It’s still a tad gloomy, even if it’s not raining. That’s supposed to start around 1pm. They’re saying, “fog” on the computer, but I’m not seeing any, although the clouds are at around 400 feet. There’s barely any wind, only tendrils of new growth and large leaves are stirring.
On the way to the shop yesterday I saw a magnolia blooming. I think that’s early, but I could be off.
Yesterday was busy. I spent most of the day tagging things and sorting things, altough I got frustrated because a lot of the things I was looking for were buried, like my ironing board! I did get a crane string made, although I waited to put the hanging loop on it until Tempus could see it. Late in the day I sat down with some handwork and got a fair ways toward finishing a number of things like pouches and biscornu. The Sewing Ladies dropped by for about 10 minutes, dropped off some projects and checked in on a couple more. They’re all doing potholder-sized quilt blocks, now, planning to set them into a tote that I’m going to show them how to make.
Today we’re planning on working on inventory for the whole time, when we don’t have people in. Tempus is heading down to the shop without me, since I’m dragging. He’ll put a sign in the door and head back up for just a few, when I call him. I’ll do readings today, if someone needs one.
Another Ken Gagne photo taken on 2/26/15 in the morning up the Yachats River Valley.
Today’s plant is Anthurium. This is a genus of about 1000 species of flowering plants, the largest genus of the arum family, Araceae. The most common names for this plant that is beloved by florists include anthurium, tailflower, flamingo flower, and laceleaf. The genus is native to the Americas, where it is distributed from northern Mexico to northern Argentina and parts of the Caribbean. – Masculine, Fire, Vesta & Mars – Correspondences are for bringing love and beauty to the home, hearth fires and passion. Great handfasting plant! More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthurium
On this date in 747BCE Nabonassar began the habit of keeping chronologically precise historical records, at least according to Ptolemy. There were precedents, isolated sets of records, but he came up with a system of calendar dates that could be calculated accurately enough to keep astronomical events dated properly. This is what actually gave the Babylonians that reputation of being awesome astronomers. Astrology, as practiced since the late Middle Ages, is based on the Babylonian record-keeping methods. More on Nabonassar here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nabonassar and Babylonian astrology here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babylonian_astrology
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
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.
Zodiacal Light, February 2016 – Wednesday, Feb. 24–Wednesday March 9, evening – The faint glow of the zodiacal light will be visible for the next two weeks in the western sky after the end of evening twilight. It is a faint cone of light following the ecliptic, the green line shown here, quite distinct from the faint glow of the Milky Way to the northwest.
After dinnertime at this time of year, four carnivore constellations stand upright in a row from the northeast to south. They’re all seen in profile with their noses pointed up and their feet (if any) to the right. These are Ursa Major in the northeast (with the Big Dipper as its brightest part), Leo in the east, Hydra the Sea Serpent in the southeast, and bright Canis Major in the south.
Double shadow transit on Jupiter, February 2016 – Friday, Feb. 26, 4:37–5:03 a.m. EST – Jupiter’s moons Io and Europa will chase their shadows across the face of Jupiter. The Great Red Spot will also be well placed for observation.
Jupiter (magnitude –2.4, between Leo and Virgo) rises in the east around the end of twilight now. It shines highest in the south around 1 a.m., and by dawn it’s low in the west. Jupiter is nearing its March 8th opposition. Just how red can the Red Spot get? It’s at least as strongly colored this season as at any time in living memory, and it’s pretty easy in a 3-inch scope when its side of Jupiter faces Earth. Christopher Go in the Philippines took this stacked-video image with a 14-inch scope on January 12th.
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.
©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
F 26 High 2:31 AM 7.5 6:59 AM Set 8:50 AM 91
~ 26 Low 8:45 AM 1.5 6:00 PM Rise 10:06 PM
~ 26 High 2:38 PM 6.9
~ 26 Low 8:49 PM 1.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – World peace will come unnoticed.
~ A woman is like a tea bag: you cannot tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water. – Nancy Reagan
~ You cannot choose your battlefield, God does that for you; But you can plant a standard Where a standard never flew. – Stephen Crane (1871-1900) US writer
~ I decided to start anew, to strip away what I had been taught. – Georgia O’Keefe
We have been repeatedly faced with a cruel irony of watching Negro and white boys on TV screens as they kill and die together for a nation that has been unable to seat them together in the same school room. – Martin Luther King, Jr., Why I Am Opposed to the War in Vietnam
~ The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken. – Samuel Johnson
FOR A SLEEPLESS CHILD
If your room is ever too dark,
small one, look out through your window
up at the moon, that little bulb
left on for you in the sky’s black wall.
It will still be there come morning,
burning in a bright room of blue.
And if your room, restless one,
is much too still, listen to the clatter
of the freight, rattling past trestles
on the cool night breeze. Then follow
the moon to the side of the tracks,
where the train is a long, slow dream
you can jump on. An open car
is waiting for you — one step up —
you’re on! Now watch the dark towns, the lights
deep in the porches, and lie down
in the soft straw, and sleep till morning,
when the train chugs into station,
noisy with birds and wires overhead. – Peter Schmitt, American poet
Ostara Magick – Crafts
Salt Dough Bunnies
I use this dough to make a passel of bunnies to put around the house for Oestre. Of course, you can use this dough for just about anything, eggs, chicks, even make your own Willendorf Goddess statue <G>
- 3/4 cup salt
- 3/4 cup non-self-rising flour
- 2 tsp powdered alum (look in the drugstore or grocery)
- 3/4 cup water
- 2 tblsp vegetable oil
- food coloring
- Mix salt, 1/2 cup flour, and alum in a saucepan.
- Add water slowly, stirring to break up lumps.
- place over low heat and cook, stirring constantly, until mixture is rubbery and difficult to stir. It should not be sticky when touched.
- Add vegetable oil. Stir until blended.
- Turn out onto a plate or aluminum foil. Set aside until cool enough to handle.
- If more than one color is desired, divide mixture into portions and to each portion add a different color. Knead until color is blended.
- Add up to 1/4 cup flour if clay is sticky.
- Makes 1 1/2 cups
How to Use: Model as with any clay. Press clay into molds or use it to make beads (pierce holes in beads before clay dries) This clay hardens in 1 or 2 days; do not bake. Store in an airtight container.
Speckled Eggs – Begin with dyed or brown eggs, then hand brush larger dots on with dark brown paint. Smaller speckles? Dip a toothbrush in paint to spray each egg with color by using your thumb; we simply suggest wearing gloves.
Lace-Patterned Eggs – Tightly, yet carefully, wrap a strip of lace around your egg. Twist the two ends together, then secure with a rubber band. Delicately dab paint over the lace, allow it to dry, then remove the lace to reveal your ornate pattern.