46F and a patch of bright blue sky is directly overhead. The rest of the sky is quite thickly covered with cloud, but I guess it’s trying. There’s barely enough breeze to stir the leaves, but you can hear the ocean roaring when you’re by the west windows.
I started off grumpy because as I was getting things together to head for the shop I kept stubbing my toes and tripping on things and wrenching other bits of me until I was weeping in frustration! I *hate* moving! The chaos is just something else. It’ll sort, but dang that was really un-funny….
I dove right into working on headers and getting some more of the stock hung up. At least I could *see* that I was accomplishing something! Not that I finished…. As soon as people started arriving for the Project Day, Tempus and I both went on to other tasks. Amy and I rolled a bunch more marzipan balls and Tempus ran out to get some rolls to go with the savory cheese that I had made plus some more colored sugar. Marius showed up a bit after that and we went on during the afternoon, noshing, and completing small projects.
After the Frog closed. Nick helped Tempus bring the other piece of the sofa down. It’s got a tear and it got a bit muddy, but it’s there. It’s taking up more of the space than I’m completely happy with, but we’re going to rearrange some more.
Today I’m hoping to get a little more of the chaos that the workroom has become sorted out. We need to get another whack at the inventory, but I want to get some of the stuff put into the right places and we’re supposed to bring the coffee table and storage ottomans and maybe another shelf or two down to the shop today.
Today’s plant is the FlyAgaric, Amanita Muscaria, the “toadstool” of fairy tales. It’s easily recognizable with its bright red and white cap. Poisonous and hallucinogenic, it’s a favorite of the weirder Fae and a common decoration for Yule trees….for which a lot of people have come up with odd reasons. It probably is an ancient enough association with the time of year that people have forgotten, but there may be a connection through reindeer, shamanism and Odin to Santa Claus and the other gifting deities…. you *can* use the dried mushroom in amulets for vision quests, just don’t eat the darned thing! More here: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Amanita_muscaria
The Mamuralia was an ancient Roman Feast representing the transition from the old to the new year. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mamuralia The story goes that Mamurius was commissioned by the rulers of Rome to make 11 exact replicas of the shield of Mars that had fallen from the sky. He did and asked to be remembered in a hymn that was sung on this day for centuries….
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
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. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 3/15 at 10:03pm.
Double shadow on Jupiter tonight. Io and Europa are both casting their tiny black shadows onto Jupiter from 10:22 p.m. to 12:34 a.m. EDT; 7:22 to 9:34 p.m. PDT. Jupiter’s Great Red Spot rotates into view during this time; it reaches the planet’s central meridian around 12:49 a.m. EDT.
Aldebaran >>> now shines to the lower right of the Moon. Every day, the Moon moves eastward along its orbit by about 15°.
Venus (magnitude –3.8) is just barely above the east-southeast horizon 20 minutes before sunrise. Binoculars help. Good luck.
Goddess Month of of Moura, runs from 2/20-3/19
Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17, Nion (NEE-uhn)
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14
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.
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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.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
M 14 High 5:04 AM 8.3 7:29 AM Set 1:15 AM 29
~ 14 Low 11:57 AM 0.2 7:22 PM Rise 11:22 AM
~ 14 High 6:16 PM 6.3
~ 14 Low 11:52 PM 2.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – My intuition works like a trustworthy friend.
~ A daily devotion will help you focus your attention on the body that carries the divine spark that is you. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Let the people think that they are governed, and they are governed. – William Penn
~ Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance. – Dave Barry
~ I know we can’t abolish prejudice through laws, but we can set up guidelines for our actions by legislation. – Belva Lockwood (1830-1917) US attorney
For the long nights you lay awake
And watched for my unworthy sake:
For your most comfortable hand
That led me through the uneven land:
For all the story-books you read,
For all the pains you comforted,
For all you pitied, all you bore,
In sad and happy days of yore. – Robert Louis Stevenson, the creator of such characters as Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde and Long John Silver, wrote one of the most charming collections of poetry for children, A Child’s Garden of Verse. The book is dedicated to his nurse or nanny, Alice “Cunny” Cunningham.
