It was sunny, earlier, but clouds have rolled in. There’s no rain predicted until later. 41F, wind at 5mph, AQI20, UV1, no rain since midnight. We’re under a SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY FOR WINDS from 2pm-5am tomorrow. It’s going to be cold enough tonight for anything coming down to fall as snow after 11pm. Oh, fun….
Yesterday went pretty quickly. I was busy all day with getting some of the newer crystals ready. We have kyanite in the small bottles, now, and the others will go up on the board as soon as the headers can be printed.
Today’s plant is Anthurium. This is a genus of about 1000 species of flowering plants, the largest genus of the arum family, Araceae. The most common names for this plant that is beloved by florists include anthurium, tailflower, flamingo flower, and laceleaf. The genus is native to the Americas, where it is distributed from northern Mexico to northern Argentina and parts of the Caribbean. – Masculine, Fire, Vesta & Mars – Correspondences are for bringing love and beauty to the home, hearth fires and passion. Great handfasting plant! More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthurium
On this date in 747BCE Nabonassar began the habit of keeping chronologically precise historical records, at least according to Ptolemy. There were precedents, isolated sets of records, but he came up with a system of calendar dates that could be calculated accurately enough to keep astronomical events dated properly. This is what actually gave the Babylonians that reputation of being awesome astronomers. Astrology, as practiced since the late Middle Ages, is based on the Babylonian record-keeping methods. More on Nabonassar here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nabonassar and Babylonian astrology here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babylonian_astrology
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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. Waning Crescent Moon –Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 3/1 at 11:04pm.
Tonight the waning Moon rises around 2 a.m. in close company with Jupiter. By dawn Wednesday the 27th they shine in the south-southeast, as shown here. Last Quarter Moon occurs at 6:28 a.m. EST. You can find the half-lit orb rising in the east-southeast around 1 a.m. local time; it hangs about 30° above the southern horizon during twilight. The Moon spends the morning hours lurking near the border between the constellations Scorpius and Ophiuchus.
Algol is at its minimum light, magnitude 3.4 instead of its usual 2.1, for about two hours centered on 10:30 p.m. EST. Usually Algol is a close match for Almach (Gamma Andromedae) now 12° below or lower right of it. But when Algol is deep in eclipse it’s obviously fainter.
Mercury climbs to its maximum altitude in the evening sky tonight, when it lies some 11° above the western horizon 30 minutes after sunset. This peak coincides with the planet reaching its greatest elongation from the Sun. Mercury shines at magnitude –0.5, so it should be easy to spot in the deepening twilight. If you can’t see it with your naked eye, binoculars will show it easily. Target the planet through a telescope and you will see a 7″-diameter disk that appears half-lit.
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 more than 5 arcseconds wide. Be patient. Not until October 2020 will Mars come to opposition and swing (relatively) close by Earth again.
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
Tu 26 High 5:26 AM 7.7 6:59 AM Rise 1:27 AM 57
~ 26 Low 12:32 PM 1.1 6:00 PM Set 11:15 AM
~ 26 High 6:52 PM 5.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The happiest of people don’t necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way.
~ Why waste your time going through a complicated procedure when a simple one will do the trick? – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Mr Speaker can I have some protection from the clowns on the front bench? – Paul Keating
~ Winners make goals; others make excuses. – Anonymous
~ You really can change, your reality is based on the way you think. – Oprah
Terrible destruction dances and the world’s days darken.
If you want Supreme Reality, hide from fame.
You’re looking for the Pearl? Plunge, now to the sea’s bottom.
What’s on the shore is only foam. – Jalal-ud-Din Rumi (Translated by Andrew Harvey from A Year of Rumi)
Ostara Magick – Crafts
Pretty Place Settings: Spring Holiday – April 1, 2011 – It’s the perfect season to host an outdoor garden party or indoor brunch buffet. Whatever you choose, we have simple, inspired ways to take your table décor to the next level.
3 Rules for Spring-Ready Settings
- Vary Sizes & Shapes: Creating one-of-a-kind looks is easy when you master the art of the mix and match. For example, start with a round yellow plate. Offset it with an orange-and-yellow placemat in a geometric pattern. The hard lines of the textile contrast the plate’s soft shape, but the shared color makes it work.
