Daily Stuff 2-20-18 O’Hare

It’s snowing. There are huge, fluffy flakes falling lazily down. It’s sticking on the steps and plants, but not on the ground. …oh, nuts…

“… Winter Weather Advisory in effect from 6 PM this evening to 7 am PST Wednesday…
* what… snow expected. Total accumulations of 1 to 3 are   expected.
* Where… central Oregon coast.
* When… from 6 PM this evening to 7 am PST Wednesday.
* Additional details… .plan on difficult travel conditions,  including possibly during the evening commute this evening and  on the Wednesday morning commute. Expect reduced visibilities at  times.

Hoo, boy…. We have a paper run tonight…. Currently 33F with the wind at 5mph. THis ought to moderate by Friday, but….

Yesterday was a quiet day. Tempus spent the day at the shop putting things away and I spent the day at home reading or talking to people on the computer. After he closed up, he ran a couple of errands, stopped at the apartment for me and we picked up a dear, longtime friend from the beach house where she was staying and took her out for supper.

We took her to the Salty Dawg and had a great time noshing and talking until they were about to close, then went back to the shop and sat there, chatting, until nearly 11pm! We had a lot to catch up on. It’s been nearly 20 years! WOw….. you know you’re getting old when that happens.

Tempus took her back to her beach house while I finished up some paperwork and paid a couple of bills, then we put some more stuff away and headed home to bed.

Today we have a lot of chores to do. There are things that have been neglected while we were working on the feast, so that needs to be fixed and we have more leftovers to sort out and put away properly. This evening is the paper run, despite the weather, but I may not go with Tempus so’s to not distract him.

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yarrow 06-07-10Today’s Plant is Yarrow, Achillea millefolium. This plant is often called woundwort or nosebleed because of its clotting properties and is used for fevers and infections because it has salicylates (aspirin) in it. The young leaves can be eaten and it becomes and aid to vision-work. It’s easy to grow and makes a great companion plant. We have mostly the pacificaandcalifornica varieties out here. – Feminine, Venus, Water. Exorcism – Wear to protect – hold in hand to stop fear – hang over bed for lasting love – carry for love and bring friends and contact with relatives. Flower – Feminine, Venus, Water – flowers made into tea for psychic power, Exorcism, protection, stop fear, lasting love. More info here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yarrow

Today’s Feast – February 20, 1942 – Two stories – (interesting take on this here: http://www.snopes.com/glurge/ohare.asp

“STORY NUMBER ONE

Many years ago, Al Capone virtually owned Chicago. Capone wasn’t famous for anything heroic. He was notorious for enmeshing the windy city in everything from bootlegged booze and prostitution to murder.

Capone had a lawyer nicknamed ‘Easy Eddie.’ He was his lawyer for a good reason. Eddie was very good! In fact, Eddie’s skill at legal maneuvering kept Big Al out of jail for a long time. To show his appreciation, Capone paid him very well. Not only was the money big, but Eddie got special dividends. For instance, he and his family occupied a fenced-in mansion with live-in help and all of the conveniences of the day.

The estate was so large that it filled an entire Chicago City block. Eddie lived the high life of the Chicago mob and gave little consideration to the atrocity that went on around him.

Eddie did have one soft spot, however. He had a son that he loved dearly. Eddie saw to it that his young son had the best of everything: clothes, cars and a good education. Nothing was withheld. Price was no object. And, despite his involvement with organized crime, Eddie even tried to teach him right from wrong. Eddie wanted his son to be a better man than he was.

Yet, with all his wealth and influence, there were two things he couldn’t give his son; that he couldn’t pass on a good name and a good example. One day, Easy Eddie reached a difficult decision. Easy Eddie wanted to rectify wrongs he had done. He decided he would go to the authorities and tell the truth about Al “Scarface” Capone, clean up his tarnished name and offer his son some semblance of integrity.

To do this, he would have to testify against The Mob, and he knew that the cost would be great. So, he testified. Within the year, Easy Eddie’s life ended in a blaze of gunfire on a lonely Chicago Street. But in his eyes, he had given his son the greatest gift he had to offer, at the greatest price he would ever pay.

