52F and overcast. The Moon has made it bright all night. It was clear earlier and Tempus said it was awfully cold when he was taking things to the car. There’s almost no wind, but that’s not uncommon before sunrise. Yeesh… I’m going to be *leaving* before it even starts to get light!
Yesterday I was tired when I started and it just kept going. I was sorting candies in the morning, the ones that I made the night before. Once I got to the shop I held the fort while Tempus ran into Newport after his check and then did some errands around town. Finally we got into inventory and knocked out the stuff on the “pebbles” end of the crystals.
I looked at the clock and realized that we had to get to the Duckmeister’s and get the stuff out of her freezer. We closed up and rushed over and got that and I had a good argument with the cat who was insisting he was going out, right now, thank you very much. He didn’t manage it. 🙂
We went back to the shop and I got my stuff together for today, then we went home and ditto. I had to get Tempus to roll the marzipan, but hands were getting too stiff, but we finally had everything packed and in the back of our car, ready to transfer to Marius’ truck in the morning.
Go out and enjoy the weather! …and then come shop and prove to Tempus that people *do* shop when he’s by himself!
Today’s plant, the Pacific Aster,Symphyotrichum chilense, is one form of aster that grows in the PNW. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphyotrichum_chilense China Asters are the ones grown in gardens and are the common garden aster that Cunningham references: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Callistephus_chinensis in his Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs. Feminine, Venus, Water – The aster was sacred to the gods and used on altars in many religious paths. It is often used in love sachets or carry the bloom to win love. You can also grow them in your garden to draw love to you! …and here is an article on the whole family which includes sunflowers, chrysanthemums, yarrow and cone-flower!http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asteraceae
Today is listed as a feast day of Athena by many of the pagan sources that I use, but I can’t find that historically. It *is* a feast of Minerva, who was equated with Athena by the Romans. The feast was called Quinquatria and was a solemn procession and sacrifice. This was a day for women to consult with fortune-tellers and diviners. The gladiatorial games were added later, since they don’t show up as part of the festival in the oldest calendars. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quinquatria
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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 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.
Regulus, brightest star of Leo, stands above the Moon this evening, as shown <<<<< here. Jupiter is the bright thing farther to the Moon’s lower left.
Mercury, Uranus and Neptune are hidden in the glare of the Sun.
Equinox, March 2016 – Sunday, March 20, 12:30 a.m. EDT – The sun crosses the celestial equator traveling north, marking the vernal equinox in the northern hemisphere. Days and nights are of equal length. The sun rises due east and sets due west. Equinox tonight. Spring begins in the Northern Hemisphere at 12:30 a.m. March 20th Eastern Daylight Time; 9:30 p.m. March 19th Pacific Daylight Time; 4:30 March 20th UT/GMT. This is when the Sun crosses the equator, heading north. So in the Southern Hemisphere, fall begins.
Mercury, Uranus 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 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 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
Sa 19 Low 4:43 AM 2.6 7:20 AM Set 5:25 AM 80
~ 19 High 10:33 AM 7.3 7:28 PM Rise 4:05 PM
~ 19 Low 5:19 PM 0.4
~ 19 High 11:43 PM 6.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – We are all seekers here, following some distant star. Eventually we will come to recognize that this star resides in our very core.
~ Extraordinary people survive under the most terrible circumstances and they become more extraordinary because of it. – Robertson Davies
~ All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. – Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Spanish artist
~ I feel that the greatest reward for doing is the opportunity to do more. – Jonas Salk (1914-1995) US microbiologist
~ To Dare, To Will, To Know, To Keep Silent, To Imagine. These are the cornerstones of the magic of the Warrior. – Kerr Cuhulain
I am the ship in which you sail,
little dancing bones,
your passage between the dream
and the waking dream,
your sieve, your pea-green boat.
I’ll pay whatever toll your ferry needs.
And you, whose history’s already charted
in a rope of cells, be tender to
those other unnamed vessels
who will surprise you one day,
and float you out beyond your depth,
where you’ll look down, puzzled, amazed. – Maura Dooley, born 1957, English poet
Ostara Magick – Crafts
Covering eggs with decorative scrapbook paper opens up nearly an endless array of different looks! Browse your local craft store for eye-catching papers, and follow our instructions to complete your paper-covered eggs.
Gather Your Materials: This holiday craft often uses real eggs that have been hollowed out, but we’ll be keeping it simple with wooden eggs, available at many craft stores. The only other materials you’ll need to cover your eggs are: origami or scrapbooking paper, paintbrushes and decoupage glue. Print our Materials List to be sure you have everything you need.
Step 1: Using a tape measure, mark the egg’s length on your piece of decorative paper, adding a 1/4″ to the measurement. Next, measure around the circumference of the egg and mark on the paper, adding 1/8″ to the measurement. Cut out a rectangle of paper using these measurements.
Step 2: Fold the rectangle of paper in half lengthwise. Using your scissors, cut 1/4″ wide strips along both sides of the fold. Be sure to stop 1/4″ before you hit the fold. Your rectangle will now have a fringe-like appearance.
Step 3: Unfold the rectangle and wrap around your egg so the fringe is at the top and bottom of the egg. Using your brush, apply the decoupage glue where both sides of the paper meet to adhere to the egg.
Step 4: Start with just one piece of fringe and trim at an angle to create a pointed tip. Brush the trimmed strip with glue and press gently onto the egg, carefully smoothing out. Repeat this with every other piece of fringe all the way around the top and bottom of the egg. Use remaining pieces to fill in gaps and trim as necessary.
Step 5: Brush glue over the entire surface of the egg to seal and smooth out any bubbles.
Tip: The more eggs you do, the better you’ll get at making them smooth. If some of your eggs don’t turn out as smooth as you’d like, you can glue down extra pieces of decorative paper to cover up bubbles or bumps.
Pick up a few stencils at your local craft store, or create your own by cutting out a printable shape. Place or tape the stencil against your egg and sponge on acrylic paint to reveal your design.
Lettuce in and you will find out!