Yesterday started slowly. I got the newsletter out early, but went back in and snuggled up to Tempus and didn’t get back up until past 11. It took him most of another hour to get vertical. I was working on newsletter set-up for the week by then. <<<<< This pic is another one of his awesome weekend breakfasts (french toast). He said, “This is one of those where you don’t want to piss off the pancakes!” He’s so proud of himself….
Paul called at around 2pm and we talked all afternoon about various topics. That’s standard for us. We might talk twice in a year, but it’s always hours. Tempus just grins. He knows! He worked on house chores all day. It was nice and sunny, but I didn’t see much of that. He was raving about it over supper, which was a salad featuring some of the fresh spring greens from the garden.
When I got up again during the night I worked on some drawings and then got online and sorted mail. I had finished the sample of <<<<<<<<< one of the new pincushion designs over the weekend, so I got some of the pattern set up for that next embroidery pamphlet.
The moonlight was lovely. I stood on the porch until my toes turned into icecubes looking at the shadows and silvery mist and the shimmering dew. I went in and put my cold feet on Tempus, but it was time he got up, anyway. 🙂
Today I want to get outside to do some work on the garden and the areas around the house. I don’t know whether that’s going to happen or not. We still have kitchen work to do and I need to make something for suppers over the next week.
<<<< This is one of the Cafe Press designs that I’ve been playing with again.
…and a slideshow of a place near where I grew up. http://www.weather.com/travel/breathtaking-photos-island-ruled-horses-20140307
Today’s Plant is the Buttercup that flourishes in my area in two types, Ranunculus bulbosus (sometimes called. St Anthony’s Turnip) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranunculus_bulbosus and Ranunculus repens , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranunculus_repens (called creeping buttercup or crowfoot) which is the variety in my garden. These are non-native plants and invasive, but not usually worried about too much, since they usually grow in grasslands and very poor soil, not suited for agriculture. Although the fresh plant is poisonous, the sap being used as a blistering agent for gout and rheumatism, the dried plant is safe for consumption. Tinctures of this plant have been used on shingles and infusions for “soremouth”. – Masculine, Mercury(Uranus), Fire – These are used in spells for tenacity & stubbornness, both to create and cure, and as a plant of fertility, possibly being the plant that the Flora gave Juno to use to get pregnant with Mars. Carry in sachets (dried flowers only) for fertility or the dried leaves for tenacity. This is also used for harmony and for Sight (and called Frog’s Foot) Use buttercup flower petals in magickal potpourris for spells regarding: divination, energy, innocence, prosperity, youth. Use buttercup in solar spells involving energy and prosperity.
Today’s feast is the Martyrdom of Hypatia. She was a woman who would become a target of anger that grew out of a civil/religious feud in Alexandria in the Nile Delta. Daughter of Theon, and a teacher trained in the philosophical schools of Plato and Plotinus, she was admired by most men for her dignity and virtue. Of the anger she provoked among Christians, Scholasticus writes, Hypatia ultimately fell “victim to the political jealousy which at the time prevailed”. Of course, to many of the People of the Book, a woman in her position, doing the things that she did at that time, was really wrong…. A lot of things have been made up about her, the idea of a woman single-handedly trying to save the “Library of Alexandria” being quite romantic, but those tales are general untrue. There is a Wiki article with more info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypatia and the movie “Agora” that came out a few years ago is reasonably accurate.
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Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is Waxing Gibbous. 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. 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 3/14 at 10:08pm.
It’s still 8 days until spring, so Orion’s Belt isn’t yet quite horizontal in early evening. But it’s getting there, as Orion tips down toward the southwest for its seasonal decline and eventual departure.
Mars (magnitude –0.7, in Virgo) rises around 9 p.m., a fiery blaze with icy Spica 5° or 6° to its right. The two are highest in the south around 2 a.m., with Spica now lower right of Mars. In a telescope Mars has grown to about 12½ arcseconds wide, on its way to an apparent diameter of 15.1″ when it passes closest by Earth in mid-April. See the telescopic Mars map and observing guide in theMarch Sky & Telescope, page 50. http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/newtrack/st_201403/
Goddess Month of of Moura, runs from 2/20-3/19
Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17, Nion (NEE-uhn)
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14. Fern (FAIR-n) Alder
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. 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.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
W 12 Low 4:40 AM 3.0 7:34 AM Set 5:16 AM 79
~ 12 High 10:27 AM 7.0 7:19 PM Rise 3:48 PM
~ 12 Low 5:19 PM 0.9
~ 12 High 11:40 PM 6.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Plant impossible gardens.
~ You cannot plough a field by turning it over in your mind. Hanns – Oskar Porr
~ Most witches don’t believe in gods. They know that the gods exist, of course. They even deal with them occasionally. But they don’t believe in them. They know them too well. It would be like believing in the postman. ~ Terry Pratchett, Witches Abroad
~ To be modest and dignified rather than arrogant is a hallmark of Knighthood. – Kerr Cuhulain
Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are… Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. One day I shall dig my nails into the earth, or bury my face in my pillow, or stretch myself taut, or raise my hands to the sky and want, more than all the world, your return. – Mary Jean Iron
· Planting seeds or starting a MagickalHerbGarden.
· Taking a long walk in nature with no intent other than reflecting on the Magick of nature and our Great Mother and her bounty.
· Make hot cross buns to honor the union of the earth and the sun for Spring. Slash the “X” with the Boline and bless the cakes.
· Toss crushed eggshells into the garden and say – “For fairy, for flowers, for herbs in the bowers, these shells pass fertility with springtime flowers”.
· Wear green clothing.
· Eat an egg you have empowered with a quality you desire.
Color eggs and place on altar as magickal talismans
· A visit from the Easter Bunny
· Decorate home with baskets of flowers
· Spring cleaning – Clear out old clothes, books, toys etc..
· Have a sunrise observance
· Bless some seeds with a wish. Plant them, and as they come up, the wish is fulfilled. Better yet, plant each in an eggshell and then plant that in your garden.
· Write and perform a mystery play about the God’s resurrection. Write one about Ishtar and Tammuz or Isis and Osiris
· Plant your live Yule tree if you bought one
· Do something new. This is a great time to try something new, to renew our thoughts and dreams.
· A good time for spells of love, healing and protection.
Your Ostara traditions – Tuesday, March 8, 2011 – http://crazysquirrellady.blogspot.com/2011/03/your-ostara-traditions.html
For some reason Ostara seems to be the only sabbat that I treat like ‘that other holiday’ I used to celebrate. Only now I call it Ostara and not easter. I never celebrated the religious aspect of easter so I didn’t really have much to change. Except for the change within myself where I have a different view on that day and a much greater respect for it. Well that and the fact that now I make bread in the shape of genitalia. It is lip smackin delicious if I do say so myself. Slathered in some homemade honey butter and Im one happy camper.I also go natural when I dye my eggs now.Onion peels,beets and spinach work great.I will try some others this year and see how they work as well.
So basically the only thing thats different for me between Ostara and easter is the way I do those things and the intent in which I do them. Well that and the ritual I do but since Im solitary its short and sweet most often.
I am wondering what others do to praise the day and how their family celebrates it.My children are older and not much fun anymore 😦 Plus they do not share the same spiritual views that I do really, but they don’t look at easter as a religious holiday either. So they are pretty much game for anything, as long as a chocolate bunny is involved at some point. But I want a way to pull my family together and make it a special day for us all.
I would love to hear from others on their family celebrations and traditions for Ostara.
Any input would be great.Thanks!