Other than sunny. I have no idea what the weather was today. I was holed up on Sunday in the kitchen at the hall, and here it is 2am on Tuesday and I’m finally finishing Monday’s newsletter!
Sunday’s feast went pretty well, but exhaustion can blank a lot. I’m gradually putting together a whole page of description with pictures, but here is one of the “dragon” that was a fun dish of the event.
Today is all putting away food and sorting things out. The first part of the day was visiting with the folks who stayed over in the area and brunching on leftovers. 🙂
More tomorrow, I hope.
Today’s Plant is Skunk Cabbage, Lysichitum americanum. This is one of the signs of spring here on the coast, where every drainage ditch or marshy field has it’s glow of brilliant yellow and bright, deep green. It is a famine food with a spicy or peppery taste, but contains calcium oxalate, which can upset the insides and even cause death if you get too much. Bears eat it after hibernation to get their intestines working again. It is used to cure sores and swellings, particularly after winter, when starvation conditions make these things immensely worse. However the typical use of the local peoples of this herb was to line baskets with the huge leaves to keep things from bruising or dropping through and to wrap around foods when baked under a fire, where it imparts a distinctive taste to the crust. Cunningham’s Encyclopedia references Eastern Skunk Cabbage, which is a different plant with a red flower, but the magicks are the same, Symplocarpus foetidus –Feminine, Saturn, Water – Carry when you have legal troubles, or keep in the drawer with the filed papers. Wrap in a bay leaf on a Sunday to draw good fortune. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lysichitum_americanum and on Eastern Skunk Cabbage here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symplocarpus_foetidus
Today is the Feast of Spenta Armaiti, a divine being in the pantheon of Zoroastrianism, a women’s festival. Spenta Armaiti’s name seems to mean something like “growing universal goodness” or “growing Light” in the New Age sense or even “increasing devotion”. More on this being here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spenta_Armaiti Wall speedwell, Veronica vivensis, is the plant listed for this festival. It’s on Wikipedia as Veronica Arvensis there’s an article with links here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wall_Speedwell
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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 2/19 at 6:47am. Full Moon – The day of, the day before, and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on at 2:20 at 7:54pm.
Right after dark, bright Capella is near the zenith. Face northwest and look 20° (two fists) that way from Capella. The brightest star there is Alpha Persei, Mirfak. Around and upper left of it is the Perseus OB1 Association,a loose swarm of modestly bright stars about the size of your thumbtip at arm’s length. They show well in binoculars.
A momentary, partial asteroid occultation of Siriusshould happen late tonight for well-placed observers along a very narrow path running from northwestern Mexico through the Dakotas and past Winnipeg. See Bob King’s Will Sirius Disappear on February 18th?
This is a good week to look for Sirius in the evening sky. The night sky’s brightest star (at magnitude –1.5) appears due south and at its highest position around 9 p.m. local time. It then lies about one-third of the way from the horizon to the zenith from mid-northern latitudes. (The farther south you live, the higher it appears.) For a few lucky observers this evening, however, Sirius should relinquish its crown as the brightest star when the 17th-magnitude asteroid 4388 Jurgenstock passes directly in front of it. Sirius will dim significantly — if not disappear — for 1.8 seconds. The event can be seen along a narrow path that stretches from near Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, to Winnipeg, Canada. (In the United States, it tracks through New Mexico, Colorado, Nebraska, and the Dakotas.) It occurs around 11:30 p.m. CST (10:30 p.m. MST). The precise track and time depend on the asteroid’s exact position. For the latest predictions, check out www.occultationpages.com/rasc/20190219_4388Jurgenstock.html. What might you see from the center line? Astronomers estimate that Sirius spans 0.006″ and the asteroid 0.005″. If accurate, this means Sirius will dim significantly but not disappear. But slight errors in those measurements could result in Sirius vanishing. In either case, it’s an event you won’t want to miss.
Venus and Saturn team up in the predawn sky early this week. Venus passes 1.1° due north of Saturn this morning, but the two bright planets lie within 2.5° of each other from February 16 to 20. Venus shines at magnitude –4.2, some 80 times brighter than magnitude 0.6 Saturn. Use your naked eye or binoculars for the best views of the stunning scene.
Venus (magnitude –4.2), Jupiter(magnitude –1.9) and Saturn (magnitude +0.6) all rise before the beginning of dawn. As dawn gets under way, Jupiter and Venus dominate the low southeast. Jupiter is the one on the upper right. Every morning they’re a little farther apart. Meanwhile Saturn, much dimmer, passes close by Venus this week. They appear closest, 1.1° apart, on the morning of Monday the 18th. And to the right of Jupiter look for twinkly orange Antares. They’re 12° apart. In a telescope Venus is dazzling white and gibbous. Jupiter appears twice as large in apparent diameter, but its surface brightness is some 50 times dimmer — due mostly to Jupiter’s 7-times-greater distance from the illuminating Sun.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for February
Goddess Month of of Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Goddess Month of of Moura, runs from 2/20-3/19
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17, Nion (NEE-uhn)
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.
