The shop opens at 1pm. Winter hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Ken Gagne.
It’s just cloudy at the moment, although the road is shiny, as though it rained. It definitely rained during the day! 48F, wind at 2-10mph and gusting, AQI 12-40, UV2. Chance of rain 65% today and 62% tonight. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY through 10pm. It will probably rain this afternoon, but tomorrow it’ll hold off until after dark. Sunday, Monday and Thursday we’re looking at heavy rain. Tuesday/Wednesday might see some sun, other than that, the forecast is all showers.
I had to get up early yesterday, since I was coughing too hard. We’re thinking that the roof leak is causing some of my problems, since mold is one of the main allergens that gives me grief. Well, I needed to work on the displays, anyway. I got my messages gone through, then the mail.
AFter that Tempus made scrambled eggs and bacon with some of his good rye rolls and then we got going on the displays. First incense, and then he snaffled a bunch of the shouldn’t-be-out-front to the back, then one of the crystals displays, then the BoS. …but then I had to stop because Tempus has been parking things there and in the bookshelves. I had to have him get that cleaned up and hang some of the BoS stock, before I could start with the display table. ….and we’re changing up a bit, because we’ve got part of that cut off, now, where the boxes used to be…so those are coming around the corner.
I had to take a bit to sit and catch up on messages, because my back was complaining. …and then we hit another snag. Tempus had been storing some hardware inside one of the display tables…and that display was going to be nailed down, now. He had to get the stuff out of there and put it somewhere else.
We stopped to watch the Mars Landing, then got back to work. By then it was quarter past 1. We got things open, but being a grey, drippy day, we really didn’t anticipate much business. I finally got the BoS display sorted out, but we’re going to have to find a place for some of the boxes….
I had some soup for lunch and then wrote for a bit, then decided to play a game because I was sleepy and then read for a bit…. yeah, we were very busy. Hmm… so I started on the table below the herbs. I got the bindi inventoried.
A family that’s been waiting for a couple of weeks to come out from Portland to shop stopped by. We heard about their weather adventures. 🙂 That was a nice sale for our first day back open! …and the girls were double-masked and wearing them properly! A young lady who shops here pretty often stopped by, jazzed to see us open again. …and then a fellow who hadn’t been in the shop before came in and browsed. He says he’ll be back when he has more time.
Oh, man! I was *tired* by then! Tempus headed for the nap bed around 5pm. I just stayed at my desk, yawning and listening to NPR’s All Things Considered. He had pulled the flags in before he headed into the back. I closed at 6pm, as we had decided and the phone rang and it was Loryea. I had to pick some new pewter, so we got that sorted out, and I finished closing up.
When we were home we crawled back in. I slept right up until 12:30, but he headed into Newport for the bulk drop somewhere around 9, most likely. I’m really sleepy and going to head right back to bed.
Today’s Plant is Stinging Nettle, Urtica Dioica, otherwise known as, “Ouch!!!!” Grab a handful of this plant and you will know it. Of course I *had* to prove this to myself more than once! There are lots of hollow “hairs” on this plant that act like tiny hypodermics, injecting histamine, among other stinging chemicals. There’s even a name for a type of allergic reaction called, “nettlerash”, that picked up the word from the characteristic pattern of itchy bumps. This plant has been used for food, medicine, fabric and magic for millenia. It is used as a pot herb and is one of the vegetables with the highest protein content. If you soak it in water or cook it the stings go away. In medicine it has been used to treat arthritis, dandruff and lack of milk in a nursing mother. The fibers are suitable for making fabric and a related species has been used for over 6000 years to make a silky-looking textile called ramie, even though the processing takes a lot of effort. They are even used to make beer and cordials! –Masculine, Mars, Fire, Thor – Exorcism – for getting rid of nasty-minded Fae, plant nettles around your garden and barn. Protection – nettles in a pocket will keep a person safe from lightning and bestow courage. Nettles kept in a room will protect anyone inside. Lust – Nettles are reputed to enhance fertility in men and nettle tea is an aphrodisiac. Healing – fever can be dispelled by plucking a nettle up by its roots while reciting the names of the sick person and family. …and shirts made of fabric spun and woven from nettles feature as a girl’s quest tale in the Twelve Wild Swans.
