It’s been kinda grey all day, but until the rain started up it was fairly bright. 47F, Wind at 4mph, AQI10, UV3, 0.01 inch of rain since midnight. It’s supposed to keep raining, too…. Looking at an inch today and most of that tomorrow.
Today we’ve already had the Herbs Workshop. We did prep on rosemary, cedar and some foxglove, sorting out some things that had come down from the herb drying rack. Sewing Workshop is in a few minutes.
We’ve been busy today, too, but it’s raining harder again and it slowed down enough for me to be able to write this!
Today’s plant is the Apricot, Prunus armeniaca. Apricots are a delicious fruit, resembling a small peach, but with a flavor all their own. They were known in the ancient world, possibly being cultivated as far back as 3000BCE. Thought of as an aphrodisiac in the Renaissance it can be fermented into a yummy wine or made into the brandy, Barack. It has properties of healing and health, lust magicks and learning, mostly in educational circles. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apricot
Today is the Roman feast of Terminalia, the feast of borders and endings. Sacrifices were performed at boundary markers and some big ones in the cities, particularly at the old boundary of the city of Rome 6 miles out. Sounds like a good idea to me to acknowledge boundaries and limits on at least one day a year. Hmmm? More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terminalia More on the god Terminus here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terminus_%28mythology%29
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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.
An easier Sirius sight: Using binoculars, examine the spot 4° south of Sirius (directly below it around 8 or 9 p.m. now). Four degrees is somewhat less than the width of a typical binocular’s field of view. Can you see a little patch of speckly gray haze? That’s the open star cluster M41, about 2,200 light-years away. Sirius, by comparison, is only 8.6 light-years away.
These moonless evenings of late winter are an ideal time to look for the zodiacal light if you live in the mid-northern latitudes. Why? This is the time of year when the ecliptic tilts most steeply upward from the western horizon at nightfall. From a clear, clean, dark location, look west at the very end of twilight for a vague but huge, tall pyramid of pearly light. It’s tilted to the left, aligning along the constellations of the zodiac. What you’re seeing is sunlit interplanetary dust orbiting the Sun near the ecliptic plane. Believe it or not, seen from interstellar distances this would be the solar system’s most prominent feature after the Sun itself; it’s very big, making up for its dim surface brightness.
Jupiter continues to grow more prominent in the southeastern sky before dawn. The giant planet rises around 2:30 a.m. local time and climbs 20° high by the first hint of twilight. Jupiter gleams at magnitude –2.0, though it still pales in comparison to Venus, which rises two hours after the giant world. A telescope shows Jupiter’s 36″-diameter disk and at least two conspicuous cloud belts as well as the planet’s four bright Galilean moons.
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.
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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
Sa 23 High 3:06 AM 8.4 7:04 AM Set 9:37 AM 86
~ 23 Low 9:25 AM 0.8 5:56 PM Rise 11:12 PM
~ 23 High 3:21 PM 7.4
~ 23 Low 9:31 PM 0.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Place your faith in the Divine power within you; not in your outer abilities.
Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. — Henry David Thoreau
~ There are four boxes to use in the defense of liberty: soap, ballot, jury, ammo. Use in that order. – Ed Howdershelt
~ Throw it all away, Peter – it can only cripple the fine spirit of invention. – Orson Welles; from This Is Orson Welles, by Orson Welles, Peter Bogdanovich and Jonathan Rosenbaum, 1992
~ The great have no friends. They merely know a lot of people. – Ruth Gordon, American actress and author, born on October 30, 1896
~ It is preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents us from living freely and nobly. – Bertrand Russell (1872 – 1970), English philosopher
Take the time to realize that no one on this earth is exactly the same; even twins vary dramatically. We develop our amazing uniqueness based on our collection of experiences in life and what we learn from them. So as individuals we have to… accept that only we truly know what is best for us, our family, friends, and partners may offer advice to help guide us on our paths, but ultimately it is you and only who will make the final decision. Whether it’s to follow our heart and make our own experiences, or make some one else’s; regardless the choice is ours. As we consciously strive to become the person we were meant to be, our outlook for life becomes much easier. Actually it would be more accurate to say that life itself doesn’t change, but our capacity for handling it grows to the point where your perception and attitude make things easier. We become stronger emotionally, spiritually, and mentally so the weight feels lighter. Take the time to really think about what it is that makes us happy and what choices or decisions we have to make to move forward in that direction and remember don’t take everything so seriously or we will miss out on enjoying the journey. – Unknown
Ostara Magick – Studies
Priestess: The soil beneath me has given the shelter I needed through the long, cold winter. Now I arise to accept the warmth of our sun lord returned. He and I will spend this time of our youth playing in the grassy medows, climbing the trees of the great forest, and swimming the cool waters of the deepest lakes. I will come to be his friend, and we will be children until Beltain.
