It’s clear and still outside. You can’t even hear more than a murmur from the ocean. 37F, wind at 0mph, AQI39, UV3. Chance of rain 10% today and tonight. Today is likely to be the last clear/dry day for awhile. Tomorrow might still be dry, but then it’s showers all the way out. There are some significant amounts of rain coming down, on a couple of the days, like on Monday and then Friday-Sunday. THe plants could use the water!
Tempus got in just before 7am. He had to nap some. We weren’t open until 11:30 or so. Both of us were dragging. The meat was taking forever to cook. Tempus worked on the modulars and had to take them outside. We’re trying to get them to dry out and “un-musty”. They much have been sitting in a damp place for far too long. I got myself some lunch, did some plant tending, chopped the veg for the stew (which was turning into a potroast) and then went back to sewing …and got a long nap. Tempus napped on the sofa, but he said we did have a few people into the shop.
…and the news conference about the virus situation makes it sound more and more like we should be closing…. It’s likely to be an order by Monday. Tempus and I discussed it and we have to open up during the day to air out….those modulars. So we’ll put the lights on and work and if someone comes in, cool….
Late in the day the potroast was finally done, once I added mushrooms, potatoes and spices. It turned out tasty! Tempus brought the modulars in after dark. We might have to toss a couple that are really bad. We also put down another rug and moved a few more big pieces around.
We finally did our ritual around 10pm and it was fun. I got a nap and then afterwards I spent a good while writing. I’m finally getting back to the Glossary for the classes…. finally. Tempus took off around 3am for his paper route. He’ll be learning the final 1/3 of the route this afternoon.
Today we’ll be open….sortof…. I am hoping to spend some time sewing. I have a bunch of masks cut, but I want to do more and get them put together
Today’s Plant is Cascade penstemon, or coast penstemon, Penstemon serrulatus. A member of the plantain family, this was used by the 1st nations peoples as a medicinal remedy for toothache. It’s common name, “Beardtongue” is because the flower appears to be sticking out it’s hairy tongue! It has a lovely flower, and is a semi-deciduous shrub, which usually is very short, unlike many shrubs. The tender shoots that the flowers grow on often get frost-nipped so only survive for a year or so, with the rest of the plant surviving below the level of surrounding plants, acting as a perennial ground-cover. –Feminine, Venus, Earth – Use for headaches, particularly headaches coming from tooth pain or infection by binding the herb with red wool and/or putting it into a red cloth pouch and bind to the head, or even put into your pillowcase at bedtime. You can put a leaf in your shoes to help with the effects of standing on them too long. Roots protect from snakebite and a bunch of the flowers will chase negativity away, particularly that coming from outside. Iow, it won’t do much for a bad mood…. More on Penstemon here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penstemon
Maslenitsa is a Slavic Feast. It literally means “Butter Woman”. Nowadays it is observed as part of the pre-Lent festivities, but it may originally have been just an end of winter feast like Caillach or some of the other more Western festivals, which is how it is celebrated with Rodnoveri. It’s a week of dairy products and pancakes! One of the odder ones to Western taste is a “red & black cake” which is several large pancakes stacked in layers with red and black caviar in individual layers, a cottage-type cheese in other layers, slathered with butter, and sliced like a layer cake. This is a totally different kind of pancake from our sweet ones! More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maslenitsa and here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kostroma_%28deity%29
Maslenitsa – Suhii (March) 21 – Maslenitsa is a very ancient festival, the holiday of the Spring Equinox and the end of the winter frosts. People enjoy themselves, engaging in much feasting, dancing, wearing of masks, playing on traditional musical instruments, and contests of strength, all to enact spring unbridled, in action and fighting. Traditional pastries are also baked, called blini (a type of potato pancake), to symbolize the sun.
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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. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 3/22 at 5:28pm.
Saturday is Galactic Tick Day. The holiday is celebrated every 633.7 days (1.7361 years) to mark one “galactic tick,” which represents 1/100 of an arcsecond’s worth of the orbit our Sun and solar system make around the Milky Way. (It takes 225 million years to complete a full orbit.) You can learn more about the origins of this quirky and humbling holiday on the Galactic Tick Day homepage.
In honor of our journey through the galaxy, step outside from a dark site to see if you can spot the Milky Way running overhead. The plane of our galaxy runs through Cygnus the Swan, setting in the northwest as the sky grows darker after sunset. In the east, Orion the Hunter rises with the Milky Way at his right shoulder, which is marked by the bright red star Betelgeuse.
Today is the perfect day to seek out our solar system’s speediest planet. The Moon passes 4° south of Mercury at 2 P.M. EDT, but you’ll want to catch the pair in the morning before sunrise. At that time, the two will stand 5° apart, with Mercury glowing at magnitude 0.2 in the east-southeast 30 minutes before the Sun crosses the horizon.
