Daily Stuff 3-15-21 Ides of March

Hi, folks!

The shop is closed on Tues/Wed. Winter hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Ken Gagne. [

 [posting at 6:30pm] Rain gauge at noon on 3/14 – 0.1 inch, It’s still drippy, but it’s eased up a bit. 48F, wind at 1-10mph and gusting into the 30’s, AQI 10-40, UV2. Chance of rain 55% today and 37% tonight. Today (50/43) should be all showers, stopping in the evening. Wed (50/41) we’re hoping for partly cloudy. Thur. (51/45) showers starting up again, although light. Fri(51/43), though, we’re looking at 1/2 an inch of rain and that will taper off on Sat. (47/40 as part of the cold front pushing through. Sun-Wed typical “is-it-gonna-rain-probably” weather, High 48-54, lows 42/44. No firespots.

ground covers

It was so late by the time we got home… Waking Tempus and getting him moving took time and then we got home and had forgotten the house keys…. so supper was all we managed: meatballs, rice and the veg mix from the night before. It was tasty, but we were tired… and we fell into bed. I got mixed up by the not-changed-yet clocks and ran out of time to make my pie and Tempus didn’t get up until 1:30. <oops> So a few small chores and reading and embroidery were all that happened. I couldn’t get my tablet to go online, either. Frustrating night….

Sage and Thyme

Tempus got in just after 7am and fell right into bed. He fought to wake up, too, so we were a touch late at the shop getting open. I know he’s been fighting his computer all day. I’ve been getting caught up and writing. The shop’s mostly been quiet, but we had a couple call from Corvallis to make sure we’re open and they spent an 2 hours and some change here!

I did get this year’s Ostara ritual posted to our class group. If you want a copy, please let me know!


Tonight we’re supposed to go home and cook. I finally figured out that the reason I couldn’t find the beets for the beet and horseradish relish was that Tempus got canned beets… not the fresh ones that I need for the relish! So he’s veggie shopping in the morning. I also need him to go hunt through the shelves. I though I had another big bottle of ground mustard for the spicy sauce, but I couldn’t find it. I really want to do a pie… <sigh> I might get some of that done! …and I still need a case for my tablet. I can’t keep putting it with my pill box and figuring it’ll survive….

Today we’re home. I’m hoping Tempus gets caught up on sleep, and since I can’t work in the garden when it’s raining as hard as it’s supposed to, I’ll probably sew, if I can get him to clear his end of the table and put the sewing machine back up.

Probably no Wednesday newsletter. I don’t need to come into town for a meeting tonight, so I’ll likely not try and just keep working on home stuff. We still have a whacking lot of chores to do and it’d be nice to make some progress on the diorama….

A picture by Ken Gagne from 3/12/17 of the Siuslaw Bridge.

Bells of Ireland Moluccella_laevis_(Labiatae)_plant

Today’s plant is the Bells of IrelandMoluccella laevis (Molucca balmis, Shellflower, Shell flower) is a summer flowering annual, native to Turkey, Syria and the Caucasus. It is cultivated for its spikes of flowers which look like green bells. In the language of flowers, it represents luck. It’s a member of the mint family as you can tell by the leaves! More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bells_of_Ireland

Today is the Ides of March, mostly known today for the death of Julius Caesar, but they were a religious celebration during the Roman Empire. They were sacred to Jupiter and Anna Perenna. “The ides of March have come,” meaning to say that the prophecy had not been fulfilled, to which the seer replied “Aye, Caesar; but not gone.” More here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assassination_of_Julius_Caesar  and here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ides_of_March#Religious_observances and on Anna Perenna here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anna_Perenna

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Love & Light,


Today’s Astro & Calendar

Moon in Leo

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 Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 3/16 at 12:18pm.

The nearly full Moon occults Eta Leonis on the evening of March 15th, but only for some locations. The scene here may not quite be yours. Also, in these scenes the Moon is shown three times its actual apparent size.

The bright waxing gibbous Moon shines in the Sickle of Leo as darkness falls. The Moon is roughly between Regulus lower right of it and Algieba, slightly fainter, left of it (for North America). Use binoculars to spot Eta Leonis, magnitude 3.5, very close by the Moon. . . maybe! The Moon, will occult (pass in front of) the star Eta Leonis this evening, visible from most of the continental U.S. The event begins just before 8 P.M. EDT on the East Coast and starts earlier the farther west you live. Our Moon, a nearly Full (94 percent lit) waxing gibbous, will cover the magnitude 3.5 star for a little over an hour before slipping away, revealing the luminary’s light once more. You can find start and end times for the occultation by your location here — note all times are given in UTC and you will need to convert to local time. Eta sits a little less than 5° due north of Regulus, Leo’s brightest star. Both are part of the Sickle asterism, which also includes Gamma (γ), Zeta (ζ), Mu, and Epsilon (ϵ) Leonis. Map and timetables. Note that the timetable has two long halves: first for the star’s disappearance, then (scroll down) for its reappearance from behind the Moon’s bright limb up to an hour or more later.

