Daily Stuff 2-26-20 Nabonassar

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Ken Gagne.

Overcast, 43F, wind at 0-2mph, AQI35, UV3. 10% chance of rain both today and tonight. It looks like tomorrow, Thursday, Sunday and next Wednesday should be dry. Showers, else….

Yesterday we slept in a bit. Well, we’re still pretty tired and ouchie. Once we were up and coffeed we started in on care packages. We got those finished just past 6pm, loaded up and most of them delivered, getting Sasha’s into his hands just as the bus for Toledo was ready to take off… He apparently told the bus driver to wait just a moment. I saw him pop out of the bus and run back to the car. He grabbed the bag with thanks and ran back. Just as the bus was pulling out I could see him with his nose in the bag and already grabbing out some pieces. 🙂

Next up was the paper route. Papers were running a bit later than they’ve done for several runs, but we were on the road at about 8:30. Diana’s Bow had been plain when we left Waldport, but She dropped lower and lower toward the horizon on the way to Newport, getting redder, the Old Moon looking almost as though this was an eclipse.

Venus was high in the West and Sirius in the East, but that shifted at the evening went on, drop after drop. It went fairly smoothly, but as we were finished up and heading home at 10:30 it started to cloud up and there was a solid cloud cover before we were well into South Beach.

When we got home we had palacinky for a late supper in honor of Masopust/Maslenitsa. That’s the Czech version of Mardi Gras or Carnevale.

Today is mostly sort-out-&-put-away of the feast gear, now that the food has been dealt with. I’ve got to get onto the write-up, but no one else has sent pictures, yet.

A Ken Gagne photo taken on 2/26/15 in the morning up the Yachats River Valley.

TurenzaToday’s plant is Anthurium. This is a genus of about 1000 species of flowering plants, the largest genus of the arum family, Araceae. The most common names for this plant that is beloved by florists include anthurium, tailflower, flamingo flower, and laceleaf. The genus is native to the Americas, where it is distributed from northern Mexico to northern Argentina and parts of the Caribbean. – Masculine, Fire, Vesta & Mars – Correspondences are for bringing love and beauty to the home, hearth fires and passion. Great handfasting plant! More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthurium

feast 0226 Striding_LionOn this date in 747BCE Nabonassar began the habit of keeping chronologically precise historical records, at least according to Ptolemy. There were precedents, isolated sets of records, but he came up with a system of calendar dates that could be calculated accurately enough to keep astronomical events dated properly. This is what actually gave the Babylonians that reputation of being awesome astronomers. Astrology, as practiced since the late Middle Ages, is based on the Babylonian record-keeping methods. More on Nabonassar here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nabonassar and Babylonian astrology here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babylonian_astrology

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Love & Light,
Anja

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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 3/9 at 10:48am. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 2/27 at 7:32pm. 

The waxing crescent Moon passes left of Venus in the western twilight. (For clarity, the Moon here is always drawn three times its actual apparent size.)

The thickening crescent Moon is closer under Venus this evening, as shown here. Venus gleams in the western sky after sunset. The brilliant planet stands out just a half-hour after sundown, when it appears 35° above the horizon, and it is still 25° high once darkness settles in. Venus remains on display until 9:30 p.m. local time. Shining at magnitude –4.3, it is by far the brightest point of light in the night sky. A telescope reveals the planet’s disk, which spans 18″ and appears about two-thirds lit. The waxing crescent Moon lies just 10° (about the width of your closed fist when held at arm’s length) below Venus tonight. Photographers should think about capturing the pair with a pretty foreground and in twilight to add a dash of color to the scene.

Moon Apogee/Perigee – * For a good explanation of what this is – https://www.timeanddate.com/astronomy/moon/lunar-perigee-apogee.html

The Moon reaches apogee, the farthest point in its orbit around Earth, at 6:34 a.m. EST. It then lies 252,450 miles (406,278 kilometers) from Earth’s center.

Mars was a minuscule 4.8 arcseconds wide on January 31st, but Damian Peach was able to record lots of surface features and clouds using the 1-meter Chilescope in good seeing shortly before sunrise. South here is up. The very dark “peninsula” sticking down is Syrtis Major. South of it is a large cloudy zone over the Hellas basin. “Bright Elysium cloud [at lower left],” notes Peach. “Equatorial cloud band across Syrtis Major.”

Mars (magnitude +1.2, above the Sagittarius Teapot) glows in the southeast before and during early dawn. Don’t confuse it with Antares, shining with the same color and brightness some 25° to Mars’s upper right. Mars is still a tiny 5 arcseconds in diameter. But it’s on its way to a fine opposition in October, when it grow to 22.6 arcseconds wide. Mars (magnitude 1.2, above the Sagittarius Teapot) glows in the southeast before and during dawn. It’s upper right of bright Jupiter. Compare Mars to Antares, similar in color and brightness, which is far over to its upper right in the south.

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. Runic half-month of Teiwaz/Tyr, 2/27-3/13 This is a time of positive regulation, sacrifice and hard work in order to progress. 

Sun in Pisces
Moon in Aries
Mercury Retrograde  (3/9)
Color: Topaz

©2020 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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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).

Nuin – Ash Ogam letter correspondences
Month: March
Color: Glass Green
Class: Cheiftain
Letter: N
Meaning: Locked into a chain of events; Feeling bound.

