Minus Tide at 4:28 PM of -0.7 feet. The shop opens at 1pm. Winter hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Ken Gagne. House Capuchin Project Day 1-5pm.
[posting at 6:30pm] Rain gauge at noon on 2/26 – Trace, Cloudy and the pavement is damp, 49F, wind at 0-11mph and gusting into the teens, AQI 6-44, UV33. Chance of rain 55% today and 98% tonight. BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT for Sneaker waves through Sun.aft…. There’s a large green blodge approaching the coast on the weather map. Rain by 8pm (Sat.) Pretty much all day Sundayand Monday through Thursday is likely to be Showers/Rain/Wind, lighter midday. highs in the low 50s. Lows starting at 51 and dropping as the week goes on. Total accum 4 inch or so. Winds could hit the 30’s on Monday. Thursday should start drying out, Fri/Sat partly cloudy and chilly. Showers Sun, partly cloudy Mon. Highs 48, lows 38. 7 firespots.
Friday evening we decided to nab some chinese food for supper and lunch. We ate when we got home and then turned in after making sure the mattress, pad and blankets were back in place. (They wander with us getting up and down) I was up for a bit around 10:30 and then got up just before Tempus left on the paper route. I did a bunch of small chores, including changing the tablecloth, then set up to sew… and discovered that the machine was unplugged out of my reach.
Well, I turned the air blue for a little, then did all the hand-work that I could, got a snack and a new water-bottle and took my embroidery and a book to bed. I’m working on a new pattern that’s pretty difficult and I didn’t make much progress. I finally went to sleep and Tempus got in pretty late, but when his alarm went off I had him go plug in the machine and quickly got a couple of pieces sewn, still needing to be stuffed and finished.
They went with us to the shop and I nearly turned the air blue again when I realized I didn’t have the stuffing! I had expected to work on that during Sewing Workshop, but the one person who came in got a little help to get her embroidery and little farther along. She’s trying to get good enough to attempt an altar cloth. Tempus had gotten us coffee and food and promptly dropped off on the sofa. I let him sleep as long as I could, but he needed to get propane, so I woke him a little after 4pm.
We were fairly busy and had some small sales during the day. I haven’t a clue whether the rain started up or not although it was spitting when we came into town. At least it wasn’t super cold, but the wind did pick up. Tempus said it was a lazy wind, too, going through instead of around.
Today the kids are supposed to be here right when we open at 1pm, so we’re going to be quite distracted. It’s our “different day”, too, so I’m going to have to be on the computer. We’ll be ready for questions or to help you find something, though.
Today’s plant is the Weeping Cherry, Grandma’s favorite, which seems to be this one http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prunus_subhirtella, the Higan Cherry. There are listings for cherries and weeping trees both, but the weeping cherries do not produce fruit, only lovely flowers. Cherries: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cherry Cherry Blossom: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cherry_blossom Weeping Trees: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weeping_tree – Divination, Creativity; Healing – Objects made of Cherry wood are used to attract Love. Cherry juice is used as a substitute for blood in old recipes. Cherry gum is burned as a resin for sore throats.
First Equirria – There were two days of horse racing framing the festivals of the gods of Rome as the family of Mars. They’re some of the earliest religious observances documented in Roman practice and may have been preserved as a religious requirement long after the time when anyone knew what they were for! Driving the biga, the two-wheeled light-weight chariot was a feature of these races, since it had a ritual sacred aspect as well as the excitement of a horse race! More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equirria and on the biga here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biga_(chariot)
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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. 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.
Sirius blazes high in the south on the meridian by about 8 p.m. now. Using binoculars or a scope at low power, examine the spot 4° directly south of Sirius (directly below it when on the meridian). Four degrees is somewhat less than the width of a typical binocular’s or finderscope’s field of view. Can you see a little patch of gray haze, very faintly speckled if your sky is good and dark? That’s the open star cluster M41, about 2,200 light-years away and much richer and more compact than the two discussed above. Its total magnitude adds up to 5.0.
If you can bring yourself to get up early on a weekend, the planets will richly reward you with a wonderful lineup that includes the crescent Moon this morning. The Moon passes 9° south of Venus at 1 A.M. EST, although both are below the horizon at that time. Our satellite then passes 4° south of Mars at 4 A.M. EST — still invisible to our eyes. But by 5:30 A.M. EST on the East Coast, it’s a different story: Venus, Mars, and the Moon have all cleared the horizon, standing in a line in eastern Sagittarius. Give it another hour in the Midwest, and you’ll see the same sight. Regardless of your location, by 30 minutes before sunrise, two more planets have joined the scene. Starting at the top, Venus sits nearly 20° high and shines at magnitude –4.8. Through a telescope, it is 37 percent lit. Below Venus is Mars, just over 13° high and a dimmer magnitude 1.3. The Red Planet now sits a little less than 5° northwest of the 26-day-old Moon, which is just 13 percent illuminated and 9° above the horizon. ook to the lower left (east) of the Moon, and much closer to the horizon are Mercury — 4° high and magnitude 0 — and Saturn — just 2.5° high and magnitude 0.7. You might need binoculars or a telescope to spot the ringed planet in the growing twilight, but take care to stop scanning the horizon with any kind of optical aid several minutes before the Sun rises to avoid accidental damage to your eyes.
Mercury is much lower in the dawn, some 22° to Venus’s lower left. And now Saturn emerges from the sunrise glare. It comes to conjunction with Mercury on the morning of March 2nd, when they’re only 0.7° apart. Mercury that morning is the brighter one; Saturn glimmers to its upper left.