Saturn, magnitude +0.8, is emerging into dawn view lower left of Venus as shown above. Bring binoculars. Their separation closes from 15° on the morning of March 12th to 9° on the 19th. Saturn will pass 2° under Venus at their conjunction on the mornings of March 28th and 29th, with Mars still nearby.

Runic half-month of Berkana/ Beorc, 3/14-29 Half-month ruled by the goddess of the birch tree; a time of purification for rebirth and new beginnings.

Sun in Pisces

Goddess Month of of Moura, runs from 2/20-3/19
Goddess Month of Columbina
runs from 3/20 – 4/17
Celtic Tree Month of
Nuin/Nion  Ash  Feb 18Mar 17
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn  Alder  Mar 18Apr 14
Color – Scarlet
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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
Tu  15     High  12:08 AM     6.3   7:28 AM     Set  6:46 AM      86
~    15      Low   5:36 AM     3.0   7:22 PM    Rise  4:37 PM
~    15     High  11:18 AM     7.4
~    15      Low   6:13 PM     0.1

W   16     High  12:37 AM     6.7   7:26 AM     Set  7:12 AM      92
~    16      Low   6:16 AM     2.4   7:24 PM    Rise  5:48 PM
~    16     High  12:03 PM     7.6
~    16      Low   6:47 PM     0.0


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Rain and snow always seem to have such a good time. They descend to earth giving their nourishment and beauty to all living things – never stopping to point out “weed” from “flower”.



Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – The unfortunate thing about this world is that the good habits are much easier to give up than the bad ones. — W.Somerset Maugham



~   Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. – Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Spanish artist
~   Good service leads to multiple sales. If you take good care of your customers, they will open doors you could never open by yourself. – Jim Rohn
~   In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer. – Albert Camus
~   Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Truthfully I am homesick for a land that is not mine. I am haunted by the steppes, the solitude, the everlasting snow and the great blue sky “up there”! The difficult hours, the hunger, the cold, the wind slashing my face, leaving me with enormous, bloody, swollen lips. The camp sites in the snow, sleeping in the frozen mud, none of that counted, those miseries were soon gone and we remained perpetually submerged in a silence, with only the song of the wind in the solitude, almost bare even of plant life, the fabulous chaos of rock, vertiginous peaks and horizons of blinding light. A land that seems to belong to another world, a land of Titans or gods ? I remained under its spell. – Alexandra David-Néel; letter to her husband, March 12, 1917


Ostara Magick – Spells

Dandelion Magic – Pick a white dandelion puff on the night of the full moon.  Charge the dandelion with a wish, call to the four quarters, and blow your wish into the wind.

Bulb Planting Earth Chant – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html

by Eileen

For all those spring planted bulbs like lilies, oxalis, glads, begonias and such:

breath of the stone is strange to me
i know it lives as i can’t see
force of the earth is strong and free
sustenance and beauty be
born of the stars and sprang from the ground
Mother, Goddess all around
Wheel must turn as the seasons show
what lies dead shall surely grow

OSTARA- Daffodowndilly Spell 

The purpose of this spell is to make wishes concerning all areas of your life.

This is the perfect time of year for planting wishes that will come to fruition in summer and using plant ingredients for magic is a age old custom.

You will need:

one green candle 
one yellow candle
matches or lighter
summer flowering bulbs, one to a wish
soil or potting soil in a medium sized indoor planter

As part of your OSTARA ritual and in a properly cast circle, work as follows.

1. Light the green candle saying: By the shoot

2. Light the yellow candle saying: By the flower I invoke OSTARAs power

3. Take each bulb and seperately name it after the wish you seek to acheieve.

4. Hold them in your hands and chant your wish into them with the following words: As the nights shrink down and this bulb goes underground, As the days grow long, so the thing I wish grows strong.

5. Bury the bulbs in the soil, or potting soil. Place your hands palms down on the soil and visualize the growth you have wished for coming to pass.

6. Keep the bulbs inside until the threat of frost has passed, then plant outside next to the spring flowering bulbs.

The idea here is to trade on the fertility of the daffodils by empowering summer flowering bulbs and planting them closely by. The summer bulbs will get the general idea from the flowering daffodown dillies and charged with your wishes hurry to grow and flower. From Hearth  and Home Witchery


Silliness – For The Kids…

Doctor, Doctor Have you got something for a bad headache?
Of course. Just take this hammer and hit yourself in the head. Then you’ll have a bad headache.

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