The shop opens at 1pm.Winter hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Jeff Nycum.
It’s showering again and the weather map is solid green. The sunshine yesterday was a nice surprise! 41F, wind at 1-11mph and gusting, AQI 7-43, UV3. Chance of rain 49% today and 7% tonight. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY through 4pm. The showers are going to come and go tonight, but by mid-morning should be gone. On Monday and Tuesday there’s only a 50% chance and then we have three days of dry and then three days of showers again.
Yesterday I worked steadily. I wrote from when I got up around 8 until 10:30, when I got a nap, then worked on inventory, bagging crystals (over 200 of them!), printing tags, getting labels on things. It just took all day. Tempus was finishing up the candle aisle. I have to fine tune things, but he’s got everything back on the table and out of the way.
We had a number of people in shopping. Tempus sold one of his sundials and I got to realizing that I need to make more bookmarks. We had people from Seattle and Idaho, as well as Portland and Eugene. At least everyone was masked!
In the evening we made pork chops and mashed potatoes for supper and I did up a pear and apple mush for dessert. We finally opened my birthday bottle of plum wine, too. It’s delicious! We get it at Mai’s Asian Market in Newport.
Today I have laminating to do. There are several baskets ready to go, except for the tags. We’re also hoping to get around the corner in where the reading desk used to be, so I can get some time in with those plants. It’s also our “different day”. I have embroidery to work on and Tempus has bone needles to do.
Luffa (or loofah, luffa aegyptica or luffa acutangula) is an odd sort of plant, rather like a cucumber in that it’s a long, green vegetable with the flesh on the outside and a core full of seeds. They’re even edible, if a little bitter, when young. The biggest difference is that they grow a fibrous frame that has been used for a long time as a “vegetable sponge”, wherever they grow, and are particularly good for scrubbing scratchable dishes, counters and glassware. They’re used a lot in Chinese medicine, and the juice is a remedy for jaundice. – Feminine, Moon, Water – Their magicks include helping with rheumatism and arthritis, detoxing, especially the liver, and with acne and scarring. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luffa
Well, this one floored me. I had never heard about a Roman god whose name was Vejovis! No one knows a lot about him, but there was a temple to him in Rome. He may have come from an older Etruscan god, but was said to have been the first god born and was sacrificed to to avoid plagues. Sounds like we could use his help! More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vejovis
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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 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.
The brightest asteroid, 4 Vesta, is just past opposition in Leo and shining at a binocular-easy magnitude 5.8. Use the finder chart with the article about Vesta in the March Sky & Telescope, page 48. If you were to swap Vesta in for our Moon, “the asteroid would look like a baby white potato with an apparent diameter of 4.7 arcminutes, about half the width of the Moon’s Mare Imbrium. But Vesta would look spotlight-bright because it’s nearly four times as reflective as our satellite neighbor.” Asteroid 4 Vesta continues to delight, moving slowly through the hindquarters of Leo the Lion. You can find the tiny world tonight just over 1° north of magnitude 3.3 Chertan, which, together with Zosma (magnitude 2.6) and Denebola (magnitude 2.1), forms a right triangle on the sky. Binoculars should easily show the magnitude 6 main-belt asteroid, even from areas with mild to moderate light pollution.
If your sky is a bit darker or you’ve got a bit more aperture at your disposal, Vesta is also near the famous Leo Triplet of galaxies: NGC 3628, M65, and M66. These three spirals are all around magnitude 10 and sit about 2.5° southeast of Chertan, roughly halfway on a line drawn between Chertan and 4th-magnitude Iota (ι) Leonis.
Mars (magnitude +1.0, in Taurus) passes the Pleiades early this week, as shown at the top of this page. Look high in the west in early evening. Left of Mars shines Aldebaran, essentially the twin of Mars in brightness now and very nearly so in color. Their separation shrinks from 11° to 9° this week. They’ll be passing 7° apart at the turn of spring on March 20th. In a telescope Mars is a mere 6 arcseconds wide: a tiny bright blob.