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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.******
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
M 18 Low 5:05 AM 2.5 7:12 AM Set 6:48 AM 94
~ 18 High 10:58 AM 9.2 5:49 PM Rise 4:53 PM
~ 18 Low 5:57 PM -1.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Language is the thread joining desire to its object, explaining its needs, expressing its cries. ~ Michelle Lovric
~ What we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But if that drop was not in the ocean, I think the ocean would be less because of that missing drop. I do not agree with the big way of doing things. – Mother Teresa; ‘Carriers of Christ’s Love’, A Gift for God, 1975
~ The axis of the earth sticks out visibly through the centre of each and every town or city. – Oliver Wendell Holmes, born on August 29, 1809; The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table, vi
~ The best way to keep young is to keep going in whatever it is that keeps you going. With me that’s work, and a lot of it. And when a job is finished, relax and have fun. – Ingrid Bergman
~ If people lose their land, they have nothing. You lose your land – you lose your culture, you lose self. – Richard Gere, American actor and activist for Tibet’s freedom, born on August 29, 1949
SWEETS FOR THE SWEET
Sugar that calms me
Caffeine that perks me up.
When a hug isn’t there
And I’m alone, horny at night
A cup of hot chocolate
With marshmallows floating
Can help me feel more loved.
“Sweets for the sweet”
Like the Shakespeare quotation;
And sweets when life is sour, too.
Chocolate can ease the pain
It can numb the feelings
Except for the sensuousness
Of hot chocolate syrup
When it is hot,
Or poured over strawberries
Only poured over the body
When it is cold…
(Who needs blisters)?
Chocolate kisses were named right,
But real kisses are so much
Sweeter. – © Copyright 3/9/06, Beth Clare Johnson (Mystic Amazon)
Ostara Magick – Craft
Seedling Planter Eggs – After cleaning out your eggs, remove the top half of each egg and fill it with soil. Purchase tiny flowers or seedlings from a local nursery, and plant them in your creative shelled containers.
Place Card Eggs – On your decorated eggs, write the name of each guest with a permanent marker or paint pen. Next, gently nest each egg in a teacup of shredded paper. Shredded bills are just fine!
Pysanky is Ukrainian tradition many thousand year old. Is woman sacred obligation to write blessing on egg every year. She then give away as many as possible.
This not ritual like some kind weirdo modern thing these people make up who dancing with crystal on head and moaning in park. One day they Greek god, next day they some kind rootsy-tootsy Gypsy. Only can’t sing.
They should try keep up dancing, singing with me and other women at Ukrainian festival. They think they New Age. Ha! I show them Old Age.
Listen and Baba will tell you pysanka story. You have my permission read this to children. Is good for them understand how to fight evil.
Is terrible monster live deep in cave. Probably more ice cold bunker like Hitler have, only near Kremlin. He chain to rock since beginning of time. This monster look like cross between that Bugs Bunny Tasmanian Devil and politician who have fierce orange eye so close together, look like only one in middle forehead. You know who I mean. Eye is narrow like mind, so you can always tell. If you follow this voting advice, you never wrong. No, eye can’t be orange. This is color of Ukrainian liberation. Correction. Eye is Soviet red. Also, monster is little bit too hairy to be normal. This not always true for politician, good or bad. Use your discrimination.
Monster have ear that hang low, pimple on thigh and bad breath. He film himself for YouTube.
He is guard by three goddess call Zorya, or stars. They is goddess of dawn, goddess of dusk and goddess of midnight. They also decide people fate.
Every spring, ugly monster send out demon into four corner of earth. They scout to see if people still loving each other, still writing blessing on egg and giving them away. If so, monster sad. He stay chain to rock another year.
If we stop writing blessing on egg, happy monster break chain and pow! He fly loose with demon and destroy whole world.
This why egg written with symbol for all sort of good life thing: sun, animal, plant, cross of four direction, vine and Baba Spider, she who weave Universe.
Why egg? Is eternal shape of cosmos and sun. Tell us life continue always and that monster never going to win. But we have to fulfill sacred obligation to planet and our Creator.
When you making pysanky, you blow out inside for amulet against evil. If someone wishing for baby, you leave yolk inside. Never boil egg. Inside must stay alive. You don’t want to eat what come out when you blow. Will have dye in white and yolk, so can be toxic. If you draw ancient spiral shape on egg, spiral will trap evil and not allow to escape.
I know you going to run to Internet to find out how to make these beautiful egg. Is better if you find Ukrainian Baba at cultural centre or church who show you how to make. Is also meditation that go with this. You supposed to meditate for whole day on blessing before starting to write on egg. Also not fight with no one for this time. Baba have to admit, sometime she fail this spiritual test.
These women who make so beautiful pysanky not allow to do this any other time of year except for one month before Easter. This add to spiritual power of egg. Over lifetime, a woman pysanky get a little better each year. Is good reminder that her ovary and uterus important, too. Is not just thing for childbearing, then throw away. Egg shape is eternal also inside woman.
Silliness – Energy – My physics teacher told me I had a lot of potential. Then he pushed me off a roof.