The Polish (among other nationalities) polymath Nicolas Copernicus was born on this day in 1473. One of the people whose names are generally still remembered, his book De revolutionibus orbium coelestium (of the revolution of the celestial spheres) was published in 1543. He claimed in the book that the sun was the center of our solar system, but a trusted friend who was responsible for getting the book to the printer wrote him a new preface to soften the blow to the Church’s stand that the Earth was the center. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicolaus_Copernicus
on the principle here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copernican_principle
and heliocentrism: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copernican_heliocentrism
At the middle of all things lies the sun. As the location of this luminary in the cosmos, that most beautiful temple, would there be any other place or any better place than the centre, from which it can light up everything at the same time? Hence the sun is not inappropriately called by some the lamp of the universe, by others its mind, and by others its ruler. From De revolutionibus orbium coelestium
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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 2/27 at 12:17am. 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 2/19 at 10:47am. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 2/25 at 12:17pm.
First-quarter Moon (exactly so at 1:47 p.m. EST). The Moon shines between Aldebaran and the Pleiades high in the evening, as shown above. The first-quarter Moon of February is always in their vicinity.
This is a popular lunar phase for observers not only because the Moon is visible immediately at sunset (and even during daylight hours), but because the terminator — the line separating night from day — creates excellent contrast that immediately draws the eye. In addition to the large, dark lunar “seas” visible in the upper and rightmost portion of the Moon tonight, take some time to look at the line of large craters in the southern hemisphere of our satellite, which are visible near the terminator. These include Ptolemaeus, Alphonsus, Arzachel, Deslandres, and Maginus, as well as numerous others. Use binoculars or a telescope to get to know these craters, studying their shapes, the features on their floors, and noting the illumination of their high walls. Over the next several hours and days, that illumination will change as the angle of the Sun shifts, creating a completely different landscape as the Moon waxes toward Full.
Neptune is lost in evening twilight.
Old Farmer’s Almanac NIGHT SKY MAP FOR FEBRUARY 2021: Orion – https://www.almanac.com/sky-map-february
Goddess Month of Bridhe runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18
Color – White
Mercury (2/20) Retrograde
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Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17, Nion (NEE-uhn), ash – the common ash (Fraxinus excelsior L.) is a major tree of lowland forests in much of Europe, along with oaks and beeches. It grows to 40 m (130 feet) in open sites, with a broad crown reminiscent of American elm trees. Ash was and still is an important timber tree, and is a traditional material for the handle of a besom. The common ash is occasionally cultivated in North America, and similar native ash species are widely grown as street trees. Ashes are members of the Olive family (Oleaceae).
Nuin – Ash Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Glass Green
Meaning: Locked into a chain of events; Feeling bound.
Ogam letter correspondences to study this month Oir – Spindle Ogam letter correspondences
Letter: TH, OI
Meaning: Finish obligations and tasks or your life cannot move forward.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
F 19 High 5:10 AM 7.1 7:09 AM Set 1:09 AM 40
~ 19 Low 12:23 PM 1.8 5:51 PM Rise 10:56 AM
~ 19 High 6:36 PM 5.0
~ 19 Low 11:33 PM 3.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Happiness is made of illusion, hope, faith in people … … and in yourself, and then the friendship …
Journal Prompt – Wiki – Imagine you are attending your dream concert—what songs would you want to be played? What does the stage look like?
~ You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of. You don’t have charge of the constellations, but you do have charge of whether you read, develop new skills, and take new classes. – Jim Rohn
~ It is hard to keep that which has not been obtained through personal development. – Jim Rohn
~ To be one’s own master is to be the slave of self. – Natalie Clifford Barney (1876-1972) US writer
~ The superior man makes the difficulty to be overcome his first interest; success only comes later. – Confucius
Poor robin redbreast,
Look where he comes;
Let him in to feel your fire,
And toss him of your crumbs. – Christina G. Rossetti (1830–94)
Ostara Magick –
A Chant to honor the Trees – Trees are very important to Witches, and indeed important to us all. They are the lungs of the Earth, purifying the very air we breathe as they shade us and protect us.
