The shop is closed on Tues/Wed. Winter hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Ken Gagne. Herbs in the Garden at 3pm.
[posting at 7pm] Rain gauge at noon on 3/8 – dry, Mostly cloudy, but still dry, 48F, wind at 1-4mph and gusting, AQI 10-43, UV3. Chance of rain 34% today and 2% tonight. Showers and rain will continue until 8am or so, accum. 0.1in., but the rest of today (49/31) should be just partly cloudy and then clear tonight…. that means cold. Possible low of 27F! Thu/Fri (51/40 should be partly cloudy, but Sat (49/44) and Mon (53/46) we’re looking at rain/wind, both over 20mph and accum. 3/5in and 1 in! Sun (51/48) will be just showers, but all day. Tue/Thu (51/42) more showers. 1firespot.
Monday evening ran way late. We had leftovers that just needed to be heated, thankfully, and we collapsed into bed at a decent hour…. well, I did. Tempus was arguing with his phone, apparently, but he got there about 3/4 of an hour after I did.
I got up, midnight-ish, and worked on chores, finally getting the last of the laundry hung in the morning. I spent awhile fighting with the tablet. What I don’t understand is why “everything is just fine with the internet” according to the manager, but our devices say, “No Internet”. I don’t call that “fine”.
After that I took a book to bed and fell asleep within 1/2 an hour, and stayed that way! I had stuff to do, but my body had other ideas, I guess. Tempus got in around 8:30, but I was back up around 11, working on getting things sorted out and put away. I didn’t manage to get started on the clean dishes that he brought home, though. I woke him around 2, since he’s been griping that I don’t wake him, and we got ourselves put together to head for the shop.
I worked in the garden for a couple of minutes, getting ready for today’s workshop. I *really* don’t have enough pots for the dahlias! I’m going to have to use the smallest pots for the small tubers and plant some of the big ones 3-4 to a pot! The “nursery weed” is starting to come up in job lots, so that was another thing that I had to do. There’s still more.
The sky was really pretty yesterday, all kinds of clouds at many levels, with just enough sun to keep it warm. There were still a few geese by that pond I keep talking about, and mallards in the swamped wetland in the Eckman outflow. Most of them looked headless, since they were bottom feeding, but some were tails up and looking remarkable silly. There was a heron flying over the river and a loon below it that must have been fishing because *it* was headless until we were almost past. It popped up with something wriggly in its beak, but I didn’t see more than that.
It was past 3 when we got to the shop. Tempus made me coffee and then sat down on the sofa and was out cold until past 5. I caught up on mail and wrote furiously and it’s still a little past 6, already.
I have the mushroom catsup to finish tonight and the beet/horseradish sauce to start, plus I wanted to do a chicken bake for supper and we’re completely out of time, already. No clue what we’re going to be eating. I still need to get some stuff added onto the tablet before we head home… if I can…. why do they have to make it next to impossible?
Today we have Herbs in the Garden at 3pm. I don’t know of anyone who is planning to come, right at the moment, but if you are, call Tempus at 541-264-1953 after 2:30pm on Wednesday and he can give you directions. Also, please let me know if you want to participate and we’ll get you onto the facebook chats for updates!
This time should be mostly potting up dahlias, adding dirt to pots and weeding. No newsletter Thursday morning. We gotta get our chores done!
Today’s plant is Goldenrod, Solidago Canadensis. A good browse plant, although not shade-tolerant, it is one of the first plants to colonize burned-off areas. In Fukishima it has taken over the rice fields near the wrecked nuclear plant. – Feminine, Venus, Air – Wear a piece of goldenrod to see your future love. Hold a piece in the hand and it will direct you to things you’ve lost or buried treasure. If it blooms by your door without being planted, good fortune will follow. It’s also used in money spells and has the property of survival. Wiki article here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solidago_canadensis
Chotrul Duchen is one of four Tibetan Buddhist festivals that commemorate his life. It’s held around this time of year and features sculptured butter lamps, some of which are huge. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butter_Lamp_Festival and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butter_lamp and a bit about the offering and prayers here: http://bodhiactivity.wordpress.com/2011/05/28/lamp-offering-prayer/
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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. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 3/10 at 2:45am.
