First Minus Tide of the cycle at 10:30 AM of -0.1 feet. The shop is closed on Tue/Wed. Winter hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Markaye Simpson. Herbs in the Garden at 3pm.
[posting at 6pm] Rain gauge at noon on 3/21 – 0.4 It’s been a grey day and raining pretty hard at times. Breezy, too, since I’ve been watching the rosebush flapping rather wildly at times. 50F, wind at 1-18mph and gusting, AQI 8-41, UV4. Chance of rain 9% today and 24% tonight. Pollen – moderate, Pollen Types: Alder, Birch, Juniper. Today (61/47) is forecast to be dry, but we’re looking at showers, midday, on Wednesday (51/43). Thu (56/43) should have a sunny afternoon, then Fri (54/45) back to mostly cloudy. Sat (56/46) a small chance of showers. Sun (53/44) & Mon(54/43) dry, then a chance of showers Tue/Wed (53/42). 0 firespots.
We fell into bed Sunday night, but I was back up early enough to feed Tempus before he headed out on the paper route. I got all the feast stuff photographed (and left the camera home yesterday) then put what was left away. I was still tired enough that I took a book to bed. Tempus got in around 8:30. I got up around 10 and and was sorting coins into my new quarters book for awhile and sorting some recipes and then I crawled back in and slept until 12:15.
It was a damp morning, but not raining, when we left home. I was watching plants this morning: pussy willows leafing out, fruit trees with a blooming branch and the rest ready to pop, trees that don’t look like sticks anymore, whether from catkins, buds or baby leaves. There’s a whole blue patch along the highway at one point. It starts with grape hyacinths, but then it’s all blooming vinca…. Mallards in the Lint Slough outflow.
We weren’t very busy with customers. For Spring Break this has been quiet…. Just a few people through the door… I was writing and Tempus was paying bills. Eventually I got to books, but didn’t get very far. He headed out to the bank and PO and when he got back, I had my purple carrot seeds. 🙂 Looking forward to those….
A few books went out. There are some new ones in the back-a-book shelf, including one of the King Arthur stories, a copy of Circles, Groves and Sanctuaries by the Campenellis is on the Witchiness shelf, plus a copy of Western Mandalas of Transformation by Soror A.L. on the new shelf, plus another talisman book and a copy of Scottish witchcraft.
Today we’re probably going to sleep in a little, but I’m hoping to work outside. Herbs in the Garden at 3pm is going to be planting. I have peonies, lily of the valley and a bunch of seeds, plus more dahlia tubers. Probably no newsletter tonight, so the next will be for Thursday morning.
Today’s plant is the Rhododendron genus, specifically the wild rhodys that we have out here, that should be blooming in about 5 weeks, (and some are starting up, nursery varieties) the Pacific rhododendron, Rhododendron macrophyllum. Rhodys have native forms in much of the world (not South America or Africa) They are one of the showiest of the flowers with hybrids and cultivars all over the place, including the azaleas which fall into this genus, but there are some that you wouldn’t recognize, having almost no flowers at all! The plant is toxic to many animals and honey made from the plants will make you ill. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhododendron Our rhodys out here are lovely during their bloom time, when you see a hit of pink here and there along highways and trails and in the woods and then within days drifts and swathes and whole hillsides are pink! It’s a hardy plant, which grows well in disturbed places, particularly areas that were burned over. It will re-grow from the scorched roots! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhododendron_macrophyllum – There aren’t any magickal references to rhododendrons that I’ve found, which doesn’t make any sense, since at least the cultivated ones are all over! Azaleas stand for Temperance in the language of flowers. Yellow rhododendron, native to Sibera, is used for rheumatism, gout and syphilis. My personal uses for them are for glamourie, beauty and outward show, but also for the learning to make these unnecessary by creating inward beauty and serenity. When these flowers are in season I use the fresh ones as a “notice me!” spell.
Attis is one of the stranger gods that come out of the Mediterranean area. He is the consort of the mother goddess Cybele, whose worship was orgiastic and whose priests castrated themselves. This is the day that his image was hung from a tree and paraded into Rome. He pre-figures some of the odder stories about Jesus with his death and resurrection, birth from a virgin at the Winter Solstice, crucifixion, etc. Easter baskets with grass may have some odd connection with his rites. More on Attis here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attis and on the feast here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cybele#.27Holy_week.27_in_March
House Gryffindor in the Harry Potter world stands for courage as well as daring, nerve, and chivalry, and thus its members were generally regarded as brave, though sometimes to the point of recklessness. Some Gryffindors had also been noted to be short-tempered. Harry Potter himself is a Gryffindor. They stand for the element of Fire.
