We were awfully tired, but it was a very good day. We had a fun and lovely trip, got to the room, got to the site, got offloaded, got set up, sat and talked to people, got back to the room and the rest of the people were there and talked some more and then crashed…. That’s it in a nutshell. …and we’re all talking hard and getting ready so I’m having trouble writing.
Ken Gagne pix of Yachats from yesterday.
Today’s plant is the tropical tree, the Rose Apple, Syzygium jambos – In ancient Sanskrit, the land now called India was referred to by the ancient Indians themselves as Jambudvipa, which means Rose-apple-land (jambud = rose apple; vipa = land). With its thick, leathery leaves and great span of branches, the Jambu Tree offers great shade and coolness against the sun. Stories tell that Lord Buddha sat in the shade of a Jambu Tree (the story is often told as a “Bodhi tree”), watching men plowing the land with oxen and meditating on the burdens we all must carry in this life. He was determined that he would either reach enlightenment or die where he sat. He finally saw his previous births and realized that people are born and reborn into different states according to their deeds. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syzygium_jambosInformation on the Bodhi Tree, Ficus religiosa here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bodhi_tree
The stone circles of Junapani are near Nagpur in the Indian state of Maharashtra and are dated from 1000 BCE to 300 CE. Megalithic burial monuments exist near the circles and unlike most in Europe contain human remains, and in one case, a horse. Some of the stones have “cup marks” and clusters of lines which seem to have astronomical significance More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stone_circles_of_Junapani
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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. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle – In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Dark, psychopomps. – Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris . Phase ends at the Tide Change on 2/26 a6 6:58am.
As dawn begins to brighten this week, Jupiter and Spica shine over the four-star pattern of Corvus, the Crow.
Have you ever seen Canopus, the second-brightest star after Sirius? In one of the many interesting coincidences Pic that devoted skywatchers know about, Canopus lies almost due south of Sirius: by 36°. That’s far enough south that it never appears above your horizon unless you’re below latitude 37° N (southern Virginia, southern Missouri, central California). And there, you’ll need a very flat south horizon. Canopus crosses due south just 21 minutes before Sirius does. When to look? Canopus is due south when Beta Canis Majoris — Mirzam the Announcer, the star about three finger-widths to the right of Sirius — is at its highest point due south (roughly 8:00 p.m. now, depending on how far east or west you are in your time zone). Look straight down from Mirzam then.
Tomorrow February 26th, an annular eclipse of the Sun will cross parts of southernmost South America, the South Atlantic, and east-central Africa. A partial eclipse will be seen over much larger areas of South America and Africa. Map and details.
Saturn (magnitude +0.5, on the Ophiuchus-Sagittarius border) rises in the early morning hours and glows in the southeast before and during dawn. Redder Antares, magnitude +1.0, twinkles 17° to Saturn’s right.
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 Aquarius enters Pisces at 4:24pm
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
Sa 25 Low 5:33 AM 2.3 6:59 AM Rise 6:31 AM 3
25 High 11:23 AM 8.2 5:59 PM Set 5:18 PM
25 Low 6:09 PM -0.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Do not lose love in your life.
~ If you want to know what the word of “God” is, sit down and listen. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Silence is the fence around the haggard where wisdom is stacked. – Irish Proverb
~ Amateurs wait for inspiration. The rest of us just get up and go to work. – Chuck Close
~ I think hard drugs are disgusting. But I must say, I think marijuana is pretty lightweight. – Linda Eastman McCartney (1942-1998) US photographer
It is pleasant to think, just under the snow,
That stretches so bleak and blank and cold,
Are beauty and warmth that we cannot know,
Green fields and leaves and blossoms of gold.
–Fay Hempstead (1847–1934)
Ostara Magick – Maslenitsa – http://www.maslenitsa.com/english/
Maslenitsa (Pancake week) is the only purely Russian Holiday that dates back to the pagan times. For seven days Moscow jingles with bells, sings with garmoshkas and glares with gaily-painted dresses. The people are letting the long-annoying winter out and the long-awaited spring in.
The counters in the Maslenitsa town are groaning with various dainties. There are the paunchy samovars with mellow tea, bunches of sweet-scented barankas, nuts and honey pies with different signs: “Whom I love – to those I give”, “A present of the sweet-heart is the dearest”. Salted foods, various fish, caviar – choose and eat anything however much you like!
But the essential elements, of course, are pancakes (blini). Pankacke is a symbol of sun. It is as round, gold and warm as the sun. Pancakes are served hot with either butter, or sour cream, or caviar, or mushrooms, or sturgeon – to any exquisite taste.
Where else can you take a horse-drawn sledge ride that will take your breath away? Or take a jaunty slip down an enormous ice slope? Or go round on a giant carousel? The Great Maslenitsa will reel you round in a dancing fairy-circle and your feet won’t be able to keep still to the sprightly chastooshkas (gaily songs) and byword. Clowns and skomorokhs (histrions) will make you laugh to tears. The show goes on and on in the balagans (Punch-and-Judy shows) and theatres. And those who will not want to be simply a spectator can take part in the masquerade: to dress up beyond recognition or to muffle in a long fur coat and to drink a glass of vodka with a bear.
