Minus Tide at 5:34 PM of -0.5 feet.
I was up early this morning and could see the beginnings of dawn in small holes in the clouds along the horizon. It’s 43F and raining. I *think* what woke me was a thunderstorm, but I’m not sure. Looks like we have some more rolling in, too.
Yesterday went very quickly since we had a lot of tasks. We got a bit farther on the crystals inventory, worked on the bone experiment and some pouches, the bucket, my aumoniere and some caps. Iow, some sewing and some other things….
>>>>>> block-printed pouches >>>>>>
We spent the evening at our friend’s who is having surgery on Wednesday. I kept dozing off since I took a different allergy pill than my usual and it knocked me for a loop! We got home 11:30-ish and I spent a few minutes with pictures and then went to bed.
<<< Garlic, frozen, from the other day <<<
Today we are supposed to be working on the inventory, but I don’t know how much Tempus needs to do at our friend’s. I know there’s more. We’ll see!
From The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett
Luffa (or loofah, luffa aegyptica or luffa acutangula) is an odd sort of plant, rather like a cucumber in that it’s a long, green vegetable with the flesh on the outside and a core full of seeds. They’re even edible, if a little bitter, when young. The biggest difference is that they grow a fibrous frame that has been used for a long time as a “vegetable sponge”, wherever they grow, and are particularly good for scrubbing scratchable dishes, counters and glassware. They’re used a lot in Chinese medicine, and the juice is a remedy for jaundice. – Feminine, Moon, Water – Their magicks include helping with rheumatism and arthritis, detoxing, especially the liver, and with acne and scarring. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luffa
Well, this one floored me. I had never heard about a Roman god whose name was Vejovis! No one knows a lot about him, but there was a temple to him in Rome. He may have come from an older Etruscan god, but was said to have been the first god born and was sacrificed to to avoid plagues. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vejovis
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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. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends on 3/7 at 5:54am. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle – In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances. God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Outer Dark, psychopomps – Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 2/8 at 5:54pm.
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.
As dawn brightens on Monday morning the 7th, look just above the east-southeast horizon for Venus to the right or lower right of the thin waning crescent moon. Binoculars will help. Your best chance will be about 30 to 20 minutes before your local sunrise. (magnitude –3.8) Good luck.
Mercury is lost in the glare of the Sun.
Double shadow on Jupiter. Both Io and Europa will be casting their tiny black shadows onto Jupiter from 7:28 to 8:58 p.m. EST. Jupiter will be well up by then as seen from the Eastern time zone. Not long after, Jupiter’s Great Red Spot will rotate into view. It will cross the planet’s central meridian around 11:04 p.m. EST.
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.
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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.
M 7 Low 4:58 AM 1.9 6:42 AM Rise 5:50 AM 7
~ 7 High 10:52 AM 8.3 6:13 PM Set 4:57 PM
~ 7 Low 5:34 PM -0.5
~ 7 High 11:51 PM 7.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I took a train today to see if I could get away from me, no matter how far or fast I sped I found myself one step ahead.
~ Wisdom is the power to put our time and our knowledge to the proper use. – Thomas J. Watson, Sr.
~ If the power to do hard work is not a skill, it’s the best possible substitute for it. – James A. Garfield (1831-1881) 20th US President
~ A bad habit is nothing more than a mistake repeated. – unknown
~ Great minds have purpose. Others have wishes. – Washington Irving
For me it meant 8,000 days of hunger, of systematic beatings, of hard labor, of solitary confinement and solitude, 8,000 days of struggling to prove that I was a human being, 8,000 days of proving that my spirit could triumph over exhaustion and pain, 8,000 days of testing my religious convictions, my faith, of fighting the hate my atheist jailers were trying to instill in me with each bayonet thrust, fighting so that hate would not flourish in my heart, 8,000 days of struggling so that I would not become like them. – Testimony of Armanda Valladares on life in a Cuban prison
Ostara Magick – Songs
We are going to sow.
Mother, come and help us,
help us with our task.
Aren’t you our mother?
Aren’t we your girls?
There is only forest here
where we need to plant.
Only with your help
will we clear our way.
Who else can we call upon
as we plant our fruit? ~Women’s planting song of the Jibaro People of South America
When nights and days are balanced and halved,
The ancient Oaks sprout life anew.
Limbs of buds and leaves reach out
Collecting the breath of the mornings’ dew
Summer will come and the Winter winds,
Turning and turning the leaves on their stems.
Then they must fall, but now in the spring
the twig is bound, and the Bud remains.
Hang the leaf from sturdy limb
Of Oak or Maple, or Ash, or Elm,
Praise the Oak God, the tree is him!
Thus will the trees live long and well.
Dishes me. Who ish you?