No workshops or readings, today. Tempus will be the one at the shop.
Yesterday morning it turned sunny before we left the house and stayed that way all day. I wish I could have gone to watch the sunset. I harvested almost the last of the crocus. The yellow ones finished over a week ago and today was the last white. There may be several more purple, but we’re getting close to the end. We got things open at the shop and started in, although we didn’t manage to get back to the book inventory.
Cliona was in after awhile, needing to use the WiFi. We’re setting up for her to do a workshop during the first psychic fair of the year. …and then SeaHeart came in and we talked for quite awhile about the community garden. …and then *Floyce* came in! She used to do massages at the psychic fairs when we were still in Seal Rock, but I haven’t seen her for years. They’ve moved out here and are living just on the other side of the Bay. I now have her flyer and cards up on the bulletin board.
Robyne called. His surgery is done and he’s in re-hab at this point. He sounds great and they got the whole thing. …and then I bartered that large geode/crystal that was have as a showpiece on the rock table for a bunch of stock that the owner picked out in exchange. During the afternoon I was working on setting up a bunch of specialty books that we have of my Dad’s for sale. My writer friend was in for awhile and then Tempus got back, we got some orders ready to go and came home.
I crashed. When I got up, Tempus had a salad waiting for me and then he went to bed while I worked on cookies, listening to youtubes and talking to one of my kids. At that point, down by the water it was 38 with some scattered clouds and up higher it was perfectly clear and 32F.
Old favorite tune, kinda updated… or maybe the video caught up? Talk about the original garage band …. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HsTqUhB3HU
Today’s plant is Nasturtium, Tropaeolum 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; Patriotism 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
The 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 Pharoah’s particular gods are illuminated. 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
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon at the Waning Quarter at 9:15am . 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 3/1. 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 2/22 at 9:15am. Waning Crescent Moon –Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends 2/24, 1pm.
Saturday, Feb. 22, 12:15 p.m. EST – Last Quarter Moon – The Last Quarter Moon rises around 1 a.m. and sets around 11 a.m. It is most easily seen just after sunrise in the southern sky.
Saturday, Feb. 22, 4 a.m. EST – Pallas at opposition – The asteroid Pallas will be in opposition to the sun. It will shine at magnitude 7.0 near the bright star Alphard in the constellation Hydra.
This year’s big, bright “Winter Diamond” — Jupiter at its top, Sirius at the bottom, and Procyon and Betelgeuse forming its two side corners — stands upright in the south around 8 or 9 p.m. now.
Neptune is hidden behind the glare of the Sun.
Goddess Month of of Moura, runs from 2/20-3/19
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17, Nion (NEE-uhn)
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 Berkana/ Beorc, 3/14-29 Half-month ruled by the goddess of the birch tree; a time of purification for rebirth and new beginnings.
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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
Color: Glass Green
Meaning: Locked into a chain of events; Feeling bound.
Ogam letter correspondences to study this month Oir – Spindle
Letter: TH, OI
Meaning: Finish obligations and tasks or your life cannot move forward.
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Forgive someone for something right now. Release the resentment and anger. This practice is for you to become happier. Telling the other person that you forgive them is completely optional, and is merely a bonus, Dear Friend!
~ A good newspaper, I suppose, is a nation talking to itself. – Arthur Miller (1915-2005) US playwright
~ Let no one come to you without leaving better and happier. – Mother Teresa
~ The secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine. – Mike Murdock
~ What is good, you ask? To be brave is good. – Friedrich Nietzsche
~ Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time. – John Lubbock
O S T A R A – http://earthwitchery.com/ostara.html – Spring Equinox – circa March 21
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.
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.
- 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.