It’s 56F, only a little wind, although there are occasional gusts and if we got any rain, it doesn’t show, anywhere. Maybe later in the day? ….although it should clear a little over the next couple of days.
Yesterday started off alternating sun and cloud, but by the time I was back up around 1pm (yeah, I crawled back in after doing the newsletter….) it was quite overcast and got steadily darker. Tempus and I spent quite awhile talking over breakfast (to give it it’s right name), discussing some research he’s been doing on medieval bread flour among other things.
Tempus went out in the late afternoon to get our shop rent paid and to pick up some perishables at the grocery, then worked on his car…. Oh! I forgot to say! He got the CV joint fixed, so he has his favorite little car back again! It’s been sitting long enough that it needed fluids checked.
I was working on blog updates most of the day….well, once I got started at around 3pm…. and also sorting more pictures. Dang, I’ve collected a lot! Tempus brought some fabrics in for me to sort, later and I ended up wheezing because they’re been sitting too long…..
Today I have to set up newsletters for the week and we’re going to keep going on laundry and kitchen cleaning. If I have a little energy I’m going to try to do some book re-shelving in my study. The piles are starting to slide. 🙂
Today’s plant is Wild ginger, Asarum caudatum – This is a different plant from the one usually used in magick, but has only slightly different properties. This is related to black pepper, kava and birthwort. – Masculine, Mars, Fire – This is used for “heating up” spells. While standard ginger is used in money, love, success and power spells, Wild Ginger is mostly used to add power, rather than on its own.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asarum_caudatum
Johnny Appleseed, John Chapman, is usually thought of as an eccentric who wandered the early US throwing apple seeds around, but actually, he was planting orchards and left over 1200 acres of them when he died. An early ecologist, he traveled with a tin pot on his head for a hat. The First Nations tribes, even the hostile ones, revered him. He was a Swedenborgian and carried their literature everywhere he went. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_Appleseed on Swedenborgianism here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_New_Church
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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.
The eclipsing variable star Algol should be at minimum brightness, magnitude 3.4 instead of its usual 2.1, for a couple hours tonight centered on midnight EDT; 9 p.m. PDT. Algol takes several additional hours to fade and to rebrighten.
Early risers will find the last-quarter Moon passing over Saturn and Scorpius >>>. They’re due south in early dawn. Before and during dawn Thursday morning the 12th, the waning Moon poses near Saturn, as shown here. Look for Antares below them.
Uranus (magnitude 5.8, in Pisces) is hiding in the background of Venus and Mars just after dark, low in the western evening sky, setting in mid-evening.
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.
©2015 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright.
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 11 High 4:22 AM 7.4 7:36 AM Rise 12:22 AM 78
11 Low 11:10 AM 1.2 7:17 PM Set 10:37 AM
11 High 5:19 PM 5.9
11 Low 10:52 PM 2.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Don’t confuse mere inconveniences with real problems.
~ It is more difficult to maintain honour than to become prosperous. – Irish Proverb
~ May you always have a sunbeam to warm you; a moonbeam to charm you; a sheltering Angel so nothing can harm you; laughter to cheer you; faithful friends near you; and whenever you pray, Heaven to hear you! – Irish blessing.
~ bISeH’eghlaH’be’chugh latlh Dara’laH’be’ (Klingon Proverb: If you cannot control yourself, you cannot command others)
~ Every word has a mental highway. – Clotaire Rapaille
THE SECRET PLACE
A solitary mind
A solitary chair,
A solitary place
When I choose
To go there.
