Featured photo by Ken Gagne. House Capuchin’s Project Day Noon to 6pm.
That’s a really mixed sky. There are patches of blue with white, fluffy bits. There are dark rain clouds. There was a patch with sun coming through off in the distance and rain falling all around that patch. The Bay was rough from the wind, which was gusty enough to shift the car with a few whitecaps. The rain was pounding on the solarium roof as I left the apartment, but the sun is trying to come out here, now. 48F and the wind down by the ocean is running in the 20’s, at about 10mph here in town. We got 1/2 an inch of rain yesterday and almost 3/4, so far today and it’s not even 9am, yet!
Yesterday was really busy! It’s a 3-day weekend, which didn’t get my attention until late yesterday afternoon. We had a number of customers in, some from as far as Idaho and others from California and so on. I did a reading, had two counseling sessions and then a pre-nup session late in the afternoon. I’m not really sure what all Tempus was doing during the day, although he got to work table to the point where I could do the garlic butters, so there are about a dozen 1/2 cup containers in the freezer and a couple more in the fridge.
He made a lovely salad for supper and we headed home not long after and fell into bed. I ended up not getting nearly enough sleep, though, between coughing bouts and then Tempus wanted to watch the Falcon-9 takeoff, which woke me at around 6:30, so I had to, as well. They managed to land the 1st stage on dry land this time!
Sunset over Yachats 11-3-15 by Ken Gagne
Today’s Plant is Stinging Nettle, Urtica Dioica, otherwise known as, “Ouch!!!!” Grab a handful of this plant and you will know it. Of course I *had* to prove this to myself more than once! There are lots of hollow “hairs” on this plant that act like tiny hypodermics, injecting histamine, among other stinging chemicals. There’s even a name for a type of allergic reaction called, “nettlerash”, that picked up the word from the characteristic pattern of itchy bumps. This plant has been used for food, medicine, fabric and magic for millenia. It is used as a pot herb and is one of the vegetables with the highest protein content. If you soak it in water or cook it the stings go away. In medicine it has been used to treat arthritis, dandruff and lack of milk in a nursing mother. The fibers are suitable for making fabric and a related species has been used for over 6000 years to make a silky-looking textile called ramie, even though the processing takes a lot of effort. They are even used to make beer and cordials! –Masculine, Mars, Fire, Thor – Exorcism – for getting rid of nasty-minded Fae, plant nettles around your garden and barn. Protection – nettles in a pocket will keep a person safe from lightning and bestow courage. Nettles kept in a room will protect anyone inside. Lust – Nettles are reputed to enhance fertility in men and nettle tea is an aphrodisiac. Healing – fever can be dispelled by plucking a nettle up by its roots while reciting the names of the sick person and family. …and shirts made of fabric spun and woven from nettles feature as a girl’s quest tale in the Twelve Wild Swans.
The Polish (among other nationalities) polymath Nicolas Copernicus was born on this day in 1473. One of the people whose names are generally still remembered, his book De revolutionibus orbium coelestium (of the revolution of the celestial spheres) was published in 1543. He claimed in the book that the sun was the center of our solar system, but a trusted friend who was responsible for getting the book to the printer wrote him a new preface to soften the blow to the Church’s stand that the Earth was the center. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicolaus_Copernicus
on the principle here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copernican_principle
and heliocentrism: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copernican_heliocentrism
At the middle of all things lies the sun. As the location of this luminary in the cosmos, that most beautiful temple, would there be any other place or any better place than the centre, from which it can light up everything at the same time? Hence the sun is not inappropriately called by some the lamp of the universe, by others its mind, and by others its ruler. From De revolutionibus orbium coelestium
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Love & Light,
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. On Monday and Tuesday mornings the 20th and 21st, you’ll find Saturn glowing steadily near the waning Moon, as shown here.
This is the time of year when Orion stands highest in early evening. So does Lepus the Hare under his feet! Explore the telescopic deep-sky sights around Lepus’s ears (just below Rigel) with Sue French’s Deep-Sky Wonders article, chart and photos in the February Sky & Telescope, page 54.
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 Pisces
Moon in Sagittarius
Jupiter (6/9), Vesta (3/7) Retrograde
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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).
