I’m sorry about yesterday’s newsletter. I had a really bad case of the I-doan-wanna-s and wasn’t doing *anything* except feeling sorry for myself!
3/2 Minus Tide at 6:41 PM of -0.8 feet. 3/3 Last Minus Tide of the cycle at 7:18 PM of -0.4 feet. The shop opens at 1pm. Winter hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Geri Hoekzema.
[posting at 9pm] Rain gauge at noon on 3/1 – 1.65 and on 3/2 – 1.4, Cloudy/Spitty, 47F, wind at 1-6mph and gusting, AQI 39, UV3. Chance of rain 8% today and 49% tonight. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY until 3am Fri. Today (48/39) should be dry, although there’s a tiny chance of showers late in the evening. Fri. (47/39) has a good chance of showers, but not much accumulation. Sat.-Thurs (Highs 47-55, Lows 38-44) should be dry, mostly with clouds, although sunny on Monday, then back to showers.
Tuesday was not a good day. Everything seemed to go sideways on me at once and then the I-doan-wanna-s hit and I was a wreck. I did spend time pulling relevant pages out of catalogues and threw out a couple of grocery sacks of non-useful pages… That does decrease bulk of paper, but not all that useful. I just couldn’t pick things up and be sure I could hang onto them. Frustration!
Wednesday was better, although I ended up reading all night…. 3 books after finishing another one. Yikes! We didn’t get up until nearly 4 and then mostly worked on kitchen stuff before coming to the shop. We still have some cooking to do once we’re back home and then Tempus is going to have to get a nap. He’s doing all the chopping and lifting, so it may be awhile….
Today is a standard shop day. If I still can’t lift the water bottles Tempus is going to have to finish that, but I’ll probably be able to do books, at least. He also has to do the laundry. No Herbs Workshop, still.
Today’s plant is Garlic, Allium sativum. This is one of those wonderful herbs in cooking. Not only is it magically cleansing, it’s marvelously tasty even in small amounts. A good cook will add it and you’ll notice, not the garlic flavor, but only that the dish tastes great!
Masculine, Earth, Mars, Hecate – Magickal uses include healing, protection, exorcism, chasing vampires (both actual and psychic), and purification of spaces and objects. Guards against negative magic, spirits, and the envy of others. Hang in the home to bring togetherness to the family. Hang by bed or desk to keep your willpower strong. Wards off bad weather when worn or carried during outside activities (without throwing off natural cycles!) Absorbs diseases — rub fresh, peeled garlic against ailing body parts then throw the garlic into running water.
Day of Remembrance for Prince Igor – Suhii (March) 3 – This pagan prince struck fear in the heart of Byzantine Christianity by attacking its capitol, Constantinople. During this time, Igor enlisted the help of many vikings who helped him rule his kingdom and fight against his enemies. Prince Igor was killed by the Drevlani when he attempted to secure fees for rent from them when they were on the lands of his kingdom (Drevlane (Drevlani), Krivichi, Vjatichi, Deregovichi: North Slavic tribes)
Aegir is from the Norse pantheon. “Older than the giants”, he is a god of the sea, known for great parties, especially with ale brewed in a cauldron that has its own saga. He is brother to fire and wind and married to the Sea Goddess Ran. Between them they have 9 daughters who are the different types of waves. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aegir
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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 3/18 at 12:18am. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends on 3/3 at 9:35pm Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 3/6 at 9:35pm.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2
Today is the day! Mercury passes 0.7° south of Saturn at 8 A.M. EST. You can catch the pair half an hour before sunrise, with brighter Mercury just to the south (lower right) of Saturn. The two stand 3.5° high at that time and will continue to rise as twilight brightens the sky. Mercury has now brightened to magnitude –0.1, while Saturn remains magnitude 0.7 (and will do so all month). The two planets are close enough that you can enjoy their juxtaposition with either binoculars or a telescope — as always, make sure to stop using these optical aids at least several minutes before sunrise. As long as you’re up, take the time to look 22° west along the ecliptic to catch bright Venus, which shines at an unmissable magnitude –4.7. Now nearly 5° to Venus’ lower right (south), Mars is still magnitude 1.3.
New Moon occurs at 12:35 P.M. EST, leaving us with a nicely dark nighttime sky for the rest of the week.
