Featured photo by Ken Gagne.
Bright, bright sunshine. I don’t see but bits of cloud hanging around the edges! 49F, WInd at 9mph, AQI16, UV4. About the rain forecast for Monday. It looks like a *lot*, like most of an inch is going to land on us from Monday night into Tuesday…. but that’s all for a week!
Yesterday Tempus and I were hard at work by 9am, yesterday. We didn’t do anything Friday evening because we were exhausted. I was working on headers, mostly, and cussing at the printer. He was sorting things up front that turned into chaos during the week I was gone, so we’d have some place to work for the Herbs Workshop, since the back was worse.
After I got back up I sat down at the computer and worked on some more headers. Printer is still weird. Tempus went to the grocery. Once he was back he worked on supper. He got a *huge*pork chop at the grocery, so we shared it, baked in mustard sauce (the purple mustard sauce that we made for the feast) along with tater crowns and some mixed veg.
I went to bed fairly early, but woke in the middle of the night, so got up to write. …and then woke late and had to scramble to get the shop open and then fell down a recipe rabbit hole. ….so now that I’ve got this done, today is Project Day, so I’m embroidering, recipe-ing and working on plants. Tempus is prepping some wood for storage and working on bone carving
Sage, Salvia Officinalis, sometimes called true sage, or culinary sage, is a plant that has been used in cookery, magick and medicine for many thousands of years. It is one of the ingredients in Four Thieves Vinegar. The blossoms make a delicious tea. – Masculine, Jupiter, Air– In purple cloth, brings wisdom. Worn in an amulet sewn into a horn shape protects against the evil eye. Used as a wash, or sniffed, enhances youthful mindset and appearance. Eat sage in May for long life. Carry to promote wisdom. Write a wish on a sage leaf and sleep on it. If you dream of it, it will happen, else bury the leaf in the ground. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvia_officinalis
Tibetan Uprising Day – This is the anniversary of the uprising of Tibet against China in 1959. The uprising failed and the Dalai Lama had to flee and has lived in exile since. Tibet is not free, and China has been pretty cruel. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tibetan_Uprising_Day and on the Dalai Lama here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dalai_Lama
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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. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 3/14 at 3:27am.
On the traditional divide between the winter and spring sky is the dim constellation Cancer. It’s between Gemini to its west and Leo to its east. Cancer holds something unique: the Beehive Star Cluster, M44, in its middle. The Beehive shows dimly to the naked eye if you have little or no light pollution. With binoculars it’s easy, even under worse conditions. Look for it a little less than halfway from Pollux in Gemini to Regulus in Leo.
Jupiter continues to grow more prominent before dawn. The giant planet shines at magnitude –2.1 and climbs 25° high in the south-southeast by the first hint of twilight. A telescope reveals Jupiter’s 37″-diameter disk and at least two conspicuous cloud belts as well as the planet’s four bright Galilean moons.
Neptune is hidden in conjunction with the Sun.
Mercury has faded and disappeared into the sunset.
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
Su 10 High 3:29 AM 7.5 7:38 AM Rise 9:49 AM 8
~ 10 Low 9:51 AM 1.2 7:16 PM Set 11:30 PM
~ 10 High 3:49 PM 6.7
~ 10 Low 9:49 PM 1.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make this an amiable day!
~ The will to succeed is important, but what’s more important is the will to prepare. – Bobby Knight
~ God does not repay evil for evil, and thus the righteous should not do so either. No judgment, no abuse, but blessing…Blessing means laying one’s hand on something and saying, Despite everything, you belong to God. – Dietrich Bonhoeffer
~ Example has more followers than reason. We unconsciously imitate what pleases us, and approximate to the characters we most admire. A generous habit of thought and action carries with it an incalculable influence. – Christian Bovee
~ When you row another person across the river, you get there yourself. – Dominique Brown
There’s a path that leads to Nowhere
in a meadow that I know
Where an island river rises
And the stream is still and slow. – Corinne Roosevelt Robinson (1861–1933)
Ostara Magick – Crafts
Felt Eggs – Pair two egg-shaped pieces of felt and stitch along their border, leaving about an inch open to stuff with filling. Complete the stitching, then add embellishments of your choice, like buttons.
Stenciled Eggs – Pick up a few stencils at your local craft store, or create your own by cutting out a printable shape. Place or tape the stencil against your egg and sponge on acrylic paint to reveal your design.
Naturally Stenciled Eggs – Lay the leaves of herbs like cilantro or mint against your egg, then wrap the egg in pantyhose to keep the leaves in place. Dip in dye, allow to dry, and reveal your nature-inspired creation. For rustic character, add speckling.
is a neat craft project you can make before Ostara. Hide these eggs for your kids to find, and then when they crack them open, they can find the treasure hidden inside!
- 1 C. all-purpose flour
- ½ C. salt
- ¼ C. clean sand
- 1 C. used coffee grounds
- ¾ C. warm water
- Crystals or gemstones
- Non-stick cooking spray
- Acrylic paints in your favorite colors
Blend flour, salt, sand and coffee grounds together. Gradually add the water, and knead until you’ve got a thick, gritty dough. Spray a crystal lightly with non-stick cooking spray, and place it in the center of a small scoop of dough. Shape the dough around the crystal to form an egg shape. Bake the eggs at 350 for about 15 minutes, and allow to cool. Once they’ve cooled, they should be nice and hard, like a rock. Paint the eggs, and allow paint to dry.
Hide the eggs on Ostara, and let your kids crack them open to reveal the hidden crystals!
For some extra silly fun, have your kids join you for the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Chocolate Rabbit.