2-2-2-2-2…. Odd date, that….
The shop is closed on Tue./Wed. Winter hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Jaroslav Gen.
[posting at 6pm] Rain gauge at noon on 2/21 – 0.4 in., “Partly cloudy”, but it’s been dripping upon occasion. There’s a big green blodge offshore again on the map, too! 41F, wind at 0-5mph and gusting into the teens, AQI 5 – 40, UV2. Chance of rain 4% today and 0% tonight. The main part of the forecast is for *cold*! Clear and sunny, today 41/23! Tomorrow 42/29, Thu 45/31. Fri (51-35) it’ll start warming back up and the clouds are rolling in. Showers from then on. 51/45….. 1 fire, 1 firespot.
Sunday night we took stuff home, but ate from things that were already there, (it was quicker!) then went splat. When Tempus took off for the paper run, I pulled stuff out, got pictures, ate a little, put it all away and took a book and embroidery to bed.
We were actually up on time and collected dirty dishes and other stuff and headed for the shop in bright sunshine…. which didn’t last, but sunbreaks came and went all day yesterday. I have sun in my eyes through the blinds in the more northerly string hole. I sat down with my writing and by 3pm I was done with the House stuff that was due, not the feast stuff, though, and went a checked my e-mail. I started on this around 4:30.
We had been kinda busy during the day. Several pairs and singles, a few family groups. One *big* sale of a book that was on the collector shelf! Mostly it was 25 cent herbs or $1 crystals, though. President’s Day, 3-day weekend… if this is any indication towards summer we might could have a good year.
Once this is out I’ll be back to books again. A few got set out yesterday, but only a few, but I’m taking a stack of books home to work on over the weekend again. I’m hoping we’re going to head home close to closing time….
Today we’re probably going to sleep in, at least a little, then get going on chores. There won’t be a newsletter on Wednesday, since I’m going to stay home, while Tempus does the bulk route and subscriber route. I’m hoping to get the sewing machine pulled out again. I’ve still got a lot to do with that.
Today’s plant is Nasturtium, Tropaeolum majus, (not watercress, which is true nasturtium). It’s certainly not native to the PNW, but grows well here. I love the brilliant oranges and yellows of the flowers. They’re yummy, too, with a slightly peppery taste, both leaf and flower and the seeds serve as a substitute for capers in pickles. The flowers stand for Victory in Battle, Patriotism and Affectation and are little used in magicks other than as symbols and foods for Ostara and Beltane celebrations because of their association with the Sun. They also can be used as a symbol for “sacrifice to the larger good” of soldiers, firemen and police, but are usually only seen at funerals in this context. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tropaeolum_majus
The Feast of the Perpendicular Sun happens twice a year in Egypt at the Tempus of Abu Simbel, built for Ramses II in the 13th century BCE. The aisle of the temple lights up with the sunrise until all the way at the back of the temple the Pharaoh’s particular gods are illuminated. This happens on Ramses birthday and the anniversary date of his ascent to the throne, iow 2/22 and 10/22. Because of the Aswan Dam, the temple was disassembled and moved to higher ground in the 60′s, but the dates are still good, because they worked really hard to make that happen. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abu_Simbel
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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 3/2 at 9:35am. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on at 2/23 at 2:32pm.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 22
With the Moon gone and Monoceros walking across the south behind Orion as if being led by a rope, now’s a fine time to trace out the Unicorn’s big, dim stick figure. Use the constellation chart in the center of the February or March Sky & Telescope. Many binocular starwatchers know about its distinctive star cluster NGC 2244, a boxy, rectangular pattern in the center of the vastly fainter Rosette Nebula. It’s right about where the Unicorn’s eye might be in his triangular head. The brightest stars of the pattern are 6th and 7th magnitude. Find it 10° to the celestial east-southeast of Betelgeuse. The elongated rectangle currently stands upright.
If you’ve got big binoculars or a small telescope, try next for the larger but fainter Christmas Tree Cluster, NGC 2264, at 15 Monocerotis: the 5th-magnitude star marking the tip of the Unicorn’s horn above the back of its head. The stars outlining the Christmas Tree are 7th and 8th magnitude. The tree currently hangs downward from its base, which is 15 Mon. See Matt Wedel’s Binocular Highlight column and map in the February Sky & Telescope, page 43.