Want to try for Sirius B, the famous white dwarf companion of Sirius? Sirius A and B now appear their farthest apart in their 50-year orbit, separated by 11.3 arcseconds (they’re exactly farthest apart next year, if you’re picky), and they’ll remain very nearly as wide for the next few years before they start closing up again. You’ll want at least an 8- or 10-inch scope and a night of really excellent seeing. Keep checking night after night; top-notch seeing makes all the difference for spotting Sirius B. The time to try is when Sirius stands at its very highest, as it does now in early evening. See the Sirius-B-hunting tips in Bob King’s article Sirius B – A New Pup in My Life. The Pup is east-northeast of the Dog Star and 10 magnitudes fainter: one ten-thousandth as bright. As Bob recommends, put a homemade occulting bar across your eyepiece’s field stop: a tiny strip of aluminum foil held to the field stop with a bit of tape, with one edge with one edge of the foil crossing the center of the field. Hide blinding Sirius A just behind the strip’s eastern edge.
Neptune has followed Jupiter down into the sunset glow.
THURSDAY, MARCH 3
It’s March, so Orion stands a little west of due south now. Under Orion’s feet, and to the right of Sirius, hides Lepus the Hare. Like Canis Major, this is a constellation with a connect-the-dots that really looks like what it’s supposed to be. He’s a crouching bunny, with his nose pointing lower right, his faint ears extending up toward Rigel (Orion’s brighter foot), and his body bunched to the left. His brightest two stars, 3rd-magnitude Alpha and Beta Leporis, form the back and front of his neck, respectively.
And what’s under Lepus? Columba the Dove, a dim scattering. See the constellation chart in the center of the February Sky & Telescope. Its brightest star, Alpha Columbae or Phact, is magnitude 2.6. To find it, draw a line from Rigel through Beta Leporis and extend it the same distance straight on.
Tonight Algol should be at minimum light, magnitude 3.4 instead of its usual 2.1, for a couple hours centered on 12:17 a.m. EST; 9:17 p.m. PST. Algol takes several more hours to fade and to rebrighten.
With no Moon visible tonight, it’s a perfect time to try your luck at spotting the sporadic meteors that occasionally flash through our sky. Not associated with any particular shower, these pieces of space dust are simply random debris that strike Earth’s atmosphere and briefly flare up as they disintegrate. At this time of year, the sporadic background rate is roughly 6 meteors per hour. The best time to search is before dawn because at this time, Earth’s rotation is working in your favor as your hemisphere strikes floating debris head-on. Still, if you prefer nighttime observing, you may still see chance meteor streaks — or spot the steadily moving dot of a satellite orbiting overhead.
At this time of year, early evening just after sunset is also the right time to look for the zodiacal light, generated by sunlight scattering off dust in the plane of the solar system. This creates a soft, glowing cone of light rising up from the western horizon, spreading through Pisces, Aries, and Taurus. You’ll need a dark observing site to see it, and using peripheral vision to view out of the corner of your eye may further help this gentle light stand out from the background.
Venus and much fainter Mars continue in the early dawn. Look southeast.
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
W 2 High 12:25 AM 7.5 6:51 AM Rise 7:20 AM 1
~ 2 Low 6:07 AM 1.8 6:06 PM Set 6:15 PM
~ 2 High 11:58 AM 8.6
~ 2 Low 6:41 PM -0.8
Th 3 High 1:00 AM 7.8 6:50 AM Rise 7:43 AM 0
~ 3 Low 6:53 AM 1.3 6:07 PM Set 7:28 PM
~ 3 High 12:46 PM 8.3
~ 3 Low 7:18 PM -0.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Taking time to live life will only inspire your work.
Journal Prompt – What is? – What is the best birthday present you ever received?
~ A censor is an expert in cutting remarks. A censor is a man who knows more than he thinks you ought to. – Dr. Lawrence J. Peter (1919-1990) US pop psychologist, writer
~ As long as people believe in absurdities they will continue to commit atrocities. – Voltaire (1694-1778) French Philosopher and Author
~ Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. – Mark Twain
~ We wish nothing more, but we will accept nothing less. Masters in our own house we must be, but our house is the whole of Canada. – Pierre Elliott Trudeau (1919-2000) Canadian Prime Minister
The little white clouds are racing over the sky,
And the fields are strewn with the gold of the flower of March,
The daffodil breaks under foot, and the tasseled larch
Sways and swings as the thrush goes hurrying by. – –Oscar Wilde (1854–1900)
Ostara Magick – Craft
Eostre Basket – (For Ostara) http://members.aol.com/ivycleartoes/basket.html
- Small altar-sized basket
- Plastic easter eggs
- Bunny toy
- Eostre grass
- Decorated plastic or wooden eggs, if desired
- Seasonal candies, if desired
Simply place all symbolic items in basket in an aesthetically pleasing way. If desired, decorate eggs for Ostara fun and add to decorations.
The plastic eggs can be a part of the Ostara ritual: Write things that you are thankful for on pieces of paper and then seal each in an egg. Keep the pieces of paper in the eggs as reminders during the season what a bounty you have to be thankful for. You can keep the eggs year round and use them as reminders every time you feel downtrodden by circumstances of your life.
