Featured photo by Ken Gagne. This Minus tide cycle starts today. It’s a double, midway through going from evening to morning! Plus, with the time change, it’s light enough in the evening for folks to still be out playing on the beaches. First Minus Tide of the cycle at 4:55 PM of -0.4 feet. Open Circle for Ostara, Wednesday, March 20, 7pm, Ancient Light.
We actually got a tiny bit of rain last night. It was just enough to clear all the moisture out, so the high clouds that got so thick yesterday afternoon are completely gone and the sky is very blue. 47F, Wind at 1mph, UV3. The chance of showers on Wednesday has dropped to well below 50% and it’s not much higher than that over the weekend.
Yesterday’s Herb Workshop started right on time. I spent quite a lot of it sorting bag of mixed herbs (cedar, pine, bracken, garlic seed) most of which had been on the floor in back. I also got into a bag of Queen Anne’s Lace. Linda mostly worked on rosemary, still.
After that was done we had some lunch and then Tempus headed out to pay a couple of bills. The shop was busy for a little bit, mostly folks just shopping, but one guy stopped by and asked about the lawnmowers.
Today is House Capuchin’s Project Day and then the monthly potluck happens in the evening. We’re supposed to have some folks out from Eugene and another batch from the Portland area. The shop will be open all day.
Today’s Plant is the Coast Willow, Salix hookeriana, in bloom right now! I’ve been mistaking it for pussy willow ever since I moved out here! …and it’s the time of the year. They’re all fuzzy! Pussy Willows are a subset of the willows which also include osiers (think “wicker” for their uses). They’re all Saliciae from which, salicylic acid, the medicine Aspirin, was derived. Willow magick is Feminine, Moon and Water. Willow wands can be used for healing, to sleep with for more vivid dreams, Drawing Down the Moon, or for protection in underworld journeying. The Willow will bring the blessings of the Moon upon those who plant it or have it on their property. Willows can be used to bind together witch’s brooms and a forked willow branch is widely used in water witching and dowsing. New Moon magick, creativity, fertility, female rights of passage, inspiration, emotion, binding. Love, Love divination, protection, healing. It is also known as the tree of immortality because of its ability to re grow from a fallen branch in moist ground. These properties apply to all forms of willow, but the Coast Willow has the properties of endurance, tolerance and stubbornness as well. There’s more info here: http://en.wikipedia.org
Today’s feast is the Liberalia which was the feast when boys became men. It is in honor of the god Liber Pater and the goddess Libera. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberalia_%28holiday%29 It is also associated with the Bacchanalia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bacchus#Bacchanalia and the procession of the Argei. http://penelope.uchicago.edu/Thayer/E/Roman/Texts/secondary/SMIGRA*/Argei.html
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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.
Saturn (magnitude +0.6, in Sagittarius) glows in early dawn almost halfway from Jupiter to low Venus.
The Big Dipper’s familiar shape rides high in the northeast on March evenings. The spring sky’s finest binocular double star marks the bend of the Dipper’s handle. Mizar shines at 2nd magnitude, some six times brighter than its 4th-magnitude companion, Alcor. Even though these two are not physically related, they make a fine sight through binoculars. (People with good eyesight often can split the pair without optical aid.) A small telescope reveals Mizar itself as double — and these components do orbit each other.
Orion the Hunter stands out in the southwest as darkness falls all week. The conspicuous constellation appears slightly askew compared with its appearance in mid-winter’s evening sky. Now, the three-star belt is aligned parallel to the horizon while blue-white Rigel hangs directly below the belt and ruddy Betelgeuse stands directly above it. This is the time of year when Orion declines in the southwest after dark, with his Belt roughly horizontal. When does Orion’s Belt appear exactly horizontal? That depends on where you’re located east-west in your time zone, and on your latitude. Can you time this event? If you’re near your time zone’s standard longitude, expect it around 9:15 this evening (daylight-saving time). . . more or less.
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.
Venus continues to dominate the predawn sky from its perch in northern Capricornus. The inner world shines at magnitude –4.0, nearly two magnitudes brighter than the second-brightest planet, Jupiter. Venus rises around 5:30 a.m. local daylight time and stands some 10° high in the east-southeast 45 minutes before the Sun comes up. When viewed through a telescope, Venus shows a disk that spans 14″ and appears about three-quarters lit.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for March
Goddess Month of Moura, runs from 2/20-3/19
Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
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.
