12:17pm. Full Moon – The day of, the day before, and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 2/28 at 12:17pm.

The almost-full Moon shines in Leo, with Regulus about 9° to its lower right and Algieba about 9° to its lower left (for evening in North America). Binoculars will help you pick them out through the moonlight. A typical binocular’s field of view is about 6° wide.

Bicolored pair – The stunning double star Albireo offers a two-toned treat high in the sky tonight. – ICM69 (Flickr)

Cygnus the Swan, high overhead during the warm summer months, is rising before dawn these days. Two hours before sunrise this morning is a perfect time to view one of the most famous double stars in the sky: Albireo (Beta [β] Cygni). Appearing as a single magnitude 3 star to the naked eye, train some optics this way to discover it’s not one, but two stars. They are a wide 34″ apart, making them easy to split with even low-powered optics. One of the most striking things about this system, however, is the stars’ contrasting colors. What colors do you see? Compare the cooler component — which often appears orange or red to observers — with other cool stars, such as Antares in Scorpius or Pollux in Gemini. Likewise, see how you’d rank the hotter component — which may appear blue or white — with nearby Deneb, also in Cygnus, or Vega in Lyra.

Uranus (magnitude 5.8, in western Aries) is roughly 20° below Mars in early evening. In binoculars Uranus is a little pinpoint “star.” But with an apparent diameter of 3.5 arcseconds, it’s a tiny, fuzzy ball at high power in even a fairly smallish telescope with sharp optics — during spells of good seeing. Finder chart.

Old Farmer’s Almanac NIGHT SKY MAP FOR FEBRUARY 2021: Orion – https://www.almanac.com/sky-map-february

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. Runic half-month of Teiwaz/Tyr, 2/27-3/13 This is a time of positive regulation, sacrifice and hard work in order to progress. 

Goddess Month of Moura, runs from 2/20-3/19
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17
Color – Turquoise
©2021 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17, Nion (NEE-uhn), ash – the common ash (Fraxinus excelsior L.) is a major tree of lowland forests in much of Europe, along with oaks and beeches. It grows to 40 m (130 feet) in open sites, with a broad crown reminiscent of American elm trees. Ash was and still is an important timber tree, and is a traditional material for the handle of a besom. The common ash is occasionally cultivated in North America, and similar native ash species are widely grown as street trees. Ashes are members of the Olive family (Oleaceae).

Nuin – Ash Ogam letter correspondences
Month: March
Color: Glass Green
Class: Cheiftain
Letter: N
Meaning: Locked into a chain of events; Feeling bound.

Ogam letter correspondences to study this month Oir – Spindle Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: White
Class: Peasant
Letter: TH, OI
Meaning: Finish obligations and tasks or your life cannot move forward.

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Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                  Visible
Th  25      Low   4:56 AM     3.1   6:59 AM     Set  6:33 AM      92
~    25     High  10:43 AM     8.2   5:59 PM    Rise  4:11 PM
~    25      Low   5:44 PM    -0.6

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Love heals and protects you.

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Journal Prompt – Wiki – What did you want to be when you grew up?

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Quotes

~   A friend is one who comes in when the rest of the world goes out. – Julia Stege
~   There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart. – Celia Thaxter
The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up. – Paul Valery
~   [Our constitution, said Franklin] will fail, as all such constitutions have in the past, because of the essential corruption of the people. He pointed his finger at all the American people. And when the people become so corrupt, he said, we will find it is not a republic that they want but rather despotism – the only form of government suitable for such a people. – Gore Vidal

A Winter Piece BY WILLIAM CULLEN BRYANT

  The time has been that these wild solitudes,
Yet beautiful as wild, were trod by me
Oftener than now; and when the ills of life
Had chafed my spirit—when the unsteady pulse
Beat with strange flutterings—I would wander forth
And seek the woods. The sunshine on my path
Was to me a friend. The swelling hills,
The quiet dells retiring far between,
With gentle invitation to explore
Their windings, were a calm society
That talked with me and soothed me. Then the chant
Of birds, and chime of brooks, and soft caress
Of the fresh sylvan air, made me forget
The thoughts that broke my peace, and I began
To gather simples by the fountain’s brink,
And lose myself in day-dreams. While I stood
In Nature’s loneliness, I was with one
With whom I early grew familiar, one
Who never had a frown for me, whose voice
Never rebuked me for the hours I stole
From cares I loved not, but of which the world
Deems highest, to converse with her. When shrieked
The bleak November winds, and smote the woods,
And the brown fields were herbless, and the shades,
That met above the merry rivulet,
Were spoiled, I sought, I loved them still; they seemed
Like old companions in adversity.
Still there was beauty in my walks; the brook,
Bordered with sparkling frost-work, was as gay
As with its fringe of summer flowers. Afar,
The village with its spires, the path of streams
And dim receding valleys, hid before
By interposing trees, lay visible
Through the bare grove, and my familiar haunts
Seemed new to me. Nor was I slow to come
Among them, when the clouds, from their still skirts,
Had shaken down on earth the feathery snow,
And all was white. The pure keen air abroad,
Albeit it breathed no scent of herb, nor heard
Love-call of bird nor merry hum of bee,
Was not the air of death. Bright mosses crept
Over the spotted trunks, and the close buds,
That lay along the boughs, instinct with life,
Patient, and waiting the soft breath of Spring,
Feared not the piercing spirit of the North.
The snow-bird twittered on the beechen bough,
And ’neath the hemlock, whose thick branches bent
Beneath its bright cold burden, and kept dry
A circle, on the earth, of withered leaves,
The partridge found a shelter. Through the snow
The rabbit sprang away. The lighter track
Of fox, and the raccoon’s broad path, were there,
Crossing each other. From his hollow tree
The squirrel was abroad, gathering the nuts
Just fallen, that asked the winter cold and sway
Of winter blast, to shake them from their hold.

