It’s cloudy with a slight breeze, not so very dark, even with thick cloud above. Spring is here, even if we can’t see it all that well. The porch roof drips occasionally, and when I was back in the bathroom I could hear water coming through the downspout from the gutters. The clematis that’s blooming beneath the porch roof is beautiful, even though the rain and frost and wind have spoiled the flowers that weren’t protected.
I was outside for a couple of minutes looking at new growth. When you clear away dead grass you can see the new stuff beneath. Little yarrow and self-heal shoots are all around the bases of the plants. New sweet woodruff plants are coming up into the path. I need to clear some of the grass roots and I need to pot up some small plants. Anyone need woodruff?
Yesterday morning I had a few moments just as we opened the shop to harvest some more from the planters out in front. I had daffodils, primrose flowers, calendula from the planters and dandelions from the path at the house.
We had a busy day, one necessary thing after another getting finished. The couple that were looking for an intentional community have moved on. Luck to them in finding something!
I started getting pictures of new stock. Those will go up today. The drying rack pictures got sorted out. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.19159740 34759.54263.1704231146&type=3&l=ae4227bcc8
At some point when I was getting the harvested materials put away, I also sat down and got dried things sorted including calendula and dandelion. I also spent a long while with the pine, stripping needles and sorting the sappy branch tips into one place to dry a little. They’re full of resin this time of the year. The whole classroom smelled like pine…actually almost like lemonade…..
Class went well, but there’s only one student. The other two haven’t been back or spoken to us, although we’ve seen them.
I’m still really tired, even after 10 hours of sleep. It’s almost noon and this is almost ready to go out. …still only almost….
We’ve our usual Tuesday things, but today I’m going to start with the calendar and see what we’ve got. I also have to track down whatever happened to the sky and telescope newsletter, work on fabric designs, bills, and other such things. There may be a sewing workshop tomorrow at the shop in the afternoon, but I haven’t heard back from folks. Tempus and I are also going to try to rack a wine today.
The shop opens at 11am. Winter hours – Thursday through Monday, 11am-5pm. If we’re supposed to be closed, but it looks like we’re there, try the door. If it’s open, the shop’s open!
Love & Light,
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The Moon is a waning crescent but in New Moon Phase End of the cycle - In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away. Phase change from waning to waxing occurs at 2:57am on Thursday.
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn Alder Mar 18 - Apr 14
Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 - 4/17
Runic half-month of 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 Aries
Moon in Pisces
Mercury Retrograde, Mars Retrograde, Saturn retrograde
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3/21 – Wednesday, 3pm – Herbs Outdoors – not this week, too wet!
3/21 – Esbat, 7pm - Dark moon, Brigdhe’s Flame?
Thursday 3/22 – New Moon at 7:37am
5pm - Wicca 103 – Lesson 3
3/24 – Saturday, Juno Retrograde, 4:32pm
3/24- Saturday 11am – Herbs Workshop
3pm – Sewing Workshop
3/25 - Sunday, 10am – Wicca 101
1pm - Brea’s Elements (counseling)
3pm – Herb Workshop – Practical Craft
3/26 – Monday, 6pm – Wicca 101, Lesson 4-5
4/1 – Sunday, April Fools’ Day, Palm Sunday
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM - Destination Branding Workshop - Part 1 Overleaf Events Center at the Overleaf Lodge, 280 Overleaf Lodge Lane, $5.00
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Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Destination Branding Workshop - Part 2
Overleaf Events Center at the Overleaf Lodge (goes with above)
4/4 – Wednesday, Mercury goes Direct at 3:11am
Esbat, 7pm, Full Moon
4/6 – Friday, Full Wind Moon, 12:19pm, Peaceful Crane moon
April 7-8 – Psychic Fair – No Special Guest
11am - Herb Workshop
1pm – Hypatia and the Burning of the Library of Alexandria
3pm - Sewing Workshop
6pm - Metta Meditation
7pm – Movie Night, showing Agora, discussion will follow, bring snacks. This is a fund-raiser, donations only, although I will be talking about Cherry Hill and the Hypatia society.
