Clear, starry sky… Gorgeous! 35F, wind at 0-3mph, AQI41, UV3. 10% chance of rain today and tonight. Saturday into Sunday looks wet, but they’re talking about 1/4 inch, now. Next weekend looks showery. Otherwise it ought to be dry and actually some fairly warm temps down toward the end of the week!
Yesterday I sat down in back and dozed off after we were open. <sigh> I’m ended up lying awake fretting at night… Once I was conscious and coffeed, I got going on paperwork and Tempus ran over to the bank for change.
I’m sorting out the last of the cookbook. There are a couple of dishes that I still don’t have amounts for. I finally got some cookery done, mostly pieces for dishes that will be assembled on Saturday or onsite on Sunday.
We closed up just after 5 and headed for Mai’s as soon as we could. the sun was slowly setting as we drove, just about 2/3 above the horizon as we cross the Yaquina bridge. We got the rosewater, and I took a couple of minutes to wander to see more stuff that I want to get. 🙂
After that we headed for the parking lot outside the News-Times building and waited, since Tempus’ phone had dinged when we were at Mai’s. We were started on the route before 7pm! Venus was still high in the sky, but kept dropping as we filled box after box after rack. We did take a few extra minutes in Freddie’s to pick up some of the last things for the feast, but got right back to work. Flags in town were barely flapping. Venus set just as we were dropped off the returns. We were home by 10pm. Wow…..
It was a beautiful drive, if chilly (37F). It was dry and quiet…. well, not quiet in Newport. Seafood and Wine is going this weekend and there were a lot of extra people using the crosswalks and hanging out on the sidewalks or in front of motels.
I forgot on Wednesday to tell you about a fun one on Tuesday’s route. We make a big drop at one of the motels. When we pulled into the parking area there was a guy with a drone, playing with it, with a huge grin on his face. He zoomed it back and forth and up and down, catching it in the hedge and dumping it once, but also landing it on his truck and taking off again. I watched him while Tempus was loading the rack and we left the parking lot with big grins on *our* faces!
We got back early enough to do some more cooking. I’m getting pickles ready to go, finished eggs and asparagus, but ran out of enough broth to do more beans. I’ll have to get on that today. I worked awhile on the first chess set. Man, those are tiny, but I finally got it figured out, so I have one side of one game ready to go. Tomorrow I need to do at least 3 more: one each red and white and then I have to decide which one is easiest, and do a 4th, so we have enough for two chessboards and pieces.
Today we’re starting the big push on getting ready for the feast. We’re actually going to start loading the car, mostly with equipment boxes, the stuff that needs to be at the site right away. Yes, there’s cooking to do, now that there’s a little room in the fridge, (pickles and more!) and I’m going to be running around like a headless chicken. ….or as Aradian once said, “Running around the chicken like a headless kitchen!” 🙂
Today’s Feast is to a Fertile Crescent love/death/rebirth/battle goddess with a *really* bad press! She shows up in the Epic of Gilgamesh and has her own version of the “descent of Inanna”. She is related to Inanna, Astarte and the Dumizi/Tammuz death/rebirth rituals were part of her worship. Some bits of that still reverberate into the modern era. Easter Baskets, anybody? More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ishtar
Today’s plant is White crocus, cloth-of-silver crocus, Crocus versicolor info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crocus Sacred to Juno and Ostara, as any crocus, it is used to attract love (carry), turn away abusive love (burn), and give visions (place on altar or by bed).
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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 2/23 at 7:32am. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 2/21 at 10:32pm. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle – In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances. God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Outer Dark, psychopomps – Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris. Phase ends at 7:32am on 2/23.
High over Venus after dark are the two brightest stars of Aries, lined up almost vertically. High above Aries and perhaps a bit left are the Pleiades. Venus is a good 42° away from the Pleiades right now. But watch for the next six weeks as they head straight toward each other. On the evening of April 3rd, Venus will shine just inside the cluster’s edge.
This week offers skygazers an excellent chance to see the zodiacal light. From the Northern Hemisphere, late winter and early spring are great times to observe this elusive glow after sunset. It appears slightly fainter than the Milky Way, so you’ll need a clear moonless sky and an observing site located far from the city. Look for the cone-shaped glow, which has a broad base and points nearly straight up from the western horizon, after the last vestiges of twilight have faded away. The Moon stays out of the early evening sky until February 25.
Saturn (magnitude +0.6, also in Sagittarius) is emerging low in the dawn 10° lower left of Jupiter, about a fist at arm’s length. Binoculars will help as the sky brightens.
Old Farmer’s Almanac February Sky Map! https://www.almanac.com/sky-map-february
Goddess Month of of Moura, runs from 2/20-3/19
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17, Nion (NEE-uhn)
Runic half-month of Sowulo/ Sigel, 2/12-26 It represents the power of the force of good throughout the world and is the harbinger of victory and ascendancy over darkness.