  But Winter has yet brighter scenes—he boasts
Splendors beyond what gorgeous Summer knows;
Or Autumn with his many fruits, and woods
All flushed with many hues. Come when the rains
Have glazed the snow and clothed the trees with ice,
While the slant of sun of February pours
Into the bowers a flood of light. Approach!
The incrusted surface shall upbear thy steps,
And the broad arching portals of the grove
Welcome thy entering. Look! the massy trunks
Are cased in pure crystal; each light spray,
Nodding and tinkling in the breath of heaven,
Is studded with its trembling water-drops,
That glimmer with an amethystine light.
But round the parent-stem the long low boughs
Bend, in a glittering ring, and arbors hide
The glassy floor. Oh! you might deem the spot
The spacious cavern of some virgin mine,
Deep in the womb of earth—where the gems grow,
And diamonds put forth radiant rods and bud
With amethyst and topaz—and the place
Lit up, most royally, with the pure beam
That dwells in them. Or haply the vast hall
Of fairy palace, that outlasts the night,
And fades not in the glory of the sun;—
Where crystal columns send forth slender shafts
And crossing arches; and fantastic aisles
Wind from the sight in brightness, and are lost
Among the crowded pillars. Raise thine eye;
Thou seest no cavern roof; no palace vault;
There the blue sky and the white drifting cloud
Look in. Again the wildered fancy dreams
Of spouting fountains, frozen as they rose,
And fixed, with all their branching jets, in air,
And all their sluices sealed. All, all is light;
Light without shade. But all shall pass away
With the next sun. From numberless vast trunks
Loosened, the crashing ice shall make a sound
Like the far roar of rivers, and the eve
Shall close o’er the brown woods as it was wont.

  And it is pleasant, when the noisy streams
Are just set free, and milder suns melt off
The plashy snow, save only the firm drift
In the deep glen or the close shade of pines—
’Tis pleasant to behold the wreaths of smoke
Roll up among the maples of the hill,
Where the shrill sound of youthful voices wakes
The shriller echo, as the clear pure lymph,
That from the wounded trees, in twinkling drops,
Falls, mid the golden brightness of the morn,
Is gathered in with brimming pails, and oft,
Wielded by sturdy hands, the stroke of axe
Makes the woods ring. Along the quiet air,
Come and float calmly off the soft light clouds,
Such as you see in summer, and the winds
Scarce stir the branches. Lodged in sunny cleft,
  Where the cold breezes come not, blooms alone
The little wind-flower, whose just opened eye
Is blue as the spring heaven it gazes at—
Startling the loiterer in the naked groves
With unexpected beauty, for the time
Of blossoms and green leaves is yet afar.
And ere it comes, the encountering winds shall oft
Muster their wrath again, and rapid clouds
Shade heaven, and bounding on the frozen earth
Shall fall their volleyed stores, rounded like hail
And white like snow, and the loud North again
Shall buffet the vexed forest in his rage.

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Ostara Magick – LoreOstara Traditions Past & Present – http://homefrontmagazine.org/ostara-traditions-past-present/

The kids and I blow out eggs and decorate them with Celtic and spring symbology. Then we hang them on a branch, spray painted white and put in a vase of brightly colored floral pebbles. This is our “Ostara tree”. We plan a spring menu to clelebrate the spring Equinox ( we always celebrate March 21, disregarding the Christian Easter). We also begin some of our garden indoors on this day such as tomatoes and peppers. It brings the meaning of being closer to the earth to our kids. Of course, we always do an egg hunt too, usually indoors, since it is usually still chilly on March 21 where we are and the kids are still young. They go wild for this. I just wish I could come up with more ideas of things that are non-candy to out in the eggs.

Europa14 – USA

Every year so far we have followed the traditions we had in my household while growing up, which are pretty typical. Coloring eggs the night before, hunting for them the next morning or afternoon, Easter baskets, and a special dinner with family. This year I’m finally shaking the mindset that we have to do everything the day the calendar says; since we are not following Christian traditions, there is no reason to follow the Christian date. We’ve taught Thorin that we are celebrating spring, so we might as well do just that. We’ll be doing everything on the Equinox this year and avoiding as much store-bought stuff in favor of homemade as we can, which we do for holidays anyway.

WAU NC

When I was little my father used to hide chocolate egg(s) for me in the house, when I was close to find it he said “warmer” and when further “colder” this is a nice memory for me.

Skuld – WAU Finland

HUGE egg hunt! My Sister does this every year. She puts candy and prize vouchers inside of plastic eggs and hides them all over her yard and house. The prizes range from jelly beans, stickers, stuffed animals, videos, computer games – she really goes all out. The kids LOVE it! It’s sooo much fun. This year will be her 16th year having it!

Anne – WAU NJ

In Sweden, Easter is known to us as Påsk. It is a time rich in tradition and family.

On Easter morning the family, and good friends, gather at the kitchen table to color boiled eggs for many hours. After admiring everyone’s artwork, off to the refrigerator they go.

In Swedish folklore, Easter was thought to be the witches’ time. On Thursday, these witches were said to fly off to “Blåkulla” and return again on the Saturday before. People feared this “Witches’ Time” and tried to prevent their home and family to be killed or kidnapped by the angry witches who tend to roam the land. Grandparents would frighten the children with horrible stories of people being half-eaten by wolves or slaughtered by witches. Many of these tales are written down and can be found in libraries all over Sweden.

Nowadays, children dress up as Easter witches and go from house to house and are given candy or money – very similar to the North American Halloween.

Around noon my family sits down to a huge feast where we eat our decorated eggs and other goodies! As all the eggs are hand painted and are all different, it’s very enjoyable picking from the bowl those eggs you want to eat. In my family we have a contest to see who eats the most eggs; I remember one time I managed to stuff myself with 13 eggs, but I’ve heard stories of people eating up to 30 eggs! I also remember how excited I was to find an egg with my name on it.

After the meal – of course as we are Swedish – what would be a Swedish Easter without a “Nubbe”? (shot) While the adults are sitting around the kitchen table talking, the kids get to search the house for their Easter Egg: one huge Egg filled with Candy. Unlike the small plastic american teeny-tiny eggs they hide in the backyard in North America, these are huge and are packed with candy and fruit.

Many restaurants limit their menu during the Holiday to only Easter foods. Food like Janssons Frästelse (fish and potatoes casserole) or Smörgåsbord (Sandwich Table) – which is bread made into a huge cake, with all kinds of food stuffed into it like Olives, Meatballs, Potatoes, Eggs and alot more, and is eaten cold – a delicious meal.

