After the glitch, the *whole* newsletter went away! Gah! So some bits are missing….
It was sunny when I was originally writing, but it came and went and right now it’s “went”. The chance of rain is going up as the day goes on. It’s quite windy and only 57F, although a couple of hours ago as I was first writing it was nearly 65f!
Yesterday was very long for me, even if it started late. I spent the early part of the day on paperwork and getting the shopping list together and sorting foodstuffs into boxes. Late in the afternoon I actually got started cooking, making jams and butters and pickles and such and setting up stuff for the weekend. I’m trying to get thing in large boxes measured into small amounts so that I can just cook/bake on the weekend without having to fret over measuring and flinging the large boxes around.
>>>>> Nuker jam, blackberry! >>>>>
Tempus, who had been working on kitchen chores, took the shopping list and got the stuff after he did a friend’s chores and then went out on his paper route. When he got in around 3, I had fallen asleep, but got startled awake (since I had left some pickle broth going on the stove) by what sounded like a pot lid slamming. My first thought was, “Why is it boiling over?!?!?!!!” and I flew out of bed to find Tempus picking up the large pots that were out in the dining room and were precariously balanced…
<<<<<< filbert marzipan <<<<<<
Today is more cooking. Tempus is going to sort out our freezer stuffs after he does some dishes and take a few things over to the feast site to put in the fridge and freezer there so I have more room to work here!
Today’s Plant is Vanilla Leaf or Sweet-After-Death, Achlys triphylla, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Achlys_%28plant%29 . It grows all up and down the West Coast of North America and there’s another species in Japan. It was used as an insect repellent by the local peoples and has a strong vanilla scent if dried properly. It is used in Crossing the Bridge rituals along with rosemary and often placed in the hands of those who are Crossing or have just Crossed or in spells to ease their way.
Fornicalia is a feast from ancient Rome of bread and ovens and the goddess Fornax, the personification of the oven. It is the day that the spelt (wheat) for the mola salsa (sacred cakes) was toasted. We know that this day was the last of the festival which ran over several days, although either the beginning date danced around the calendar or kept changing. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fornax_%28mythology%29 (follow the links and other references) Today is another day sacred to the crocus, crocus susianus. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crocus_angustifolius
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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 2/22 at 10:20am. 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 2/20 at 10:20pm.
Goddess Month of of Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Goddess Month of of Moura, runs from 2/20-3/19
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17, Luis (LWEESH)/rowan
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17, Nion (NEE-uhn)
Runic half-month of Sowulo/ Sigel, 2/12-26 It represents the power of the force of good throughout the world and is the harbinger of victory and ascendancy over darkness.
©2016 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright.
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17, Luis (LWEESH)/rowan – The rowan, or mountain ash (Sorbus aucuparia L.) is related to servceberries. The red berries were historically used to lure birds into traps, and the specific epithet aucuparia comes from words meaning “to catch a bird”. Birds are also responsible for dispersing the seeds. Rowans thrive in poor soils and colonize disturbed areas. In some parts of Europe they are most common around ancient settlements, either because of their weedy nature or because they were planted. Rowans flower in May. They grow to 15 m (50 feet) and are members of the Rose family (Rosaceae). They are cultivated in North America, especially in the northeast.
Luis – Rowan Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Grey and Red
Meaning: Controlling your life; Protection against control by others.
Quert – Apple Ogam letter correspondences to study this month
Meaning: A choice must be made
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 17 Low 1:29 AM 3.1 7:13 AM Set 3:24 AM 66
~ 17 High 7:41 AM 8.0 5:47 PM Rise 1:17 PM
~ 17 Low 2:55 PM 0.4
~ 17 High 9:26 PM 6.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make this a progressive day! (Iow, make progress on something!)
