Daily Stuff 2-27-13 Equirria

Hi, folks!

coffeeIt’s rather grey this morning, but 45F. they were predicting showers this morning, but clearing up later. and there’s a breeze. Unlike the usual, the feeder is quiet. Maybe the birds need coffee, too. I know I do.

motif junk food pizzaAfter getting started late, yesterday, Tempus decided he needed a long, hot, soak. He’s pretty sore from that tumble, Saturday. I was catching up on mail and setting up newsletters for the week. I spent a *long* while on the Moon Days correspondences. You can see that in the astro section….

oakenite<<<<<< Oakenite sphere (2″, $16)

The sky was a high, thin blue with dabs of thicker clouds over mountains and ocean. Birds were chasing each other in pairs…time to get out the nesting scraps! That’s one of those things that most people don’t think about, but it’s a way to recycle dryer lint (provided you don’t use things like Bounce sheets and other fabric softeners…toxic) thread and fabric scraps, because the birds are nesting. I pulled out a grid basket that we have, stuffed it and had Tempus hang it up.

motif junk food dagwoodTempus made me the most awesome fried egg sandwich for lunch. I wouldn’t want to eat it in front of anyone else, considering the amount of onion that we both like!!! He got outside and started working right after that.

I spent awhile in the garden, nibbling garden sorrel and clover. Veggies after protein? 🙂 I managed to do a little weeding.

motif plant tree flower Weeping CherryWhen I was working on the front yard I managed to fall against the weeping cherry and the bark got badly scuffed. It didn’t go all the way through the cambium layer, but I needed to figure out how to make a bandage for it, so harvested some aloe vera for the  first aid. I smeared a bunch on the trunk and then took the rounded squishy side and laid it cut side on the wound and wrapped a long fabric scrap around it to hold. I’m *really* hoping that I haven’t damaged the tree horribly. I know that if trees can keep from getting an infestation of bugs they usually do lapis lgjust fine, but I feel really bad.

<<<<< Nice lapis handstone

Tempus came around to the front of the house, having run out of gas for the mower and I told him what I was doing and then we talked about getting the blocks out and the drip irrigation hose coiled up. He went back to mowing and I went in and started setting up something for supper in case he was too tired to make burgers.

motif junk food Candy BarAfter that I took a rest and meditated awhile. We’re in the time of Nuin and Oir (see Celtic Tree Month below) so I was working out what needs to get finished and what’s acting like a cork in a bottle about getting things done.

construction fallA friend of Tempus’ that does construction and remodeling stopped by to give him some advice on a couple of repairs that needed to be done over next door and by the time they were done it was dark, so he came in to work on dinner. I just hope he doesn’t end up looking like the guy at the left here! He decided to do the hamburgers, so chased me out. <grin>

motif still life 1By then the newsletters were formatted for almost two weeks out and I was adding the stuff below the Tree Month sections. I’m finding doing them in between chores on “home days” is pretty efficient. At least I’m not sitting down and playing solitaire!

motif junk food onion ringsI crawled into bed with a book not too long after burgers and then playing awhile on youtube. I woke during the night and the Moon through the clouds was bright enough to cast shadows in the bathroom.

motif junk food hotdogI’m watching towhees acting like chickadees this morning. I’m talking about the twitchy/chirpy/flutter bit… Mating season, alright, you can hear the change in the songs.

motif junk food FriesMore garden and house today. I have to harvest, too, but I’m going to wait until it dries up a little. It’s getting darker, not brighter, the later in the morning that it gets.

First Equirria – There were two days of horse racing framing the festivals428px-Higan-Kirsche_(Prunus_subhirtella) 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! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equirria
Today’s plant is the Weeping Cherry, in honor of my poor tree, 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

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Love & Light,
Anja

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I gotta drop this link in here. Dueling Pipers! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amNF_F6oeRU

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Waning Gibbous moonFull Moon moves into Waning Gibbous at 12:26am. Full Moon Magick – 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 2/27 at 12:26am. 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 3/11 at 12:51pm. 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 3/4 at 1:53pm.

Goddess Month of of Moura, runs from 2/20-3/19
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion, Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17
Rune Runic Month 05 Tyr TiwazRunic half-month of Tyr, 2/27-3/13 This is a time of positive regulation, sacrifice and hard work in order to progress.