220px-Edward_OhareSTORY NUMBER TWO
World War II produced many heroes. One such man was Lieutenant Commander Butch O’Hare. He was a fighter pilot assigned to the aircraft carrier Lexington in the South Pacific.

One day his entire squadron was sent on a mission. After he was airborne, he looked at his fuel gauge and realized that someone had forgotten to top off his fuel tank. He would not have enough fuel to complete his mission and get back to his ship. His flight leader told him to return to the carrier. Reluctantly, he dropped out of formation and headed back to the fleet. As he was returning to the mother ship he saw something that turned his blood cold. A squadron of Japanese aircraft were speeding their way toward the American fleet.

The American fighters were gone on a sortie, and the fleet was all but defenseless. He couldn’t reach his squadron and bring them back in time to save the fleet. Nor could he warn the fleet of the approaching danger. There was only one thing to do. He must somehow divert them from the fleet. Laying aside all thoughts of personal safety, he dove into the formation of Japanese planes. Wing-mounted 50 caliber’s blazed as he charged in, attacking one surprised enemy plane and then another. Butch wove in and out of the now broken formation and fired at as many planes as possible until all his ammunition was finally spent. Undaunted, he continued the assault. He dove at the planes, trying to clip a wing or tail in hopes of damaging as many enemy planes as possible and rendering them unfit to fly. Finally, the exasperated Japanese squadron took off in another direction. Deeply relieved, Butch O’Hare and his tattered fighter limped back to the carrier. Upon arrival he reported in and related the event surrounding his return.

The film from the gun-camera mounted on his plane told the tale. It showed the extent of Butch’s daring attempt to protect his fleet. He had in fact destroyed five enemy aircraft.

This took place on February 20, 1942, and for that action Butch became the Navy’s first Ace of W.W.II, and the first Naval Aviator to win the Congressional Medal of Honor. A year later Butch was killed in aerial combat at the age of 29.

His home town would not allow the memory of this WW II hero to fade, and today, O’Hare Airport in Chicago is named in tribute to the courage of this great man.

So the next time you find yourself at O’Hare International, give some thought to visiting Butch’s memorial displaying his statue and his Medal of Honor. It’s located between Terminals 1 and 2.

So What Do These Two Stories Have to Do with Each Other?

Butch O’Hare was Easy Eddie’s son.

The rest of the story is in the book, Fateful Rendezvous: The story of Butch O’Hare.  More here:  http://www.mindconnection.com/library/factfile/ohare.htm More on Easy Eddie here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_J._O%27Hare and on Butch O’Hare, here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butch_O%27Hare

The shop is open 11-5pm Thursday through Monday, although we’re there a lot later most nights.  Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.org 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! In case of bad weather, check here at the blog for updates, on our Facebook as Ancient Light, or call the shop.

Love & Light,
Anja

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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 3/1 at 4:51pm. 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 2/20 at 1:05am.  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 2/23 at 12:09am. 

The five brightest stars of Canis Major form a celestial meat cleaver. Due south of brilliant Sirius is the hazy star cluster M41.
After it’s fully dark, look 15° (about a fist and a half at arm’s length) upper right of the Moon for Hamal, the brightest star of Aries. The next two brightest stars of Aries, Sheratan and Mesarthim, hang below Hamal. Continue the line from the Moon through Hamal onward by another fist (if you’re observing from North America), and you’re in dim Triangulum: long, thin, and pointing down.
Venus is just beginning to emerge into view low in the afterglow of sunset. If the air is good and clear, look for it just above your west-southwest horizon 15 or 20 minutes after your local sunset time. Binoculars help. Venus is beginning an “Evening Star” apparition that will continue through next summer.

Goddess Month of Moura, runs from 2/20-3/19
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17
Runic half-month of Sowulo/ Sigel, 2/12-26 It represents the power of the force of good throughout the world and is the harbinger of victory and ascendancy over darkness. 

Sun in Pisces.
Moon in Aries enters Taurus at 11:12am.
Ceres (3/18) Retrograde
Color – Red

©2018 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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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: Chieftain
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.