Leo the Lion is now rising in the east as the Sun sinks below the horizon. As this great cat climbs the sky, you’ll easily pick out his brightest star, magnitude 1.4 Regulus. Some 150 times brighter than our Sun, this star shines at us from a mere 79 light-years away. Regulus also marks the base of a well-known asterism called the Sickle of Leo, which looks a bit like a large backwards question mark on the sky. To trace out this figure, move from Regulus about 5° due north to Eta (η) Leonis, the top of the Sickle’s handle. Then, move clockwise to connect Gamma (γ), Zeta (ζ), Mu (μ), and Epsilon (ϵ) Leonis. This asterism also outlines Leo’s head, which faces west on the sky as the Lion appears to sit in profile.
Jupiter is on its way out of the evening sky. Early in the week, you might try looking for it just over the west horizon a mere 15 or 20 minutes after sunset. Bring binoculars.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 23
Last Quarter Moon occurs at 2:32 P.M. PST. Rising half an hour after midnight, you’ll find our satellite floating at the border of Libra and Scorpius, sitting some 5° northwest of the Scorpion’s claws. A few hours later, the rest of the arachnid’s body has risen, and you can follow a line traveling southeast from the Moon through Delta (δ) and Pi (π) Scorpii to the bright red 1st-magnitude luminary Antares, often depicted as the heart of the Scorpion. Less than 1.5° to Antares’ west is the globular cluster M4, just at the edge of naked-eye visibility at magnitude 5.6 and best viewed with binoculars or a telescope, particularly with the still-lit Moon nearby.
Keep skimming southeast to see Scorpius’ long, curving tail, tipped by bright Shaula and Lesath, which form its stinger. To these stars’ upper left (northeast) are two open clusters of stars: 3rd-magnitude M7, 4.6° east-northeast of the stinger; and 4th-magnutude M6, 5° north-northeast of it. Both are visible with the naked eye under good conditions and can be seen easily with binoculars or any small scope.
By the beginning of dawn, the Moon and stars are higher in the south.
Saturn is hidden deep in the glow of dawn.
Runic half-month of Sowulo/ Sigel, 2/12-26 It represents the power of the force of good throughout the world and is the harbinger of victory and ascendancy over darkness..
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 22 High 3:56 AM 8.0 7:05 AM Set 10:02 AM 73
~ 22 Low 10:47 AM 1.0 5:55 PM
~ 22 High 4:49 PM 5.9
~ 22 Low 10:18 PM 2.5
W 23 High 4:41 AM 8.0 7:03 AM Rise 1:07 AM 63
~ 23 Low 11:54 AM 0.8 5:56 PM Set 10:34 AM
~ 23 High 6:12 PM 5.5
~ 23 Low 11:12 PM 3.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Do we take for granted? I would say a lot of people do. You have to love whats in front of you, and keep memories of the ones we have lost.
Journal Prompt – Auto-Biographical narrative – Tell about the kind of kids you hung out with as a kid.
~ Weep not that the world changes–did it keep A stable, changeless state, it were cause indeed to weep. – William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878) US poet and newspaper editor
~ By all these lovely tokens September days are here, With summer’s best of weather And autumn’s best of cheer. – Helen Hunt Jackson (1830-1885) US writer
~ What we call reality is an agreement that people have arrived at to make life more livable. – Louise Nevelson (1889-1988) Russian artist
~ Campaign behavior for wives: Always be on time. Do as little talking as humanly possible. Lean back in the parade car so everybody can see the president. – Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) US first lady (33)
She Walks in Beauty BY LORD BYRON (GEORGE GORDON)
She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes;
Thus mellowed to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.
One shade the more, one ray the less,
Had half impaired the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress,
Or softly lightens o’er her face;
Where thoughts serenely sweet express,
How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.
And on that cheek, and o’er that brow,
So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
But tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,
A heart whose love is innocent!
Ostara Magick – Craft – Egg-Shaped Chalk
Using our step-by-step instructions, create your own kid-friendly, egg-shaped chalk. With a bit of pretty packaging, they make great gifts, too.
