The virus stuff is getting really, really real. There’s a new thing on the weather forecast about cases and fatalities of Covid-19… and they’re at 0 for our county. Of course, testing just started…. Mostly cloudy, 36F, wind at 1-3mph, AQI40, UV4. 20% chance of rain today and 10% tonight. It ought to be dry into Friday and then for several days it will alternate heavy rain and showers. By Wednesday it ought to be drying out again for awhile.
I got a nap late in the afternoon and Tempus took off while I was doing that for the News-Times route. We talked for awhile around 11pm, when he had been nailed down in a political discussion (that he was glad to escape from!) by one of the clerks at a motel where he delivers. He needed to finish his route! So he called me back as he curled up in his blanket in front of the office and we talked about some of the things yet to be done.
I got a bunch of plant tending done, then got back to work in back again. A bunch of bags, the kind we use for packing herbs and crystals, had gone missing, but they floated to the surface during all of it, so did a set of jiffy pots. I kept finding things that needed to be cleaned, mostly bottles that needed to lose labels, but some were jars of over-dried herbs that I emptied into the trash.
I spent awhile organizing supplies, like flours of various types, and getting some things back onto the shelves in their right containers, and also consolidating stuff like pie crust mix…. why did we have *four* boxes of it?!?!?!? ….It all fitted in the box marked for it. …so I guess I should make more pies, since I also have 4 tins of filling. 🙂
In between bouts of working in back I worked on the Wicca course glossary and then realized that the cookbook from the feast hadn’t been completed. Urf…. I thought I had that done…. So worked on that, too.
Today there’s more work to be done in back. A whole set of things need to go into the SCA shelves, still, suitcases have to go up onto the platform above the nap bed, the AV cart needs to go somewhere….. and then I start on my fabric bolt rack. Oi!
Today’s Plant is Sweet William, Dianthus barbatus. It is often called Carnation, just like others of the dianthus species and I’ve seen it misnamed “phlox” on plant tags at Fred Meyer’s. The difference is the scent. It still has a sweet scent, but not of clove, like gillyflower, or no scent, like phlox. The flowers are edible and attract butterflies and bees, and the seeds will draw birds, who sometimes will also go after the flowers. They’re good as cut flowers, lasting a decent while, being tall, and a cluster, rather than multiple stems. Cate Middleton had them in her bouquet as a nice touch when she married her “Sweet William”. They have the meaning of “Gallantry”. – Masculine, Sun, Air, Venus – All-purpose protection, in healing for strength and energy. Magickally it is very similar to Gillyflowers.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweet_william
The Hilaria, the festival of Joy, is part of the celebrations in the Roman Republic and Empire surrounding Attis. What a wonderful name for a festival! Today, however, is the feast of the Mother of the Gods, Cybele and the resurrection of Attis that was held on the first day after the Vernal Equinox when it could be seen that day was longer than night. It was celebrated with games, and later in Roman history with processions and masquerades. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hilaria and more on Cybele here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cybele
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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 4/7 at 7:35pm. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends at 2:28pm on 3/25. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 3/28 at 2:28pm.
Today marks the 365th anniversary of Christiaan Huygens’ discovery of Saturn’s largest moon, Titan. To this day, Titan is the only solar system moon that humanity has sent a robotic probe to explore.
Saturn creeps upward in the sky before sunrise, when it will become lost in the rays of our bright home star. Before the sky begins to brighten, turn your telescope to the ringed world and try to spot the brightest moon sitting about 6″ northwest of the planet, standing alone while most of the smaller, fainter moons cluster closer to the rings.
The bright star high in the west-northwest during and after dusk is Capella. Its pale-yellow color matches that of the Sun, meaning they’re both about the same temperature. But otherwise Capella is very different. It consists of two yellow giant stars orbiting each other every 104 days. Moreover, for telescope users, it’s accompanied by a distant, tight pair of red dwarfs: Capella H and L, magnitudes 10 and 13. Article and finder charts.
Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn (magnitudes, +0.9, – 2.1, and +0.7, respectively) are grouped low in the southeast as dawn begins. Jupiter is by far the brightest and catches your eye first . Little Mars is moving away from Jupiter eastward toward Saturn, after passing Jupiter by 0.7° on March 20th. By the 27th Mars is 3° from Saturn, and they pass each other by 1° on the 31st.
Old Farmer’s Almanac March Sky Map!
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. Runic half-month of Ehwaz, 3/30-4/13 – Ehwaz, the horse; time of partnership between humans and Nature, as between rider and horse. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 55
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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
W 25 High 1:59 AM 7.4 7:09 AM Rise 8:08 AM 0
~ 25 Low 8:14 AM 1.0 7:36 PM Set 9:02 PM
~ 25 High 2:11 PM 7.1
~ 25 Low 8:21 PM 1.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I deepen my awareness of the consciousness of peace, from which my joyous actions spring.
~ I am not very skeptical… a good deal of skepticism in a scientific man is advisable to avoid much loss of time, but I have met not a few men, who… have often thus been deterred from experiments or observations which would have proven servicable. – Charles Darwin
~ A great country worthy of the name does not have any friends. – Charles de Gaulle (1890-1970) French general and statesman
~ Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today. – James Dean
~ If you cannot find the truth where you are, where do you hope to find it? – Dogen
Look all around thee! How the Spring advances!
New life is playing through the gay, green trees
See how in yonder bower the light leaf dances
To the birds tread and the quivering breeze. – –Ludwig Tieck (1773–1853)
My daughter starts middle school tomorrow. We’ve decorated her locker, bought new uniforms, even surprised her with a new backpack. But tonight just before bed, we did another pre-middle school task that is far more important than the others. I gave her a tube of toothpaste and asked her to squirt it out onto a plate. When she finished, I calmly asked her to put all the toothpaste back in the tube. She began exclaiming things like “But I can’t!” and “It won’t be like it was before!” I quietly waited for her to finish and then said the following:
“You will remember this plate of toothpaste for the rest of your life. Your words have the power of life or death. As you go into middle school, you are about to see just how much weight your words carry. You are going to have the opportunity to use your words to hurt, demean, slander and wound others. You are also going to have the opportunity to use your words to heal, encourage, inspire and love others. You will occasionally make the wrong choice; I can think of three times this week I have used my own words carelessly and caused harm. Just like this toothpaste, once the words leave your mouth, you can’t take them back. Use your words carefully, Breonna. When others are misusing their words, guard your words. Make the choice every morning that life-giving words will come out of your mouth. Decide tonight that you are going to be a life-giver in middle school. Be known for your gentleness and compassion. Use your life to give life to a world that so desperately needs it. You will never, ever regret choosing kindness.”
Silliness – You Know You’ve Turned Into a Mom When…
– You automatically double-knot everything you tie.
– You find yourself humming the Barney song as you do the dishes.
– You hear a baby cry in the grocery store, and you start to gently sway back and forth, back and forth. However, your children are at school!
– You actually start to like the smell of strained carrots mixed with applesauce.
– You weep through the scene in Dumbo when his mom is taken away, not to mention what Bambi does to you.
– You get so into crafts you contemplate writing a book called 101 Fun Crafts to do with Dryer Lint and Eggshells.
– You spend a half hour searching for your sunglasses only to have your teenager say, “Mom, why don’t you wear the ones you pushed up on your head?”
– You are out for a nice romantic meal with your husband, enjoying some real adult conversation, when suddenly you realize that you’ve reached over and started to cut up his steak!