Featured photo by Pamela Halbrook. Wicca 102 begins 3/11/19.
Yesterday I spent most of the day at the motel, sewing and embroidering. I’ve accomplished a lot. There were several doctor appointments and there are more today, because Sioned’s not doing quite as well as she could. Nothing too scary, just, scary because we’re talking about *my* grandbaby. Know what I mean?
In the evening, after a howling session that left poor Raven and Arthur really wrung out, once Sioned calmed down they picked me up and we had supper at the AFK pub. Sioned slept through all but the last 10 minutes, and I held her while they were getting the check, the car, etc. She was an *annoyed* little bundle, apparently hungry. 🙂
The poor kids were exhausted, since they’re hitting the “sleep deprivation” part of parenting really hard. They dropped me back at the hotel and I sat down and managed to finish that tissue cover that I’ve been pecking at…well, mostly… I still need some ribbon for the ties.
Today is my head-home day! The kids have an appointment in the morning and Arthur is going to come for me right after. Maybe I can nab some ribbon on the way? I hope, anyway, so he can take it to Kimberly once he’s back in Everett.
Arthur has a class for work, after he drops me off, and Kimberly and Billy are going to take Raven and Sioned to the other appointment, after lunch. They have a couple of days there, yet, but I’ve got to get back on a day when it’s not going to exhaust Tempus to do the drive to Albany and back.
Quick update – Sioned is now disgustingly healthy and back on track for weight! More tomorrow!
Today’s Plant is Cittim Bark (Cascara), Rhamnus purshiana. It is a potent laxative and has been used for that for centuries. –Masculine, Saturn, Earth – Sprinkle an infusion of this around the home before legal proceedings, to help you win your case. It is used in money spells and worn in a brown cloth amulet will protect again evil influences and hexes. It can be sewn into a poppet to attract those influences away from you, but place this outside at night, especially. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cascara_Sagrada
Today is the anniversary of the 1836 defeat at the Alamo. Despite all the mythology surrounding it and the romanticization of the event, it’s a rather sordid tale of people disobeying orders, not enough money to properly support an isolated band of men and their equipment, government disorganization and mis-understanding on both sides as to what each other were after. The main thing that it did was to upset that Texian side enough to give them a morale boost. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alamo_Mission_in_San_Antonio and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Alamo
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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. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle – In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances. God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Outer Dark, psychopomps – Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris. Phase ends at 8:04am on 3/6. 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 3/20 at 6:43pm New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends at 8:04pm on 3/7
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 6 High 12:39 AM 7.0 6:45 AM Rise 7:10 AM 0
~ 6 Low 6:27 AM 2.0 6:11 PM Set 6:22 PM
~ 6 High 12:16 PM 7.7
~ 6 Low 6:52 PM 0.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – People are more violently opposed to fur than to leather because it’s safer to harass rich women than motorcycle gangs.
~ God Almighty has set before me two great objects: the suppression of the slave trade, and reformation of manners. – William Wilberforce (1759 – 1833), English abolisher of the British slave trade (among other great injustices); from his diary, October 28, 1787. (By “manners,” Wilberforce meant what we might call “morals” today.)
~ The man who trades freedom for security does not deserve nor will he ever receive either. – Benjamin Franklin (1706 – 1790), American polymath
~ What’s all that, for God’s sake? You look like a one-man filing cabinet. – Orson Welles; PB Research.
~ I’m one of the blind alleys of the main road of procreation. – Evelyn Waugh, English author, born on October 28, 1903, Decline and Fall, Ch. 12
Black boughs against a pale, clear sky,
Slight mists of cloud-wreaths floating by;
Soft sunlight, gray-blue smoky air,
Wet thawing snows on hillsides bare. – Emma Lazarus (1849–87)
Ostara Magick – Crafts
Eostre Basket – (For Ostara) http://members.aol.com/ivycleartoes/basket.html
- Small altar-sized basket
- Plastic easter eggs
- Bunny toy
- Eostre grass
- Decorated plastic or wooden eggs, if desired
- Seasonal candies, if desired
Simply place all symbolic items in basket in an aesthetically pleasing way. If desired, decorate eggs for Ostara fun and add to decorations.
The plastic eggs can be a part of the Ostara ritual: Write things that you are thankful for on pieces of paper and then seal each in an egg. Keep the pieces of paper in the eggs as reminders during the season what a bounty you have to be thankful for. You can keep the eggs year round and use them as reminders every time you feel downtrodden by circumstances of your life.
Lace-Patterned Eggs – Tightly, yet carefully, wrap a strip of lace around your egg. Twist the two ends together, then secure with a rubber band. Delicately dab paint over the lace, allow it to dry, then remove the lace to reveal your ornate pattern.
Papier-Mâché Eggs – These eggs aren’t just decorative, they’re packed with tiny surprises inside! Learn how to make papier-mâché eggs, then fill them with anything from candy to sweet notes for an egg hunt party.
Papier Mâché Eggs: In lieu of the usual plastic eggs, craft one-of-a-kind versions with water balloons, tissue paper and our Papier Mâché Tutorial. Leave an opening big enough for wrapped candies, and seal off eggs after filling.
What You’ll Need
- A balloon
- Petroleum jelly
- Wallpaper paste*
- A paintbrush
Blow up the balloon, balance it on a small bowl or mug, and cover it with a thin layer of petroleum jelly
- Brush the wallpaper paste over half of the balloon
- Apply strips of newspaper (Tear the paper, rather than cut it.)
- Overlap the strips slightly as you put each one down, and smooth them out to get rid of any air bubbles
- Repeat the process, until you have three layers of paper on half of the balloon
- Allow to dry, and then add another three layers.
- Flip it over and repeat until you have two half eggs.
- When your creation is completely dry, pop and remove the balloon (with unwrapped candies, put into a snack-size Ziploc!)
- Fill, then seal the two halves together with two more layers.
- Paint in easter colors.
- 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.
Silliness – Library Order
A lady walks into a building and says to the clerk, ” I’d like a cheeseburger, a drink, and fries.”
The clerk says, “This is a library.”
Then the lady whispers, “Sorry, I’d like a cheeseburger, a drink and fries.