The road is wet and shiny, but I haven’t seen any rain for awhile. We’re in between bands of it, according to the weather map. What we were getting earlier has moved south and east where it’s dumping some ice in the Cascades. 44F, wind at 2-8mph and gusting, AQI43, UV4. 30% chance of rain today and 80% tonight. The chance of rain is going to climb until around 9am tomorrow and then will taper off to showers for the rest of the week with a possible dry day on Friday.
It’s a weird feeling to have the shop closed. We’ve been open since 2005 and in all that time 3 or 4 days away is the most we get. At the moment I’m all thrown off because I don’t have to do anything at a specific time.
Tempus got up not long before 3. We had our coffee and cereal and got started on the day. I got a few photos of the plants out front, but my batteries gave out and to my shock, I don’t have any left. We got a lot of things sorted out. Tempus was mostly working on the Sanity Saver end of the shop. I was working in back. I spent awhile after supper working on embroidery and sewing, mostly prepping fabrics for bobs and the footstool cover. He headed out for the paper route at about 1:30 and I got to writing.
So I got back to writing. 🙂
Today is more of the same, I think, but more on the end of putting things back where they belong and some clothes in a storage box than anything big. I also have some chicken for rizky and want to do that for supper. It depends on how early we get up, though, and might have to wait for tomorrow.
Today’s plant is the Columbine, genus Aquilegia. Found in garden and native species in Oregon, these plants stick their flowers up into the air where they can be admired. They’re related to aconite and share those qualities of a deadly poisonous plant. The flowers aren’t the problem. It’s the seeds and root. Columbina means “dove” and Aquila is “eagle” supposedly from the resemblance of the flower either to clustered doves or the spur at the back of the flower to an eagle’s claw. There is such a thing as too much imagination…. – Feminine, Venus, Water – Crush between the hands or wear in a pouch that can be squashed to induce courage and daring. Carry a posy of the flowers to attract love and the seeds can be used as a love perfume when crushed, however the seeds are *very* poisonous, so don’t ingest any! More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aquilegia
Today’s feast is the anniversary of the founding of the temple to Luna on the Aventine Hill in Rome. She was one of the principal Gods (one of the “Twenty) and is separate from Juno and Diana, also Moon Goddesses. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luna_%28goddess%29
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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. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 4/1 at 3:21am.
This morning brings us the second of March’s two planetary conjunctions. Having left Jupiter behind, Mars closes in on Saturn in the southeastern sky against the glittering stars of Capricornus. By 7 A.M., the two worlds stand just 0.9° apart. Early risers can catch the conjunction, which is best seen in the hour or so before sunrise.
As a bonus, brilliant Jupiter sits just 6° west of Mars and Saturn, which glow at roughly the same magnitude: 0.8 and 0.7, respectively.
First-quarter Moon (exactly so at 6:21 a.m. Wednesday morning EDT). The Moon is in the feet of Gemini. After dark you’ll find Orion far below it, Procyon off to its left, and brighter Capella farther to its right. More or less above the Moon are Gemini’s head stars, Pollux and Castor.
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 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
Planting 3/31 to 4/2
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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
Tu 31 High 5:05 AM 7.0 6:58 AM Set 2:12 AM 33
~ 31 Low 12:32 PM 0.8 7:43 PM Rise 11:13 AM
~ 31 High 7:19 PM 5.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – It’s a beautiful thing to love others just as they are.
~ Be not a braggart for if any work done be praise-worthy, others will sing your praises for you. – Norse Adage.
~ Haste is only good for catching flies. – Russian Proverb
~ A person should trust their own experience rather than hearsay. – Bandamanna Saga, c.2
~ A sleeping man’s an ignorant man too. – The Story of Hreidar the Fool
What is the roar of a lion,
If it ends in the bleat of a lamb, March? – Mark Cook (1854–1882)
Other Names – Beltaine, May Day, Walpurgisnacht, Walpurgiseve, May Eve, Rudemas, Celtic Summer. Other Names: Cetsamhain (opposite Samhain),May Day, Fairy Day, Sacred Thorn Day, Rood Day, Roodmas (the Christian term for Rood Day, Old Beltane, Beltaine, Beltain, Baltane, Walpurgis Night, Floriala (Roman feast of flowers from April 29 to May 1), Walpurgisnacht (Germanic-feast of St. Walpurga), Thrimilce (Anglo-saxon), Bloumaand (Old Dutch)
Date(s): celebrated: starts on the evening of April 30th, concluding at sunset of May 1st, actual: the date on which the sun is at 15 degrees Taurus.