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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
F 21 Low 5:01 AM 3.1 7:07 AM Rise 6:31 AM 7
~ 21 High 10:47 AM 8.1 5:53 PM Set 4:01 PM
~ 21 Low 5:47 PM -0.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The best way to gain self-confidence is to do what you are afraid to do.
~ The test of literature is, I suppose, whether we ourselves live more intensely for the reading of it. – Elizabeth Drew (1935- ) US journalist
~ The only difference between a rut and a grave is their dimensions. – Ellen Glasglow
~ The words that enlighten the soul are more precious than jewels. – Jesse Grant
~ Talkies, squeakies, moanies, songies, squawkies … Just give them ten years to develop and you’re going to see the greatest artistic medium the world has known. – DW Griffith, American director, born on January 22, 1875
February brings the rain,
Thaws the frozen lake again. – –Sara Coleridge (1802–52)
- Herbs & Flowers – lily of the valley, tansy, lavender, marjoram, jasmine, crocus flowers, daffodils, Irish moss, snowdrops, and ginger, daffodil, jonquils, woodruff, violet, gorse, olive, peony, iris, narcissus and all spring flowers, acorns, celadine, cinquefoil, dandelion, dogwood, rose, tansy, honeysuckle
- Colors – lemon yellow, pale green and pale pink, silver, grass green, all pastels, Robin’s egg blue, violet, and white. light green,
- Offerings – bread and cakes, eggs, first fruits of the season.
- Deities – Cernunnos, Druantia, Corn Maiden, Attis, Eastre, Persephone, Nerthus, Asherah
- Deities: Diana, Artemis
- Stones – aquamarine, rose quartz, and moonstone.
- Gemstones: amethyst, aquamarine, bloodstone and red jasper.
- Animals – rabbits and snakes.
- Mythical beasts – unicorns, merpeople, and pegasus.
- Incense – make a blend from any of the following scents or simply choose one… jasmine, frankincense, myrrh, dragon’s blood, cinnamon, nutmeg, aloes wood, benzoin, musk, African violet, sage, strawberry, lotus, violet flowers, orange peel, rose or rose petals.
- Symbols – eggs, rabbits, spring flowers, green and yellow jellybeans
- Candles – gold, green and yellow
- Foods – eggs, egg salad, hard-boiled eggs, honey cakes, first fruits of the season, fish, cakes, biscuits, cheeses, honey and ham. May also include foods made of seeds, such as sunflower, pumpkin and sesame seeds, as well as pine nuts. Sprouts are equally appropriate, as are leafy, green vegetables, leafy greens, dairy foods, flower dishes.
Why did the Chicken Cross the Road? Part 3 – How Some Pagan Authors Might Respond: – (Many, many contributors….this is a compilation as I find them….)
Margot Adler: The recent chicken resurgence, it can be argued, is directly based on a response to the suburban middle class experience. While I found that chickens-who-cross-roads who responded to my survey are of a wide range of ages and backgrounds, I discovered some trends in the “why” of crossing the road. For some it is was freedom. For some it is chickenism. Many chickens told me they crossed the road for intellectual satisfaction. One thing is clear: the growth of road crossing by chickens is expanding in the numbers of chickens and in the ways they cross the road, including at chicken festivals and for political blocking of roads.
Starhawk: The chicken crossed the road to reclaim the crossing experience, the experience of being fully alive, with streams and earth and rocks and road, in the fullness of her chickenhood after thousands of years of roosterarchy. The chicken crossing the road—not a chicken laying eggs, not a chicken being roasted and eaten—a chicken strong and free, crossing the road, this is something I can believe in. We chickens, as chickens, can empower ourselves to live in harmony with the Earth who gives life to all chickens and Who has been terribly scratched by roosters. Exercises: Dance the Spiral Chicken.
Issac Bonewits: Real crossing-the-road, we have seen, is a very interwoven and complicated subject. Our conclusion could be that real crossing-the-road is the build up of chicken emotion in conjunction with chicken concepts to vary the modulation of chicken energy so as to effect the modulation of the road’s energy. That’s all! Perhaps it is unfortunate, though, to use the word “chicken” in relation to it, since the “C” word is being used now in a way it was never used before in the English language and is an utterly meaningless term without a qualifying adjective. And this, of course, is the fault of the medieval Christian Church, through the Gothic Chickens it invented and used as the basis of persecuting men, women and chickens. The word “chicken” itself comes from an Indo-European root, “cheeka/e” meaning “one who lays eggs,” and it has no relation to the later Anglo-Saxon word for “wise spirit of flight,” as so often stated by certain contemporary “Chiccans.” An’Chk’Rrhod (“Our Own Chickens on Our Own Roads”), an authentic Neo-Chicken Rooster tradition, offers the best of paleo-, meso- and neo- Chickenism …
Llewellyn’s Practical Chicken Magick Series: To some people, the idea that “chickens crossing the road” is practical comes as a surprise. It shouldn’t. The whole idea of Crossing the Road is practical for chickens. While Crossing the Road is also, and properly so, concerned with spiritual growth and psychological transformation –the “why” of crossing the road– every chicken’s life must rest firmly on material roads. Crossing the Road is the flowering of chicken potential. And the profits from publishing all those books on how to do so? Well, that ain’t chicken feed…
Carlos Castenada: 4/10/1964 I spent 14 hours, without food or water, sitting on the dirt and under the sun in front of Don Juan’s house, grinding chicken feed. I asked Don Juan if I could have a drink of water, and he told me that it was always this way, that a man who wanted to cross the road with the chicken cannot have any food or water till the chicken feed is ground. I asked Don Juan if the chicken is an ally, like the little smoke. Don Juan seemed to get angry and stayed silent. After I completed grinding the corn, I hallucinated from heat exhaustion, and Don Juan said I was ready. As I collapsed to my side, I spilled the chicken feed around me. A chicken appeared to be eating the feed around me, and I became strangely absorbed in the vision. I heard Don Juan’s voice tell me, “You must let the chicken cross the road into you. It is very painful, but for a man of knowledge it is easy.”
