48F. They’re talking winds in the 30’s or more tonight with gusts into the 60’s. Tie down the trash cans! After this bit they’re saying mostly dry right through next weekend. It’s pouring at the moment. We’ve gotten 0.6 inches already.
Yesterday started with me coughing up everything I couldn’t get rid of on Saturday! I got through class and then I could just sit and let my throat recover for a bit. Hatch went out to pick up a couple of youngsters who got stuck in Newport on a weekend pass, so I did a 2nd class for them and then Tempus took over and worked with them on candles before they headed out in the middle of the afternoon.
Other than getting the new stock of beeswax candles hung up and listed in the inventory, I still didn’t get a lot done. I did finally get some of the new-to-us used books inventoried and up on the shelf. Tempus got the library “curtain” hung and worked on cleaning up some of the lavendar candles after he ran a couple of errands, one of which was cough syrup for me. Late in the day I got a nap because I was exhausted and he re-hung my snowflake lights that belong with the Mab’s Creations things.
We had some of a beer/cheese/bacon quick bread that Hatch made after he went home and then Tempus got supper for us while I was working on pictures and writing and then we turned in, although I was back up around 1am, wheezing.
Today, well, I’m definitely sick. No real clue why, but I’m coughing even harder than I was. There’s no 102 class tonight, because another person in the class is sick, so I think Tempus can handle it.
Wouldn’t this be a wonderful setting for a special day?
Today’s feast is in honor of Morena or Marzanna, a Slavic Goddess of winter, darkness and mystery. The Marzanna is an effigy that is burned and/or drowned as a symbol of the ending of her time of triumph. She is often associated with Hecate and witchlore. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marzanna
Today’s plant is the trillium, specifically the varieties for our state of the Giant Purple Wakerobin, the Idaho Trillium and Round Leaf Trillium. These are one of the characteristic flowers of the Oregon spring forests, the flowers of spring called Wakerobin since in many places robins and trilliums appear at the same time. It is also called Birthroot and has been used medicinally to control bleeding. Tripartite petals and flower make this an unusual plant and since they grow widely separated in the undergrowth of forests, they’re striking when you come across them. – Feminine, Venus, Water – Carry the root to attract money and luck or –Masculine, Venus & Saturn, Earth – the other magicks of trillium are concerned with boundaries and lust. ….and they’re beautiful! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trillium Yes, it’s odd to have two sets of correspondences for one plant, but that’s the way this one works!
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Love & Light,
Waxing Moon Magick – The waxing moon is for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or healthy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healings for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 4/4 at 5:06am. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 3/24 at2:36pm.
Venus shines well to the Moon’s lower right this evening.
Venus is brightest point of light at dusk. The second-brightest is Jupiter, much higher in the southeast. Look to the right of Jupiter by two or three fists at arm’s length for Procyon >>> ; look the same distance lower right from Procyon, and there’s the evening’s third-brightest point, Sirius.
Mars is magnitude +1.3, less than 1% as bright as Venus. It’s gradually sinking ever farther below or lower right of Venus — from 12° below it on March 20th to 15° below on the 27th.
Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14
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 Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14. Fern (FAIR-n) Alder – The common alder (Alnus glutinosa (L.) Gaertner) is common along lowland rivers, where it grows with aspens, poplars, and willows. Like willows, alders sprout from stumps. This allows them to regenerate after heavy flooding. In protect sites they may grow to 20 m (65 feet) tall. Their leaves are more blunt-tipped than most North American alders, which look more like the grey alder (A. incana (L.) Moench). This species is more common in the mountains of Europe, and is not restricted to moist soils. Like ashes, European alders are not widely cultivated in North American (they are often sold as black alders), but several native species are. Alder wood is said to resist rotting when it is wet, and was the wood of choice for pilings in many regions. Alders are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae).
Fearn – Alder Ogam letter correspondences
Letter: F, V
Meaning: Help in making choices; spiritual guidance and protection.
Ogam letter correspondences to study this month – Ailim – Silver Fir
Color: Light Blue
Meaning: Learning from past mistakes; Take care in choices.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
M 23 High 3:07 AM 8.8 7:14 AM Rise 9:21 AM 8
~ 23 Low 9:42 AM -0.6 7:32 PM Set 11:53 PM
~ 23 High 3:54 PM 7.4
~ 23 Low 9:46 PM 1.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I am a beautiful flower that is blossoming more and more each day.
~ A man’s work is nothing but this slow trek to rediscover, through the detours of art, those two or three great and simple images in whose presence his heart first opened. – Albert Camus (1913-1960) French writer, born in Algiers
~ Adorned with cape, with tricorn, saintly soul singing in librarian tones an enameled song that coolly celebrates her chewing-gum enthusiasms. – Truman Capote (1924-1984) US writer
~ My work is being destroyed almost as soon as it is printed. One day it is being read; the next day someone’s wrapping fish in it. – Al Capp (1909-1979) US cartoonist
~ Success is following the pattern of life one enjoys most. – Al Capp (1909-1979) US cartoonist
This steady effort towards the simplifying of your tangled character, its gradual emancipation from the fetters of the unreal, is not to dispense you from that other special training of the attention which the diligent practice of meditation and recollection effects. – Evelyn Underhill
- unbleached muslin (1 yard)
- sisal rope
- white glue
- florist wire
- small egg-shaped styrofoam ball
- Fold one section of newspaper in half and roll it lengthwise.
- Fold the roll in half, and twist a twist tie at the upper third of the folded roll to form the body and legs.It may be helpfull to stuff the legs into a large bottle while you work.
- Cut off a 20 inch section of florist wire and twist the ends together. Twist the ends into a loop approximately 1 inch long, and bend the wires close together.This will be the arms and hands
- Stick two pieces of florist wire approximately 6 inches long into the wide end of the styrofoam ball and fold them around the ball, twisting them together to hold it securely.With the remaining wire, secure the ball to the loop of the newspaper – this will be the head.
- Thread the arms through the paper of the loop, not the loop itself, to help it remain secure.
- Mix the glue with an equal part of water to form a solution that the material will be dipped in and used to hold the fabric to the doll and stiffen the fabric to desired shape.
- From the muslin, rip several 1/4- 1/2 inch strips of fabric, run them through the glue solution. The material should be saturated, but not dripping.Wrap the hands and arms wire with the material, covering the wire completely. It may take several applications of material.Tuck the ends into the material already wrapped.
- Repeating the same dipping process, cover the head first with horizontal wraps and then with vertical. Wrap the body of the doll crossing over from the front to the back in an “X” shape.Wrap the neck wire and secure the ends of the strips
- For the skirt: Rip a 12 inch by 20 inch piece of material,sew the 12 inch ends together if desired, and dip the material into the solution.Pull up over the legs, gather the waist and secure to the paper using a 1/2 strip acting as a belt.
- Make the apron – rip a 2 inch wide strip that is wide enough to fit over the top of the skirt, and cut the front bottom edge into a curve if desired. Secure the apron with a piece of trim.
- Rip a 1 inch piece of material approximately 8 inches long, dip, and drap around the neck.
- Rip a 3 inch wide piece of material approximately 16 inches long and drape around back and over arms.
- Arrange the skirt into desired folds and allow doll to dry.
- After the doll has dried,cut the rope into 12 12 inch sections and fold in half – this will be the part of the hair. Sew the ropes at the fold down the center of the head.Unravel the rope.
- You can garnish the White Goddess with a wreath of dried flowers if you like – take a vine and wrap it on itself until you have a wreath. Insert dried flowers into the wreath and place on the head.
- She can be left in the bottle for year-round use, or placed on top of the tree at Yule.