~ When the heart weeps for what it has lost, the soul laughs for what it has found. – Sufi aphorism
~ Everything you buy, think, say and do is a statement of what you believe you are worth. – Alan Cohen
~ True strength is delicate. – Louise Nevelson (1889-1988) Russian artist
~ He who asks the question is a fool for a minute; he who does not is a fool forever. – Chinese Proverbs
When you’re in love you never really know whether your elation comes from the qualities of the one you love, or if it attributes them to her; whether the light which surrounds her like a halo comes from you, from her, or from the meeting of your sparks. – Natalie Clifford Barney (1876-1972) US writer
Ostara Magick – Lore
Ostara, the Feast for the Children (by Anja)
In the Wheel of the Year that comes from my lineage, Ostara is the time when both God and Goddess are children. The image that I will always have in my mind is from a celebration that we had up on top of Mt. Tabor in Portland, probably in 1984. After everyone had gathered, two little children dressed in white tunics came climbing up the steps toward the rest of the group. They were about 6 and 8 years old, one boy and one girl, and had wreaths on their heads made of spring greenery. One carried a huge basket of flowers (huge in comparison to his size!) and the other basket was covered. They came through the Circle to the altar, which was bare, and set the baskets on it. The little girl very solemnly took the cover off the basket which turned out to be filled with eggs, both colored real eggs and candy eggs. She held up the basket and said, “Behold the Spring” which reminded the little boy and he said the same thing. They carried the baskets around the Circle giving each person one flower and one egg. When they got back to the altar, they curled up with their baskets under the table and the ritual went on from there. As soon as the Great Rite was done the Priestess (who was the children’s mother) looked under the altar and said “OK!” and then kids emerged and started pelting everyone in the Circle with flowers and candies! Folks started throwing them back and amid a lot of laughter, (especially when the Priest, ducking, stepped on the hem of his robe and sat down hard in what was left of the basket of flowers!) we had the most amazing free-for-all ending up gasping and giggling in the warm spring grass.
Ostara from Sandra Kynes Year of Ritual
Ostara is the Latin name for the Saxon spring goddess, Eostre. Her counterpart in ancient Greece was Eos, also called Aurora. The vernal equinox is a time of balance when day and night are equal. It is a day to celebrate both the earth and sun. Our ancestors included the symbolic sexual union of Goddess and God in their rituals and honored the balance of all things: female and male, spiritual and physical In Celtic Cornwall and Wales, Ostara was called Lady Day and celebrated the return of the Goddess after her winter hibernation.
In the maiden-mother-crone cycle of the Goddess and seasons, the maiden phase is now unfolding as the earth renews herself. Signs of reawakening life can be seen everywhere as snowdrops and crocuses emerge and trees come into bud. This season brings freshness into our lives and new perspectives as we shed heavy winter clothes and feel the warmth of the sun on our bodies.
One of the most well-known stories of the Maiden Goddess is that of Demeter and her daughter Persephone (also called Kore). Persephone felt that it was her calling to go to the underworld to comfort and guide the spirits of the dead to their rest. Even though Demeter knew her daughter would return, she put her life on hold and waited. During this time, grain and other plants didn’t grow and the weather was cold. When Persephone returned bringing warmth and love for her mother, the entire earth came live again. Later (ancient Greek) versions of this story added violence with Persephone being kidnapped to the underworld by Hades and Zeus bargaining with Demeter to bring the plants back to life. Happily, this gentler version is gaining popularity.
Eggs, which symbolized sacred life to our ancestors, were decorated to honor the Goddess and given as gifts. In the Middle Ages decorated eggs were used as Easter tithes to parish priests. Present-day Wiccans and Pagans decorate eggs with symbols such as circles and spirals, the sun, and the Tree of Life.
Background for This Ritual
This ritual has been written for daytime to enjoy the warmth, light, and greening earth. Solo practitioners will want to read this just before beginning the ritual. A place has been indicated in the group ritual where this is most appropriate for the Priestess or Priest to read to everyone, or it can be read before beginning:
Ostara celebrates both the sun and the earth. It is a day to celebrate the balance of all things: female and male, the spiritual and the physical. The spiral you walked at winter solstice took you down inside yourself. Now is the time to follow that spiral of energy up into the light.
As Persephone reemerges from the underworld, animals return from their winter hibernation. One such creature is the snake, an ancient symbol of the Great Mother Goddess. Snakes dwell in both worlds: ours and the underworld. Because they Irvt underground, they carry the power of Mother Earth. Into the time of ancient Greece die snake was a symbol of earthly powers especially for healing. Even today it is included in the symbol of the medical profession.
- Seek balance and growth.
- Plant seeds of intention. ;
- Summon earth energy to manifest intention.
Silliness – Joining The Army
As the family gathered for a big dinner together, the youngest son announced that he had just signed up at an army recruiter’s office.
There were audible gasps around the table, then some laughter, as his older brothers shared their disbelief that he could handle this new situation. “Oh, come on, quit joking,” snickered one. “You didn’t really do that, did you?”
“You would never get through basic training,” scoffed another.
The new recruit looked to his mother for help, but she was just gazing at him. When she finally spoke, she simply asked, “Do you really plan to make your own bed every morning?”