First-quarter Moon this evening and tomorrow evening. The Moon is exactly first quarter at 3:45 a.m. on March 10th Pacific Standard Time; this is about halfway between the early evenings of the 9th and 10th for the Americas. This evening, the Moon hangs inside the long, flat triangle of the Pleiades, Aldebaran, and lesser Elnath (Beta Tauri) to their upper left, as shown above. Our satellite is nearly at First Quarter, some 46 percent lit this evening and still waxing. It lies between the magnitude 3.5 star Ain in Taurus’ face and magnitude 1.7 Elnath at the tip of the Bull’s left horn (as he’s facing us; right on the sky). Ceres sits roughly halfway between the Moon and the bright naked-eye open star cluster M45, the Pleiades. The dwarf planet is now 9th magnitude and about 2° due north of 5th-magnitude Omega (ω) Tauri.
The Moon passes 0.3° south of the dwarf planet 1 Ceres at 2 A.M. EST. Both are below the horizon at that time, so don’t worry about getting up early today. Instead, you can find the pair high in the western sky after sunset. They are in Taurus the Bull, although the fast-moving Moon has now pulled away some 8.5° from Ceres and you can’t capture both in the same field of view.
Neptune is lost in the sunset.
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 9 High 4:23 AM 7.2 6:39 AM Set 1:04 AM 34
~ 9 Low 11:38 AM 1.2 6:15 PM Rise 10:05 AM
~ 9 High 6:05 PM 5.3
~ 9 Low 11:00 PM 3.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Live life to the fullest!
Journal Prompt – Auto-Biographical narrative – How do you react when you realize you’ve made a mistake?
When one has much to put into them, a day has a hundred pockets. – Nietzsche
~ A fool judges people by the presents they give him. – Chinese Proverb
~ The greater part of progress is the desire to progress. – Lucius Annaeus Seneca
~ Behind every successful man is a woman, behind her is his wife. – Julius “Groucho” Marx (1890-1977) US comic, actor
Among the pitfalls in our way,
The best of us walk blindly;
So, man, be wary, watch and pray,
And judge your brother kindly. – The 1872 Old Farmer’s Almanac
Ostara Magick – Lore – Heritage of Eostar by Lark http://www.webofoz.org/heritage/Eostar.shtml
Under the full moon of March, mad hares dance before mating. If you look at her closely, you can see that the moon is a hare, the other self of the Saxon Goddess Eostre and of the Celtic Goddess Andraste. As a hare, she gives omens for battles and for love. Her witches dance by moonlight like hares in the sprouting fields. Her power and her desire are greatest at the full moon nearest the vernal equinox. This is the moon of the Lady’s mating-madness, the season of wildness, the moment of flowering, the time of renewal. What you seek at this season, you will surely find. What you pursue will not elude you long. What you plant will grow and flower.
This is the full moon of March, the balance point of day and night, when sun and moon light the skies from dawn until dusk and from dusk until dawn again. This is the season of Summer Finding in the North. Druids celebrate the equinox as Alban Eiler, Light of the Earth. English witches celebrate March 25 as Lady Day, the return of the Goddess from the Underworld.
This is the month of the Hag, the Time of the Old Woman, notorious for bad weather. In the Scottish Highlands, each week of March has a name: the Sweeper, the Whistler, the Sharp-Billed One, and the Cailleach-the Hag herself. At this season, the folk who sail the North Sea ask kindness of Aegir and Ran, God and Goddess of weather and tides. Scottish fisher folk go to the shore to ask St. Columba–or Manannan, the sea God–for a bountiful yield.