The Big Dipper glitters softly high in the northeast these evenings, standing on its handle. You probably know that the two stars forming the front of the Dipper’s bowl (currently on top) are the Pointers; they point to Polaris, currently to their left. And, you may know that if you follow the curve of the Dipper’s handle out and around by a little more than a Dipper length, you’ll arc to Arcturus, now rising in the east. But did you know that if you follow the Pointers backward the opposite way, you’ll land in Leo? Draw a line diagonally across the Dipper’s bowl from where the handle is attached, continue far on, and you’ll go to Gemini. And, look at the two stars forming the open top of the Dipper’s bowl. Follow this line past the bowl’s lip far across the sky, and you cruise to Capella.
Venus (magnitude –4.2, in eastern Pisces) is the big, bright white “Evening Star” blazing high in the west during and after twilight. Venus doesn’t set now (in the west-northwest) until a good 2½ hours after complete dark. In a telescope, Venus is just about at dichotomy (appearing half lit) and 23 arcseconds in diameter. It will continue to enlarge in size and wane in phase for the next two months, becoming a dramatically thin crescent in May.
Old Farmer’s Almanac March Sky Map!
Goddess Month of of Moura, runs from 2/20-3/19
Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn (FAIR-n) /Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14
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 Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14. Fern (FAIR-n) Alder – The common alder (Alnus glutinosa (L.) Gaertner) is common along lowland rivers, where it grows with aspens, poplars, and willows. Like willows, alders sprout from stumps. This allows them to regenerate after heavy flooding. In protect sites they may grow to 20 m (65 feet) tall. Their leaves are more blunt-tipped than most North American alders, which look more like the grey alder (A. incana (L.) Moench). This species is more common in the mountains of Europe, and is not restricted to moist soils. Like ashes, European alders are not widely cultivated in North American (they are often sold as black alders), but several native species are. Alder wood is said to resist rotting when it is wet, and was the wood of choice for pilings in many regions. Alders are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae).
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Sa 21 High 12:08 AM 6.7 7:16 AM Rise 6:37 AM 11
~ 21 Low 5:50 AM 2.5 7:31 PM Set 4:58 PM
~ 21 High 11:35 AM 7.3
~ 21 Low 6:18 PM 0.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Unless you can create the WHOLE universe in 5 days, perhaps giving advice to God, isn’t such a good idea!
~ A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval. – Mark Twain
~ The two great words of antiquity are behold and beware. Behold the possibilities and beware the temptations. – Jim Rohn
~ You never get away, you only get someplace else. – Lovka’s Dilemma
~ Your friends love you, anyway. – Dave Barry
The season comes when, from her three-month’s trance,
The Earth awakens: already her deep heart
Begins to stir, and send its life abroad. – Thomas Buchanan Read (1822–72)
You want a physicist to speak at your funeral. You want the physicist to talk to your grieving family about the conservation of energy, so they will understand that your energy has not died. You want the physicist to remind your sobbing mother about the first law of thermodynamics; that no energy gets created in the universe, and none is destroyed. You want your mother to know that all your energy, every vibration, every Btu of heat, every wave of every particle that was her beloved child remains with her in this world. You want the physicist to tell your weeping father that amid energies of the cosmos, you gave as good as you got.
And at one point you’d hope that the physicist would step down from the pulpit and walk to your brokenhearted spouse there in the pew and tell him/her that all the photons that ever bounced off your face, all the particles whose paths were interrupted by your smile, by the touch of your hair, hundreds of trillions of particles, have raced off like children, their ways forever changed by you. And as your widow rocks in the arms of a loving family, may the physicist let him/her know that all the photons that bounced from you were gathered in the particle detectors that are her/his eyes, that those photons created within her/him constellations of electromagnetically charged neurons whose energy will go on forever.
And the physicist will remind the congregation of how much of all our energy is given off as heat. There may be a few fanning themselves with their programs as he says it. And he will tell them that the warmth that flowed through you in life is still here, still part of all that we are, even as we who mourn continue the heat of our own lives.
And you’ll want the physicist to explain to those who loved you that they need not have faith; indeed, they should not have faith. Let them know that they can measure, that scientists have measured precisely the conservation of energy and found it accurate, verifiable and consistent across space and time. You can hope your family will examine the evidence and satisfy themselves that the science is sound and that they’ll be comforted to know your energy’s still around. According to the law of the conservation of energy, not a bit of you is gone; you’re just less orderly.
Silliness – Ponderings
– “I am” is reportedly the shortest sentence in the English language. Could it be that “I do” is the longest sentence?
– If lawyers are disbarred and clergymen defrocked, doesn’t it follow that electricians can be delighted, musicians denoted, cowboys deranged, models deposed, and drycleaners depressed?
– Do Roman paramedics refer to IV’s as “4’s”?
– Why is it that if someone tells you that there are one billion stars in the universe you will believe them, but if they tell you a wall has wet paint you will have to touch it to be sure?
– If you take an Oriental person and spin him around several times, does he become disoriented?
– If people from Poland are called “Poles,” why aren’t people from Holland called “Holes?”
– Last night I played a blank tape at full blast. The mime next door went nuts.
– If a person with multiple personalities threatens suicide, is that considered a hostage situation?
– Just think how much deeper the ocean would be if sponges didn’t live there.
– If a cow laughed, would milk come out her nose?