Wet and messy for today. It’s 50Fand not rainin hard at the moment, but were supposed to get at least a 1/2 inch of rain and the wind is supposed to be heaviest during the afternoon.
Yesterday went pretty well, even if we were later than I planned getting there. Tempus and I keep getting our wires crossed about schedules…. But we got there, got open and I started in on the cedar and plantain, then we worked on seed starting.
A suggestion was floating around yesterday on Facebook about a quick way to get some plants going. I shared it onto the shop wall on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ancient.light?fref=ts If you can’t get there and want to see it, I’m planning to tuck it into the magick section after the Ostara stuff, probably around the 20th…
For Crystals we popped the tumblers. The agates are all going on 3rd grit, one of the 6 pounders is on 3rd grit and the other still on 1st. One of the big obsidians looks like a silver sheen and we have two greens, even if they’re cruddy quality.
After that the Hand Analysis workshop started. That was a tremendous amount of fun! I’ve asked Cliona to do this one for OCPPG and we’re going to set it up so that you can take it as an “intro” class or do an actual print and analysis.
That ran right into Sewing Workshop, but no one was here for that and the shop got busy. Tempus and I had been taking turns popping out front to help folks who were in during the earlier workshops, but we stayed busy right up until about 5:30, did a little set-up for morning and then headed home.
I crashed right away when we got in and slept until about 11pm, but which time Tempus was turning in, but he had made a lovely supper of fried potatoes, ham, onions and cheese. I had some fruit just before he went out to do his newspaper route and of course the papers ran late…
- 11am – Shop opens
- 9:30am – Brea’s Elements
- 11am – Wicca 101 for young folks
- 12pm-6 – Project Time (this is an historical re-creation group that meets at the shop)
- 1pm OCPPG Staff meeting
- Readings from Noon to 5
A couple of products that I’d like to sell.
The other is a collector’s edition, an antique deck, complete with the original book. It’s $40 and you can see it in the divination case at the shop.
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 here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baba_Marta_Day and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martenitsa
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is New moving into Diana’s Bow at Noon. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends on 3/2 at Noon. 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 Full on 3/16 at 10:08am. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 3/5 at Noon.
The 7th-magnitude asteroid 2 Pallas is now passing 3° east of Alphard in Hydra in the southeastern evening sky. Find it with binoculars or a small telescope using the chart in the March Sky & Telescope, page 51. http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/newtrack/st_201403/
Venus (magnitude –4.8) blazes as the “Morning Star” before and during dawn; look southeast. A small telescope shows that it’s a thickening crescent.
The supernova in M82 is still hanging in. Six week after its outburst began, it’s still about visual magnitude 11.7. And it’s reddening. Take another look while the evening sky is still moonless. See our updated article. http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/highlights/Bright-Supernova-in-M82-241477661.html
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.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Su 2 High 12:56 AM 8.5 6:51 AM Rise 7:21 AM 0
~ 2 Low 7:04 AM 0.4 6:06 PM Set 8:15 PM
~ 2 High 1:04 PM 8.5
~ 2 Low 7:23 PM -0.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I’ll watch my thinking and keep improving it.
~ A good traveller is one who does not know where he is going to, and a perfect traveller does not know where he came from. – Lin Yutang (1895-1976) Chinese writer
~ “You know,” said Arthur, “it’s at times like this, when I’m trapped in a Vogon airlock with a man from Betelgeuse, and about to die of asphyxiation in deep space that I really wish I’d listened to what my mother told me when I was young.” “Why, what did she tell you?” “I don’t know, I didn’t listen.” – Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
~ It’s not that I’m afraid to die, I just don’t want to be there when it happens. – Woody Allen
~ The first time someone shows you who they are, believe them. – Maya Angelou
There was no such thing as half-trying. Whether it was running a race or catching a football, competing in school — we were to try. And we were to try harder than anyone else. We might not be the best, and none of us were, but we were to make the effort to be the best. – Senator Robert F. Kennedy, in a tribute to his father, Joseph P. Kennedy
Rabbits that Lay Eggs? It’s a German Thing – Published: Tuesday, March 06, 2012 – By Kathryn Boughton http://www.housatonictimes.com/articles/2012/03/06/life/doc4f5678ffcca3f879079008.txt?viewmode=fullstory
>>>> Alison Reitz of Brookfield was concentrating on filling her basket at Brookfield Parks and Rec’s annual Egg Hunt last year. >>>>>>>>>>>>>
BROOKFIELD- Everyone knows that rabbits don’t lay eggs—so what is this thing with Easter bunnies? Why not an Easter duck? Or an Easter hen? That would make more sense, wouldn’t it?