Meaning – Union of God and Goddess, Sacred Marriage, All New Life, Fertility for ALL Living Things, End of Winter (Celtic).
Activities and Rituals: fertilize, nurture and boost existing goals, games, activities of pleasure, leaping bonfires, making garlands, May Pole dance, planting seeds, walking one’s property, feasting Wrapping the May Pole, The Great Rite, Gathering Flowers.
Colors: Red, White, Brown, Pink, Green, dark yellow, all the colors of the rainbow!
Tools: Broom, May Pole, cauldron
Stones/Gems: Emerald, malachite, amber, orange carnelian, sapphire, rose quartz, Bloodstone.
Symbols & Decorations: May Pole, fires, fertility, flowers, growing things, ploughs, cauldrons of flowers Eggs, Flowers, Chalice, May Pole, Butterchurn, Flower Chaplet, May Baskets.
Foods: Dairy, bread, cereals, Foods traditionally come from the dairy, and dishes such as marigold custard and vanilla ice cream are fine. Oatmeal cakes are also appropriate.
Flowers, Herbs: Lily of the valley, foxglove, rose, broom, Hawthorne, Dittany of Crete, elder, mint, mugwort, thyme, yarrow, almond tree/shrub, clover, ivy, marigold, meadowsweet, rowan, sorrel, woodruff, Almond, Belladonna, Clover, Frankincense, Hawthorn, Primrose, Cowslip, Hawthorn, Rose, Birch, Rosemary, Lilac.
Deities: Aphrodite, Artemis, Bast, Diana, Faunus, Flora, Maia, Pan, Marriage/Sexual Union of Deities, All Mother Goddesses. the Horned God, Venus, and all Gods and Goddesses who preside over fertility. Artemis/Diana, Pan, Bel, Creiddylad. Goddesses – All Virgin Mother Goddesses, All Goddesses of Song and Dance, All Flower Goddesses, All Goddesses of the Hunt, All Fertility Goddesses, Aima (Hebraic), Aphrodite (Greek), Ariel (English), Artmis (Greek), Baubo (Greek), Blodewedd (Welsh), Chuang-Mu (Chinese), Cupra (Etruscan), Cybele (Greek), Damara (English), Devana (Slavic), Diana (Greek), Erzulie (Voodun), Fand (Manx-Irish), Flidais (Irish), Flora (Roman), Freya (Norse), Hilaria (Greek), Ilamatecuhtli (Aztec), Kaikibani (Polynesian), Lofn (Norse), Meilikki (Finnish), Perchta (Slavic), Prithbi (Hindu), Rainbow Snake (Aboriginal), Rhea (Cretean), Rhiannon (Welsh), Sarbanda (Shiela-na-gig Irish), Skadi (Teutonic), Tuulikki (Finnish), Var (Norse), Venus (Roman), Xochiquetzal (Aztec) .
Gods – All Gods of the Hunt, All Fertility Gods, All Gods of Love, All Young Father Gods, Arthur, King (Welsh-Cornish), Baal (Phoenician), Bel/Belanos (Celtic), Beltene (Irish-Scottish), Cernunnons (Greco-Celtic), Chores (Slavic), Cupid/Eros (Greco-Roman), Faunus (Roman), Frey (Norse), Herne (Greek), The Great Horned God (European), Lono (Polynesian), Manawyddan (Welsh), Odin (Norse), Orion (Grec-Arabic), Pan (Greek), Puck (English), Robin Goodfellow (English), Telipinu (Hittite).
Animals: Swallow, dove, swan, Cats, lynx, leopard, Goats, Rabbits, Honey Bees.
Offerings: sacred wood and dried herbs burned in Beltane fires
Taboos – Giving away fire, and giving away food.
Attunement Teas – (Individually or Blended) Burdock, Damiana, Hibiscus, Rose Hips, Saffron.
Ritual Oils – Passion Flower, Rose, Tuber Rose, Vanilla.
Lore – Weaving and plaiting are traditional arts at this time of year, for the joining together of two substances to form a third is in the spirit of Beltane.