Yesterday I started on getting some of my toy research set up , since I finally had enough of a brain. For a change I alternated with cleaning up the blog site and discovered that I missed finally posting the September Rock Trip write-up. It’s still lacking some pictures, but good enough to post. http://wp.me/P2xgQ8-35p I spent most of the day sorting pictures. I started trying to write and just couldn’t get anywhere. I did manage some more updates on blog pages.
Tempus was pretty busy at the shop. He had a number of people in browsing and checking the place out. There was a kerfluffle about 102, one person out sick and some wires getting crossed, so class didn’t happen. He did get some candles made.
Tempus was out on a paper run for another person this morning, so he’s still asleep. We have a lot of chores today, mostly in the kitchen, and I’m hoping Hatch will help with those and we can get the feast stuff taken care of and sorted out.
Sage, Salvia Officinalis, sometimes called true sage, or culinary sage, is a plant that has been used in cookery, magick and medicine for many thousands of years. It is one of the ingredients in Four Thieves Vinegar. The blossoms make a delicious tea. – Masculine, Jupiter, Air – In purple cloth, brings wisdom. Worn in an amulet sewn into a horn shape protects against the evil eye. Used as a wash, or sniffed, enhances youthful mindset and appearance. Eat sage in May for long life. Carry to promote wisdom. Write a wish on a sage leaf and sleep on it. If you dream of it, it will happen, else bury the leaf in the ground. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvia_officinalis
Tibetan Uprising Day – This is the anniversary of the uprising of Tibet against China in 1959. The uprising failed and the Dalai Lama had to flee and has lived in exile since. Tibet is not free, and China has been pretty cruel. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tibetan_Uprising_Day and on the Dalai Lama here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dalai_Lama
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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.
Jupiter this month forms a big, more-or-less equilateral triangle with Procyon >>> and Pollux. Face southeast soon after dark, and Procyon is to Jupiter’s right. Pollux is high above them. Procyon is also part of the slightly larger Winter Triangle just to the west, also equilateral. Its other stars are orange Betelgeuse and bright Sirius below.
Saturn (magnitude +0.4, at the head of Scorpius) rises around 1 a.m. daylight-saving time. It’s highest in the south as dawn begins. Below or lower left of Saturn by 8° is orange Antares. Look just ½° below Saturn in early dawn for Nu Scorpii, a showpiece double star for telescopes. Less than 2° to their right is Beta Scorpii, an even finer telescopic double.
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. Runic half-month of Berkana/ Beorc, 3/14-29 Half-month ruled by the goddess of the birch tree; a time of purification for rebirth and new beginnings.
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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
Tu 10 High 3:48 AM 7.5 7:38 AM Set 10:00 AM 85
~ 10 Low 10:23 AM 1.1 7:16 PM
~ 10 High 4:27 PM 6.3
~ 10 Low 10:13 PM 2.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Madness takes its toll. Please have exact change.
~ America is a land of taxation that was founded to avoid taxation. – Dr. Lawrence J. Peter (1919-1990) US pop psychologist, writer
~ An intelligence test sometimes shows a man how smart he would have been not to have taken it. – Dr. Lawrence J. Peter (1919-1990) US pop psychologist, writer
~ All the gold which is under or upon the earth is not enough to give in exchange for virtue. – Plato
~ We will be known forever for the tracks we leave. – American Indian proverb, Dakota
Myth is the secret opening through which the inexhaustible energies of the cosmos pour into human cultural manifestation. Religions, philosophies, the arts, the social forms of primitive and historic man, prime discoveries in science and technology, the very dreams that blister sleep all boil up from the basic magic ring of myth. — Joseph Campbell
O S T A R A – http://earthwitchery.com/ostara.html – Spring Equinox – circa March 21 – Ostara, or the Spring Equinox, is an enchanted borderland time outside of time where a magickal seam joins dark and light. From this moment on, the Sun God begins his seminal journey across the sky. His light and warmth overtake the darkness of Winter until his power peaks at Summer Solstice in June.
Ostara is a time of new fire. The light and dark are in perfect balance, but the light is growing and the Sun is about to burst forth with new energy. It is a season of fertility and growth.
Eostre or Ostara is the Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring to whom offerings of cakes and colored eggs were made at the Vernal Equinox. Rabbits were sacred to her, especially white rabbits, and she was believed to take the form of a rabbit.
ALTAR: For the Ostara altar:
- — Candles should be light green.
- — Incense may be jasmine.
- — Decorate the circle with spring wildflowers.
- — Place an earthenware or wooden bowl containing soil or a large seed of some kind on the altar.
HERBS to use in your magic at Ostara: lily of the valley, tansy, lavender, marjoram, thyme, tarragon, lovage, lilac, violets, lemon balm, dogwood, honeysuckle, oakmoss, orrisroot, sunflower seeds, rose hips, oak, elder, willow, crocus, daffodil, jonquil, tulip, broom (Scotch or Iris), meadowsweet, acorn, trefoil (purple clover), vervain.
STONES: Clear quartz crystal, rose quartz, agate, lapis lazuli, amazonite, garnet.
Have a traditional breakfast of buns, ham, and eggs.
Make natural egg dyes from herbs.
Color hard boiled eggs and add symbols for the Fertility God, the Goddess, the Sun God, unity, fire, water, agriculture, prosperity and growth, strength and wisdom, spring, love and affection, and protection.
Consecrate the eggs:
In the name of the Goddess of Spring, (name); and the ever-returning God of the Sun, (name); By the powers of the four elements — earth, air, fire, and water; I do consecrate these eggs of Ostara..
Point the athame at the eggs, make the sign of the pentagram, and see the energy flow through the blade into the eggs, and say:
New life lies within as new life shall enter the soil. Let those who seek this life find it and consume it, for all life feeds on life.
The eggs may be hidden and an Ostara Egg Hunt commences.
Make hot cross buns to honor the union of the earth and the sun for Spring. Slash the “X” with the bolline and bless the cakes.
Toss crushed eggshells into the garden and say:
For fairy, for flowers, for herbs in the bowers, The shells pass fertility with springtime flowers.
Wear green clothing.
Eat an egg you have empowered with a quality you desire.
On Ostara Eve, light a purple or violet candle and burn patchouli incense. Carry them both through the house, and say:
Farewell to wintry spirits and friends; On morrow we greet the spirits of spring. Our blessings to thee as your way we wend; And merry we’ll meet next winter again. Blow out the candle and say: Merry meet, merry part, and merry meet again.
At this time, witches cast spells for careers, relationships, and love. It’s a time for planting new ideas. Seek harmony and balance in the incredible energy of the season, and project good health, good fortune, and confidence in achieving goals.
FOOD: Eggs! Spring lamb, cream and milk, bake bread with a decorated egg inside, spring salad, hot cross buns.
I wanted to buy a CD player, but was completely perplexed by one model’s promotional sign. So I called the salesclerk over and asked, “What does ‘hybrid pulse D/A converter’ mean?”
He said, “That means that this machine will read the digital information that is encoded on CDs and convert it into an audio signal.”
“In other words,” I said, “this CD player plays CDs.”