NorseStar

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Silliness – Physics

A college physics professor was explaining a particularly complicated concept to his class when a pre-med student interrupted him.
“Why do we have to learn this stuff?” one young man blurted out.
“To save lives,” the professor responded before continuing the lecture.
A few minutes later the student spoke up again. “So how does physics save lives?”
The professor stared at the student for a long time without saying a word. Finally the professor continued.
“Physics saves lives,” he said, “because it keeps certain people out of medical school.”

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Daily Stuff 2-24-21 Dragobete 

Hi, folks!

First Minus Tide of the cycle at 5:05 PM of -0.2 feet. The shop is closed today. Winter hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Ken Gagne.

It’s been cloudy, off and on. The sun would go away and then shine brightly all afternoon. Every time it clears a little the temp drops! 39F and dropping, wind at 2-8mph and gusting, AQI 33-45, UV3. Chance of rain 4% today and 86% tonight. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY through 4pm. It should be nice today, but by the next sunrise there’s a huge spike in the rain graph, although it tapers off to showers through Sunday. After that Monday and Thursday should be showery, partly cloudy, otherwise.

Yesterday was a busy day. I was up pretty early and read for a bit, but I dropped off again, before Tempus got home. Once I was up he got me some coffee, and a cup of the cherry pudding then turned in. He’d been paying bills.

I cleared messages and mail and then worked on clearing spam from the shop e-mail. It’s a never-ending battle and despite clearing over 5000 pieces by the end of the day, there are still 24K messages to go. By then it was lunchtime and I made a couple of sandwiches.

After that I wrote for awhile, then bagged crystals and tried to print a bunch of tags and business cards. The printer is misbehaving. It doesn’t want to pull the cardstock through, so there’s ink all over the rollers. I’m going to have to run some paper to clean it.

Sand icicles – Pamela Halbrook, taken in Bayshore on 3/4/19

Amor called, but he and Tempus were the ones talking. I fell asleep at my desk, twice, so I crawled into the nap bed.

Sand icicles – Pamela Halbrook, taken in Bayshore on 3/4/19

We had supper, later, the last of the chicken stuff from Sunday. I’m going back to bed as soon as this is out. Tempus finished the bulk route and is napping by now.

Today I’m hoping to get outside with my rollie and a bucket to do some cleaning up of the planters and plants out front. I need to get farther on that card set, too. …and maybe get Tempus back on cleaning up the crystals and herb displays.

Posted on 2/23/16 by Ken Gagne on Facebook of a Yachats beach with a bald eagle and seagulls. Tempus said, “Houston, the eagle has landed!”

220px-Rubus_ursinus_10689blackberry muin celtic tree monthToday’s plant is the Pacific BlackberryRubus ursinus. There are several species of blackberries that grow in the PNW, the nasty invasive one being the Himalayan blackberry, Rubus armeniacus. Here are pictures so that you can compare the blossoms, ursinus on the left and armeniacus on the right. Ursinus (from the Latin for “bear”) also has narrower leaves and reddish canes. It is the ancestor of Marionberries, Boysenberries & parent of Loganberries, too. Feminine, Venus, Water, Brigit, Healing, Money, Protection – Carry leaves for money, use blackberry leaves in spring water as healing for burns, in incense for Lughnasadh.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_blackberry

Dragobete feast 0224 Dragobete is a spring festival of Romania, rather like secular Easter customs and Valentine’s day in one package. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragobete  “Dragobete is a traditional Romanian holiday originating from Dacian times and celebrated on February, the 24th. Specifically, Dragobete was the son of Baba Dochia, which stands for the main character in the pagan myth related to spring arrival and the end of the harsh winter.”

“The day is particularly known as “the day when the birds are betrothed”. It is around this time that the birds begin to build their nests and mate. On this day, considered locally the first day of spring, boys and girls gather vernal flowers and sing together. Maidens used to collect the snow that still lies on the ground in many villages and then melt it, using the water in magic potions throughout the rest of the year. Those who take part in Dragobete customs are supposed to be protected from illness, especially fevers, for the rest of the year. If the weather allows, girls and boys pick snowdrops or other early spring plants for the person they are courting. In Romania, Dragobete is known as a day for lovers, rather like Valentine’s Day.”

Dragonbete 2 feast 0224“It is a common belief in some parts of Romania that, during this celebration, if you step over your partner’s foot, you will have the dominant role in your relationship. Dragobete customs vary from region to region.

In neighbouring Bulgaria, the custom of stepping over one’s partner’s feet traditionally takes place during weddings, and with the same purpose, but it is not believed to be connected to Dragobete.”

The shop is closed today. Winter hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. For appointments contact us at 541-563-7154, anjasnihova@yahoo.com, on Facebook or here on the blog, or just leave a note on the door!

Love & Light,
Anja

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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 2/27 at 12:17am. 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 2/25 at 12:17pm.

Let’s visit the brightest star in the Northern Hemisphere sky tonight: Sirius, also known as Alpha (α) Canis Majoris or the Dog Star. Often depicted as the nose of Canis Major the Big Dog, Sirius’ magnitude –1.4 glow is easy to spot shortly after sunset. The star’s name itself is derived from the Greek word for “searing,” which makes sense for such a searingly bright star! Sirius is intrinsically bright (shining 26 times brighter than the Sun), but it’s so stunning in large part because it is so close to Earth — just over 8 light-years away. In fact, if you were to snag nearby magnitude 0.2 Rigel, Orion’s left knee, and pull it as close to Earth as Sirius sits, it would appear much brighter.

Red Winter Triangle, Blue Winter Hexagon

Finally — you may have heard of the Summer Triangle, but have you heard of the Winter Triangle? Sirius is part of this large asterism, together with Betelgeuse in Orion and Procyon in Canis Major’s fellow hunting dog, Canis Minor. You should be able to easily spot all three of these bright stars despite the waxing Moon nearby in Cancer the Crab.

The Zodiacal Constellation of Cancer the Crab

The Moon this evening is in the middle of dim Cancer. Shortly after dark, you’ll find Pollux and Castor above it, Regulus below it, and Procyon to its right. As the night advances, this panorama appears to rotates clockwise around the Moon.

Venus is out of sight in the glare of the Sun.

Old Farmer’s Almanac NIGHT SKY MAP FOR FEBRUARY 2021: Orion – https://www.almanac.com/sky-map-february

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.

