Yesterday went a little nuts. We were all still pretty tired, so took it very easy. Amor and Hatch were up at a normal time and then went back to sleep in the living room. 🙂 Tempus got a couple more pictures of “dead bodies”. 🙂 After I got the newsletter out I was answering mail, developing pictures and catching up from last week… and then we ran into a snag.
We had arranged to take a bunch of things that were being handed off for gifts to Eugene last night. It’s a 2 plus hour drive so we needed to be heading out at around 4:30. At just about 2:30 we realized for certain that the stuff was still at Marius’ place in Toledo, which is a 45 minute drive each way…..
So Amor spent a lot of time behind the wheel yesterday. We ran up there and talked to Rowan, got the stuff and headed back. We had a little sorting to do, making sure we had the right pieces and then we headed out again. We noshed on breads left from the feast with blue cheese and bacon butter and some of the left-over cheese and then just talked and talked and talked all the way to Yseult’s.
We worked on various projects and talked to folks and were fascinated by the yarn winder that was operating in the kitchen. There were some amazing marzipan yummies that we got the recipe for. …and then we headed home, talking all the way.
The Heceta Head Lighthouse was its usual magickal self, nearly at the end of the trip. The light sweeping over the trees…..
Today we’re running slowly again. Hatch has a busted computer cord, but he’s cooking. Tempus is doing chores. Dunno what Amor is up to, but I haven’t heard anything. I have class stuff to put together for the blackwork class that I’m doing on Saturday and newsletters to set up. We also have esbat tonight.
Pic by Ken Gagne of the view up the Yachats River Valley at 7:30am!
Today’s Plant is Skunk Cabbage, Lysichitum americanum. This is one of the signs of spring here on the coast, where every drainage ditch or marshy field has it’s glow of brilliant yellow and bright, deep green. It is a famine food with a spicy or peppery taste, but contains calcium oxalate, which can upset the insides and even cause death if you get too much. Bears eat it after hibernation to get their intestines working again. It is used to cure sores and swellings, particularly after winter, when starvation conditions make these things immensely worse. However the typical use of the local peoples of this herb was to line baskets with the huge leaves to keep things from bruising or dropping through and to wrap around foods when baked under a fire, where it imparts a distinctive taste to the crust. Cunningham’s Encyclopedia references Eastern Skunk Cabbage, which is a different plant with a red flower, but the magicks are the same, Symplocarpus foetidus –Feminine, Saturn, Water – Carry when you have legal troubles, or keep in the drawer with the filed papers. Wrap in a bay leaf on a Sunday to draw good fortune. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lysichitum_americanum and on Eastern Skunk Cabbage here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symplocarpus_foetidus
Today is the Feast of Spenta Armaiti, a divine being in the pantheon of Zoroastrianism, a women’s festival. Spenta Armaiti’s name seems to mean something like “growing universal goodness” or “growing Light” in the New Age sense or even “increasing devotion”. More on this being here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spenta_Armaiti Wall speedwell, Veronica vivensis, is the plant listed for this festival. It’s on Wikipedia as Veronica Arvensis there’s an article with links here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wall_Speedwell
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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 2/18 at 3:47pm. 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 Outer Dark, psychopomps. Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris. Phase ends on 2/18 at 3:47pm. 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 2/20 at 3:47am 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 3/5 at 10:05am.
Juno, the 3rd-discovered asteroid, was at opposition three weeks ago but is now better placed for evening viewing. It’s a little west of the head of Hydra (which is west of Jupiter) and magnitude 8.5. With your telescope, work your way to its exact position using the chart in the February Sky & Telescope, page 50.
Saturn (magnitude +0.5, at the head of Scorpius) rises around 1 or 2 a.m. It’s best placed fairly high in the south as dawn begins. A little more than 1° to Saturn’s lower right in early dawn is Beta Scorpii, magnitude 2.5, a showpiece double star for telescopes. Below Saturn by 9° is orange Antares.
Comet Lovejoy is still 5th magnitude, high in the evening sky for binoculars and telescopes. See Comet Lovejoy Shines On.
Friday, Feb. 6–Friday, Feb. 20, after evening twilight. Look to the south of west, just above Venus and Mars, for the faint zodiacal light, reflected from interplanetary matter along the ecliptic (marked by green line). Don’t confuse it with the brighter Milky Way to the northwest. Credit: Starry Night software
Goddess Month of of Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Goddess Month of of Moura, runs from 2/20-3/19
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17
Runic half-month of Sowulo/ Sigel, 2/12-26 It represents the power of the force of good throughout the world and is the harbinger of victory and ascendancy over darkness.
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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 Ogam letter correspondences
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 18 Low 5:39 AM 1.7 7:12 AM Rise 6:45 AM 2
~ 18 High 11:34 AM 9.1 5:49 PM Set 5:59 PM
~ 18 Low 6:18 PM -1.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Accept that you are divine, perfect and enough.
~ Right action is about making a new start to bring about a new ending to make your ancestors proud. Kerr Cuhulain
~ The test of any man lies in action. – Pindar
~ Those who love deeply never grow old; they may die of old age, but they die young. – Arthur Wing Pinero (1855-1934), Playwright
~ Better good manners than good looks. – Irish Proverb
She pulled the night around her like a blanket,
protecting her from the cold and rain;
A hood of smoky darkness,
to hide her from the pain.
No one knew where she was going,
And no one knew where she had been;
As long as she could hide away,
they never would again. – © July 2005, Beth Johnson (Mystic Amazon)
Planting seeds or starting a Magickal Herb Garden.
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.
Date: Monday, March 19, 2001 11:33 PM
Um…when in doubt, share the pain…. 😉 – Arlys
Two Irishmen walk into a pet shop in Dingle. They head to the bird section; and Gerry says to Paddy, “Dat’s dem.” The owner comes over and asks if he can help them. “Yeah, we’ll take four of dem dere little budgies in dat cage up dere,” says Gerry, The owner puts the budgies in a paper bag. Paddy and Gerry pay for the birds, leave the shop and get into Gerry’s Hiace to drive to the top of the Conor Pass. At the Conor Pass, Gerry looks down at the 1000-foot drop and says; “Dis looks like a grand place.”
He takes two birds out of the bag, puts them on his shoulders and jumps off the cliff. Paddy watches as Gerry falls all the way to the bottom, killing himself stone dead. Looking down at the remains of his best pal, Paddy shakes his head and says; “Feck dat. Dis budgie jumping is too feckin’ dangerous for me.”
Moments later Seamus arrives up at Conor Pass. He’s been to the pet shop too and walks up to the edge of the cliff carrying another paper bag in one hand and a shotgun in the other. “Hi, Paddy. Watch dis.” Seamus says. He takes a parrot from the bag and throws himself over the edge of the cliff. Paddy watches as half way down, Seamus takes the gun and shoots the parrot. Seamus continues to plummet down and down until he hits the bottom and breaks every bone in his body. Paddy shakes his head and says, “And I’m never trying dat parrotshooting either.”
Paddy is just getting over the shock of losing two friends when Sean Og appears. He’s also been to the pet shop and is carrying a paper bag out of which he pulls a chicken. Sean Og then hurls himself off the cliff and disappears down and down until he hits a rock and breaks his spine. Once more Paddy shakes his head – “Feck that Lads. First der was Gerry with his budgie jumping, den Seamus parrotshooting and now Sean Og is feckin’ hengliding.”