Daily Stuff 2-26-22 Nabonassar

Hi, folks!

First Minus Tide of the cycle at 3:31 PM of -0.3 feet. The shop opens at 1pm. Winter hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Ken Gagne. Sewing Workshop at 3pm.

Parents are putting blood-type stickers on their children… <sobbing> 

 [posting at 7pm] Rain gauge at noon on 2/25 – Trace. Mostly clear, 43F, wind at 0-5mph and gusting, AQI 17-39, UV2. Chance of rain 84% today and 73% tonight. BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT for sneaker waves from Sat. aft. through Sun aft. Chance of showers and then rain starting at noon today (51-45). Sunday (51-50), good chance of showers all day. accum 3/4 inch. Monday stormy (54/48) wind up to 30 and gusting. 1 1/2 inches accum. Tues/Wed (52/45) Rain, 1 1/2 inch. Thu/Fri (47/40) maybe an 1/2 inch, the back to partly cloudy. 10 firespots.

When we got home Thursday night I went right to bed. Tempus rested a little, then went out and did the bulk route, only to discover that he didn’t have his cell phone. He drove back to the shop to get it, and didn’t find it there, although he did discover my embroidery pouch that got left behind, so he brought that home and thank goodness there was the phone on his chair! I must have been asleep, but I never heard anything, only discovered the pouch in my basket where I *knew* it hadn’t been. I had been up from about 10:30 to midnight and then from about 3-4:30. Bit of a shock to see it!

His comment in the morning? “Well, you’re a witch and there are fairies and domovoi and all around….” My comment back was, “….and minions….” 🙂 He’s wearing his, “no pants, no problem” shirt. 🙂

According to the phone company sign it was 60F when we walked in this morning. We actually had the doors open for a bit and left the back door open most of the day. One of the suppliers that I wasn’t happy with stopped by and we discussed what my problems were with his stuff and how I had solved those problems with a different supplier. He likes the Clearing incense.

Creeping jenny

Linda stopped by and got a couple of books. We had several other people in shopping. Tempus and I were trying to get books put away and are having trouble because some of the sections have vanished…. labels and all. Did we start that last fall? Neither one of us remember! So we’re going to do book inventory.


Tempus had some errands to run and both of us had online things to do. He’s working on a medical issue at the moment, needing appointments and such. Evening was supposed to be sewing on the machine after some supper.

Today is more of the same… more books…more sewing…. get ready for the kids…. Sewing Workshop at 3pm is ByoP (bring your own project) although if the folks requesting blackwork class or magickal embroidery class ask, that can be done.


A Ken Gagne photo taken on 2/26/15 in the morning up the Yachats River Valley.


Today’s plant is Anthurium. This is a genus of about 1000 species of flowering plants, the largest genus of the arum family, Araceae. The most common names for this plant that is beloved by florists include anthurium, tailflower, flamingo flower, and laceleaf. The genus is native to the Americas, where it is distributed from northern Mexico to northern Argentina and parts of the Caribbean. – Masculine, Fire, Vesta & Mars – Correspondences are for bringing love and beauty to the home, hearth fires and passion. Great handfasting plant! More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthurium

feast 0226 Striding_Lion

On this date in 747BCE Nabonassar began the habit of keeping chronologically precise historical records, at least according to Ptolemy. There were precedents, isolated sets of records, but he came up with a system of calendar dates that could be calculated accurately enough to keep astronomical events dated properly. This is what actually gave the Babylonians that reputation of being awesome astronomers. Astrology, as practiced since the late Middle Ages, is based on the Babylonian record-keeping methods. More on Nabonassar here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nabonassar and Babylonian astrology here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babylonian_astrology

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Love & Light,


Today’s Astro & Calendar

Moon in Capricorn

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. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 2/28 at 9:35pm.

By now the waning Moon has made its way around the sky to Venus and Mars, low at dawn.

Venus and much fainter Mars continue in the early dawn. Look southeast.

The Moon reaches perigee — the closest point to Earth in its orbit — at 5:25 P.M. EST. Our satellite will then sit 228,533 miles (367,788 kilometers) away.

Tonight, we look to Cassiopeia the Queen after sunset to catch a glimpse of the open star cluster M103. Discovered not by Messier but by his colleague Pierre Méchain, this young cluster of stars glows softly at magnitude 7.4 and spans about 6′ from its position roughly 1° northeast of Ruchbah (Delta [δ] Cassiopeiae). Although too faint to see unaided, M103 is easy to observe with binoculars or any small scope. Many skygazers think it resembles a small fan or arrowhead of stars, tipped with the triple star Struve 131. This system is not, however, associated with the cluster, and merely lies in the same field. And if you’re an astrophotographer, this is definitely a target not to be missed: In photos, the cluster’s single red giant star suddenly pops out to shows its colors.