Sun in Pisces

Moon in Cancer enters Leo at 4:23am

Goddess Month of Moura, runs from 2/20-3/19
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17
Color – Brown
©2021 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17, Nion (NEE-uhn), ash – the common ash (Fraxinus excelsior L.) is a major tree of lowland forests in much of Europe, along with oaks and beeches. It grows to 40 m (130 feet) in open sites, with a broad crown reminiscent of American elm trees. Ash was and still is an important timber tree, and is a traditional material for the handle of a besom. The common ash is occasionally cultivated in North America, and similar native ash species are widely grown as street trees. Ashes are members of the Olive family (Oleaceae).

Nuin – Ash Ogam letter correspondences
Month: March
Color: Glass Green
Class: Cheiftain
Letter: N
Meaning: Locked into a chain of events; Feeling bound.

Ogam letter correspondences to study this month Oir – Spindle Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: White
Class: Peasant
Letter: TH, OI
Meaning: Finish obligations and tasks or your life cannot move forward.

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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time     Feet  Sunset                              Visible
W   24      Low   4:08 AM     3.6   7:01 AM     Set  5:53 AM      85
~    24     High   9:54 AM     7.9   5:58 PM    Rise  2:59 PM
~    24      Low   5:05 PM    -0.2
~    24     High  11:38 PM     6.5

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Life is trying things to see if they work.

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Journal Prompt – What do you think? – How do you think sudden loss of millions would affect your familial relationships and friendships?

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Quotes

~   The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world. – William Ross Wallace
~   The winner asks, “May I help?”  The loser asks, “Do you expect me to do that? – William Arthur Ward, Journalist
~   Ninety percent of the world’s woe comes from people not knowing themselves, their abilities, their frailties, and even their real virtues.  Most of us go almost all the way through life as complete strangers to ourselves. – Sydney J. Harris, 1917-1986), Syndicated columnist
~   Great women belong to history and to self sacrifice. – Leigh Hunt (1784-1859) English writer

Beneath the crisp and wintry carpet hid
A million buds but stay their blossoming
And trustful birds have built their nests amid
The shuddering boughs, and only wait to sing
Till one soft shower from the south shall bid
And hither tempt the pilgrim steps of Spring. – Robert Bridges (1844-1930) English writer

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Ostara Magick – Recipes

Flowery Canapes with Cream Cheese and Watercress

Ingredients:

  • 24 diagonally sliced baguette slices (1/2-inch)
  • 1 (8 ounce) carton light cream cheese spread
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons snipped fresh watercress
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons snipped fresh chives
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons snipped fresh basil
  • Pansies or Nasturtiums
  • Watercress sprigs

Directions:

  1. Combine cream cheese, basil, chives and watercress.
  2. Refrigerate, covered, several hours.
  3. Spread each baguette slice with about 2 teaspoons herbed cheese mixture.
  4. Top with an edible flower or watercress sprig.

Deviled Eggs

6 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and cut lengthwise
¼ cup Mayonnaise (use the good stuff, tastes better!)
½ teaspoon dry ground mustard
½ teaspoon white vinegar
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper (or horseradish, if I’m eating them)
A dash of salt
Paprika for garnish

  1. Remove the egg yolks to a small bowl and mash with a fork.
  2. Add mayonnaise, mustard powder, vinegar, salt and pepper and mix thoroughly.
  3. Fill the empty egg whites with the mixture and sprinkle lightly with paprika. Adding a pinch of paprika into the mixture gives it a little extra something.
  4. Cover lightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to one day before serving.

Note – I like to add a bit of pickle relish and a dab of horseradish and leave out the pepper & paprika and sprinkle with chopped parsley or sprigs.

Welsh Bake Stones

Ingredients:

  • 1 Pound Self-Rising Flour
  • 2 Large Eggs (Beaten)
  • 8 Ounces Sultanas
  • 8 Ounces Butter
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • Water
  • Milk

Directions:

  1. Combine the flour, butter or margarine, sultanas, eggs, and sugar.
  2. In a separate container mix water with milk and add just enough to the flour mixture to make a pliable dough.
  3. Roll onto floured surface to 1/2″ thickness.
  4. Cut out circles with a small glass (2″) a pastry cutter.
  5. Cook in an oiled pan until lightly browned on both sides.

Queens Biscuits (Biscotti Di Regina)http://everythingunderthemoon.net/forum/ostara-feast-recipes-t22403.html
4 cups flour, sifted
1 cup sugar
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup shortening
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1/2 cup milk
1/4 lb. sesame seeds
Lightly grease 2 cookie sheets. Sift together in a bowl the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Cut in with pastry blender or two knives until pieces are size of small peas. Add shortening and stir in eggs and milk. Make a soft dough. Mix thoroughly together. Break dough into small pieces and roll each piece between palms of hands to form rolls about 1 1/2″ in length. Flatten rolls slightly, and roll in sesame seeds. Place on cookie sheets about 3″ apart. Bake at 375° for 12-15 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned. Makes 6 dozen cookies.

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Silliness – Silly Q&A – Question: Why was the lightbulb invented? Answer: Somebody had an idea.

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Daily Stuff 2-23-21 Terminalia

Hi, folks!

The shop opens at 1pm. Winter hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo used with permission.

That was some impressive rain…. Weather, 42F, wind at 0-2mph, AQI 39-48, UV2. Chance of rain 24% today and tonight. SMALL CRAFT ADVISTORY through 4pm. Tuesday-Wednesday, Sunday and then Tuesday-Wednesday again, ought to be dry, with some sun. Thursday through Saturday will be wet. Highs are finally hitting around 50F again, but we’ll have some clear nights, that will drop a few lows into the upper 30’s.

Yesterday I just wrote and wrote. I finally finished at about 4pm and then I spent a couple of hours watching a stage version of Cinderella. It’s so much better than the TV versions! About 50 minutes was cut from the actual musical to make the TV versions and it really shows.

Tempus fed us and worked on cleanup after Sunday’s cookery. I’m putting this out a little early, so I can go back to sleep. I’m pretty tired, still.

Today he’s intending to do some shopping, although I’m not sure at which end of the day. I’m going to work on those card sets.

There is a local couple who make beach labyrinths at various times. This one was created at Ona Beach on 3/22/14. They said that there may not be much left, since it’s spring break and kids and dogs were already dashing through it. “Two Eagles circled above it just about the time it was finished. This was truly amazing since there were also kites being flown in that area.”
I asked to share this with the wider community.

