Last Minus Tide of the cycle at 6:21 PM of -0.2 feet. The shop opens at 1pm. Winter hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Ken Gagne.
Partly cloudy and chilly. 37F, wind at 1-4 mph and gusting, AQI 13-40, UV2. Chance of rain 9% today and 10% tonight. Today should be sunny, tomorrow, cloudy but dry, Sunday, wet, Monday maybe showers and Tuesday dry again. After that, cloudy/showery, maybe.
I’m starting to wonder whether I picked up a flu of some kind. I did the body aches thing yesterday to the point where I down most of the day. I was up in the morning doing messages, but after that, even when we had the shop open, Tempus sent me back to the nap bed. I was also dealing with brain fog, really badly.
So Tempus minded the shop all day. He said we didn’t have all that many people in, but good sales, anyway, folks who had come out from the Valley just to shop here. That’s nice!
I managed to do a little embroidery in the evening, but otherwise I napped and read. I’m going straight back to bed as soon as I’m done here. I hope I’m in better shape today. I’ve got a lot to do.
Today’s Plant is the Buttercup that flourishes in my area in two types, Ranunculus bulbosus (sometimes called. St Anthony’s Turnip) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranunculus_bulbosus and Ranunculus repens, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranunculus_repens (called creeping buttercup or crowfoot) which is the variety in my garden. These are non-native plants and invasive, but not usually worried about too much, since they usually grow in grasslands and very poor soil, not suited for agriculture. Although the fresh plant is poisonous, the sap being used as a blistering agent for gout and rheumatism, the dried plant is safe for consumption. Tinctures of this plant have been used on shingles and infusions for “soremouth”. – Masculine, Mercury (Uranus), Fire– These are used in spells for tenacity & stubbornness, both to create and cure, and as a plant of fertility, possibly being the plant that the Flora gave Juno to use to get pregnant with Mars. Carry in sachets (dried flowers only) for fertility or the dried leaves for tenacity. This is also used for harmony and for Sight (and called Frog’s Foot) Use buttercup flower petals in magickal potpourris for spells regarding: divination, energy, innocence, prosperity, youth. Use buttercup in solar spells involving energy and prosperity.
Today’s feast is the Martyrdom of Hypatia. She was a woman who would become a target of anger that grew out of a civil/religious feud in Alexandria in the Nile Delta. Daughter of Theon, and a teacher trained in the philosophical schools of Plato and Plotinus, she was admired by most men for her dignity and virtue. Of the anger she provoked among Christians, Scholasticus writes, Hypatia ultimately fell “victim to the political jealousy which at the time prevailed”. Of course, to many of the People of the Book, a woman in her position, doing the things that she did at that time, was really wrong…. A lot of things have been made up about her, the idea of a woman single-handedly trying to save the “Library of Alexandria” being quite romantic, but those tales are general untrue. There is a Wiki article with more info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypatia and the movie “Agora” that came out a few years ago is reasonably accurate.
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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. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle – In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances. God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Outer Dark, psychopomps – Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris. Phase ends at 2:21am on 3/13.
Spot Arcturus, the Spring Star, very low in the east-northeast after nightfall and higher in the east later in the evening. By modern measurements Arcturus is visual magnitude –0.05, making it the fourth-brightest nighttime star. It’s bested only by Sirius, Canopus, and Alpha Centauri (counting the combined light of Alpha Cen A and B; they appear as one to the unaided eye). For northerners who can never see Canopus or Alpha Cen, Arcturus is bested by Sirius alone. However, Vega and Capella are very close on its heels.
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 – Pink
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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 12 High 12:07 AM 7.2 6:33 AM Rise 6:45 AM 2
~ 12 Low 5:54 AM 1.9 6:19 PM Set 5:42 PM
~ 12 High 11:44 AM 7.9
~ 12 Low 6:21 PM -0.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I am a woman..I am strong…
Journal Prompt – Schoolish Stuff – Imagine that you are an animal in a zoo. Write what thoughts and feelings you might have.
~ The Opposition crowd could not raffle a chook in a pub. – Paul Keating
~ To will is to have an unwavering purpose. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Don’t Panic. – Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
~ The principle saboteur, the man with the cheap fistful of dollars. – Paul Keating on John Howard
We like March, his shoes are purple
He is new and high;
Makes he mud for dog and peddler,
Makes he forest dry. – Emily Dickinson (1830–86)
Ostara Magick – Recipes
Leek soup – Recipe for Good Health 3/1/5
After a long winter, March is a good time to work a spell that will renew your health. As folk wisdom says:
Eat leeks in March and garlic in May;
And all the year after physicians may play.
Peel three potatoes and place them on a green cloth on your kitchen table. Consider three things you can do to improve your health. Carve on each potato symbols or words regarding your intention. Make a potato leek soup with your magical potatoes. Decorate the table in colors of green and white and a bouquet of daffodils.
4 cups sliced leeks
3 cups sliced potatoes
6 cups chicken broth
1 cup heavy cream
3 T. sherry
Combine potatoes, leeks and broth and cook for 20 minutes. Liquefy in a blender. Add cream, sherry, and chives and cook an additional 5 minutes without boiling, stirring constantly.
Egg Nest cookies – Chocolate, coconut and jellybeans make for great Easter cookies and bird nests They look like bird nests and with jelly beans inside, the kids will get a kick out of these Easter treats. One recipe will make more than 30 nests so this could feed a whole flock of guests. This is a sweet tweet you will want to use over and over again.
- 4 cups sweetened flake coconut
- 3 to 4 tablespoons mini chocolate chips
- 4 ounces (about 1/2 cup) mini jelly beans
- 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup butter or margarine, at room temperature
- 1 package (3 oz) cream cheese, at room temperature
- 3/4 cup packed light-brown sugar 1 egg yolk
- 1 teaspoon coconut extract
- Combine flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt in small bowl.
- Beat together butter, cream cheese and brown sugar in large bowl until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes.
- Beat in egg yolk and coconut extract.
- On low speed, gradually beat in flour mixture in 3 batches until well blended.
- Stir in 3 cups of the coconut.
- Cover bowl with plastic wrap; chill 1 hour until firm enough to handle.
- Spread remaining coconut on waxed paper.
- Heat oven to 350 degrees
- Using level tablespoon, shape dough into 1-inch balls; roll in remaining coconut.
- Place on ungreased baking sheet, spacing about 2 inches apart.
- Bake at 350 degrees in oven 10 to 15 minutes or until firm to touch.
- Cool on baking sheet or wire rack for 1 minute.
- Then press indentation into center of each cookie, using back of 1/2-teaspoon measuring spoon.
- Spoon about 1/4 teaspoon mini chocolate chips into each indentation.
- Top with 3 jellybeans to mimic eggs in the bird’s nest.
Orange Apricot Juice – http://autumnearthsong.com/2012/03/03/ostara-recipes-2012/
- 1 (12 ounce) can apricot nectar, chilled
- 1 1/2 cups orange juice, chilled
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
In a pitcher, combine apricot nectar, orange juice, and lemon juice. Serve chilled
*I would triple this at least!!
Silliness – For The Kids – Wizards – What do you call a wizard who’s black and blue all over? Bruce!