Come with me through my lush garden, and let’s play games. Let’s look at the flowers that bloom at this turn of the wheel. Do you see the deep reds, the brilliant blues, and pure whites? This is because of our sun lord. It’s his brilliant youth that gives me the ability to grow something so beautiful. My only regret is that one day his youth will die. The wheel turns.
Take this flower it’s the most beloved that I have in the garden. Smell it. Do you notice that the fragrance is mine? When you smell this scent remember me. In turn I will wear this flower in my hair everyday until I am ready to give up my maiden hood at beltain. Then I will lie down with him. We will make love with each other. He will father a sun, and I will carry it to Yule after his death. Then he will be reborn again. His brilliance will return, and we can play in the garden at the next ostara. The wheel turns.
Maidens take from me this flower. It’s the one gift I have for you. Let those you want to be your lovers smell it, and then were it in your hair. When they see you wearing the flower they’ll remember the scent of me. In this way I will help you to build the love you desire during you maiden hood. At beltain you will be ready to give it to the young man who smelled your flower.
The wheel is turning. It does for everyone. Remember this. For if you do. When it’s time for you to be a child you will live those moments to their fullest potential.
So Mote it be
All: so mote it be.
Bulb Planting Earth Chant – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html by Eileen
For all those spring planted bulbs like lilies, oxalis, glads, begonias and such:
breath of the stone is strange to me
i know it lives as i can’t see
force of the earth is strong and free
sustenance and beauty be
born of the stars and sprang from the ground
Mother, Goddess all around
Wheel must turn as the seasons show
what lies dead shall surely grow
Ostara Creation Spell – This joyous holiday honors the spring goddess, Ostara, whose name means “movement toward the rising Sun.” Just as Imbolc signals the return of light, Ostara signals the awakening of the Earth. Trees are blooming, bulbs are pushing up out of the ground, birds are nesting, and animals are mating. The creative energy is at its strongest during this season. If you haven’t decided what you wish to manifest this year, do so now.
To empower your goal, write it on a hard-boiled egg with a wax crayon. The egg is a powerful symbol representing the universe in embryo. Your goal lives within you in the same way that creation lives within its egg, and like the egg, your goal has everything it needs to manifest. Now, draw two interlocking triangles to form a six-pointed star on your egg. This star symbolizes one of the most important keys in magic: as above, so below. What you can create in your imagination, you can manifest on the physical plane. Dye your egg a deep red to symbolize the goddess and life itself. Using your egg as a focus, work in the days ahead with the interplay of imagination and physical striving to achieve your desire. By: Lily Gardner
Seed Planting Spell – Ostara, like Mabon is a hinge-point in the year. As the Wheel revolves around the rebirth of the Sun and Son at Yule, this is the point where Winter turns to Spring. This is a time when you can begin new things or leave old things behind. Decide which you’re going to do. Make it specific, something you can turn into words.
Take a cup of earth from the tray.
Take 3 seeds from the basket that is going around if you’re beginning something new and 5 if you’re leaving something behind.
Press the seeds into the soil with intent as we meditate on the changing of the energy tide from Winter to Spring. (play the Change of the Tide on a stereo)
Silliness – Inflated Ego
A man and his wife were lying in bed the other night when he noticed she had bought a new book entitled, “What 20 Million American Women Want.”
He grabbed the book out of her hands and started thumbing through the pages.
His wife was a little annoyed. “Hey, what do you think you’re doing?”
He calmly replied, “I just wanted to see if they spelled my name right.”