56F and really windy. The trees are really thrashing and my bamboo chime is clonking away. Gusts are going up well into the 40’s and the wind is trotting along at 24mph! It’s fairly gloomy for nearly noon. Rain is due to start in a bit. We got an 1/2 inch of rain yesterday.
Yesterday was 1/2 packing and 1/2 paperwork for me. I am not sure how we’re moving my big file cabinet, but the contents are ready to go. I’ll probably have to box ’em up when we shift it and then refill it, but at least the contents aren’t in boxes! I found a couple of class handouts that have been missing for several years, too. The big pile of boxes is going to storage today and I’m steadily whomping through the shelf contents.
Tempus worked out in the main part of the house, doing the same, then went over to our friend’s place to finish up. Her surgery is today, so think good thoughts in her direction, please! He had his paper route in the evening of course.
Today is more of the same except that I’m going to try to do the CD’s and keepsies today and get them to storage.
Today’s plant is Goldenrod, Solidago Canadensis. A good browse plant, although not shade-tolerant, it is one of the first plants to colonize burned-off areas. In Fukishima it has taken over the rice fields near the wrecked nuclear plant. – Feminine, Venus, Air – Wear a piece of goldenrod to see your future love. Hold a piece in the hand and it will direct you to things you’ve lost or buried treasure. If it blooms by your door without being planted, good fortune will follow. It’s also used in money spells and has the property of survival. Wiki article here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solidago_canadensis
Chotrul Duchen is one of four Tibetan Buddhist festivals that commemorate his life. It’s held around this time of year and features sculptured butter lamps, some of which are huge. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butter_Lamp_Festival and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butter_lamp and a bit about the offering and prayers here: http://bodhiactivity.wordpress.com/2011/05/28/lamp-offering-prayer/
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends on 3/9 at 5:54am. 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 3/23 at 5:01am. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 3/13 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.
To telescope users, Gemini is known for its double star Castor and for the Clown Face Nebula, the planetary nebula NGC 2392. But maybe you didn’t know about its four fine open clusters. And what about the asterism O’Neal 9? Explore them with Sue French’s Deep-Sky Wonders article, chart and photos in the March Sky & Telescope, page 54. For a deeper challenge, hunt the faint galaxies that peer through the Beehive Cluster with Ted Forte’s Going Deep article, page 57.
Mars (about magnitude +0.2, in Libra), rises around midnight and glows yellow-orange in the south before dawn. In a telescope it’s 9 arcseconds in diameter. Can you see surface features yet?
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. Runic half-month of Berkana/ Beorc, 3/14-29 Half-month ruled by the goddess of the birch tree; a time of purification for rebirth and new beginnings.
©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.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
W 9 High 12:29 AM 8.1 6:38 AM Rise 7:03 AM 0
~ 9 Low 6:32 AM 0.7 6:15 PM Set 7:26 PM
~ 9 High 12:31 PM 8.6
~ 9 Low 6:56 PM -0.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Bad habits are like a comfortable bed…easy to get into, but hard to get out of.
~ A compliment is verbal sunshine. – Robert Orben
~ If a man fools me once, shame on him. If he fools me twice, shame on me. – Chinese Proverbs
~ Warriors are people who expect things of themselves. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a… prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future. The past is closed and limited, the future is open and free. – Deepak Chopra
Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ostara Magick – Lore – From Easter Customs of the Carpatho-Rusyn People
by Michael Roman, Amerikansky Russky Viestnik, 17 April 1941
“The variation in customs can be found in the games, songs and dances, the origin of which, can, in most cases, be traced to the Slavonic Mythology. Rev. Nestor Volensky, a distinguished Carpatho-Rusyn man of letters and a historian, traced many of the customs to the pagan times and had written much about them.
The game of “Pohrebenije Kostrubon’ka”, played on Easter Sunday afternoon by the girls in some of the Carpatho-Rusyn villages, has been handed down from the pagan times when it was a religious ceremony on the festival of the spring sun. Kostrubon’ka in Rusyn, refers to the somewhat undulating rays of the sun in winter time. In the game, on of the girls, who is called the Kostrubon’ka, is acting as though she is falling while the other girls sing mournful songs. All of a sudden the Kostrubon’ka stands erect in a happy manner and the girls start singing happy songs.
In a few words this game signifies the “burial” (pohrebenije) or the passing away of the undulating and weak rays of the sun of winter time for those of Spring, which are more direct.
