Featured photo by Ken Gagne.
It’s overcast and the streets are wet. Looks like some fog in the morning. 48F, wind at 0-4mph, AQI34, UV3. 20% chance of rain today and 60% tonight. It looks like some possible rain tonight and then Thursday through Saturday, but otherwise dry.
Today’s plant is Garlic, Allium sativum. This is one of those wonderful herbs in cooking. Not only is it magically cleansing, it’s marvelously tasty even in small amounts. A good cook will add it and you’ll notice, not the garlic flavor, but only that the dish tastes great!
Masculine, Earth, Mars, Hecate – Magickal uses include healing, protection, exorcism, chasing vampires (both actual and psychic), and purification of spaces and objects. Guards against negative magic, spirits, and the envy of others. Hang in the home to bring togetherness to the family. Hang by bed or desk to keep your willpower strong. Wards off bad weather when worn or carried during outside activities (without throwing off natural cycles!) Absorbs diseases — rub fresh, peeled garlic against ailing body parts then throw the garlic into running water.
Day of Remembrance for Prince Igor – Suhii (March) 3 – This pagan prince struck fear in the heart of Byzantine Christianity by attacking its capitol, Constantinople. During this time, Igor enlisted the help of many vikings who helped him rule his kingdom and fight against his enemies. Prince Igor was killed by the Drevlani when he attempted to secure fees for rent from them when they were on the lands of his kingdom (Drevlane (Drevlani), Krivichi, Vjatichi, Deregovichi: North Slavic tribes)
Aegir is from the Norse pantheon. “Older than the giants”, he is a god of the sea, known for great parties, especially with ale brewed in a cauldron that has its own saga. He is brother to fire and wind and married to the Sea Goddess Ran. Between them they have 9 daughters who are the different types of waves. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aegir
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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 Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 3/7 at 10:48pm.
Now the Moon shines straight over Orion after dark, in the dim feet of Gemini.
It’s early March, so quite soon after dark now, the Big Dipper rises as high in the northeast as Cassiopeia has descended to in the northwest. Midway between them, as always, is Polaris.
The Big Dipper’s familiar shape climbs steadily higher in the northeast on March evenings. One of the sky’s finest binocular double stars marks the bend of the dipper’s handle. Mizar shines at 2nd magnitude, some six times brighter than its 4th-magnitude companion, Alcor. Even though these two are not physically related, they make a fine sight through binoculars. (People with good eyesight often can split the pair without optical aid.) A small telescope reveals Mizar itself as double — and these components do orbit each other.
Neptune is lost in the sunset.
Old Farmer’s Almanac March Sky Map!
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.
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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
Tu 3 High 5:51 AM 7.1 6:49 AM Set 2:19 AM 49
~ 3 Low 1:26 PM 1.2 6:08 PM Rise 11:33 AM
~ 3 High 8:08 PM 5.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – In the Name of the All-Mother: I will be mentor or friend to someone in need today.
~ It is a mistake to think you can solve any major problems just with potatoes. – Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
~ Only those who see the invisible can do the impossible. – Unknown
~ Victory often goes to the person who perseveres. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Mr Deputy Speaker, am I to be continually abused by the Honourable Member for Mitchell and the drone beside him, the Honourable Member for Braddon? – Paul Keating
Sunshine trying hard awhile
On the bare brown fields to smile;
Frozen ruts and slippery walks;
Gray old crops of last year’s stalks. – Christopher Pearse Cranch (1813–90)
A protective egg Charm
Take an egg and, by poking small holes at each end of it, empty it out. Fill the egg with Cinquefoil leaf and Dogwood, then tape the holes shut. You can decorate the egg with Runes or symbols of protection, or you can leave it natural. Your home and property will be protected.
Pick a white dandelion puff on the night of the full moon. Charge the dandelion with a wish, call to the four quarters, and blow your wish into the wind.
An Ostara Love Spell
Now, a love spell is not to MAKE someone love you, Witches believe that that sort of manipulation of a person is wrong. Love spells are done to show you your future mate in a premonition, or to draw the right love to you, of their own free will- basically giving Mr. or Mrs. right a gentle push in the right direction.
Read the spell over, gather the ingredients listed, then at night before you go to sleep, recite the spell and perform the actions as you recite them:
Of violets and Lavender, take each a few,
Enclose them with Myrtle of dark green hue.
Make them in a posy, small and round and bright,
May you see your true love in your dreams tonight.
Toss crushed eggshells into the garden and say:
For fairy, for flowers, for herbs in the bowers,
The shells pass fertility with springtime flowers.
Eat an egg you have empowered with a quality you desire.
Bless some seeds with a wish. Plant them, and as they come up, the wish is fulfilled.