Last Minus Tide of the cycle at 6:42 PM of -0.1 feet.
43F with a light breeze. The sun is coming and going ,but you can really tell the Wheel is Turning into spring. When there aren’t any clouds the sun is so bright! There are little birds all over the porch, mostly chickadees, although I saw one finch. …and they’re fluttering all over the alder. …and they all flew off, leaving one towhee just sitting.
Yesterday was fun, but I hurt. Not damage, just too much “feet time”! We had only 1/2 the number of people that I expected at minimum, so there’s a lot of food left over. I’m going to the Duckmeister’s today to finish the clean-up, so I won’t be at the shop. …and I won’t be boring you to tears over all the food things, now, at least!
<<<<<<< Some of the food <<<<<<<<
Last night when we were leaving the Duckmeister’s, all the little frogs and some larger ones were sounding off in the marsh. There was fog and the moon silvered it to the point that it looked like we were driving through Fairyland! It was really bright during the night. I kept waking up to go gaze at it.
>>>>>>>>>> Rabbit pies >>>>>>>>>
Tempus is going to be at the shop all day, and then he’ll come back for me this evening and we’ll get the last stuff out. We’re switching to Spring Hours as of Thursday (not today), so we’ll be staying open until 6pm officially, and then switch to Summer Hours in May.
Fun animated fantasy instrument music – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zF26jtMA9U0
Today’s plant is Nasturtium, Tropaeolum majus, (not watercress, which is true nasturtium). It’s certainly not native to the PNW, but grows well here. I love the brilliant oranges and yellows of the flowers. They’re yummy, too, with a slightly peppery taste, both leaf and flower and the seeds serve as a substitute for capers in pickles. The flowers stand for Victory in Battle;Patriotism and Affectation and are little used in magicks other than as symbols and foods for Ostara and Beltane celebrations because of their association with the Sun. They also can be used as a symbol for “sacrifice to the larger good” of soldiers, firemen and police, but are usually only seen at funerals in this context. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tropaeolum_majus
The Feast of the Perpendicular Sun happens twice a year in Egypt at the Tempus of Abu Simbel, built for Ramses II in the 13th century BCE. The aisle of the temple lights up with the sunrise until all the way at the back of the temple the Pharoah’s particular gods are illuminated. This happens on Ramses birthday and the anniversary date of his ascent to the throne, iow 2/22 and 10/22. Because of the Aswan Dam, the temple was disassembled and moved to higher ground in the 60′s, but the dates are still good, because they worked really hard to make that happen. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abu_Simbel
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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 2/22 at 10:20am. Full Moon – The day of the day before and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 2/23 at 10:20pm. 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 3/8 at 5:54pm.
Monday, Feb. 22, 1:20 p.m. EST – Full Moon, February 2016 – The February Full Moon is known as the Snow Moonor Hunger Moon. It rises around sunset and sets around sunrise; this is the only night in the month when the moon is in the sky all night long. The rest of the month, the moon spends at least some time in the daytime sky. Look above the Moon by about a fist at arm’s length for Regulus.
The Moon passes Regulus and pairs up with Jupiter. (These scenes are always drawn exact for near the middle of North America: for latitude 40° N, longitude 90° W.)
Mars (magnitude +0.4, in Libra), rises around midnight and glows yellow-orange in the south by the time dawn begins. In a telescope it’s 8 arcseconds in diameter. Mars will appear more than twice as large, 18.6 arcseconds wide, when it’s closest to Earth in late May and early June.
Goddess Month of of Moura, runs from 2/20-3/19
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 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
M 22 High 12:28 AM 7.3 7:06 AM Set 6:57 AM 99
~ 22 Low 6:13 AM 2.0 5:54 PM Rise 6:12 PM
~ 22 High 12:04 PM 8.1
~ 22 Low 6:42 PM -0.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – An archaeologist is the best husband a woman can have — the older she gets the more interested he is in her.
~ Remorse is impotence; it will sin again. Only repentance is strong; it can end everything. – Henry Miller
~ A good friend understands you even when your thoughts aren’t fitting into words. – Unknown
~ Diffusing ignorance diffuses hatred. – Jeff Mann
~ I have loved flowers that fade, Within those magic tents Rich hues have marriage made With sweet unmemoried scents. – Robert Bridges (1844-1930) English writer
My heart is winged and dancing
But my body is fastened to this chair
I am afraid to live, afraid to love you;
And all the while, you’re unaware.
But I am reaching out to Goddess
No longer held motionless in trance;
I touch your face, I kiss your sweet lips
And now my heart begins to dance. – © Copyright 1/10/08 Beth Clare Johnson (Mystic Raven)
Ostara Magick – How To Make Magical Crystal Ostara Eggs – http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/ostaracrafts/ht/CrystalEggs.htm
Make treasure-filled Ostara eggs for your family’s celebration. Image by Ariel Skelley/Blend Images/Getty Images
This is a neat craft project you can make before Ostara. Hide these eggs for your kids to find, and then when they crack them open, they can find the treasure hidden inside!
- 1 C. all-purpose flour
- ½ C. salt
- ¼ C. clean sand
- 1 C. used coffee grounds
- ¾ C. warm water
- Crystals or gemstones
- Non-stick cooking spray
- Acrylic paints in your favorite colors
Blend flour, salt, sand and coffee grounds together. Gradually add the water, and knead until you’ve got a thick, gritty dough. Spray a crystal lightly with non-stick cooking spray, and place it in the center of a small scoop of dough. Shape the dough around the crystal to form an egg shape. Bake the eggs at 350 for about 15 minutes, and allow to cool. Once they’ve cooled, they should be nice and hard, like a rock. Paint the eggs, and allow paint to dry.
Hide the eggs on Ostara, and let your kids crack them open to reveal the hidden crystals!
For some extra silly fun, have your kids join you for the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Chocolate Rabbit.
Silliness – Smart Joke # 20. There’s a band called 1023MB. They haven’t had any gigs yet though. – http://higherperspectives.com/jokes-for-intellectuals/?c=cleo&ts_pid=2&ts_pid=2