Featured photo by Ken Gagne
Minus Tide at 9:08 AM of -0.6 feet.
We have sun breaks and blue puddles! The sky is mostly covered with clouds, but they’re in lumps. The occasional shower is coming through, keeping the ground damp, but the wind that we dealt with yesterday is gone again, although there are a couple of spots by the water where it’s hitting the mid-teens, still. Yesterday we got 1.4 inches of rain and today only just over 1/10. 49F and as soon as this batch of rain quits it should be mostly dry through the middle of next week!
Yesterday, I wasn’t feeling so hot….my sitter wasn’t happy with me after the longer trip, but more than that I was horrendously sleepy… and for no good reason that I could see. It looks like I’m not going to be going on the longer part of the route with Tempus, just the part that I’ve been doing.
I spent the time that I had at the shop packing crystals and making basket tags for those. Tempus was working on some more bone needles and finding the materials to make some of the other pieces that we’ve been talking about. He also set up a bread loaf and when I needed to go home that wasn’t ready, so he came back to the shop to work some more while I got my home chores done, and wehn he came home around 1am we went right to sleep.
A Ken Gagne photo from back on 2/23/15 of the front of the Yachats Inn.
Today’s Plant is False Lily of the Valley, Maianthemum dilatatum. It was eaten as a poverty food, and the berries won’t hurt you, but they aren’t particularly tasty, either. It was more used as a medicinal by the indigenous peoples, although modern medicine doesn’t substantiate the native uses. The leaves were eaten in spring as a purgative, leaves were made into poultices for scrapes and cuts and the roots were pounded to make a medicine for sore eyes. I don’t know of any magickal uses except against sterility. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maianthemum_dilatatum and here: http://academic.evergreen.edu/projects/gardens/longhouse/monographs/false_lillyofthevalley.htm
The feast of Salus, the personification of safety, health and welfare in the Roman Empire, was held on this date, which had also been the feast of Janus & Concordia. One of the most ancient of the Roman Goddesses, she gradually took on more the aspects of caring for one’s personal health and became associated with Hygeia and Asculapius. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salus
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
Waxing Moon Magick – The waxing moon is for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or healthy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healings for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 4/10 at 11:08pm. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends at 7:57am on 4/1.
The waxing crescent Moon steps nightly past Mercury, Mars, Aldebaran and the Pleiades. (These scenes are drawn exact for the middle of North America.)
As twilight deepens, spot the thin crescent Moon low in the west. Right or lower right of it shines Mercury. Look about 10° above the Moon for Mars, currently about as puny as it gets at only magnitude +1.5. See the illustration above.
Jupiter (magnitude –2.4, in Virgo) is nearing its April 7th opposition. It shines low in the east after nightfall, and higher in the southeast by 11 or midnight. Spica dangles 6° below it. By dawn they’re low in the west-southwest. In a telescope Jupiter is 44 arcseconds across its equator.
Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14
Runic half-month of Ehwaz, 3/30-4/13 – Ehwaz, the horse; time of partnership between humans and Nature, as between rider and horse. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 55
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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
Th 30 High 2:35 AM 8.6 7:00 AM Rise 8:53 AM 4
~ 30 Low 9:08 AM -0.6 7:41 PM Set 11:05 PM
~ 30 High 3:18 PM 7.5
~ 30 Low 9:12 PM 1.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Boost a spirit.
~ The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance- it is the illusion of knowledge. – Daniel J. Boorstin
~ The influence of each human being on others in this life is a kind of immortality. – John Quincy Adams
~ The reason I still work at this stage of life is because I enjoy learning something new each day. – Clint Eastwood
~ The sorrow which has no vent in tears may make other organs weep. – Henry Maudsley
The cure of the part should not be attempted without the cure of the whole. No attempt should be made to cure the body without the soul and if the head and the body are to be healthy, you must begin by curing the mind. That is the first thing. Let no one persuade you to cure the head until he has first given you his soul to be cured. For this is the great error of our day in the treatment of the human body, that physicians first separate the soul from the body. – Plato
Magick – August 27, 2013 – Light of the Party – Confidence in Social Situations by Madisyn Taylor – If you feel shy or awkward in social situations, know that many others are probably feeling the same way too.
If you’ve ever been to a social gathering where you’ve felt awkward and uncomfortable, chances are you are not alone. While social gatherings can be very enjoyable, especially when we are surrounded by people whose company we enjoy, there are social events that we attend where we sometimes find ourselves wishing we were someplace else. Such occasions can sometimes be the cause of much anxiety and self-consciousness. We may even feel like everyone else is having a good time except for us. Yet the truth is that everyone has felt shy and awkward on occasion. One of the best ways to overcome self-consciousness or get past your feelings of shyness at social gatherings is to focus on the people around you. If you can remember that other people might also be feeling awkward or shy, you might find the thought of speaking to them less intimidating or overwhelming.
The next time there is a social event you feel nervous about attending, you may want to try this exercise: Spend some time with your eyes closed and breathe deeply. When you feel ready, create your own zone of comfort by visualizing yourself surrounded in a warm white light that is protective yet accepting of others. Imagine people at the event being drawn to you because of the open and warm feelings that you are radiating. When you arrive at the event, take a moment to spread this same light of loving acceptance to everyone around you. Smile and greet people warmly. Try going up to someone who is standing alone and introduce yourself. When you radiate acceptance, openness, and receptivity, people can’t help but respond to you in kind.
Focusing on how we can make other people at a social gathering feel at ease can help us forget about our own insecurities. In the process, we end up making the very connections that we seek. The next time you attend a social gathering, invite people to join you in your zone of comfort that you have so lovingly and intentionally created. Let yourself enjoy being encircled in the warmth of their friendships.
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