The sky is all fifty possible shades of grey, even with a touch of blue in one tiny spot over the ocean. The huge rain shower that I saw as we were coming over the bridge is on top of us, now and pouring. There were bright spots in the clouds with sun coming through in the distance, but that’s rolled off to the east, now. It’s chilly, only 39F, and a possibility of snow in the Coast Range into the Valley in the morning.
Yesterday was one frustration after another. A file that I spent hours on last month vanished. Things that I needed weren’t where I could find them. Folks who had said everything was one way, now say it’s something else. <argh> …but I kept working my way through, found another copy of the file that I needed. Tempus found my paper clips. ….and I kept on.
Tempus mostly worked with customers or in back, still sorting and cleaning. He made us a yummy supper and we headed home in the middle of the evening, to do some chores and so I could do my hair. I actually got a full night’s sleep last night! Of course, it means that I’m clogged and coughing, yet, this morning, but it was worth it.
We’re open today and have Sewing Workshop this evening from 6-8pm, but we’ll be closed for the rest of the weekend, opening again on Monday. Today is going to be all packing and finishing up things (like putting the newsletters together!)
Today’s plant is the Apricot, Prunus armeniaca. Apricots are a delicious fruit, resembling a small peach, but with a flavor all their own. They were known in the ancient world, possibly being cultivated as far back as 3000BCE. Thought of as an aphrodisiac in the Renaissance it can be fermented into a yummy wine or made into the brandy, Barack. It has properties of healing and health, lust magicks and learning, mostly in educational circles. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apricot
Today is the Roman feast of Terminalia, the feast of borders and endings. Sacrifices were performed at boundary markers and some big ones in the cities, particularly at the old boundary of the city of Rome 6 miles out. Sounds like a good idea to me to acknowledge boundaries and limits on at least one day a year. Hmmm? More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terminalia More on the god Terminus here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terminus_%28mythology%29
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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. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 2/24 at 6:58pm.
When Sirius shines high in the south, straight below it by 4° is the binocular star cluster M41, appearing small and compact in this wide-field view. This scene spans almost all of Canis Major.
Certain deep-sky objects contain secret surprises within or near them. Get out your telescope and sky atlas for a go at Bob King’s eight Hidden Gems in Common Deep-Sky Objects now in evening view. One example is the planetary nebula inside the open cluster M46, east of Sirius. >>>>
Jupiter (magnitude –2.3, in Virgo) rises around 9 or 10 p.m. and glares highest in the south in the hours before dawn. Spica dangles not quite 4° lower right of it after they rise, more directly below it in the early-morning hours, and lower left of it in early dawn as shown above. Jupiter is creamy white; Spica is an icier shade of white with a trace of blue (once it’s fairly high). In a telescope Jupiter is 41 arcseconds across its equator, on its way to 44 arcseconds in the weeks around its April 7th opposition.
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. Runic half-month of Teiwaz/Tyr, 2/27-3/13 This is a time of positive regulation, sacrifice and hard work in order to progress.
Sun in Pisces
Moon in Capricorn enters Aquarius at 9:17am
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
Th 23 Low 4:05 AM 3.2 7:03 AM Rise 5:12 AM 15
~ 23 High 9:54 AM 7.7 5:57 PM Set 3:09 PM
~ 23 Low 4:55 PM 0.2
~ 23 High 11:21 PM 6.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – A Clean House Is A Sign Of A Misspent Life
~ Nothing noble is done without risk. – Andre Gide
~ It’s not enough to read and understand the concept of expressing full truth. It is crucial to BECOME that full truth. – Lauren Zimmerman
~ Failure seldom stops you. What stops you is the fear of failure. – Jack Lemmon
~ I don’t think we had better go into the minute secrets of the campaign, so far as I know them, because I see the reporters are present, who are taking it all down. – Chester Allen Arthur (1830-1886) US President (21st), VP (20th)
Deep down within the frozen brook
I hear a murmur faint and sweet,
And lo! The ice breaks as I look,
And living waters touch my feet. –Jane Goodwin Austin (1831–94)
Significance of Colours of Eggs – From Sabbats by Edain McCoy
RED: New life, vitality, lust, sexuality, colour of the root chakra (energy center), colour of the Mother Goddess, strength, war, heat, one of the traditional colours of the May Pole ribbons.
ORANGE: Colour of the God, attraction, colour of the navel chakra, Summer.
YELLOW: Creativity, knowledge, intellect, colour of the solar plexus chakra.
GREEN: Colour of the Earth Mother, fertility, prosperity, colour of the heart chakra, Earth.
BLUE: Healing, peace, meditation, astral projection, colour of the throat chakra, cold, air, robin’s egg, Spring, the Virgin Goddess, new life, the waxing year.
INDIGO: Past lives, healing, clairvoyance, colour of the forehead chakra (third eye).
VIOLET: Healing, tranquility, ending quarrels, colour of the crown chakra, ability to contact other intelligences.
WHITE: Purification, barrier against negativity, colour of the Virgin Goddess, good fortune, colour of death and mourning (in Eastern traditions), one of the traditional colour of May Pole ribbons.
BLACK: Mystery, absorption, colour of the Crone Goddess, Winter, colour of death and mourning (in Western traditions).
SILVER: The Moon, Triple Goddess, psychism, spirituality, water.
GOLD: The Sun, the God, activity, money, fire.
BROWN: Autumn, animals, the waning year, Earth.
PINK: Romantic love, peace, colour used for both Ostara and Beltane.
TURQUOISE: Spiritual knowledge.
RED-VIOLET: Hidden knowledge, colour of medieval occultists.
PALE GREEN: A Traditional colour of Ostara.
PASTELS: Traditional Ostara colours since the Middle Ages. – Submitted By Akasha
* Pisanki: Icons of the Universe *from Okana’s Web; <http://www.okana.net/pisanka.html>
One of the prime icons and symbols of Spring, of birth and rebirth And fertility, is the egg, and Poles have made decorating and sanctifying them an art form. The perfect icon of the universe, decorated eggs were taken out into the fields as the grains were sown, along with a candle blessed at Gromniczne (Imbolc), in order to bring life back into the warming soil. Eggs were also buried at the base of fruit trees to make them bear in abundance. Even the water in which boiled-style eggs were prepared is sacred; used to wash in, bless with, poured along the property lines to protect against lightening and thunder and the ravages of weather, and anointing bee hives to bring plenty of sweet tasting honey. A bowl of decorated eggs was kept in the homes at all times, to ensure good health and prosperity. Once decorated in ritual fashion, eggs were never thrown out if they were broken. Instead they are buried in the garden, bringing good fortune, or given to the Rusalje (water nymphs/spirits) in the nearest river or stream. A Great symbol of fertility, eggs traditionally bedeck the breads baked for weddings.
The eggs are decorated in several different styles. Boiled eggs are decorated in single colors, usually red, and are called krashanka. These are meant to be eaten, or fed to the livestock, and are dyed appropriately with materials safe for consumption. Krapanka are also boiled eggs, and are decorated with multi-colored dots. Drapanka are single color boiled eggs into which a design is scratched with a pin or small knife tip.
Lystowka are wrapped in leafs and subjected to a bath of onion skin water, giving a beautiful relief pattern. Depending on the type of leaves used, these eggs may also be eaten as they are boiled in the onion skins. (do NOT use any leaf you are not sure of if you plan to serve these eggs!). The most common and most tedious form of decoration, however, is called pisanki, a batik-method coloring using beeswax, commercial or natural material dyes, and RAW eggs (boiling the eggs first will not only alter the significance of the icon, but will allow water to seep through and ruin the dye, or will alter the design by adhering to cracks formed in the boiling process).
Traditionally, eggs were decorated by women and girls only; now I find that many more men are taking up this ritual as a meaningful expression of the season’s celebration. Ages old rituals passed from baci (grandmother) to her family are used for the preparation of the designs. I follow a ritual much as the one outlined below – some taught, some self-inspired.
The working is traditionally done after dark, in a quiet spot that Allows concentration, meditation, and ritual consciousness. By custom, the artist should have made an effort during the day to remain calm and anger- free. The work space is set up much as an altar would be. A white tablecloth covers the work space; your candle is set in the middle of the table. Salt and bread are set behind the candle, a cup of water to the left, and flowers or incense to the right.
There are a series of traditional designs with names that date from pre-Christianity. Examples are the set of four called “The Princess, The Queen, The Crone, and the Great Goddess”, 40 triangles, Call of Spring, the Universe, Gates, Birds, and Gypsy Roads. If you would like instructions for these specific designs, email the author, and I will get them to you. But you are free of course to follow inspiration and create your own personal magickal designs, and below are some of the symbolisms of design and color in pisanki:
- Sun – almost all pisanki incorporate some type of sun design. These include circles, tripods, stars, roses and swastikas.
- Circle – stands for completeness, continuity, and the cyclical nature of life.
- Circle with a dot inside – stands for the moment when the spring sun’s light first hits the earth, renewing life.
