Daily Stuff 2-29-20 Leap Day

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Craig Burrows. No Workshops today!

It’s cloudy and everything is wet. A large glom of rain moved over just a bit ago, and there’s more out at sea. 45F, wind at 5-10mph and gusting, AQI44, UV3. 50% chance of rain both today and tonight. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY through 4pm Sunday. We’re looking at a possibility of Sunday, Wednesday and next Monday dry, but the rest looks showery. …and just as I hit “publish” the hail started! Wow!

Yesterday felt frantic and short. I’m not sure why. I was up at the right time and we got the shop open on time and we both got to work… but… it seemed to sail past with little done.

Class went well. We made the pyramids that are part of Lesson 5 and started in on Lesson 6.

I caught a nap in the late afternoon, then went to writing on the blogs….. In the evening I started another soup for one of the “shore leave” people that can’t have pork and Tempus and I worked on clean-up from the feast. We’re starting to see the bottom of it.

I’ve been doing a lot of writing. It’s starting to tell. I really didn’t want to finish this this morning!

It looks like we’re calling off Herbs this morning and Sewing this afternoon. I’m going to go spend the day with the crew of the Chimera on Shore Leave (Honorverse fan club!) Tempus will have the shop open all day.

UV light photo Monarda bee balm by Craig Burrows

weather RainInstead of Today’s Plant we have Spring Rains Spell – Anja – Tired of it being cold and windy? Take to your garden altar: 3, 5 or 7 spring blossoms (crocus, snowdrop, primrose), cooled water from boiling eggs and a dried fern frond. Pour some of the egg water on the altar and sprinkle the rest on the garden, spiraling clockwise outward from the altar. Ask the spirits of place, the plant devas, and the local fairies to help find the warm, gentle rains of spring and bring them to where you are. Burn the piece of fern until it is entirely ash, then lay the blooms on the altar and thank the local spirits for their attention.

Today’s Feast – It’s Leap Day!

What’s a Leap Year? – http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/02/160226-leap-year-science-time-world-cultures-february/

Lotsa stuff on today’s doodle! https://www.google.com/search?q=Leap+Day&oi=ddle&ct=144864025&hl=en&kgmid=%2Fm%2F02ylc&source=doodle-ntp&ved=0ahUKEwjRrvv54vbnAhWItp4KHRDlBPAQPQgB

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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. 

A trio of planetary delights – The southeastern sky brims with bright planets late this month as Saturn joins Mars and Jupiter against the backdrop of Sagittarius the Archer. – Astronomy: Roen Kelly

This is a good morning to check out the planetary alignment before dawn. Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn spread out 19° along the ecliptic — the path of the Sun across our sky that the planets follow closely — with Mars highest, Jupiter 10° to its lower left, and Saturn 9° farther on. Magnitude –2.0 Jupiter gleams brightest, with Saturn (magnitude 0.7) and Mars (magnitude 1.1) appearing more than 10 times dimmer.

The Pleiades star cluster – The brightest object in Charles Messier’s list of deep-sky objects, the Pleiades (M45) ranks as a favorite among all observers. – Bob Franke

As the stars come out, look above the Moon to see how early you can detect the Pleiades.They’re about 13° over the Moon: a fist at arm’s length or a little more. Easier to spot, and helping to guide you, will be orange Aldebaran a similar distance to the Pleiades’ left.
(magnitude +0.6, also in Sagittarius) is low in early dawn, 9° lower left of Jupiter, almost 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 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: Brown

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
Sa  29     High   3:38 AM     7.2   6:54 AM    Rise  9:50 AM      21
~    29      Low  10:17 AM     1.6   6:04 PM
~    29     High   4:14 PM     5.8
~    29      Low   9:55 PM     2.6


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I’ll watch my thinking and keep improving it.


Journal Prompt – What is? – What was/is something that your mother considered/considers very important?



~   Beware the barrenness of a busy life. – Socrates
~   The Constitution shall never be construed… to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms. – Samuel Adams (1722-1803) US patriot
~   Self-worth comes from one thing – thinking that you are worthy. – Wayne Dyer
~   Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint. – Mark Twain

When the days are longer, longer,
And the sun shines stronger, stronger,
And the winds cease blowing, blowing,
And the winter’s chance of snowing
Is lost in springtime weather. – Nora Perry (1831–96)


Ostara Magick – Links


Crafts, etc.

Links to Pysanky Pisanki sites:


Silliness – Punny Business Slogan – On a Septic Tank Truck: Yesterday’s Meals on Wheels

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