Ostara Magick – Crafts
Egg-Shaped Chalk – Using our step-by-step instructions, create your own kid-friendly, egg-shaped chalk. With a bit of pretty packaging, they make great gifts, too.
DIY EggShaped Chalk & Crayons – April 1, 2011 – As fun to make as they are to use, homemade chalk and crayons are perfect for kids of all ages. Celebrate spring with colorful craft projects the whole family can enjoy by following our step-by-step instructions to mold your egg-shaped creations.
Any type of empty egg carton
Plastic eggs (larger sizes are best)
Plaster of Paris
- Remove the top of your egg carton so the bottom can be used to hold the two halves of each plastic egg. Place the two egg halves across from one another in the carton so they’re easy to pair later.
- Use your paintbrush to generously coat the inside of each egg with petroleum jelly. Applying this slippery substance will help you remove the dried chalk from its mold.
- Combine a 1/2 cup of plaster of Paris with a 1/4 cup of water in a disposable bowl and mix. This amount should be enough to create one large egg-shaped piece of chalk.
- For color, add one teaspoon of tempera paint and mix. To darken the color, try adding one drop of paint at a time until you’ve achieved your desired shade. Consider combining two separate colors to create two-toned eggs!
- Pour your mixture into the two egg halves, filling them to the top. (For two-toned eggs, pour a different color into each half). Once your bowl is empty, do not pour the remaining plaster into the sink because it can clog your drains when dried. Wait for your mixture to dry in the bowl, then throw the bowl away.
- Let the chalk mixture thicken in the mold for about 5-10 minutes, then snap the two halves together. Apply pressure to each end of the egg and shake to encourage the plaster to shape to the mold. Tapping the egg can also help with proper shaping.
- Set the eggs in your carton and allow them to dry overnight. When removing the eggs from their molds, use a plastic, disposable knife to wedge in-between the plastic egg halves if necessary. Once you’ve removed the eggs, they’re ready to go!
Crayons (broken or worn out pieces are encouraged)
Silicone or metal egg-shaped candy mold
Refrigerator or freezer
- Purchase silicone or metal egg-shaped candy molds from a baking store, craft store or online. Other molds can also be used to create a variety of fun-shaped crayons, and a basic muffin pan is convenient for creating circles.
- Sort your crayons into the combinations you plan to melt—crayons will look best when similar shades are paired. Break the crayons up into small pieces, making sure to remove any paper. Line your molds with a non-stick spray, and carefully place each group of colors into a different mold, filling each to the top.
- Preheat your oven to 300º F, and place the egg-shaped candy molds into the oven for about 5 minutes. Once the wax has melted, remove your molds from the oven, set on a cooling surface, and add more crayons to each egg shape until it is once again filled to the top. Repeat this process until you’ve fully filled each egg mold with melted wax.
- Once the egg-shaped molds are filled, carefully remove your pan from the oven and allow it to cool for 20 minutes. For final cooling and forming, place the pan in your refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
- To reveal your vibrant coloring supplies, simply press against the silicone molds to pop out your egg-shaped crayons, or place your metal pan in the freezer until the crayons are easy to remove. Once finished, you’re ready to color and create!
Uses for Your Colorful Creations
- Place Settings: Host a spring celebration, and place an arrangement of chalk or crayon eggs at the kids table as part of a seasonal place setting. We love perching them in ceramic egg cups while including a paper tablecloth that kids can draw on.
- Gifts: Take a small basket or bowl and fill it with shreds of paper or craft moss to create a nest-like arrangement for your chalk, crayons or both. Treat your packaged eggs as spring holiday gifts, and consider placing them in homemade paper envelopes. Simply find a decorative patterned scrapbook paper, fold it in half, fold in the edges and use glue or ribbon to secure.
- Egg Hunt: Place your handmade creations inside plastic eggs, and hide them as part of an egg hunt.
- Play Date: Host craft time, and prop your eggs in an egg carton so kids can easily reach for their favorites as they color or draw on chalkboards.
- Chalkboard Surfaces: Use chalkboard paint to transform ordinary surfaces into crafty playgrounds for kids’ egg-shaped chalk. Our tips for using chalkboard paint are great for getting inspired.