Tempus got me up at 9 with coffee and doughnuts. I was up late enough last night that with missing an hour I’m still groggy, but I feel a lot better than I have been. Still have the fever, though. I thought this was a cold, but the advice nurse from the clinic told me that the symptoms make it sound like the version of the flu that the shot didn’t cover. <sigh>
It’s 49F and bright sunshine with a light breeze. What happened to winter? <sigh>
Yesterday actually was almost productive for me and Tempus was run off his feet at the shop. Lots of customers! He and Hatch were trying to get a batch run of the dip-candle set-up and even at the end of the day things weren’t quite there. >>>>>>>>>
I got a bunch of pictures sorted out, did some updates on websites and blogs and then started catching up on pages and project updates on the House Capuchin stuff. Those aren’t quite as critical to get right as the shop ones. Assuming I’m up to it I’ll be starting on those today.
Tempus will be trying to do the dip candles with the young folks from Job Corps. No clue how well that will work….or not. Apparently the frame that we were using isn’t holding the temperature the way it did before. In the afternoon they’ll be working on cutting pieces for blocks for the new block-printing stamps and trying to finish some of the cup and ball sets.
Today’s Plant is Nodding Onion, Allium cernuum. This is sometimes called Lady’s Leek. It’s an edible plant in the Allium family, but not particularly choice. (Yeah, personal experience…) It’s called “Nodding” because the inflorescences, the “flower”, tend to droop, unlike a lot of the alliums that end up with a ball on a stick. Most of the plants in this family are edible, but be careful! There are a few that are either disgusting or at least mildly poisonous and there are bulbs that *are* poisonous that are easy to mistake. Onions have been very important as a food/nutrition source for a long while and have even been worshiped at times. These are grown as ornamentals, mostly, but are found wild here on the coast. – Masculine, Mars, Fire, Isis – Cut and dry the flowers and add to a grapevine or rosemary wreath for a house protection spell. These are great for house blessings. Grown in pots indoors or in the garden they protect against evil and particularly against poisonous snakes. When you harvest in the fall, make a decorative braid of onions and hang over bedroom doors to prevent infections. Nodding onions are great for this purpose because, not being particularly great as food, you won’t mind replanting them in the spring as they start to sprout! Purify swords and athames after particularly heavy magicks, by rubbing the blade with a cut bulb, then wash with clear water and oil with rosemary-infused almond oil. Place the dried flowers in a vase at the head of the bed, or pack into a pillow sachet to help clarify prophetic dreams.
There is an epic poem that is 1003 years old today. The Shahnameh “The Book of Kings”) is a long epic poem written by the Persian poet Ferdowsi between c. 977 and 1010 CE and is the national epic of the Iranian cultural continent. Consisting of some 60,000 verses, the Shahnameh tells mainly the mythical and to some extent the historical past of (Greater) Iran from the creation of the world until the Islamic conquest of Persia in the 7th century. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shahnameh and on the poet here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ferdowsi
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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.
Now that the Moon is gone from the early-evening sky, have another look for Comet Lovejoy! It’s crossing Cassiopeia and still 6th magnitude, fading more slowly than predicted. Plan to go out right after dark. See article and finder chart: Comet Lovejoy Shines On.
Venus (magnitude –3.9) and Mars (less than 1% as bright at magnitude +1.3) are in the west during evening twilight. Look for Mars increasingly far below brilliant Venus.
Sunday, March 8–Sunday, March 22, after evening twilight – Zodiacal Light – 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.
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
Su 8 High 1:48 AM 7.5 7:41 AM Set 8:57 AM 96
~ 8 Low 9:05 AM 1.2 7:13 PM Rise 10:23 PM
~ 8 High 3:02 PM 7.0
~ 8 Low 9:10 PM 1.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – One does not learn by speaking.
~ Shifting from Knight to Master is shifting from “this is what I do with our stuff” to “this is my stuff” – Kerr Cuhulain
~ The more sand has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through. – Machiavelli
~ A man’s only as old as the woman he feels. – Julius “Groucho” Marx (1890-1977) US comic, actor
~ A woman is an occasional pleasure but a cigar is always a smoke. – Julius “Groucho” Marx (1890-1977) US comic, actor
THE BIRTH OF LOVE – William Wordsworth
WHEN Love was born of heavenly line,
What dire intrigues disturbed Cythera’s joy!
Till Venus cried, “A mother’s heart is mine;
None but myself shall nurse my boy,”
But, infant as he was, the child
In that divine embrace enchanted lay;
And, by the beauty of the vase beguiled,
Forgot the beverage–and pined away.
“And must my offspring languish in my sight?”
(Alive to all a mother’s pain,
The Queen of Beauty thus her court addressed)
“No: Let the most discreet of all my train
Receive him to her breast:
Think all, he is the God of young delight.”
Then TENDERNESS with CANDOUR joined,
And GAIETY the charming office sought;
Nor even DELICACY stayed behind:
But none of those fair Graces brought
Wherewith to nurse the child–and still he pined.