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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 3/31 at 11:24pm. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 3/24 at 10:37pm.
Uranus is nearing the end of a close pass by the 7th-magnutude red giant field star HIP 12349 in Aries. This evening, the planet is 0.3° north of the star, with the pair located in the southeastern region of the constellation, roughly halfway between Hamal in Aries and Menkar in Cetus. Star-hoppers can drop down about 1.3° west-southwest of Omicron (ο) Arietis to find them. You may even notice the significant color contrast between Omicron and HIP 12349 — the former is blue-white, while the other is orangey-red. Uranus itself will appear as a small, “flat” star with a grayish cast. Its disk is just 3″ across. Keep coming back each night, and you’ll see Uranus pull away from the red giant and approach Omicron through the end of the month, ending March roughly 0.8° west of this star.
In a very dark sky, the realistic stick figure of Canis Major is fairly plain to see — the Big Dog is seen in profile prancing to the right on his hind legs, with Sirius on his chest as his shiny dog tag. But for many of us, only his five brightest stars show well through the light pollution. These form the unmistakable Meat Cleaver. Sirius and Murzim (to its right) are the wide top end of the Cleaver, with Sirius sparkling on its top back corner. Down to Sirius’s lower left is the Cleaver’s other end including its short handle, formed by the triangle of Adhara, Wezen, and Aludra. The Cleaver is chopping toward the lower right.
Just under Canis Major’s tail, or the Meat Cleaver’s handle, are two big, loose open clusters for binoculars: Collinder 140 and 132. They’re about 1° and 1½° across, respectively, and they stand out only rather subtly from the starry background. But they’re both real! Cr 140 is about 1,300 light-years away, and Cr 132 is a few hundred light-years farther. Piece them out using the chart in Matt Wedel’s Binocular Highlight column in the March Sky & Telescope, page 43.
The waning gibbous Moon rises in the early hours of Wednesday morning, among the stars of upper Scorpius. Best view: just before the first glimmer of dawn Wednesday, about 1½ to 1¾ hours before sunrise. The Moon is due south then, hanging just 2° above the orange-red supergiant Antares (for North America).
Mercury, Jupiter, and Neptune are out of sight in the glare of the Sun.
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.
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14. Fern (FAIR-n) Alder – The common alder (Alnus glutinosa (L.) Gaertner) is common along lowland rivers, where it grows with aspens, poplars, and willows. Like willows, alders sprout from stumps. This allows them to regenerate after heavy flooding. In protect sites they may grow to 20 m (65 feet) tall. Their leaves are more blunt-tipped than most North American alders, which look more like the grey alder (A. incana (L.) Moench). This species is more common in the mountains of Europe, and is not restricted to moist soils. Like ashes, European alders are not widely cultivated in North American (they are often sold as black alders), but several native species are. Alder wood is said to resist rotting when it is wet, and was the wood of choice for pilings in many regions. Alders are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae).
Fearn – Alder Ogam letter correspondences
Letter: F, V
Meaning: Help in making choices; spiritual guidance and protection.
Ogam letter correspondences to study this month – Ailim – Silver Fir
Color: Light Blue
Meaning: Learning from past mistakes; Take care in choices.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Tu 22 High 3:37 AM 8.3 7:15 AM Set 9:35 AM 85
~ 22 Low 10:30 AM -0.1 7:31 PM
~ 22 High 4:46 PM 6.4
~ 22 Low 10:13 PM 2.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Stop pressing rewind on things that should be deleted in your life.
Journal Prompt – What? – What kind of pet would you most like to have—monkey, snake, goat—why?
~ As soon go kindle fire with snow, as seek to quench the fire of love with words. – William Shakespeare
~ If you come up in this world be sure not to go down in the next. – Irish Proverb
~ Isn’t it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too? – Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
~ Men in great place are thrice servants,-servants of the sovereign or state, servants of fame, and servants of business. – Francis Bacon; Of Great Place
Tossing his mane of snows in wildest eddies and tangles, Lion-like, March cometh in. – –William Dean Howells (1837–1920)
Magick – Busy Witch
Silliness – Sniglet – Any word which should be in the dictionary but isn’t. – tolloaf (TOE lohf) – v. Act of missing a toll basket and having to climb out of your car to retrieve the coin.