Not bare exactly
Not lavish with gold,
A quiet sanctuary
To stave off
Only for me
A place no one
Tucked in a corner
Inside my mind. – © 2005, Beth Johnson (Mystic Amazon)
Dzisiaj imieniny (today’s name-days) for Friday, 18-Mar-2005 23:13:24 CST: dwarda, Narcyza, Zbysława
One of the prime icons and symbols of Spring, of birth and rebirth and fertility, is the egg, and Poles have made decorating and sanctifying them an art form. The perfect icon of the universe, decorated eggs were taken out into the fields as the grains were sown, along with a candle blessed at Gromniczne (Imbolc), in order to bring life back into the warming soil. Eggs were also buried at the base of fruit trees to make them bear in abundance. Even the water in which boiled-style eggs were prepared is sacred; used to wash in, bless with, poured along the property lines to protect against lightening and thunder and the ravages of weather, and annointing bee hives to bring plenty of sweet tasting honey. A bowl of decorated eggs was kept in the homes at all times, to ensure good health and prosperity. Once decorated in ritual fashion, eggs were never thrown out if they were broken. Instead they are buried in the garden, bringing good fortune, or given to the Rusalje (water nymphs/spirits) in the nearest river or stream. A great symbol of fertility, eggs traditionally bedeck the breads baked for weddings.
The eggs are decorated in several different styles. Boiled eggs are decorated in single colors, usually red, and are called krashanka. These are meant to be eaten, or fed to the livestock, and are dyed appropriately with materials safe for consumption. Krapanka are also boiled eggs, and are decorated with multi-colored dots. Drapanka are single color boiled eggs into which a design is scratched with a pin or small knife tip. Lystowka are wrapped in leafs and subjected to a bath of onion skin water, giving a beautiful relief pattern. Depending on the type of leaves used, these eggs may also be eaten as they are boiled in the onion skins. (do NOT use any leaf you are not sure of if you plan to serve these eggs!). The most common and most tedious form of decoration, however, is called pisanki, a batik-method coloring using beeswax, commercial or natural material dyes, and RAW eggs (boiling the eggs first will not only alter the significance of the icon, but will allow water to seep through and ruin the dye, or will alter the design by adhering to cracks formed in the boiling process).
Traditionally, eggs were decorated by women and girls only; now I find that many more men are taking up this ritual as a meaningful expression of the season’s celebration. Ages old rituals passed from baci (grandmother) to her family are used for the preparation of the designs. I follow a ritual much as the one outlined below – some taught, some self-inspired.
The working is traditionally done after dark, in a quiet spot that allows concentration, meditation, and ritual conciousness. By custom, the artist should have made an effort during the day to remain calm and anger-free. The work space is set up much as an altar would be. A white tablecloth covers the work space; your candle is set in the middle of the table. Salt and bread are set behind the candle, a cup of water to the left, and flowers or incense to the right.
There are a series of traditional designs with names that date from pre-christianity. Examples are the set of four called “The Princess,The Queen, The Crone, and the Great Goddess”, 40 triangles, Call of Spring, the Universe, Gates, Birds, and Gypsy Roads. If you would like instructions for these specific designs, email the author, and I will get them to you. But you are free of course to follow inspiration and create your own personal magickal designs, and below are some of the symbolisms of design and color in pisanki:
- Sun – almost all pisanki incorporate some type of sun design. These include circles, tripods, stars, roses and swastikas.
- Circle – stands for completeness, continuity, and the cyclical nature of life.
- Circle with a dot inside – stands for the moment when the spring sun’s light first hits the earth, renewing life.
- Circle divided in half – polarity, as in male/female, black/white, good/evil, night/day, life/death
- Circle inscribed with a solar cross – the four directions, the four ages, the elements
- Circle in a circle – androgyneity
- Circle surrounded and bounded by smaller circles – the poppy – consolation, oblivion, sleep, frailty
- Swastika – happiness, blessings, good fortune, good will
- Tripod – birth, life, death; man, woman, child; maiden, mother, crone
- Rose – an eight pointed star much as is found in Pennsylvania Dutch hex symbols and in quilts – stands for purity, knowledge, beauty, perfection, elegance, the eye of the Divine.