4/10 – Tuesday, Pluto Retrograde
4/12 – Thursday
4/13 – Friday, Mars goes Direct, 8:53pm
4/18 – Esbat, Hecate’s Brooch – Lesser Banishing of the Chocolate Bunny
4/19 - Thursday, 3pm - Crones’ Tea
4/19 – Thursday, Sun enters Taurus, 9:12am
4/21 – Saturday, New Moon at 12:18am
Beltane/Walpurgisnacht Sabbat 4/27? 5/4? Friday, 7pm at Ancient Light
Sat/Sun May 12/13 – Waldport’s Great Garage Sale
Pan-Pagan Gathering, Friday – Sunday, September 28-30
Mar. 20, 2012 Rise Set
Actual Time 7:18 AM PDT 7:29 PM PDT
Civil Twilight 6:49 AM PDT 7:58 PM PDT
Nautical Twilight 6:15 AM PDT 8:32 PM PDT
Astronomical Twilight 5:40 AM PDT 9:07 PM PDT
Moon 6:06 AM PDT 6:01 PM PDT
Length Of Visible Light 13h 09m
Length of Day 12h 11m
Tomorrow will be 3m 6s longer.
Waning Crescent, 3% of the Moon is Illuminated
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.
to study this month - Ailim - Silver Fir Ogam letter correspondences
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 20 High 12:02 AM 7.2 7:18 AM Rise 6:06 AM 7
20 Low 6:05 AM 1.4 7:29 PM Set 6:02 PM
20 High 12:00 PM 7.4
20 Low 6:24 PM 0.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – A beach not only permits inertia but enforces it, thus neatly eliminating all problems of guilt.
Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? - Quotations- In Poor Richard's Almanack, Benjamin Franklin wrote, "Don't throw stones at your neighbours', if your own Windows are glass." What do you think he meant?
Before everything else, getting ready is the secret to success. - Henry Ford
A wise man is cured of ambition by ambition itself; his aim is so exalted that riches, office, fortune and favour cannot satisfy him. - Dr. Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) English writer, lexcographer
Ah, mon cher, for anyone who is alone, without God and without a master, the weight of days is dreadful. - Albert Camus (1913-1960) French writer, born in Algiers
Great spirits have often encountered violent opposition from weak minds. - Einstein
How could you begin to understand His miracles?
If you said yes glibly you would be lying,
and if you say no, that "no" will behead you
And force severity to slam shut your soul's window.
So stay in bewilderment, in wonder, so Gods' succor
Can run to you from every side and direction.
When you are really bewildered, maddened and annihilated,
Then your whole being prays, without words, "Guide me!"
The wrath of God is terrible, more terrible than anything,
But once you have begun to tremble, it starts to soften.
Anger is aimed at the denier; when you have become humble
You will come to know it as gentleness, as mercy. - Jalal-ud-Din Rumi (Translated by Andrew Harvey from A Year of Rumi)
Magick – Ostara
* Pisanki: Icons of the Universe * [Anja’s Note: There are a lot of beautiful pictures with this article, ask me for a PDF version at email@example.com ]
from Okana's Web;
One of the prime icons and symbols of Spring, of birth and rebirth And fertility, is the egg, and Poles have made decorating and sanctifying them an art form. The perfect icon of the universe, decorated eggs were taken out into the fields as the grains were sown, along with a candle blessed at Gromniczne (Imbolc), in order to bring life back into the warming soil. Eggs were also buried at the base of fruit trees to make them bear in abundance. Even the water in which boiled-style eggs were prepared is sacred; used to wash in, bless with, poured along the property lines to protect against lightening and thunder and the ravages of weather, and anointing bee hives to bring plenty of sweet tasting honey. A bowl of decorated eggs was kept in the homes at all times, to ensure good health and prosperity. Once decorated in ritual fashion, eggs were never thrown out if they were broken. Instead they are buried in the garden, bringing good fortune, or given to the Rusalje (water nymphs/spirits) in the nearest river or stream. A Great symbol of fertility, eggs traditionally bedeck the breads baked for weddings.