Well, Easter bunnies, like most Christian holiday traditions, are drawn from pagan beliefs, dusted off, repackaged and sold as representative of Christ’s story. In the case of Easter bunnies, rabbits are notorious for their fervent lovelife and their consequent fertility. Easter, the season of rebirth, not illogically became associated with hares and rabbits, as did eggs, the very icon of new life.
The Easter bunny appears to have originated in Germany, where tales were told of the “Easter hare,” which laid eggs for children to find. According to the legend, only good children received gifts of colored eggs in the nests that they made in their caps and bonnets before Easter. The tradition was carried to America by German immigrants, and the immigrants may have also made popular the practice of making chocolate bunnies and eggs.
Obviously, rabbits and hares could not really be relied upon to provide Easter eggs, but chickens could. And since eggs were forbidden the faithful during Lent by the early church, there was a surplus during the 40 days of fasting. To preserve as many as possible, the eggs were hard boiled and were thus a mainstay of Easter meals and a prized Easter gift for hungry children and servants.
Why they were dyed different colors remains a mystery, but a variety of traditions have emerged. The ancient Zoroastrians are said to have painted eggs for Nowrooz, their New Year celebration, which falls on the spring equinox. The Nawrooz tradition is said to have existed for at least 2,500 years. The sculptures on the walls of Persepolis show people carrying eggs for Nowrooz to the king. Egyptians, Romans and Greeks are also reported to have dyed eggs for their spring celebrations.
Orthodox Christians in the Middle East and in Greece still paint eggs bright red to symbolize the blood of Christ, while in Armenia hollow egg shells are decorated with pictures of Christ, the Virgin Mary and other religious figures. The art form reached its apex in Poland and Ukraine where eggs are skillfully decorated by using multiple applications of wax to create intricate patterns on the dyed eggs.
In Germany, with its Protestant aversion to religious symbolism, eggs were dyed plain green, the color of spring, and were given as gifts on Holy Thursday. Colorful hollow eggs were dyed and hung on trees throughout towns. Austrians placed little plants around the eggs and then boiled them, creating white patterns when the plants were removed.
The decorated eggs became the object of children’s games, a practice that continues today in Easter Egg hunts and egg rolls. The most famous egg roll takes place on the White House lawn every year, a tradition said to have been originated by the irrepressibly social Dolly Madison, who, told that Egyptian children used to roll eggs down the pyramids, invited Washington, D.C., children to roll hard-boiled eggs down the hilly lawn of the new Capitol building.
The custom continued there, except during the Civil War, until 1880 when curmudgeonly legislators complained the children were ruining the lawn. The egg roll was transferred to the White House lawn, where it has been held since.
Egg hunts at less exalted surroundings than the President’s home are equally popular. In Brookfield, the 13th annual Flashlight Egg Hunt is planned for the town hall grounds at 8 p.m. March 30. The event is open to children in grades 3-5 and will last about 20 minutes. Children should bring their own flashlights, but bags will be provided.
The towns 16th annual Egg Hunt will be held on the town hall’s grounds March 31, with a rain date of April 1. Additional features include a jellybean counting contest, and an appearance by the Easter Bunny. Again, bags will be provided for egg collecting. Age Divisions are: Under 3 at noon; 3-4 year olds;12:15 p.m.; 5-6 year olds, 12:30 p.m., and 7-8 year olds,12:45 p.m.
Call the Parks & Recreation Office at 203-775-7310 to pre-register for both events. The cost is $1 per student, which can be paid on the day of the hunt.
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