Featured photo by Ken Gagne.
The sunshine comes and goes today, with thinner and thicker overcast at different layers interfering with each other. 46F, wind at 3mph, AQI17, UV1. It says, “snow depth 0.6 inches”. …..I don’t see any! Actually, we got 1/10 of an inch of rain. 🙂 We’ll probably see some rain between now and Friday evening, off and on, and then it looks dry until Tuesday.
Yesterday I started with my doctor appointment. Once we were back I got the newsletter out, then worked on paperwork for awhile. Once I had lunch I went and crashed in back for a bit, but then I got around to some serious packing. I’m taking two suitcases, one of which is clothes and the other is handwork and books and such. 🙂 I also have two carry-ons because I’m not going to check the computer, and I need a tote for my stuff on the train.
Tempus and I had been worrying about the weather, the chance of snow, and sure enough, but 7:30 it was snowing hard. It didn’t stick and it stopped by by 1am. Everything was wet and it was down to 30F. It definitely was sticking up past Tidewater, but Tempus said that it Newport it was just wet.
By then I was bagging some herbs, since I’m trying to leave some things for Tempus to accomplish while I’m up north. …and I finished filling in what I could for the newsletter files for while I’m gone.
By 4am it was snowing again and sticking in the parking lot, (I should have gotten out the camera!) but by the time Tempus got back around 8am it had melted off. I had gone to sleep around 5am before he started Bayshore and he said that he had problems that slowed him down, but got everything delivered.
For the rest of today I need to clean up my desk, so Tempus can use it while I’m gone, which means finishing up current projects. I need to clean off the table we use to finish putting headers on things, as well and get that project set up over there instead of scattered around my workspace. I’m hoping Tempus is going to take the time to keep working in back, so that I can do a little mending on the sewing machine, this evening.
…and it’s going to be one of *those* days! I just fell down a Pinterest rabbit hole, by getting sidetracked into the birth announcement that I’m embroidering for Sioned! I’d better get this out before it happens again… 🙂
Today’s plant is the Weeping Cherry, Grandma’s favorite, which seems to be this one http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prunus_subhirtella, the Higan Cherry. There are listings for cherries and weeping trees both, but the weeping cherries do not produce fruit, only lovely flowers. Cherries: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cherry Cherry Blossom: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cherry_blossom Weeping Trees: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weeping_tree – Divination, Creativity; Healing – Objects made of Cherry wood are used to attract Love. Cherry juice is used as a substitute for blood in old recipes. Cherry gum is burned as a resin for sore throats.
First Equirria – There were two days of horse racing framing the festivals of the gods of Rome as the family of Mars. They’re some of the earliest religious observances documented in Roman practice and may have been preserved as a religious requirement long after the time when anyone knew what they were for! Driving the biga, the two-wheeled light-weight chariot was a feature of these races, since it had a ritual sacred aspect as well as the excitement of a horse race! More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equirria and on the bigahere: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biga_(chariot)
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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 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.
The waning crescent Moon passes 2° north of Jupiter in a dramatic conjunction this morning. The two objects rise around 2 a.m. local time and climb nearly 25° high by the first hint of twilight. Jupiter gleams at magnitude –2.0 and appears conspicuous just below the Moon throughout the early morning hours.
After dark at this time of year, five carnivore constellations come out of hibernation in a row from the northeast to south. They’re all seen in profile with their noses pointing up and their feet (if any) to the right. These are Ursa Major the Big Bear in the northeast (with the Big Dipper its brightest part), Leo the Lion in the east, Hydra the Sea Serpent in the southeast, Canis Minor the Little Dog higher in the south-southeast, and bright Canis Major the Big Dog in the south.
Uranus (visible in binoculars at magnitude 5.8, at the Aries-Pisces border) hides below Mars. Finder chart (without Mars). Look just after dark while Uranus is still fairly high.
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 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
W 27 Low 12:11 AM 3.2 6:57 AM Rise 2:28 AM 46
~ 27 High 6:24 AM 7.4 6:01 PM Set 11:56 AM
~ 27 Low 1:44 PM 1.1
~ 27 High 8:20 PM 5.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Cry during a sad movie.