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14. Fern (FAIR-n) Alder – The common alder (Alnus glutinosa (L.) Gaertner) is common along lowland rivers, where it grows with aspens, poplars, and willows. Like willows, alders sprout from stumps. This allows them to regenerate after heavy flooding. In protect sites they may grow to 20 m (65 feet) tall. Their leaves are more blunt-tipped than most North American alders, which look more like the grey alder (A. incana (L.) Moench). This species is more common in the mountains of Europe, and is not restricted to moist soils. Like ashes, European alders are not widely cultivated in North American (they are often sold as black alders), but several native species are. Alder wood is said to resist rotting when it is wet, and was the wood of choice for pilings in many regions. Alders are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae).
Ogam letter correspondences to study this month – Ailim – Silver Fir
Color: Light Blue
Meaning: Learning from past mistakes; Take care in choices.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Su 17 Low 3:57 AM 3.2 7:25 AM Set 5:37 AM 75
~ 17 High 9:49 AM 7.8 7:25 PM Rise 3:26 PM
~ 17 Low 4:55 PM -0.4
~ 17 High 11:27 PM 6.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make this an embraceable day!
~ Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal. – Albert Camus
~ There is no fate that cannot be surmounted by scorn. – Albert Camus
~ We are asked to love or to hate such and such a country and such and such a people. But some of us feel too strongly our common humanity to make such a choice. – Albert Camus; ‘Neither Victims nor Executioners’
~ I’ve done the most awful rubbish in order to have somewhere to go in the morning. – Richard Burton
On St. Patrick’s Day, the warm side of a stone turns up,
and the broad-back goose begins to lay. – proverb
Ostara Magick – Recipes
Leek soup – Recipe for Good Health
After a long winter, March is a good time to work a spell that will renew your health. As folk wisdom says:
Eat leeks in March and garlic in May;
And all the year after physicians may play.
Peel three potatoes and place them on a green cloth on your kitchen table. Consider three things you can do to improve your health. Carve on each potato symbols or words regarding your intention. Make a potato leek soup with your magical potatoes. Decorate the table in colors of green and white and a bouquet of daffodils.
4 cups sliced leeks
3 cups sliced potatoes
6 cups chicken broth
1 cup heavy cream
3 T. sherry
Combine potatoes, leeks and broth and cook for 20 minutes. Liquefy in a blender. Add cream, sherry, and chives and cook an additional 5 minutes without boiling, stirring constantly. ~Lily Gardner-Butts
- 1 pound fresh spinach, torn
- 4 cups strawberries, sliced
- 1 (11 ounce) can mandarin oranges, drained (I would use Clementine fresh oranges here!)
- 1 star fruit, sliced
GINGER SALAD DRESSING:
- 1/3 cup lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons olive or canola oil
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
Arrange spinach and fruit on salad plates. In a jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine the dressing ingredients; shake well. Drizzle over salads; serve immediately.
Queens Biscuits (Biscotti Di Regina) – http://everythingunderthemoon.net/forum/ostara-feast-recipes-t22403.html
4 cups flour, sifted
1 cup sugar
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup shortening
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1/2 cup milk
1/4 lb. sesame seeds
Lightly grease 2 cookie sheets. Sift together in a bowl the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Cut in with pastry blender or two knives until pieces are size of small peas. Add shortening and stir in eggs and milk. Make a soft dough. Mix thoroughly together. Break dough into small pieces and roll each piece between palms of hands to form rolls about 1 1/2″ in length. Flatten rolls slightly, and roll in sesame seeds. Place on cookie sheets about 3″ apart. Bake at 375° for 12-15 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned. Makes 6 dozen cookies.
Carrot Pecan Wild Rice – http://autumnearthsong.com/2012/03/03/ostara-recipes-2012/
1 1/2 cups wild rice
2 carrots sliced into 1/2-inch rounds
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup pecans
The zest and juice from 1 orange
1/4 cup chopped parsley
4 tablespoons melted butter
Salt and pepper to taste
Add wild rice to a sauce pot with about 4 1/2 cups of water, and cover. Bring the rice to a boil and then simmer for about 40 minutes according to the package directions.
While the rice is cooking, slice carrots into 1/2-inch rounds and then simmer for about 5 to 7 minutes until they are tender. In a large bowl combine raisins, pecans, the zest and juice from an orange, chopped parsley, melted butter and salt and pepper, to taste. To the large bowl combine the wild rice and carrots. Mix.
Makes 8 servings.