Tempus should be open on time this morning. I’m still not going to be in, but I’m definitely better.
53F and overcast with a chance of rain this evening. I’m seeing some dripping off the porch roof. We have to have had a little rain because everything is very damp. No, scratch that….it’s definitely drizzling. The clouds are at 600 feet and there’s only an occasional breeze. Hey, the alder has a couple of green leaves!
Yesterday I got a little done, although most of it was organizing some toy research. I did a consult with a guy from back east who had worked on the history of toy balls and did a class on it a few years ago. We exchanged information and he sent me a couple of links that I hadn’t seen. Later in the day I made another ball and finished destroying that pair of worn jeans into usable fabric and scraps. I think the next ball is going to be stuffed with scraps.
Tempus had a short day at the shop, but the car is definitely running better, not just fixed. He thinks that weak spot in the lines may have been causing other problems. Cliona was in and Debbie is out here for a visit and he did have a few sales.
Today I’m still coughing too hard to go in and cranky as all get out, so you know I’m better. 🙂 There are several boxes of new stock to get checked in and I’m champing at the bit. Tempus has some cut-outs to do for my toy stuff.
Just too cute!
Today’s plant is the California Poppy, Eschscholzia californica. Everyone knows this one, right? 🙂 This is a different plant from the opium poppy and contains a different set of chemicals. It has the same magickal uses, however. The locals used it for an analgesic. – Feminine, Moon, Water, Hypnos, Demeter. – Use in dream pillows and other sleep aids. Eat poppy seed as a fertility charm. Carry as a prosperity charm (money & luck). Make a sachet of flowers and tuck a question inside. Sleep on it. the answer will appear in a dream. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eschscholzia_californica
Today’s feast is that of Gauri, one of the names of Parvati, the Great Mother in the Hindu traditions. One of her great festivals is held around this time of year. She is a fertility aspect of goddess, associated with the corn, hence the name “Gauri” which means “fair complexion” and has a lot of different symbolism. This article here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parvati has more information, but search for “Gauri” to find the specifics.
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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. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 3/27 at 12:43am. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 4/2 at 5:06pm.
Friday, March 27, 3:43 a.m. EDT – First Quarter Moon – The First Quarter Moon rises around 11:30 a.m. and sets around 2:30 a.m. It dominates the evening sky.
This evening the Moon forms a big kite shape with bright Jupiter far to its left, Pollux to the Moon’s upper left, and Procyon to its lower left.
Venus (magnitude –4.0) blazes in the west during and after evening twilight as the unmistakable “Evening Star.”
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. Runic half-month of Ehwaz, 3/30-4/13 – Ehwaz, the horse; time of partnership between humans and Nature, as between rider and horse. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 55
Planting 3/27 & 28
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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
F 27 Low 12:34 AM 3.1 7:07 AM Set 2:43 AM 45
~ 27 High 6:32 AM 7.0 7:37 PM Rise 12:37 PM
~ 27 Low 1:39 PM 0.9
~ 27 High 8:18 PM 5.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make this an extraordinary day!
~ Those who say religion has nothing to do with politics do not know what religion is. – Mahatma Gandhi
~ Life is the art of drawing without an eraser. – John W. Gardner
~ I am trying to do two things: dare to be a radical and not a fool, which is a matter of no small difficulty. – James A. Garfield (1831-1881) 20th US President
~ If you are not criticized, you may not be doing much. – Sophia Gibson
THE WHITE BIRDS by: W.B. Yeats
Would that we were, my beloved, white birds on the foam of the sea!
We tire of the flame of the meteor, before it can fade and flee;
And the flame of the blue star of twilight, hung low on the rim of the sky,
Has awakened in our hearts, my beloved, a sadness that may not die.
A weariness comes from those dreamers, dew-dabbled, the lily and rose;
Ah, dream not of them, my beloved, the flame of the meteor that goes,
Or the flame of the blue star that lingers hung low in the fall of the dew:
For I would we were changed to white birds on the wandering foam: I and you!
I am haunted by numberless islands, and many a Danaan shore,
Where Time would surely forget us, and Sorrow come near us no more;
Soon far from the rose and the lily, and fret of the flames would we be,
Were we only white birds, my beloved, buoyed out on the foam of the sea!
- two pieces of twisted rope approx. 3 feet long
- 6 inches of twine
- hot glue and hot glue gun
- small piece of twist paper
- small dried flower sprig
- Hold the two pieces of rope , ends equal.
- Fold in half and lay on table with the loop at the top.
- Loop the right ropes to the right, left ropes to the left, and bring the ropes together in the center, the ends of the rope falling to the bottom.
- Secure ropes in this position with hot glue.
- Thread the twine from the back of the love knot through the wide loops and tie in the center.
- Unravel a 8 inch section of twist paper. Fold the ends to meet in the center, and press flat. Gather the center.
- Tie the ends of the twine over the center of the bow. Hot glue in place.
- Insert flower sprig at the top and hot glue in place.
Silliness – Late Night Jokes – Facebook revamped its search feature. Now you can search for any post that has ever appeared on your page. It’s helpful if you want to waste time this year remembering exactly how you wasted time last year. Conan O’Brien