It’s raining, but not too hard. Everything is glistening. It’s supposed to stop by mid-morning. We’ll see. 41F, wind at 3-8mph and gusting, AQI 1-42, UV3. Chance of rain 66% today and 50% tonight. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY through 10am. There’s some possibility of rain later today, but after that it should be dry into Sunday. The rest of the forecast says, “Showers”, but the possibility at any one time is less then 50%.
Yesterday was an intense day. I was writing furiously most of the day, and then horribly sleepy for the rest. I wanted to get to some more stock, but didn’t manage it. We did get the new pendants from Loryea and if you were waiting for one of the colored rhinestone pentacles, we have them! We also got more from that line and some repeats for the faster sellers. I’m going to try to get them into the display today.
We didn’t have a lot of people in. One lady surprised both of us because we didn’t hear the bell over the door! We had a total of 8 people all day, and when the rain really started in, they stopped completely.
Tempus was doing paperwork most of the day and paying bills. He finally got to the PO and then out to the park to drop off our application and then he rumpussed around getting the weekly trash out. We had some supper after we got home and I got a good long nap. He’s snoozing, now, while I’m doing this.
Today I’m hoping the laundry will finally get done! I have a stack of towels and other things in there and the pile is overflowing! …and plants…more on plants. Tonight is the bulk route and I might go with Tempus to do some grocery shopping. …or maybe not. I might just give him a list.
Today’s plant is Goldenrod, Solidago Canadensis. A good browse plant, although not shade-tolerant, it is one of the first plants to colonize burned-off areas. In Fukishima it has taken over the rice fields near the wrecked nuclear plant. – Feminine, Venus, Air – Wear a piece of goldenrod to see your future love. Hold a piece in the hand and it will direct you to things you’ve lost or buried treasure. If it blooms by your door without being planted, good fortune will follow. It’s also used in money spells and has the property of survival. Wiki article here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solidago_canadensis
Chotrul Duchen is one of four Tibetan Buddhist festivals that commemorate his life. It’s held around this time of year and features sculptured butter lamps, some of which are huge. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butter_Lamp_Festival and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butter_lamp and a bit about the offering and prayers here: http://bodhiactivity.wordpress.com/2011/05/28/lamp-offering-prayer/
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Love & Light,
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. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 3/11 at 2:21pm.
The triangle formed by Mercury, Jupiter, and Saturn last week has now flattened into a line in the early-morning sky. An hour before sunrise, Saturn and Jupiter are visible in Capricornus. A delicate crescent Moon sits 8° southwest of Saturn. (In less than 12 hours, at 6 P.M. EST, our satellite will pass 4° south of Saturn.) Saturn is roughly level with the Moon in altitude. To their east, Jupiter shines much brighter. Mercury, now 3.5° to Jupiter’s east, is just clearing the horizon. Give the smallest planet about 20 minutes to rise higher, then look with binoculars for its magnitude 0.1 glow about 3° high. The trio (and our Moon) will continue to rise as sunrise approaches, but make sure to abandon looking with optics several minutes before the break of dawn to avoid accidental damage to your eyes.
Bright Sirius, in the south these evenings, is the bottom star of the equilateral Winter Triangle. The other two stars of the Triangle are orange Betelgeuse to Sirius’s upper right (Orion’s shoulder) and Procyon to Sirius’s upper left. Using binoculars or a telescope at low power, examine the spot 4° south of Sirius (directly below it when near the meridian). Four degrees is somewhat less than the width of a typical binocular’s or finderscope’s field of view. Can you see a little patch of gray haze there? That’s the open star cluster M41, about 2,200 light-years away. Its total magnitude adds up to 5.0, not at all hard in binoculars and obvious in a telescope. Sirius, by comparison, is only 8.6 light-years away — and shines 400 times brighter.
Neptune is in conjunction with the Sun.
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.
NIGHT SKY MAP FOR MARCH 2021: THE BIG DIPPER – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-march-big-dipper
Goddess Month of Moura, runs from 2/20-3/19
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17
Color – Red
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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
Tu 9 Low 3:17 AM 3.5 6:39 AM Rise 5:11 AM 21
~ 9 High 9:05 AM 7.7 6:15 PM Set 2:16 PM
~ 9 Low 4:16 PM -0.2
~ 9 High 10:54 PM 6.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.
Journal Prompt – Friends – Anais Nin once said, “What I cannot love, I overlook. Is that real friendship?” What answer would you give to her?