The eggs are decorated in several different styles. Boiled eggs are decorated in single colors, usually red, and are called krashanka. These are meant to be eaten, or fed to the livestock, and are dyed appropriately with materials safe for consumption. Krapanka are also boiled eggs, and are decorated with multi-colored dots. Drapanka are single color boiled eggs into which a design is scratched with a pin or small knife tip.
Lystowka are wrapped in leafs and subjected to a bath of onion skin water, giving a beautiful relief pattern. Depending on the type of leaves used, these eggs may also be eaten as they are boiled in the onion skins. (do NOT use any leaf you are not sure of if you plan to serve these eggs!). The most common and most tedious form of decoration, however, is called pisanki, a batik-method coloring using beeswax, commercial or natural material dyes, and RAW eggs (boiling the eggs first will not only alter the significance of the icon, but will allow water to seep through and ruin the dye, or will alter the design by adhering to cracks formed in the boiling process).
Traditionally, eggs were decorated by women and girls only; now I find that many more men are taking up this ritual as a meaningful expression of the season's celebration. Ages old rituals passed from baci (grandmother) to her family are used for the preparation of the designs. I follow a ritual much as the one outlined below - some taught, some self-inspired.
The working is traditionally done after dark, in a quiet spot that Allows concentration, meditation, and ritual consciousness. By custom, the artist should have made an effort during the day to remain calm and anger- free. The work space is set up much as an altar would be. A white tablecloth covers the work space; your candle is set in the middle of the table. Salt and bread are set behind the candle, a cup of water to the left, and flowers or incense to the right.
There are a series of traditional designs with names that date from pre-Christianity. Examples are the set of four called "The Princess, The Queen, The Crone, and the Great Goddess", 40 triangles, Call of Spring, the Universe, Gates, Birds, and Gypsy Roads. If you would like instructions for these specific designs, email the author, and I will get them to you. But you are free of course to follow inspiration and create your own personal magickal designs, and below are some of the symbolisms of design and color in pisanki:
* Sun - almost all pisanki incorporate some type of sun design. These include circles, tripods, stars, roses and swastikas.
* Circle - stands for completeness, continuity, and the cyclical nature of life.
* Circle with a dot inside - stands for the moment when the spring sun's light first hits the earth, renewing life.
* Circle divided in half - polarity, as in male/female, black/white, good/evil, night/day, life/death
* Circle inscribed with a solar cross - the four directions, the four ages, the elements
* Circle in a circle - androgyneity
* Circle surrounded and bounded by smaller circles - the poppy - consolation, oblivion, sleep, frailty
* Swastika - happiness, blessings, good fortune, good will
* Tripod - birth, life, death; man, woman, child; maiden, mother, crone
* Rose - an eight pointed star much as is found in Pennsylvania Dutch hex symbols and in quilts - stands for purity, knowledge, beauty, perfection, elegance, the eye of the Divine.
* Dots - either stars or eggs
* Triangle - air, fire, and water; sun, thunder, and bonfire; earth, air, heaven
* Encircling line - eternity
* Embattled lines - looks like the top of a castle tower, going up, left, down, left, up, left, etc. - stands for something contained, or protection against some outside force
* Invected line - a row of half circles touching at the ends ^^^^^^^^ - stands for the meeting of opposites, such as land and water or earth and sky
* Saw - indented lines, looks like a saw blade - stands for fire or water, cleansing
* Meander - looks like a child's rendition of waves - stands for harmony, infinity, waves, immortality. The most famous design incorporating this style is Gypsy Roads, a meander between alternate fields of red and black, and is a strong protection icon.
