It’s just cloudy at the moment, but everything is wet. 40F, wind at 2-4mph and gusting, AQI 9-42 , UV5. Chance of rain 100% today and 51% tonight. There’s a SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY in effect from 5pm today through 6am on Monday. There’s a big spike in the chance of rain today, starting in the late afternoon with as much at 0.65 inches overnight. That big swirl offshore is gone. There’s one up in the Gulf of Alaska, that’s dragging rain up from south of us and another big one half-way between Hawaii and the Aleutians. Monday should be just showers and Tuesday we might even see some sun. There’s another big spike in the middle of the day on Wednesday that should give us up to 1/2 and inch, but that will taper of on Thursday and from then on could be dry, again!
Yesterday was a good example of the old chestnut about best-laid plans. I got up on time and went to my meeting. I ended up only needed for the first 1/2 hour, but got nabbed by some people who had questions about my embroidery and ended up doing an intense 1 1/2hour class that I wasn’t prepared for. By the time we were supposed to open the shop, I was exhausted. Tempus opened, I went in the back and crawled into the nap bed, only emerging at 6:30.
Obviously I didn’t get much done. There were a few shoppers in, but Tempus mostly worked on the crystals, although from the lack of large amounts of progress I expect he was napping behind his computer, some. 🙂
Tempus made a batch of bread in the early evening, fitted in around our very short Ostara ritual. Afterwards I spent some time on the computer work that I had planned and getting a *bunch* of pictures into the grandbaby pages… https://wp.me/P2xgQ8-bHO …heading over to writing as it got later. He took off just a bit after two and I’m still at it. I got an order placed for spell candles and tarot decks, too….and the WordPress changes meant that it took 1/2 an hour to set up the frame for this, and I will have to do the same for tomorrow’s, instead of copy/paste. This is *frustrating*! A couple of things changed back where I can re-size photos, but it’s spotty…. weird. Keep your fingers crossed that they’re fixing, not just meddling!
Today is our different day. We’ll have the shop open at 1pm. I’m going to have my embroidery at the computer desk and be online for a chunk of the afternoon, although I have some cooking to do, as well. I’m still trying to decide what to make, since the pears were the big experiment this week. Maybe I’ll just cook up a lot of chicken meat and figure out what to do with it later.
Today’s Plant is Cascade penstemon, or coast penstemon, Penstemon serrulatus. A member of the plantain family, this was used by the 1st nations peoples as a medicinal remedy for toothache. It’s common name, “Beardtongue” is because the flower appears to be sticking out it’s hairy tongue! It has a lovely flower, and is a semi-deciduous shrub, which usually is very short, unlike many shrubs. The tender shoots that the flowers grow on often get frost-nipped so only survive for a year or so, with the rest of the plant surviving below the level of surrounding plants, acting as a perennial ground-cover. –Feminine, Venus, Earth – Use for headaches, particularly headaches coming from tooth pain or infection by binding the herb with red wool and/or putting it into a red cloth pouch and bind to the head, or even put into your pillowcase at bedtime. You can put a leaf in your shoes to help with the effects of standing on them too long. Roots protect from snakebite and a bunch of the flowers will chase negativity away, particularly that coming from outside. Iow, it won’t do much for a bad mood…. More on Penstemon here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penstemon
Maslenitsa is a Slavic Feast. It literally means “Butter Woman”. Nowadays it is observed as part of the pre-Lent festivities, but it may originally have been just an end of winter feast like Caillach or some of the other more Western festivals, which is how it is celebrated with Rodnoveri. It’s a week of dairy products and pancakes! One of the odder ones to Western taste is a “red & black cake” which is several large pancakes stacked in layers with red and black caviar in individual layers, a cottage-type cheese in other layers, slathered with butter, and sliced like a layer cake. This is a totally different kind of pancake from our sweet ones! More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maslenitsa and here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kostroma_%28deity%29
Maslenitsa – Suhii (March) 21 – Maslenitsa is a very ancient festival, the holiday of the Spring Equinox and the end of the winter frosts. People enjoy themselves, engaging in much feasting, dancing, wearing of masks, playing on traditional musical instruments, and contests of strength, all to enact spring unbridled, in action and fighting. Traditional pastries are also baked, called blini (a type of potato pancake), to symbolize the sun.
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. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 3/21 at 7:40am. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 3/26 at 11:48.
First Quarter Moon occurs at 7:40 A.M. PDT. The Moon shines in the feet of Gemini, high above Orion in early evening.