Scott Cunningham: A chicken passes between the grasses, clucking. The wind blows, and the chicken knows, *knows*, that this is the time. She puts her energy into taking the steps, in harmony with the gravel and the stones of the road. She is across; it is over, and the chicken stands in the field on the other side of the road. … Natural chicken crossing is unique among most other branches of the art of chicken road crossing. It doesn’t require years of collecting or fashioning coops, feeders or hen houses. Indeed, the most important tools of natural chicken crossing are free: the road, the chicken and you, your personal chicken power. You’re already familiar with it. You’ve felt it. You *are* a chicken. Crossing the road is you, with your chicken need. And, you can do it on your own. After all, who initiated the first chicken?
Janet and Stewart Farrar: Since so many editions of Gardner’s Chicken Book of Crossings have appeared in print (some accurate, some not), we think it won’t “lay an egg” too much if we clearly present “The Chicken Crossing Rite,” especially if we do so after two and half pages of well researched introduction set in six-point type. In version A of the Chicken Crossing Rite, we find many pseudo-archaisms (e.g.,”Yea, Ye Anciente Rite of Ye Chiks and Ye Rodes is a moste powerful Crafting,taking thy athame…”); however, Doreen Valiente notes (in version C, which is what we present), and we agree, that underlying it all is a basic ritual for summoning the astral road through the spirit of the Chicken (drawn down in the person of the High Priestess, holding the black handled feed bin; of course, a second degree may assist or perform the rite when….
“Seth”/Jane Roberts: Session 666; Wednesday, Dec. 2, 1969; 9:00 p.m.: Now, you create your own chicken, each of you individually and en masse. Your physical senses fool you into believing you are seeing a chicken crossing the road, when instead, the chicken has already crossed the road, and hasn’t even begun to cross the road. There is a probable chicken that never crossed the road as well. Further, because you each perceive a chicken, there is not only one chicken but, in fact, many different chickens. As I have said before, time is simultaneous. All probable versions of the chicken–past, present and future–exist at once in the spacious present. It is only because you *believe* [emphatically]that time is linear, with each moment followed by another in one-line kind of fashion, that you perceive the chicken taking chicken steps to get to the other side of the road. It does no good to ask “Which came first, the chicken or the egg,” either, for they both exist at once in simultaneous time.
[9:10 p.m.] Now, there are families of chicken consciousness. All life seeks value fulfillment, for consciousness is consciousness. What you perceive as a chicken may be something far different in another reality. The chicken may, for example, be a fragment personality of your entity. The chicken is no less than you are, however, simply because it is a chicken. Now, the chicken has its reality, and you have your reality. But the chicken is more than a chicken [emphatically], and *you are more than you think that you are!* [Pause one minute]: The chicken crosses the road because it *believes* it can, and it does. It knows that it is sacred and that it will not die. You (underline ‘you’) also are sacred and you will not die. But as long as you believe that it is unsafe to cross the road, you must take chicken steps and obey the laws that you have agreed upon to get to the other side safely. [End at 9:30 p.m. Jane came out of trance easily. She didn’t remember a word she had spoken as Seth.]
Doreen Valiente: Old Chicken really did exist, and she really did cross the road. Gerald talked about her often, but she didn’t cross the road till before I began studying with Gerald. Still there are records of Old Chicken which confirm her reality. As for all the comments that Gerald had a “thing” for chickens, that is simply not true. The reason we worked with chickens is really quite simple: it worked!
Silver Raven Wolf: Although many times people have asked me why exactly the chicken crossed the road, I often wonder myself. My point is that every chicken comes to the road in a different way, and there is no one correct way for the chicken to get to the road to be crossed. The study of crossing the road is hard work if the chicken is going to develop any degree of proficiency. It is not something where you can just cluck yourself across the road. The first time my chicken crossed the road was for my chicken’s friend, whose rooster was being abusive. The chicken worked the steps for crossing the road after carefully considering all the reasons for crossing the road and all the steps she would have to take. Finally, my chicken just started clucking and flapping her wings and started across the road. When she reached the other side, her friend’s rooster was respectful! Afterwards, the chicken ate some corn to ground herself.