It’s raining. The air smells good! No wind, at all. We’ve gotten 1/10 of an inch so far and are due most of 3/4 by midnight. The clouds are down to 500 feet, so all of the moisture is getting wrung out of them by being pushed over the Coast Range. Everything’s going to get watered and we could have a dry weekend and next week, after.
I sat at my desk doing nearly nothing for the first hour we were at the shop. After that I did a long counseling session and consult and then had steady customers for awhile. Tempus was mostly working in back.
Late in the afternoon I got a nap and Tempus was up front and then he went into the back again and I started writing. The light didn’t go away in the shop until just after 7pm. I was startled by ….something…. and looked up and it was gone. I think it was the light going that got my attention.
We had some of the corned beef stew for supper. Tempus added potatoes to it and it was even better. He headed out at about 8:30 and I spent awhile after that potting plants. I had found that there were a bunch of stunted yarrow plants volunteering on one of the stepping stones by the car. I didn’t even realize there was a stone under the needles, etc, until I tried to dig one up! No wonder they were stunted! So they’re separated and in their own pots, now. After that I got tags on a bunch of product and got them set out for sale.
I got one of the left-over butters from the feast out of the freezer and had a slice of bread with it. That was really tasty!
I finally got the page I was working on done at about 2:#0 and then I kinda vegged until he picked me up. We had a good trip. It wasn’t too cold, and the roads were dry and not sloppy. We talked all the way through and then got home, just as the clouds began to lighten with dawn.
Today we have to get all of our chores done, which is going to be interesting….
Photo by Ken Gagne of Yachats Bay from 3/30/16
Today’s Plant is Cascade penstemon, or coast penstemon, Penstemon serrulatus. A member of the plantain family, this was used by the 1st nations peoples as a medicinal remedy for toothache. It’s common name, “Beardtongue” is because the flower appears to be sticking out it’s hairy tongue! It has a lovely flower, and is a semi-deciduous shrub, which usually is very short, unlike many shrubs. The tender shoots that the flowers grow on often get frost-nipped so onlysurvive for a year or so, with the rest of the plant surviving below the level of surrounding plants, acting as a perennial ground-cover. –Feminine, Venus, Earth – Use for headaches, particularly headaches coming from tooth pain or infection by binding the herb with red wool and/or putting it into a red cloth pouch and bind to the head, or even put into your pillowcase at bedtime. You can put a leaf in your shoes to help with the effects of standing on them too long. Roots protect from snakebite and a bunch of the flowers will chase negativity away, particularly that coming from outside. Iow, it won’t do much for a bad mood…. More on Penstemon here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penstemon
Maslenitsa is a Slavic Feast. It literally means “Butter Woman”. Nowadays it is observed as part of the pre-Lent festivities, but it may originally have been just an end of winter feast like Caillach or some of the other more Western festivals, which is how it is celebrated with Rodnoveri. It’s a week of dairy products and pancakes! One of the odder ones to Western taste is a “red & black cake” which is several large pancakes stacked in layers with red and black caviar in individual layers, a cottage-type cheese in other layers, slathered with butter, and sliced like a layer cake. This is a totally different kind of pancake from our sweet ones! More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maslenitsa and here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kostroma_%28deity%29
Maslenitsa – Suhii (March) 21 – Maslenitsa is a very ancient festival, the holiday of the Spring Equinox and the end of the winter frosts. People enjoy themselves, engaging in much feasting, dancing, wearing of masks, playing on traditional musical instruments, and contests of strength, all to enact spring unbridled, in action and fighting. Traditional pastries are also baked, called blini (a type of potato pancake), to symbolize the sun.
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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 3/31 at 5:37am. Waxing Crescent – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 3/24 at 8:35am.
The thickening Moon now works its way high through Taurus. The blue 10° scale is about the size of your fist held at arm’s length. In these scenes the Moon is always drawn three times its actual apparent size. Upper right of the crescent Moon this evening, you’ll find the Pleiades. Upper left of the Moon are Aldebaran and the Hyades.
Do you know how to find the horntips of Taurus, Zeta (ζ) and Beta (β) Tauri? One way is to extend the sides of the Hyades V way up, by about a fist and a half, as shown here. (The Moon will join them in two days.) But another way uses brighter stars. Spot Betelgeuse high in the southwest these evenings. It’s Orion’s topmost bright star. Then look high in the northwest for Capella, even brighter. The horntips of Taurus lie halfway between them, lined up with them. Beta, on the right, is the brighter of the two.
Jupiter (magnitude –2.3, in Libra) rises around 11 or midnight daylight-saving time and shines as the brightest point in the early-morning sky. Jupiter is highest and presents the sharpest views in a telescopes around 4 or 5 a.m., well before dawn.
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
Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14
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 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
W 21 High 3:33 AM 8.0 7:17 AM Rise 9:52 AM 11
~ 21 Low 10:12 AM 0.3 7:30 PM
~ 21 High 4:21 PM 6.7
~ 21 Low 10:07 PM 1.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I grow through my experiences.
Journal Prompt – What do you think? – Chief Seattle wrote, “We are part of the earth and it is part of us.The perfumed flowers are our sisters. The bear, the deer, and the great eagle, these are our brothers….” What do you think he meant by this?
~ Stop majoring in the minors. – Dan Mezick
~ Stories… are like prayers. It does not matter when you begin, or when you end, only that you bend a knee and say the words. – Cat Valente, In the Night Garden
~ The common error of ordinary religious practice is to mistake the symbol for the reality, to look at the finger pointing the way and then to suck it for comfort rather than follow it. – Alan Watts
~ The earth laughs in flowers. – e. e. cummings
I think that I may say that an American has not seen the United States until he has seen Mardi Gras in New Orleans. – Mark Twain (1835–1910)
Pretty Place Settings: Spring Holiday – April 1, 2011 – It’s the perfect season to host an outdoor garden party or indoor brunch buffet. Whatever you choose, we have simple, inspired ways to take your table décor to the next level.
3 Rules for Spring-Ready Settings
- Vary Sizes & Shapes: Creating one-of-a-kind looks is easy when you master the art of the mix and match. For example, start with a round yellow plate. Offset it with an orange-and-yellow placemat in a geometric pattern. The hard lines of the textile contrast the plate’s soft shape, but the shared color makes it work.
- Don’t Shy Away from Color: There are endless ways to approach your place settings, but we believe they all deserve a little dose of color. Do it with a napkin ring, a bud vase or even your salt and pepper shakers.
- Have Fun with Florals: Spring is in full swing, so take advantage of the gorgeous flowers in bloom. Our favorites for spring include delicate Spring Cress, lush hydrangeas and bright purple and yellow pansies.
- Whites & Brights: This table feels like a breath of fresh air. Start with linens in cream or white, then stack up dishes in various shapes and sizes. Since everything is a shade of white, the look feels crisp and clean, but also textured. Add in a bright blossom for just a hint of color.
- Egg-Inspired: Give a nod to the spring holiday with decorative eggs. Pile them into miniature woven baskets on top of each plate. Enhance the look with more sweet touches, like a place card, a ribbon around the basket base and more eggs or flowers displayed in ceramic eggcups.3. Pretty Pastels: Nothing says spring like a symphony of pale spring shades. Dress your table with fun textiles and dishware in hues like lavender, petal pink, tangerine and robin’s egg blue. This look is all about color, so don’t be afraid to incorporate lots of different shades.4. Kids’ Corner: Entertain little ones (and simplify clean-up) by lining your table with inexpensive craft paper, then nestle crayons and egg-shaped chalk into dishes for a table that’s festive and super fun. Finish the look with handmade pennant garland nametags for each tot.