Daily Stuff 2-28-20 DNA

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Walter Duvall. Wicca 103 at 1pm.

Foggy, although it’s a light fog, not too thick, and overcast. 43F, wind at 0-3 mph and gusting, AQI34, UV2. We’re under a SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY until 4pm on Sunday. We’re supposed to get some rain today. 90% chance and 70% tonight. Other than Sunday being dry the whole forecast is showery.

Yesterday I had one heck of a time dragging myself around in the early part of the day. I felt like someone had been beating on me with large sticks. …but I did finally get moving and then settled down to more pictures and writing. ..and writing…and editing pictures …and more writing. I finally got things published around 4pm and went splat in back for a couple of hours. The Feast report https://wp.me/p8ngGY-34k

Tempus had been running the shop pretty much all day, although he was working on back, mostly on dishes and cleanup for at least part of it. He had a fair amount of sales during the day, too.

Not long after 6pm we got a message that the papers were running the front page, so we closed up and headed out. The Moon was

KODAK Digital Still Camera

swinging off of Venus and swung higher as they sank toward the west. We were headed home by 10pm. There was a bit of fog, not thick, but enough to blur things at ground level.

I did a bit of writing before I went to sleep. Tempus stayed up awhile.

Today we have more cleaning/sorting to do. The laundromat is closed until they get their new propane tank, so we can’t do that, but Tempus has to run into Newport and will probably do a little shopping while there.

Photo taken by Walter Duvall at the Agate Beach Recreation Site

plant motif flower snowdrop Galanthus_nivalisToday’s plant is the snowdrop, Galanthus. It was called that in Gerard’s Great Herbal in 1633. The derivation of the name is uncertain, although it may have come from the German word Schneetropfen, which was a type of earring popular around that time. Other British traditional common names include “February fairmaids”, “dingle-dangle”, “Candlemas bells”, “Mary’s tapers” and, in parts of Yorkshire,” snow piercers” (like the French name perce-neige). It is used in spells for making you think and for sorting out problems, also to chase the negative effects of sorrow and grief.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snowdrop

DNA feast 0228On 2/28/53 the final link in how DNA works was found by Francis Crick and Jim Watson. The two men finally figured out how the base pairs linked up. A letter by Crick to his son Michael was found recently and was auctioned by Christie’s, http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/26/science/a-dna-lesson-from-the-pen-of-francis-crick.html?ref=science&_r=1& More on DNA itself here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DNA

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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 3/9 at 10:48am. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 3/2 at 11:57am. 

After dinnertime at this time of year, five carnivore constellations are rising upright in a row from the northeast to south. They’re all seen in profile with their noses pointed up and their feet (if any) to the right. These are Ursa Major the Big Bear in the northeast (with the Big Dipper as its brightest part), Leo the Lion in the east, Hydra the Sea Serpent in the southeast, Canis Minor the Little Dog higher in the south-southeast, and bright Canis Major the Big Dog in the south.

Cassini captured this beautifully backlit image of Saturn and its icy rings on May 9, 2007, from a distance of a mere 700,000 miles (1.1 million kilometers). – NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

Although Saturn passed on the opposite side of the Sun from Earth in mid-January, it already appears low in the southeast before dawn. Look for the magnitude 0.7 ringed planet 9° above the horizon and the same distance to the lower left of Jupiter. Saturn’s low altitude means it won’t look like much through a telescope, though that will change dramatically in the coming months.
Uranus (magnitude 5.8, in southwestern Aries) is high in the west-southwest right after the end of twilight, hiding in the dark some 10° or 15° above Venus. Finder chart (without Venus).

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 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 Taurus
Mercury Retrograde  (3/9)
Color: White

Planting 2/28-3/1

©2020 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


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.


Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
F   28     High   3:07 AM     7.3   6:56 AM    Rise  9:25 AM      14
~    28      Low   9:31 AM     1.6   6:02 PM     Set 11:09 PM
~    28     High   3:23 PM     6.3
~    28      Low   9:22 PM     2.0


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I am grateful for the small things in my life!


Journal Prompt – What do you think? – What do you think someone your age can do to help reduce the amount of pollution in our environment?



~   But all lost things are in the angels’ keeping, Love; No past is dead for us, but only sleeping, Love; The years of Heaven with all earth’s little pain Make Good Together there we can begin again, In babyhood. – Helen Hunt Jackson (1830-1885) US writer
~   Others can stop you temporarily; you are the only one who can do it permanently. – Zig Ziglar
~   A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices. – William James
~   Can anyone remember love? It’s like trying to summon up the smell of roses in a cellar. You might see a rose, but never the perfume. – Arthur Miller (1915-2005) US playwright

And then the snows came, and the squirrel slept
Within the upper chambers of the oak;
And through the night the watchful rabbit leapt
And the wild fox within his den awoke. – James Newton Matthews (1852–1910)


Ostara Magick – Recipes

Rosemary Sherbet from http://recipes.swankivy.com/rosesher.html


  • 2 tablespoons dried rosemary
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup orange juice


Soak rosemary in hot water for 10 minutes. Strain; discard rosemary. Bring sugar and cold water to a boil over medium heat. Stir sugar water, lemon juice, and orange juice into rosemary water. Spoon into individual dishes and freeze.

NOTE: This pretty much freezes solid, not so much like a sherbet as like a popsicle. However, as long as you’ve put them in a microwave-safe container, you’re fine–microwave slightly for 15 to 20 seconds, then stir. You may have to crush it up a little with a spoon before it is edible. Do not put in the fridge. It will simply melt.

Orange Apricot Juice – http://autumnearthsong.com/2012/03/03/ostara-recipes-2012/

  •  1 (12 ounce) can apricot nectar, chilled
  • 1 1/2 cups orange juice, chilled
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

In a pitcher, combine apricot nectar, orange juice, and lemon juice. Serve chilled

*I would triple this at least!!

Ice Milk http://greenhaventradition.weebly.com/ostara-recipes.html This was originally published in The Wordsmith’s Forge on 1/22/09, then revised for reprint 6/24/11.


1 cup 2% milk
2 cups half-n-half
3/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract


Pour 1 cup 2% milk into a large bowl.  Add 3/4 cup sugar and whisk until dissolved.  Whisk in 2 cups half-n-half.  Add 2 teaspoons vanilla extract and whisk thoroughly.

Turn ice cream machine ON.  Pour milk mixture into ice cream machine and freeze for 25 minutes.


I discovered this excellent ice milk recipe by accident: I needed to make vanilla ice cream, and thought I had some cream and whole milk left.  I didn’t, so I used what I had.  The result tastes like the best ice milk bar or ice milk sandwich filling.  If you like a lighter frozen dessert than heavy ice cream, try this.

This is also excellent with coconut flakes sprinkled over it.

This recipe was originally published in The Wordsmith’s Forge on 10/23/08, then revised for reprint 6/24/11.


Silliness – Will’s Pun

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