ApricotsApricot_tree_flowersToday’s plant is the Apricot, Prunus armeniaca. Apricots are a delicious fruit, resembling a small peach, but with a flavor all their own. They were known in the ancient world, possibly being cultivated as far back as 3000BCE. Thought of as an aphrodisiac in the Renaissance it can be fermented into a yummy wine or made into the brandy, Barack. It has properties of healing and health, lust magicks and learning, mostly in educational circles. More here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apricot

feast 0223 The_Feast_Before_the_Altar_of_TerminusToday is the Roman feast of Terminalia, the feast of borders and endings. Sacrifices were performed at boundary markers and some big ones in the cities, particularly at the old boundary of the city of Rome 6 miles out. Sounds like a good idea to me to acknowledge boundaries and limits on at least one day a year. Hmmm? More here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terminalia More on the god Terminus here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terminus_%28mythology%29

The shop opens at 1pm. Winter hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. For appointments contact us at 541-563-7154, anjasnihova@yahoo.com, on Facebook or here on the blog, or just leave a note on the door!

Love & Light,
Anja

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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 2/27 at 12:17am. 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 2/25 at 12:17pm.

Mercury, Saturn, and Jupiter gradually sneak onstage before sunrise. Their visibility in bright twilight is exaggerated here!

MercuryJupiter, and Saturn lurk very low in bright dawn, but Jupiter and Saturn are getting a little higher and less difficult to see day by day, and Mercury brightens while maintaining its position. Look very low in the east-southeast 20 or 30 minutes before sunrise. With the sky that bright, bring binoculars. See illustration below. Mercury nearly doubles in brightness from magnitude +0.9 to +0.3 this week. Saturn is magnitude +0.7, while Jupiter, though lower, is much brighter at mag –2.0.

The waxing gibbous Moon this evening shines below Pollux and Castor. Brighter Procyon is farther below.

Lunar occultation. Early this evening the Moon’s dark limb will occult Kappa Geminorum, magnitude 3.6, for observers from central Delaware, Maryland, and Tennessee southward. Some times: Washington DC, 7:32 p.m. EST; Atlanta, 6:56 p.m. EST; Jacksonville, 7:06 p.m. EST; Miami, 6:43 p.m. EST. Map and timetables.

Canis Major

Sirius the Dog Star blazes high in the southeast after dinnertime, the brightest star of Canis Major. Spot it lower left of Orion. In a moonless and unpolluted sky, the stars of Canis Major can be connected to form a convincing dog profile. But under a brighter sky like tonight’s, only his five brightest stars show well. These form the short-handled Meat Cleaver. Sirius is the cleaver’s top back corner, its blade faces right, and its stubby handle is down to the lower left.

Mars slips over the border from Aries into Taurus today; this evening, you’ll find it about 5.5° southwest of the famous Pleiades star cluster (M45). Now just 7″ across (and shrinking), Mars is magnitude 0.8. That makes it roughly equal in brightness to Taurus’ alpha star, Aldebaran, which sits among (but is not part of) the Hyades open star cluster sprinkled across the Bull’s nose. You may notice that Mars and Aldebaran are also similar in color — but their hues come from completely different sources. Aldebaran is a cool red giant star generating its own light, while Mars’ rusty red soil simply reflects light from our own Sun. Make sure to come back to this region again and again over the next two weeks, as Mars slides south of the Pleiades and then continues its trek across the Bull for several months to come.

Old Farmer’s Almanac NIGHT SKY MAP FOR FEBRUARY 2021: Orion – https://www.almanac.com/sky-map-february

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.

Sun in Pisces

Moon in Cancer

Goddess Month of Bridhe runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17
Color – Maroon
Planting 2/22-23
©2021 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17, Nion (NEE-uhn), ash – the common ash (Fraxinus excelsior L.) is a major tree of lowland forests in much of Europe, along with oaks and beeches. It grows to 40 m (130 feet) in open sites, with a broad crown reminiscent of American elm trees. Ash was and still is an important timber tree, and is a traditional material for the handle of a besom. The common ash is occasionally cultivated in North America, and similar native ash species are widely grown as street trees. Ashes are members of the Olive family (Oleaceae).

Nuin – Ash Ogam letter correspondences
Month: March
Color: Glass Green
Class: Cheiftain
Letter: N
Meaning: Locked into a chain of events; Feeling bound.

Ogam letter correspondences to study this month Oir – Spindle Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: White
Class: Peasant
Letter: TH, OI
Meaning: Finish obligations and tasks or your life cannot move forward.

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Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                Visible
Tu  23      Low   3:13 AM     3.9   7:03 AM     Set  5:06 AM      77
~    23     High   9:01 AM     7.5   5:57 PM    Rise  1:53 PM
~    23      Low   4:23 PM     0.3
~    23     High  11:03 PM     6.1

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The best way to predict the future . . . .        . . . .  is to create it.

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Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – Appearances may be deceiving. — Aesop

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Quotes

~   A leader’s job is to remove any obstacle that can negatively impact his team’s performance. – Mike Krzyzewski
~   Be a sinner and sin strongly, but more strongly have faith and rejoice in Christ. – Martin Luther (1483-1546) German leader of the Protestant Reformation
~   Never quit. Use each setback, each disappointment as a cue to push on ahead with more determination than ever before. – Ralph Marston
~   A fool too late bewares when all the peril is past. – Queen Elizabeth I of England

There’s a certain Slant of light,
Winter Afternoons –
That oppresses, like the Heft
Of Cathedral Tunes – Emily Dickinson (1830–86)

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Ostara Magick – Spells

Ostara Egg Spell – March 20th, 2007 – Color of the day: Red – Incense of the day: Myrrh

The Spring or Vernal Equinox marks the pagan holiday of Ostara. It is a time of balance and a celebration of the return of springtime. The spring holidays of many cultures celebrate with symbols of birth, growth, and fertility, such as rabbits and eggs. Most cultures gave their goddesses springtime gifts of eggs to ensure fertility and blessings. The yellow of the yolk symbolizes the returning Sun and the white shell represents the purity of the returning Maiden Goddess. Across time and across cultures, people decorated eggs in colors and symbols to reflect newness and freshness. The beautifully and intricately decorated Ukrainian eggs are made by writing eggs with beeswax in a batik or resist method. The dye is applied and the waxed part remains uncolored. Called pysanky, the Ukrainian word for decorated egg, they are prized works of art. Witches can do a magical pysanky by writing or drawing glyphs, runes, and symbols on the eggs and then dyeing them. Focus your intention on writing and decorating a hardboiled egg; use meaningful symbols and then dye it an appropriate color. Focus your wish or desire into the egg. Offer thanks to the Goddess, then eat it mindfully, imagining the new magic filling you like the pure sunlight of the season. By: Gail Wood

A Spell of Reawakening

The Spring Equinox, called Ostara by many, is a day of perfect balance between night and day, darkness and light, slumber and awakening. Many craft traditions, covens, and solitaries have devised their own rituals for awakening Mother Earth at this time. Many of these can be traced back to England.