~ If poetry comes not as naturally as the leaves to a tree it had better not come at all. – John Keats; Letter to John Taylor, February 27, 1818
~ To be 70 years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be 40 years old.- Oliver Wendell Holmes
~ Why did I do it? Because at the end of my days, I’m going to be lying in my bed looking at my toes, and I’m going to ask my toes questions like ‘Have I really enjoyed life? Have I done everything I’ve wanted to do?’ And if the answer is no, I’m going to be really pissed off. – Chay Blyth, Atlantic rower
~ I’ve gone from saint to whore and back to saint again, all in one lifetime. – Ingrid Bergman
The adorable one who is seated In the heart rules the breath of life. Unto him all the senses pay their homage. When the dweller in the body breaks out In the freedom from the bonds of flesh, what remains? For this Self is supreme! –Katha Upanishad, Excerpted from The Upanishads, translated by Eknath Easwaran, copyright 1987. Reprinted with permission from Nilgiri Press, http://www.nilgiri.org. To order the book, please call 1-800-475-2369.
Ostara Magick – Lore – Martisor – From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia –
Mărțișor is an old Romanian celebration at the beginning of spring, on March the 1st, which according to old calendar was also considered as the beginning of the new year. Symbolically, it is correlated to women and to fertility as a means of life and continuity. The tradition is authentic in Romania, Moldova, and all territories inhabited by Romanians and Aromanians. Alike though not identical customs can be found in Bulgaria (see Martenitsa), while similar ones exist in Albania, Greece  and Italy.
The name Mărțișor is the diminutive of marț, the old folk name for March (Martie, in modern Romanian), and thus literally means “little March”. It is also the folk name for this month.
Mărțișor, marț and mărțiguș are all names for the red and white string from which a small decoration is tied, and which is offered by people on the 1st day of March. The string can also be black and white, or blue and white) Giving this talisman to people is an old custom, and it is believed that the one who wears the red and white string will be strong and healthy for the year to come. It is also a symbol of the coming spring. Usually, both women and men wear it pinned to their clothes, close to the heart, until the last day of March, when they tie it to the branches of a fruit-tree. In some regions, a gold or silver coin hangs on the string, which is worn around the neck. After wearing it for a certain period of time, they buy red wine and sweet cheese with the coin, according to a belief that their faces would remain beautiful and white as cheese, and rubicund as the red wine, for the entire year.
In modern times, and especially in urban areas, the Mărțișor lost most of its talisman properties and became more of a symbol of friendship or love, appreciation and respect. The black threads were replaced with red, but the delicate wool ropes are still a ‘cottage industry’ among people in the countryside, who comb out the wool, dye the floss, and twist it into thousands of tassels. In some areas the amulets are still made with black and white ropes, for warding off evil.
Some ethnologists consider Mărțișor to have a Roman origin, while others believe it to have a Daco-Thracian origin.
In ancient Rome, New Year’s Eve was celebrated on March 1 – ‘Martius’, as the month was called in the honour of the god Mars. Mars was not only the god of war but also an agricultural guardian, who ensured nature’s rebirth. Therefore, the red and white colours of Mărțișor may be explained as colours of war and peace.
The Thracians also used to celebrate the New Year’s Eve on the first day of March, a month which took the name of the god Marsyas Silen, the inventor of the pipe (fluier, traditional musical instrument), whose cult was related to the land and vegetation. Thracian spring celebrations, connected to fertility and the rebirth of nature, were consecrated to him.
In some areas, Daco-Romanians still celebrate the agrarian New Year in spring, where the first days of March are considered days of a new beginning . Before March 1, women choose one day from the first nine of the month, and judging by the weather on the chosen day, they would know how the new year will go for them. Similarly, in other areas, young men find out what their wives are going to be like. The first 9 days of March are called Baba Dochia’s Days, Baba Dochia being an image of the Great Earth Goddess. The tradition says that you must pick a day from 1 to 9 March, and how the weather in that day will be, so it will be for you all year long.
