The clouds have mostly cleared off and it’s turned chilly. Lovely Moon! 37F, wind at 2-3mph and gusting, AQI 16-48, UV5. Chance of rain 6% today and 10% tonight. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY through 5pm. Today and tomorrow should be nice, temps in the upper 50’s, but Sunday is likely to be windy and damp. The should ease off on Monday and Tuesday through Friday should be dry. Saturday could see some showers, but it’s not a big chance. Out-wearing Old Man Winter!
Yesterday was very busy. We had a lot of customers, two of whom were here for almost an hour after closing. People were in from the Valley and one from CA, who hastened to tell me that she’s been vaccinated, since she’s a teacher.
I got the last of the smudge order priced and started back in on crystals, whomping through a lot of them before the end of the day. They have to sit until Tempus is ready to do backstock and then set them out and inventory again! Tempus worked on collapsing boxes, then hung the smudges, took an Ostara box for grandbaby to the PO and got back to work on the crystals backstock.
I got a shopping list together for Tempus and then took a long nap. He had headed for Newport before I woke, dropping off a care package for Sash, although he missed the goodie pile. No biggie, we’re going to see Sash on Tuesday. He got most of the stuff on the list, and the very important pork roast was right at the top of the list, plus my marzipan ingredients. Thankfully, the stuff is pretty simple: almond meal, conf. sugar and vanilla or rosewater or…. He also picked up some pistachios and filberts for making odd marzipans of… oh, dang, I forgot *peanuts*! At least those are easy to come by. One package is supposed to show up today and the other on Saturday.
Today I’m going to start the roast as soon as he gets home. It’s going in the crockpot with onion, mushroom and caraway. Very simple, but very tasty when it’s slow-cooked like that! We’ll be open at 1pm and he is going to have to work on backstock and then hit the PO again, late in the day. I have more of the shungite to get done, and more hearts for the case, plus some necklaces and then small things. …and more time needs to go in on the class handout. Busy!
Interesting article on bee-houses. – https://www.almanac.com/content/bee-houses-solitary-bees
Today’s Plant is the Strawberry. We have two wild varieties out here, Wood’s Strawberry, Fragaria vesca, the Coastal Strawberry, Fragaria chiloensis, and of course the Garden Strawberry, Fragaria × ananassa, Make a tea of the leaves to help with diarrhea and the whole plant is used as an anti-depressant, from flowers to leaves to fruit. – Feminine, Venus, Water, Freya (and many other deities) – Carry the leaves for luck, use them in love spells and sachets, sleep on them to dream of your love. Pregnant women should carry a sachet of the leaves during the last few months of pregnancy to ease labor. The berries themselves are simply an aphrodisiac, often combined with chocolate for this purpose. Yum! Wood’s Strawberry here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fragaria_vesca and Coastal Strawberry here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fragaria_chiloensis Garden Strawberry here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garden_strawberry
Today is one of only two “royalty” days in the US. Prince Kuhio was the heir to the throne of Hawaii and became the territorial delegate to Congress, authoring the first Statehood bill. On this day there is a lei draping of his statue, music, parades, and other kinds of fun, including craft shows. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prince_Kuhio_Day
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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. 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 11:48pm. Full Moon – The day of, the day before, and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 3/29 at 11:48pm.
Now that spring is under way, Orion has taken up his early-spring posture in the southwest during evening. He’s tipping westward, and his three-star Belt is turning horizontal. When does Orion’s Belt appear exactly horizontal? That depends on where you live east-west in your time zone, and on your latitude. How well can you time this event? If you’re near your time zone’s standard longitude, expect it around 8:40 this evening (daylight-saving time). . . more or less.
Venus is in superior conjunction at 3 A.M. EDT. Although it rises with the Sun and isn’t visible, several other planets are lined up for you to enjoy early this morning. An hour before sunrise, Saturn and Jupiter have cleared the horizon amid the stars of Capricornus. Saturn is higher (12°) but fainter (magnitude 0.6) than Jupiter (7°), which is magnitude –2.
Just 30 minutes before sunrise, Mercury — located in Aquarius — has cleared the horizon. It’s bright at magnitude –0.2 but difficult to make out in the growing twilight. The tiny planet sits just over 23° east of Jupiter; if you choose to find it with binoculars or a telescope, make sure to put your optics away several minutes before sunrise to avoid causing unintended damage to your eyes.
Mars (magnitude +1.2, in Taurus) shines high in the west after dark. Mars is nearly the twin of Aldebaran to its lower left, in both brightness and in color. Mars this week is passing north of Aldebaran, giving it a wide 7° berth for several days running. They’re closest (6.9°) on March 20th. In a telescope Mars is a mere 5½ arcseconds wide: a tiny bright blob too small for any surface detail.
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
F 26 Low 5:36 AM 2.2 7:07 AM Set 6:34 AM 88
~ 26 High 11:25 AM 7.7 7:37 PM Rise 5:16 PM
~ 26 Low 6:08 PM -0.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Let the truth shine through appearances.
~ The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education. – Albert Einstein
~ He was a man who could be both perfectly right and wholly wrong, but when he was wrong one respected him all the more, as a man who was seeking the essential things … – TS Eliot on Alfred Orage
~ He who waits upon fortune is never sure of dinner. – Benjamin Franklin
~ Revenge is a kind of wild justice, which the more man’s nature runs to, the more ought law to weed it out. – Francis Bacon; Of Revenge
Don’t say that spring has come until you can put your foot on nine daisies. – unknown
Magick – Crafts
Some of you may have made the muslin bags filled with Lavender buds to add to your clothes dryer. Here’s a little different twist. Use raw uncooked rice in the muslin bags. In a bowl add Lavender essential oil to the rice, stir and place in bags. You can also use handkerchiefs or other material. Just be sure to seal or tie it so you don’t end up with rice in your dryer. Brought to you by AromaThyme.com – http://www.aromathyme.com
Doorway Protection – To protect your house or a room
Tools: a besom or decorative broom – plain, or decorated with dried or silk flowers to match your decor or the current season; a nail or hook to put on a door to hold the besom
Hang the besom or broom on the back of the door and say: “As you hang upon my door,
Remember what a door is for
Letting in and keeping out
Is what a door is all about.
As we travel on our rounds,
Help us return safely to our grounds.
But whether we’re in or whether we’re out,
Please keep want and trouble out.”
Make the sign of the banishing pentagram on the inside of the door, and the sign of the invoking pentagram on the outside. ~MOONCRAFTS NEWSLETTER, GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives
While you’re on the beach this year pick up unusual pieces of driftwood. Add essential oils and use as decorations or as drawer fresheners, or even to toss on the fire. Any dried wood will soak up essential oils.
These also make good gifts for other witches, especially if you have oils that work for protection, for instance, or sight.
You can also tie onto them things like herbs and shells or other found objects, or even little medicine pouches.
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[Anja’s note – … and if you’re really lucky, you can find kelp bulbs to dry and make into rattles with small beach stones and your wood for a handle!]