One common practice is to walk through a natural area, tap the earth three times with a staff or wand, and make a joyful noise to welcome the Goddess’s return. This ritual is performed three times in keeping with the sacred number of many of the Pagan sects from western European countries. Now is not only a good time to awaken Mother Earth, but also to awaken ourselves. We should ask: Are we only going through the motions now? Or are we reawakening our spiritual selves, and seeing anew all the magical possibilities of spring? To awaken your own body, mind, and soul to spring’s rebirth, give back to Mother Earth some of the things we’ve taken from her. Plant a tree, herb garden, or flowers. Feed her animals and birds. As you do any of these things, consecrate your offering by saying:

Mother Earth, Goddess we walk upon,
May my gifts be of value 
Even after I’m gone.
Today, while I’m here,
May my offering be,
An act of love
for you from me. By: Edain McCoy

OSTARA- Daffodowndilly Spell 

The purpose of this spell is to make wishes concerning all areas of your life.

This is the perfect time of year for planting wishes that will come to fruition in summer and using plant ingredients for magic is a age old custom.

You will need:

one green candle 
one yellow candle
matches or lighter
summer flowering bulbs, one to a wish
soil or potting soil in a medium sized indoor planter

As part of your OSTARA ritual and in a properly cast circle, work as follows.

1. Light the green candle saying: By the shoot

2. Light the yellow candle saying: By the flower I invoke OSTARAs power

3. Take each bulb and seperately name it after the wish you seek to acheieve.

4. Hold them in your hands and chant your wish into them with the following words: As the nights shrink down and this bulb goes underground, As the days grow long, so the thing I wish grows strong.

5. Bury the bulbs in the soil, or potting soil. Place your hands palms down on the soil and visualize the growth you have wished for coming to pass.

6. Keep the bulbs inside until the threat of frost has passed, then plant outside next to the spring flowering bulbs.

The idea here is to trade on the fertility of the daffodils by empowering summer flowering bulbs and planting them closely by. The summer bulbs will get the general idea from the flowering daffodown dillies and charged with your wishes hurry to grow and flower.

From Hearth  and Home Witchery

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Silliness – Royal Recliner

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Daily Stuff 2-22-21 Perpendicular Sun

Hi, folks!

The shop opens at 1pm. Winter hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Jaroslav Gen.

It’s just cloudy, but everything is wet. It was really coming down! 46F, wind at 4-12 mph and gusting, AQI 35-39, UV3. Chance of rain 99% today and 24% tonight. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY again, until 4pm on Tuesday. It’s likely to rain hard again today, although by suppertime it ought to ease up. We might even see some sun on Tuesday and Wednesday. There’s a spike in the chance of rain Thursday morning, but then things should ease off to showers, with maybe a little sun on Sat., Sun. and Tues.

Yesterday was lots of fun for me, although by the time I was able to toddle off to bed, I was a touch weepy, because I was so tired. I spent most of the day cooking, although from 1-3 I was busy with customers. I guess rain kept people away after that. I made a couple of kinds of pudding, both of which were tasty, a chicken dish, and served up several kinds of cheeses, which were part of my birthday stuff.

I think I had mentioned the Roquefort before, but we also had a “winnemere” cheese, which is intended to be scooped out of the rind with a spoon. It’s salty and strong, and yummy on Tempus’ good bread, of which he made a batch during the afternoon. The giggle is the description which says, “Notes of meat, mushroom and spruce.” Spruce? Tasty, whatever they think it’s like! We also had some soup and bacon and leeks on rye rolls. Leftovers.

…and we cleaned up, went home and went splat.

Today is back to usual. Watering plants tops the list. Getting a few more photos is right behind and then I have to write. Planning to be open at 1pm, and I have some cleanup to do in the classroom area.

Photo of the old millwheel in Little Venice in Prague, photo by Jaroslav Gen

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nasturtium Kapuziner-Kresse_7148Today’s plant is NasturtiumTropaeolum majus, (not watercress, which is true nasturtium). It’s certainly not native to the PNW, but grows well here. I love the brilliant oranges and yellows of the flowers. They’re yummy, too, with a slightly peppery taste, both leaf and flower and the seeds serve as a substitute for capers in pickles. The flowers stand for Victory in Battle, motif flower Nasturtium-TropaeolumPatriotism and Affectation and are little used in magicks other than as symbols and foods for Ostara and Beltane celebrations because of their association with the Sun. They also can be used as a symbol for “sacrifice to the larger good” of soldiers, firemen and police, but are usually only seen at funerals in this context. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tropaeolum_majus

 feast 0222 RamsesIIEgyptThe Feast of the Perpendicular Sun happens twice a year in Egypt at the Tempus of Abu Simbel, built for Ramses II in the 13th century BCE. The aisle of the temple lights up with the sunrise until all the way at the back of the temple the Pharaoh’s particular gods are illuminated.feast 0222 Panorama_Abu_Simbel_crop This happens on Ramses birthday and the anniversary date of his ascent to the throne, iow 2/22 and 10/22. Because of the Aswan Dam, the temple was disassembled and moved to higher ground in the 60′s, but the dates are still good, because they worked really hard to make that happen. More here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abu_Simbel

The shop opens at 1pm. Winter hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. For appointments contact us at 541-563-7154, anjasnihova@yahoo.com, on Facebook or here on the blog, or just leave a note on the door!

Love & Light,
Anja

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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 2/27 at 12:17am. 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 2/25 at 12:17pm.

