There’s a towhee out there jumping at the seed ball….
Yesterday was all packing. We didn’t get a darned thing moved, but a lot packed. I’m hoping that today a bunch of stuff will get shifted. Tempus ran the long paper route last night and didn’t get in until 4am.
Wouldn’t this be a wonderful setting for a special day?
Today’s feast is in honor of Morena or Marzanna, a Slavic Goddess of winter, darkness and mystery. The Marzanna is an effigy that is burned and/or drowned as a symbol of the ending of her time of triumph. She is often associated with Hecate and witchlore. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marzanna
Today’s plant is the trillium, specifically the varieties for our state of the Giant Purple Wakerobin, the Idaho Trillium and Round Leaf Trillium. These are one of the characteristic flowers of the Oregon spring forests, the flowers of spring called Wakerobin since in many places robins and trilliums appear at the same time. It is also called Birthroot and has been used medicinally to control bleeding. Tripartite petals and flower make this an unusual plant and since they grow widely separated in the undergrowth of forests, they’re striking when you come across them. – Feminine, Venus, Water – Carry the root to attract money and luck or –Masculine, Venus & Saturn, Earth – the other magicks of trillium are concerned with boundaries and lust. ….and they’re beautiful!http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trillium Yes, it’s odd to have two sets of correspondences for one plant, but that’s the way this one works!
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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. Full Moon – The day of the day before and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 3/24 at 5:01pm. 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 4/7 at 4:24am.
As the stars come out this week, Jupiter and Sirius >>>are the two brightest points in the sky — Jupiter in the east-southeast, Sirius toward the south. They’ll be at exactly the same height right around nightfall for those of us near latitude 40° north (for example Denver, New York, Madrid). If you’re south of there they balance a little later; north of there, a little earlier.
Double shadow transit on Jupiter, March 2016 – Wednesday, March 23, 7:47–8:59 p.m. EDT – Shadows of Io and Ganymede cross Jupiter simultaneously. Europa is in occultation behind Jupiter and won’t reappear from Jupiter’s shadow until 9:46 p.m. EDT. Thus from 6:22 p.m. until 9:46 p.m. Io and Ganymede will be in front of Jupiter and Europa will be behind Jupiter or in its shadow, leaving Callisto as the only moon visible in small telescopes.
Saturn (magnitude +0.4, in the legs of Ophiuchus) rises around midnight lower left of Mars. They’re now 11° apart. By early dawn Saturn glows in the south to Mars’s left, the two of them forming a triangle with fainter, Mars-colored Antares below them.
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
W 23 High 1:21 AM 7.5 7:12 AM Set 7:25 AM 99
~ 23 Low 7:33 AM 1.0 7:33 PM Rise 8:01 PM
~ 23 High 1:30 PM 7.4
~ 23 Low 7:45 PM 0.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I Know that I have the Inner strength of Love and Light within my heart, to Create Peace, Bliss, Love and Joy in my life now
Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – Our real enemies are the people who make us feel so good that we are slowly, but inexorably, pulled down into the quicksand of smugness and self-satisfaction. — Sydney Harris
~ Do not mistake understanding for realisation, and do not mistake realisation for liberation. – Tibetan saying
~ If you want to test your memory, try to recall what you were worrying about one year ago today. – Rotarian
~ Joy is a return to the deep harmony of body, mind and spirit that was yours at birth and that can be yours again. That openness to love, that capacity for wholeness with the world around you, is still within you. – Deepak Chopra
~ All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt! ~ Lucy Van Pelt, “Peanuts”
I think books are like people, in the sense that they’ll turn up in your life when you most need them. After my father died, the book that sort of saved my life was Gabriel García Márquez’s novel One Hundred Years of Solitude. Because of that experience, I firmly believe there are… books whose greatness actually enables you to live, to do something. And sometimes, human beings need story and narrative more than they need nourishment and food. – Actress Emma Thompson
Promises are merely empty words if they aren’t backed up by action. And action is generally proceeded first by deliberate resolve, then verbalized commitment (often to someone besides ourselves) , and finally, a carefully laid out plan of steps to be taken. Promises that are made, but not kept, quickly hamper any progress we dream of making. They hang like weights on our shoulders, reminding us if our weak resolve.
Only actions can fulfill our promises. Perhaps we’d do well to make a promise, any promise, only for a day. We can always renew it tomorrow. The additional and unexpected gift is that a promise kept no matter its magnitude, enhances our self-image. And since we can only live one day at a time, no promise need be made for longer. All of us can manage to fulfill one promise, for one day, if we believe in it and in ourselves.
And to this I quote Frances Marion: “Promises that you make to yourself are often like the Japanese plum tree—they bear no fruit.” ~ Miguel Angel )0( GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives
Toby or not to be!