Daily Stuff 3-5-21 Perrantide

Hi, folks!

The shop opens at 1pm.Winter hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Patty Jones.

Things are only just starting to dry out from today’s rain, and more is due to start around 3am. 48F, wind at 2-7mph and gusting, AQI 10-46, UV3. Chance of rain 100% today and 38% tonight. Today’s rain ought to be over by lunchtime. There’s another starting Saturday night and running into Sunday that should taper off into the afternoon. Possible sun on Wednesday and Thursday, but everything else has a good chance of showers.

Yesterday flew past again. I had been dealing with nightmares, so I was short on sleep and groggy. Tempus was up to his eyeballs in paperwork over the phone all the way to 5:30, so we still have a lot of picking up to do, plus get a couple of boxes out in the mail.

We decided to treat ourselves, so Tempus ran out when we closed to the Salty Dawg. I got a chowder bowl. He got a Reuben and we split a bread pudding. Keeping the local restaurants going….

It was bulk route night, so he headed out around 8pm. I’m going to talk to him for a few minutes before he starts the Oregonian route.

Today we have the stuff that I mentioned above, plus laundry. We’re falling way behind this week! I think I wan to make a garlic soup today, too. It’s supposed to chase away colds and illness and I think we could use that. The last of the cockaleekie soup ought to be good for the same thing, plus prosperity!

Photo by Patty Jones, Collected on Facebook, February 26 , 2018 at 7:59am – Waldport, OR – “Good morning Waldport! Wet here no ice…. off Bayview Loop.” Used with permission

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Today’s plant, Lungwort (Pulmonaria) is one of the first perennials to bloom, with bright flowers and spotted leaves. Zones 4-8 More here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lungwort …and there are lots of pix in Wikimedia Commons here: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Pulmonaria – Feminine, Air, the Sylphs – It is a plant of helpful magick for breathing problems from COPD to asthma to TB to lung cancer….

…and I’m going to say it again. The info in these “Today’s Plant” things is to help with the magickal aspect of the herbs! Anything medicinal, go talk to an herbalist! 

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The feast day of St. Perin, patron saint of Cornwall and tin miners, has come to be called Perrantide, a national day in Cornwall. It’s a created holiday from the 19th century, trying to develop some national pride, but it grew out of the tinworkers’ holiday that involved a lot of alcohol and food.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Piran%27s_Day There are some fun stories about St. Perrin. One is that some folks tried to kill him by tying a millstone around his neck and pitching him into the ocean. He floated to Cornwall on the stone. The connection to the tinminers, tinsmelters & tinsmiths also is another tale that is related to the white on black cross of his symbol. Supposedly his hearthstone got very hot and tin rose to the surface in the form of a cross! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Piran

The shop opens at 1pm.Winter hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. For appointments contact us at 541-563-7154, anjasnihova@yahoo.com, on Facebook or here on the blog, or just leave a note on the door!

Love & Light,
Anja

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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 3/13 at 2:21am. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 3/5 at 5:30pm. Waning Crescent Moon –Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 3/8 at 2:21pm.

Sirius and Orion – The main constellations of the Northern Hemisphere’s winter sky are on display in this scene that includes La Ventana Arch in El Malpais National Monument in New Mexico in the foreground. Orion the Hunter stands in the upper right corner and the sky’s brightest star, Sirius, lies in line with Orion’s Belt and just to the right of center. – John A. Davis

February was Orion’s month to stand at his at his highest in the south in early evening. Now March pushes him a little westward and brings his dog, Canis Major with Sirius, into that exalted meridian-transiting status. In a moonless dark sky, the stars of Canis Major can be connected to form a nice dog profile, but through a brighter sky only his five brightest stars show well. These form the unmistakable Meat Cleaver. Sirius and Murzim (to its right) are the Cleaver’s wide top end, with Sirius sparkling on its top back corner. Down to Sirius’s lower left is the Cleaver’s other end, including its short handle, formed by the triangle of Adhara, Wezen, and Aludra. The Cleaver is chopping toward the lower right. Want to try for Sirius B, the famous white dwarf? Sirius A and B are now at the apparent widest of their 50-year orbit, 11 arcseconds apart, and will remain so for the next several years before they start closing up again. You’ll want at least an 8-inch scope, a night of really excellent seeing (keep checking night after night), Sirius at its very highest like it is now, and the Sirius-B-hunting tips in Bob King’s article Sirius B – A New Pup in My Life. The Pup is east-northeast of the Dog Star and 10 magnitudes fainter: one ten-thousandth as bright. As Bob recommends, put a homemade occulting bar across your eyepiece’s field stop: a tiny strip of aluminum foil held with a bit of tape. Hide blinding Sirius A just behind the strip’s eastern edge.