Some of the common Easter games dealing with beautifully painted eggs include a game known as “Cokatisja”. This games is played like marbles except that instead of marbles, eggs are used. The boys roll them on the meadows. If an egg is cracked, then it belongs to the boy whose egg cracked it. [webmaster note: My family has a similar tradition, but instead of rolling the eggs, they are held and tapped against each other with the same result]
In many villages it is a custom to throw the shells of Easter eggs into the rivers and streams because that is supposed to make the geese and ducks fruitful. It should be remembered that an egg in pagan times symbolized fertility.
Another game played by the Carpatho-Rusyn youth is the one in which the girls hide the dyed eggs in their hands while the fellows try to take the eggs away from them. The victory of a fellow over a girl signified in pagan times, the victory of the spring sun over winter.
During the Easter holidays bells are rung almost constantly in the homeland. This is done because bell ringing is supposed to cause bees to swarm. It is a known fact, however, that metallic sounds do influence the bees.
In many of the villages in the province of Zemplin a game called “Kralovna” is played by the girls. In our language “Kralovna” means “Queen”. Many girls dressed in their best finery form a long line and in rhythmic step, walk through the village for two hours at a time singing lovely songs about a pretty queen “kralovna”. The refrain to the song is usually the melodious – “La, la,la,la, la….”
These songs have no connection whatsoever to the Resurrection of Our Lord. They have been traced to the story in Slavonic Mythology where Lala, son of goddess “Lada”, with his queen and his retinue travelled throughout his domain to see how his people lived. The counterpart of Lala in Greek-Roman mythology is Cupid while that of Lada is Venus.
On a lovely Easter Sunday, any Carpatho-Rusyn village is picturesque. Everyone dressed in their best clothing is outdoors. The little boys can bee seen together in one group playing “Cokatisja” with their Easter eggs. The women are in another group talking about things that are of interest only to them, usually about cooking, sewing , or they are trying to predict who will be the first to get married after Easter. The men are also in a group by themselves discussing the spring plowing or the international situation. The young girls and the fellows are having a grand time together. Here and there can be seen young adolescents enthusiastically scheming how to best surprise some of the popular maidens on the next day and give them a good “polivanja.” Occasionally the melodious strains of a violin or an accordion can be heard or the beautiful singing of the young people who have been restrained from singing for seven weeks because of Lent. It is, indeed, a beautiful sight to observe a Carpatho-Rusyn village on Easter Sunday. There is a happy spirit of joy which is experienced by everyone. Because of this, Easter is one of the happiest holy days in the native lands of our parents. The people await it with eagerness for many weeks.
On Easter Monday the men and young boys visit the homes of their friends where they throw water on the women usually on the hands. In doing do they say “Christos Voskres!” (Christ is Risen!) while the girls reply “Voistinu Voskres!” (Indeed – He is Risen!). Many times the young men like to have fun when they go “polivati” and go beyond the bounds. They probably will pour buckets of water on the girl or lead her to a well and give her a good soaking. Easter Tuesday is the time when the women take revenge on the men. That is their day for “polivanja”. This custom is a very sociable one since it brings together the young people. Also as a result of it, enemies forget their differences and become friends. It is considered bad luck if a home is passed by during the “polivanja:.
This custom has been traced to the time when the Jews threw water on the followers of Christ who with joy were announcing the Resurrection of Our Saviour. This custom is also practiced because it is believed that the fresh water from the melted snow will give a beautiful complexion to people and also bring luck if it is poured during this “polivanja” of Easter time.
In some localities on Easter Monday after Vespers, the families visit the graves in the cemetery where relatives are buried.
Such are the colorful and picturesque Easter customs of the Carpatho-Rusyns. Although many of these customs originated in pagan times and have been carried over into Christianity, it does not mean that our people still have pagan ideas. They are observed because they make up the rich heritage of our people which has been handed down from generation to generation. These customs make up the rich folk culture of our people, which is probably richer, older, more unique and more colorful than that of any other nationality. Other nationalities have just begun to notice our folk culture and to study it.
After the midnight Paschal Liturgy, we all gather together to bless the Pascha baskets. These baskets have been carefully prepared with many of the foods from which we’ve been fasting for the past month and a half during Great Lent. There are several foods traditionally included in the basket. These are: a yeast bread, a bitter herb, wine, cheese, meat, butter, salt, and a red egg.”