Before sunrise the whole sky turned golden. There’s a cloud layer and the light reflected from the bottom of it. …and then waiting for the sun to come over the mountains everything went back to just twilight…. We’re supposed to have another dry day. It’s 45F right now, supposed to get up to 63F. It was nice and warm yesterday, almost too warm in the middle of the day, but when the sun went down, brr!
I saw a lot of birds yesterday. In the morning it was sparrows and chickadees. On the way to the Duckmeister’s there were two doves in a tree in a neighbor’s yard, seagulls while coming down the seawall and a heron on a log and oldsquaw in the Backbay, then her ducks, of course.
Yesterday was long and rather painful. I over-stressed myself over the last week, so I’m paying for it, now, but I managed to do almost all over the dishes and cleaning and sorting and packing up that needed to be done. I need another hour over there today getting some foods properly into containers and/or frozen. Tempus is going to clean up the spills in the fridge and vacuum and then we’re done.
Tempus had a good day at the shop. He didn’t have a lot of people in, but some nice sales and he worked on clearing/cleaning his desk.
Today I have a couple of doctor appointments along with the last clean-up and then I’ll be working at home, probably on the computer, rather than doing much in the way of packing, although that needs to happen too. I promised a couple of articles to another newsletter, so I’m figuring that’s what I’ll work on.
Tempus is going to take a bunch of stuff back to Marius’ tonight, and they have Metalwork Night there, then he’ll head out on his newspaper route.
Today’s plant is the Apricot, Prunus armeniaca. Apricots are a delicious fruit, resembling a small peach, but with a flavor all their own. They were known in the ancient world, possibly being cultivated as far back as 3000BCE. Thought of as an aphrodisiac in the Renaissance it can be fermented into a yummy wine or made into the brandy, Barack. It has properties of healing and health, lust magicks and learning, mostly in educational circles. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apricot
Today is the Roman feast of Terminalia, the feast of borders and endings. Sacrifices were performed at boundary markers and some big ones in the cities, particularly at the old boundary of the city of Rome 6 miles out. Sounds like a good idea to me to acknowledge boundaries and limits on at least one day a year. Hmmm? More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terminalia More on the god Terminus here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terminus_%28mythology%29
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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. 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 3/1 at 3:11pm.
<<<<< 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.)
Jupiter and the Moon, February 2016 – Tuesday, Feb. 23, 11 p.m. EST – The moon and Jupiter will rise close together in the southeastern sky around the end of twilight tonight. Although they appear paired, Jupiter is currently 1,700 times farther away. P.S: It’s 40 times larger in diameter. Use binoculars to spot some of Jupiter’s own four big moons; the easiest will be Callisto to the planet’s east. They’re pinpoints in binocs but roughly as big as our own Moon in reality. Watch the Moon pull away eastward from Jupiter through the rest of the night.
Saturn (magnitude +0.5, in the feet of Ophiuchus) rises around 2 a.m. and glows well up in the south-southeast by the beginning of dawn. It’s roughly 20° east of Mars. Spot Antares 8° to Saturn’s lower right.
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. 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.
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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
Tu 23 High 1:00 AM 7.5 7:04 AM Set 7:27 AM 99
~ 23 Low 6:52 AM 1.7 5:56 PM Rise 7:12 PM
~ 23 High 12:43 PM 7.9
~ 23 Low 7:16 PM 0.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – These days, an “underprivileged kid” only has one set of parents.
~ Nothing is more endangered in the modern world than the powerful combination of hard work toward meaningful goals joined with an exuberant embrace of the present moment. – Tom Morris
~ A novel should be an experience and convey an emotional truth rather than arguments. – Joyce Cary
~ In the silence of the wild, we find the home we lost in the city. – John Muir
~ Don’t ever take a fence down until you know the reason why it was put up. – Gilbert Keith Chesterton
No one can persuade another to change. Each of us guards a gate of change that can only be opened from the inside. We cannot open the gate of another, either by argument or by emotional appeal.” If you decide to open your “gate of change” to really understand and live the principles embodied in the Seven Habits, your growth will be evolutionary, but the net effect will be revolutionary. – Overview of the Seven Habits quoting Marilyn Ferguson
Ostara Magick – Spells
A Spell of Reawakening
The Spring Equinox, called Ostara by many, is a day of perfect balance between night and day, darkness and light, slumber and awakening. Many craft traditions, covens, and solitaries have devised their own rituals for awakening Mother Earth at this time. Many of these can be traced back to England.
One common practice is to walk through a natural area, tap the earth three times with a staff or wand, and make a joyful noise to welcome the Goddess’s return. This ritual is performed three times in keeping with the sacred number of many of the Pagan sects from western European countries. Now is not only a good time to awaken Mother Earth, but also to awaken ourselves. We should ask: Are we only going through the motions now? Or are we reawakening our spiritual selves, and seeing anew all the magical possibilities of spring? To awaken your own body, mind, and soul to spring’s rebirth, give back to Mother Earth some of the things we’ve taken from her. Plant a tree, herb garden, or flowers. Feed her animals and birds. As you do any of these things, consecrate your offering by saying:
Mother Earth, Goddess we walk upon,
May my gifts be of value
Even after I’m gone.
Today, while I’m here,
May my offering be,
An act of love
for you from me. By: Edain McCoy
Ostara Seed Spell
Small plant pot
Write your goals and ambitions for the following year on the paper. Place the paper at the bottom of the pot, and lay the coin on top of it. Fill the pot with soil. Plant the seed into the soil, and water. Hold the pot between both hands and visualize your dreams/wishes growing as the plant does. Place the pot in a sunny spot, and nurture.