It’s really cold out there, at least for us Coasties! There are some bits of cloud around, but it’s not straining the sunlight, which is amazingly bright this morning. We’re out-wearing winter! There are still puddles, but they’re drying fast, which is making for foggy spots, but not here in town. 39F, wind at 1mph, AQI20, UV4. It should be dry through Monday. After that it looks like there might be a stormy day or two and then some more dry weather.
Yesterday was just a fog…. Tempus and I were both really tired. That late night is a problem every single week. We had people in all day long. In between customers and sometimes during, Tempus dozed over by the books and I worked on my computer, catching up, writing, finding pieces for newsletters and setting up the frames for the week, then finding the astronomical information and getting that filled in.
Mid-afternoon I faded out, too. I went over and sat on the sofa with my embroidery and someone turned out the lights. 🙂 I was back awake by 4pm, which was good, because almost as soon as I went back to my desk I fielded a number of phone calls and then Linda was in for a few minutes. Later Sara came in with a friend who is interested in one of the collectors’ books.
Today we have the workshops during the day. We’ll be open regular hours. I’m hoping that the printer is working better than it was, so maybe I can get more headers printed
Today’s plant is Goldenrod, Solidago Canadensis. A good browse plant, although not shade-tolerant, it is one of the first plants to colonize burned-off areas. In Fukishima it has taken over the rice fields near the wrecked nuclear plant. – Feminine, Venus, Air – Wear a piece of goldenrod to see your future love. Hold a piece in the hand and it will direct you to things you’ve lost or buried treasure. If it blooms by your door without being planted, good fortune will follow. It’s also used in money spells and has the property of survival. Wiki article here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solidago_canadensis
Chotrul Duchen is one of four Tibetan Buddhist festivals that commemorate his life. It’s held around this time of year and features sculptured butter lamps, some of which are huge. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butter_Lamp_Festival and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butter_lamp and a bit about the offering and prayers here: http://bodhiactivity.wordpress.com/2011/05/28/lamp-offering-prayer/
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
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 Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 3/10 at 8:04pm.
At 2 a.m. tonight, daylight-saving time begins for most of the US and Canada. Clocks “spring ahead” an hour.
By full dark, the Big Dipper is high in the northeast and beginning to tip left. Look well to its left for Polaris and the dim Little Dipper. Other than Polaris, all you may see of the Little Dipper through light pollution are the two stars forming the outer edge of its bowl: Kochab (similar to Polaris in brightness) and below it, fainter Pherkad. Find these two “Guardians of the Pole” to Polaris’s lower right by about a fist and a half at arm’s length. Now is the time of year when the Guardians line up exactly vertically at the end of twilight.
With an age of 4.5 billion years, “young” might not seem an appropriate word to describe our Moon. But tonight, you have an exceptional opportunity to see what astronomers call a “young Moon” — a slender crescent visible in the early evening sky. With New Moon having occurred just two days ago, only 5 percent of our satellite’s disk appears illuminated after sunset tonight. You can find the Moon about 10° above the western horizon an hour after sunset. You should notice an ashen light faintly illuminating the Moon’s dark side. This is “earthshine” — sunlight reflected by Earth that reaches the Moon and then reflects back to our waiting eyes. March is a particularly good month to view a young Moon. Luna gains altitude quickly from night to night because the ecliptic — the apparent path of the Sun across the sky that the Moon and planets follow closely — makes a steep angle to the western horizon after sunset. It causes the Moon to gain 10° of altitude each evening despite moving only 11° eastward relative to the Sun.
This is a good week to look for Sirius in the evening sky. The night sky’s brightest star (at magnitude –1.5) appears highest in the south just as twilight ends. It then lies about one-third of the way from the horizon to the zenith when viewed from mid-northern latitudes. (The farther south you live, the higher it appears.) If you point binoculars at Sirius, look for the pretty star cluster M41 in the same field, just 4° below the star.
Although Saturn passed on the opposite side of the Sun from Earth just two months ago, it already appears conspicuous in the southeast before dawn. From mid-northern latitudes, the ringed planet lies more than 10° above the horizon as twilight begins. Saturn shines at magnitude 0.6 and appears significantly brighter than any of the background stars in its host constellation, Sagittarius the Archer. A telescope shows the gas giant’s 16″-diameter disk and a spectacular ring system that spans 36″ and tilts 24° to our line of sight.
Mars (magnitude +1.2, in Aries) still glows high in the west at nightfall and sets around 11 p.m. In a telescope it’s a tiny blob 5 arcseconds wide, and it won’t get any better all year.
Uranus (magnitude 5.8, at the Aries-Pisces border) is sinking low in the west far below Mars.
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. Runic half-month of Berkana/ Beorc, 3/14-29 Half-month ruled by the goddess of the birch tree; a time of purification for rebirth and new beginnings.
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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 9 High 2:01 AM 7.4 6:39 AM Rise 8:23 AM 4
~ 9 Low 8:13 AM 1.3 6:14 PM Set 9:26 PM
~ 9 High 2:07 PM 7.1
~ 9 Low 8:19 PM 1.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I accept hope, peace, joy, and love in all aspects of life.
~ The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever. – Jacques Cousteau
~ The truth of things is the chief nutriment of superior intellects. – Da Vinci
~ When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace. – Sri Chinmoy Ghose
~ Books won’t stay banned. They won’t burn. Ideas won’t go to jail. In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost. The only sure weapon against bad ideas is better ideas.- Alfred Whitney Griswold, Essays on Education
What is the roar of a lion,
If it ends in the bleat of a lamb, March? – Mark Cook (1854–1882)
Ostara Magick – Lore – From Easter Customs of the Carpatho-Rusyn People
by Michael Roman, Amerikansky Russky Viestnik, 17 April 1941
“The variation in customs can be found in the games, songs and dances, the origin of which, can, in most cases, be traced to the Slavonic Mythology. Rev. Nestor Volensky, a distinguished Carpatho-Rusyn man of letters and a historian, traced many of the customs to the pagan times and had written much about them.