~ They have no ideas, no integrity and no ability. – Paul Keating
~ No matter how dark the clouds may be, there is a clear sky just behind them. -unknown
~ Warriors identify the true nature of their problems and take responsibility for their solution. – Kerr Cuhulain
March borrowit from April
Three days, and they were ill:
The first was frost, the second was snaw,
The third was cauld as ever’t could blaw. –Scottish saying
Ostara Magick – Lore
Ostara Vernal Equinox – http://www.theurbanpagan.com/ostara.html
Ostara is celebrated on the Vernal (or Spring) Equinox. On the Equinox, day and night are the same length, marking the end of Winter and the first day of Spring. The earth is becoming green and birds are beginning to appear in greater abundance. Trees are in bud, foals and calves are being born, and early summer crops are sprouting or ready to be planted. This day is sometimes called Oestre, Oestar, the Hilaria, Feast of Cybele or Feast of Astatre. Sexual relations are common (but not mandatory) on the Vernal Equinox (as well as on Beltane).
Rebirth legends related to Spring abound in pre-christian mythology. One of the best known is the legend of Persephone (a Greek and Roman Grain Goddess), who must spend the winter in the underworld, but returns to the Earth every Spring.
Ostara is a day when the light and dark are in perfect balance. It is a day of potential, and will at least partly decide how the coming year will occur. It is a time of rebirth. You should take some sort of action on this day that is symbolic of what you intend to do for the rest of the year.
Traditions Practices, Decorations and Foods
The egg is a symbol of creation. It is also symbolic of the cycle of nature. Eggs have both God and Goddess aspects. The yellow yolk of the egg represents the Sun God, while the creative or birthing aspect of the egg represents the Mother Goddess. Thus, the egg is a symbol of both creating and balance, and is well suited to the celebration of the Equinox.
Ostara Traditions involving eggs include collecting wild eggs, dying and painting eggs, creating crafts from egg shells, gifting eggs, and burying eggs in the earth to increase the fertility of the land.
Lambs and Rabbits
Rabbits are sacred to the goddess Eostre (Saxon Goddess of spring) and are a symbol of fertility. The lamb represents purity and potential, and is used in almost all Spring Festival traditions. Unlike many other Sabbats, these two animals are generally not eaten, but are celebrated for their future potential.
It is a very old tradition to gather wildflowers on the first day of spring. These can be for magic use, edible flowers for feasting, divinatory, or purely decorative. Gifts of flowers are also traditional. Some traditions will use flowers gathered today to create the May Queen’s crown (a Beltane tradition).
Just as with flowers, gathering herbs is traditional on the Equinox. Some pagan traditions require that all magical herbs used throughout the year be gathered today.
Seeds, Sprouts, Leafy Greens, and Edible Flowers
Traditional foods on Ostara include seeds of all sorts, greens and sprouts, and edible flowers; in short, the types of foods that were not often available in the deep winter. Salads, herb cakes, seed cakes and other fresh foods should be eaten today.
Ostara and Easter
It is common for those who do not believe in Paganism to comment that Pagan Vernal Equinox traditions bear a strong resemblance to the Christian and secular celebrations of Easter. This is true: like many Christian holidays, the traditions of Easter are draw from pre-christian Pagan beliefs. The early Christian church, in order to make the conversion of “heathens” easier, would often study the Pagan traditions of the land they were expanding into and adapt those traditions to reflect the life of Jesus.
The strongest surviving traditions are the resurrection of the eternal God at Easter (Ostara) and the birth of the child God at Christmas (Yule) Ostara traditions adopted by the early Christian church include, but are not limited to the coloring and sharing of eggs, the collecting wildflowers, and the use of the lamb and rabbit as symbols of their celebrations.
Silliness – Cute Dog Quotes
The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue. – Anonymous
Don’t accept your dog’s admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful. – Ann Landers
If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went. – Will Rogers
A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself. – Josh Billings
The average dog is a nicer person than the average person. – Andy Rooney
I wonder if other dogs think poodles are members of a weird religious cult. – Rita Rudner
A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before lying down. – Robert Benchley
Anybody who doesn’t know what soap tastes like never washed a dog. – Franklin P. Jones
If your dog is fat, you aren’t getting enough exercise. – Unknown
My dog is worried about the economy because Alpo is up to $3.00 a can. That’s almost $21.00 in dog money. – Joe Weinstein
Ever consider what our dogs must think of us? I mean, here we come back from a grocery store with the most amazing haul — chicken, pork, half a cow. They must think we’re the greatest hunters on earth! – Anne Tyler
Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea. – Robert A. Heinlein
You can say any foolish thing to a dog, and the dog will give you a look hat says, ‘Wow, you’re right! I never would’ve thought of that!’ – Dave Barry
If you think dogs can’t count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then give him only two of them. – Phil Pastoret