Initially, the Mărțișor string used to be called the Year’s Rope (‘’funia anului’’, in Romanian), made by black and white wool threads, representing the 365 days of the year. ‘’The Year’s Rope’’ was the link between summer and winter, black and white representing the opposition but also the unity of the contraries: light and dark, warm and cold, life and death. The ‘’Mărțișor’’ is the thread of the days in the year, spun by Baba Dochia (the Old Dochia), or the thread of one’s life, spun at birth by the Fates (Ursitoare). White is the symbol of purity, the sum of all the colours, the light, while Black is the colour of origins, of distinction, of fecundation and fertility, the colour of fertile soil. White is the sky, the Father, while black is the mother of all, Mother Earth.
According to ancient Roman tradition, the ides of March was the perfect time to embark on military campaigns. In this context, it is believed that the red string of Mărțișor signifies vitality, while the white one is the symbol of victory. Red is the colour of fire, blood, and a symbol of life, associated with the passion of women. Meanwhile, white is the colour of snow, clouds, and the wisdom of men. In this interpretation, the thread of a Mărțișor represents the union of the feminine and the masculine principles, the vital forces which give birth to the eternal cycle of the nature. Red and white are also complementary colours present in many key traditions of Daco-Romanian folklore.
George Coşbuc stated that Mărțișor is a symbol of fire and light, and of the Sun. Not only the colours, but also the traditional silver coin hung from the thread are associated with the sun. White, the colour of silver, is also a symbol of power and strength. The round form of the coin is also reminiscent of the Sun, while silver is associated with the Moon. These are just a few of the reasons why the Mărțișor is a sacred amulet.
In Daco-Romanian folklore, seasons are attributed symbolic colours: spring is red, summer is green or yellow, autumn is black, and winter is white. This is why one can also say that the Mărțișor thread, knitted in white and red, is a symbol of passing, from the cold white winter, to the lively spring, associated with fire and life.
Relation to the Bulgarian Martenitsa
Romanian ethnographers consider Mărțișor and Martenitsa to be clearly related, and of Thracian origin. According to one of the several proposed legends about the Martenitsa in Bulgaria, the custom has roots in the late seventh century. This legend, first attested in the 20th century, says that the Bulgar Khan Asparukh wanted to send a message to Bulgars across the Danube. He tied his letter with a white string to the leg of a white pigeon. The Byzantines saw the pigeon flying and shot it with an arrow. The message was delivered but the white string was stained with the red of the pigeon’s blood. The Bulgars then started to wear this thread.
- Jump up^ Alina Alex, The World Reporter. “Romania Welcomes Spring with Martisor Day. History and Traditions”. Retrieved 1 March 2012.
- Jump up^ Mărțișorul in Romanian
- Jump up^ «Μάρτης» ή «Μαρτιά» in Greek
- ^ Jump up to:a b Marcel Lutic, Timpul sacru. Sărbătorile de altădată
- Jump up^ DEX Online. “Dicţionare ale limbii române”. Retrieved 19 August 2010.
- Jump up^ Martisor music ensemble. “Martisor”. Retrieved 3 March 2008.
- Jump up^ Martisorul on CrestinOrtodox.ro (Romanian)
- Jump up^ Martisor – a beautiful tradition in Moldova and Romania on Modova.Org
- Jump up^ World of Moldova
- Jump up^ Romania Welcomes Spring with Martisor Day. History and Traditions
- Jump up^ Martisorul on Crestin-Ortodox.Ro, in Romanian
- Jump up^ Martisorul de 1 martie – Traditie, simbol si semnificatie in Romanian
- Jump up^ Traditii si obiceiuri – Calendarul obiceiurilor in Romanian
- ^ Jump up to:a b Martisor – obiceiuri de Martisor on Crestin-Ortodox.Ro, in Romanian
- Jump up^ March 1st celebrates Marțișor day in “Act Media”.
- External links
- Romania Welcomes Spring with Martisor Day. History and Traditions – Info in English by the native students of Romania
- Martisor Gallery – collection of Martisor related images
- Festivalul Mărțișorului – Ediția V – Iași- în imagini – some information (in Romanian) on a Mărțișor exhibition, and also photos
- March observances
- Romanian traditions
- Moldovan traditions
- Spring traditions
Silliness – Two Lawyers
Two lawyers were walking along, negotiating a case.
“Look,” said one to the other, “let’s be honest with each other.”
“Okay, you first,” replied the other.
That was the end of the discussion.