Hmm… not doing well by the newsletter this week. In short, I screwed up and didn’t put anything together for today, which is our “home day” for the week. I’m going to fill in what I have here, may be able to add the rest later, maybe tomorrow. Hoping I haven’t screwed anything up for anyone.
It’s 59F! Some different than the cold we’ve had for a bit….well, cold for us, anyway. It’s been clouding up, and that’s getting thicker. Rain is supposed to start around suppertime. There’s an Active Warning: Gale Warning (See More) for 4am to 7pm tomorrow.
Yesterday flew by. Other than a few chores I was stitching all day. Once we were at the shop I did a little sorting, a little putting away, but mostly stitching. I should be done with this project some time today and mailing it off tomorrow, so I won’t be boring you with it for much longer.
For supper we had a chicken stew that I had saved in the freezer. Later in the evening I nibbled on leftover rye rolls, utopenci (that pickled sausage) and some other pickled things, but I was being *very* careful to keep it all away from the embroidery after the cherry tea episode. Yes, it came out, but…. you can still see the stain. 😦
He headed out to do a sizeable shopping list (1st Tuesday so us old farts get a discount) got that done and was bagging papers on time, getting on the road before 11:30. He stopped at the shop to drop off the food for me to put away (partly done, but at least the fridge and freezer stuff is taken care of) after the Bayview loop, and then came back to pick me up 3:30-ish.
It was a beautiful night for a drive. It wasn’t took cold, just brisk and fresh. Not too much wind although it was picking up as the night went on. The Moon was bright , although veiled with cloud when we started, but that thickened until She was hiding more than not. At one point there was an arrangement of clouds with Her directly behind one where it looked like on of the Hindu temple paintings with the 5 sided figure around a deities head and the rays of cloud and light streaming away. Moonlight on the Bay and Alsea River and on the surf is always lovely, and dawn was breaking before we got done.
Turn the clocks ahead this weekend. Spring Forward!
From The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett
Luffa (or loofah, luffa aegyptica or luffa acutangula) is an odd sort of plant, rather like a cucumber in that it’s a long, green vegetable with the flesh on the outside and a core full of seeds. They’re even edible, if a little bitter, when young. The biggest difference is that they grow a fibrous frame that has been used for a long time as a “vegetable sponge”, wherever they grow, and are particularly good for scrubbing scratchable dishes, counters and glassware. They’re used a lot in Chinese medicine, and the juice is a remedy for jaundice. – Feminine, Moon, Water – Their magicks include helping with rheumatism and arthritis, detoxing, especially the liver, and with acne and scarring. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luffa
Well, this one floored me. I had never heard about a Roman god whose name was Vejovis! No one knows a lot about him, but there was a temple to him in Rome. He may have come from an older Etruscan god, but was said to have been the first god born and was sacrificed to to avoid plagues. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vejovis
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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 3/17 at 6:12am. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 3/9 at 3:20am.
With the Moon out of the evening sky, this is a fine week to look for the zodiacal light if you live in the mid-northern latitudes — now that the ecliptic tilts high upward from the western horizon at nightfall. From a clear, clean, dark site, look west at the very end of twilight for a vague but huge, narrow pyramid of pearly light. It’s very tall and tilted to the left, aligning along the constellations of the zodiac. What you’re seeing is sunlit interplanetary dust, orbiting the Sun near the ecliptic plane. Believe it or not, seen from interstellar distances this would be the solar system’s most prominent feature after the Sun itself. The “zodiacal lights” of dust around other stars may be a real obstacle to someday seeing their small, terrestrial planets.
Mercury (about magnitude –1) and much brighter Venus (mag. –4) glow shyly side by side very low in twilight early in the week, then they slowly pull farther apart. They appear closest together on the evening of March 3rd, as shown at the top of this page.
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 Teiwaz/Tyr, 2/27-3/13 This is a time of positive regulation, sacrifice and hard work in order to progress.
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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.
Posted by Frank Cordeiro on Facebook today.
Jupiter starts Retrograde today and will be retrograde until July 10th. Jupiter retrograde represents a time of philosophical or spiritual introspection and reflection. You will have to deal with particular issues involving growth and development, happiness and success.
Jupiter retrograde means that whatever area of growth you need to work on is so important, extra time is needed to take stock and make sure everything in order before you continue. You may be tested to make sure you are ready to receive the good fortune, new romance, or increased wealth you seek.
Jupiter retrograde marks a four month period of reviewing written materials, projects and daily schedules. The way to expansion is through an in-depth excavation of your daily habits and patterns. Understanding which rituals set you up for long-term success and which might feel good in the moment but have no positive impact on the future is the gift of this transit. Receive it and be rewarded for years to come.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
W 7 High 3:53 AM 7.6 6:43 AM Set 10:01 AM 75
~ 7 Low 10:37 AM 1.1 6:12 PM
~ 7 High 4:44 PM 6.0
~ 7 Low 10:26 PM 2.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The day is bright and full of activity. Stop in the midst of it and take stock.
Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – In Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll, Alice laughed and said, “There’s no use trying, one can’t believe impossible things.” Explain why you agree or disagree with Alice.
~ Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality. – Carl Sagan
~ Short is the life of the proud. – The Saga of Hrafnkel Freysgothi, c.14
~ Sincerity, Self-Discipline, Compassion, Perseverance, Truth, Industriousness, Justice, Largesse, Courage, Humility, Courtesy, Loyalty, Honor. – Order of Scathach principles of Chivalry.
~ Strength comes from flexibility, from flowing. – Kerr Cuhulain
It is the first mild day of March:
Each minute sweeter than before
The redbreast sings from the tall larch
That stands beside our door. – William Wordsworth (1770–1850)
Once upon a time there was a little rabbit who loved Layla, the Spring Maiden who brings the flowers and new grass.
She was only a little bunny, not very smart, not very strong, not very pretty, but soft and sweet and very, very loving.
She wanted to do something nice for Layla to show how much she loved Her.
She thought and thought and finally thought about eggs. Eggs are round like the world. That is a good thing for Layla!
Now birds are the ones who lay eggs, and eggs are usually white or brown, but this little rabbit didn’t know that. She laid a whole nest full of eggs for a gift to Layla and for the great earth mother, Lada.
They were bright colors, like flowers and had pretty pictures to show how much the bunny liked the world in springtime.
This sweet little rabbit took her eggs, put them in a basket with flowers and delicious spring herbs. She brought them to Layla and her mother, saying, “I know they’re not much of a gift, but I thought you might like them.”
Layla told the little rabbit, “Bunny dear, your sweetness and your love have created a miracle!”
Layla was so happy with the eggs that she gave the little rabbit the power to share those eggs with the whole world. Lada even put the bunny’s picture on the moon so that we would not forget the love that made the impossible happen.
Ever since that time we take eggs and paint or dye them in bright colors and eat candies and pastries shaped like eggs and remember the sweet little rabbit that we call the Easter Bunny.
Silliness – Something’s Fishy
- Where are most fish found? Between the head and the tail!
- What kind of fish will help you hear better? A herring aid!
- What do fish sing to each other? Salmon-chanted evening!
- How does an octopus go to war? Well-armed!
- Where do you find a down-and-out octopus? On squid row!
- What do you get if you cross an abbot with a trout? Monkfish!
- What bit of fish doesn’t make sense? The piece of cod that passeth all understanding!
- Q – What is dry on the outside, filled with water and blows up buildings? A – A fish tank!
- What was the Tsar of Russia’s favorite fish? Tsardines!
- What did the boy octopus say to the girl octopus? I wanna hold you hand, hand, hand, hand, hand, hand, hand, hand!