- Circle divided in half – polarity, as in male/female, black/white, good/evil, night/day, life/death
- Circle inscribed with a solar cross – the four directions, the four ages, the elements
- Circle in a circle – androgyneity
- Circle surrounded and bounded by smaller circles – the poppy – consolation, oblivion, sleep, frailty
- Swastika – happiness, blessings, good fortune, good will
- Tripod – birth, life, death; man, woman, child; maiden, mother, crone
- Rose – an eight pointed star much as is found in Pennsylvania Dutch hex symbols and in quilts – stands for purity, knowledge, beauty, perfection, elegance, the eye of the Divine.
- Dots – either stars or eggs
- Triangle – air, fire, and water; sun, thunder, and bonfire; earth, air, heaven
- Encircling line – eternity
- Embattled lines – looks like the top of a castle tower, going up, left, down, left, up, left, etc. – stands for something contained, or protection against some outside force
- Invected line – a row of half circles touching at the ends ^^^^^^^^ – stands for the meeting of opposites, such as land and water or earth and sky
- Saw – indented lines, looks like a saw blade – stands for fire or water, cleansing
- Meander – looks like a child’s rendition of waves – stands for harmony, infinity, waves, immortality. The most famous design incorporating this style is Gypsy Roads, a meander between alternate fields of red and black, and is a strong protection icon.
- Sieve – any space decorated with criss cross lines, like a net – Dividing good and evil
- Basket – a triangle inscribed with a sieve – motherhood, the giver of life and gifts
- Ladder – searching
- Comb, rake – sunrays, putting things in order, harvest, husbandry, prosperity
- Bends – elongated s shapes – defense, protection
- Spirals – mystery of life and death, divinity, immortality
- Solar Crosses – four directions, four ages, four elements
- Trees – pine branches strength, boldness, growth, eternal life; broad leaf trees renewal, creation, unity; apple tree fertility, luck
- Grapes and vines – fellowship, loyal love
- Plums – lines with curved (semi-circle) branches in pairs – knowledge, health, wisdom
- Three leaf clusters – “periwinkles” – eternal love, pure love
- Oak leaf – persistence, strength
- Lily of the Valley – purity, humility, young brides
- Sunflower – circle inscribed with a sieve design and with a stem – The God, a life symbol
- Cucumber – oval with a line of dots from end to end – the preservation of life
- Grain kernels – fertility, abundance
- Stag antlers – leadership, victory, nobility, joy, maleness
- Horse – wealth, prosperity, speed, endurance
- Ram horns – strength in the face of opposition, perseverance, dignity
- Rooster – good fortune, exultation, vigilance, married life
- Hen – fertility
- Birds – the coming of Spring – sparrows symbolized the soul of man Trying to be one with the Divine under any conditions, and community life – swallows protected households, larks protected fields, nightingales protected orchards, ducks and geese protected lakes and rivers, and storks protected villages
- Butterflies – childhood, frivolity, soul’s ascent to immortality, freedom
- Spider – artistry, patience, industry
- Fish – abundance, sacrifice, regeneration
- Hens’ Feet – motherly protection, guiding the young in search for knowledge
- Goose Feet – the soul, warning, wakefulness (many Poles use geese as watch animals)
- Bear paws – the guardian of the forest, bravery, wisdom, strength, endurance, reawakening, protection, the guardian of homeowners
- Rabbits ears – humility, listening to lessons of nature
- Wolves teeth – loyalty, wisdom, a firm grip on truth, teaching
- Yellow – light, purity, wisdom, youth, happiness, harvest, hospitality, love, benevolence
- Orange – endurance, strength, worthy ambition, fire, flame – it is the red of passion tempered by the yellow of wisdom)
- Green – renewal, breaking of shackles, freedom from bondage, freshness, fertility, health, hopefulness
- Red – action, magic, fire, charity, youth, spiritual awakening, joy of life, love – children are usually given solid red eggs at Wiosna
- Black – absolute, constancy, eternity, the womb, death, fear, ignorance – black and white eggs are in honor of the souls of the departed
- Brown – Mother Earth, bountiful gifts
- Blue – used SPARINGLY, as is hard to make – skies, air, good health
- White – purity, virginity, innocence, birth
- Purple – fasting, faith, patience, trust – From Pam at Hearthside Circle
Silliness – Late Night Funny – Last night, President-elect Trump was too focused on defeating ISIS and creating jobs to pick a fight with a celebrity — just kidding, he tweeted: “Meryl Streep, one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood…”- Stephen Colbert