The Roman year began at the new moon of March. Anna Perenna, Goddess of the turning year, began the month as a crone. At the full moon, she married the young God Mars and became the maiden Goddess Neria. Their union reconciled the lunar and solar years. Priests of Mars, the Leapers, danced and leapt in the streets, clashing weapons against shields. The fires of the hearth Goddess Vesta were lighted using fruit wood and sunlight reflected from a mirror. Vesta herself was crowned with laurel, and her priestesses led a sunwise procession through the city, visiting 27 shrines on the way and casting reed puppets into the Tiber River. Masked flute players roamed the streets in honor of the birth of Minerva, Goddess of wisdom and inventor of the flute.
This is the season when Dionysus danced down from the hills, calling the women to leave their weaving and follow him. Maenads and Bacchantes danced night-long in the mountains, crowned with ivy, mad with wine or spruce ale, and feasting on the tender flesh of Amanita Muscaria. City dwellers celebrated Dionysus and Ariadne, Lady of the Labyrinth, with music and drama contests and festivals of new wine at the full moon.
The Phrygian lion Goddess Cybele held two weeks of festival at the equinox. In Rome, she had two festivals, one for the patricians and one for the common people. The Goddess, in the form of a black meteorite brought to Rome from Asia Minor, was paraded through the streets and ritually bathed in the Almo Brook, to the accompaniment of flutes and cymbals.
At the new moon of March, Osiris, consort of the Great Goddess Isis, entered the House of the Moon. Isis, who invented the sail, opened the Mediterranean for navigation in early March. In the ports, her people carried the new ships down to the sea in processions. Isis herself rode through the streets in a ship built to look like her sacred goose. Carnival parades continued the custom with floats called Triumphs carrying images of the gods, especially Dionysus and Ariadne. The Triumphs became the Greater Trumps of the Tarot deck.
In Macedonia, a traditional Carnival play depicts the marriage of a maiden to a man in a bear skin. The bear is killed by a rival, then revived by a Gypsy woman carrying a bundle of grain dressed as a baby. After the play, the actors parade through the town, scattering seeds and calling, “May wheat be ten piastres the bushel!” Bears are said to take human shape during the winter and return to their own forms in the spring.
Chickens begin to lay in March, and eggs are plentiful by the equinox. After the lean time of the winter, eggs are a promise of plenty. Their yolks symbolize the sun. In Eastern Europe, a straw doll representing winter is dressed and adorned with a necklace of blown eggs, then burned or carried to a river and drowned on Palm Sunday.
The vegetation God Adonis dies and is resurrected at the equinox. In Asia Minor, anemones are called the blood of Adonis. When their blossoms turn the hillsides red, women weep for Adonis in the streets, and the new year begins. In England, women planted Gardens of Adonis–wheat, barley, lentils, lettuce, fennel, privet, and flowers–in pots and took them to church on Easter Sunday. Gypsies decorated a willow tree to honor the Green Man on Easter Monday.
This is the full moon of the Deer Month, the season of birthing. Artemis celebrates her festival of new fawns with cakes shaped like deer. Her priestesses are her hounds, the Alani, who pursue their heart’s desire tirelessly over the roughest ground. She celebrates the full moon of April with moon-shaped cakes marked with the quartered circle and left at the crossroads to bless all who pass by. The hot cross buns of Easter tradition were originally her moon cakes.
At the new moon of March, Hera the Queen of Heaven, grown old as Theria the Crone in the long winter, goes down to her sacred spring at Canathos to bathe. She emerges as Antheia the flowering Maiden, one-in-herself, her virginity renewed. Her priestesses are all Heras, glorying in her wholeness, belonging only to themselves. Her priests are all Heracles, her glory and her secret son, the little hero who dwells in the hearts of us all.
In the woods, the Green Man puts forth sprouts from every root and branch. Even in churches, he flowers in carvings of wood and stone, on arches above doorways or hidden beneath benches. “Here, a throat come aleaf, there a branch held aloft,” his green fire races through the woodlands and pulses in our blood: “this green source, this welling-forth in ever-widening circles, this ‘spring’.”*
*from “The Book of the Green Man” by Ronald Johnson
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