It’s clouded up since we got home, mostly overcast and a *lot* warmer, since it was 36F at midnight! It should pretty well clear by the early afternoon for lots of sunshine, later. 44F, wind at 0-2mph, AQI38, UV4. 20% chance of rain today and 10% tonight. Still looks like Friday and Saturday will be wet, but otherwise things will stay dry, or damp-ish at the worst.
I woke up yesterday, pretty miserable. It’s all ouching from various activities where I pushed myself, but….. I ended up taking a long nap late in the afternoon and woke in a better mood, whatever I was feeling. We were working around the edges, picking things up so we can shift the big stuff tomorrow.
Something that takes a long while to do, really doesn’t take much to write!
So we got headed for Newport on the word that the papers would be out in about 1/2 an hour, so Tempus dropped me at the grocery to do the shopping. 2 1/2 hours later he came back to pick me up and the papers still weren’t done! Seems like the head of the production unit is away and the mice did play….. It was just after 10:30 when we got going on the route, finally.
I had been watching the Moon. The sky was nice and clear and still quite light when we headed for Newport and I first saw Her after the grocery run, still in a clear sky. By
the time we started the route She was flirting with fast-flying clouds, heading south. At ground levels flags only flapped desultorily, but those clouds up high were *booking it*! The sky was alternately overcast and then mostly clear through the rest of the paper route and all the way home. We got the groceries put away and a few small tasks done and then quit for awhile, Tempus needing to head out again in a couple of hours.
I set up a crockpot of chicken to cook overnight. He got going at 3am, a little late. Sounds like there was a wreck that slowed down the papers coming from the Valley.
Today we’re moving the big stuff. Most of the bits are shifted, or will be, quickly, once we’re at the shop and moving. Going to be a long day, though. I need to set up a tvarog. I’m going to do another with honey and nutmeg. That last one was really yummy! …and I have to get the chicken taken care of. I’m going to save the bones to make norse needlecases…. Oh, goodness…I’d better water the plants!
Today’s plant is Wild ginger, Asarum caudatum – This is a different plant from the one usually used in magick, but has only slightly different properties. This is related to black pepper, kava and birthwort. – Masculine, Mars, Fire – This is used for “heating up” spells. While standard ginger is used in money, love, success and power spells, Wild Ginger is mostly used to add power, rather than on its own.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asarum_caudatum
Johnny Appleseed, John Chapman, is usually thought of as an eccentric who wandered the early US throwing apple seeds around, but actually, he was planting orchards and left over 1200 acres of them when he died. An early ecologist, he traveled with a tin pot on his head for a hat. The First Nations tribes, even the hostile ones, revered him. He was a Swedenborgian and carried their literature everywhere he went. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_Appleseed on Swedenborgianism here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_New_Church
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Today’s Astro & Calendar
Waning Moon Magick – From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 3/24 at 2:38am. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 3/16 at 2:34pm.
February is the perfect time to step outside and enjoy a classic celestial tableau. About an hour after sunset, look southwest to see Orion the Hunter aiming his bow west at Taurus the Bull. At Orion’s feet hides Lepus the Hare, and beside him is Canis Major, his faithful hunting dog. The Big Dog also contains Sirius, the brightest star in the northern sky, which shines at magnitude –1.4. Orion’s right shoulder is ruddy Betelgeuse, a red supergiant that has gained notoriety recently for inexplicably fading in brightness over the past four months. Now, it has begun to brighten again, and had bounced back by 10 percent from its dimmest point at the end of February. Taurus houses another of the sky’s famously red stars: magnitude 0.9 Aldebaran is easy to spot just beyond Orion’s bow.
More about Sirius and Canis Major. In a very dark sky the Big Dog’s realistic stick figure is plain to see — the dog is in profile prancing to the right on his hind legs, with Sirius as his shiny dog tag — but for most of us only his five brightest stars show well through the light pollution. These form the unmistakable Meat Cleaver. Sirius and Murzim (three finger-widths to its right) are the wide front end of the cleaver, with Sirius sparkling on its top back corner. Down to Sirius’s lower left is the cleaver’s other end, including its short handle, formed by the triangle of Adhara, Wezen, and Aludra. It’s chopping toward the lower right.
Venus (magnitude –4.4, in Aries) is the big, bright “Evening Star” shining in the west during and after twilight. Venus remains up for a good two hours or more after the end of twilight. In a telescope, Venus is 20 arcseconds in diameter and still slightly gibbous (58% sunlit). It will enlarge in size and wane in phase for the rest of the winter and much of the spring — passing through dichotomy (half-lit phase) in late March before becoming a dramatic thin crescent in May.
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. Runic half-month of Berkana/ Beorc, 3/14-29 Half-month ruled by the goddess of the birch tree; a time of purification for rebirth and new beginnings.
