Daily Stuff 3-6-20 Alamo

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Pamela Halbrook. First Minus Tide of the cycle at 4:24 PM of -0.4 feet. No Wicca 103 class today.

It’s overcast and everything is wet from earlier showers. 44F, wind at 5-11mph and gusting, AQI40, UV3. Chance of rain today 20% and tonight 80%. There’s a good chance of rain in the wee sma’s Saturday morning, but otherwise it looks dry until the end of the week, when more showers are expected.

Most of yesterday was spent in back. I did a fair amount of sewing, but Tempus also brought me a number of things to sort.

We have several totes of back issues of spiritual magazines. There’s a full set in a bag, or you can just sit and sort out the ones you want. They’re landing in the recycling on Tuesday, though, so come in soon!

Tempus headed for Newport around 8pm. He got a little shopping done before running the paper route, but …. I had been laughing about people stocking up on TP and batteries and such. Don’t we all do that in the fall when storm season is coming? …but he couldn’t get any TP at Freddies! They only had the expensive stuff left. He had to go to Walmart. They were low, too, but still had a decent stock. ….people are *that* worried about this virus? They don’t fret about the regular flu, but this one they panic over….

I worked on the computer most of the time that he was gone, but I did get a nap, so of course, I’m up again. He was back well before midnight and we had a snack together before turning in.

Today I’m still supposed to stay away from people, but I’m feeling better. I think I’m going to try to do some more machine sewing. I have a skirt to finish, if I can find the pieces, and maybe fix my red jumper, that I *really* miss. I’m sure I’m going to nap a lot, though.

Sand icicles – Pamela Halbrook, taken in Bayshore on 3/4/19

Sand icicles – Pamela Halbrook, taken in Bayshore on 3/4/19

220px-Rhamnus_purshiana,_Cascara_--_branch_with_leaves,_flowers_and_budsToday’s Plant is Cittim Bark (Cascara), Rhamnus purshiana. It is a potent laxative and has been used for that for centuries. –Masculine, Saturn, Earth – Sprinkle an infusion of this around the home before legal proceedings, to help you win your case. It is used in money spells and worn in a brown cloth amulet will protect again evil influences and hexes. It can be sewn into a poppet to attract those influences away from you, but place this outside at night, especially. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cascara_Sagrada

feast 0306 AlamoToday is the anniversary of the 1836 defeat at the Alamo. Despite all the mythology surrounding it and the romanticization of the event, it’s a rather sordid tale of people disobeying orders, not enough money to properly support an isolated band of men and their equipment, government disorganization and mis-understanding on both sides as to what each other were after. The main thing that it did was to upset that Texian side enough to give them a morale boost. More here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alamo_Mission_in_San_Antonio and here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Alamo

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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. 

It’s not officially spring for another 13 days, but the Spring Star Arcturus seems eager to thrust itself into view. It rises above the east-northeast horizon fairly soon after dusk now, depending on your latitude. Where should you watch for it to rise? Find the Big Dipper as soon as the stars come out; it’s high in the northeast. Follow the curve of its handle down and around to the lower right by a little more than a Dipper-length. That’s the spot on the horizon to keep your eye on.

Shortly after nightfall, the gigantic Winter Hexagon extends from Sirius in the south-southeast to Capella almost straight overhead.

One of the sky’s largest asterisms — a recognizable pattern of stars separate from a constellation’s form — occupies center stage on March evenings. To trace the so-called Winter Hexagon, start with southern Orion’s luminary, Rigel. From there, the hexagon makes a clockwise loop. The second stop is brilliant Sirius in Canis Major. Next, pick up Procyon in the faint constellation Canis Minor, then the twins Castor and Pollux in Gemini, followed by Capella in Auriga, Aldebaran in Taurus, and finally back to Rigel.
Jupiter (magnitude –2.0, in Sagittarius) shines much brighter and whiter to the lower left of Mars. They’re closing in on each other; Mars is 10° from Jupiter on the morning of February 29th and 7° from it on March 7th.

