It’s only 46F. It feels really cold with that damp chill that just goes right through your clothing. There’s lots of blue sky out there. It’s actually supposed to be nice today. …but it rained pretty hard and everything is sopping.
Yesterday was a very long day for me. Tempus and Marius took off 9:30-ish for the day and I got out the door not long after, since I had stuff I needed to do before we opened. Herbs Workshop processed comfrey, comfrey root, tangerine peel and violets, but also built a number of herbal sachets. From that point until folks showed up for the OCPPG staff meeting I was working with customers, and several times had to vanish during the meeting to take care of folks.
The meeting went pretty well, although the main thing right now is getting the class/activities list together and start getting flyers up various places. If you don’t want to deal with this yourself, get me an e-mail from the place and I can send them a printable flyer!
David and Ali were out for the day, so we talked historical re-creation stuff for the rest of the afternoon in between customers. I closed up and went home, and just as I was making myself something to eat, Tempus got home. We talked for a few, but after I dozed off in mid-sentence, he left me to sleep.
When I was up later, I did quite a bit of searching back through newsletters to see if I had made “inappropriate” references to the historical re-creation stuff that we’ve been doing. All the ones I found weren’t inappropriate that I could tell…..
Today is the morning Wicca 101 and then our “project day”. I’m working on spoons again, but also some sewing, making banners, but part of the group is going to head up to Marius’ workshop to work on armor pieces.
Today’s Plant is False Lily of the Valley, Maianthemum dilatatum. It was eaten as a poverty food, and the berries won’t hurt you, but they aren’t particularly tasty, either. It was more used as a medicinal by the indigenous peoples, although modern medicine doesn’t substantiate the native uses. The leaves were eaten in spring as a purgative, leaves were made into poultices for scrapes and cuts and the roots were pounded to make a medicine for sore eyes. I don’t know of any magickal uses except against sterility. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maianthemum_dilatatum and here: http://academic.evergreen.edu/projects/gardens/longhouse/monographs/false_lillyofthevalley.htm
The feast of Salus, the personification of safety, health and welfare in the Roman Empire, was held on this date, which had also been the feast of Janus & Concordia. One of the most ancient of the Roman Goddesses, she gradually took on more the aspects of caring for one’s personal health and became associated with Hygeia and Asculapius.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salus
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is Dark becoming New at 11:45am. 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. 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 on 3/30 at 11:45 am. 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 Phase ends on 3/31 at 11:45 pm. 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 on 4/15 at 12:42am.
This is the time of year when the dim Little Dipper juts to the right from Polaris (its handle-end) during evening hours. The much brighter Big Dipper curls over high above it, “dumping water” into it.
Mercury is deep in the glow of sunrise.
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 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
Su 30 High 12:43 AM 8.3 7:01 AM Rise 6:50 AM 1
30 Low 7:03 AM -0.1 7:41 PM Set 8:02 PM
30 High 1:08 PM 7.9
30 Low 7:16 PM 0.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – You may not recognize it, but you are gifted for something! Whether it be big or small, do what you are gifted to do and you will be happy.
~ Any assumption about the action of a plant that relies solely on the basis of the action of a constituent should be resisted. It should always be recalled that the action of the whole plant is more than the action of its parts. – Simon Mills
~ I live on good soup, not on fine words. – Jean Baptiste Moliere (1622-1673)
~ If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one. – Mother Teresa
~ A life spent chasing other people’s approval is a life spent on a pointless roller coaster of emotional high and lows, without ever knowing yourself.- Rinatta Paries, Coach
It is known that there are an infinite number of worlds, simply because there is an infinite amount of space for them to be in. However, not every one of them is inhabited. Therefore, there must be a finite number of inhabited worlds. Any finite number divided by infinity is as near to nothing as makes no odds, so the average population of all the planets in the Universe can be said to be zero. From this it follows that the population of the whole Universe is also zero, and that any people you may meet from time to time are merely the products of a deranged imagination. – Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Know Thy Self
Socrates: “Those who are lovers of the vision of truth.. . . the true lover of knowledge is always striving after Being — that is his nature; he will not rest in . . . appearances only, but will go on — the keen edge will not be blunted, nor the force of his desire abate until he have attained the knowledge of the true nature of every essence by a sympathetic and kindred power in the soul, and by that power drawing near and mingling and becoming incorporate with very Being, having begotten mind and truth, he will have knowledge and will live and grow truly, and then, and not till then, will he cease from his travail.” Republic, §§ 475, 490
Socrates is thought to be the father of western philosophy. His student Plato, and Plato’s student Aristotle are the most famous of the Greek philosophers. However, something that is not discussed or widely known is that Socrates got his philosophical insight from The Pythia – the Oracle at Delphi. Much to his annoyance, she proclaimed him “The wisest of men” – and since he had been walking around saying that he actually knew nothing – he had a hard time explaining himself. Finally he decided that what she meant is that men knew nothing, and because he knew that he knew nothing he was “the wisest of men.” He was eventually executed (forced to drink hemlock) for being “an atheist and corrupting youth.”