This sparkling spring holiday craft is even easier than paper-covered eggs, and makes a fun activity for family and friends of all ages.
Gather Your Materials: You’ll also be using wooden eggs for this holiday craft. The only other items you’ll need are: small sponge brushes, decoupage glue, glitter (a variety of spring-inspired colors), disposable containers and wax paper for drying. Use our Materials List to make sure you don’t miss anything.
Tip: Feel free to paint the eggs any color you desire prior to covering in glitter, in case a little bit of the wood peeks through. Simply paint eggs and let dry prior to your decorating party.
Step 1: Set up a decorating station by placing a small amount of decoupage glue in one disposable container and placing each glitter color in its own disposable container. Set out wax paper nearby for drying.
Step 2: Use the sponge brush to add a thin coating of decoupage glue all over the egg.
Step 3: Quickly roll the glue-covered egg in the glitter until completely coated. You can use small tongs or spoon glitter over the egg to help keep it off of your fingers.
Step 4: Place eggs on wax paper to dry for about an hour.
Tip: Get creative by coating half of your egg using one glitter color, and the other half in another.
Display your pretty eggs and baskets in your home décor throughout the spring holiday season. You can also use them as table décor or homemade gifts for the spring holiday next month.
Pair two egg-shaped pieces of felt and stitch along their border, leaving about an inch open to stuff with filling. Complete the stitching, then add embellishments of your choice, like buttons.
Silliness – Laundry Day – Copyright 2000 W. Bruce Cameron
As usual, I’m the one who was blamed for the recent family crisis, even though, as readers of this column well know, I am a sensitive and humble husband who is right pretty much 100 percent of the time.
I do admit that when it comes to the system that runs the laundry at the Cameron house, I have been a tad…oblivious. By “system” I mean, of course, my wife, who takes care of washing clothes for the rest of us without complaint—until recently, as you will soon see.
My oldest daughter has never mastered the tricky mechanism required to open and shut her dresser drawers, with the result that her clean laundry winds up right where my wife has stacked it—on the bed, where it tips onto the floor and mingles with the dirty clothes residing there. “I have nothing to wear!” she’ll shriek every once in awhile, despite the fact that she is standing ankle deep in her entire wardrobe. When I get tired of this ransacked condition and advise her she can’t go to a friend’s party until her room is cleaned up, ignoring her claim that “these are the most important people in my life I PROMISED I’d be there,” she’ll take care of the problem by gathering up everything and trucking it down to the laundry room, even if my wife just washed it that very day.
For my youngest daughter, the issue is the competency of the laundress. “I told you that this blouse has to be washed separately,” she’ll scold. “You’re supposed to soak it in rain water and then dry it with cotton balls!” Apparently everything she owns was hand-sewn by movie stars out of butterfly silk, and my wife is constantly “ruining” things by not treating them with gentle cycles and soft murmurs.
My son never gripes about clothes—as far as he is concerned, the laundry area could be converted into a video game room. He generally wears the same outfit until it becomes toxic; the EPA has been to our house twice to see if his clothing should be awarded Superfund status. Often, peering at the condition of his attire, I realize he has more dirt on him than I have in my yard. Cleaning his apparel causes the washing machine to make a grinding, gritty noise, as if sand has gotten into the bearings.
Against all this, my complaint seems a pretty mild irritant: I’ve begun noticing that whatever wash cycle she is employing, my wife is causing my pants to shrink around the waist.
“You’re shrinking them so bad, I can barely button them,” I grumble. “Look at this!”
She regards me wearily. “Those are new pants. I haven’t even washed them yet,” she advises.
“What’s your point?” I demand. Sometimes she can’t seem to stay focused.
“Meaning, I couldn’t have done anything to shrink them. They came like that.”
“Defective trousers?” I sputter. How much more am I supposed to endure?
She pokes me lightly in the stomach. “No, they’re the right size,” she claims.
“So you did shrink them!” I accuse.
Now, even though all I am doing is serving in my prosecutorial capacity as the man of the family, she completely over-reacts. “You know what? You’re right. I must not know what I am doing. So from now on, everyone in the family has to wash their own clothes. I am through doing laundry!”
At first I believe this is a bluff. Each of us have our family responsibilities, after all—for her not to take care of the clothes would be like me no longer bothering to decide what we will watch on television. But when, after a few days, it becomes apparent that she has no intention of calling off her unauthorized labor action, I summon the children for an emergency session of arguing over who should take over laundry duties. We decide on a system based on blame and denial. This leads to a minor disaster in which everyone’s clothing somehow becomes pink, and a demand from my children: How are you going to get Mom back in the laundry business?
I don’t know, but I suspect it will involve a lot of chocolate.