Featured photo by Ken Gagne. No workshops today.
The sky is a lovely blue, so blue that it reflected that color on the obsidian pieces as Tempus took the rock table out the door! 50F, wind at 2mph, AQI 20, UV4. You might want to enjoy it or get the yard work done today. Rain is in the forecast for Monday and showers all next week.
Yesterday I was just so tired…. just an hour or so at the computer was enough to make me sleep for several once Tempus was back. We had the chicken salad I made yesterday for a lunch and then he made a beef in cream gravy supper over potatoes with green peas.
I managed to be up and doing a couple of times during the day, not for very long. I spent the last of my energy for the night setting up newsletters for this coming week, just the frames. I’ll have to fill them in as we go.
No workshops today. I just don’t know how long I’ll last. We’ll be open all day, though.
Today’s Plant is False Lily of the Valley, Maianthemum dilatatum. It was eaten as a poverty food, and the berries won’t hurt you, but they aren’t particularly tasty, either. It was more used as a medicinal by the indigenous peoples, although modern medicine doesn’t substantiate the native uses. The leaves were eaten in spring as a purgative, leaves were made into poultices for scrapes and cuts and the roots were pounded to make a medicine for sore eyes. I don’t know of any magickal uses except against sterility. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maianthemum_dilatatum and here: http://academic.evergreen.edu/projects/gardens/longhouse/monographs/false_lillyofthevalley.htm
The feast of Salus, the personification of safety, health and welfare in the Roman Empire, was held on this date, which had also been the feast of Janus & Concordia. One of the most ancient of the Roman Goddesses, she gradually took on more the aspects of caring for one’s personal health and became associated with Hygeia and Asculapius. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salus
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Today’s Astro & Calendar
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. Waning Crescent Moon – Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 3/31 at 1:58pm.
Mars continues its impressive evening run as March bleeds into April. The Red Planet appears 30° high in the west once twilight fades to darkness and doesn’t set until after 11 p.m. local daylight time. The ruddy world shines at magnitude 1.4 against the backdrop of Taurus the Bull. It appears 3° south of the beautiful Pleiades star cluster (M45) tonight and tomorrow night and will remain within the same binocular field as the cluster through next weekend. The planet’s ruddy hue provides a nice contrast to the Pleiades’ blue-white stars. Unfortunately, a telescope shows little if any detail on Mars’ 5″-diameter disk.
Mercury returns to view before dawn this week, but you’ll likely need binoculars to spot it against the twilight glow. The innermost planet shines at 1st magnitude and climbs 4° above the eastern horizon 30 minutes before sunrise. The easiest way to find it is to center on Venus and then scan to the lower left, toward where twilight glows brightest. If you turn a telescope on Mercury, you’ll see a 10″-diameter disk that appears one-quarter lit.
Castor and Pollux shine together very high in the south after dusk. Pollux is slightly the brighter of these “twins.” Draw a line from Castor through Pollux, follow it farther lower left by a big 26° (about 2½ fist-widths at arm’s length), and you’re at the dim head of Hydra, the Sea Serpent. In a dark sky it’s a subtle but distinctive star grouping, about the size of your thumb at arm’s length. Binoculars show it easily through light pollution. Continue the line farther by another fist and a half and you hit Alphard, Hydra’s 2nd-magnitude orange heart. Another way to find the head of Hydra: It’s almost midway from Procyon to Regulus.
This is a good week to look for Sirius in the evening sky. The night sky’s brightest star (at magnitude –1.5) appears in the southwestern sky after twilight ends. It then lies about one-third of the way from the horizon to the zenith from mid-northern latitudes. (The farther south you live, the higher it appears.) If you point binoculars at Sirius, look for the pretty star cluster M41 in the same field of view, just 4° south of the star.
Neptune is out of sight low in the glow of dawn.
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 Ehwaz, 3/30-4/13 – Ehwaz, the horse; time of partnership between humans and Nature, as between rider and horse. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 55
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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
Sa 30 Low 3:22 AM 3.5 7:01 AM Rise 4:39 AM 34
~ 30 High 8:59 AM 6.5 7:41 PM Set 2:14 PM
~ 30 Low 4:07 PM 1.0
~ 30 High 10:48 PM 6.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The tongue must be heavy indeed, because so few people can hold it.
