Kinda wearing February out, aren’t we?
Yesterday I had the sleepies a lot. Coffee didn’t really help. Ginseng didn’t really help. I would be up and working for awhile and then I would sit and find myself dozing off. Tempus took off almost before we were open. I worked on herbs and picking up for a lot of the day.
I got an awesome surprise. My friend Isobel, who used to play in the Starfollower Recorder Consort back in the 90’s with us, stopped by the shop! She was in a workshop up in Lincoln City, so took the drive down here to visit for a bit. We had a lot of catching up to do, how the kids are doing, how the spouses and parents are doing…. that kind of thing.
The Duckmeister stopped by for a bit, but couldn’t stay long. I had a bunch of folks in, some customers, some locals saying hi, so we were busy for awhile. Then the rain started…. so I worked on crunching and bagging herbs and finally sat down by the computer and dozed off.
Tempus got back 6-ish and we closed up and headed home. I went straight to bed. I have no idea when he went to bed, but when I got up around 11pm he was snoring. I started working on the newsletter for today and tomorrow, did a little on OCPPG updates, worked on the inventory files. …and then went back and crashed before he headed out for his paper route.
Today we have to work on inventory, but a small order came in that has to be checked in, first. We’re supposed to have more dragon’s blood in this one, finally, along with the green candles that we’ve been out of since Yule! We also have some errands (mail, utilities, lunch, pharmacy) to run at some point during the day.
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
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
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is Dark changing to New at midnight. 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 2/28-3/1 at midnight. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle – In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Dark, psychopomps. Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 2/28-3/1 at midnight.
Have you ever seen Canopus, the second-brightest star after Sirius? In one of the many interesting coincidences that devoted skywatchers know about, 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 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 — Mirzim, the star a few finger-widths to the right of Sirius — is at its highest point due south. Look straight down from Mirzim then!
Jupiter’s moon Io crosses in front of Jupiter’s face from 5:56 to 8:11 p.m. Eastern Standard Time this evening. Its tiny black shadow follows behind from 7:02 to 9:17 p.m. EST. Jupiter’s Great Red Spot transits the planet’s central meridian around 9:09 p.m. EST.
Neptune is hidden in conjunction with 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 Teiwaz/Tyr, 2/27-3/13 This is a time of positive regulation, sacrifice and hard work in order to progress.
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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 – The “Good Life” is not defined by possessions, but by pure and utter enjoyment of simplicity.
Journal Prompt – Current Affairs – What issue is going on the news today do you feel strongly about? Write a letter to the editor of your school or local newspaper. Share your opinion. Try to persuade others to agree with you.
~ The unique conditions of ancient woodland make it our richest wildlife habitat, and it is literally irreplaceable. – Ms Williams, head of campaigns at The Woodland Trust
~ Though my soul may set in darkness, It will rise in perfect light. I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night. – Sarah Williams
~ I have observed dreams and visions very carefully, and am now certain that the imagination has some way of lighting on the truth that the reason has not, and that its commandments, delivered when the body is still and the reason silent, are the most binding we can ever know. – W.B. Yeats
~ Let my soul smile through my heart and my heart smile through my eyes, that I may scatter rich smiles in sad hearts. – Paramahansa Yogananda.
Don’t listen to anyone who tells you that you can’t do this or that. That’s nonsense. Make up your mind, you’ll never use crutches or a stick, then have a go at everything. Go to school, join in all the games you can. Go anywhere you want to. But never, never let them persuade you that things are too difficult or impossible. – Sir Douglas Bader was a British fighter pilot who lost both legs in a flying accident, but still fought in World War Two. He was knighted for his work with the disabled, and the quote above is from his talk to a 14-year-old boy who had lost a leg in a car accident. – Sir Douglas Bader (1910-1982) British Aviator
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
Spring Rains Spell – Anja
Tired of it being cold and windy? Take to your garden altar: 3, 5 or 7 spring blossoms (crocus, snowdrop, primrose), cooled water from boiling eggs and a dried fern frond. Pour some of the egg water on the altar and sprinkle the rest on the garden, spiraling clockwise outward from the altar. Ask the spirits of place, the plant devas, and the local fairies to help find the warm, gentle rains of spring and bring them to where you are. Burn the piece of fern until it is entirely ash, then lay the blooms on the altar and thank the local spirits for their attention.