The game of “Pohrebenije Kostrubon’ka”, played on Easter Sunday afternoon by the girls in some of the Carpatho-Rusyn villages, has been handed down from the pagan times when it was a religious ceremony on the festival of the spring sun. Kostrubon’ka in Rusyn, refers to the somewhat undulating rays of the sun in winter time. In the game, on of the girls, who is called the Kostrubon’ka, is acting as though she is falling while the other girls sing mournful songs. All of a sudden the Kostrubon’ka stands erect in a happy manner and the girls start singing happy songs.
In a few words this game signifies the “burial” (pohrebenije) or the passing away of the undulating and weak rays of the sun of winter time for those of Spring, which are more direct.
Some of the common Easter games dealing with beautifully painted eggs include a game known as “Cokatisja”. This games is played like marbles except that instead of marbles, eggs are used. The boys roll them on the meadows. If an egg is cracked, then it belongs to the boy whose egg cracked it. [webmaster note: My family has a similar tradition, but instead of rolling the eggs, they are held and tapped against each other with the same result]
In many villages it is a custom to throw the shells of Easter eggs into the rivers and streams because that is supposed to make the geese and ducks fruitful. It should be remembered that an egg in pagan times symbolized fertility.
Another game played by the Carpatho-Rusyn youth is the one in which the girls hide the dyed eggs in their hands while the fellows try to take the eggs away from them. The victory of a fellow over a girl signified in pagan times, the victory of the spring sun over winter.
During the Easter holidays bells are rung almost constantly in the homeland. This is done because bell ringing is supposed to cause bees to swarm. It is a known fact, however, that metallic sounds do influence the bees.
In many of the villages in the province of Zemplin a game called “Kralovna” is played by the girls. In our language “Kralovna” means “Queen”. Many girls dressed in their best finery form a long line and in rhythmic step, walk through the village for two hours at a time singing lovely songs about a pretty queen “kralovna”. The refrain to the song is usually the melodious – “La, la,la,la, la….”
These songs have no connection whatsoever to the Resurrection of Our Lord. They have been traced to the story in Slavonic Mythology where Lala, son of goddess “Lada”, with his queen and his retinue travelled throughout his domain to see how his people lived. The counterpart of Lala in Greek-Roman mythology is Cupid while that of Lada is Venus.
On a lovely Easter Sunday, any Carpatho-Rusyn village is picturesque. Everyone dressed in their best clothing is outdoors. The little boys can bee seen together in one group playing “Cokatisja” with their Easter eggs. The women are in another group talking about things that are of interest only to them, usually about cooking, sewing , or they are trying to predict who will be the first to get married after Easter. The men are also in a group by themselves discussing the spring plowing or the international situation. The young girls and the fellows are having a grand time together. Here and there can be seen young adolescents enthusiastically scheming how to best surprise some of the popular maidens on the next day and give them a good “polivanja.” Occasionally the melodious strains of a violin or an accordion can be heard or the beautiful singing of the young people who have been restrained from singing for seven weeks because of Lent. It is, indeed, a beautiful sight to observe a Carpatho-Rusyn village on Easter Sunday. There is a happy spirit of joy which is experienced by everyone. Because of this, Easter is one of the happiest holy days in the native lands of our parents. The people await it with eagerness for many weeks.
On Easter Monday the men and young boys visit the homes of their friends where they throw water on the women usually on the hands. In doing do they say “Christos Voskres!” (Christ is Risen!) while the girls reply “Voistinu Voskres!” (Indeed – He is Risen!). Many times the young men like to have fun when they go “polivati” and go beyond the bounds. They probably will pour buckets of water on the girl or lead her to a well and give her a good soaking. Easter Tuesday is the time when the women take revenge on the men. That is their day for “polivanja”. This custom is a very sociable one since it brings together the young people. Also as a result of it, enemies forget their differences and become friends. It is considered bad luck if a home is passed by during the “polivanja:.
This custom has been traced to the time when the Jews threw water on the followers of Christ who with joy were announcing the Resurrection of Our Saviour. This custom is also practiced because it is believed that the fresh water from the melted snow will give a beautiful complexion to people and also bring luck if it is poured during this “polivanja” of Easter time.
In some localities on Easter Monday after Vespers, the families visit the graves in the cemetery where relatives are buried.
Such are the colorful and picturesque Easter customs of the Carpatho-Rusyns. Although many of these customs originated in pagan times and have been carried over into Christianity, it does not mean that our people still have pagan ideas. They are observed because they make up the rich heritage of our people which has been handed down from generation to generation. These customs make up the rich folk culture of our people, which is probably richer, older, more unique and more colorful than that of any other nationality. Other nationalities have just begun to notice our folk culture and to study it.
After the midnight Paschal Liturgy, we all gather together to bless the Pascha baskets. These baskets have been carefully prepared with many of the foods from which we’ve been fasting for the past month and a half during Great Lent. There are several foods traditionally included in the basket. These are: a yeast bread, a bitter herb, wine, cheese, meat, butter, salt, and a red egg.”
Silliness – Signs and Notices – On a ski lift in Taos, NM: ‘No jumping from the lift. Survivors will be prosecuted.’