~ I am more and more convinced that man is a dangerous creature and that power, whether vested in many or a few, is ever grasping, and like the grave, cries, “Give, give”. – Abigail Adams; letter to John Adams, Nov. 27, 1775
~ I think if the devil doesn’t exist, but man has created him, he has created him in his own image and likeness. – Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Russian author, born November 11, 1821, Brothers Karamazov, Pt II, Bk. V, Ch. 4
~ Such is life. – Last words of Australian bushranger Ned Kelly, hanged for murder, November 11, 1880
~ That I have made myself generally obnoxious to the extortionists and fleecers during my management of the Arbeiter Zeitung [the Chicago German labor newspaper Spies edited] – this I need hardly add … I am proud of the enemies, and no less of the friends I have made. – August Spies
Criswell: Greetings, my friends. We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives. And remember, my friends, future events such as these will affect you in the future.
Criswell: The ever-beautiful flowers she had planted with her own hands became nothing more than the lost roses of her cheeks.
Criswell: My friend, you have seen this incident, based on sworn testimony. Can you prove that it didn’t happen?
Criswell: Perhaps, on your way home, someone will pass you in the dark, and you will never know it… for they will be from outer space. – The Amazing Criswell, American psychic and actor, born on August 18, 1907; quotes above from Plan 9 from Outer Space
The Four Classical Elements – Earth, Air, Fire and Water – By Patti Wigington, About.com Guide
The four cardinal elements are earth, air, fire and water.
In modern-day Wicca and Paganism, there is a good deal of focus on the four elements – Earth, Air, Fire, and Water. A few traditions of Wicca also include a fifth element, which is Spirit or Self.
The concept is hardly a new one. A Greek philosopher named Empedocles is credited with the cosmogenic theory of these four elements being the root of all existing matter. Unfortunately, much of Empedocles’ writing has been lost, but his ideas remain with us today and are widely accepted by most Pagans and Wiccans.
Each of the elements is associated with traits and meanings, as well as with directions on the compass. The following directional associations are for the Northern hemisphere; readers in the Southern hemisphere should use the opposite correspondences.
Earth – Connected to the North, Earth is considered the ultimate feminine element. The Earth is fertile and stable, associated with the Goddess. The planet itself is a ball of life, and as the Wheel of the Year turns, we can watch all the aspects of life take place in the Earth: birth, life, death, and finally rebirth. The Earth is nurturing and stable, solid and firm, full of endurance and strength. In color correspondences, both green and brown connect to the Earth, for fairly obvious reasons! In Tarot readings, the Earth is related to the suit of Pentacles or Coins. – Earth Folklore and Legends
Air – Air is the element of the East, connected to the soul and the breath of life. If you’re doing a working related to communication, wisdom or the powers of the mind, Air is the element to focus on. Air carries away your troubles, blows away strife, and carries positive thoughts to those who are far away. Air is associated with the colors yellow and white, and connects to the Tarot suit of Swords. – Air Folklore and Legends
Fire – Fire is a purifying, masculine energy, associated with the South, and connected to strong will and energy. Fire both creates and destroys, and symbolizes the fertility of the God. Fire can heal or harm, and can bring about new life or destroy the old and worn. In Tarot, Fire is connected to the Wand suit. For color correspondences, use red and orange for Fire associations. – Fire Folklore and Legends
Water – Water is a feminine energy and highly connected with the aspects of the Goddess. Used for healing, cleansing, and purification, Water is related to the West, and associated with passion and emotion. In many spiritual paths, including Catholicism, consecrated Water can be found – holy water is just regular water with salt added to it, and usually a blessing or invocation is said above it. In Wiccan covens, such water is used to consecrate the circle and all the tools within it. As you may expect, water is associated with the color blue, and the Tarot suit of Cup cards. – Water Folklore and Legends
Silliness – Smart Joke # 4. Jean-Paul Sartre is sitting in a cafe revising his first draft of Being and Nothingness. He says to the waitress, “I would like a cup of coffee please. No cream.” the waitress replies, “I’m sorry sir, but we’re out of cream. How about with no milk?” – http://higherperspectives.com/jokes-for-intellectuals/?c=cleo&ts_pid=2&ts_pid=2