There are several layers of cloud, but where you can see the sky it is very blue and the sun is very bright when there’s no cloud in the way. There’s a first layer wisping up out of the trees. Another layer of big, puffy, cumulus is next, thin over the ocean and ominously grey over the Coast Range. Above that is a layer of puffs and stripes, scudding fast at an angle to the cumulus and then a final layer, mostly of stripes, of cirrus. The sunshine isn’t likely to last too long, since we’re due over 1/2 an inch of rain by midnight. There’s little wind inland, but here in town it’s at 9mph and on the beaches it’s getting up into the teens.
Yesterday was quiet and slow, pretty much we rested and did chores. We were still going on that at midnight, but it got done. It was kinda nice to just take it easy and listen to the rain on the solarium roof. The last load of laundry, which was the bed quilt, came down liberally speckled with it and Tempus said maybe he shouldn’t have bothered with the dryer! 🙂
We have a lot of stuff to whomp through at the shop today and I didn’t sleep at all well, so I’m having trouble getting my brain to kick in. We’re planning to close on time tonight (closing is at 6pm, now) since there’s a business owners meeting and we’ve stopped the Thursday sewing night. Tempus has the paper route tonight, as well.
Today’s plant is the Rhododendron genus, specifically the wild rhodys that we have out here, that should be blooming in about 5 weeks, (and some are starting up, nursery varieties) the Pacific rhododendron, Rhododendron macrophyllum. Rhodys have native forms in much of the world (not South America or Africa) They are one of the showiest of the flowers with hybrids and cultivars all over the place, including the azaleas which fall into this genus, but there are some that you wouldn’t recognize, having almost no flowers at all! The plant is toxic to many animals and honey made from the plants will make you ill. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhododendron Our rhodys out here are lovely during their bloom time, when you see a hit of pink here and there along highways and trails and in the woods and then within days drifts and swathes and whole hillsides are pink! It’s a hardy plant, which grows well in disturbed places, particularly areas that were burned over. It will re-grow from the scorched roots! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhododendron_macrophyllum – There aren’t any magickal references to rhododendrons that I’ve found, which doesn’t make any sense, since at least the cultivated ones are all over! Azaleas stand for Temperance in the language of flowers. Yellow rhododendron, native to Sibera, is used for rheumatism, gout and syphilis. My personal uses for them are for glamourie, beauty and outward show, but also for the learning to make these unnecessary by creating inward beauty and serenity. When these flowers are in season I use the fresh ones as a “notice me!” spell.
Attis is one of the stranger gods that come out of the Mediterranean area. He is the consort of the mother goddess Cybele, whose worship was orgiastic and whose priests castrated themselves. This is the day that his image was hung from a tree and paraded into Rome. He pre-figures some of the odder stories about Jesus with his death and resurrection, birth from a virgin at the Winter Solstice, crucifixion, etc. Easter baskets with grass may have some odd connection with his rites. More on Attis here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attis and on the feast here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cybele#.27Holy_week.27_in_March
The shop is open 11-6pm Thursday through Monday, although we’re there a lot later most nights. (Spring Hours) Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at firstname.lastname@example.org If we’re supposed to be closed, but it looks like we’re there, try the door. If it’s open, the shop’s open! In case of bad weather, check here at the blog for updates, on our Facebook as Ancient Light, or call the shop.
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.
Aldebaran pairs closely with the Moon this evening.
shine together nearly overhead in the south after dark. Pollux is slightly the brighter of these “twins.” Draw a line from Castor through Pollux, 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 or moonlight. Continue the line farther by another fist and a half and you hit Alphard, Hydra’s orange heart. Another way to find the head of Hydra: It’s almost midway from Procyon to Regulus.
Find Mercury and Venus low in evening twilight, due west. Venus shines at magnitude –4, while little Mercury fades rapidly from magnitude 0 to +2 this week. Look for Mercury upper right of Venus early in the week, right of it by about March 19th or 20th (depending on your latitude), and lower right of it toward week’s end. They remain about 4° apart through the 22nd.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for March 2018 – https://www.almanac.com/sites/default/files/skymap_march2018.pdf
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
Th 22 High 4:13 AM 8.0 7:15 AM Set 12:20 AM 19
~ 22 Low 11:04 AM 0.3 7:31 PM Rise 10:32 AM
~ 22 High 5:21 PM 6.3
~ 22 Low 10:53 PM 2.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The new promise of another day. It is a beginning, without a past or a future. What will you do with it?