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.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Su 19 High 6:11 AM 7.0 7:09 AM Rise 1:51 AM 50
~ 19 Low 1:27 PM 1.7 5:51 PM Set 11:52 AM
~ 19 High 7:46 PM 5.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – It isn’t easy to keep your mouth and your mind open at the same time.
~ When trouble arises and things look bad, there is always one individual who perceives a solution and is willing to take command; very often, that individual is crazy- Dave Barry.
~ Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time. – John Lubbock
~ For myself I am an optimist – it does not seem to be much use to be anything else. – Winston S. Churchill
~ Most witches don’t believe in gods. They know that the gods exist, of course. They even deal with them occasionally. But they don’t believe in them. They know them too well. It would be like believing in the postman. ~ Terry Pratchett, Witches Abroad
ROSES AND DRYADS
I painted roses on my walls
For love and beauty.
I poured pearls on the bottom
Of my smallest closet
I curled up under my bed
Holding my fuzzy teddy bear
I tie-dyed my sheets orange
So they would be exciting.
There is no one on my sofa.
There is no one on my chair.
There is no one in my living room
There is no one there.
There is no one to drink my coffee
Or to help me mop the floor.
I’m putting an ad in the paper
So I won’t be alone anymore.
I’m painting a ceramic green man
To put by my front door
Male and female dryads too
So my house won’t be lonely
Anymore. – © Copyright 10/15/2008 by Beth Clare Johnson (Mystic Amazon)
In the Wheel of the Year that comes from my lineage, Ostara is the time when both God and Goddess are children. The image that I will always have in my mind is from a celebration that we had up on top of Mt. Tabor in Portland, probably in 1984. After everyone had gathered, two little children dressed in white tunics came climbing up the steps toward the rest of the group. They were about 6 and 8 years old, one boy and one girl, and had wreaths on their heads made of spring greenery. One carried a huge basket of flowers (huge in comparison to his size!) and the other basket was covered. They came through the Circle to the altar, which was bare, and set the baskets on it. The little girl very solemnly took the cover off the basket which turned out to be filled with eggs, both colored real eggs and candy eggs. She held up the basket and said, “Behold the Spring” which reminded the little boy and he said the same thing. They carried the baskets around the Circle giving each person one flower and one egg. When they got back to the altar, they curled up with their baskets under the table and the ritual went on from there. As soon as the Great Rite was done the Priestess (who was the children’s mother) looked under the altar and said “OK!” and then kids emerged and started pelting everyone in the Circle with flowers and candies! Folks started throwing them back and amid a lot of laughter, (especially when the Priest, ducking, stepped on the hem of his robe and sat down hard in what was left of the basket of flowers!) we had the most amazing free-for-all ending up gasping and giggling in the warm spring grass.
Ostara is the virgin Goddess of spring. This holiday concerns the deity’s trip to the underworld, and their struggle to return from the Land of the Dead to Earth. When they accomplish this return, they have a life renewed.
The Church, trying to keep their holidays close to the Pagan holidays, assigned Easter to this time of the year. Like Easter, Ostara is a time to wear your new clothes. It was considered bad luck to wear anything new before Ostara, so the people would work through the winter in secret to make elegant clothes for the Sabbat celebration. The entire community would gather for games, feasting, and religious rituals while showing off their clothing.
The lamb was another symbol of Ostara, and was sacred to the Virgin Goddess of Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa. This symbol was so ingrained in the mindset of the people that it carried over to Passover and Easter.
The modern belief that eggs are delivered by a rabbit known as the Easter Bunny comes from the legend of the Goddess Eostre. So much did a lowly rabbit want to please the Goddess that he laid the sacred eggs in her honor, gaily decorated them, and humbly presented them to her. So pleased was she that she wished all humankind to share in her joy. In honor of her wishes, the rabbit went through the entire world and distributed these little decorated gifts of life. To make these eggs, boil a large handful of an herb or flower until the water is well colored. Place the water into a heat-resistant cup or bowl. Stir in a teaspoon of vinegar and a pinch of salt and allow soaking
Silliness – Late Night Funny – Donald Trump appointed his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, as White House senior adviser. I bet when they first met, Trump was like, “What are your intentions with my daughter?” Kushner was like, “I’ll be honest. I’m just sleeping with her to get close to you.” And Trump was like, “Nice.” James Corden