Wicca 102 starts tonight at 6pm!
Yesterday I was still home, feeling better, but not past being sick. Tempus went to the shop and did the class with the young folks, although he got stopped in the middle by a phone call from Paul Rucker. He did get back to it, although by then Marius was there. Those two and Hatch worked on various wood projects during the afternoon waiting for the wax to melt again.
Tempus and I were discussing which wax to use for the dip candles and I told him not to use the recycled, I’d rather keep the wax uncontaminated, so he wrote, “Going for the virgin wax then …. saving it from the terrorists …..” You can see he finally got somewhere.
Today Tempus will be at the shop again. I’m still running a temperature, so I’ll be home. There’s nothing in particular on the agenda, although he may work on the candles some more. We’ll be open late, though, since the 102 course starts/restarts tonight.
Today’s plant is Goldenrod, Solidago Canadensis. A good browse plant, although not shade-tolerant, it is one of the first plants to colonize burned-off areas. In Fukishima it has taken over the rice fields near the wrecked nuclear plant. – Feminine, Venus, Air – Wear a piece of goldenrod to see your future love. Hold a piece in the hand and it will direct you to things you’ve lost or buried treasure. If it blooms by your door without being planted, good fortune will follow. It’s also used in money spells and has the property of survival. Wiki article here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solidago_canadensis
Chotrul Duchen is one of four Tibetan Buddhist festivals that commemorate his life. It’s held around this time of year and features sculptured butter lamps, some of which are huge. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butter_Lamp_Festival and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butter_lamp and a bit about the offering and prayers here: http://bodhiactivity.wordpress.com/2011/05/28/lamp-offering-prayer/
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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.
Ganymede, Jupiter‘s biggest moon, enters onto Jupiter’s face at 10:10 p.m. EDT and exits at 1:47 a.m. EDT. Its black shadow trails almost three hours behind, crossing Jupiter from 1:05 to 4:43 a.m. EDT. (Subtract 3 hours to get Pacific times; this event is more convenient for the West Coast.)
Jupiter (magnitude –2.5, in Cancer) is already high in the east as the stars come out. It’s highest in the south around 11 p.m. daylight-saving time. It’s been a month since Jupiter’s opposition, but Jupiter is still 44 arcseconds wide in a telescope. Don’t expect to see anywhere near the amount of detail with your eye that sophisticated digital stacking with a large amateur telescope can bring out
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
M 9 High 3:17 AM 7.5 7:40 AM Set 9:27 AM 91
~ 9 Low 9:42 AM 1.1 7:14 PM Rise 11:23 PM
~ 9 High 3:42 PM 6.7
~ 9 Low 9:40 PM 1.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – You are the only person you need to please.
~ Hope is the feeling that we have that the feeling that we have is not permanent. – Mignon McLaughlin
~ When you are doing a piece you are with it. You don’t want to wait until next week, when experience will have given you something else. – Louise Nevelson (1889-1988) Russian artist
~ I am for an art that is political-erotical-mystical, that does something other than sit on its ass in a museum. – Claes Oldenburg
~ Character is much easier to be kept than recovered. – Thomas Paine
If I could conceive that the general government might ever be so administered as to render the liberty of conscience insecure, I beg you will be persuaded, that no one would be more zealous than myself to establish effectual barriers against the horrors of spiritual tyranny, and every species of religious persecution. – Founding Father George Washington, letter to the United Baptist Chamber of Virginia, May 1789
For a whole *bunch* of ideas! https://www.pinterest.com/moon_fae/ostara-craft-ideas/
This is only part of the article! You can find the whole thing (lots of pictures!) here: http://emlc.net/ostara-craft-yarn-eggs/
While perusing Facebook, someone (and forgive me, but I can’t remember who) posted a pictorial guide to making yarn eggs. I thought to myself…
Self! You have an over-abundance of yarn! This could be a way to make snazzy Ostara/Primavera presents for all your friends AAANNNDDD make yourself feel better about all that yarn you’ve been hording!
I immediately got to work. I’ll outline the basic-ness of the project, and even give you some step-by-step pictures. I’ll also clue you in on some possible pitfalls I found with this project and ways I got around them. Click the “Continue Reading” link to see the entire project.
- Yarn (about a 3-weight yarn, like Paton Grace)
- Glue (elmers or some similar)
- Small dish or bowl to hold the glue (I used a red solo cup cut down to size)
- Balloons (small ones, we’re talking egg-shapes here)
- Small item for inside the egg (optional! I used some larger evil eye blue beeds)
- Drying Rack (cooling rack, cookie sheet with waxed paper, etc)
YOUR GUIDE TO AWESOME EGGS:
- Mix equal parts glue and water in your small bowl. Cover your work surface with newspaper.
- Blow up your balloons until they are about egg-sized and shaped. If you’re putting beads or items in the balloon, put it in before blowing!
- Take about a foot of yarn and drag it through the glue/water mixture. Gently squeeze off excess, and start applying it to the balloon.
- Turn the balloon as you go to get a nice criss-cross pattern. If you have a bead in the balloon, keep in mind how small/big it is so that you make the weave tight enough to keep it trapped.
- Continue dragging the yarn through the glue/water and applying to the balloon.
- Once you’re done, cut the yarn and press the yarn end into the mesh on the balloon.
- Set the balloon to dry and go onto the next.
- Let the balloons dry overnight. Check them out the next morning to make sure they are dry all over. If they are – POP THEM!
- Pull the knot out from the “top” of the egg. If you have balloon fragments inside the egg, you can use tweezers to extract them.
- Voila! Ostara Yarn Eggs!
SOME PITFALLS AND HOW TO AVOID THEM:
- YARN SLIDES AROUND THE EGG – I found if I was not making the yarn taut enough, it would slide. Also, if I attempted to criss-cross too soon, the yarn would come right off the balloon. Make sure the yarn is tight to the balloon, but not pressing into it. And make your turns on the outsides.
- YARN ALL GOES ONE DIRECTION – um.. turn the egg It’s easy to get into a “wrapping” zone, but make sure you’re watching how your design unfolds.
- EGG ISN’T DRY – I had this happen using the wax paper on a cookie sheet method of drying. I found turning the eggs several times during their drying time worked best. It was the spot where the egg was resting on the wax paper that didn’t dry. Just turn it up and give it more dry time. DO NOT POP AN EGG THAT’S NOT 100% DRY
SOME DRYING METHODS:
- Cookie sheet covered in wax paper (what I did)
- Cooling rack
- Hang from shower rod
– See more at: http://emlc.net/ostara-craft-yarn-eggs/#sthash.Z0CRcLu4.dpuf