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Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay

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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
Tu  20     High   3:14 AM     7.6   7:08 AM    Rise  9:45 AM      15
~    20      Low   9:32 AM     1.5   5:52 PM     Set 11:10 PM
~    20     High   3:23 PM     6.7
~    20      Low   9:31 PM     1.3

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – In the Name of the Crone: I will see Beauty around me, knowing that it is transitory, but always replaced with more Beauty.

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – Describe – Describe your room at home in detail. What are you proudest of and why?

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Quotes  

~  Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal. – Albert Camus
~  One minute of sitting. One minute of being a Buddha. – Zen
~  One that would have the fruit must climb the tree. – Thomas Fuller
~  Part of becoming a writer has been: being honest about what I like, what I enjoy, what moves me. – Justin Kramon

STORM BATTLE
Blue gray storm clouds covered the sun
I see them floating about and getting thicker;
they look threatening and fierce,
ready to destroy us with their storms.

We look small below them and unimportant
they can smush us with cold rain and hail,
frighten us with their thunder
and the spears of the lightnings they send.

I can see behind the clouds!  There are warriors,
blue gray warriors hiding, ready to spring
throwing their spears, pelting us with hail,
flattening the earth so they can rule again.

It must be the Norse warriors… the fiercer ones,
not the bright Valkyries on their flying horses.
Perhaps they are enemies, let us call;
call to the Valkyries to protect us!

Here they come, whirling around on their steeds,
bright hair swirling, battle cries with high notes,
fighting the dark, fierce warriors
who would destroy us with the thunder and hail.

What beautiful armor, white winged horses,
bows and arrows, runes on their armbands…
swoop down so I may ride behind you
let me be a battle-maiden too, serving Freya!

Teach me your battle-cries, paint my face with runes,
proud warriors!  May I be your sister?
Like glittering Brisingamen, the sun shines again,
glowing upon your armor…

The shadow warriors dissipate, the clouds roll away,
the Valkyries have won the battle.
My warrior sisters must fly back to Valhalla,
but they will come for me in the dream-time. – © August 2005, Beth Johnson (Mystic Amazon)

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Ostara Magick – Recipes

BaconSwiss Quiche http://greenhaventradition.weebly.com/ostara-recipes.html This was originally published in The Wordsmith’s Forge on 1/22/09, then revised for reprint 6/24/11. ( This is Anja’s fave quiche!)

Ingredients:

  • 1 (9-inch) deep-dish pie crust in tin
  • 12 slices bacon
  • 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups half-and-half
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper [ for Anja… horseradish!]

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
  2. Place bacon in a large skillet, and fry over medium-high heat until crisp.
  3. Drain on paper towels, then chop coarsely. Sprinkle bacon and cheese into pastry shell.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, cream, salt, sugar and cayenne pepper. Pour mixture into pastry shell.
  5. Bake 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Reduce heat to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C), and bake an additional 30 minutes, or until a knife inserted 1 inch from edge comes out clean. Allow quiche to sit 10 minutes before cutting into wedges.

Carrot Cake

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons freshly grated ginger (not powdered!)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons Myer’s Rum or 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice (Jamaican preferred)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/2 lbs peeled, grated carrots (4 cups)
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Grease and flour or spray 2 8 inch round cake pans with Baker’s Joy. (If using butter and flour, tap out the excess).
  3. Mix together flour, sugar, and spices in a large bowl.
  4. Add lightly beaten eggs and oil, grated carrots and remaining ingredients. Stir to combine.
  5. Pour batter evenly into the two prepared cake pans.
  6. Bake in preheated oven until cake tester or toothpick inserted in center is nearly clean when removed, approximately 25 minutes.
  7. Allow cake to cool, then remove from pan and frost with cream cheese frosting

Frosting

  • 2 oz. Soft Cream Cheese
  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat together cream cheese, butter, and vanilla on high speed.
  2. Gradually beat in the sugar at reduced speed.
  3. Add more or less sugar to achieve desired consistency.
  4. Spread first cake round with 1/3 frosting for the bottom, add the second layer and use remaining frosting on top or sides.
  5. If desired, sprinkle with flaked coconut or chopped nuts before serving.