Old Farmer’s Almanac NIGHT SKY MAP FOR FEBRUARY 2021: Orion – https://www.almanac.com/sky-map-february
Goddess Month of Moura, runs from 2/20-3/19
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17
Color – Gold
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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
Su 7 Low 12:32 AM 3.6 6:42 AM Rise 3:27 AM 42
~ 7 High 6:40 AM 7.7 6:12 PM Set 12:07 PM
~ 7 Low 2:11 PM 0.3
~ 7 High 9:03 PM 5.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Be anything but predictable.
Journal Prompt – Auto-Biographical narrative – Tell about a time you got in trouble at school.
~ Those opposite could not operate a tart shop. – Paul Keating
~ Right action is about making a new start to bring about a new ending to make your ancestors proud. Kerr Cuhulain
~ Teach kids to become better not bitter through challenge. – Unknown
~ Anyone who says sunshine brings happiness has never danced in the rain. – Author Unknown
Over the land freckled with snow half-thawed
The speculating rooks at their nests cawed
And saw from elm-tops, delicate as flowers of grass,
What we below could not see, Winter pass. – –Edward Thomas, “Thaw” (1878–1917)
Ostara Magick – The Lesser Banishing of the Chocolate Bunny
For this ritual, you’ll need the following:
- A bag of jellybeans (or single serving bags of Jelly Bellies)
- A chocolate rabbit for each participant
- Marshmallow Peeps (bunnies & chicks both) & small chocolate eggs
- it’s probably a good idea to limit the candies on the altar to just two or three of each, per person.
- A glass of milk for each participant (maybe)
- Standard ritual supplies
Arrange your ritual supplies on your altar so they look pretty. The chocolate rabbits usually end up in the center, surrounded by several rings of jellybeans.
Open the ritual as usual. You might think about calling upon Eostre, Druantia, Narcisssus or some of the various child god/desses.
Work of the Night
First, give everyone present a handful of jellybeans. “Behold, little jelly eggs, small symbols of the season, How we adore you!”
Going around the circle each person picks a color and all present name color correspondences. As you call out each one, eat the jellybeans in that color. Feel free to be a bit goofy. Say something like:
Green is for the grass that springs from the land! (eat all the green jellybeans)
Yellow is for the sun shining above our heads! (eat all your yellow jellybeans)
Red is for the tulips that grow in our garden! (eat your red jellybeans)
Pink is for Aunt Martha’s new Easter hat! (eat your pink jellybeans)
Purple is for the crocuses that sprout along our driveway! (eat the purple ones)…
When they’re all gone, call out: Hail! Hail! to the mighty jelly bean of Spring!
Next, hand out the marshmallow Peeps & chocolate eggs. As you do, say:
Behold the Peep! The Peep is life, brought back in the spring!
Little Peep chickens, we honor you! (eat the Peep chicks)
Little Peep bunnies, we honor you! (eat the Peep bunnies)…
Behold the Egg! Sprouting from nowhere, it seems, you take on the colors of the flowers to bring us joy.
Eggs! We honor you! (eat some eggs)
Continue this until the Peeps & eggs are all gone. When the Peeps have all vanished, call out:
Hail! Hail! to the mighty Peeps & Eggs of Spring!
Distribute the chocolate rabbits. Say:
Behold the great chocolate rabbit!
As he hops through the land, he spreads joy and happiness!
“What is it that each part of the rabbit represents:” (Go around the Circle)
O, how we adore the chocolate rabbit and his great big chocolate ears! (Eat the ears)
Praise the chocolate rabbit, and his delicious chocolate tail! (Eat the tail)
Honor this chocolate rabbit, and his chocolate hoppity legs! (eat the legs)
He is a wonderful rabbit, and he is special indeed! (Chomp more)
Hail! Hail! to the mighty chocolate rabbit of Spring! (Finish him off)
Great Rite with wine and bread bits (takes away the over-sweet feeling)
“To the jelly beans!
To the chocolate rabbit!
To the Bread and the Wine
We drink in your honor!
Close the ritual in the usual manner.
Silliness – Topless Chicks