~ The modern Warrior/Hero’s quest is to find herself, to find her soul. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ The only way you’re going to grow is to be in difficult situation- Mike Krzyzewski
~ The past does not matter. The Shero’s journey happens now. – Jennifer Louden
~ The reason why young men get nowhere is that they overestimate the obstacles every time. – The Saga of Hrafnkel Freysgothi, c.7
A GUEST TOWEL SPEAKS by Mabel Craddock (found in Dear Abby)
Please use me, Guest;
Don’t turn your back
Don’t dry your hands
I’m here to use;
I’m made for drying.
Just hanging here
Gets very tiring.
Once upon a time there was a prince who was convinced he was a toad. It began with a mean nursemaid who had referred to him as, “You nasty little toad.” But even after she was long gone, the prince, whose name was James, continued to see himself as a toad. Whenever anyone referred to him as handsome, talented, or even intelligent, he denied it. None of his brothers or sisters could understand why he acted that way. They made fun of him. Soon all he would do was sit in the garden by the pond and try to catch flies.
“This won’t do, said his mother, “Something must be done!”
This won’t do,” said his father, “We must do something!” He called all his wise men and women together and held a consultation.
“Have your best artist paint the prince’s picture, when he looks at it he’ll know he’s not a toad,” one suggested. The others nodded and it soon was done.
“That’s a picture of someone else, not me,” said the prince.
Once again the wise men and women convened.” Have your finest bard make a song in praise of his intelligence and talents,” came the suggestion. All agreed this was a fine idea.
But at the end of the song, though all the court oohed and ahhed, the prince frowned. “That is about someone else, not me.”
The queen bought him robes, the palace jeweler made him a crown, but Prince James ignored them. He spent most of his time in the garden, sitting on a rock in the sun. Most of the time he didn’t even come in at night and his clothes were starting to get moldy.
One day a real toad hopped up to him. “Who are you and why are you sitting here?” She asked.
“I’m sitting here because I’m a toad, and that’s who I am.”
“You’re a what?” The toad hopped closer. You don’t look like a toad. Well, if you’re a toad, I must be a princess.” She hopped back to her friends and told them all she was a princess.
“You’re a princess? Where’s your crown and robes?”
“Good point, “she said and hoped back to the prince. “Got a crown and robes I could borrow?”
“Sure,” he replied and went back to the palace to get the ones his mother had given him. “Here,” he said, “Better you than me!”
She put them on but they didn’t fit. “I guess they don’t work,” she said. “You put them on and see how they look.”
“I’ve never worn them. “He tried them on. They fit nicely.”
“Oooh,” said the toad. “They look wonderful. See yourself in the pond.”
Together they walked and hopped to the pond. Prince James looked at himself. Suddenly there was a loud chirping from all around the edge. “Long Live the Prince! Long Live the Prince!”
Who’s that?” he asked in surprise.
“My fellow toads. I asked them to come look at you because you’re so handsome.”
“Me, handsome? But I’m a toad.”
“Well, so am I.”
“Hmmm, and you really think I’m handsome?”
“I think you’re the most beautiful toad or prince I ever saw. I wish we could get married,” she said bashfully. “I’ve wished it for ages, ever since I first saw you sitting on the rock, so long ago.”
“Let’s,” said the prince and he picked her up and kissed her. Instantly he turned into a real toad. He slipped out of his royal robes and crown and together he and his princess hopped off to the big old hollow tree for a grand wedding.
That evening the gardener found the Prince’s clothes and crown by the side of the pond. Sadly he brought them in to the king and queen. Everyone assumed Prince James had drowned. Though they were sad, all of their other children comforted them and made them feel better soon. The king and queen had many other children, all very wonderful indeed, and James had never been very happy in the palace. But James the Toad Prince and his Princess lived happily near the lily pond and raised many families of toads, all very handsome indeed. – Written and Submitted By Tasha Halpert www.heartwingsandfriends.com