* Sieve - any space decorated with criss cross lines, like a net - Dividing good and evil
* Basket - a triangle inscribed with a sieve - motherhood, the giver of life and gifts
* Ladder - searching
* Comb, rake - sunrays, putting things in order, harvest, husbandry, prosperity
* Bends - elongated s shapes - defense, protection
* Spirals - mystery of life and death, divinity, immortality
* Solar Crosses - four directions, four ages, four elements
* Trees - pine branches strength, boldness, growth, eternal life; broad leaf trees renewal, creation, unity; apple tree fertility, luck
* Grapes and vines - fellowship, loyal love
* Plums - lines with curved (semi-circle) branches in pairs - knowledge, health, wisdom
* Three leaf clusters - "periwinkles" - eternal love, pure love
* Oak leaf - persistence, strength
* Lily of the Valley - purity, humility, young brides
* Sunflower - circle inscribed with a sieve design and with a stem - The God, a life symbol
* Cucumber - oval with a line of dots from end to end – the preservation of life
* Grain kernels - fertility, abundance
* Stag antlers - leadership, victory, nobility, joy, maleness
* Horse - wealth, prosperity, speed, endurance
* Ram horns - strength in the face of opposition, perseverance, dignity
* Rooster - good fortune, exultation, vigilance, married life
* Hen - fertility
* Birds - the coming of Spring - sparrows symbolized the soul of man Trying to be one with the Divine under any conditions, and community life - swallows protected households, larks protected fields, nightingales protected orchards, ducks and geese protected lakes and rivers, and storks protected villages
* Butterflies - childhood, frivolity, soul's ascent to immortality, freedom
* Spider - artistry, patience, industry
* Fish - abundance, sacrifice, regeneration
* Hens' Feet - motherly protection, guiding the young in search for knowledge
* Goose Feet - the soul, warning, wakefulness (many Poles use geese as watch animals)
* Bear paws - the guardian of the forest, bravery, wisdom, strength, endurance, reawakening, protection, the guardian of homeowners
* Rabbits ears - humility, listening to lessons of nature
* Wolves teeth - loyalty, wisdom, a firm grip on truth, teaching
* Yellow - light, purity, wisdom, youth, happiness, harvest, hospitality, love, benevolence
* Orange - endurance, strength, worthy ambition, fire, flame - it is the red of passion tempered by the yellow of wisdom)
* Green - renewal, breaking of shackles, freedom from bondage, freshness, fertility, health, hopefulness
* Red - action, magic, fire, charity, youth, spiritual awakening, joy of life, love - children are usually given solid red eggs at Wiosna
* Black - absolute, constancy, eternity, the womb, death, fear, ignorance - black and white eggs are in honor of the souls of the departed
* Brown - Mother Earth, bountiful gifts
* Blue - used SPARINGLY, as is hard to make - skies, air, good health
* White - purity, virginity, innocence, birth
* Purple - fasting, faith, patience, trust
From Pam at Hearthside Circle
3/16/12 – For someone who has found a dream job and wants some extra oomph to help him get it.
3/7/12 - 9-year-old boy with an inoperable brain tumor. Starting radiation. Family and friends asking help for him and for the children that know him.
3/7/12 – “I would also like to ask for healing...I just want to be whole again...able to walk so I can take care of the things I need to take care of. I know with the whole almost dying thing that it would take me a while to recover but a month and a half of being practically bed ridden..its a lot slower than I anticipated...I am just feeling trapped by my own body and these circumstances. To be honest it may seem bigger than it really is because I'm so inward focused and emotional right now. On the plus side I am very happy to say that I have more energy and am walking further every day ;-)”
2/19/12 – A young couple starting their first baby, asking about fertility rituals and energy to make things go well.
Silliness – GCF: Preposition
A gentleman wandered around the campus of a college looking for the library. He approached a student and asked, "Excuse me, young man. Would you be good enough to tell me where the library is at?"
The student, in a very arrogant and belittling tone, replied, "I'm sorry, sir, but at this school, we are taught never to end a sentence with a preposition!"
The gentleman smiled, and in a very apologetic tone, he replied, "I beg your pardon. Please allow me to rephrase my question. Would you be good enough to tell me where the library is at, dummy?"