DIY EggShaped Chalk & Crayons – April 1, 2011 – As fun to make as they are to use, homemade chalk and crayons are perfect for kids of all ages. Celebrate spring with colorful craft projects the whole family can enjoy by following our step-by-step instructions to mold your egg-shaped creations.
Any type of empty egg carton
Plastic eggs (larger sizes are best)
Plaster of Paris
- Remove the top of your egg carton so the bottom can be used to hold the two halves of each plastic egg. Place the two egg halves across from one another in the carton so they’re easy to pair later.
- Use your paintbrush to generously coat the inside of each egg with petroleum jelly. Applying this slippery substance will help you remove the dried chalk from its mold.
- Combine a 1/2 cup of plaster of Paris with a 1/4 cup of water in a disposable bowl and mix. This amount should be enough to create one large egg-shaped piece of chalk.
- For color, add one teaspoon of tempera paint and mix. To darken the color, try adding one drop of paint at a time until you’ve achieved your desired shade. Consider combining two separate colors to create two-toned eggs!
- Pour your mixture into the two egg halves, filling them to the top. (For two-toned eggs, pour a different color into each half). Once your bowl is empty, do not pour the remaining plaster into the sink because it can clog your drains when dried. Wait for your mixture to dry in the bowl, then throw the bowl away.
- Let the chalk mixture thicken in the mold for about 5-10 minutes, then snap the two halves together. Apply pressure to each end of the egg and shake to encourage the plaster to shape to the mold. Tapping the egg can also help with proper shaping.
- Set the eggs in your carton and allow them to dry overnight. When removing the eggs from their molds, use a plastic, disposable knife to wedge in-between the plastic egg halves if necessary. Once you’ve removed the eggs, they’re ready to go!
Crayons (broken or worn out pieces are encouraged)
Silicone or metal egg-shaped candy mold
Refrigerator or freezer
Safety First: While egg-shaped crayons are fun coloring materials for kids, adult supervision is strongly encouraged when crafting with hot wax.
- Purchase silicone or metal egg-shaped candy molds from a baking store, craft store or online. Other molds can also be used to create a variety of fun-shaped crayons, and a basic muffin pan is convenient for creating circles.
- Sort your crayons into the combinations you plan to melt—crayons will look best when similar shades are paired. Break the crayons up into small pieces, making sure to remove any paper. Line your molds with a non-stick spray, and carefully place each group of colors into a different mold, filling each to the top.
- Preheat your oven to 300º F, and place the egg-shaped candy molds into the oven for about 5 minutes. Once the wax has melted, remove your molds from the oven, set on a cooling surface, and add more crayons to each egg shape until it is once again filled to the top. Repeat this process until you’ve fully filled each egg mold with melted wax.
- Once the egg-shaped molds are filled, carefully remove your pan from the oven and allow it to cool for 20 minutes. For final cooling and forming, place the pan in your refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
- To reveal your vibrant coloring supplies, simply press against the silicone molds to pop out your egg-shaped crayons, or place your metal pan in the freezer until the crayons are easy to remove. Once finished, you’re ready to color and create!
Uses for Your Colorful Creations
- Place Settings: Host a spring celebration, and place an arrangement of chalk or crayon eggs at the kids table as part of a seasonal place setting. We love perching them in ceramic egg cups while including a paper tablecloth that kids can draw on.
- Gifts: Take a small basket or bowl and fill it with shreds of paper or craft moss to create a nest-like arrangement for your chalk, crayons or both. Treat your packaged eggs as spring holiday gifts, and consider placing them in homemade paper envelopes. Simply find a decorative patterned scrapbook paper, fold it in half, fold in the edges and use glue or ribbon to secure.
- Egg Hunt: Place your handmade creations inside plastic eggs, and hide them as part of an egg hunt.
- Play Date: Host craft time, and prop your eggs in an egg carton so kids can easily reach for their favorites as they color or draw on chalkboards.
- Chalkboard Surfaces: Use chalkboard paint to transform ordinary surfaces into crafty playgrounds for kids’ egg-shaped chalk. Our tips for using chalkboard paint are great for getting inspired.
Silliness – Sniglet – Any word which should be in the dictionary but isn’t. – motspur (MOT sper) – n. The pesky fourth wheel on a shopping cart that refuses to cooperate with the others.