Daily Stuff 2-21-19 Ishtar

Hi, folks!

Last Minus Tide of the cycle at 8:06 PM of -0.8 feet.

That’s some really bright sunshine out there, today! The cars going by are flashing bits of brightness all over the shop from reflections. It was blinding, earlier, but now the sun is high enough that they just flash but don’t reflect right in. 42F, Wind at 3mph, AQI31, UV3 and only 0.01 inches of rain since midnight, so things are drying out nicely. Rain is due back tomorrow with a couple of breaks next week.

I went to set this file up yesterday so that I could start writing in it about what all we were doing and then ended up setting up the frames for the newsletters for a couple of weeks! Part of that is making arrangements for when Sioned decides to arrive, so I don’t have to take all the files with me. I’m going to keep on getting files into the frames today, I hope, so that everything is online for a couple of weeks out.

Other things getting worked on yesterday were sorting the dishes from the feast gear and putting things back on the shelves. We’re still at it this morning and going to open a little late, since we slept later than I’d hoped.

I ran out of oomph in the late afternoon and it just never came back, despite resting and alternating embroidery and reading with napping well into the night. Tempus had some things he needed to finish with paperwork and bills and he didn’t quit until nearly 2.

…so now we’re here putting boxes into the back with the sorting not finished, so we can get the doors open. Tempus needs to clean some more things, since a not-properly-sealed jar of honey barfed all over the spices and down into a couple of lower boxes.

I have to work on where all the herb things have gotten to, so that we can have the regular workshop on Saturday and we have the paper run tonight.


150px-Ishtar_Eshnunna_Louvre_AO12456Today’s Feast is to a Fertile Crescent love/death/rebirth/battle goddess with a *really* bad press! She shows up in the Epic of Gilgamesh and has her own version of the “descent of Inanna”. She is related to Inanna, Astarte and the Dumizi/Tammuz death/rebirth rituals were part of her worship. Some bits of that still reverberate into the modern era. Easter Baskets, anybody? More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ishtar

Today’s plant is White crocus, cloth-of-silver crocus, Crocus versicolor info here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crocus Sacred to Juno and Ostara, as any crocus, it is used to attract love (carry), turn away abusive love (burn), and give visions (place on altar or by bed).

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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 3/6 at 8:04am. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 2/26 at 3:28am. 

By the end of this week, Mercury has become a fairly easy catch as twilight fades.

After dark the Big Dipper stands on its handle in the northeast. In the northwest, Cassiopeia also stands on end, at about the same height.

Brilliant Sirius A appears overexposed at the center of this Hubble Space Telescope image. Look carefully to the star’s lower left, however, and you’ll pick up the faint glow of Sirius B. This white dwarf contains roughly the mass of the Sun squeezed into a sphere no larger than Earth. – NASA/H.E. Bond and E. Nelan (Space Telescope Science Institute)/M. Barstow and M. Burleigh (University of Leicester)/J.B. Holberg (University of Arizona)

Sirius shines highest in the south in mid-evening now. Its faint white-dwarf companion, the first super-dense object discovered in the universe, is a notoriously difficult telescopic sighting. But for nearly a decade to come,  Sirius B appears about as far from Sirius A as it ever does. And when Sirius is highest is the time to try. For tips on detecting it see Bob King’s Sirius B — A New Pup in My Life. And for more about this and other telescopic targets in Canis Major, turn to Sue French’s Deep-Sky Wonders column in the February Sky & Telescope, page 54.

Zodiacal light – The ethereal zodiacal light appears as a cone-shaped glow above the western horizon on Moon-free evenings during late winter and early spring. – Ariana Ahangary

February evenings offer a great opportunity to view the zodiacal light. From the Northern Hemisphere, late winter and early spring are the best times of year to observe this elusive glow after sunset. It appears slightly fainter than the Milky Way, so you’ll need a clear moonless sky and an observing site located far from the city. With the waning gibbous Moon now exiting the early evening sky, the next two weeks will be prime viewing times. Look for the cone-shaped glow, which has a broad base and points nearly straight up from the western horizon, after the last vestiges of twilight have faded away. Neptune is lost in the afterglow of sunset.

Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for February
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. 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.

