Minus Tide at 9:57 AM of -0.6 feet.
The sky has a lacy white cloud overlay on the blue, but the sunshine is very bright. Everything is sparkling and leaves have a metallic shine. It’s 54F and with almost no chance of rain today. There’s a little spike in the chance of rain tomorrow, but mostly dry otherwise for several days.
Yesterday we just both worked steadily. I did some on the herbs, but kept hitting snags, so finally I just sat and sewed while Tempus worked on his needles. Somehow one ended up on the floor and got snapped, so that’s to do again. <sigh>
Tempus got some lightbulbs changed in the car and then headed for Newport to start the paper route, but an electrical light came on, so he asked a friend to borrow a car for the route and then headed back. I was mostly trying to find some materials for projects that are apparently buried. I quit that around midnight and worked on pictures and got those uploaded around 2am, so then I pulled out a book and read.
Tempus picked me up at 3:40 am. It was nice and dry at that point and cold! 38F and it went down two degrees during the run, since the sky was very, very clear. Jupiter was amazingly bright and you could barely see Orion, he was so far west. Scorpio was nicely framed by trees several times with Antares being really obvious. By the time we got in, though, it was just starting to get light and we fell into bed.
A post on Facebook said of these, “Walmart has chalkboard eggs and chalkboard paint is available, and silver ink pen…”
Today’s plant is the Columbine, genus Aquilegia. Found in garden and native species in Oregon, these plants stick their flowers up into the air where they can be admired. They’re related to aconite and share those qualities of a deadly poisonous plant. The flowers aren’t the problem. It’s the seeds and root. Columbina means “dove” and Aquila is “eagle” supposedly from the resemblance of the flower either to clustered doves or the spur at the back of the flower to an eagle’s claw. There is such a thing as too much imagination…. – Feminine, Venus, Water – Crush between the hands or wear in a pouch that can be squashed to induce courage and daring. Carry a posy of the flowers to attract love and the seeds can be used as a love perfume when crushed, however the seeds are *very* poisonous, so don’t ingest any! More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aquilegia
Today’s feast is the anniversary of the founding of the temple to Luna on the Aventine Hill in Rome. She was one of the principal Gods (one of the “Twenty) and is separate from Juno and Diana, also Moon Goddesses. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luna_%28goddess%29
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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.)
Now in late twilight, Mars is to the right or lower right of the Moon, as shown above.
Draw a line from Castor through Pollux high overhead, follow it farther out by a big 26° (about 2½ fist-widths at arm’s length), and you’re at the dim head of Hydra, the Sea Serpent. In a dark sky it’s a subtle but distinctive star grouping, about the size of your thumb at arm’s length. Binoculars show it easily through light pollution. Continue the line nearly two fists farther on and you hit Alphard, Hydra’s orange heart. Another way to find the head of Hydra: It’s almost midway from Procyon to Regulus.
The huge, bright Winter Hexagon is still in view after dark, filling the sky to the southwest and west. It’s the biggest well-known asterism in the sky. Start with brilliant Sirius in the southwest, the Hexagon’s lower left corner. High above Sirius is Procyon. From there look even higher for Pollux and Castor, rightward from Castor to Menkalinan and bright Capella, lower left from there to Aldebaran (near the Moon tonight), lower left to Rigel at the bottom of Orion, and back to Sirius.
Venus (magnitude –4.2) passes through inferior conjunction with the Sun on March 25th, but it does so at its maximum possible separation of 8° north of the Sun. Can you find Venus at both dusk and dawn on the same day, or across the same night? Your chance is ending! See the March Sky & Telescope, page 46, or online, See an Ultra-Thin Crescent.
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
F 31 High 3:15 AM 8.6 6:58 AM Rise 9:35 AM 10
~ 31 Low 9:57 AM -0.6 7:43 PM
~ 31 High 4:13 PM 7.1
~ 31 Low 9:57 PM 1.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Work on Loving Yourself Every Day.
~ The warrior strives to attend to all of the sensory inputs coming in. – Kerr Cuhulain
There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship. – Thomas Aquinis
~ Those who have lost an infant are never, in a way, without an infant. – Leigh Hunt (1784-1859) English writer
~ To change ones life: Start immediately. Do it flamboyantly. – William James
My sister my sister…
My heart breaks
As your energy wanes
We celebrate you.
Your life, your love.
But our Mother awaits, She holds her arms out.
She waits…to wrap you in Her loving arms.
There is a sweetness that She offers.
Our beloved sister dances her path to the end.
She smiles, her spirit soars.
Our hearts break… yet we celebrate.
Shekihinah our bodhisattva…will return. – Blessed Be! GrannyMoon Aug. 5 2007
Beltane Magick – Beltane Correspondences – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html
Date(s): celebrated: starts on the evening of April 30th, concluding at sunset of May 1st, actual: the date on which the sun is at 15 degrees Taurus.
Activities and Rituals: fertilize, nurture and boost existing goals, games, activities of pleasure, leaping bonfires, making garlands, May Pole dance, planting seeds, walking one’s property, feasting
Colors: Red, White, Brown, Pink, Green
Tools: Broom, May Pole, cauldron
Stones/Gems: Emerald, malachite, amber, orange carnelian, sapphire, rose quartz
Symbols & Decorations: May Pole, fires, fertility, flowers, growing things, ploughs, cauldrons of flowers
Foods: Dairy, bread, cereals
Flowers, Herbs: Lily of the valley, foxglove, rose, broom, Hawthorne, Dittany of Crete, elder, mint, mugwort, thyme, yarrow, almond tree/shrub, clover, ivy, marigold, meadowsweet, rowan, sorrel, woodruff
Deities: Aphrodite, Artemis, Bast, Diana, Faunus, Flora, Maia, Pan,
the Horned God, Venus, and all Gods and Goddesses who preside over fertility.
Animals: Swallow, dove, swan, Cats, lynx, leopard
Other Names: Cetsamhain (opposite Samhain),May Day, Fairy Day, Sacred Thorn Day, Rood Day, Roodmas (the Christian term for Rood Day, Old Beltane, Beltaine, Beltain, Baltane, Walpurgis Night, Floriala (Roman feast of flowers from April 29 to May 1), Walpurgisnacht (Germanic-feast of St. Walpurga), Thrimilce (Anglo-saxon), Bloumaand (Old Dutch)