On the last day of the Great Maslenitsa the feasting and drinking ends up by burning down the scarecrow symbolizing winter thus saying goodbye to winter till the next year.
For the Russians Maslenitsa is like a carnival for the Italians, especially because the initial sense of festivals is the same: the Italian word “carnival” (carne-vale) means “farewell the beef!”, and Maslenitsa that precedes the Great Lent, in old time was called “Myasopust” because it was forbidden to eat meat during this week.
The last day of Maslenitsa is called the Forgiveness Day. Everybody ask one another for forgiveness in order to redeem themselves from their sins before the Great Lent. They bow to one another and say, “God will forgive you”. Maslenitsa is over and so is the winter giving way to the spring.
Everybody knows what the Russian Soul is! This is prowess, dare-devilry, and, of course, the famous Russian hospitality. Everybody is welcome to Moscow to see the Russian winter off!
What holiday is celebrated in Russia since the pagan times? The whole week?
Seven days of impetuous fun, reckless pleasures and solar mood! Certainly, the Great Maslenitsa! All Russian people were sincerely happy that the severe winter ends and the long-awaited spring comes. Everybody baked pancakes as a pancake is a symbol of the sun also congratulated each other with Maslenitsa. Maslenitsa was so much loved by people that they tenderly called her A pancake week in people so loved, that tenderly named “darling”, ” sugar lips “, “kisser”.
This year Moscow has the honor to invite everibody, both Russians and foreign visitors, to the Great Maslenitsa. It has already become a good and bright tradition to celebrate this nice holiday together. We are waiting for you from February 16 till February 22, 2004 in a real Maslenitsa town which will be set up on the Vassilyevsky Spusk near the Red Square. If you come the Maslenitsa town you will dip into the atmosphere of loose fun, rest from the daily fuss, escape from gray everyday life!
You will take part in various entertainments! There will be pancakes for all tastes: with caviar mushrooms and sturgeon baked for those who will decide to try the Russian national kitchen. And there also will be stalls with dainties barankas and spice-cakes – you will only have time taste everything! Taverns and tea-rooms will be always hospitably open for the visitors.
Those who want to have fun with all the heart will have an opportunity to chose one of the Russian native entertainments: ice hills, snow fortresses, carousel, Punch-and-Judy shows. It is impossible to enumerate everything! Those who want to show their force and mother wit can take part in different games and competitions. You won’t be bored! Maslenitsa was called “the kisser” by right. There was a tradition that youths and girls became acquainted during Great Maslenitsa to… organize a magnificent wedding in May on the Red Gorka. May be you will succeed and find your spouse?!
Everyone will find an entertainment to his liking! Unforgettable actions, whether it be variety concerts, folklore representations or round dances and масленичные processions will take place all seven days in the Maslenitsa town. Let’s enjoy our life, splash out the accumulated energy, rest during the Great Maslenitsa. It has come the TIME TO HAVE FUN!
MOSCOW PRESENTS THE GREAT MASLENITSA-2004
The grandiose festival “The Great Maslenitsa” will take place for the third time in the history of new Russia from February 16 till February 22, 2004.
The festival is again organized by the Committee for tourism of Moscow city Government, what is a great sign of constant interest of city authorities to the restoration of Russian traditions. The advertising agency Maxima, which has successfully conducted the festivals in 2002 and in 2003, won the tender on the organization and carrying out of the festival.
The Committee for tourism of Moscow city Government organized the festival “Great Maslenitsa” for the first time in Moscow from March 11 till March 17, 2002. Solemn entertainments had taken place on the central Moscow squares for the whole week, and particularly one of the most interesting among them was baking the biggest pancake on a “Gourmand day”.
This initiative had great success among Moscowers and visitors and had a deep resonance in all mass media.
A common script for the “Great Maslenitsa – 4” and also scripts for all the entertainments has been worked out by now. No doubt that the Opening ceremony, the Closing ceremony of “the Great Maslenitsa” and the traditional “Gourmand day” on Thursday will be striking and solemn, because there were more than 400 thousands of Moscowers and tourists on Moscow squares on those days in 2002.
The “Maslenitsa town” will be open during the whole festival. Adults and children will be able to take part in different contests, taste traditional Maslenitsa pancakes with caviar, enjoy shows of main Moscow folklore groups.
The roots of Pancake Week celebration go deeply in the history of Old Russia. This festival always was one of the favorite and was accompanied by grandiose carnival ceremonies. “The Great Maslenitsa” lasts the whole week and all the entertainments are merry and funny. You can compare “The Great Maslenitsa” only with worldwide known Venetian and Brazilian carnivals, when people celebrate them many days running.
A tradition of restoring Old Russian festivals and customs has appeared lately in Russia and finally the festival “Wide Pancake Week” has taken a worthy place among them.
There has been already created the press-center of the festival and it will inform journalists and people before and during the festival t about all the preparation for it and the entertainments.
Dates, places and sponsors’ names will be announced later.
For further information please contact:
Senior manager – Elena Golubeva phone (095) 285-77-12