- Don’t Shy Away from Color: There are endless ways to approach your place settings, but we believe they all deserve a little dose of color. Do it with a napkin ring, a bud vase or even your salt and pepper shakers.
- Have Fun with Florals: Spring is in full swing, so take advantage of the gorgeous flowers in bloom. Our favorites for spring include delicate Spring Cress, lush hydrangeas and bright purple and yellow pansies.
4 Spring Place Settings
- Whites & Brights: This table feels like a breath of fresh air. Start with linens in cream or white, then stack up dishes in various shapes and sizes. Since everything is a shade of white, the look feels crisp and clean, but also textured. Add in a bright blossom for just a hint of color.
- Egg-Inspired: Give a nod to the spring holiday with decorative eggs. Pile them into miniature woven baskets on top of each plate. Enhance the look with more sweet touches, like a place card, a ribbon around the basket base and more eggs or flowers displayed in ceramic eggcups.3. Pretty Pastels: Nothing says spring like a symphony of pale spring shades. Dress your table with fun textiles and dishware in hues like lavender, petal pink, tangerine and robin’s egg blue. This look is all about color, so don’t be afraid to incorporate lots of different shades.4. Kids’ Corner: Entertain little ones (and simplify clean-up) by lining your table with inexpensive craft paper, then nestle crayons and egg-shaped chalk into dishes for a table that’s festive and super fun. Finish the look with handmade pennant garland nametags for each tot.
Weekend arts and crafts sessions are a great way to keep kids entertained (and a way to keep an eye on them!). With just a few household items you probably already have — check that drawer that has all the random objects that don’t really belong anywhere — and a little imagination, you can make these fabulous papier mâché bowls.
What You’ll Need
- A balloon
- Newspapers and comics
- Petroleum jelly
- Wallpaper paste*
- A paintbrush
1. Blow up the balloon, balance it on a small bowl or mug, and cover it with a thin layer of petroleum jelly
2. Brush the wallpaper paste over half of the balloon
3. Apply strips of newspaper (Tear the paper, rather than cut it.)
4. Overlap the strips slightly as you put each one down, and smooth them out to get rid of any air bubbles
5. Repeat the process, until you have three layers of paper
6. Allow to dry, and then add another three layers
7. When your creation is completely dry, pop and remove the balloon
8. Use scissors to trim the edge of bowl
9. Decorate the bowl with anything you see fit. Decoupage is always a good choice!
*Tip: You can make a paste by adding 1/2 cup water to 1 cup flour. Mix to a smooth consistency, pour into a saucepan and gently boil, stirring constantly for two or three minutes until the mixture thickens. It’s not as durable as wallpaper paste, so if you are creating something that you’re going to want to keep, it’s best to buy the real thing.
Delicate and dainty doily baskets are perfect for displaying a collection of beautifully decorated eggs on a table, mantel or anywhere you please. You may want to work on your baskets first, so they’re ready and waiting when your eggs are complete.
Gather Your Materials: Use just three simple items to create your baskets: stitched fabric doilies, fabric stiffener (both available at fabric and craft stores) and a bowl to shape your basket. Use a bowl that’s just a bit smaller than your doily. Print and take our handy Materials List with you when you’re shopping for items.
Step 1: Soak the doilies in a bowl of fabric stiffener until lightly saturated.
Step 2: Line the bowl you want to shape your doily around with plastic wrap (either inside or outside is fine). Place the doily over the bottom or around the inside of the bowl to create your desired basket shape. As you smooth out and shape the doily, try to push out excess stiffener.
Step 3: Allow the doily to dry completely (approximately 2 hours), and then carefully peel away from the bowl.
Tip: You can personalize and decorate your baskets further after they’re dry by threading ribbon through the holes around the top edge of the doily. Try thin silk ribbon in spring pastels like yellow, pink and green.
Tip: Create a soft, colorful nest for your eggs inside the doily basket by shredding extra decorative paper and crumpling together.
Silliness – Speeding
A speeding motorist was caught by radar from a police helicopter in the sky.
An officer pulled him over and began to issue a traffic ticket.
“How did you know I was speeding?” the frustrated driver asked.
The police officer pointed somberly toward the sky.
“You mean,” asked the motorist, “that even He is against me?”