The shop opens at 1pm. Winter hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Ken Gagne.
Much warmer than it’s been at night and definitely looking at rain this morning. The air tastes like it. 50F, wind at 3-8mph and gusting, AQI 10-44, UV2. Chance of rain 24% today and 32% tonight. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY through 9am on Monday. Definite rain and some wind today, but it’ll start slacking off in the afternoon. Tomorrow might be showery, but then two dry days. After that it’s all rain and showers again.
Yesterday….where did it go? I know I was busy, but…. I guess I was doing headers and pentacles and just didn’t pay attention? We had customers in, one who her husband promised to bring in and she was just ecstatic over the shop. Another had been in once before, but she needed some fertility charm advice.
It’s already 4:15. Lost that extra hour. Tempus didn’t run out the door until past 3, of course. I’d better get this done.
Today I’m teaching a class at 2pm. I hope that it’s not going to be a problem. I wish I had thought, earlier. I wanted to do it back on the work table, but didn’t think of it in time. Too much to move. Oi… The shop will be open. I just have to hope that I have it together better than I think I do….
Today’s plant is the Fly Agaric, Amanita Muscaria, the “toadstool” of fairy tales. It’s easily recognizable with its bright red and white cap. Poisonous and hallucinogenic, it’s a favorite of the weirder Fae and a common decoration for Yule trees….for which a lot of people have come up with odd reasons. It probably is an ancient enough association with the time of year that people have forgotten, but there may be a connection through reindeer, shamanism and Odin to Santa Claus and the other gifting deities…. you *can* use the dried mushroom in amulets for vision quests, just don’t eat the darned thing! More here: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Amanita_muscaria
Pi Day is observed on 3/14. In 2015 Pi Day had special significance on 3/14/15 (mm/dd/yy date format) at 9:26:53 a.m. and also at p.m., with the date and time representing the first 10 digits of π. Lots of events on this day are because of the Pi/Pie homophone. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pi_Day
The Mamuralia was an ancient Roman Feast representing the transition from the old to the new year. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mamuralia The story goes that Mamurius was commissioned by the rulers of Rome to make 11 exact replicas of the shield of Mars that had fallen from the sky. He did and asked to be remembered in a hymn that was sung on this day for centuries….
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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 3/28 at 11:48am. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends at 2:21pm on 3/14. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 3/17 at 2:21pm.
Daylight saving time begins this morning at 2 A.M. local time, meaning that instead of striking 2 A.M., your clock will skip right from 1:59 A.M. standard time to 3 A.M. DST.
Return to that triangle of Adhara, Wezen, and Aludra — the hindquarters of Canis Major i.e. the handle area of the Meat Cleaver — lower left of Sirius. Just left or upper left of that triangle, forming a 3rd- and 4th-magnitude arc, are the three uppermost stars of the constellation Puppis. No, it’s not a puppy, despite following right behind the Big Dog. It’s the Poop Deck (stern) of the giant ancient constellation Argo Navis, the ship of Jason and the Argonauts. These three are the only stars of Argo that are readily visible naked-eye from mid-northern latitudes. Just 1.4° upper right of the middle of the three, binoculars on a dark night will show the 6th-magnitude open cluster M93. It’s elongated east-west.
The brightest asteroid, 4 Vesta, creeps in eastern Leo at a binocular-easy magnitude 5.9. 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.”
Saturn now rises by 5:20 A.M. local time, with Jupiter following half an hour later. Mercury rises around 6:20 A.M. local time, giving you far less time to spot the speedy planet than earlier this month. It’s now a bright magnitude 0, but only 3° high by 6:40 A.M. The tiny world lies in Aquarius, just over the border from Capricornus, where you’ll find the gas giants higher in the sky. By this time, few stars remain visible in the growing twilight. Only the brightest still peek out, including Altair, Deneb, and Vega — the familiar Summer Triangle’s bright points.
Venus is out of sight in conjunction with the Sun.
Runic half-month of Berkana/ Beorc, 3/14-29 Half-month ruled by the goddess of the birch tree; a time of purification for rebirth and new beginnings.
