It’s drippish and grey out there. 44F, Wind at 5mph, AQI14, UV3 and about 1/6 of an inch of rain after a tenth, yesterday. We’re supposed to get a break on Thursday, but otherwise, we’re looking at our usual rain.
Yesterday I ended up sleeping for 18 hours of the day. That’s why Monday’s newsletter went out around 2:30 this morning! I’m still wincing and ow-ing, but getting somewhat better. We’re still putting things away. 🙂 I have a pot of stew to work on (making from the leftovers) but I have to have a functional hand before I’m sure I can do the chopping that’s required.
Tempus has the paper run tonight. He did get a fair amount of sleep, but I’m going to try to get him to nap this afternoon. I’m working on the feast write-up.
Today’s Plant is Stinging Nettle, Urtica Dioica, otherwise known as, “Ouch!!!!” Grab a handful of this plant and you will know it. Of course I *had* to prove this to myself more than once! There are lots of hollow “hairs” on this plant that act like tiny hypodermics, injecting histamine, among other stinging chemicals. There’s even a name for a type of allergic reaction called, “nettlerash”, that picked up the word from the characteristic pattern of itchy bumps. This plant has been used for food, medicine, fabric and magic for millenia. It is used as a pot herb and is one of the vegetables with the highest protein content. If you soak it in water or cook it the stings go away. In medicine it has been used to treat arthritis, dandruff and lack of milk in a nursing mother. The fibers are suitable for making fabric and a related species has been used for over 6000 years to make a silky-looking textile called ramie, even though the processing takes a lot of effort. They are even used to make beer and cordials! –Masculine, Mars, Fire, Thor – Exorcism – for getting rid of nasty-minded Fae, plant nettles around your garden and barn. Protection – nettles in a pocket will keep a person safe from lightning and bestow courage. Nettles kept in a room will protect anyone inside. Lust – Nettles are reputed to enhance fertility in men and nettle tea is an aphrodisiac. Healing – fever can be dispelled by plucking a nettle up by its roots while reciting the names of the sick person and family. …and shirts made of fabric spun and woven from nettles feature as a girl’s quest tale in the Twelve Wild Swans.
The Polish (among other nationalities) polymath Nicolas Copernicus was born on this day in 1473. One of the people whose names are generally still remembered, his book De revolutionibus orbium coelestium (of the revolution of the celestial spheres) was published in 1543. He claimed in the book that the sun was the center of our solar system, but a trusted friend who was responsible for getting the book to the printer wrote him a new preface to soften the blow to the Church’s stand that the Earth was the center. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicolaus_Copernicus
on the principle here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copernican_principle
and heliocentrism: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copernican_heliocentrism
At the middle of all things lies the sun. As the location of this luminary in the cosmos, that most beautiful temple, would there be any other place or any better place than the centre, from which it can light up everything at the same time? Hence the sun is not inappropriately called by some the lamp of the universe, by others its mind, and by others its ruler. From De revolutionibus orbium coelestium
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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 on 2/20 at 7:54pm. 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 3/6 at 8:04am.
Full Moon (exact at 10:54 a.m.). Tonight the Moon shines in Leo. After dark look for Regulus to its upper right and pale orange Algieba (Gamma Leonis), a little fainter, above the moon or to its upper left. Full Moon occurs at 10:54 a.m. EST, but our satellite will look completely illuminated both before dawn and after sunset. The Moon spends this time among the background stars of Leo the Lion.
Luna also reaches perigee today, at 4:03 a.m. EST, when it lies 221,681 miles (356,761 kilometers) from Earth. That makes this Full Moon the closest and biggest (33.2′ across) of 2019, and many people will feel compelled to call it a “Super Moon.”
Mercury returns to the evening sky in mid-February. Last Friday, it appeared 5° high in the west-southwest 30 minutes after sunset. It shines at magnitude –1.1, bright enough to show up against the twilight glow. (If you don’t see Mercury right away, binoculars will bring it into view.) A telescope reveals the planet’s disk, which spans 5.6″ and appears nearly full. The inner world is embarking on what will be its finest evening appearance of 2019. A week from now, it will appear twice as far above the western horizon a half-hour after the Sun goes down.
Mars (magnitude +1.1, in Aries) still glows high in the west-southwest at nightfall and sets around 11 p.m. In a telescope it’s a tiny blob hardly 6 arcseconds wide.
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
Tu 19 High 12:22 AM 7.6 7:10 AM Set 7:29 AM 98
~ 19 Low 5:58 AM 1.9 5:51 PM Rise 6:12 PM
~ 19 High 11:51 AM 9.3
~ 19 Low 6:41 PM -1.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – But when I add to my consciousness the joy of simply being myself, everything else becomes beautiful beyond all comprehension.
19 ~ My work is full of sweating, nervous uneasiness, which is a big part of me and everybody else. Most people don’t want to see that though, because it reminds them of inadequate parts of themselves. – Robert Crumb
~ Having breast cancer is massive amounts of no fun. First they mutilate you; then they poison you; then they burn you. I have been on blind dates better than that. – Molly Ivins
~ The nomination of the boar hog Pigasus for President of the United States by the Yippies had been the most “transcendentally lucid” political act of the twentieth century. – Robert Anton Wilson, The Illuminatus Trilogy: The Eye in the Pyramid, the Golden Apple & Leviathan; Pigasus was nominated at the Democratic Party Convention on August 23, 1968
~ How could they tell? – Dorothy Parker; on learning that US President Calvin Coolidge was dead
Sunset Haiku, A Series Poem
Sinking with the sun
The colors dissolve slowly
I want to taste more.
To paint the sunset
I need many canvases
One for every cloud.
The sunset colors
Are present in the moment
To be enjoyed now.
I can’t capture it.
I can only enjoy it
Even as it fades. – Written and submitted by Tasha Halpert
Ostara Magick – Studies
The Rabbit who loved Layla – A re-telling of a folktale by Anja ©2004M. Bartlett
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, “Mother Lada, Sweet Layla, I brought you something! 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.