The sky is a lumpy grey with spots of bright silver and one or two of a pale pastel that might be trying for blue. Mostly it’s just lumpy…. We got 3/10 of an inch of rain yesterday and over 4/10’s so far today, but it looks like the rain should be over until mid-afternoon tomorrow, which is a nice break. It’s 52F and feeling much more like spring.
Yesterday we worked for a bit at the shop, then went to Newport to run some errands. We left Waldport in bright sunshine, got rained on in Newport and then when we got back to Waldport, where was the sunshine?
I got going on my writing and Tempus put some supper together and by the time we were done eating it was nearly time for him to head for Newport. I was sorting some pictures while he was shopping and he called to make sure he had what we needed, then headed over to bag papers while I got back to work.
I looked out the window at 11:30 and it was pouring. It had been dry just a few minutes earlier. Half an hour after that it was dry again. Tempus picked me up at 2:30 and we took some doughnuts with us from his shopping trip. We rolled through the route, chatting for the first and last parts and listening to a little on the radio in the middle.
Last night was a frog night. All through Bayshore and out Bayview, in spots along 34 and in Waldport proper, we heard everything from “peent” to “BA-REEP”! At one point near the end of the run out along Bayview there were frogs frantically bailing off the road from out in front of us! I saw eyes shining from the trees and brush several times, as well, but couldn’t be sure of what they were attached to and several cats scooted away from the road in places.
Late in the run, when we were less than an hour from being finished, I started seeing a bright spot in the clouds in the East. Now NE, that’s Toledo, and N is Newport and when we’re not in Waldport proper you can see bright spots from the Forestry Center, Ocean Hills, the industrial park, etc. ….but nothing east….. Until She broke through the cloud! By that time I was getting more than occasional glimpses of stars as the clouds were breaking up, and Jupiter high and bright, and Scorpio was plain as well, high in the south, but then the Waning Crescent came through and made for bright spots on other clouds and even “drawing water” rays. I watched the moon track across Alsea Bay all the way out Bayview and back and even when we got home (5:30-ish) I could still see the bright edges of clouds. You could just tell that it was going to get light soon, looking at the clouds to the north.
We’ve been doing chores this morning, since we woke. Tempus went up to check to make sure the chores were done upstairs, too. He’s going to get some laundry soap made, (now that we have the ingredients again, from the shopping run last night), and then head home to do some of that while I work here at the shop. I need clothes for the week! 🙂
Today’s plant is the Rhododendron genus, specifically the wild rhodys that we have out here, that should be blooming in about 5 weeks, (and some are starting up, nursery varieties) the Pacific rhododendron, Rhododendron macrophyllum. Rhodys have native forms in much of the world (not South America or Africa) They are one of the showiest of the flowers with hybrids and cultivars all over the place, including the azaleas which fall into this genus, but there are some that you wouldn’t recognize, having almost no flowers at all! The plant is toxic to many animals and honey made from the plants will make you ill. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhododendron Our rhodys out here are lovely during their bloom time, when you see a hit of pink here and there along highways and trails and in the woods and then within days drifts and swathes and whole hillsides are pink! It’s a hardy plant, which grows well in disturbed places, particularly areas that were burned over. It will re-grow from the scorched roots! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhododendron_macrophyllum – There aren’t any magickal references to rhododendrons that I’ve found, which doesn’t make any sense, since at least the cultivated ones are all over! Azaleas stand for Temperance in the language of flowers. Yellow rhododendron, native to Sibera, is use for rheumatism, gout and syphilis. My personal uses for them are for glamourie, beauty and outward show, but also for the learning to make these unnecessary by creating inward beauty and serenity. When these flowers are in season I use the fresh ones as a “notice me!” spell.
Attis is one of the stranger gods that come out of the Mediterranean area. He is the consort of the mother goddess Cybele, whose worship was orgiastic and whose priests castrated themselves. This is the day that his image was hung from a tree and paraded into Rome. He pre-figures some of the odder stories about Jesus with his death and resurrection, birth from a virgin at the Winter Solstice, crucifixion, etc. Easter baskets with grass may have some odd connection with his rites. More on Attis here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attis and on the feast here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cybele#.27Holy_week.27_in_March
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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 3/27 at 7:57pm. Waning Crescent Moon – Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 3/23 at 8:57am.
For skywatchers not far from 40° north latitude, now is the best day, or night, to try for a rare dual sighting of Venus — extremely low in the west-northwest shortly after sunset, and extremely low in the east shortly before sunrise. Binoculars will help. See the March Sky & Telescope, page 46.
Saturn (magnitude +0.5, in Sagittarius upper right of the Teapot) rises in the early morning hours and glows in the southeast to south before and during dawn. Redder Antares (magnitude +1.0) twinkles 18° to Saturn’s right.
Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14
Runic half-month of Berkana/ Beorc, 3/14-29 Half-month ruled by the goddess of the birch tree; a time of purification for rebirth and new beginnings.
©2017 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14. Fern (FAIR-n) Alder – The common alder (Alnus glutinosa (L.) Gaertner) is common along lowland rivers, where it grows with aspens, poplars, and willows. Like willows, alders sprout from stumps. This allows them to regenerate after heavy flooding. In protect sites they may grow to 20 m (65 feet) tall. Their leaves are more blunt-tipped than most North American alders, which look more like the grey alder (A. incana (L.) Moench). This species is more common in the mountains of Europe, and is not restricted to moist soils. Like ashes, European alders are not widely cultivated in North American (they are often sold as black alders), but several native species are. Alder wood is said to resist rotting when it is wet, and was the wood of choice for pilings in many regions. Alders are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae).
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
/Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
W 22 Low 2:36 AM 3.6 7:15 AM Rise 4:04 AM 39
~ 22 High 8:24 AM 6.5 7:32 PM Set 1:54 PM
~ 22 Low 3:37 PM 1.2
~ 22 High 10:14 PM 5.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – In the Name of the Crone: I will acknowledge my inner wisdom
~ If a man does not know to what port he is steering, no wind is favourable.- Seneca
~ If a man has no tea in him, he is incapable of understanding truth and beauty. – Japanese Proverb
~ If I had a flower for every time I thought of you I could walk through my garden forever. – Alfred Lord Tennyson
~ If you are not free to choose wrongly and irresponsibly, you are not free at all. – Jacob Hornberger
Shower and wind have swept the sky,
But both have passed and now on high
Shine the unnumbered stars;
O world of blue, too burning bright
By day to pierce with questing sight,
’Tis night your realm unbars! ~ From Ethel B. Howard’s “Mid-Summer Stars.”
Delicate and dainty doily baskets are perfect for displaying a collection of beautifully decorated eggs on a table, mantel or anywhere you please. You may want to work on your baskets first, so they’re ready and waiting when your eggs are complete.
Gather Your Materials: Use just three simple items to create your baskets: stitched fabric doilies, fabric stiffener (both available at fabric and craft stores) and a bowl to shape your basket. Use a bowl that’s just a bit smaller than your doily. Print and take our handy Materials List with you when you’re shopping for items.
Step 2: Line the bowl you want to shape your doily around with plastic wrap (either inside or outside is fine). Place the doily over the bottom or around the inside of the bowl to create your desired basket shape. As you smooth out and shape the doily, try to push out excess stiffener.
Step 3: Allow the doily to dry completely (approximately 2 hours), and then carefully peel away from the bowl.
Tip: You can personalize and decorate your baskets further after they’re dry by threading ribbon through the holes around the top edge of the doily. Try thin silk ribbon in spring pastels like yellow, pink and green.
Tip: Create a soft, colorful nest for your eggs inside the doily basket by shredding extra decorative paper and crumpling together.
I use this dough to make a passel of bunnies to put around the house for Oestre. Of course, you can use this dough for just about anything, eggs, chicks, even make your own Willendorf Goddess statue <G>
- 3/4 cup salt
- 3/4 cup non-self-rising flour
- 2 tsp powdered alum (look in the drugstore or grocery)
- 3/4 cup water
- 2 tblsp vegetable oil
- food coloring
- Mix salt, 1/2 cup flour, and alum in a saucepan.
- Add water slowly, stirring to break up lumps.
- place over low heat and cook, stirring constantly, until mixture is rubbery and difficult to stir. It should not be sticky when touched.
- Add vegetable oil. Stir until blended.
- Turn out onto a plate or aluminum foil. Set aside until cool enough to handle.
- If more than one color is desired, divide mixture into portions and to each portion add a different color. Knead until color is blended.
- Add up to 1/4 cup flour if clay is sticky.
- Makes 1 1/2 cups
How to Use: Model as with any clay. Press clay into molds or use it to make beads (pierce holes in beads before clay dries) This clay hardens in 1 or 2 days; do not bake. Store in an airtight container.
Speckled Eggs – Begin with dyed or brown eggs, then hand brush larger dots on with dark brown paint. Smaller speckles? Dip a toothbrush in paint to spray each egg with color by using your thumb; we simply suggest wearing gloves.
Silliness – Light Bulbs – Q: How many Golden Dawners does it take to change a light bulb?
A: One to hold the ladder, one to hold the bulb, three to decipher the Light Bulb Ritual from the Secret Chiefs, one to publish it, and one to sue all the others.