The eastern sky is a soft salmon color. Yes, I’m up early. I have to be at the shop around 9am or a bit after, and I couldn’t sleep any longer because I kept waking with a start thinking that I was late! … It’s only 34F. I just turned the house heat on because I need to wash my hair this morning. The sun is peeking through the trees and the roof next door is frosted. Today and tomorrow are supposed to be nice and then Tuesday the rain is supposed to be back.
Yesterday we hit the ground running, putting off even making coffee until we were at the shop. Herbs Indoors was all an incense workshop, processing heather (for the Lughnasadh incense) and grinding various resins including the pain-in-the-tukas pine, which was ground with cedar needles to make it even possible to make usable. Crystals was all on agates, sorting the various kinds. Eventually we’re going to have enough black agates to do a run of these rare ones, but I think we’re going to have a carnelian run, soon.
After that it was all waiting on customers until Tempus headed up to the house to work on a lawn mower. He also got some coarse grit from Delta One Lapidary, so we can re-start the big tumblers. …and that was after he had to pop the hood on his car to convince it to start…. It got quiet at that point, so I started sewing. Mending! Oi…. mending…. but it got done, and then I started in on some shop sewing. I didn’t get awfully far because the first thing I started on, I suddenly realized that I had intended it for one of my kids….. so I finished it and e-mailed him. …and found more mending. …and some more… and *finally* uncovered the altar cloth box that I had wanted to start with….
At just before 6pm I realized that despite the “coolth” outside, it’s *really* spring and just past Ostara. The shop had heated up, without *any* heat on at all, to 75, just from the sunlight coming through the window. I had to peel off my turtleneck…. that’s a first for this year. …and ended up doing *more* mending, on a summer dress that just needed a hem fix, and then made the Litha/Lughnasadh altar cloth that’s been pending for several years. By then Tempus was back, so we closed up and went across the street for supper. He had a combination meal that featured Kung Pao beef and I had mou shou pork.
Today’s feast is in honor of Morena or Marzanna, a Slavic Goddess of winter, darkness and mystery. The Marzanna is an effigy that is burned and/or drowned as a symbol of the ending of her time of triumph. She is often associated with Hecate and witchlore. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marzanna
Today’s plant is the trillium, specifically the varieties for our state of the Giant Purple Wakerobin, the Idaho Trillium and Round Leaf Trillium. These are one of the characteristic flowers of the Oregon spring forests, the flowers of spring called Wakerobin since in many places robins and trilliums appear at the same time. It is also called Birthroot and has been used medicinally to control bleeding. Tripartite petals and flower make this an unusual plant and since they grow widely separated in the undergrowth of forests, they’re striking when you come across them. – Feminine, Venus, Water – Carry the root to attract money and luck or – Masculine, Venus & Saturn, Earth – the other magicks of trillium are concerned with boundaries and lust. ….and they’re beautiful! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trillium Yes, it’s odd to have two sets of correspondences for one plant, but that’s the way this one works!
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is Waning Gibbous. 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 3/30 at 11:45am. 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 Waning Quarter at 6:46pm. 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 on 3/25 at 11:45pm.
Sunday, March 23, 9:46 p.m. EDT – Last Quarter Moon – The Last Quarter Moon rises around 2 a.m. , in northern Sagittarius, and sets around noon. It is most easily seen just after sunrise in the southern sky. By dawn Monday look for Antares very far to the Moon’s right, Altair about equally far to the Moon’s upper left, and bright Venus about equally far to its lower left.
Sunday, March 23, 10:08 p.m.–10:32 p.m. EDT – Double shadow transit on Jupiter – The shadows of two of Jupiter’s moons, Io and Ganymede, will cross Jupiter’s face simultaneously, visible to observers all across North America, from 10:08 to 10:32 p.m. EDT (9:08 to 9:32 p.m. CDT).
Venus (magnitude –4.5) rises as the bright “Morning Star” just before the beginning of dawn and moves higher as the sky lightens; look southeast. In a telescope it appears just about half lit.
Tuesday, March 18 – Tuesday, Apr. 1, after evening twilight – Zodiacal Light– The faint glow of the zodiacal light, reflected from millions of tiny interplanetary particles, will be visible from northern latitudes in the western sky right after evening twilight ends. Fainter than the Milky Way, this is only visible in really dark skies. The Milky Way arches from southwest to northwest, while the zodiacal light rises straight up from the western horizon underneath Jupiter.
Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14. Fern (FAIR-n) Alder
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 Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14. Fern (FAIR-n) Alder – The common alder (Alnus glutinosa (L.) Gaertner) is common along lowland rivers, where it grows with aspens, poplars, and willows. Like willows, alders sprout from stumps. This allows them to regenerate after heavy flooding. In protect sites they may grow to 20 m (65 feet) tall. Their leaves are more blunt-tipped than most North American alders, which look more like the grey alder (A. incana (L.) Moench). This species is more common in the mountains of Europe, and is not restricted to moist soils. Like ashes, European alders are not widely cultivated in North American (they are often sold as black alders), but several native species are. Alder wood is said to resist rotting when it is wet, and was the wood of choice for pilings in many regions. Alders are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae).
Fearn – Alder Ogam letter correspondences
Letter: F, V
Meaning: Help in making choices; spiritual guidance and protection.
Ogam letter correspondences to study this month– Ailim – Silver Fir
Color: Light Blue
Meaning: Learning from past mistakes; Take care in choices.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Su 23 High 5:29 AM 7.6 7:13 AM Rise 2:06 AM 63
~ 23 Low 12:41 PM 0.5 7:32 PM Set 11:50 AM
~ 23 High 7:15 PM 5.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – In the Name of the Maiden: I will speak my truth fearlessly.
~ An ounce of dignity is far more nourishing to a” human being” than an entire loaf of bread. – SanDanYi
~ Being a warrior isn’t about fighting, it is about mastery. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Do not hold as gold all that shines as gold. – Alain de Lille
~ When it seems that everything you do is wrong and everyone is against you–it is the most opportune time to wear your “I-don’t-give-a-damn” tutu and glide gleefully in the dance floor of “this is me and my life”. – Dodinsky
Because no one could ever praise me enough,
because I don’t mean these poems only
but the unseen
unbelievable effort it takes to live
the life that goes on between them,
I think all the time about invisible work.
About the young mother on Welfare
I interviewed years ago,
who said, “It’s hard.
You bring him to the park,
run rings around yourself keeping him safe,
cut hot dogs into bite-sized pieces for dinner,
and there’s no one
to say what a good job you’re doing,
how you were patient and loving
for the thousandth time even though you had a headache.”
And I, who am used to feeling sorry for myself
because I am lonely,
when all the while,
as the Chippewa poem says, I am being carried
by great winds across the sky,
thought of the invisible work that stitches up the world day and night,
the slow, unglamorous work of healing,
the way worms in the garden
tunnel ceaselessly so the earth can breathe
and bees ransack this world into being,
while owls and poets stalk shadows,
our loneliest labors under the moon.
There are mothers
for everything, and the sea
is a mother too,
whispering and whispering to us
long after we have stopped listening.
I stopped and let myself lean
a moment, against the blue
shoulder of the air. The work
of my heart
is the work of the world’s heart.
There is no other art. – Alison Luterman (The Largest Possible Life)
Milk of Roses – Melt together in a stoneware vessel over a waterbath, spermaceti, white wax, and soap, each 1 oz. Rub in a marble mortar bitter almonds, 2 oz.; sweet almonds, 1 lb. Take out 3/4, and on the remaining 1/4 pour the above mixture, and continue rubbing. Then add by degrees the other 3/4 of the almonds, always pestling, so as to incorporate thoroughly. In a white glass bottle mix distilled water, 1 qt.; rose-water and spirit of rose, each 1/2 pt. Reserve 1 pt., and gradually pour the mixture first made into the remainder. Rub, and strain through a cloth, then return the residuum to the mortar, triturate it with the reserved mixture, strain, and mix with the other liquid.
You will need:
2 t. dried chamomile
1/4 cup boiling water
1/4 cup baby shampoo (or another mild variety)
Pour the boiling water over the chamomile and steep for 30 minutes, strain, then mix into the shampoo and use as usual.
Courtesy of Brenda Hyde of OldFashionedLiving.com
GrannyMoon’s Herbal Course – http://goddessschool.com/courses/Herbs/herbology.html
Perfume Your Lingerie
When hand washing your special lingerie try adding 1 drop of your favorite essential oil to the final rinse water. Avoid dark and heavy oils like Patchouli or any other oils that will stain fabric.
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