- Dots – either stars or eggs
- Triangle – air, fire, and water; sun, thunder, and bonfire; earth, air, heaven
- Encircling line – eternity
- Embattled lines – looks like the top of a castle tower, going up, left, down, left, up, left, etc. – stands for something contained, or protection against some outside force
- Invected line – a row of half circles touching at the ends ^^^^^^^^ – stands for the meeting of opposites, such as land and water or earth and sky
- Saw – indented lines, looks like a saw blade – stands for fire or water, cleansing
- Meander – looks like a child’s rendition of waves – stands for harmony, infinity, waves, immortality. The most famous design incorporating this style is Gypsy Roads, a meander between alternate fields of red and black, and is a strong protection icon.
- Sieve – any space decorated with criss cross lines, like a net – dividing good and evil
- Basket – a triangle inscribed with a sieve – motherhood, the giver of life and gifts
- Ladder – searching
- Comb, rake – sunrays, putting things in order, harvest, husbandry, prosperity
- Bends – elongated s shapes – defense, protection
- Spirals – mystery of life and death, divinity, immortality
- Solar Crosses – four directions, four ages, four elements
- Trees – pine branches strength, boldness, growth, eternal life; broad leaf trees renewal, creation, unity; apple tree fertility, luck
- Grapes and vines – fellowship, loyal love
- Plums – lines with curved (semi-circle) branches in pairs – knowledge, health, wisdom
- Three leaf clusters – “periwinkles” – eternal love, pure love
- Oak leaf – persistence, strength
- Lily of the Valley – purity, humility, young brides
- Sunflower – circle inscribed with a sieve design and with a stem – the God, a life symbol
- Cucumber – oval with a line of dots from end to end – the preservation of life
- Grain kernels – fertility, abundance
- Stag antlers – leadership, victory, nobility, joy, maleness
- Horse – wealth, prosperity, speed, endurance
- Ram horns – strength in the face of opposition, perseverance, dignity
- Rooster – good fortune, exultation, vigilance, married life
- Hen – fertility
- Birds – the coming of Spring – sparrows symbolized the soul of man trying to be one with the Divine under any conditions, and community life – swallows protected households, larks protected fields, nightingales protected orchards, ducks and geese protected lakes and rivers, and storks protected villages
- Butterflies – childhood, frivolity, soul’s ascent to immortality, freedom
- Spider – artistry, patience, industry
- Fish – abundance, sacrifice, regeneration
- Hens’ Feet – motherly protection, guiding the young in search for knowledge
- Goose Feet – the soul, warning, wakefulness (many Poles use geese as watch animals)
- Bear paws – the guardian of the forest, bravery, wisdom, strength, endurance, reawakening, protection, the guardian of homeowners
- Rabbits ears – humility, listening to lessons of nature
- Wolves teeth – loyalty, wisdom, a firm grip on truth, teaching
- Yellow – light, purity, wisdom, youth, happiness, harvest, hospitality, love, benevolence
- Orange – endurance, strength, worthy ambition, fire, flame – it is the red of passion tempered by the yellow of wisdom)
- Green – renewal, breaking of shackles, freedom from bondage, freshness, fertility, health, hopefulness
- Red – action, magic, fire, charity, youth, spiritual awakening, joy of life, love – children are usually given solid red eggs at Wiosna
- Black – absolute, constancy, eternity, the womb, death, fear, ignorance – black and white eggs are in honor of the souls of the departed
- Brown – Mother Earth, bountiful gifts
- Blue – used SPARINGLY, as is hard to make – skies, air, good health
- White – purity, virginity, innocence, birth
- Purple – fasting, faith, patience, trust
Links to other Pysanky/Pisanki sites:
- Brownie’s Bazaar, the absolute best pisanki supplies source.
- A Pysanky Primer
- Pysanky – Ukrainian Easter Eggs
- Easter Eggs – a Russian pisanki site
- Natural Easter Egg Dyes
- Polish Art Center
- Unique Egg Art, a pysanky site
Silliness – New research has found that 84 percent of vegetarians and vegans ultimately return to eating meat. It turns out the way animals are treated is nothing compared to how people treat vegetarians. – Jimmy Fallon