We got three tenths of an inch of rain yesterday before it cleared up, but the sunshine this morning is beautiful and yesterday it made my life a lot nicer. It’s 47F and supposed to go up into the mid-60’s today. Sometimes there’s just a little breeze, enough to stir the leaves and sometimes it’s getting pretty stiff!
Tempus put up another seed ball in the morning after a crow got the last one. He jumped and grabbed at it, then finally got a grip, pecked at the string until it broke and dropped out of sight with it. A few minutes later he jumped up with it in his beak over the porch railing!
>>>>>>>> Daffodils at the shop >>>>>>>>>
Yesterday was all baking during the day. I had a hard time waking up in the morning and went back to bed after getting the newsletter out and then *still* had trouble getting moving. I finally did, though, and we loaded up, stopped at the shop, then at the Duckmeister’s and finally got to where we’re going to be living at around 2pm. I spent the day setting up and baking rabbit pies and then a take’n bake pizza, and doing some embroidery out on the deck in the sunshine after doing some set-up in our new space. Tempus finally came back for me around 7pm after having moved the ottomans and coffee table down to the shop.
<<< New fuschias at the Duckmeister’s <<<
Today Tempus and I are both going to be at the shop. We have to sort around some of the stuff that’s gone down there and get more done on the inventory. He needs to go into Newport to discuss some changes with his paper route, too.
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 Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at Full Phase which begins on 3/21 at 5:01pm.
The waxing gibbous Moon this evening shines more or less between Pollux and Castor above it and << Procyon below it.
Mercury, Uranus (magnitude +5.9, in Pisces) and Neptune are hidden in the glare of the Sun.
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.
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14. Fern (FAIR-n) Alder – The common alder (Alnus glutinosa (L.) Gaertner) is common along lowland rivers, where it grows with aspens, poplars, and willows. Like willows, alders sprout from stumps. This allows them to regenerate after heavy flooding. In protect sites they may grow to 20 m (65 feet) tall. Their leaves are more blunt-tipped than most North American alders, which look more like the grey alder (A. incana (L.) Moench). This species is more common in the mountains of Europe, and is not restricted to moist soils. Like ashes, European alders are not widely cultivated in North American (they are often sold as black alders), but several native species are. Alder wood is said to resist rotting when it is wet, and was the wood of choice for pilings in many regions. Alders are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae).
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Th 17 Low 2:23 AM 3.1 7:24 AM Set 4:04 AM 61
~ 17 High 8:20 AM 7.3 7:26 PM Rise 2:06 PM
~ 17 Low 3:28 PM 0.6
~ 17 High 10:05 PM 6.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Change your attitude and your whole life will change.
~ When you row another person across the river, you get there yourself. – Dominique Brown
~ Most people never run far enough on their first wind, to find out if they’ve got a second. Give your dreams all you’ve got and you’ll be amazed at the energy that comes out of you. – William James
~ I do not tolerate a world emptied of you. I have tried. For a year I have called every black tree Marya Morevna; I have looked for your face in the patterns of the ice. In the dark, I have pored over the loss of you like pale gold. – Cat Valente, Deathless
~ Don’t draw down divinity into you, draw it OUT. Kerr Cuhulain
FOR SHEKHINAH MOUNTAINWATER, SEA PRIESTESS OF THE MOON BY FLASH SILVERMOON
Sea Priestess of the Moon drifting through heaven’s sweet gate
Sleep once more on the consoling breast of the Goddess
Let Her take you in Her arms and rock you ‘til your fears are gone
and your tears join Her Ocean once more
Like the Sirens of olde sea lions sing to you from their rocky coves singing come-come join in our song
Like the Selkies of olde who no mortal could hold the pacifying Ocean will show you the way home
Like Ariadne and her thread you wove a culture and a web
And forever your words will weave the hearts and souls of generations to come honoring each woman old and young
The Ansisters will greet you when you cross the great Sea and honor you with velvets and flowers and weed
Now pain and worries of the world can’t bind you and there is nothing to do but feel all the love that surrounds you
Go to Her now dear sister, lover, friend and know that this is both beginning and end
From the Directions Five: Air, Fire, Water, Earth, Spirit
We will never forget..We will never forget. – Love and Blessings Flash Silvermoon, The Wise Woman’s Tarot – http://www.flashsilvermoon.com <http://www.flashsilvermoon.com/>
Ostara Magick – Lore
O S T A R A – http://earthwitchery.com/ostara.html – Spring Equinox – circa March 21
Ostara, or the Spring Equinox, is an enchanted borderland time outside of time where a magickal seam joins dark and light. From this moment on, the Sun God begins his seminal journey across the sky. His light and warmth overtake the darkness of Winter until his power peaks at Summer Solstice in June.
Ostara is a time of new fire. The light and dark are in perfect balance, but the light is growing and the Sun is about to burst forth with new energy. It is a season of fertility and growth.
Eostre or Ostara is the Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring to whom offerings of cakes and colored eggs were made at the Vernal Equinox. Rabbits were sacred to her, especially white rabbits, and she was believed to take the form of a rabbit.
ALTAR: For the Ostara altar:
— Candles should be light green.
— Incense may be jasmine.
— Decorate the circle with spring wildflowers.
— Place an earthenware or wooden bowl containing soil or a large seed of some kind on the altar.
HERBS to use in your magic at Ostara: lily of the valley, tansy, lavender, marjoram, thyme, tarragon, lovage, lilac, violets, lemon balm, dogwood, honeysuckle, oakmoss, orrisroot, sunflower seeds, rose hips, oak, elder, willow, crocus, daffodil, jonquil, tulip, broom (Scotch or Iris), meadowsweet, acorn, trefoil (purple clover), vervain.
STONES: Clear quartz crystal, rose quartz, agate, lapis lazuli, amazonite, garnet.
Have a traditional breakfast of buns, ham, and eggs.
Make natural egg dyes from herbs.
Color hard boiled eggs and add symbols for the Fertility God, the Goddess, the Sun God, unity, fire, water, agriculture, prosperity and growth, strength and wisdom, spring, love and affection, and protection.
Consecrate the eggs:
In the name of the Goddess of Spring, (name); and the ever-returning God of the Sun, (name); By the powers of the four elements — earth, air, fire, and water; I do consecrate these eggs of Ostara..
Point the athame at the eggs, make the sign of the pentagram, and see the energy flow through the blade into the eggs, and say:
New life lies within as new life shall enter the soil. Let those who seek this life find it and consume it, for all life feeds on life.
The eggs may be hidden and an Ostara Egg Hunt commences.
Make hot cross buns to honor the union of the earth and the sun for Spring. Slash the “X” with the bolline and bless the cakes.
Toss crushed eggshells into the garden and say:
For fairy, for flowers, for herbs in the bowers, The shells pass fertility with springtime flowers.
Wear green clothing.
Eat an egg you have empowered with a quality you desire.
On Ostara Eve, light a purple or violet candle and burn patchouli incense. Carry them both through the house, and say:
Farewell to wintry spirits and friends; On morrow we greet the spirits of spring. Our blessings to thee as your way we wend; And merry we’ll meet next winter again. Blow out the candle and say: Merry meet, merry part, and merry meet again.
At this time, witches cast spells for careers, relationships, and love. It’s a time for planting new ideas. Seek harmony and balance in the incredible energy of the season, and project good health, good fortune, and confidence in achieving goals.
FOOD: Eggs! Spring lamb, cream and milk, bake bread with a decorated egg inside, spring salad, hot cross buns.