When nights and days are balanced and halved,
The ancient Oaks sprout life anew.
Limbs of buds and leaves reach out
Collecting the breath of the mornings’ dew
Summer will come and the Winter winds,
Turning and turning the leaves on their stems.
Then they must fall, but now in the spring
the twig is bound, and the Bud remains.
Hang the leaf from sturdy limb
Of Oak or Maple, or Ash, or Elm,
Praise the Oak God, the tree is him!
Thus will the trees live long and well.
An Ostara Story
One spring the Goddess Ostara was late in returning to her lands, the snow still covered the ground. As she wandered the forest she found a little bird lying in the snow, his wings were frozen and she was sure he would die, and she felt sad because if she had been on time, he might have lived. Ostara gently picked up the bird and his wings fell off, and she made him her pet. The bird got well and became a dear friend to the Goddess, though when he was alone he would cry because he missed his wings so badly.
The Goddess had compassion for her friend the bird and asked what she could do. He said if only he could jump and run and play and frolic like he did when he had wings he would be so grateful and happy. The Goddess told him she could not give him new wings though she could change him into something else that could do all he wanted.
“I will make you white to blend in with the snow, she said, and give you fur to keep you warm during the winter, I will give you strength to jump and frolic and to outrun the greatest hunter. There is part of you that will always remain a bird, you will always lay eggs, and because magic changes things your eggs will be all colours of the rainbow my dear friend. Is this what you wish?”
“Yes”, the bird chirped, and she gathered him into her hands, and kissed his brow. In an instant the air shimmered with the brightness of dawn and he was transformed into a snow white rabbit, with a pink nose and white ears. The Goddess reached down to the ground and released him from her grip, he ran around in circles and jumped and dashed here and there, he was so happy and the Lady smiled at his joy and went on her way.
The hare made friends with the other rabbits, though he was the only one who could lay eggs. Yet it didn’t matter that he was different, he loved his life and often gave the Goddess gifts of colorful eggs when she returned in Spring.
One year the hare noticed children watched as his friends played, they laughed and giggled as they watched the rabbits run and hop and the white hare decided the children would appreciate the gift of a rainbow egg, so early one morning he left some in a basket in early spring. The children were delighted and the hare decided to give colorful eggs to all the children he saw for the rest of his life.
Years passed and some of the other creatures became upset with the white hare, he had been telling them he was more blessed by the Goddess because he could lay eggs and they could not. Somehow he felt superior, he was a magical creature and they were just plain and that made him more important than the others and he began to treat the others poorly.
The Goddess Ostara was walking through the woods early one morning and saw the white hare. “I have heard some unsettling news about you, my friend, that you think you are above the other creatures. It troubles me, because all my creatures are precious, no one is greater or lesser than another. I saved your life and took you as a pet, you were so sad that I transformed you into a magical snow hare, and you have spread joy by gifting your rainbow eggs to me and the children. Yet I see now that you are not part of the world where all things are equal, I cannot change you back to a bird for you will surely die, and I wish you to live on. The only place for you is in the sky among the stars, where you may watch over all the earth and return once a year to bring the children your eggs.”
“I will live in the stars Ostara, and every spring when you walk the earth I will return to bring the eggs to the children.
“Then let it be so my friend, you must rest in my arms as you did when you were transformed once before.”
The white hare leaped into her arms, and she embraced him warmly and kissed his pink nose, “I will always love you and watch for you in the stars”, and she tossed him into the sky and he came to sit just under Orion, the hunter of the stars, who never catches the hare.
Even today you can see him watching in the sky in the constellation Lepus, the hare.
Silliness – Bad Carrot Placement