It’s chilly and grey and damp, although not raining at the moment. There were fleets of ducks and several herons in the Bay yesterday, but today it’s all empty. It’s 49F, it shouldn’t feel this chilly, but small sylphs are crawling around everywhere, chilling toes. There’s not even a lot of wind in town, although down on the beaches it’s getting up into the teens. Small Craft for Winds Advisory, Small Craft for Hazardous Seas Advisory
Yesterday flew past. We had customers and I did a reading. but Tempus was desperately tired and plodding after he ran his errands. He sat down and didn’t wake until I told him it was 6pm and we ought to go home. I spent most of the day sorting papers. My trash can is overflowing and now I need to make new folders for this year. I alternated with working on some more embroidery patterns, but gave up when I started making mistakes.
I crashed hard when we got home and didn’t wake until late in the evening, when Tempus handed me some supper, and then went back to sleep around midnight. This morning I took some photos while Tempus was getting some chores done and I’m about to start the Herbs Workshop for the day.
Pic by Ken Gagne of the view up the Yachats River Valley at 7:30am from 2/18/15
Today’s Plant is Skunk Cabbage, Lysichitum americanum. This is one of the signs of spring here on the coast, where every drainage ditch or marshy field has it’s glow of brilliant yellow and bright, deep green. It is a famine food with a spicy or peppery taste, but contains calcium oxalate, which can upset the insides and even cause death if you get too much. Bears eat it after hibernation to get their intestines working again. It is used to cure sores and swellings, particularly after winter, when starvation conditions make these things immensely worse. However the typical use of the local peoples of this herb was to line baskets with the huge leaves to keep things from bruising or dropping through and to wrap around foods when baked under a fire, where it imparts a distinctive taste to the crust. Cunningham’s Encyclopedia references Eastern Skunk Cabbage, which is a different plant with a red flower, but the magicks are the same, Symplocarpus foetidus –Feminine, Saturn, Water – Carry when you have legal troubles, or keep in the drawer with the filed papers. Wrap in a bay leaf on a Sunday to draw good fortune. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lysichitum_americanum and on Eastern Skunk Cabbage here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symplocarpus_foetidus
Today is the Feast of Spenta Armaiti, a divine being in the pantheon of Zoroastrianism, a women’s festival. Spenta Armaiti’s name seems to mean something like “growing universal goodness” or “growing Light” in the New Age sense or even “increasing devotion”. More on this being here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spenta_Armaiti Wall speedwell, Veronica vivensis, is the plant listed for this festival. It’s on Wikipedia as Veronica Arvensis there’s an article with links here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wall_Speedwell
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Today’s Astro & Calendar
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 2/26 at 6:58am. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 2/18 at 11:33am.
The waning Moon passes over Scorpius, Saturn, and low Sagittarius in early dawn. Last-quarter Moon (exact at 2:33 p.m.), look for it in the south-southeast. Antares and upper Scorpius are below and lower right of it. Saturn is farther to its lower left.
Uranus (magnitude 5.8, in Pisces) is still well up in the southwest right after dark, to the upper left of Venus and Mars. Finder chart showing its background stars. Neptune is lost in evening twilight.
Goddess Month of Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Goddess Month of Moura, runs from 2/20-3/19
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17
Runic half-month of Sowulo/ Sigel, 2/12-26 It represents the power of the force of good throughout the world and is the harbinger of victory and ascendancy over darkness.
Sun in Aquarius enters Pisces at 3:31am.
Waning Quarter at 11:33am
Moon in Scorpio enters Sagittarius at 10:52am.
Jupiter (6/9), Vesta (3/7) Retrograde
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Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17, Luis (LWEESH)/rowan – The rowan, or mountain ash (Sorbus aucuparia L.) is related to servceberries. The red berries were historically used to lure birds into traps, and the specific epithet aucuparia comes from words meaning “to catch a bird”. Birds are also responsible for dispersing the seeds. Rowans thrive in poor soils and colonize disturbed areas. In some parts of Europe they are most common around ancient settlements, either because of their weedy nature or because they were planted. Rowans flower in May. They grow to 15 m (50 feet) and are members of the Rose family (Rosaceae). They are cultivated in North America, especially in the northeast.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Sa 18 High 5:19 AM 7.1 7:11 AM Rise 12:55 AM 59
~ 18 Low 12:20 PM 1.8 5:50 PM Set 11:15 AM
~ 18 High 6:24 PM 5.3
~ 18 Low 11:49 PM 3.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I honestly face both the light and the shadow within me to harmonize all aspects of my spirit.
~ Others can stop you temporarily; you are the only one who can do it permanently. – Zig Ziglar
~ The pay raise is just large enough to increase your taxes and just small enough to have no effect on your take-home pay. – The Salary Axiom
~ Theatre director: a person engaged by the management to conceal the fact that the players cannot act. – James Agate (1877-1947) English writer
~ Understanding is one dimensional . . . Realization, on the other hand, is three-dimensional. – Dan Millman
Questions Before Dark
Day ends, and before sleep
when the sky dies down, consider
your altered state: has this day
changed you? Are the corners
sharper or rounded off? Did you
live with death? Make decisions
that quieted? Find one clear word
that fit? At the sun’s midpoint
did you notice a pitch of absence,
bewilderment that invites
the possible? What did you learn
from things you dropped and picked up
and dropped again? Did you set a straw
parallel to the river, let the flow
carry you downstream? ~ Jeanne Lohmann ~ (The Light of Invisible Bodies)
Herbs & Flowers – lily of the valley, tansy, lavender, marjoram, jasmine, crocus flowers, daffodils, Irish moss, snowdrops, and ginger, daffodil, jonquils, woodruff, violet, gorse, olive, peony, iris, narcissus and all spring flowers, acorns, celadine, cinquefoil, dandelion, dogwood, rose, tansy, honeysuckle
Colors – lemon yellow, pale green and pale pink, silver, grass green, all pastels, Robin’s egg blue, violet, and white. light green,
Offerings – bread and cakes, eggs, first fruits of the season.
Deities – Cernunnos, Druantia, Corn Maiden, Attis, Eastre, Persephone, Nerthus, Asherah
Deities: Diana, Artemis
Stones – aquamarine, rose quartz, and moonstone.
Gemstones: amethyst, aquamarine, bloodstone and red jasper.
Animals – rabbits and snakes.
Mythical beasts – unicorns, merpeople, and pegasus.
make a blend from any of the following scents or simply choose one… jasmine, frankincense, myrrh, dragon’s blood, cinnamon, nutmeg, aloes wood, benzoin, musk, African violet, sage, strawberry, lotus, violet flowers, orange peel, rose or rose petals.
Symbols – eggs, rabbits, spring flowers, green and yellow jellybeans
Candles – gold, green and yellow
Foods – eggs, egg salad, hard-boiled eggs, honey cakes, first fruits of the season, fish, cakes, biscuits, cheeses, honey and ham. May also include foods made of seeds, such as sunflower, pumpkin and sesame seeds, as well as pine nuts. Sprouts are equally appropriate, as are leafy, green vegetables, leafy greens, dairy foods, flower dishes.