It’s overcast, but fairly bright. Rain is supposed to start later, but at the moment pavement is dry. It’s 47 with the wind at 3mph, gusting to 8 here at home. There are spots by the ocean where it’s up into the teens.
Yesterday started with the stew that I had made. I pulled the meat to cool while I was getting the newsletter out, and then picked it over. We had used a pack of spare-ribs and Tempus doesn’t like bones and gristle, so I had to get those picked out. Once that was done he helped me set up the roaster for the pork roast that I had planned for suppers this week, and then got me the things so I could sort the broth away from the solids in the stew, so’s to get it degreased before it went back.
Class went well and we snacked on pork roast, babovka and kolace. After that Tempus got the food put away and settled down to pay some bills and finished up. We put some food together for home and then headed back to sleep.
Today we slept in a bit and we’ve gotten some chores started, but Tempus just had to head for the shop. We’ve had trouble with the landline every so often and yesterday it went in and out, so the phone company is down there to see if they can suss out the problem. I’m here, so I can keep going on chores. Once he’s back he’ll have to get the stuff from the dryer.
Eventually we’ll be back at the shop. I’m going to work on the cookbook tonight while he heads into Newport to get the paper route going and then he’ll be by to pick me up. It’s going to be a wet run tonight, but it should stay warm enough that there’s no ice, anyway.
Photo by Ken Gagne over the Seal Rocks on 2/22/17
Today’s plant is the Weeping Cherry, Grandma’s favorite, which seems to be this one http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prunus_subhirtella, the Higan Cherry. There are listings for cherries and weeping trees both, but the weeping cherries do not produce fruit, only lovely flowers. Cherries: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cherry Cherry Blossom: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cherry_blossom Weeping Trees: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weeping_tree – Divination, Creativity; Healing – Objects made of Cherry wood are used to attract Love. Cherry juice is used as a substitute for blood in old recipes. Cherry gum is burned as a resin for sore throats.
First Equirria – There were two days of horse racing framing the festivals of the gods of Rome as the family of Mars. They’re some of the earliest religious observances documented in Roman practice and may have been preserved as a religious requirement long after the time when anyone knew what they were for! Driving the biga, the two-wheeled light-weight chariot was a feature of these races, since it had a ritual sacred aspect as well as the excitement of a horse race! More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equirria and on the bigahere: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biga_(chariot)
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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 3/1 at 4:51pm. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 3/1 at 4:51am.
During the night of the 28th, watch the just-short-of-full Moon creep up on Regulus. As always, the moon symbols here are drawn three times the Moon’s actual apparent size. Their centers are plotted exact for latitude 40° N, longitude 90° W, near the population center of North America.
After dinnertime at this time of year, five carnivore constellations are rising upright in a row from the northeast to south. They’re all seen in profile with their noses pointed up and their feet (if any) to the right. These are Ursa Major the Big Bear in the northeast with the Big Dipper as its brightest part, Leo the Lion in the east (with the bright Moon tonight!), dim Hydra the Sea Serpent in the southeast, Canis Minor the Little Dog higher in the south-southeast, and bright Canis Major the Big Dog in the south.
Mars (magnitude +0.8, in the feet of Ophiuchus) rises around 2 a.m., some 25° to the lower left of Jupiter. Don’t confuse Mars with twinklier Antares, which is about 10° to Mars’s left or upper left in the early-morning hours. By dawn, Mars and Antares are approaching the meridian in the south and are at very nearly the same height.
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.
©2018 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
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
Tu 27 Low 3:57 AM 2.8 6:57 AM Set 5:31 AM 86
~ 27 High 9:52 AM 8.6 6:02 PM Rise 3:33 PM
~ 27 Low 4:52 PM -0.9
~ 27 High 11:20 PM 7.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I am a beautiful flower that is blossoming more and more each day.
~ You must think for yourself, eliminating useless habits and routines, unfettered by dogma. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ An orphan’s curse would drag to hell, a spirit from on high; but oh! more horrible than that, is a curse in a dead man’s eye! – Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) English writer
~ Brave men do not gather by thousands to torture and murder a single individual, so gagged and bound he cannot make even feeble resistance or defense. – Ida B. Wells
~ Do one thing every day that scares you. – Eleanor Roosevel
And in the nights of winter,
When the cold north winds blow,
And the long howling of the wolves
Is heard amidst the snow;
When round the lonely cottage
Roars loud the tempest’s din,
And the good logs of Algidus
Roar louder yet within;
When the oldest cask is opened,
And the largest lamp is lit;
When the chestnuts glow in the embers,
And the kid turns on the spit;
When young and old in circle
Around the firebrands close;
When the girls are weaving baskets,
And the lads are shaping bows;
When the goodman mends his armor,
And trims his helmet’s plume;
When the goodwife’s shuttle merrily
Goes flashing through the loom;
With weeping and with laughter
Still is the story told,
How well Horatius kept the bridge
In the brave days of old. – From Lays of Ancient Rome, by Thomas Babington Macaulay
Ostara Seed Spell
Small plant pot
Write your goals and ambitions for the following year on the paper. Place the paper at the bottom of the pot, and lay the coin on top of it. Fill the pot with soil. Plant the seed into the soil, and water. Hold the pot between both hands and visualize your dreams/wishes growing as the plant does. Place the pot in a sunny spot, and nurture.
Ostara Rededication Spell Author: Edain McCoy
Re-dedicate yourself to your deities and renew your commitment to the magical life with this ritual. Invite your deities to your circle by lighting candles in their honor. Anoint yourself four times with the following oils: Sandalwood for purity, rosemary for power, lotus for spirituality, and clove for courage. When you are finished say:
Lord and Lady, as you dwell in me,
Make a fit vessel of me;
Give me strength and wisdom to do
All these thing I’ve promised to you.
OSTARA- Daffodowndilly Spell
The purpose of this spell is to make wishes concerning all areas of your life.
This is the perfect time of year for planting wishes that will come to fruition in summer and using plant ingredients for magic is a age old custom.
You will need:
As part of your OSTARA ritual and in a properly cast circle, work as follows.
- Light the green candle saying: By the shoot
- Light the yellow candle saying: By the flower I invoke OSTARAs power
- Take each bulb and seperately name it after the wish you seek to acheieve.
- Hold them in your hands and chant your wish into them with the following words: As the nights shrink down and this bulb goes underground, As the days grow long, so the thing I wish grows strong.
- Bury the bulbs in the soil, or potting soil. Place your hands palms down on the soil and visualize the growth you have wished for coming to pass.
- Keep the bulbs inside until the threat of frost has passed, then plant outside next to the spring flowering bulbs.
The idea here is to trade on the fertility of the daffodils by empowering summer flowering bulbs and planting them closely by. The summer bulbs will get the general idea from the flowering daffodown dillies and charged with your wishes hurry to grow and flower.
From Hearth and Home Witchery
Silliness – I Differentiate You!
A mathematician went insane and believed that he was the differentiation operator. His friends had him placed in a mental hospital until he got better. All day he would go around frightening the other patients by staring at them and saying “I differentiate you!”
One day he met a new patient; and true to form he stared at him and said “I differentiate you!”, but for once, his victim’s expression didn’t change. Surprised, the mathematician marshalled his energies, stared fiercely at the new patient and said loudly “I differentiate you!”, but still the other man had no reaction.
Finally, in frustration, the mathematician screamed out “I DIFFERENTIATE YOU!”
The new patient calmly looked up and said, “You can differentiate me all you like: I’m e to the x.”