The sky is a hazy white in most places, but there’s some sunshine and the haze seems to be burning off, already. 62F, wind at 1mph, AQI20, UV3. It could get up to nearly 80F today? Why couldn’t it do this next week? There’s a pretty solid chance of rain on Friday, but nothing more until possibly next week, during spring break. <sigh>
I finally had to take some pain meds yesterday morning. That meant that I got drowsy and snoozed most of the early afternoon. When I woke, Tempus went out to do some errands and I got back to writing again. …and got a few more photos.
Today Tempus is going up to work at the storage units. I may spend some time up there, but I’m going to argue with the printer again for a bit. He’s going to do some shopping tonight in Newport and then there’s the paper route.
Today’s plant, the Pacific Aster, Symphyotrichum chilense, is one form of aster that grows in the PNW. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphyotrichum_chilense China Asters are the ones grown in gardens and are the common garden aster that Cunningham references: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Callistephus_chinensis in his Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs. Feminine, Venus, Water – The aster was sacred to the gods and used on altars in many religious paths. It is often used in love sachets or carry the bloom to win love. You can also grow them in your garden to draw love to you! …and here is an article on the whole family which includes sunflowers, chrysanthemums, yarrow and cone-flower!http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asteraceae
Today is listed as a feast day of Athena by many of the pagan sources that I use, but I can’t find that historically. It *is* a feast of Minerva, who was equated with Athena by the Romans. The feast was called Quinquatria and was a solemn procession and sacrifice. This was a day for women to consult with fortune-tellers and diviners. The gladiatorial games were added later, since they don’t show up as part of the festival in the oldest calendars. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quinquatria
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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. Full Moon – The day of, the day before, and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 3/22 at 9:43am.
The Moon reaches perigee, the closest point in its orbit around Earth, at 3:48 p.m. EDT. It then lies 223,307 miles (359,377 kilometers) away from us.
The Moon, almost full, shines in the dim hind feet of Leo. Upper right of it after dark is Regulus, about a fist and a half at arm’s length away. Left of the Moon by about half that distance is Denebola, Leo’s tailtip. Denebola is 0.8 magnitude dimmer than Regulus (meaning about half as bright) and it’ll also be closer to the Moon’s dazzling glare. Depending on the clarity of your air, Denebola may or may not be a challenge to pick out.
Although Saturn passed on the opposite side of the Sun from Earth in January, it already appears conspicuous in the southeast before dawn. From mid-northern latitudes, the ringed planet lies 20° 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.
Neptune is out of sight low in the glow of dawn.
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 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 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
Tu 19 High 12:10 AM 7.3 7:21 AM Set 6:58 AM 92
~ 19 Low 5:57 AM 1.7 7:27 PM Rise 6:00 PM
~ 19 High 11:51 AM 8.5
~ 19 Low 6:32 PM -0.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Take a Moonbath.
~ When you knock, ask to see God – none of the servants. – Henry David Thoreau
~ A poet can survive everything but a misprint. – Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish writer and wit
~ A sub-clerk in the post-office is the equal of a conqueror if consciousness is common to them. – Albert Camus (1913-1960) French writer, born in Algiers
~ Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do. – Ben Franklin
That come before the swallow dares, and take
The winds of March with beauty. – William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
Ostara Magick –
How To Decorate Your Easter Egg Like It’s 60,000 BCE – 3 April, 2015 by Maria Pakholok
So of all things, why decorate eggs? And why during springtime? Well, the eggshell does provide a good surface for decoration because of its smooth firmness and light colour.
The egg is and has also been considered a symbol of new life, fertility, and rebirth, and also plays a main role in many creation myths, being the beginning of the universe or with the first being or deity hatching from the egg.
In any case, egg decoration is a fun tradition which can be enjoyed by all ages. and cultures today. We hope these examples give you some ancient inspiration!
- “If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything.”
- “Education consists mainly in what we have unlearned.”
- “Definition of a classic — something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read.”
- “Familiarity breeds contempt — and children.”
- “Always do right. This will gratify some people, and astonish the rest.”
- “Whenever you find that you are on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.”
- “Man will do many things to get himself loved; he will do all things to get himself envied.”
- “Whenever the human race assembles to a number exceeding four, it cannot stand free speech.”
- “The difference between a Miracle and a Fact is exactly the difference between a mermaid and a seal.”
- “Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.”
- “Fame is a vapor; popularity an accident; the only earthly certainty is oblivion.”
- “To create man was a fine and original idea; but to add the sheep was a tautology.”
- “Many a small thing has been made large by the right kind of advertising.”
- “Principles have no real force except when one is well-fed.”
- “We are always anxious to be distinguished for a talent which we do not possess than to be praised for the fifteen which we do possess.”
- “Citizenship? We have none! In place of it we teach patriotism which Samuel Johnson said a hundred and forty or a hundred and fifty years ago was the last refuge of the scoundrel.”