No workshops today.
It’s 47F and overcast at 400 feet, which might mean this will burn off.
Yesterday was confusing for me. I’m still running a temperature and I can really tell. I’m trying to keep working on the things that I can do, but it was really hard to concentrate.
I got partway through the last bits on the newsletters and WordPress blew up on me. It ditched a bunch of the work that I had put in during the early afternoon and I had to go back and find stuff all over again. That was frustrating.
Late in the afternoon Hatch went down to the shop to help Tempus get some pictures of the candle-dipping set-up <<< and some of the things he fetched the day before. Tempus had been pretty busy with customers, earlier, but we wanted to get some done.
They brought home a batch of pictures.
This is my birthday candle >>> . We were so nuts around then that it never got lighted, so Tempus did on Wednesday to lift my spirits about being sick. It went up with a whoosh and popped open and started playing the birthday tune and revolving. It was cute and did put a smile on my face. Playing an electronic Happy Birthday finally got irritating enough that I put it in the bathroom and eventually Tempus put a hair elastic on it.
<<<<<<<<<<<<<< I think maybe we have enough jars…maybe…. <<<<<<<<<<<<<<
>>>>> Fabric for the sewing classes. >>>>
Tempus is still soundly asleep. He got his paper route done this morning. He’s going to be the one at the shop today. I’m hoping Hatch is going to go down and help with the candle-dipping. I’m frustrated that I can’t go help, but I’m still running a fever. That also means no workshops today.
Luffa (or loofah, luffa aegyptica or luffa acutangula) is an odd sort of plant, rather like a cucumber in that it’s a long, green vegetable with the flesh on the outside and a core full of seeds. They’re even edible, if a little bitter, when young. The biggest difference is that they grow a fibrous frame that has been used for a long time as a “vegetable sponge”, wherever they grow, and are particularly good for scrubbing scratchable dishes, counters and glassware. They’re used a lot in Chinese medicine, and the juice is a remedy for jaundice. – Feminine, Moon, Water – Their magicks include helping with rheumatism and arthritis, detoxing, especially the liver, and with acne and scarring. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luffa
Well, this one floored me. I had never heard about a Roman god whose name was Vejovis! No one knows a lot about him, but there was a temple to him in Rome. He may have come from an older Etruscan god, but was said to have been the first god born and was sacrificed to to avoid plagues. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vejovis
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Love & Light,
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 3/20 at 2:36am. 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 Quarter on 3/13 at 10:48am.
Venus and Mars in the western twilight have widened quite a bit — they’re now 6° apart — following their conjunction two weeks ago. Look for faint Mars under Venus. The gap between them enlarges a little more each day.
Mutual event among Jupiter’s moons. Telescope users can watch Europa occult (cross in front of) Io from 1:15 to 1:21 a.m. Sunday morning EST. The blend of the two dims by just 0.5 magnitude at mid-event. They’re the pair of moons closest to Jupiter at the time. Then exactly one hour after the end of that event, Europa’s shadow starts eclipsing Io for 6 minutes, dimming it by 0.8 magnitude at mid-eclipse. Similar mutual events happen among Jupiter’s moons through the rest of the month; see the March Sky & Telescope, page 53. If you’re not in North America, here’s where to get the whole list worldwide, sortable by visibility from your location. These “mutual event seasons” happen about every 6 years. The current one trails off later this spring.
Mercury is sinking out of sight into the glare of sunrise.
Daylight-saving time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday morning for most of the U. S. and Canada. Clocks spring ahead one hour.
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
Sa 7 High 1:20 AM 7.5 6:43 AM Set 7:29 AM 98
~ 7 Low 7:30 AM 1.2 6:12 PM Rise 8:25 PM
~ 7 High 1:25 PM 7.3
~ 7 Low 7:40 PM 1.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The worst hurt of all is when a friend betrays you.
~ Love is missing someone whenever you’re apart, But somehow feeling warm inside because you’re close in heart. – Kay Knudsen
~ To know / To dare / To Will / To Keep Silence – Eliphas Levi (Rules of the Magus)
~ We want more people doing Creator’s work. Living in this vast world where everything is progress talking money we need to understand the spirit of Grandmother Earth, she is a provider. A source of life not a resourse.” -Chief Arvol Looking Horse
~ That’s inches away from being millimetre perfect. – Ted Lowe
I am totally confident not that the world will get better, but that we should not give up the game before all the cards have been played. The metaphor is deliberate; life is a gamble. Not to play is to foreclose any chance of winning. To play, to act, is to create at least a possibility of changing the world. – Howard Zinn (died Jan 27, 2010).
Rabbits that Lay Eggs? It’s a German Thing – Published: Tuesday, March 06, 2012 – By Kathryn Boughton http://www.housatonictimes.com/articles/2012/03/06/life/doc4f5678ffcca3f879079008.txt?viewmode=fullstory
BROOKFIELD- Everyone knows that rabbits don’t lay eggs—so what is this thing with Easter bunnies? Why not an Easter duck? Or an Easter hen? That would make more sense, wouldn’t it?
Well, Easter bunnies, like most Christian holiday traditions, are drawn from pagan beliefs, dusted off, repackaged and sold as representative of Christ’s story. In the case of Easter bunnies, rabbits are notorious for their fervent lovelife and their consequent fertility. Easter, the season of rebirth, not illogically became associated with hares and rabbits, as did eggs, the very icon of new life.
The Easter bunny appears to have originated in Germany, where tales were told of the “Easter hare,” which laid eggs for children to find. According to the legend, only good children received gifts of colored eggs in the nests that they made in their caps and bonnets before Easter. The tradition was carried to America by German immigrants, and the immigrants may have also made popular the practice of making chocolate bunnies and eggs.
Obviously, rabbits and hares could not really be relied upon to provide Easter eggs, but chickens could. And since eggs were forbidden the faithful during Lent by the early church, there was a surplus during the 40 days of fasting. To preserve as many as possible, the eggs were hard boiled and were thus a mainstay of Easter meals and a prized Easter gift for hungry children and servants.
Why they were dyed different colors remains a mystery, but a variety of traditions have emerged. The ancient Zoroastrians are said to have painted eggs for Nowrooz, their New Year celebration, which falls on the spring equinox. The Nawrooz tradition is said to have existed for at least 2,500 years. The sculptures on the walls of Persepolis show people carrying eggs for Nowrooz to the king. Egyptians, Romans and Greeks are also reported to have dyed eggs for their spring celebrations.
Orthodox Christians in the Middle East and in Greece still paint eggs bright red to symbolize the blood of Christ, while in Armenia hollow egg shells are decorated with pictures of Christ, the Virgin Mary and other religious figures. The art form reached its apex in Poland and Ukraine where eggs are skillfully decorated by using multiple applications of wax to create intricate patterns on the dyed eggs.
In Germany, with its Protestant aversion to religious symbolism, eggs were dyed plain green, the color of spring, and were given as gifts on Holy Thursday. Colorful hollow eggs were dyed and hung on trees throughout towns. Austrians placed little plants around the eggs and then boiled them, creating white patterns when the plants were removed.
The decorated eggs became the object of children’s games, a practice that continues today in Easter Egg hunts and egg rolls. The most famous egg roll takes place on the White House lawn every year, a tradition said to have been originated by the irrepressibly social Dolly Madison, who, told that Egyptian children used to roll eggs down the pyramids, invited Washington, D.C., children to roll hard-boiled eggs down the hilly lawn of the new Capitol building.
The custom continued there, except during the Civil War, until 1880 when curmudgeonly legislators complained the children were ruining the lawn. The egg roll was transferred to the White House lawn, where it has been held since.