Yesterday was a busy day for all of us. Tempus and Hatch went up to Newport to fetch the rental car and run a couple of errands. I was frantically trying to finish the bits for my class. I got done just as they got back and we put ourselves together and headed out.
First we went to the shop and collected the supplies for the class, then printed the class handouts, then headed out. We got almost to Ona Beach when I realized I had left the necessary flash drive plugged into the shop computer. We turned around, went back, got it and headed out again.
We had a lovely drive up the coast and with the weather so clear and bright the inland parts were pretty darned nice, too…..except for google maps…. Why do they give you exhaustive detail where you can just follow signs, and *not* tell you when a route makes a sudden dogleg and leaves you in a dead ends? That happened in Carlton…. we just looped around the block and got going in the right direction, but something similar happened as we hit Forest Grove, too. <sigh>
…and then we got to the address and couldn’t find Shoshana….We even talked to a resident. I found out after we got home that Google had changed the address that I had put in. I copied and pasted it directly, but you can’t just hit enter, you have to choose from a set of addresses… well, we were two blocks away from where we needed to be, couldn’t get wifi signal, had no phone number…. <sigh> 45 minutes wasted and I finally said, “We’re going to be late!” so we headed east into Portland.
Of course traffic was awful….well, it’s Portland…. but we made it on time with a couple more what-the-bleeps as far as directions went. Hatch and Tempus brought my stuff in and I set up, informed people of what we happening and we started. I had only an hour and 35 minutes for a two-hour class, since we needed to be out by 9pm. It went well, though, and folks were happy with the class. Tempus curled up with a book and dozed off and Hatch ended up talking cookery, so no pictures happened and I was kinda unhappy about that, but that’s the way it goes.
We were all really tired on the way home, but there weren’t any real problems and once we were off I-5 and on 20 headed out to the coast, the drifts of fog and the moonlight made the trip beautiful. We ended up trading horrible puns. I think we’ve corrupted Hatch. We got home around midnight and dropped into bed.
Today I’m sneezing. I’m hoping it’s just allergies, but I’m starting to think not. <grr> I hate head colds! The guys are going to clear out the rental car, return it and do some shopping. We have esbat tonight and I have to set up newsletters.
A Mark Nessel pic from 2/23/15
St. Casimir is a little odd for a saint, being royal but having no miraculous events connected with his life. He is the patron saint of Lithuania and Poland. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Casimir …and about the celebrations here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Casimir%27s_Day
Today’s plant is the Evergreen Violet, Viola sempervirens. This is a pretty plant that looks like nothing much through 9 months of the year here on the coast, but is spectacular in March, when it covers the ground with beautiful golden flowers on a deep blue/green background, and still lovely in April/May. It is indeed evergreen, not withering to the ground, although it sometimes is overshadowed by grass. It grows well in the park behind the house. As any viola it is Feminine, ruled by Venus, but unlike the blue violets (corresponding to water) the Evergreen Violet corresponds to the element of Air and the Sun – Protects against malevolent spirits, brings changes in luck & fortune, wear to help with headaches, dizziness and to bring calm and sleep, wear in a green sachet to heal wounds. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viola_sempervirens
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Love & Light,
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. Full Moon – The day of the day before and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 3/6 at 10:05pm.
A challenge for North Americans as twilight turns into night: Distant Uranus, magnitude +5.9, glimmers just below Venus, which is 8,000 times brighter at magnitude –3.9. Use good binoculars or a telescope. At the time of nightfall on the East Coast, Uranus is 0.3° below Venus. By nightfall on the West Coast it’s 0.5° below. Nothing else of that brightness is that close under Venus.
Neptune is hidden in the glare of the Sun.
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 Teiwaz/Tyr, 2/27-3/13 This is a time of positive regulation, sacrifice and hard work in order to progress.
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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 4 Low 5:45 AM 2.0 6:48 AM Set 6:07 AM 96
~ 4 High 11:36 AM 7.6 6:08 PM Rise 5:31 PM
~ 4 Low 6:11 PM 0.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make this an embraceable day!
~ If the facts don’t fit the theory, change the facts. – Albert Einstein
~ The invariable mark of a dream is to see it come true. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
~ Reason can wrestle and overthrow terror. – Euripides
~ All we know so far is what doesn’t work. – Richard Feynman
I am whatever is. Whatever is, I am.
I am whatever is visible. Whatever is visible, I am.
I am whatever is invisible. Whatever is invisible, I am.
I am whatever is alive. Whatever is alive, I am.
I am whatever moves and breathes. Whatever moves and breathes, I am.
I am the very spirit of life. The very spirit of life, I am.
Everything that exists in time is part of me. I am everything that exists.
When time ends, I will end. I will vanish, disappear, dissolve.
And with me, everything else will vanish, disappear, dissolve.
I alone can create, and I alone destroy, this universe.
Everything that exists is mine. Everything that exists is me. ~ Invocation to Lakshmi, India
Eostre Basket – (For Ostara) http://members.aol.com/ivycleartoes/basket.html
- Small altar-sized basket
- Plastic easter eggs
- Bunny toy
- Eostre grass
- Decorated plastic or wooden eggs, if desired
- Seasonal candies, if desired
Simply place all symbolic items in basket in an aesthetically pleasing way. If desired, decorate eggs for Ostara fun and add to decorations.
The plastic eggs can be a part of the Ostara ritual: Write things that you are thankful for on pieces of paper and then seal each in an egg. Keep the pieces of paper in the eggs as reminders during the season what a bounty you have to be thankful for. You can keep the eggs year round and use them as reminders every time you feel downtrodden by circumstances of your life.
Don’t buy that fake grass for your basket! Ick! Make this instead – it’s easy and fun!
- a basket
- winter rye seed
- aluminum foil
- plastic wrap
- potting soil
- dried flowers (optional)
- Two weeks before you need the basket, line the basket with the aluminum foil
- Fill with potting soil
- Sprinkle the top with the rye seed, cover with 1/4 inch of soil, and moisten.
- Cover the basket with the plastic wrap to help keep it moist; place in a warm area (on top of the refrigerator is good, if you don’t forget to check it!
- After the rye grass has sprouted, remove the plastic wrap and keep a close eye on it. Water if begins to dry.
- After a few weeks, you’ll have a basket full of grass! Weave dried flowers around the edge if you like, and place your eggs inside.