Ruby red – Hind’s Crimson Star (R Leporis), lies near Lepus’ border with Eridanus. You’ll find it 3.5° west-northwest of magnitude 3.3 Mu (μ) Leporis. – Astronomy: Roen Kelly

By the time darkness falls this evening, Orion the Hunter is well above the horizon in the south. Beneath him is Lepus the Hare, a lesser-known constellation with several night-sky treasures to explore. One is the star R Leporis, also called Hind’s Crimson Star for its discoverer, J. R. Hind. It’s located 3.5° west-northwest of magnitude 3.3 Mu (μ) Leporis. This carbon star is one of the sky’s reddest stars, colored such a vibrant ruby by a combination of its low temperature and the absorption of blue light by carbon in the star’s atmosphere. R Leporis is also a variable star, whose brightness swings over the course of a little more than a year from magnitude 5.5 at its brightest to magnitude 11.7 at its dimmest. You’ll need at least binoculars to spot it, but you’ll certainly notice once you have.

Have you ever seen Canopus, the second-brightest star after Sirius? In one of the interesting coincidences known to devoted skywatchers, Canopus lies almost due south of Sirius: by 36°. That’s far enough south that it never appears above your horizon unless you’re below latitude 37° N (southern Virginia, southern Missouri, central California). And there, you’ll need a very flat south horizon. Canopus crosses the south point on the horizon just 21 minutes before Sirius does. When to look? Canopus is due south when Beta Canis Majoris — Murzim the Announcer, the star about three finger-widths to the right of Sirius — is at its highest due south over your landscape. That’s probably sometime between 8 and 9 p.m. now, depending on how far east or west you live in your time zone. Look straight down from Murzim then.

Neptune is lost in the western evening twilight.

Old Farmer’s Almanac NIGHT SKY MAP FOR FEBRUARY 2021: Orion – https://www.almanac.com/sky-map-february

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

Sun in Pisces

Moon in Cancer

of victory and ascendancy over darkness. 

Goddess Month of Bridhe runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17
Color – White
Planting 2/22-23
©2021 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17, Nion (NEE-uhn), ash – the common ash (Fraxinus excelsior L.) is a major tree of lowland forests in much of Europe, along with oaks and beeches. It grows to 40 m (130 feet) in open sites, with a broad crown reminiscent of American elm trees. Ash was and still is an important timber tree, and is a traditional material for the handle of a besom. The common ash is occasionally cultivated in North America, and similar native ash species are widely grown as street trees. Ashes are members of the Olive family (Oleaceae).

Nuin – Ash Ogam letter correspondences
Month: March
Color: Glass Green
Class: Cheiftain
Letter: N
Meaning: Locked into a chain of events; Feeling bound.

Ogam letter correspondences to study this month Oir – Spindle Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: White
Class: Peasant
Letter: TH, OI
Meaning: Finish obligations and tasks or your life cannot move forward.

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Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                Visible
M   22      Low   2:04 AM     4.1   7:04 AM     Set  4:12 AM      68
~    22     High   8:02 AM     7.2   5:55 PM    Rise 12:55 PM
~    22      Low   3:35 PM     0.8
~    22     High  10:22 PM     5.7

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make this an extraordinary day!

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Journal Prompt – Wiki – If I could change one thing about my spouse/lover, what would I change?

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Quotes

~   All should be told to a friend. – Egil’s Saga, c.56
~   Miracles occur naturally as expressions of love. The real miracle is the love that inspires them. In this sense everything that comes from love is miracle.” Marianne Williamson
~   Argue for your limitations and sure enough they’re yours. Are you holding yourself back? – Dominique Brown
~   There is Brendan Foster, by himself, with 20,000 people. – David Coleman

When February sun shines cold,
There comes a day when in the air
The wings of winter
Slow unfold,
And show the golden summer there. – Philip Savage (1868–99)

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Ostara Magick – Crafts – Coloring Springtime Eggs With Natural Dyes

http://www.dld123.com/about/about.php?id=A11 Debra Lynn Dadd

Spring is the time for the celebration of eggs, for, even though we are able buy eggs year-round in the supermarket, in Nature eggs are seasonal. The eggs that we eat today are mostly from domesticated birds, but for thousands of years people collected eggs from the wild for food. Before 1900, wild bird eggs were on the menu in restaurants. In the wild, birds and other animals lay eggs only during the time of year when the weather is such that the hatched babies can survive. So there are no eggs in winter, and eggs are then again plentiful with the coming of Spring.

I first became aware of the seasonality of eggs when I visited a neighbor who raises chickens. She told me that her chickens require 14 hours of sunlight to lay eggs and that commercial eggs in the wintertime come from chickens raised under electric lights. Hens naturally have an ongoing urge to lay eggs from spring to fall, when they lose their feathers. Then they wait through the winter until 14 hours of sunlight return in the spring. Of course, depending on where in the world these chickens are, the actual date the 14 hours or more of sunlight begins and ends is different from place to place. Even though eggs are available in the supermarket all year long, in the scheme of Nature, our bodies really are not designed to eat them every day.

She also told me that hens start laying eggs at about six months of age, which in hen-years is equivalent to our human adolescence. And they lay at a rate that is considered “productive” by the egg industry for about a year. As the hen gets older, she produces fewer and fewer eggs, but they are larger.

Celebrating spring with eggs

Though Easter, as a holiday, is the Christian celebration of Christ’s new life after crucifixion, its origin and customs are much older. Since the beginning of our species, humankind has celebrated the new life of Spring, particularly in parts of the world where winters are cold and food is scarce.

Indeed, the very word for the season — Spring — describes the action of Nature at this time. The origin of “spring” goes back to the Old High German springan, which means to jump and perhaps to the Greek sperchesthai, which means to hasten. Spring certainly is the time when plant seedlings and baby animals hasten to jump out into existence. A spring is a source of water issuing from the ground, a coiled wire that jumps back into it’s original size after being depressed, an act or an instance of leaping up or forward, a quality of resilience. To spring is to come into being, to leap or jump up suddenly.

And so Spring is about newness, and in particular, about new life leaping forth once again, making the egg–which is the embodiment of new life itself–the perfect symbol of Spring.

Though we may today celebrate the egg as a symbol of rebirth in forms ranging from the most popular–chocolate–to the most expensive–encrusted with diamonds–using the actual egg itself for our spring celebrations restores this symbol to it’s original form in Nature.