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
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn Alder Mar 18 – Apr 14
Color – Yellow
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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 14 High 1:07 AM 7.5 7:29 AM Rise 8:28 AM 0
~ 14 Low 8:11 AM 1.2 7:21 PM Set 8:51 PM
~ 14 High 2:05 PM 7.5
~ 14 Low 8:25 PM 0.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Count Your Blessings. Once You realize how valuable You are and how much You have going for You, the Smiles will return, the Sun will break out, the Music will play, and You will finally be able to move forward with Grace, Strength, Courage, and Confidence. So, Count Your Blessings, dear Friend. Make a Gratitude list. You have thousands of Reasons to be Thankful…
Journal Prompt – Friends – Who is a friend you haven’t seen for a long time but would like to see?
~ If you want to know what the word of “God” is, sit down and listen. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ The Leader of the Opposition is more to be pitied than despised, the poor old thing. The Liberal Party ought to put him down like a faithful dog because he is of no use to it and of no use to the nation. – Paul Keating on Andrew Peacock
~ Love is to the heart what the summer is to the farmer’s year–it brings to harvest all the loveliest flowers of the soul. – Unknown
~ Humility is a virtue; timidity is a disease. – Jim Rohn
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 – Crafts
Pysanky Krashanky: Easter Eggs – The ancient story of how good overcomes evil – From Ukrainian Soul Food, Baba Raisha
Pysanky is Ukrainian tradition many thousand year old. Is woman sacred obligation to write blessing on egg every year. She then give away as many as possible.
This not ritual like some kind weirdo modern thing these people make up who dancing with crystal on head and moaning in park. One day they Greek god, next day they some kind rootsy-tootsy Gypsy. Only can’t sing.
They should try keep up dancing, singing with me and other women at Ukrainian festival. They think they New Age. Ha! I show them Old Age.
Listen and Baba will tell you pysanka story. You have my permission read this to children. Is good for them understand how to fight evil.
Is terrible monster live deep in cave. Probably more ice cold bunker like Hitler have, only near Kremlin. He chain to rock since beginning of time. This monster look like cross between that Bugs Bunny Tasmanian Devil and politician who have fierce orange eye so close together, look like only one in middle forehead. You know who I mean. Eye is narrow like mind, so you can always tell. If you follow this voting advice, you never wrong. No, eye can’t be orange. This is color of Ukrainian liberation. Correction. Eye is Soviet red. Also, monster is little bit too hairy to be normal. This not always true for politician, good or bad. Use your discrimination.
Monster have ear that hang low, pimple on thigh and bad breath. He film himself for YouTube.
He is guard by three goddess call Zorya, or stars. They is goddess of dawn, goddess of dusk and goddess of midnight. They also decide people fate.
Every spring, ugly monster send out demon into four corner of earth. They scout to see if people still loving each other, still writing blessing on egg and giving them away. If so, monster sad. He stay chain to rock another year.
If we stop writing blessing on egg, happy monster break chain and pow! He fly loose with demon and destroy whole world.
This why egg written with symbol for all sort of good life thing: sun, animal, plant, cross of four direction, vine and Baba Spider, she who weave Universe.
Why egg? Is eternal shape of cosmos and sun. Tell us life continue always and that monster never going to win. But we have to fulfill sacred obligation to planet and our Creator.
When you making pysanky, you blow out inside for amulet against evil. If someone wishing for baby, you leave yolk inside. Never boil egg. Inside must stay alive. You don’t want to eat what come out when you blow. Will have dye in white and yolk, so can be toxic. If you draw ancient spiral shape on egg, spiral will trap evil and not allow to escape.
I know you going to run to Internet to find out how to make these beautiful egg. Is better if you find Ukrainian Baba at cultural centre or church who show you how to make. Is also meditation that go with this. You supposed to meditate for whole day on blessing before starting to write on egg. Also not fight with no one for this time. Baba have to admit, sometime she fail this spiritual test.
These women who make so beautiful pysanky not allow to do this any other time of year except for one month before Easter. This add to spiritual power of egg. Over lifetime, a woman pysanky get a little better each year. Is good reminder that her ovary and uterus important, too. Is not just thing for childbearing, then throw away. Egg shape is eternal also inside woman.
Symbols for Pysanky –
Silliness – Quick Kitty – Q: What is another way to describe a cat? A: A heat seeking missile!