The shop opens at 1pm. Winter hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Patty Jones. Sewing Workshop 3-5pm
[posting at 6pm] Rain gauge at noon on 3/4 – 0.1, It’s been more cloudy that not, but the sunbreaks were awesome. 47F, wind at 3-16mph and gusting into the 20’s, AQI 8-40, UV3. Chance of rain 14% today and 10% tonight. Today (49/39) ought to be more or less cloudy, but the chance of rain is minimal through next Friday, except for some possible showers on Tuesday (accum 1/4 inch). Highs 48-54, lows 36-43. For next Sat/Sun (50/44) there’s some possible rain showers, accum. 2/3 of an inch.
Thursday evening went by really fast. I made a sauce of tomatoes, onion, mixed frozen vegetables, garlic, hamburger and italian seasoning in the microwave while we cooked some pasta shells to put it over. There are several more servings of the sauce. Once that was done and we ate, I put away some of the clean laundry and crawled into bed with my embroidery and a book, trying to stay awake until Tempus had to head out to make sure I was there for questions.
As soon as he left I put the light out and I slept for several hours. Once I was up, I worked on some small sewing machine projects for awhile, culled catalogues for awhile, cleaned up a bit from supper and then went back in with book, embroidery and popcorn. 🙂 I didn’t sleep hardly at all for the rest of the night, for some reason. I would get dozy, put out the light and lie down only to find that I was wide awake again! That was about once an hour until Tempus got in around 8 to find me reading. …and then I slept so hard that even when the alarm went off I had to struggle to get my eyes open and *that* took 20 minutes!
I nabbed a couple of minutes in the garden, checking various plants. The lovage is up and the horseradish is starting. Egyptian onions are up and a pot of crocus that I had given up on had 3 buds, plus a lot of leaves! A bunch more freezing damage showed up, though. I *did* lose some lettuce plants. Hoping we’re going to head home while it’s still light to work on the dahlias…
All the little inlets along the way were full and choppy from the breeze. Geese were all along the long green lawns that exist east of Eckman along the river. It was just 3-5 per, but there was one squawking match in progress that had pulled the humans out their side door to watch. There was a whole flotilla of oldsquaw or harlequin ducks right below Pacific Sourdough. They were just a little far to be sure but white and black is pretty obvious. 54 when we pulled into out parking lot.
I spent most of the afternoon tracking down recipes for various foods for the feast pages. I still have more to do on that. All that I had time for after that was this newsletter… Tempus paid bills for awhile and then watered plants. In the evening we had more laundry to deal with and I hoped to get Tempus to scrub the stove before we go to bed, plus he *still* needed to do the mushrooms!
Today we’ll be open at 1pm. Sewing workshop is at 3pm. I’ll be photographing bookmarks and hopefully getting Tempus going on some more of them. Getting closer to refilling the rack! Tempus got most of the plants, but they still need more since I can’t get to them.
Today’s plant, Lungwort (Pulmonaria) is one of the first perennials to bloom, with bright flowers and spotted leaves. Zones 4-8 More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lungwort …and there are lots of pix in Wikimedia Commons here: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Pulmonaria – Feminine, Air, the Sylphs – It is a plant of helpful magick for breathing problems from COPD to asthma to TB to lung cancer…. …and I’m going to say it again. The info in these “Today’s Plant” things is to help with the magickal aspect of the herbs! Anything medicinal, go talk to an herbalist!
The feast day of St. Perin, patron saint of Cornwall and tin miners, has come to be called Perrantide, a national day in Cornwall. It’s a created holiday from the 19th century, trying to develop some national pride, but it grew out of the tinworkers’ holiday that involved a lot of alcohol and food. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Piran%27s_Day There are some fun stories about St. Perrin. One is that some folks tried to kill him by tying a millstone around his neck and pitching him into the ocean. He floated to Cornwall on the stone. The connection to the tinminers, tinsmelters & tinsmiths also is another tale that is related to the white on black cross of his symbol. Supposedly his hearthstone got very hot and tin rose to the surface in the form of a cross! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Piran
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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. 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.
Look east after dusk this week for Leo already climbing well up the sky. Its brightest star is Regulus. The Sickle of Leo (about a fist and a half tall) extends upper left from there. The sickle includes Algieba, second in brightness to Regulus by only a small amount.
Sirius now stands on the meridian just as twilight fades away into night. Sirius is the bottom star of the equilateral Winter Triangle. The other two stars of the Triangle are orange Betelgeuse to Sirius’s upper right (Orion’s shoulder) and Procyon to Sirius’s upper left. This is the time of year when the Winter Triangle balances exactly level over Sirius shortly after nightfall.
