It’s raining here in Myrtle Point. You should have heard Tempus grumbling about it. It’s 40F at home and has gone the thunderstorm route from the look of it. There’s a little more wind than yesterday by the water, but town is still registering only about 3mph. In Myrtle Point it’s 39F and likewise raining and little wind except for an occasional gust that shakes the water off the trees in a sudden shower.
Yesterday was a long, tiring, exciting day. We were at the site early (for us) and spend some frustrated time trying to track down my judges. Eventually we did that, then discovered that Court was going to set everything back, and one of the entrants wasn’t even there, yet.
We got started and she showed up about 1/2-way through the first set of presentations grumbling about construction, but was set up in plenty of time. We managed to get everything done, find all the judges in time (except for once, and had an alternate there…) got all the scoring done and added up and found a winner.
At that point my spoons ran out. Oi, did they run out! I think they may have run out before and I was just not paying attention. I spent most of the rest of the day limping around trying to find people, thanking them and giving out the goodies, but sitting a lot, gradually getting all my stuff into one place again and waiting. 🙂
The changeover ceremony went smoothly and the folks running things were just amazingly funny. Sometimes that kind of thing gets boring, but this wasn’t. …and on top of it, I was given an award for Service of 20 years or more, that I did not expect.
We tried to head back to the motel around 8:30, but ended up listening to some old-timer stories for about an hour, which was a lovely thing. When we got to the motel Marcus was just getting ready to head home and the rest of us sat and talked until one by one we dropped off to sleep.
I’ve been up for about an hour as the other two got their stuff together, packed up and headed back to the site. Tempus and I have to do the last cleanup, check to make sure nothing was left and then head out ourselves. Mostly this morning is going to be finishing up, getting out things together and then heading home. At least we won’t be driving in snow today!
Another Ken Gagne photo taken on 2/26/15 in the morning up the Yachats River Valley.
Today’s plant is Anthurium. This is a genus of about 1000 species of flowering plants, the largest genus of the arum family, Araceae. The most common names for this plant that is beloved by florists include anthurium, tailflower, flamingo flower, and laceleaf. The genus is native to the Americas, where it is distributed from northern Mexico to northern Argentina and parts of the Caribbean. – Masculine, Fire, Vesta & Mars – Correspondences are for bringing love and beauty to the home, hearth fires and passion. Great handfasting plant! More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthurium
On this date in 747BCE Nabonassar began the habit of keeping chronologically precise historical records, at least according to Ptolemy. There were precedents, isolated sets of records, but he came up with a system of calendar dates that could be calculated accurately enough to keep astronomical events dated properly. This is what actually gave the Babylonians that reputation of being awesome astronomers. Astrology, as practiced since the late Middle Ages, is based on the Babylonian record-keeping methods. More on Nabonassar here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nabonassar and Babylonian astrology here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babylonian_astrology
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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. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends at 6:58pm on 2/27.
No astronomy today, sorry!
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
New Moon at 6:58am
Moon in Pisces
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 26 High 12:28 AM 7.3 6:58 AM Rise 7:06 AM 0
26 Low 6:14 AM 1.9 6:01 PM Set 6:26 PM
26 High 12:05 PM 8.3
26 Low 6:45 PM -0.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Remember the blessings that come each day.
Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – In the poem “Happy Thought,” Robert Louis Stevenson says, “The world is so full of a number of things, I’m sure we should all be as happy as kings.” List all of the things that make you happy.
~ Prithee don’t screw your wit beyond the compass of good manners. – Colley Cibber (1671-1757) English actor, playwright
~ When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure. – Peter Marshall
~ It is the desire of the good people of the whole country that sectionalism as a factor in our politics should disappear… – Rutherford B. Hayes (1822-1893) US President (19)
~ All mankind’s inner feelings eventually manifest themselves as an outer reality. – Stuart Wilde
The Moon, like a flower
In heaven’s high bower,
With silent delight
Sits and smiles on the night. –William Blake (1757–1827)
Two months of every year were spent preparing for and celebrating [Easter] and the coming of spring. The celebration began in the snow, with a pagan and earthy carnival celebrating life, and was followed by a long fast; it culminated in the beginning of spring and the new explosion of re-creation and happiness which are at the core of the Christian belief.
First there were the eight days of stuffing, feasting and carnival called Maslenitsa, or ‘Butter Week.’ During every day before the long weeks of Lent when all butter was prohibited, Russians consumed huge quantities of blini, little pancakes smothered in butter, at every meal. All restaurants and taverns served blini, always cooked a few at a time and brought piping hot to the table…
In the villages a straw Prince Carnival was seated before a bountiful table on a sled and drawn through the streets. ‘Stay, stay!’ cried the crowds. ‘Stay with us forever!’ But, at the end of his ride, he was enthroned on a bonfire and ceremonially burned. From “Land of the Firebird” by Suzanne Massie.
Maslenica (Maslenitsa) “Butter woman” from the word Maslo which means butter. Originally it was practiced at the Vernal Equinox but later was celebrated the week before lent. Maslenica (mah-sleh-NEET-sa), sometimes called Shrovetide, was a celebration of the returning light, a time of games and contests, especially horse racing, fist fights, sliding and mock battles. It was a time for protection and purification rituals and a time of gluttony, obscenity and dissolution….. from: http://members.aol.com/hpsofsnert/holid.html
Other Maslenitsa links: