It’s mostly cloudy, but bright and with a stiff breeze. That wildfire outside of Salem <shaking head> That doesn’t bode well for the summer. 55F, wind at 7 gusting into the low teens, AQI15, UV3. We probably have 1/3 of an inch of rain coming on Friday, but the chance over the following week doesn’t go over 50%. Are we already wearing out the rain? Or is this just a long break?
I was up at 8:15 yesterday and stayed awake until I got the newsletter out, then I went back to bed, getting up at noon and some change. I worked on setting up newsletters and Tempus and I had to talk about shopping and storage and bills and such, so a lot of that was going on in the early afternoon.
He finally took off for the storage company before 3pm, since no one up there was answering the phone, and got the new storage unit. We’re going to clear the odd one, go get our generator and tools from the old house garage, and then put a few more things from down here up there.
Once he was back we had supper, leftovers still. I lay down with some research. He was finished the Beaver Creek/Bayview loop at about 3am. I worked on the computer for a little and then he stopped for me at a bit after 4am. I did Bayshore, but then he dropped me back at the shop.
Today’s plant is Oregon Iris, Iris tenax. I grew up calling Iris flowers “ladies’ ball gowns”. Local peoples used the tough leaves for making string and rope mostly for snares. –Feminine, Venus, Water – sacred to Iris and Juno, their magicks are used for purification and magicks including 3’s. The three petals stand for faith, wisdom and valor and can be used in magicks to promote these qualities. More on Oregon Iris here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iris_tenax More on Iris in general here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iris_%28plant%29
Today is Nowruz, a secular middle eastern, central Asian festival of happiness and new beginnings. Various customs include fire, cleaning, visiting and other spring things. The UN declared today Happiness Day a few years back. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nowruz and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Day_of_Happiness
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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 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. Waning Moon Magick – From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 4/6 at 1:58am.
Full Moon (exact at 9:43 p.m. EDT), and this qualities as a supermoon; it’s just two days after perigee. The Moon shines a trace bigger and brighter than usual, in the head of Virgo under Leo.
Coincidentally, today is also the equinox. Spring begins (in the Northern Hemisphere) at 5:58 p.m. EDT, when the center of the Sun crosses the equator heading north for the season. The Sun rises and sets almost exactly east and west, and very nearly 12 hours apart. (And no, eggs don’t balance any better than they usually do!)
Mercury is hidden in the glow of sunrise.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for March
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
W 20 High 12:51 AM 7.9 7:19 AM Set 7:32 AM 97
~ 20 Low 6:48 AM 1.0 7:28 PM Rise 7:18 PM
~ 20 High 12:45 PM 8.6
~ 20 Low 7:16 PM -0.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Love has the quality of informing almost everything- even one’s work. ~ Sylvia Ashton-Warner
~ It is shocking to find how many people do not believe they can learn, and how many more believe learning to be difficult. Muad’Dib knew that every experience carries its lesson. – Frank Herbert (1920-1986) US writer
~ Legend remains victorious in spite of history. – Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923) French actor
~ First thing we’ll do, kill all the lawyers. – Shakespeare Henry VI
~ My heart burnt within me with indignation and grief; we could think of nothing else. All night long we had only snatches of sleep, waking up perpetually to the sense of a great shock and grief. Every one is feeling the same. I never knew so universal a feeling. – Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865) English writer
May you have warm words on a cold evening,
a full Moon on a dark night,
and the road downhill all the way to your door. – Irish blessing******
Ostara Magick – Ritual pieces
We are going to sow.
Mother, come and help us,
help us with our task.
Aren’t you our mother?
Aren’t we your girls?
There is only forest here
where we need to plant.
Only with your help
will we clear our way.
Who else can we call upon
as we plant our fruit? ~Women’s planting song of the Jibaro People of South America
A Chant to honor the Trees
Trees are very important to Witches, and indeed important to us all. They are the lungs of the Earth, purifying the very air we breathe as they shade us and protect us.
When nights and days are balanced and halved,
The ancient Oaks sprout life anew.
Limbs of buds and leaves reach out
Collecting the breath of the mornings’ dew
Summer will come and the Winter winds,
Turning and turning the leaves on their stems.
Then they must fall, but now in the spring
the twig is bound, and the Bud remains.
Hang the leaf from sturdy limb
Of Oak or Maple, or Ash, or Elm,
Praise the Oak God, the tree is him!
Thus will the trees live long and well.
A Planting Ritual
O precious seeds which spring from the earth,
giving us magick, healing and power
I return you to the earth.
Feel My love, feel MY power
as I sow you in this magical and mystical hour!!
Grow with light,
grow with love,
grow with the blessings of the god and goddess above!!
So mote it be.
When the snow melts
And winter breathes its last
Then do we dream of you
Eostre Lady of Springtime
Bringer of new growth and freshness.
The frozen Earth beneath your feet
Becomes soft and yielding
Now ready to burst forth with new life.
Return to us, Eostre.
Return to us, Sacred Hare.
Melt the snow from the ground
The ice from the streams
The frost from our hearts. – GateWest Invocations (link no longer works, don’t know if they’ve moved or not)
Silliness – Smart Joke # 2. A mathematician and an engineer decided they’d take part in an experiment. They were both put in a room and at the other end was a naked woman on a bed. The experimenter said that every 30 seconds they could travel half the distance between themselves and the woman. The mathematician stormed off, calling it pointless. The engineer was still in. The mathematician said “Don’t you see? You’ll never get close enough to actually reach her.” The engineer replied, “So? I’ll be close enough for all practical purposes.” – http://higherperspectives.com/jokes-for-intellectuals/?c=cleo&ts_pid=2&ts_pid=2