With only a sliver of a crescent Moon in the sky this evening, it’s the perfect time to go comet hunting. 19P/Borrelly is currently around magnitude 9.5 in the constellation Aries. You’ll find it slowly sinking in the west after sunset. Wait until the sky gets dark, then point your scope toward the Ram, using magnitude 3.6 Bharani (41 Arietis) in northeastern Aries as a guidepost. Tonight, Borrelly is just 2.3° south-southeast of this star. Comet Borrelly will be a challenge in smaller scopes (4 inches) but easier in a 6-incher under dark skies. Crank up the magnification to see whether you can discern that the northern edge of the coma is more sharply defined, while the comet’s short, stubby tail stretches south. Borrelly will be visible all month, although its magnitude is fading and a bright Moon will wash it away for two weeks in mid-March. You can come back to get some of your last good views later in the month; after that, it’s a 6.8-year wait for the comet to return. But that wait will be worth it — Borrelly’s December 2028 apparition promises to be a favorable one.
Venus and much fainter Mars continue in early dawn this week, 4° apart in the southeast. Venus blazes at magnitude –4.6. Mars is only about one two-hundredth as bright at mag +1.3. Look for Mars below or lower right of showy Venus before dawn gets too bright.
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
Sa 5 High 2:06 AM 8.0 6:46 AM Rise 8:24 AM 4
~ 5 Low 8:21 AM 0.9 6:10 PM Set 9:47 PM
~ 5 High 2:17 PM 7.4
~ 5 Low 8:28 PM 0.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I like it………
Journal Prompt – Describe – Describe when someone has done something very nice for you.
~ When your work speaks for itself, don’t interrupt. – Henry J. Kaiser
~ What we hope ever to do with ease, we must learn first to do with diligence. – Samuel Johnson
~ Death is the wish of some, the relief of many, and the end of all. – Seneca
~ Young people should be helped, sheltered, ignored, and clubbed if necessary. – Al Capp (1909-1979) US cartoonist
After the winter rain,
Sing, robin! Sing, swallow!
Grasses are in the lane,
Buds and flowers will follow. – –Ina Coolbrith (1841–1928)
Ostara Magick – Lore
Spring Equinox, Ostara, Eostre, March 21st to 23rd – http://www.wiccantradition.org.uk/ostara.html
Traditions at Ostara
Celebrates the birth of spring, some dedicate the rite to the Goddess Eostre, it is a tradition to collect wild flowers for this rite but modern laws may prevent this, if you do collect any plants or flowers from the countryside NEVER PULL THEM UP BY THE ROOTS! Always show kindness and courtesy to the plants and always remember to thank them for their generosity.
Also this is a good time to experience the outdoors, plan a long walk in the countryside take in the spring sights and smells.
It is also a good time for starting a magical herb Witches garden or for maintenance of an existing garden that has over wintered and needs a helping hand.
Rites for Ostara
Place on the Alter a green candles, decorated eggs, Fresh flowers, leaves and buds, of the season, these can also be worn. A pot plant possibly one planted for Yule, burn incense of Jasmine, sage or floral fragrances.
Christianity and Ostara
Christians base their holiday of Easter on this period, The Easter bunny is a representation of the Moon Hare which is sacred to many of the Lunar Goddesses. The Hare as a fertility symbol represents rebirth and resurrection. The colouring of Easter eggs has pagan beginnings, Eggs which are symbols of fertility and reproduction were decorated by pagans with magical symbols and used in fertility rites as offerings to the Goddesses. Some eggs were painted in Gold, Oranges and yellows in honour of the Sun Gods.
Feasting at Ostara
Floral wines are such as Elderflower are good for this festival, as well as Lamb and fish, leafy vegetables are good for feasting. Biscuits like scotch shortbread are really good as a desert.
Correspondence for Ostara
Herbs – African Violet, Angelica, Betony-wood, Bluebell, Bracken, Briony, Broom, Burdock, Camellia, Cattail, Clover, Coltsfoot, Comfrey, Cowbine, Cowslip, Crocus, Cuckoo-flower, Daffodil, Daisy, Dandelion, Dock, Edelweiss, Elderflower, Eyebright, Foxglove, Frankincense, Ginger, Gorse, Grass, Hemlock, Henbane, Hyacinth, Iris, Kcalbs Cross, Lady’s Slipper, Lavender, Lemon Balm, Lilac, Lilly of the Valley, Lovage, Mandrake, Marigold, Mugwort, Narcissus, Orchids, Pansy, Periwinkle, Pimpernel, Primrose, Purslane, Rose Geranium, Snap dragon, Sorrel-Wood, St Johns Wort, Wisteria
Oils – Frankincense, Juniper, Lavender, Lemon, Lilac, Rosemary.
Trees – Apple, Apricot, Ash, Birch, Cherry, Hawthorn, Hazel, Juniper, Magnolia, Maidenhair, Oak, Pine, Rowan, Willow, Yew.
Stones – Amethyst, Aquamarine, Calcite-Blue, Carnelian, Diamond, Emerald, Flint, Jasper-Green, Moonstone, Opal, Peridot, Quartz, Ruby, Salt, Sapphire, Topaz.
Metals – Brass, Gold, Mercury, Meteorite, Silver, Steel.
Associated Colours – Gold, Green, Yellow.
Silliness – Mr. Quincy Fluffins