Ogam letter correspondences to study this month Oir – Spindle Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: White
Class: Peasant
Letter: TH, OI
Meaning: Finish obligations and tasks or your life cannot move forward.

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Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
W   26     High   2:11 AM     7.3   6:59 AM    Rise  8:42 AM      4
~    26      Low   8:13 AM     1.8   6:00 PM     Set  9:08 PM
~    26     High   2:01 PM     7.2
~    26      Low   8:24 PM     0.9

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make this an intentional day!

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Journal Prompt – Wiki – If you were given a huge amount of money, but had to give it away, who would you give it to?

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Quotes

~   That’s another fine mess you’ve gotten us into, Stanley. – Oliver Hardy, American comedian, born on January 18, 1892
~   It’s a mistake to think we listen only with our ears.  It’s much more important to listen with the mind, the eyes, the body, and the heart.  Unless you truly want to understand the other person, you’ll never be able to listen. – Mark Herndon, Writer
~   Always keep an open mind & a compassionate heart. – Phil Jackson
~   Failure is only postponed success as long as courage coaches ambition. The habit of persistance is the habit of victory. – H Kaufman

Good morrow, Benedick. Why, what’s the matter,
That you have such a February face,
So full of frost, of storm and cloudiness? – William Shakespeare (1564–1616)

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Ostara Magick – Crafts

Felt Eggs

Pair two egg-shaped pieces of felt and stitch along their border, leaving about an inch open to stuff with filling. Complete the stitching, then add embellishments of your choice, like buttons.

Stenciled Eggs

Pick up a few stencils at your local craft store, or create your own by cutting out a printable shape. Place or tape the stencil against your egg and sponge on acrylic paint to reveal your design.

Papier-Mâché Eggs – These eggs aren’t just decorative, they’re packed with tiny surprises inside! Learn how to make papier-mâché eggs, then fill them with anything from candy to sweet notes for an egg hunt party. In lieu of the usual plastic eggs, craft one-of-a-kind versions with water balloons, tissue paper and our Papier Mâché Tutorial. Leave an opening big enough for wrapped candies, and seal off eggs after filling.

What You’ll Need

  • A balloon
  • Newspapers
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Wallpaper paste*
  • A paintbrush
  • Painbt
  1. Instructions
    Blow up the balloon, balance it on a small bowl or mug, and cover it with a thin layer of petroleum jelly
  2. Brush the wallpaper paste over half of the balloon
  3. Apply strips of newspaper (Tear the paper, rather than cut it.)
  4. Overlap the strips slightly as you put each one down, and smooth them out to get rid of any air bubbles
  5. Repeat the process, until you have three layers of paper on half of the balloon
  6. Allow to dry, and then add another three layers.
  7. Flip it over and repeat until you have two half eggs.
  8. When your creation is completely dry, pop and remove the balloon (with unwrapped candies, put into a snack-size Ziploc!)
  9. Fill, then seal the two halves together with two more layers.
  10. Paint in easter colors.
  11. Decorate the bowl with anything you see fit. Decoupage is always a good choice!

*Tip: You can make a paste by adding 1/2 cup water to 1 cup flour. Mix to a smooth consistency, pour into a saucepan and gently boil, stirring constantly for two or three minutes until the mixture thickens. It’s not as durable as wallpaper paste, so if you are creating something that you’re going to want to keep, it’s best to buy the real thing.

Papier Mâché Bowls – Weekend Kids Craft

Gather up the kids and some old comics and create a fabulous papier mâché bowl!

Weekend arts and crafts sessions are a great way to keep kids entertained (and a way to keep an eye on them!). With just a few household items you probably already have — check that drawer that has all the random objects that don’t really belong anywhere — and a little imagination, you can make these fabulous papier mâché bowls.

What You’ll Need

  • A balloon
  • Newspapers and comics
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Wallpaper paste*
  • A paintbrush

Instructions
1. Blow up the balloon, balance it on a small bowl or mug, and cover it with a thin layer of petroleum jelly
2. Brush the wallpaper paste over half of the balloon
3. Apply strips of newspaper (Tear the paper, rather than cut it.)
4. Overlap the strips slightly as you put each one down, and smooth them out to get rid of any air bubbles
5. Repeat the process, until you have three layers of paper
6. Allow to dry, and then add another three layers
7. When your creation is completely dry, pop and remove the balloon
8. Use scissors to trim the edge of bowl
9. Decorate the bowl with anything you see fit. Decoupage is always a good choice!

*Tip: You can make a paste by adding 1/2 cup water to 1 cup flour. Mix to a smooth consistency, pour into a saucepan and gently boil, stirring constantly for two or three minutes until the mixture thickens. It’s not as durable as wallpaper paste, so if you are creating something that you’re going to want to keep, it’s best to buy the real thing.

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Silliness – Water

A small boy is sent to bed by his father. Five minutes later:
“Da-ad…” “What?”
“I’m thirsty. Can you bring me a drink of water?”
“No. You had your chance. Lights out.”
“Five minutes later: “Da-aaaad…”
“WHAT?”
“I’m THIRSTY…Can I have a drink of water??”
“I told you NO! If you ask again I’ll have to spank you!!”
“Five minutes later…
“Daaaa-aaaad…”
“WHAT??!!”
“When you come in to spank me, can you bring me a drink of water?”

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