Yesterday ended up being a nice, quiet day. Nothing big went on. We slept in, ate a late, leisurely breakfast (yummy, asparagus omelets, among other things!) and talked, and talked, researching some stuff about jewelry, geography around the Caucasus and how to set up my potting soil bag garden. Eventually, Tempus got a little done in the kitchen and I got some newsletter stuff set up.
We came home and Tempus crashed early. I talked with some friends online and then followed.
We’ve got a ton of chores to do today. We’re hoping to set up the potting soil bag garden and I need to get a potroast cooked…among the usual weekly stuff.
Today’s Plant is the Strawberry. We have two wild varieties out here, Wood’s Strawberry, Fragaria vesca, the Coastal Strawberry, Fragaria chiloensis, and of course the Garden Strawberry, Fragaria × ananassa, which is a hybrid. The leaves of vesca have been used to make a tea to help with diarrhea and the whole plant is used as an anti-depressant, from flowers to leaves to fruit. – Feminine, Venus, Water, Freya (and many other deities) – Carry the leaves for luck, use them in love spells and sachets, sleep on them to dream of your love. Pregnant women should carry a sachet of the leaves during the last few months of pregnancy to ease labor. The berries themselves are simply an aphrodisiac, often combined with chocolate for this purpose. Yum! Wood’s Strawberry here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fragaria_vesca and Coastal Strawberry here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fragaria_chiloensis Garden Strawberry here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garden_strawberry
Today is one of only two “royalty” days in the US. Prince Kuhio was the heir to the throne of Hawaii and became the territorial delegate to Congress, authoring the first Statehood bill. On this day there is a lei draping of his statue, music, parades, and other kinds of fun, including craft shows. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prince_Kuhio_Day
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is Waning Gibbous moving into Hecate’s Brooch at 11:45pm. 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. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark of the Moon on 3/28 at 11:45pm.
As dawn brightens on Thursday morning the 27th, you’ll find Venus near the thin waning crescent Moon.
Jupiter, magnitude –2.3, in Gemini, dominates the sky overhead in twilight (for midnorthern skywatchers). It sinks westward through the evening and sets around 3 a.m. See the articles on observing Jupiter in theJanuary Sky & Telescope or the briefer online introduction Jupiter: Big, Bright, and Beautiful.
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. Runic half-month of Ehwaz, 3/30-4/13 – Ehwaz, the horse; time of partnership between humans and Nature, as between rider and horse. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 55
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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
W 26 Low 3:18 AM 2.7 7:08 AM Rise 4:31 AM 30
~ 26 High 9:11 AM 7.3 7:36 PM Set 3:13 PM
~ 26 Low 4:04 PM 0.2
~ 26 High 10:33 PM 6.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Law of Probable Dispersal – Whatever hits the fan will not be evenly distributed.
~ Improve your business, your life, your relationships, your finances and your health. When you do the whole world improves. – Mark Victor Hansen
~ Do not take life too seriously – you will never get out of it alive. – Elbert Hubbard
~ Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language. – Henry James
~ You see a lot of smart guys with dumb women, but you hardly ever see a smart woman with a dumb guy. – Erica Jong
Kesey’s belly was hurting and the docs did a scan and found a black spot on his liver. It was cancerous but encapsulated which meant there was no cancer anywhere else. They decided to cut it out and the surgery went okay. He had sixty percent of his liver left to carry the load but in one of those dirty tricks the body can play on you everything else went to hell and this morning at 3:45 AM his heart stopped beating.
A great good friend and great husband and father and grand dad, he will be sorely missed but if there is one thing he would want us to do it would be to carry on his life’s work. Namely to treat others with kindness and if anyone does you dirt forgive that person right away. This goes beyond the art, the writing, the performances, even the bus. Right down to the bone.
Ken Babbs on Ken Kesey, American author and Merry Prankster who died on November 10, 2001
Heartwings Love Notes 304: The New Light of Spring
The light of the changing season has mercilessly revealed all the extra dust, dirt and smudges that accumulated during the dark winter days just past. It’s no wonder I had the urge to clean. I wanted my home to reflect the shiny newness of spring. Unfortunately, the person who normally helps with the cleaning was unable to keep her usual bimonthly appointment. That left it up to me.
Making a list and sticking to it, I set about my tasks. Like cooking, cleaning is something I have had to figure out for myself. I have a file of good articles as well as some books on how to clean efficiently. Still I seem to lack the necessary approach or the skills to make it as easy as the writers imply. For instance, how often are you supposed to vacuum? Some experts suggest you run the vacuum every day. Is that for those who have pets and/or children. I can’t imagine doing that, any more than I could wash the kitchen floor daily.
How about dust? Presumably, if you keep after it, it never gets a chance to settle. But how often am I supposed to dust? When I recently eyeballed some of my higher shelves with a view to dusting them I noticed that a slight film of it there. However it didn’t seem too thick considering the last time they were dusted. My previous home was a lot dustier than this one. It helps that we now have a glass cabinet that keeps many of Stephen’s collectibles free of it.
I did the bathrooms one day, the kitchen the next, and finally the vacuuming and dusting. Stephen helped with that. Doing the work a little at a time helped me to feel less oppressed, as did Stephen’s help. I did feel really happy and proud once I had finished. Nevertheless I will also feel very happy when the person who helps me to clean returns. Then with fewer responsibilities I will be freer to be creative and perhaps I can even get started on the next Heartwings collection.
May you find a joyous balance between creativity and work
Blessings and Best Regards, Tasha Halpert
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So Bob then buys a cow and teaches it to use the bathroom in Bill’s yard. After about a year and a half of Bob’s cow crapping in Bill’s yard; being ignored all the while, a semi pulls up in front of Bill’s house.
Bob runs over and demands to know what’s in the 18-wheeler.
‘My new pet elephant,’ Bill replies solemnly.