It’s partly cloudy at the moment and the streets have dried off, but it’s *cold*! 33F, wind at 3-4mph and gusting, AQI36, UV5. 10% chance of rain today and 50% tonight. After today we’re not likely to get another dry break until the end of next week. We might get as much as 2 inches by Monday, in fact.
Yesterday morning Tempus didn’t get in until just before 8. The rain held him up a bit. I was awake around 11:30, but an hour later I was so sleepy that I couldn’t hold my head up, so I crawled back in next to Tempus and faded out again. We finally got moving around 2pm and it was still drippy-looking and damp.
Tempus had some paperwork to do and I worked on the cookbook along with sorting out some more sewing supplies. Sash called in the early evening to chat. It was good to hear his voice, although he’s as twitchy about the pandemic as we are. I spent some time on sewing after that, wanting to get some of the necessary stuff out of the way. The ones for the shelf units facing into the work area are done. Tempus should get them hung up today. I can’t figure out what happened to the walkway curtain, though. It *was* on a hanger in with the other fabrics, but it’s not there, now.
I’ve been participating in a bunch of online classes. Last night was Norse Apron Dress. The night before was a discussion (supposedly… it was a lecture) of museum photos of extant embroidered items. That one was disappointing and I clicked out after an hour. It was all photos that I’ve seen over and over and nothing new, except for the back of one piece of embroidery.
Tempus headed out out around 2am. He had been working in back, putting things back.
I had spent most of the evening working on the cookbook. It’s to be found on this page, although it’s still lacking some photos. https://wp.me/P8ngGY-2bp There’s both a Word and a PDF version posted.
Today is probably going to be more of the same, although I have my cutting mat down, now. I got a lovely box of fabric pieces from a purse manufacturer and I’m setting up to stitch pincushions and bobs, snip cases and pouches. There are some lovely pieces of fabric in there from Sartor. I need to go through the projects and match them up, now. I’m still not sure what happened to my black fabric which would make lovely purses with these for flaps….
Today’s Plant is the Strawberry. We have two wild varieties out here, Wood’s Strawberry, Fragaria vesca, the Coastal Strawberry, Fragaria chiloensis, and of course the Garden Strawberry, Fragaria × ananassa, Make a tea of the leaves to help with diarrhea and the whole plant is used as an anti-depressant, from flowers to leaves to fruit. – Feminine, Venus, Water, Freya (and many other deities) – Carry the leaves for luck, use them in love spells and sachets, sleep on them to dream of your love. Pregnant women should carry a sachet of the leaves during the last few months of pregnancy to ease labor. The berries themselves are simply an aphrodisiac, often combined with chocolate for this purpose. Yum! Wood’s Strawberry here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fragaria_vesca and Coastal Strawberry here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fragaria_chiloensis Garden Strawberry here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garden_strawberry
Today is one of only two “royalty” days in the US. Prince Kuhio was the heir to the throne of Hawaii and became the territorial delegate to Congress, authoring the first Statehood bill. On this day there is a lei draping of his statue, music, parades, and other kinds of fun, including craft shows. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prince_Kuhio_Day
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Love & Light,
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. 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.
The 26th offers planetary observers a veritable feast of sights. Early risers are rewarded with a planetary trio in the southeast an hour before sunrise: There, ruddy Mars sits midway between Jupiter and Saturn. The configuration is the closest these three worlds have come in the sky in two decades.
Evening observers can step outside at sunset with a small scope to see that Venus’ disk is half lit. You can find the planet in the constellation of Aries the Ram, shining brightly at magnitude –4.4 at sunset. As darkness falls, scan your scope about 18° below Venus toward the horizon to find the distant planet Uranus. A 6-percent-lit Moon hovers nearby, but the ice giant’s 6th-magnitude glow should still be discernible.
Spot the thin crescent Moon low in twilight, far below Venus as shown above. And watch the Pleiades sinking closer toward Venus day by day. On April 3rd, Venus will shine just inside their left edge.
In the late afternoon, the thin crescent Moon passes 4° south of Uranus at 5 P.M. EDT.
Saturn is 7° lower left of Jupiter.
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
©2020 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
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
Th 26 High 2:24 AM 7.5 7:07 AM Rise 8:30 AM 1
~ 26 Low 8:47 AM 0.8 7:37 PM Set 10:03 PM
~ 26 High 2:49 PM 6.9
~ 26 Low 8:49 PM 1.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make this a loving day!