Irresistible Orion – The Orion Nebula is one of the sky’s most brilliant gems. Visible even with the naked eye, this extremely photogenic region bursts with detail in long exposures. – George Greaney

Take some time tonight to enjoy one of the best jewels the cosmos has to offer: the Orion Nebula (M42). With no Moon in the sky after dark, look southwest to find the familiar three stars of Orion’s belt. These are, from left to right, Alnitak, Alnilam, and Mintaka. About 3.7° southwest of Alnitak is a fuzzy region you can see without any optical aid at all — that’s the nebula. It glows equivalent to a magnitude 4 star and actually covers a region of the sky about six times the width of the Full Moon in total. Binoculars or, even better, a telescope will reveal a wealth of detail, showing delicate structure in the gently glowing gas of the nebula. A telescope will clearly show the stars of the Trapezium Cluster — several young, bright, hot stars blasting out ultraviolet radiation, which is slowly eroding the nebula in which they sit. Can you make out a darker cavity around these stars, where the gas has already been blown away? Eventually, the Trapezium stars (and others you cannot see) will completely blow away their birthplace, leaving an open cluster like the Pleiades, the Hyades, or the Wild Duck.

Day by day, watch Jupiter close in on Mercury until they pass each other on March 5th.

Mercury, Jupiter, and Saturn lurk very low in bright dawn. But Jupiter and Saturn are getting a little higher and less difficult to see each morning, while Mercury maintains its altitude and brightness. Look very low in the east-southeast about 30 minutes before sunrise, as shown below. With the sky that bright, bring binoculars. Mercury remains about magnitude +0.3 this week. Saturn is magnitude +0.7, while Jupiter, though lower, is much brighter at mag –2.0.
Watch Jupiter close in on Mercury day by day. They reach conjunction, about 0.6° apart for North America, on the morning of March 5th.

Old Farmer’s Almanac NIGHT SKY MAP FOR FEBRUARY 2021: Orion – https://www.almanac.com/sky-map-february

Runic half-month of Teiwaz/Tyr, 2/27-3/13 This is a time of positive regulation, sacrifice and hard work in order to progress. 

Sun in Pisces

Moon in Sagittarius

Goddess Month of Moura, runs from 2/20-3/19
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17
Color – Purple
Harvest 3/5-6
©2021 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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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
Month: March
Color: Glass Green
Class: Cheiftain
Letter: N
Meaning: Locked into a chain of events; Feeling bound.

Ogam letter correspondences to study this month Oir – Spindle Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: White
Class: Peasant
Letter: TH, OI
Meaning: Finish obligations and tasks or your life cannot move forward.

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Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time     Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
F    5     High   4:33 AM     8.2   6:46 AM    Rise  1:07 AM      64
~     5      Low  11:42 AM     0.4   6:10 PM   Set 10:28 AM
~     5     High    6:05 PM     5.7
~     5      Low  11:15 PM     3.2

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Stop doubting yourself, work hard and make it happen.

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Journal Prompt – Favorites – What was your first favorite TV show?

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Quotes

~   As contagion of sickness makes sickness, contagion of trust can make trust. – Marianne Moore
~   There are two sides to every question. –  Protagoras
~   Be humble for you are made of earth. Be noble for you are made of stars. – Serbian Proverb
~   Patience is the companion of wisdom. – St. Augustine

The brown buds thicken on the trees,
Unbound, the free streams sing,
As March leads forth across the leas
The wild and windy spring. – Elizabeth Akers Allen (1832–1911)

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Ostara Magick – Lore

Ostara: March 22

Ostara is the virgin Goddess of spring. This holiday concerns the deity’s trip to the underworld, and their struggle to return from the Land of the Dead to Earth. When they accomplish this return, they have a life renewed.

The Church, trying to keep their holidays close to the Pagan holidays, assigned Easter to this time of the year. Like Easter, Ostara is a time to wear your new clothes. It was considered bad luck to wear anything new before Ostara, so the people would work through the winter in secret to make elegant clothes for the Sabbat celebration. The entire community would gather for games, feasting, and religious rituals while showing off their clothing.

The lamb was another symbol of Ostara, and was sacred to the Virgin Goddess of Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa. This symbol was so ingrained in the mindset of the people that it carried over to Passover and Easter.