This is a fine week to look for the zodiacal light if you live in the mid-northern latitudes, now that the evening sky is moonless and the ecliptic is tilting high upward from the western horizon at nightfall. From a clear, clean, dark site, look west at the very end of twilight for a vague but huge, tall pyramid of pearly light. It’s rather narrow, tilted to the left, and aligned along the constellations of the zodiac. What you’re seeing is sunlit interplanetary dust orbiting the Sun near the ecliptic plane.

Down the middle – Ceres threads between the Pleiades and Hyades this month, heading steadily to the northeast each night. – Astronomy: Roen Kelly

Today, let’s turn our gaze toward Taurus the Bull, already high in the southwest after sunset. It should be easy to find the Pleiades (M45), a sparking, small dipper-shaped cluster of stars in the northwestern portion of the constellation. Dwarf planet 1 Ceres, the ruler of the asteroid belt, sits about 4.8° southeast of the Pleiades tonight, traveling northeast as the hours tick by. Today through the 28th, see if you can record the small world’s motion by comparing its position with nearby 37 Tau, which shines at magnitude 4.3 (compared with Ceres’ magnitude 8.5 glow). You should be able to spot movement after just two hours or so, but the more time you let elapse between subsequent observations, the more you’ll notice this distant world’s movement relative to the background stars.

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. 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.

Sun in Pisces

Goddess Month of of Moura, runs from 2/20-3/19
Celtic Tree Month of
Nuin/Nion  Ash  Feb 18Mar 17
Color – Grey
Planting 2/26-8
©2022 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


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
Month: March
Color: Glass Green
Class: Cheiftain
Letter: N
Meaning: Locked into a chain of events; Feeling bound.

Ogam letter correspondences to study this month Oir – Spindle Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: White
Class: Peasant
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

Sa  26      Low   1:57 AM     3.8   6:58 AM    Rise  4:43 AM      29
~    26     High   8:00 AM     8.1   6:00 PM     Set  1:10 PM
~    26      Low   3:31 PM    -0.3
~    26     High  10:19 PM     6.2


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Some folks wear their halos much too tight…


Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – Truth may be stretched but cannot be broken. ‘It always gets above falsehood as oil does above water. — Miguel de Cervantes



~   Open to me, so that I may open. Provide me your inspiration So that I might see mine. – Rumi
~   Drag your thoughts away from your troubles…by the ears, by the heels, or any other way you can manage it. – Mark Twain
~   Finishing a book is just like you took a child out in the back yard and shot it. – Truman Capote (1924-1984) US writer
~   Knighthood is not an order of merit, it is a way of life, and its hallmark is sincerity. – Kerr Cuhulain

The birds have vanished down the sky.
Now the last cloud drains away.
We sit together, the mountain and me,
until only the mountain remains. – –Li Bai (701–762)


Ostara Magick – Crafts

How To Make Magical Crystal Ostara Eggs Patti Wigington, Paganism/Wicca Expert

This is a neat craft project you can make before Ostara. Hide these eggs for your kids to find, and then when they crack them open, they can find the treasure hidden inside!

You’ll need:

  • 1 C. all-purpose flour
  • ½ C. salt
  • ¼ C. clean sand
  • 1 C. used coffee grounds
  • ¾ C. warm water
  • Crystals or gemstones
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • Acrylic paints in your favorite colors

Blend flour, salt, sand and coffee grounds together. Gradually add the water, and knead until you’ve got a thick, gritty dough. Spray a crystal lightly with non-stick cooking spray, and place it in the center of a small scoop of dough. Shape the dough around the crystal to form an egg shape. Bake the eggs at 350 for about 15 minutes, and allow to cool. Once they’ve cooled, they should be nice and hard, like a rock. Paint the eggs, and allow paint to dry.

Hide the eggs on Ostara, and let your kids crack them open to reveal the hidden crystals!

http://www.thegreenguide.com/blog/towGreen Eggs – Filed under: Dyes – 12:58 am – March 18, 2008

Most conventional egg dyes on the market are made with potentially harmful coloring agents, such as FD&C Red 40 and FD&C Yellow 6, and ingredients derived from petroleum. But colorful dyes that are safer for the environment and your family’s health can be made simply and cheaply with plant-based ingredients like pomegranate and spinach. Check out “Color Me Organic” for tips on having a greener Easter.

© The Green Guide, 2008

Color Me Organic by Emily Main and P.W. McRandle

Easter is coming and you’ve got your free-farmed or organic eggs—so why not dye the shells naturally, too? There are a number of vegetable- and fruit-based dyes that offer a broad range of beautiful colors and are better for you and the environment than artificial colors.