The brightest asteroid, 4 Vesta, continues creeping across the rear flank of Leo this week at a binocular-easy magnitude 6.1. Use the finder chart with the article about Vesta in the March Sky & Telescope, page 48.
Although our satellite is quickly growing brighter night by night and washing out deep-sky objects, bright stars remain easy to spot and fun to observe. One such star is Alula Australis — a rapidly moving binary star system in Ursa Major the Great Bear. Also known as Xi (ξ) Ursae Majoris, the pair was first identified as a physically related duo (i.e., not just a visual pair) by William Herschel in 1780. (Stay tuned — Herschel will also feature later this week.) Nearly 50 years later, Xi became the first binary to have its orbit determined, thanks to French astronomer Felix Savary. Xi’s orbital period is about 60 years. That may seem long, but it still means the pair moves noticeably over the years. Amateur observers have long delighted in drawing the pair, then returning years later to see what change has wrought. First, find Xi by looking 1.3° south of Alula Borealis (Nu [ν] Ursae Majoris), often drawn as the Bear’s back foot. Through a telescope, you can split magnitude 3.8 Xi into a magnitude 4.3 primary and a magnitude 4.8 companion. Once you’ve found them, take a photo or make a sketch of the stars’ locations. Keep this safe — it will be your roadmap when you next return to see how much they’ve moved.
Jupiter and Saturn have been slowly emerging into dawn view for the last three weeks. Look low in the east-southeast about 50 or 40 minutes before your local sunrise time. Saturn is the higher of the two, but it’s much dimmer at magnitude +0.7. Jupiter shines at magnitude –2.0 (not counting the atmospheric extinction for something so low); look for it some 11° to Saturn’s lower left. That’s about a fist at arm’s length.
NIGHT SKY MAP FOR MARCH 2021: THE BIG DIPPER – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-march-big-dipper
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14. Fern (FAIR-n) Alder – The common alder (Alnus glutinosa (L.) Gaertner) is common along lowland rivers, where it grows with aspens, poplars, and willows. Like willows, alders sprout from stumps. This allows them to regenerate after heavy flooding. In protect sites they may grow to 20 m (65 feet) tall. Their leaves are more blunt-tipped than most North American alders, which look more like the grey alder (A. incana (L.) Moench). This species is more common in the mountains of Europe, and is not restricted to moist soils. Like ashes, European alders are not widely cultivated in North American (they are often sold as black alders), but several native species are. Alder wood is said to resist rotting when it is wet, and was the wood of choice for pilings in many regions. Alders are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae).
Fearn – Alder Ogam letter correspondences
Letter: F, V
Meaning: Help in making choices; spiritual guidance and protection.
Ogam letter correspondences to study this month – Ailim – Silver Fir
Color: Light Blue
Meaning: Learning from past mistakes; Take care in choices.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Su 21 High 5:57 AM 6.7 7:17 AM Set 3:01 AM 41
~ 21 Low 1:34 PM 1.2 7:30 PM Rise 11:44 AM
~ 21 High 8:29 PM 5.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Remember the blessings that come each day.
~ Obligation can pour a glass of milk, but quite often love will add a little chocolate. -Author Unknown
~ Washing machines break down only during the wash cycle. – Yeager’s Law, Corollary: All breakdowns occur on the plumber’s day off.
~ You should not confuse your career with your life. – Dave Barry
~ Being a Warrior is not about using your hands, it is about using your head. – Kerr Cuhulain
Would you think it? Spring has come,
Winter’s paid his passage home;
Packed his ice-box—gone—half way
To the arctic, they say. – –Christopher Cranch (1813–92)
Magick – The Breath of Life – ©2008 M. Bartlett
We don’t think about breathing much. Oh, sometimes when we’re working on meditation or yoga practices we might, but not usually. And yet…. Each breath we take includes all kinds of things along with the oxygen/carbon dioxide/nitrogen mix that we usually think of as “air”. According to Wikipedia this mixture is, “78.08% nitrogen, 20.95% oxygen, 0.93% argon, 0.038% carbon dioxide, trace amounts of other gases, and a variable amount (average around 1%) of water vapor.” This doesn’t count things that ride on air like scents or particulates.
Most of the time these other things are delightful, that scent of new-mown grass for instance….. There is the salt in the air by the ocean, the different ions in the air after rain (positive or negative, I can never remember….) the yeasty smell of baking bread or the yeast and hops combo of brewing beer, flowers, chicken broth, the scent of a warm-from-the-sun, freshly cut, fully ripe tomato.