The modern belief that eggs are delivered by a rabbit known as the Easter Bunny comes from the legend of the Goddess Eostre. So much did a lowly rabbit want to please the Goddess that he laid the sacred eggs in her honor, gaily decorated them, and humbly presented them to her. So pleased was she that she wished all humankind to share in her joy. In honor of her wishes, the rabbit went through the entire world and distributed these little decorated gifts of life. To make these eggs, boil a large handful of an herb or flower until the water is well colored. Place the water into a heat-resistant cup or bowl. Stir in a teaspoon of vinegar and a pinch of salt and allow soaking.

Ostara

 Date: Spring Equinox, usually March 20 or 21
 Symbols: Egg, Rabbit, Equilateral Cross, Butterfly
 Deities: Youthful Deities, Warriour Gods, Deities awakening to sexuality
 Colors: Pastels
 Herbs: celandine, cinquefoil, jasmine, rue, tansy, and violets may be burned; acorn, crocus, daffodil, dogwood, honesuckle, iris, lily, and strawberry may be decorations.

 *Modern Celtic Pagan practice has adopted Ostara whole-heartedly, and different Celtic traditions have different ways of observing this Sabbat. Primarily it is a night of balance in which night and day are equal, with the forces of light gaining power over the darknes. One tradition honors the God in his guise as a warrior on this date, while another views it as a time of the courtship between the God and Goddess, a relationship to be consummated at Beltaine.

Another Ostara custom of uncertain origin which has gained popularity in Celtic circles is that of awakening Mother Earth. The youngest person present is often asked to take a stick or wand and walk to the far northern point of the circle, the coldest compass point in the northen hemisphere, the place where the sun never travels, and tap on the ground three times. The youngest then entreats Mother Earth to “wake up”. In keeping with the Celtic beiefs about the sacredness of three times three, this gesture is repeated twice more. After this is done you may wish to evoke or invoke the Earth Mother and make her the center of your Ostara festivities, celebrating her presence as the embodiment of Spring. – *Taken from Celtic Myth and Magick – Edain McCoy

 *Here are a few suggestions for activities that may be part of the Sabbat celebration or something to do during the day:

 Make Hot Cross Buns to honor the union of the Earth and Sun for spring. Slash the 'X' with your bolline and bless the bread.

 Have a traditional breakfast of buns, ham, and eggs. Save the eggshells and after breakfast, throw the crushed eggshells into the garden and say: For fairy for flowers, for herbs in the bowers,
The shells pass fertility with springtime showers.
 Wear green clothing.
 
Bless seeds planted in the garden.

 Color hard-boiled eggs and add the symbols for the Fertility God, the Goddess, the Sun God, unity, fire, water, agriculture, prosperity and growth, strength and wisdom, spring, love and affection, and protection.

 Consecrate the eggs by saying:
In the name of the Goddess of spring (name),
And the ever-returning God of the sun, (name),
By the powers of the four elements - earth, air, fire, and water,
I do consecrate these eggs of Ostara.</p>

Point your athame at the eggs, make the sign of the pentagram, and see the energy flow through the blade into the eggs, and say:
New life within as new life shall enter the soil.
Let those who see this life find it and consume it,
for all life feeds on life.

The eggs may be hidden and the Ostara Egg Hunt commences.
 On Ostara Eve, light a purple or violet candle and burn patchouli incense. Carry them both through the house, saying:

Farewell to wintry spirits and friends;
On morrow we greet the spirits of spring;
Our blessings to thee as your way you wend;
And merry we’ll meet next winter again.

Blow out the candle and say:

Merry meet, merry part, and merry meet again!

*Activities from “Green Witchcraft” by Anne Moura (Aoumiel)

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Silliness – Things to Ponder Why is it that if someone tells you that there are 1 billion stars in the universe you will believe them, but if they tell you a wall has wet paint you will have to touch it to be sure?
If people from Poland are called “Poles,” why aren’t people from Holland called “Holes?”
“I am” is reportedly the shortest sentence in the English language. Could it be that “I Do,” is the longest sentence?
When cheese gets its picture taken, what does it say?
Last night I played a blank tape at full blast. The mime next door went nuts.
If a person with multiple personalities threatens suicide is that considered a hostage situation?
Just think how much deeper the ocean would be if sponges didn’t live there.
If a cow laughed, would milk come out her nose?
Whatever happened to Preparations A through G?

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