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.
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 27 Low 3:17 AM 3.6 6:56 AM Rise 5:37 AM 19
~ 27 High 9:10 AM 8.3 6:02 PM Set 2:23 PM
~ 27 Low 4:28 PM -0.7
~ 27 High 11:07 PM 6.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – There is no love without forgiveness, and there is no forgiveness without love.
Journal Prompt – Personal taste – Should there be a dress code in places such as school, restaurants, and places of business? Why or why not?
~ An unattended mind is the breeding ground of self-defeat. – Guy Finley
~ One great object of the Constitution was to restrain majorities from oppressing minorities or encroaching upon their just rights. – James K. Polk (1795-1849) US President (11)
~ To bring peace to the earth, strive to make your own life peaceful. – Buddha
~ Only the mediocre are at their best at all times. To have more than you’ve got, become more than you are. – Jim Rohn, Author and Speaker
When the days are longer, longer,
And the sun shines stronger, stronger,
And the winds cease blowing, blowing,
And the winter’s chance of snowing
Is lost in springtime weather. – Nora Perry (1831–96)
Early Ostara blessings to you all! I’ve decided to do something a little different for this week, you probably have heard that Ostara or Eastara is a Saxon Goddess of Spring and dawn, Lady of the blossoms, shoots, arrival of new life etc. The hare is her sacred animal and bunnies, chicks, and brightly coloured eggs are part of her rites, the story of the hare basically follows the lines that she was late arriving one spring, comes across a frozen dying bird that she feels guilty about, and the creature’s wings fall off. In some versions she takes the bird as a pet and later transforms it to a magical white hare, in all versions the hare has the ability to lay rainbow coloured eggs. In some versions the hare becomes her lover, some not, eventually she dislikes his promiscuity and in anger throws him into the sky where he becomes part of the constellation Lepus.
I’ve taken the liberty of rewriting this tale into a child friendly, what I think is a more likely version of events. Ostara is a fertility goddess, all acts of love and pleasure are her rituals, so why was she really angry with the hare? I’d like to share my version of this bunny tale.
One spring the Goddess Ostara was late in returning to her lands, the snow still covered the ground. As she wandered the forest she found a little bird lying in the snow, his wings were frozen and she was sure he would die, and she felt sad because if she had been on time, he might have lived. Ostara gently picked up the bird and his wings fell off, and she made him her pet. The bird got well and became a dear friend to the Goddess, though when he was alone he would cry because he missed his wings so badly.
The Goddess had compassion for her friend the bird and asked what she could do. He said if only he could jump and run and play and frolic like he did when he had wings he would be so grateful and happy. The Goddess told him she could not give him new wings though she could change him into something else that could do all he wanted.
I would make you white to blend in with the snow, she said, and give you fur to keep you warm during the winter, I would give you strength to jump and frolic and to outrun the greatest hunter. There is part of you that will always remain a bird, you will always lay eggs, and because magic changes things your eggs will be all colours of the rainbow my dear friend. Is this what you wish?
Yes, the bird chirped, and she gathered him into her hands, and kissed his brow. In an instant the air shimmered with the brightness of dawn and he was transformed into a snow white rabbit, with a pink nose and white ears. The Goddess reached down to the ground and released him from her grip, he ran around in circles and jumped and dashed here and there, he was so happy and the Lady smiled at his joy and went on her way.
The hare made friends with the other rabbits, though he was the only one who could lay eggs. Yet it didn’t matter that he was different, he loved his life and often gave the Goddess gifts of colourful eggs when she returned in Spring. One year the hare noticed children watched as his friends played, they laughed and giggled as they watched the rabbits run and hop and the white hare decided the children would appreciate the gift of a rainbow egg, so early one morning he left some in a basket in early spring. The children were delighted and the hare decided to give colourful eggs to all the children he saw for the rest of his life.
Years passed and some of the other creatures became upset with the white hare, he had been telling them he was more blessed by the Goddess because he could lay eggs and they could not. Somehow he felt superior, he was a magical creature and they were just plain and that made him more important than the others and he began to treat the others poorly.
The Goddess Ostara was walking through the woods early one morning and saw the white hare; I have heard some unsettling news about you friend, that you think you are above the other creatures. It troubles me, because all my creatures are precious, no one is greater or lesser than another. I saved your life and took you as a pet, you were so sad that I transformed you into a magical snow hare, and you have spread joy by gifting your rainbow eggs to me and the children. Yet I see now that you are not part of the world where all things are equal, I cannot change you back to a bird for you will surely die, and I wish you to live on. The only place for you is in the sky among the stars, where you may watch over all the earth and return once a year to bring the children your eggs.
I will live in the stars Ostara, and every spring when you walk the earth I will return to bring the eggs to the children. Then let it be so my friend, you must rest in my arms as you did when you were transformed once before. The white hare leaped into her arms, and she embraced him warmly and kissed his pink nose, I will always love you and watch for you in the stars, and she tossed him into the sky and he came to sit just under Orion, the hunter of the stars, who never catches the hare. Even today you can see him watching in the sky in the constellation Lepus, the hare.
Silliness – Sniglet – Any word which should be in the dictionary but isn’t. – ufuation (yu flu AY shun) – n. The peculiar habit, when searching for a snack, of constantly returning to the refrigerator in hopes that something new will have materialized.