Daily Stuff 3-7-20 Vejovis

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Jeff Nycum. Minus Tide at 5:10 PM of -0.8 feet. Herbs Workshop at 11am. Sewing Workshop at 3pm.

It’s showery at the moment, just a light bit coming down, but the computer map is all green. It’s supposed to stay steady through the morning, then taper off, but it’s comign donw in the passes as snow, at least in the Cascades. Coast Range, not so much, but that can change in seconds at this time of year! 40F, wind at 0-3mph, AQI40, UV4. 70% chance of rain today and 10% tonight. The next couple of days ought to be dry, but chilly at night. Dry through Thursday and after that the chance of showers is less than 50% for a few days.

Yesterday went very quickly. I finally got the project for Sioned’s b-day finished and Tempus packed it in the evening. I also got quite a bit of sewing done, but didn’t get as far as my jumper, mostly it was mending. I’m missing supplies that are buried in the sewing area that I haven’t really been able to get into.

Tempus was pretty busy. He had a fair number of people in shopping, plus a student of mine from years back that nabbed some of the magazines.

He also kept working on the corner where we have the toys, hoping to get it far enough to be able to open the blinds and get more light on the plants.

…and then I was getting a snack since supper was going to be awhile yet and I sliced myself. It’s a pretty deep cut on the pointer finger of my off hand. …and I get hysterical about damage to my hands because I use them so much. It took awhile for me to calm down and 9 hours later it’s *very* sore. Do you know how hard it is to type minus a pointer finger?

Today we’re going to be bagging herbs in that workshop. The shop will open on time, as far as we know right now. I’ll be sewing on the machine during that workshop time, but if anyone shows up we’ll work out front.

Tonight… is this the last one? We can hope!

Photo by Jeff Nycum – Waldport sunset and bonfire, 3/5/19

luffa

Luffa (or loofah, luffa aegyptica or luffa acutangula) is an odd sort of plant, rather like a cucumber in that it’s a long, green vegetable with the flesh on the outside and a core full of seeds. They’re even edible, if a little bitter, when young. The biggest difference is that they grow a fibrous frame that has been used for a long time as a “vegetable sponge”, wherever they grow, and are particularly good for scrubbing scratchable dishes, counters and glassware. They’re used a lot in Chinese medicine, and the juice is a remedy for jaundice. – Feminine, Moon, Water – Their magicks include helping with rheumatism and arthritis, detoxing, especially the liver, and with acne and scarring.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luffa

Vejovis coin feast 0307Well, this one floored me. I had never heard about a Roman god whose name was Vejovis! No one knows a lot about him, but there was a temple to him in Rome. He may have come from an older Etruscan god, but was said to have been the first god born and was sacrificed to to avoid plagues. Sounds like we could use his help! More here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vejovis  

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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. 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. Full Moon – The day of, the day before, and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 3/10 at 10:48pm. 

Twins within the Twins – Castor A and B can be split with a small telescope. Although only two stars are visible here, Castor is actually a six-star system. – 1CM69 (Flickr)

Pollux and whiter-hued Castor. The latter appears to the naked eye as a magnitude 1.6 star, but it is actually a six-star system. The two brightest stars, Castor A and B, can be separated with a small telescope. A third component, the dimmer Castor C, lies about 1.2′ away.

As the Moon nears full on the 9th, it crosses Leo. As always, the Moon here is shown three times its actual apparent size.

Regulus shines below the nearly full Moon after dark, as shown above. Can you make out the rest of the Sickle of Leo, almost enclosing it, through the moonlight? Binoculars help.
Night owls can take a gander at one of the best globular clusters visible in the Northern Hemisphere. Messier 13, also known as the Hercules Cluster, rises above the horizon with its namesake constellation about 9 P.M. local time but is well poised for clearer viewing by midnight and into the early hours of the morning. This cluster of ancient stars circling our galaxy contains more than 100,000 members that combine to create its magnitude 5.8 glow.

Gibbous Venus, imaged in the near infrared (800nm) by Damian Peach on December 5th using the 1-meter Chilescope. Faint cloud banding is visible here, but don’t expect it to show in your scope visually! South is up.

Venus gleams in the western sky after sunset. The brilliant planet stands out just a half-hour after sundown, when it stands nearly 40° above the horizon, and it is still 25° high once darkness fully settles in. Venus remains on display until after 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 20″ and appears 60 percent lit.

Uranus appears at its best – Uranus’ blue-green color shows up through amateur instruments, but you won’t see the clouds and rings the Keck Telescope reveals. – Lawrence Sromovsky (UW-Madison)/Keck Observatory

And as a bonus, Venus serves as a guide to the solar system’s seventh planet, Uranus, tonight and tomorrow night. Because the distant world glows feebly at magnitude 5.9, you’ll need binoculars or a telescope to spot it. Once the sky grows dark tonight, center Venus in the field of view and then search for Uranus 2.2° to its southeast (to the left when viewed from mid-northern latitudes). Don’t confuse the ice giant world with a similarly bright star even closer to Venus. Uranus lies about twice as far from Venus as that star. You can remove any doubt by targeting the objects through a telescope. Only Uranus will show a 3.4″-diameter disk and conspicuous blue-green color.
Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn (magnitudes, +1.0, – 2.0, and +0.7, respectively) are lined up diagonally low in the southeast as dawn begins. in that order from upper right to lower left. Mars is moving eastward closer and closer to the two giants. On the morning of March 7th it’s 7° from bright Jupiter.