Socrates believed in the superiority of argument over writing and therefore spent the greater part of his mature life in the marketplace and public places of Athens, engaging in dialogue and argument with anyone who would listen or who would submit to interrogation. Socrates was reportedly unattractive in appearance and short of stature but was also extremely hardy and self-controlled. He enjoyed life immensely and achieved social popularity because of his ready wit and a keen sense of humor that was completely devoid of satire or cynicism.
Socrates’ basic prescription for wisdom is to “know thyself” (the words that were carved over the the entrance of the Oracle at Delphi – along with “Nothing in Excess”). Simple words — but an immensely difficult task. Socrates, however, understands human nature, and his first objective is to penetrate the greatest barriers to true knowledge, presumption and false belief, to help us realize how profound our ignorance is. As in the ancient Greek Mystery-schools, before one can be admitted to the precincts of truth, one must first submit to purification — a catharsis — to purge the mind of false and degrading thought. Or as modern mystics would say: “we must dispell our glamours”. This is an incredible painful process … Chogyam Trungpa says “Your spiritual friend is like a doctor with a sharp knife and no anesthesia.” That’s what Socrates was. Some friend!
The Oracle at Delphi was for over a thousand years the prevailing voice of God. Oracles were presided over by “A Sybil” – a woman who let a God speak through her. The god Apollo spoke through The Pythia – the name given to the position of the oracle at Delphi, apparently Apollo killed a serpent at the spot where stream rose from a chasm in the earth. This was where The Pythia sat (on a tripod) when she became the oracle. When the Pythia mounted the tripod she received the pneuma, the divine “breath”, defined as a divine imparting of knowledge and power and of inspiration, meaning in this case the divine wisdom or breath of Apollo. Often there would be several Pythias who lived at Delphi – in the beginning they used young women – but later they found that older married women were more suited to going into a trance. But they always dressed like young tarts!
Plutarch, an initiate and careful biographer, explained how the Pythia transmitted the inspiration of Apollo:
“The prophetic priestesses are moved [by the god] each in accordance with her natural faculties . . . As a matter of fact, the voice is not that of a god, nor the utterance of it, nor the diction, nor the metre, but all these are the woman’s; he [Apollo] puts into her mind only the visions, and creates a light in her soul in regard to the future; for inspiration is precisely this.” — Moralia, The Oracles at Delphi
Plutarch also rejected the idea that the god in any way possessed the body of the prophetess or that there was mediumship involved. For him the Pythia’s inspiration was her reception of divine force, for she had been trained to receive “the inspiration without harm to herself “, and could receive it safely only when she was rightly prepared. An example is often cited of an ill-prepared priestess who was forced against her will and better judgment to enter the adyton and respond to a questioner. She gave a response, but suffered acutely, collapsed, and died a few days later.
The Pythia was knowledgeable in many areas: history, religion, geography, politics, mathematics, philosophy, etc. She uttered advice on where and how to build cities, which laws to incorporate, and which prayers to utter. Her predictions were often very shrewdly phrased, which caused many supplicants to misinterpret the advice. The most famous instance of this comes down to us through a Delphic prediction given to Croesus, king of Lydia. In 550 BCE, Croesus was preparing to invade the Persian Empire when he consulted the Oracle about his chances for victory. After sacrificing 300 head of cattle to Apollo, he had gold and silver melted down into 117 bricks, which were sent to Delphi, along with jewels, statues, and a gold bowl weighing a quarter of a ton. With these gifts, Croesus sent his question of whether he should attack Persia.
The Pythia answered that, if he crossed a river, “Croesus will destroy a great empire.” Encouraged by this response, he invaded Persia, only to suffer a decisive defeat. The Persians invaded and then conquered Lydia and captured Croesus, who thereafter bitterly denounced the Oracle. He sent his iron chains to Delphi with the question, “Why did you lie to me?” The Pythia correctly answered that her prophecy had been fulfilled. Croesus had destroyed a great empire — his own.
Why doesn’t god still speak through an oracle? Maybe God does. Is still possible to receive such inspired advice? Perhaps it is. If we take to heart Apollo’s (and Socrates’) injunction, Know Thyself, and turn inwards for counsel, we will find that all answers reside within. Having the courage to look inside is our challenge.
This was culled from a variety of sources, plagiarized mercilessly, and formatted to fit my intuitive sense of what they were actually up to. – Jen
1.It’s not a laugh to practice barking at 3a.m.
2. It’s wrong to back Grandma into a corner and guard her.
3.He shouldn’t jump on your bed when he’s sopping wet.
4.The command “SHUT THE BLOODY F*%@ UP!” means just that.
5. The cats have every right to be in the living room.
6. Crapping on the floor is not something deserving of a treat.
7. Barking at guests 10 minutes after they arrive is stupid.
8. No, we said SIT.
9. I know its a nice leg, but don’t ride it.
10. Getting up does NOT mean we are going for a walk.
11. Just because I’m eating, doesn’t mean you can.
12. If you look at me with those big soppy eyes, I’m not going to give in and feed you. NOT NOT NOT. Oh, ok, just this once.
13. No, it’s my food….Oh alright then, just a small piece.