Easter eggs can be dyed using either a hot method or a cold method. If you choose the hot method, hard-boiling the eggs prior to dyeing them isn’t necessary; they’re “cooked” as they’re boiled in the dye. The cold method is safer for younger children who want to be part of the process; in this case, eggs should be hard-boiled first. In either situation, never plan on eating the eggs if they will be un-refrigerated for more than two hours.

Before dyeing your eggs, wash them with soap and water to remove any dirt or oils that might prevent the dye from sticking to the shell (this is also a good sanitary measure, should you decide to make an Egg Tree; see below).

Making Natural Dyes

For 4 cups of dye, you’ll need:

  • 1 tablespoon of a spice or 4 cups of a chopped fruit or vegetable (see list below; adding more of these ingredients will give the dye a darker hue)
  • 4 cups of water
  • 2 tablespoons of white vinegar (to help the dye adhere to the eggs)

Combine the ingredients in a pot, and bring them to a boil, then reduce heat and let the mixture simmer for 15 to 30 minutes. The longer you allow the ingredients to simmer, the darker the color will become. If you choose to dye the eggs using the hot method, you can add raw eggs to the mixture while it’s being prepared. If using the cold method, remove the dye from the heat, allow it to cool, then run it through a strainer. Dip your hardboiled eggs in the dye for at least 15 minutes—longer if you want a darker color. When finished, you can rub the eggs with vegetable oil to give them a soft sheen.

For a little variation, you can have kids decorate the eggs with crayons or wax pencils before boiling and dyeing them. Or, wrap a rubber band around the egg to create contrast, either on a white egg, to prevent coloring, or on a dry, dyed egg, where it will give you a stripe of the original color if it’s redipped in another.

Egg Trees

Czech Egg Tree

Older kids who can handle delicate egg shells might be interested in making an Easter Egg Tree, a tradition native to Germany and Austria.

Start by puncturing both ends of a raw egg with a pin. Work the pin a bit to make two small holes, and then blow out the egg’s contents into a bowl. Because of salmonella risks, it’s best if the adults handle this step, but to avoid it completely, you can purchase an egg blowing tool, sold at craft stores, or you can try Martha Stewart’s trick of using a rubber ear syringe from your local pharmacy to remove the contents. Once the shell is empty, dye it per the procedures above.

For your tree, use branches collected from your yard or an obliging roadside, and place them in a pot or vase filled with sand or pebbles. Tie a piece of twine or ribbon around half of a broken toothpick, and insert the toothpick into one of the holes you created initially. Then tie the other end of the twine or ribbon around one of your branches, and you can admire your eggs indefinitely.

Natural Egg Dyes

The following materials will give a range of intensities and surface textures to create a unique Easter egg basket or tree. Measurements where given are approximate; play with additional spices, vegetables and fruits for different results. Canned vegetables will work in place of fresh or frozen, but their colors will be paler. Also, herbal and black teas will give you varying shades of greens, reds and browns.

  • Pink/red: Pomegranate juice, red onion skins, beets or the juice from pickled beets, pickled red cabbage juice, chopped rhubarb stalks, cranberries or cranberry juice, raspberries, red grape juice
  • Orange: Yellow onion skins, paprika
  • Dark orange: Chili powder
  • Yellow: Orange or lemon peels, carrot tops or shredded carrots, celery seed, ground cumin, ground turmeric
  • Green: Spinach
  • Greenish yellow: Yellow Delicious apple peels
  • Blue: Red cabbage, canned blueberries or blueberry juice, blackberries, purple grape juice
  • Lavender: Small quantity of purple grape juice, violet blossoms plus two teaspoons of lemon juice, small quantity of red onion skins
  • Brown/tan: Dill seeds, black walnut shells, strong or instant coffee, tea

Free Farmed and/or Organic Eggs

Image courtesy of Mary Jane’s Farm (www.maryjanesfarm.com)



Silliness – Money

It can buy you a House, But not a Home.
It can buy you a Bed, But not Sleep.
It can buy you a Clock, But not Time.
It can buy you a Book, But not Knowledge.
It can buy you a Position, But not Respect.
It can buy you Medicine, But not Health.
It can buy you Blood, But not Life.
It can buy you Sex, But not Love.
 So you see, money isn’t everything. The best things in life can’t be bought, and often we destroy ourselves trying!
I tell you all this because I am your Friend, and as your Friend I want to take away your needless pain and suffering…
So send me all your money and I will suffer for you.
A truer Friend than me you will never find.

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