Sometimes the scents are foul; sour milk, dog poo, purple sailors that have washed up on the beach, rotten meat. These scents tell us to get away from those things.
Air that is too hot can scorch the lungs and kill a person. Air that is too cold can freeze lung tissue. The smoke from housefires kills more people than the fires themselves and if you’ve ever gotten caught in the smoke from the field-burning in the valley, you know what I’m talking about.
Most of us pretty much take all this for granted. Some of us can’t.
I have allergies and sensitivities that don’t even come close to bothering other people. I’m not alone in this. About 10% of the population of the USA has some kind of problem that causes them trouble with breathing. For most of these, staying away from the allergen or taking antihistamines is sufficient to get by, but not for all.
We’ve all seen the people who have to tow oxygen tanks. A lot of those have heart problems, but some of them have lung problems which can be anything from emphysema to scarring from chemicals or pneumonia. …and for some, a breath of the wrong scent, allergen, particulate or chemical can be fatal.
For some who don’t tow oxygen tanks it can be fatal, too. For those people it doesn’t show that there’s a problem and most would rather not have people know, since it is a private issue and it’s embarrassing to have people hovering and feeling sorry for you.
I don’t talk about it much, but I’m one of those.
I’ve had a type of “stress asthma” (means bad response to cold temperatures) since I was in elementary school. In my 20’s and 30’s I had several bouts of pneumonia of various types that seriously scarred my lungs, plus one bad chemical burn from chlorine vapor. I have several chemical sensitivities that cause irritation. I have some pretty awful allergies to some widely varied triggers, many of which are airborne, and this has led to classic asthma. A lot of this comes from an inherited auto-immune disorder that used to kill off about ¾ of those who got it in their teens from “tuberculosis”. The miracles of modern medicine and treatments for a lot of the side-effects have kept me going and most of the time I’m pretty healthy…. But not this morning….
Some folks who are staying with me had no idea that they were going to trigger of an all-last-evening and all-night and still-this-morning series of asthma attacks. Between perfumes, perfumed shampoo and body wash, an incense that set off some allergies and put a lot of particulate into the air and the fact that they’re both smokers I still feel like I have a large gorilla sitting on my chest. My lungs are crackling and popping and I cough and cough and cough. Nothing stops it. I’ve had all my pills and inhalers and syrups and I’m still blue in the lips and white in the fingernails. I couldn’t sleep for coughing and so I’m sitting here drooping over the computer. They don’t even know what’s happened, because I went in my room to try to escape it last night, the worst happened during the night, and they’re not up yet this morning.
I’m not blaming them. How would they know? This isn’t something that folks talk about.
I’m not saying this to ask for sympathy, either. I’m telling you about it because I want people to think.
You know those signs in hospitals and doctor’s offices that ask you not to wear perfume? They’re not kidding. …and that goes for soaps, deodorants, shampoos and body wash scents that cling. Oh, yeah, those are wonderful, but when they’re in the air how can someone escape them? …and if you’re a smoker, have your fix, but then spend about 10 minutes or so airing out before you go near other folks so that the particulates leave your clothes. Watch where your smoke goes, too! I don’t know how many times I’ve gotten a face full from someone outside the entrance of a store, or someone who’s smoking on the sidewalk and it comes through the car window, or folks who smoke on the porch of the shop, not thinking about the fact that the smoke is coming into my store where I can’t get away. …and sometimes that has put me in the hospital….
…and with someone like me? I’m embarrassed as hell to even have to say anything. Most of the time I won’t. I don’t want to be fussed over or have people feel sorry for me or want any sympathy. I just want to live. I want to be able to take a deep breath when I want to. Right *now*, I just want to be able to breathe. One of these days I won’t be able to.
Don’t take breathing for granted. It’s a miracle. I know.
Silliness – Names and Puns
I Want to Help: Abel N. Willin
Smart Beer Making: Bud Wiser
Genie in a Bottle: Grant Wishes
Fifty Yards to the Outhouse: Willy Makit and Betty Woant
Tinseltown Tales: Holly Wood
Ready…Set…: Sadie Word
Raising Flowers By Hand: Flo Wrist
Skunks in the Shrubbery: P. Yew
I’m Fine: Howard Yu
The Dead Of Winter: Jan Yuary
Mensa Man: Gene Yuss
Tear Up Those Betting Slips: Lou Zerr
Hollywood Gossip: Phyllis Zinn
Mexican Revenge: Monty Zuma
The German Bank Robbery: Hans Zupp