The tradition of coloring eggs

The tradition of coloring eggs for springtime celebrations has deep roots in ancient times. It might have begun with the gathering of wild eggs of different natural colors in the spring. Although many eggs are naturally white, eggs of almost every color of the rainbow are known. As animals were domesticated and more white chicken eggs were eaten, it may have then become the custom to dye the white chicken eggs to look like the colored eggs of wild birds.

Colored eggs were given as gifts by the ancient Greeks, Persians, and Chinese at their spring festivals, and used by early Christians as a symbol of Jesus’ Resurrection. As early as the Middle Ages, eggs were colored and given as gifts at the Christian celebration. After being forbidden during the solemn fast of Lent, eggs were reintroduced on Easter Sunday, both as part of the feasting and as gifts for family, friends, and servants.

Though nowadays most people color their eggs with egg kits that contain dyes made from petrochemicals, for millennia eggs were colored with plant materials found in Nature. Barks, roots, and leaves from many plants produce beautiful natural dyes.

Coloring eggs provides an opportunity to experiment with plant materials that grow in your region — perhaps even in your own backyard. If coloring eggs is an activity you enjoy, consider keeping a scrapbook from year to year that documents the dyestuff used and the colors it produced. Books on natural dyes for fabrics can give you clues for dyes for eggs.

In addition to coloring eggs with natural colors, you can decorate your eggs to look like bird eggs. Eggshells are often intricately marked with blotches, scrawls, streaks or speckles, generally concentrated in a ring around the large end of the egg. You can make eggs with your own “bird” speckles, or make eggs that celebrate the eggs of actual birds that live in your area.

This is a good opportunity to learn about your local birds and what their eggs look like. For some pictures of bird eggs, visit the The Provincial Museum of Alberta, which has an on-line field guide with over 300 egg images and the birds they become. In addition, they have a fascinating explanation about how and why eggs have different shapes, colors, and speckle patterns.

How to color eggs with natural dyestuffs

Here’s how to color eggs with some plant-based dyes you probably already have in your kitchen. I have been delighted with the results of the colors I have tried and my friends have been thrilled to receive them as springtime gifts. The colors are very unusual — gentle, earthy, soft, and very vibrant, without being harsh like the artificial dyes — and when I tell people the colors come from plant dyes, they always want to know the origin of each color.

Directions:

NOTE: When coloring eggs with natural dyestuffs, the eggs are cooked and colored at the same time, in contrast to coloring with using an artificial dye kit, which requires cooking the eggs prior to coloring.

If the color is as desired, pour off the hot dye liquid and rinse them immediately in cold water to stop the eggs from cooking. Continue to change the water until it stays cool in the pot because the eggs are no longer releasing heat. Drain and allow eggs to cool in the refrigerator.

If you wish a deeper color, strain the hot dye liquid into a container, then rinse the eggs immediately in cold water to stop them from cooking. Continue to change the water until it stays cool in the pot because the eggs are no longer releasing heat. Drain the last of the cold water, then cover the eggs with the strained dye liquid. Add more water if necessary so that the eggs are completely covered. Put into the refrigerator immediately and keep eggs in the refrigerator until the desired shade is achieved. Overnight is good. Longer than about twelve hours some of the colors just get muddier instead of deeper, and the lighter shades are more vibrant.

Red – Pink — Recommended but I haven’t yet tried: lots of red onion skins, cranberry juice, or frozen raspberries.

Orange — Yellow onion skins will dye to a deep orange right in the dye pot. Use the skins of two medium onions for four eggs.

Brown — Red beet skins make a beautiful mahogany brown. Roast fresh beets at 350 degrees until soft (about one to two hours, depending on size). Peel off the skin and about 1/8″ of the beet. Reserve beets for eating (they are delicious roasted!) and add the skins to the dye pot. Use about one egg-size beet per egg. Allow to soak overnight. Grape juice produces a beautiful sparkling tan (I think the sparkles are from the high sugar content of the grape juice–this is one of my favorites!) Also recommended but I haven’t yet tried: coffee.

Yellow — Saffron makes a bright yellow when eggs are soaked overnight. Use about 1/4 teaspoon saffron threads for four eggs. Recommended but I haven’t yet tried: tumeric or cumin, orange or lemon peels, or celery seed.

Green — Recommended but I haven’t yet tried: spinach. Carrot tops and peels from Yellow Delicious apples produced a yellow-green.

Blue — Red cabbage leaves make the most incredible robin’s-egg blue. Use about a quarter of a medium head of cabbage, chopped, for four eggs. After the 15 minutes of boiling, the eggs are still almost white, but after soaking the eggs in the dye liquid for about six hours, they turn very blue. Frozen blueberries produce a kind of steel-grey-blue right in the cooking pot. Use 1 cup blueberries for four eggs.

Deep Purple — Red wine makes a beautiful burgundy color right in the cooking pot. Cover the eggs completely with undiluted red wine, and add the vinegar right to the wine. Recommended but I haven’t yet tried: hibiscus tea.

Tips for successful results:

Cold-dipped Egg Dyes

A few years ago, Martha Stewart recommended some recipes for natural easter egg dyes that are no longer on her website. Since I can’t link to them, here they are.

Martha suggests making dyes separately, then soaking boiled eggs for various periods of time to achieve the desired colors. Eggs can be soaked in more than one dye to acheive desired colors.

Select your dyestuff and place it in a pot, using the amounts given below.

  • 4 cups chopped
  • 3 tablespoons
  • 4 cups (skins of about 12 onions)
  • 4 cups chopped
  • 1 quart strong black

Add 1 quart of water and 2 tablespoons white vinegar to the pot. If more water is needed to cover ingredients, add more vinegar proportionally. Bring to a boil and lower then lower heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Strain the dye into a bowl and allow to cool to room temperature.

  • Soak eggs in turmeric dye for 30 minutes.
  • Soak eggs in onion-skin dye for 30 minutes.
  • Soak eggs in black coffee dye for 30 minutes.
  • Soak eggs in beet dye for 30 minutes.
  • Soak eggs in cabbage dye for 30 minutes.
  • Soak eggs in cabbage dye overnight.
  • Soak eggs in turmeric dye for 30 minutes, then cabbage dye for 30 minutes.
  • Soak eggs in turmeric dye for 30 minutes, then beet dye for 5 seconds.
  • Soak eggs in turmeric dye for 30 minutes, then beet dye for 30 minutes.

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