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 Leo
Mercury Retrograde  (3/9)
Color: Black

©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
Sa   7      Low   4:21 AM     2.8   6:42 AM     Set  5:54 AM      87
~     7     High  10:11 AM     8.3   6:13 PM    Rise  3:51 PM
~     7      Low   5:10 PM    -0.8
~     7     High  11:36 PM     7.1

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Optimists are aware that the cherries of life have pits, but they are prepared to remove them.  Their minds do not dwell on the pits, but on the sweetness of the cherries.

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Journal Prompt – What? – What does “Have your cake and eat it too” mean to you?

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Quotes

~   How long should you try? Until. – Jim Rohn
~   All of your characteristics are tools that you can use. – Kerr Cuhulain
~   He gazed keenly into the distance and looked as if he would quite like the wind to blow his hair back dramatically at that point, but the wind was busy fooling around with some leaves a little way off. – Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
~   A bad habit is nothing more than a mistake repeated. – unknown

Over the land freckled with snow half-thawed
The speculating rooks at their nests cawed
And saw from elm-tops, delicate as flowers of grass,
What we below could not see, Winter pass. – –Edward Thomas, “Thaw” (1878–1917)

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Ostara Magick – Studies

Ostara Creation Spell

This joyous holiday honors the spring goddess, Ostara, whose name means “movement toward the rising Sun.” Just as Imbolc signals the return of light, Ostara signals the awakening of the Earth. Trees are blooming, bulbs are pushing up out of the ground, birds are nesting, and animals are mating. The creative energy is at its strongest during this season. If you haven’t decided what you wish to manifest this year, do so now.

To empower your goal, write it on a hard-boiled egg with a wax crayon. The egg is a powerful symbol representing the universe in embryo. Your goal lives within you in the same way that creation lives within its egg, and like the egg, your goal has everything it needs to manifest. Now, draw two interlocking triangles to form a six-pointed star on your egg. This star symbolizes one of the most important keys in magic: as above, so below. What you can create in your imagination, you can manifest on the physical plane. Dye your egg a deep red to symbolize the goddess and life itself. Using your egg as a focus, work in the days ahead with the interplay of imagination and physical striving to achieve your desire. By: Lily Gardner

A Spell of Reawakening

The Spring Equinox, called Ostara by many, is a day of perfect balance between night and day, darkness and light, slumber and awakening. Many craft traditions, covens, and solitaries have devised their own rituals for awakening Mother Earth at this time. Many of these can be traced back to England.

One common practice is to walk through a natural area, tap the earth three times with a staff or wand, and make a joyful noise to welcome the Goddess’s return. This ritual is performed three times in keeping with the sacred number of many of the Pagan sects from western European countries. Now is not only a good time to awaken Mother Earth, but also to awaken ourselves. We should ask: Are we only going through the motions now? Or are we reawakening our spiritual selves, and seeing anew all the magical possibilities of spring? To awaken your own body, mind, and soul to spring’s rebirth, give back to Mother Earth some of the things we’ve taken from her. Plant a tree, herb garden, or flowers. Feed her animals and birds. As you do any of these things, consecrate your offering by saying:

Mother Earth, Goddess we walk upon,
May my gifts be of value
Even after I’m gone.
Today, while I’m here,
May my offering be,
An act of love
for you from me. By: Edain McCoy

OSTARA- Daffodowndilly Spell 

The purpose of this spell is to make wishes concerning all areas of your life.

This is the perfect time of year for planting wishes that will come to fruition in summer and using plant ingredients for magic is a age old custom.

You will need:

one green candle
one yellow candle
matches or lighter
summer flowering bulbs, one to a wish
soil or potting soil in a medium sized indoor planter

As part of your OSTARA ritual and in a properly cast circle, work as follows.

  1. Light the green candle saying: By the shoot
  2. Light the yellow candle saying: By the flower I invoke OSTARAs power
  3. Take each bulb and seperately name it after the wish you seek to acheieve.
  4. Hold them in your hands and chant your wish into them with the following words: As the nights shrink down and this bulb goes underground, As the days grow long, so the thing I wish grows strong.
  5. Bury the bulbs in the soil, or potting soil. Place your hands palms down on the soil and visualize the growth you have wished for coming to pass.
  6. Keep the bulbs inside until the threat of frost has passed, then plant outside next to the spring flowering bulbs.

The idea here is to trade on the fertility of the daffodils by empowering summer flowering bulbs and planting them closely by. The summer bulbs will get the general idea from the flowering daffodowndillies and charged with your wishes hurry to grow and flower.

From Hearth  and Home Witchery

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Silliness – Real Adults

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