~ To have and not to give is often worse than to steal. – Marie Von Ebner-Eschenbach
~ It took me a long time not to judge myself through someone else’s eyes. – Sally Field
~ The best cure for insomnia is plenty of sleep. – W. C. Fields
~ A publisher who writes is like a cow in a milk bar. – Arthur Koestler (1905-1983) Hungarian writer
The Sun, midway upon his tireless march,
Eyes languidly the green earth’s sleepy face. – –James Benjamin Kenyon (1858–1924)
Pentacle Power Jewelry!
The Pentacle means many things to many people. To me, the five points represent the five basic elements- fire, water, air, earth and spirit, and the circle surrounding the star represents the continuous circle of life and the ever present power of God. Now let’s get started on the jewelry!
Two colors of seed beads
Thread (I use Nymo D)
- First, thread the needle and string 13 seed beads of the background color. Pass thru the loop on the hook, then back thru all the beads. Tie a tight knot. Continue around the circle until your thread is coming out of the eighth bead after the hook. The base of the choker is a variation of Right Angle Weave, using three beads on each side. Thus, the sixth, seventh and eighth beads of the circle will be the side of the loop that is shared.
- Next, string on nine beads then pass back thru beads six, seven and eight of the first loop.
- Weave back around the second loop until you are coming out of the sixth new bead.
- Add nine new beads, and go thru the three side beads of the previous loop. Weave back around the circle until you are exiting the sixth new bead once again.
- Continue adding loops in this fashion until you have a total of 23 loops. This number will give you about a sixteen inch choker, which will be completely adjustable. Of course, you can add or subtract loops from each end to customize the choker! After 23 loops, you are ready to start on the first Pentacle. Pick up three background beads, four Pentacle, and three background. Go back thru the three side beads of the previous loop, then weave around so you are coming out of the last gold bead. (From now on I will refer to the colors in the pictures- blue for background, gold for pentacle.)
- Now pick up 26 gold beads, and go back thru the original four again. I usually go around the resulting circle again for strength. You want the thread to be exiting the first shared gold bead when you finish this.
- Pick up five gold beads, and, going around the circle, skip five beads and go thru the next gold bead in the out circle.
- Pick up five more beads, and continue around the circle, passing thru the sixth bead from the last one you used on the circle. Continue this pattern until you have all five inner loops completed.
- Now pass the needle thru the first loop again until you are exiting the center (third) bead. Add one gold bead, then pass thru the third bead on the second loop. Add one gold bead, and pass thru the third bead on the third loop. Continue this pattern until you arrive back at the starting point. I usually go thru this inner circle again for added strength. Then weave your way over to the side of the pentacle, so your thread is exiting from the top of the bead that is the point of the right arm.
- Add nine blue beads, and go back thru the pentacle’s outer circle. You want to have four shared gold beads, so count down from where your thread is exiting. Then weave around the new link, so you are once again exiting the sixth bead in the new loop.
- Now continue to add base loops as you did in the beginning, until you have five complete blue loops. Then you start on the second pentacle, repeating the steps of the first. After pentacle number two, add the same number of loops as after the first, and then do pentacle number three. One caution- be sure that the second and third pentacles are upright! 🙂
- Now all you need to do is the 24 loops on this end of the choker. And you are done!!
The pentacle portion of this choker makes a great pendant also! All you need to do is add a loop at the top for adding a jump ring. They also convert easily to earrings.
These directions, patterns, and illustrations are copyrighted. You may use them to create your own pentacle, which may be sold for pin money but not massed produced. It is acceptable to give them as gifts or sell at a shows. Credit must be given to CheckerBeads for the design, and you must include the address to my homepage. Do not sell them over the internet, as this would compete directly with me. Mass producing and selling them is NOT allowed. It is NOT acceptable to teach a class using these instructions and patterns. http://www.geocities.com/thechecker2000/pentacle.html
[Anja’s note – Her site is gone. That doesn’t mean it voids her copyright, but you can’t access her homepage. That info must be passed on.]
Silliness – Signs and Notices – I went to a little hole in the wall restaurant: the sign read: Women are not served here. You have to bring your own.