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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
W 11 High 2:28 AM 8.5 7:35 AM Set 9:02 AM 98
~ 11 Low 8:39 AM 0.2 7:18 PM Rise 10:09 PM
~ 11 High 2:39 PM 8.3
~ 11 Low 8:56 PM -0.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Wisdom grows from roots of Compassion
Journal Prompt – Favorites – Write about your favorite pet—one you have now or have had in the past. What did it look like? Why did you like it so much? (If you have never had a pet, write about a perfect pet—one you would like to have.)
~ Give up your old self to find a greater self. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ If you go to work on your plan, your plan will go to work on you. – Jim Rohn
~ Let go of your fear and seize the process of change, and it will work for you. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Never ignore a person who loves you & cares for you. One day you may realize you’ve lost the moon while counting the stars. – Unknown
In come the March winds,
They blow and blow,
They sweep up the brown leaves
That green ones may grow. – –George Washington Wright Houghton (1850–91)
Early Ostara blessings to you all! I’ve decided to do something a little different for this week, you probably have heard that Ostara or Eastara is a Saxon Goddess of Spring and dawn, Lady of the blossoms, shoots, arrival of new life etc. The hare is her sacred animal and bunnies, chicks, and brightly coloured eggs are part of her rites, the story of the hare basically follows the lines that she was late arriving one spring, comes across a frozen dying bird that she feels guilty about, and the creature’s wings fall off. In some versions she takes the bird as a pet and later transforms it to a magical white hare, in all versions the hare has the ability to lay rainbow coloured eggs. In some versions the hare becomes her lover, some not, eventually she dislikes his promiscuity and in anger throws him into the sky where he becomes part of the constellation Lepus.
I’ve taken the liberty of rewriting this tale into a child friendly, what I think is a more likely version of events. Ostara is a fertility goddess, all acts of love and pleasure are her rituals, so why was she really angry with the hare? I’d like to share my version of this bunny tale.
One spring the Goddess Ostara was late in returning to her lands, the snow still covered the ground. As she wandered the forest she found a little bird lying in the snow, his wings were frozen and she was sure he would die, and she felt sad because if she had been on time, he might have lived. Ostara gently picked up the bird and his wings fell off, and she made him her pet. The bird got well and became a dear friend to the Goddess, though when he was alone he would cry because he missed his wings so badly.
The Goddess had compassion for her friend the bird and asked what she could do. He said if only he could jump and run and play and frolic like he did when he had wings he would be so grateful and happy. The Goddess told him she could not give him new wings though she could change him into something else that could do all he wanted.
I would make you white to blend in with the snow, she said, and give you fur to keep you warm during the winter, I would give you strength to jump and frolic and to outrun the greatest hunter. There is part of you that will always remain a bird, you will always lay eggs, and because magic changes things your eggs will be all colours of the rainbow my dear friend. Is this what you wish?
Yes, the bird chirped, and she gathered him into her hands, and kissed his brow. In an instant the air shimmered with the brightness of dawn and he was transformed into a snow white rabbit, with a pink nose and white ears. The Goddess reached down to the ground and released him from her grip, he ran around in circles and jumped and dashed here and there, he was so happy and the Lady smiled at his joy and went on her way.
The hare made friends with the other rabbits, though he was the only one who could lay eggs. Yet it didn’t matter that he was different, he loved his life and often gave the Goddess gifts of colourful eggs when she returned in Spring. One year the hare noticed children watched as his friends played, they laughed and giggled as they watched the rabbits run and hop and the white hare decided the children would appreciate the gift of a rainbow egg, so early one morning he left some in a basket in early spring. The children were delighted and the hare decided to give colourful eggs to all the children he saw for the rest of his life.
Years passed and some of the other creatures became upset with the white hare, he had been telling them he was more blessed by the Goddess because he could lay eggs and they could not. Somehow he felt superior, he was a magical creature and they were just plain and that made him more important than the others and he began to treat the others poorly.
The Goddess Ostara was walking through the woods early one morning and saw the white hare; I have heard some unsettling news about you friend, that you think you are above the other creatures. It troubles me, because all my creatures are precious, no one is greater or lesser than another. I saved your life and took you as a pet, you were so sad that I transformed you into a magical snow hare, and you have spread joy by gifting your rainbow eggs to me and the children. Yet I see now that you are not part of the world where all things are equal, I cannot change you back to a bird for you will surely die, and I wish you to live on. The only place for you is in the sky among the stars, where you may watch over all the earth and return once a year to bring the children your eggs.
I will live in the stars Ostara, and every spring when you walk the earth I will return to bring the eggs to the children. Then let it be so my friend, you must rest in my arms as you did when you were transformed once before. The white hare leaped into her arms, and she embraced him warmly and kissed his pink nose, I will always love you and watch for you in the stars, and she tossed him into the sky and he came to sit just under Orion, the hunter of the stars, who never catches the hare. Even today you can see him watching in the sky in the constellation Lepus, the hare.