After all that rain yesterday morning, we ended up with 7 10’s of an inch since most of the day, except for a spectacular thunderstorm around 2:30pm was partly sunny. Right now, it’s dim and grey and breezy with rain pending.
Yesterday, we got a lot of packing done. A lot of stuff was still pulled out from the feast, so the things that aren’t going to be in use got packed to be set aside. I started packing boxes of music to go to various places, a couple for storage, a couple to go with the piano and a couple of that I’ve been working from for my recorder arrangements. When I’m done two of the shelf units will be freed up to go to the shop and then I can start on the next ones…
Today we have more chores and then esbat tonight. He’s going to go back over to the friend’s today after dropping one of the bookcases and some boxes at the shop. We’ll be dealing with those, tomorrow.
Photo by Marius of a couple of the visitors that were showing up at their new place last year.
Today’s plant is the Leek, Allium ampeloprasum, one of the longed-for foods of spring, cultivated for at least 4 millenia. Since leeks over-winter in many/most places and begin to come up before snowmelt in even the most frozen climes, they were one of the “rescue foods” of late winter and pack a lot of nutrition in a tasty package. Leeks are the national symbol of Wales. –Masculine, Mars, Fire – Symbolized in the Runic alphabet as “Laguz”, it brings prosperity and health in the spring. Potato Leek Health soup is a magickal blend often prepared by witches in the very early spring (and I put the recipe in this blog earlier in the year, pre-Imbolc). Eating leeks together brings love. Carry a leek as a protective amulet and bite it if you’re feeling surrounded by evil.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leek
Today’s feast is a general one that I’m putting under the name of Baba Marta, one of many “grumpy old women of March” or mother festivals that happen right around the beginning of this month. In Central Europe, the Balkan states and down along the east side of the Caucasus, there are many similar traditions about March being an old lady of changable mood. It is also Mothers’ Day in many these countries. One of the interesting customs of this time are the Martenitsi, which are cords of red and white, sometimes turned into yarn dolls, that are worn until the spring arrives, at which point they are tied to blossoming trees. This is a remnant of an old pagan custom. No one knows the original significance of these figures, but they were explained to me by my Czech grandparents as a reminder to Jarilo and Jarila (personifications of spring) that they were supposed to arrive soon! Once the Spring is here, the cords become a blessing, so are passed on to the fruit trees to bless all the fields, flocks, orchards and people. More some some of the customs here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baba_Marta_Day and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martenitsa
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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 Crescent Moon –Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends at Hecate’s Brooch on 3/4 at 5:54am.
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. This is a fine week to look for the zodiacal light if you live in the mid-northern latitudes. At a clear, dark site, look west at the very end of twilight for a vague but huge, tall pyramid of pearly light. It’s tilted left to align along the constellations of the zodiac. What you’re seeing is sunlit interplanetary dust orbiting the Sun near the ecliptic plane. Believe it or not, seen from interstellar distances this would be the solar system’s most prominent feature after the Sun itself. The “zodiacal lights” of dust around other stars may be a real obstacle to someday seeing their small, terrestrial planets.
Mars (magnitude +0.3, in Libra), rises around midnight and glows yellow-orange in the south before dawn. In a telescope it’s 8½ arcseconds in diameter. Mars will appear more than twice as large, 18.6 arcseconds wide, when closest to Earth in late May and early June.
Gibbous Mars >>>> on February 20th, imaged by Christopher Go with a 14-inch scope when the planet was still only 7.9 arcseconds from pole to pole. South is up. The big white patch at top is not the South Polar Cap or Cloud Hood but the Hellas basin, which often fills with clouds or frost. The now-tiny North Polar cap is at bottom. Syrtis Major is the big dark peninsula right of center. Near the sunset terminator, thin clouds hide part of Elysium. The dark arc just inside the entire bright limb is an imaging artifact; watch out for these in planetary images.
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 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
W 2 High 5:54 AM 6.9 6:51 AM Rise 1:54 AM 51
~ 2 Low 1:13 PM 1.5 6:06 PM Set 11:45 AM
~ 2 High 7:41 PM 5.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – A beach not only permits inertia but enforces it, thus neatly eliminating all problems of guilt.
~ I do the very best I can to look upon life with optimism and hope and looking forward to a better day. – Rosa Parks
~ To conquer oneself is a greater task than conquering others. – Buddha
~ It becomes almost second nature to be on guard against the creative pattern of our own thought. – Alice Childress (1920-1994) US writer
~ Distance makes the mountain blue, and the man great. – Icelandic proverb
DOG DAYS OF SUMMER
The dog days of August are upon us…
Don’t you wish they’d just roll over and play dead?
They don’t bark, they just plain sizzle;
I’d rather have the crisp coolness of Autumn instead.
The dog days are like a sheepdog with extra fur,
Too much heat pressing down on us,
We need to shed our clothing like excess hair…
Keep it simple, get naked a lot, no extra fuss.
Long Island Tea and giggles, icy soda with fizzles,
Running through sprinklers, sitting in our underwear…
Air conditioner on high and plenty of fans,
Sundresses and muscles shirts; summer’s everywhere! – © August 2005 Beth Johnson (Mystic Amazon)
Ostara Magick – Unusual Eggs
Egg Critters – From craft foam or scrapbook paper, cut out bitty animal features like ears, wings, a nose or a tail. Hot glue each feature to a dyed egg, and for a fluffy effect, glue on cotton balls.
Place Card Eggs – On your decorated eggs, write the name of each guest with a permanent marker or paint pen. Next, gently nest each egg in a teacup of shredded paper. Shredded bills are just fine!
Seedling Planter Eggs – After cleaning out your eggs, remove the top third of each egg and fill it with soil. Purchase tiny flowers or seedlings from a local nursery, and plant them in your creative shelled containers.
Chalkboard Eggs – Apply a layer of chalkboard paint, and decorate eggs again and again. For personalized place settings, try writing a family member’s name on each egg.