The sky is very blue and speckled with cirrus. Mist is rising from the foothills and there’s some kind of thickening of mist at the ocean horizon, and one white puffy cloud over the Coast Range, but that’s it. It’s 50F here in town and temps around the area are within a few degrees of that. The wind is at 3 here and only in one spot on the beaches is it up to the low teens. Shaping up to be a pretty day.
Yesterday I was kinda sleepy in the early part of the day. We had a glump of shoppers in and then it go quiet. Tempus was making a fancy lunch and drove me nuts with smelling bacon! I had expressed a longing for scrambled eggs, so he made those, bacon and toast for lunch. Yum!
…Discovered that I’d made a mistake in the embroidery just after Tempus took off for Newport to get the part for the car. There was a head-on collision at Ona (Life-flight needed, yikes!) so he turned around and came home. I picked out the mistake and then put it down and took a nap.
When I woke back up, Tempus got some supper together. We got things cleaned up, had some dessert and then headed home. We didn’t go to bed early enough. I was sewing a bit and then reading and so we’re yawning, now.
Today I’m going to make a pot of lentils so we’ll have something for quick dinners. I’m going to be sewing today, more pouches to make. Tempus is going to try to get the oil sensor problem worked out. The dinging is getting annoying, but he thinks he may have a solution worked out.
Today’s plant is Wild ginger, Asarum caudatum – This is a different plant from the one usually used in magick, but has only slightly different properties. This is related to black pepper, kava and birthwort. – Masculine, Mars, Fire – This is used for “heating up” spells. While standard ginger is used in money, love, success and power spells, Wild Ginger is mostly used to add power, rather than on its own.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asarum_caudatum
Johnny Appleseed, John Chapman, is usually thought of as an eccentric who wandered the early US throwing apple seeds around, but actually, he was planting orchards and left over 1200 acres of them when he died. An early ecologist, he traveled with a tin pot on his head for a hat. The First Nations tribes, even the hostile ones, revered him. He was a Swedenborgian and carried their literature everywhere he went. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_Appleseed on Swedenborgianism here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_New_Church
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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 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 3/12 at 6:12pm.
At nightfall, the Big Dipper high in the northeast is beginning to tip the left. Look well to its left for Polaris and the Little Dipper. Other than Polaris, all you may see of the Little Dipper through light pollution is the outer two stars of its bowl: Polaris-like Kochab and, below Kochab, fainter Pherkad. (They’re about a fist and a half at arm’s length lower right of Polaris.) This is the time of year when Kochab and Pherkad line up exactly vertical around the end of twilight.
Mercury (fading from magnitude –1 to 0 this week) and Venus (much brighter at mag. –4) glow low in evening twilight due west. Look for Mercury to Venus’s upper right. All week they remain only about 4° apart.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for March 2018 – https://www.almanac.com/sites/default/files/skymap_march2018.pdf
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. 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.
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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.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Su 11 Low 1:41 AM 3.6 7:35 AM Rise 4:17 AM 37
~ 11 High 8:33 AM 6.7 7:17 PM Set 1:48 PM
~ 11 Low 3:52 PM 1.2
~ 11 High 10:33 PM 5.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Waves are inspiring. Not because they rise and fall, but because every time they fall, they always try to rise.
~ All your dreams can come true if you have the courage to pursue them. – Walt Disney
~ And the Devil did grin, for his darling sin is pride that apes humility. – Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) English writer
~ Education is not filling a bucket, but lighting a fire. – William Butler Yeats
~ Every day I get up and look through the Forbes list of the richest people in America. If I’m not there, I go to work. – Robert Orben
March is a boisterous fellow,
And undeterred by fear,
With many pranks proclaims himself
The tomboy of the year! – The 1931 Old Farmer’s Almanac
A protective egg Charm
Take an egg and, by poking small holes at each end of it, empty it out. Fill the egg with Cinquefoil leaf and Dogwood, then tape the holes shut. You can decorate the egg with Runes or symbols of protection, or you can leave it natural. Your home and property will be protected.
Pick a white dandelion puff on the night of the full moon. Charge the dandelion with a wish, call to the four quarters, and blow your wish into the wind.
An Ostara Love Spell
Now, a love spell is not to MAKE someone love you, Witches believe that that sort of manipulation of a person is wrong. Love spells are done to show you your future mate in a premonition, or to draw the right love to you, of their own free will- basically giving Mr. or Mrs. right a gentle push in the right direction.
Read the spell over, gather the ingredients listed, then at night before you go to sleep, recite the spell and perform the actions as you recite them:
Of violets and Lavender, take each a few,
Enclose them with Myrtle of dark green hue.
Make them in a posy, small and round and bright,
May you see your true love in your dreams tonight.
Toss crushed eggshells into the garden and say:
For fairy, for flowers, for herbs in the bowers,
The shells pass fertility with springtime flowers.
Eat an egg you have empowered with a quality you desire.
Bless some seeds with a wish. Plant them, and as they come up, the wish is fulfilled
Silliness – Remember to Be a Good Sport
During the course of a heated softball tournament, the coach felt the need to remind one of his players about the importance of team play and good sportsmanship.
The coach asked the player if he knew and remembered what good sportsmanship was.
The player replied, “Yes.”
The coach then asked him if he knew he shouldn’t curse at the umpire or throw things in anger.
The player again replied “Yes.”
“Good,” said the coach, “now could you please go tell your wife.”