The weather this morning is more of the same. The sunshine is bright, but there’s a lot of high cloud. Yesterday afternoon it thickened up enough to blot out a lot of the sunshine, but most of the day was clear. 46F, forecast to go into the upper 50’s, wind at 1mph, AQI26, UV3. The days are getting longer by over 3 minutes per, now. It’s not just the time change that’s making them feel longer. We ought to have a couple more clear days and the chance of rain, starting Wednesday evening is mostly less than 50% chance of showers.
Yesterday, after waking at 9 and not being able to go back to sleep, I got up and got the newsletter out among other things. Tempus woke much closer to 11. I went in back at the point, worked on the soup and curled up for a nap. When I woke it was done.
We had soup and coffee and then Tempus took off for Newport. I was sitting and embroidering at that point. We had a few customers in, one who wanted to talk rocks and we were discussing where in Oregon to find what.
We crashed out right after, but I was awake again around 1 and did some writing. We’ve been busy since around 9am, cleaning and sorting cleaned stuff. We’ll have coffee in a couple of minutes and be open at 11am.
Herbs Workshop is at 11am and then Sewing at 3pm. Nothing special planned for either, just more of the same. In between we need to get the sorted boxes back onto the shelves and Tempus has to keep going back there, clearing the work table. I have a seed cake to make, later. Uh-oh. I’d better get the cracked wheat soaking!
Today’s plant is Shore Pine, Pinus contorta, var. contorta.It’s a tough tree well suited to stand up to the coastal winds. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinus_contorta More on the coastal ecology here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oregon_Coast#Terrestrial_ecology Pine’s magick is: Male, Mars, Air – Healing, fertility, protection, money, burn to cleanse a house, changing negative energy to positive, or use boughs for purification baths/sweats.
This day is in honor of a philanthropist, a guy who started poor and worked his way up and then gave away a lot of what he earned. It’s even a Google Doodle. I’m a beneficiary of that, having graduated from the Peabody Institute. George Peabody https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Peabody & the Peabody Institute https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peabody_Institute
Today is the anniversary of the day in 1203 when the Siege of Montsegur was ended with the burning of over 200 Cathars at the stake. This is the siege where the infamous phrase, “Kill them all, God will know his own!” was uttered, during the Albigensian Crusade. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Monts%C3%A9gur Remember these martyrs to conscience! More on the Cathari here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cathar and on the Albigensian Crusade here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albigensian_crusade
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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 Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 3/19 at 9:43am.
The Big Dipper glitters softly high in the northeast these evenings, standing on its handle. You probably know that the two stars forming the front of the Dipper’s bowl (currently on top) are the Pointers; they point to Polaris, currently to their left. And, you may know that if you follow the curve of the Dipper’s handle out and around by a little more than a Dipper length, you’ll arc to Arcturus, rising in the east. But did you know that if you follow the Pointers backward the opposite way, you’ll land in Leo? Draw a line diagonally across the Dipper’s bowl from where the handle is attached, continue far on, and you’ll go to Gemini. And look at the two stars forming the open top of the Dipper’s bowl. Follow this line past the bowl’s lip far across the sky, and you crash into Capella.
Although asteroid 3 Juno reached opposition and peak visibility back in November, it remains a worthwhile target this week. Not only is it still reasonably bright — a small telescope will reveal its 9th-magnitude glow — but it also resides against the rich stellar backdrop of Orion the Hunter. This evening provides your best opportunity because the asteroid passes just 0.1° north of 5th-magnitude Pi1 (π1) Orionis. This star marks the northernmost point in Orion’s Shield.
Neptune is hidden behind the glare of the Sun.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for March
Goddess Month of Moura, runs from 2/20-3/19
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17, Nion (NEE-uhn)
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14. Fearn (FAIR-n)
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 16 Low 2:39 AM 3.6 7:27 AM Set 4:47 AM 65
~ 16 High 8:37 AM 7.5 7:23 PM Rise 2:14 PM
~ 16 Low 3:57 PM 0.1
~ 16 High 10:37 PM 6.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I am dancing freely.
~ Determination gives you the resolve to keep going in spite of the roadblocks that lay before you. – Denis Waitley
~ Dwell on the sound of your breathing, when you can really hear it coming and going, peace will not be far behind. – Paul Wilson
~ Cut hay right after the full moon. – “Old Farmer’s Almanac”, circa 1745
~ The fear is worse than the pain. – Shannon Bahr
For glad Spring has begun,
And to the ardent sun
The earth, long time so bleak,
Turns a frost-bitten cheek. – Celia Thaxter (1835–94)
Ostara Magick – Spells
A Spell of Reawakening
The Spring Equinox, called Ostara by many, is a day of perfect balance between night and day, darkness and light, slumber and awakening. Many craft traditions, covens, and solitaries have devised their own rituals for awakening Mother Earth at this time. Many of these can be traced back to England.
One common practice is to walk through a natural area, tap the earth three times with a staff or wand, and make a joyful noise to welcome the Goddess’s return. This ritual is performed three times in keeping with the sacred number of many of the Pagan sects from western European countries. Now is not only a good time to awaken Mother Earth, but also to awaken ourselves. We should ask: Are we only going through the motions now? Or are we reawakening our spiritual selves, and seeing anew all the magical possibilities of spring? To awaken your own body, mind, and soul to spring’s rebirth, give back to Mother Earth some of the things we’ve taken from her. Plant a tree, herb garden, or flowers. Feed her animals and birds. As you do any of these things, consecrate your offering by saying:
Mother Earth, Goddess we walk upon,
May my gifts be of value
Even after I’m gone.
Today, while I’m here,
May my offering be,
An act of love
for you from me. By: Edain McCoy
Ostara Song – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html from the Pagan and Wiccan Parenting Page (to the tune of “Goodbye Ladies”)
Good Bye Winter,
Good bye Winter,
Good bye Winter,
Good bye Winter,
We wish you’d leave us now.
(replace the following words for “Winter:” snow, slush, snowsuits, cold wind, and any thing else the children come up with.)
Come back Springtime,
Come back Springtime,
Come back Springtime,
We wish you’d come today.
(replace the following words for “Springtime:” green grass, flowers, birds, and any thing else the children come up with.)
OSTARA- Daffodowndilly Spell
The purpose of this spell is to make wishes concerning all areas of your life.
This is the perfect time of year for planting wishes that will come to fruition in summer and using plant ingredients for magic is a age old custom.
You will need:
As part of your OSTARA ritual and in a properly cast circle, work as follows.
- Light the green candle saying: By the shoot
- Light the yellow candle saying: By the flower I invoke OSTARAs power
- Take each bulb and seperately name it after the wish you seek to acheieve.
- Hold them in your hands and chant your wish into them with the following words: As the nights shrink down and this bulb goes underground, As the days grow long, so the thing I wish grows strong.
- Bury the bulbs in the soil, or potting soil. Place your hands palms down on the soil and visualize the growth you have wished for coming to pass.
- Keep the bulbs inside until the threat of frost has passed, then plant outside next to the spring flowering bulbs.
The idea here is to trade on the fertility of the daffodils by empowering summer flowering bulbs and planting them closely by. The summer bulbs will get the general idea from the flowering daffodown dillies and charged with your wishes hurry to grow and flower. From Hearth and Home Witchery
Silliness – Signs and Notices – Official sign near door: Door Alarmed. Handprinted sign nearby: Window frightened.