It’s mostly clouded up. Only the brightest stars can be seen. 38F, wind at 0-4mph, AQI34, UV4. 10% of rain today and 60% tonight. There’s quite a bit of rain and wind due Monday and Tuesday, but everything else looks like just showers.
Yesterday we got going at a reasonable time, got the shop open and sat. I was ouching….from weather, I think, mostly my hands. Tempus got the modulars out in the sun and I worked on small stuff, mostly sorting beads. I spilled a box of them. <sigh> I was also doing a lot of little stuff like picking up a piece that had been parked somewhere and finding where it was supposed to go. I also found my cotton flannel, so there’s the mask backing.
I did a little sewing, then got a nap. He took off for Newport around 4pm and got back around 7pm. It looks like this last bit, all thought the back roads east of Newport, is going to be *very* interesting.
…and officially, we’re closed…. The governor is likely to make it official on Monday, anywho. The doors will be open for airing out, most likely, but you’ll have to stand in the doorway and holler if you don’t see us right away. We’re going to spend time on finishing the clean-up and get caught up on sleep.
We both got long naps and then he headed out around 2:15. I got myself a snack and then worked on the office space for a bit. After that I sat down and worked on the glossary. …and sniglets. 🙂 Those are so silly, but fun!
Today… well, I’m not sure what we’re going to do. I’m hoping to pin Tempus down and do some handicrafts for House Capuchin’s Project Day, but I dunno. We may end up just sorting out House stuff.
Today’s plant is the Rhododendron genus, specifically the wild rhodys that we have out here, that should be blooming in about 5 weeks, (and some are starting up, nursery varieties) the Pacific rhododendron, Rhododendron macrophyllum. Rhodys have native forms in much of the world (not South America or Africa) They are one of the showiest of the flowers with hybrids and cultivars all over the place, including the azaleas which fall into this genus, but there are some that you wouldn’t recognize, having almost no flowers at all! The plant is toxic to many animals and honey made from the plants will make you ill. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhododendron Our rhodys out here are lovely during their bloom time, when you see a hit of pink here and there along highways and trails and in the woods and then within days drifts and swathes and whole hillsides are pink! It’s a hardy plant, which grows well in disturbed places, particularly areas that were burned over. It will re-grow from the scorched roots! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhododendron_macrophyllum – There aren’t any magickal references to rhododendrons that I’ve found, which doesn’t make any sense, since at least the cultivated ones are all over! Azaleas stand for Temperance in the language of flowers. Yellow rhododendron, native to Sibera, is used for rheumatism, gout and syphilis. My personal uses for them are for glamourie, beauty and outward show, but also for the learning to make these unnecessary by creating inward beauty and serenity. When these flowers are in season I use the fresh ones as a “notice me!” spell.
Attis is one of the stranger gods that come out of the Mediterranean area. He is the consort of the mother goddess Cybele, whose worship was orgiastic and whose priests castrated themselves. This is the day that his image was hung from a tree and paraded into Rome. He pre-figures some of the odder stories about Jesus with his death and resurrection, birth from a virgin at the Winter Solstice, crucifixion, etc. Easter baskets with grass may have some odd connection with his rites. More on Attis here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attis and on the feast here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cybele#.27Holy_week.27_in_March
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Love & Light,
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. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle – In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances. God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Outer Dark, psychopomps – Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris. Phase ends at 2:28am on 3/24.
The fast-fading Moon is just 3 percent lit and rises shortly before the Sun, making tonight an excellent night to search out some of the sky’s fainter objects. Consider trying for M81 and M82, also known as Bode’s Galaxy and the Cigar Galaxy, respectively. Both in the constellation of Ursa Major, these two galaxies appear only 37′ apart on the sky and are easy to catch in the same field of view through binoculars or a telescope at low magnification. M81 has an active supermassive black hole in its center, while M82 is undergoing a massive burst of star formation — hence its classification as a starburst galaxy. Astronomers believe this flurry of activity was actually caused by gravitational interactions with M81. Through a scope, M82 appears long and thin — like a cigar — while M81 has a rounder shape.
Algol goes through one of its self-eclipses this evening as its constellation Perseus, upper right of Venus, declines in the northwest. Algol should be at its minimum light, magnitude 3.4 instead of its usual 2.1, for a couple hours centered on 10:30 p.m. EDT. Algol takes several additional hours to fade and to rebrighten.
Mercury (magnitude+0.2) is having a poor apparition very low in the dawn. Use binoculars to look for it just above the east horizon about 30 minutes before sunrise. It’s far to the lower left of Jupiter, by some 45 ° (about four or five fists at arm’s length). Nothing else in that area is as bright.
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
Su 22 High 12:39 AM 6.9 7:14 AM Rise 7:02 AM 6
~ 22 Low 6:30 AM 2.0 7:32 PM Set 6:00 PM
~ 22 High 12:18 PM 7.4
~ 22 Low 6:52 PM 0.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Talk to people that you have never talked to before and actually listen.
~ A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus. – MLK
~ Through humor, you can soften some of the worst blows that life delivers. And once you find laughter, no matter how painful your situation might be, you can survive it. – Bill Cosby
~ Chivalry is: Sincerity, Self-Discipline, Compassion, Perseverance, Truth, Industriousness, Justice, Largesse, Courage, Humility, Courtesy, Loyalty, Honor. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ He’s wound up like a thousand-day clock. – Paul Keating on John Howard
Her robe assume its vernal hues,
Her leafy locks wave in the breeze,
All freshly steep’d in morning dews. – Robert Burns (1759–96)
Step 1. Fold an 8-1/2″ x 10″ piece of paper in half.
Step 2. Fold and unfold in half both ways to form creased center lines. (Note: be sure paper is still folded in half.)
Step 3. Bring corner (1) right to meet the center line. Be sure to fold from the vertical crease line.
Step 4. Bring corner (1) left till edges coincide, then make the fold.
Step 5. Bring corner (2) left and fold.
Step 6. Bring corner (2) right until edges coincide. Then fold.
Step 7. Cut on the angle as shown in the picture. Then unfold the small piece.
Step 8. Marvel at your perfect (we hope!) 5-pointed star! If your star is not perfect, take a fresh piece of paper (8-1/2″ x 10″ — not 8-1/2″ x 11″) try again!
Silliness – Sniglet – Any word which should be in the dictionary but isn’t. – brattled (BRAT uld) – adj. The unsettling feeling, at a stoplight, that the busload of kids that just pulled up beside you is making fun of you.