Sun in PiscesSun in Pisces
Moon in LibraMoon in Virgo enters Libra at 5:02am
Mercury, Saturn Retrograde
Color: White

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©2013 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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Celtic tree month Ash NuinFraxinus_latifolia_JPG1FeCeltic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion, 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.

celtic tree month oir spindleOgam 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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WavesTides for Alsea Bay
Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~           /Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                    Visible
W   27     High   1:16 AM     7.9   6:56 AM     Set  7:28 AM      98
~    27      Low   7:25 AM     1.0   6:02 PM    Rise  8:38 PM
~    27     High   1:21 PM     7.8
~    27      Low   7:37 PM     0.5

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – You don’t have to be religious to be spiritual, Spirituality is how you connect to yourself and the world, mentally, emotionally and physically. We do not get spirituality through religion or philosophy. It is simply the essence of being human.

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Journal Prompt – Friends – If your friend told you of a secret plan to run away from home, what would you do and why?

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Quotes
~   A word of encouragement during a failure is worth more than an hour of praise after success. ~Anon~
~   As important as it is to think big, nothing happens until you think small. – Scott Dinsmore (So, what’s your next step?)
~   Be nice to ’em goin’ up, because you’re going to meet them all comin’ down. – Jimmy Durante
~   Behind every successful man stands a surprised mother-in-law. – Voltaire (1694-1778) French Philosopher and Author

See here of causes why in London
So many men are made and undone
That Arts and honest trading drop
to swarm about ye Devil’s Shop
Who cuts out Fortune’s Golden Haunches
Trapping their souls with lots and chances
Sharing ’em from Blue Garters down
To all blue aprons in the town.
Here all religions flock together,
Like tame and wild fowl of a father
Leaving their strife, Religious bustle
Kneel down to play at pitch and Hustle
Thus, when the Shepherds are at play
Their flocks must surely go astray.
the woeful cause yet in these times
Honour, and honesty are crimes.
That publickly are punished by
Self interest and Vilany;
So much for monys magick power
Guess at the rest, you find out more. – William Hogarth, ‘An Emblematic Print on the South Sea’, 1720

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ostara sabbat egg divider

Magick – Ostara – Pisanki: Icons of the Universe * (part 1)
from Okana’s Web; <http://www.okana.net/pisanka.html>

One of the prime icons and symbols of Spring, of birth and rebirth And fertility, is the egg, and Poles have made decorating and sanctifying them an art form. The perfect icon of the universe, decorated eggs were taken out into the fields as the grains were sown, along with a candle blessed at Gromniczne (Imbolc), in order to bring life back into the warming soil. Eggs were also buried at the base of fruit trees to make them bear in abundance. Even the water in which boiled-style eggs were prepared is sacred; used to wash in, bless with, poured along the property lines to protect against lightening and thunder and the ravages of weather, and anointing bee hives to bring plenty of sweet tasting honey. A bowl of decorated eggs was kept in the homes at all times, to ensure good health and prosperity. Once decorated in ritual fashion, eggs were never thrown out if they were broken. Instead they are buried in the garden, bringing good fortune, or given to the Rusalje (water nymphs/spirits) in the nearest river or stream. A Great symbol of fertility, eggs traditionally bedeck the breads baked for weddings.

The eggs are decorated in several different styles. Boiled eggs are decorated in single colors, usually red, and are called krashanka. These are meant to be eaten, or fed to the livestock, and are dyed appropriately with materials safe for consumption. Krapanka are also boiled eggs, and are decorated with multi-colored dots. Drapanka are single color boiled eggs into which a design is scratched with a pin or small knife tip.

Lystowka are wrapped in leafs and subjected to a bath of onion skin water, giving a beautiful relief pattern. Depending on the type of leaves used, these eggs may also be eaten as they are boiled in the onion skins. (do NOT use any leaf you are not sure of if you plan to serve these eggs!). The most common and most tedious form of decoration, however, is called pisanki, a batik-method coloring using beeswax, commercial or natural material dyes, and RAW eggs (boiling the eggs first will not only alter the significance of the icon, but will allow water to seep through and ruin the dye, or will alter the design by adhering to cracks formed in the boiling process).

Traditionally, eggs were decorated by women and girls only; now I find that many more men are taking up this ritual as a meaningful expression of the season’s celebration. Ages old rituals passed from baci (grandmother) to her family are used for the preparation of the designs. I follow a ritual much as the one outlined below – some taught, some self-inspired.

The working is traditionally done after dark, in a quiet spot that Allows concentration, meditation, and ritual consciousness. By custom, the artist should have made an effort during the day to remain calm and anger- free. The work space is set up much as an altar would be. A white tablecloth covers the work space; your candle is set in the middle of the table. Salt and bread are set behind the candle, a cup of water to the left, and flowers or incense to the right.

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motif Silliness SmilieSilliness  – *

cartoon witch hex support

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! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equirria
Today’s plant is the Weeping Cherry, in honor of my poor tree, 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

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