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. 

Sun in Pisces
Moon in Cancer enters Leo at 1:27am.
Mercury Retrograde  (3/9)
Color: White

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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.


Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
F    6      Low   3:23 AM     3.5   6:43 AM     Set  5:10 AM      79
~     6     High   9:13 AM     7.9   6:11 PM    Rise  2:34 PM
~     6      Low   4:24 PM    -0.4
~     6     High  10:57 PM     6.6


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Thoughts are the bricks that make up your reality.


Journal Prompt – Friends – When a friend was in an embarrassing situation, what did you do?



~   I’m not going to be fairy flossed away as my opposite number, John Hewson, is prepared to be fairy flossed away by some spaced out, vacuous ad agency. – Paul Keating on John Hewson
~   We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret or disappointment. – Jim Rohn
~   You don’t have time to be timid in this life. You should not waste any part of this gift that the Gods have given you. You aren’t here to repeat the mistakes that you made in past lives. You are here to improve your lot in life. – Kerr Cuhulain
~   He was staring at the instruments with the air of one who is trying to convert Fahrenheit to centigrade in his head while his house is burning down. – Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Don’t say that spring has come until you can put your foot on nine daisies. – unknown


Ostara Magick – Craft

Speckled Eggs – Begin with dyed or brown eggs, then hand brush larger dots on with dark brown paint. Smaller speckles? Dip a toothbrush in paint to spray each egg with color by using your thumb; we simply suggest wearing gloves.


Lace-Patterned Eggs – Tightly, yet carefully, wrap a strip of lace around your egg. Twist the two ends together, then secure with a rubber band. Delicately dab paint over the lace, allow it to dry, then remove the lace to reveal your ornate pattern.


String Eggs

Blow up a water balloon to create a small egg shape, wrap yarn around it, and apply fabric stiffener with a paintbrush. Once dried, pop the balloon! Learn more about the technique here.

Floor Lamp with Yarn Lampshades – October 19, 2010

With a few simple supplies, it’s easy to take an everyday floor lamp from ordinary to extraordinary. Get started with our easy step-by-step instructions, then personalize the colors of these clever yarn lampshades to your space.

Floor Lamp with Yarn Lampshades
For something more sophisticated, use just one hue of yarn or achieve a more whimsical look by mixing and matching your favorite colors.
Multiple bulb floor lamp
Yarn, color(s) of your choice
Fabric stiffener
Foam brush
Sewing needle or pin
LED light bulbs*, enough for your floor lamp
Zip ties (also called cable ties)

*Tip: If your floor lamp comes with incandescent light bulbs, be sure to replace them with LED light bulbs. They don’t get hot, so they’re the safe choice with paper or yarn lampshades.


    1. Remove lampshades from floor lamp and replace all incandescent light bulbs with LED light bulbs.
    2. Blow up balloon to desired size and knot. Be sure it’s big enough to fit over the light bulb without touching the sides of the bulb.
    3. Tie yarn around end of balloon. Wrap yarn around balloon—use less yarn if you want more light to shine through and more if you want subtle lighting. Once you’ve wrapped your desired amount of yarn around the balloon, brush with fabric stiffener.
    4. Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until you have enough balls to cover all light bulbs on your lamp. Let dry for at least 45 minutes.
    5. Once dry, pop the balloons with a needle and toss popped balloons. Carefully pry open holes so they’re large enough to fit over the lights.
    6. Working one light bulb at a time, put the ball over the light bulbs and secure with a zip tie. Repeat until all light bulbs are covered. Cut off ends of zip ties.

Tip: Try this balloon technique for other projects, too! For example, fill a bowl with a cluster of them for an instant centerpiece or use small balloons to create petite lampshades perfect for a strand of twinkling lights.


Silliness – Signs and Notices – Two signs found one above the other in a country kitchen several years ago: “Restrooms to the left”. “Please wait for the hostess to seat you.”

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