Some fond hearts to COMPLIANCE seemed inclined;
But she had surely spoiled the boy:
And sad experience forbade a thought
On the wild Goddess of VOLUPTUOUS JOY.
Long undecided lay th’ important choice,
Till of the beauteous court, at length, a voice
Pronounced the name of HOPE:–The conscious child
Stretched forth his little arms, and smiled.
‘Tis said ENJOYMENT (who averred
The charge belonged to her alone)
Jealous that HOPE had been preferred
Laid snares to make the babe her own.
Of INNOCENCE the garb she took,
The blushing mien and downcast look;
And came her services to proffer:
And HOPE (what has not Hope believed!)
By that seducing air deceived,
Accepted of the offer.
It happened that, to sleep inclined,
Deluded HOPE: for one short hour
To that false INNOCENCE’S power
Her little charge consigned.
The Goddess then her lap with sweetmeats filled
And gave, in handfuls gave, the treacherous store:
A wild delirium first the infant thrilled;
But soon upon her breast he sunk–to wake no more.
A Spell of Reawakening
The Spring Equinox, called Ostara by many, is a day of perfect balance between night and day, darkness and light, slumber and awakening. Many craft traditions, covens, and solitaries have devised their own rituals for awakening Mother Earth at this time. Many of these can be traced back to England.
One common practice is to walk through a natural area, tap the earth three times with a staff or wand, and make a joyful noise to welcome the Goddess’s return. This ritual is performed three times in keeping with the sacred number of many of the Pagan sects from western European countries. Now is not only a good time to awaken Mother Earth, but also to awaken ourselves. We should ask: Are we only going through the motions now? Or are we reawakening our spiritual selves, and seeing anew all the magical possibilities of spring? To awaken your own body, mind, and soul to spring’s rebirth, give back to Mother Earth some of the things we’ve taken from her. Plant a tree, herb garden, or flowers. Feed her animals and birds. As you do any of these things, consecrate your offering by saying:
Mother Earth, Goddess we walk upon,
May my gifts be of value
Even after I’m gone.
Today, while I’m here,
May my offering be,
An act of love
for you from me. By: Edain McCoy
OSTARA- Daffodowndilly Spell
The purpose of this spell is to make wishes concerning all areas of your life.
This is the perfect time of year for planting wishes that will come to fruition in summer and using plant ingredients for magic is a age old custom.
You will need:
As part of your OSTARA ritual and in a properly cast circle, work as follows.
1. Light the green candle saying: By the shoot
2. Light the yellow candle saying: By the flower I invoke OSTARAs power
3. Take each bulb and seperately name it after the wish you seek to acheieve.
4. Hold them in your hands and chant your wish into them with the following words: As the nights shrink down and this bulb goes underground, As the days grow long, so the thing I wish grows strong.
5. Bury the bulbs in the soil, or potting soil. Place your hands palms down on the soil and visualize the growth you have wished for coming to pass.
6. Keep the bulbs inside until the threat of frost has passed, then plant outside next to the spring flowering bulbs.
The idea here is to trade on the fertility of the daffodils by empowering summer flowering bulbs and planting them closely by. The summer bulbs will get the general idea from the flowering daffodown dillies and charged with your wishes hurry to grow and flower.
From Hearth and Home Witchery
Ostara Seed Spell
Small plant pot
Write your goals and ambitions for the following year on the paper. Place the paper at the bottom of the pot, and lay the coin on top of it. Fill the pot with soil. Plant the seed into the soil, and water. Hold the pot between both hands and visualise your dreams/wishes growing as the plant does. Place the pot in a sunny spot, and nuture.
Ostara Creation Spell
This joyous holiday honors the spring goddess, Ostara, whose name means “movement toward the rising Sun.” Just as Imbolc signals the return of light, Ostara signals the awakening of the Earth. Trees are blooming, bulbs are pushing up out of the ground, birds are nesting, and animals are mating. The creative energy is at its strongest during this season. If you haven’t decided what you wish to manifest this year, do so now.
To empower your goal, write it on a hard-boiled egg with a wax crayon. The egg is a powerful symbol representing the universe in embryo. Your goal lives within you in the same way that creation lives within its egg, and like the egg, your goal has everything it needs to manifest. Now, draw two interlocking triangles to form a six-pointed star on your egg. This star symbolizes one of the most important keys in magic: as above, so below. What you can create in your imagination, you can manifest on the physical plane. Dye your egg a deep red to symbolize the goddess and life itself. Using your egg as a focus, work in the days ahead with the interplay of imagination and physical striving to achieve your desire. By: Lily Gardner
Ostara Re-dedication Spell Author: Edain McCoy
Re-dedicate yourself to your deities and renew your commitment to the magical life with this ritual. Invite your deities to your circle by lighting candles in their honor. Anoint yourself four times with the following oils: Sandalwood for purity, rosemary for power, lotus for spirituality, and clove for courage. When you are finished say:
Lord and Lady, as you dwell in me,
Make a fit vessel of me;
Give me strength and wisdom to do
All these thing I’ve promised to you.