Sun in Pisces
Moon in Virgo enters Libra at 6:17am
Pallas Retrograde (5/30)
Color: Crimson

©2019 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


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).

Nuin – Ash Ogam letter correspondences
Month: March
Color: Glass Green
Class: Chieftain
Letter: N
Meaning: Locked into a chain of events; Feeling bound.

Ogam letter correspondences to study this month Oir – Spindle Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: White
Class: Peasant
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
Th  21     High   1:44 AM     8.3   7:07 AM     Set  8:37 AM      97
~    21      Low   7:40 AM     1.1   5:53 PM    Rise  8:47 PM
~    21     High   1:34 PM     8.8
~    21      Low   8:06 PM    -0.8


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Forget the things that made you sad.


Journal Prompt – Schoolish Stuff – Explain why you think creatures do or do not exist on other planets or in other galaxies.



~   If slaughterhouses had glass walls the whole world would be vegetarian. – Linda Eastman McCartney (1942-1998) US photographer
~   A man’s face is his autobiography. A woman’s face is her work of fiction. – Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish writer and wit
~   If the facts don’t fit the theory, change the facts. – Albert Einstein
~   All the gold which is under or upon the earth is not enough to give in exchange for virtue. – Plato

Tea! thou soft, sober, sage and venerable liquid;- thou female tongue-running, smile-smoothing, heart-opening, wink-tippling cordial, to whose glorious insipidity I owe the happiest moment of my life, let me fall prostrate. – Colley Cibber (1671-1757) English actor, playwright


Ostara Magick – Ostara, the Feast for the Children (by Anja 2007)

In the Wheel of the Year that comes from my lineage, Ostara is the time when both God and Goddess are children. The image that I will always have in my mind is from a celebration that we had up on top of Mt. Tabor in Portland, probably in 1984. After everyone had gathered, two little children dressed in white tunics came climbing up the steps toward the rest of the group. They were about 6 and 8 years old, one boy and one girl, and had wreaths on their heads made of spring greenery. One carried a huge basket of flowers (huge in comparison to his size!) and the other basket was covered. They came through the Circle to the altar, which was bare, and set the baskets on it. The little girl very solemnly took the cover off the basket which turned out to be filled with eggs, both colored real eggs and candy eggs. She held up the basket and said, “Behold the Spring” which reminded the little boy and he said the same thing. They carried the baskets around the Circle giving each person one flower and one egg. When they got back to the altar, they curled up with their baskets under the table and the ritual went on from there. As soon as the Great Rite was done the Priestess (who was the children’s mother) looked under the altar and said “OK!” and then kids emerged and started pelting everyone in the Circle with flowers and candies! Folks started throwing them back and amid a lot of laughter, (especially when the Priest, ducking, stepped on the hem of his robe and sat down hard in what was left of the basket of flowers!) we had the most amazing free-for-all ending up gasping and giggling in the warm spring grass.

Ostara Magick – Special Activities

  • Planting seeds or starting a Magickal Herb Garden.
  • Taking a long walk in nature with no intent other than reflecting on the Magick of nature and our Great Mother and her bounty.
  • Make hot cross buns to honor the union of the earth and the sun for Spring. Slash the “X” with the Boline and bless the cakes.
  • Toss crushed eggshells into the garden and say – “For fairy, for flowers, for herbs in the bowers, these shells pass fertility with springtime flowers”.
  • Wear green clothing.
  • Eat an egg you have empowered with a quality you desire.
  • Color eggs and place on altar as magickal talismans
  • A visit from the Easter Bunny
  • Decorate home with baskets of flowers
  • Spring cleaning – Clear out old clothes, books, toys etc..
  • Have a sunrise observance
  • Bless some seeds with a wish. Plant them, and as they come up, the wish is fulfilled. Better yet, plant each in an eggshell and then plant that in your garden.
  • Write and perform a mystery play about the God’s resurrection. Write one about Ishtar and Tammuz or Isis and Osiris
  • Plant your live Yule tree if you bought one
  • Do something new. This is a great time to try something new, to renew our thoughts and dreams.
  • A good time for spells of love, healing and protection.


Silliness – Good Advice – Military Style – There is no reason to fly through a thunderstorm in peacetime. – Sign over squadron ops desk at Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ,


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