Almond Paste Dates

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Pound Almond Paste
  • 1 Pound Dates (Pitted)

Directions:

  1. Slit dates lengthwise
  2. press almond paste into canoe opening
  3. Sprinkle with colored or powdered sugar (optional)

BlueberryGinger Crumble – http://greenhaventradition.weebly.com/ostara-recipes.html This was originally published in The Wordsmith’s Forge on 1/22/09, then revised for reprint 6/24/11.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ginger chips (minced crystallized ginger)
  • 1/3 cup butter

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350º.
  2. Put the blueberries in a medium-sized glass bowl and rake the edge of a spoon through them to bruise the fruit slightly.  Add 1/3 cup white sugar and 1 tablespoon lemon juice; stir, then set aside.
  3. In a second bowl, combine 1/2 cup flour, 1/2 cup rolled oats, and 1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar.  Then stir in 2 tablespoons of ginger chips.  Slice the butter into squares and add to the dry ingredients.  Use a butter cutter to mix the contents until loose and crumbly.
  4. Stir the blueberries and spread them in the bottom of a glass pie plate.  Then sprinkle the crumble topping evenly over the blueberry filling.  Bake at 350º for 20-30 minutes, until topping is golden-crisp and filling is bubbly.

Notes:

  • I used fresh blueberries this time.  Frozen ones should also work.
  • The Ginger People brand sells ginger chips by the can or in bulk.  If you can’t find that, buy ordinary dried crystallized ginger and mince it finely.
  • This crumble dessert was received with great enthusiasm.

This recipe was originally published in The Wordsmith’s Forge on 7/23/08, then revised for reprint 6/24/11.

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Why did the Chicken Cross the Road? Part 1 (Many, many contributors….this is a compilation as I find them….)

Alexandrian/Gardnerian: To reveal this would be to break my oath of secrecy. I can say, though, that it really is an ancient rite, dating far back in time, back even before 1951, and I have learned it from an unbroken lineage. As Gerald said, it takes a chicken to make an egg.

Asatru: First, we don’t believe in a “One Chicken” or a “Hen and Rooster.” We believe in many chickens. Second, “crossing the road” is part of the three levels, or worlds, and the chicken simply crossed from one level to another. Hail to the Chickens!

British Traditional: The word “chicken” comes from a very specific Old English word (“gechekken”), and it only properly applies to certain fowl of East Anglia or those descended therefrom. As for the rest, I suppose they are doing something remotely similar to crossing the road, but you must remember that traditional roads are not to be confused with the modern roads….

Celtic: In County Feedbeygohn on Midsummer’s day, there is still practiced St. Henny’s Dance, which is a survival of the old pagan Chicken Crossing fertility rite. Today, modern pagans are reviving the practice, dedicated to the Hen and the Green Rooster.

Ceremonial: “Crossing the road” is a phrase that summarizes many magical structures erected and timed by the chicken to produce the energy necessary for the intention of the travel across the road. For example, the astrological correspondences had to be correct, the moon had to be waxing (if the chicken intended to come to the other side of the road) or waning (if the chicken intended to flee to the other side of the road), and the chicken had to prepare herself through fasting and proper incantations. Note: certain forms of invocation (summoning an egg *inside* your chicken self) can produce abnormal or even dangerous eggs and should only be conducted inside a properly erected barnyard….

Chaos: Thinking in terms of “roads” and “crossings” is simply looking at the formal, typically perceived structure of chicken crossing space-time. We, instead, focus on the possibility of chicken crossing itself; what appears to be a random act is thus actually the norm—it is the road which is the freak of chance. Indeed, quantum mechanics now demonstrates what we knew all along: two roads can simultaneously exist in the same place at the same time. Thus, by attuning ourselves to the dynamic energy (called “crossing”), we can manifest the road. Of course, to the knowledgeable, this appears as a chicken crossing the road.

Church of All Worlds: The Chicken arose from dinosaurian ancestry at the dawn of avian emergence. In the fullness of Time, the Chicken crossed the K-T Boundary in order ultimately to reach the compost heap, where it’s Sacred Mission is to incubate a network of information, mythology and experience to awaken the Chicken within and to provide omelets and buffalo wings, along with a context and stimulus for reawakening The Great Hen and reuniting Her chicks through barnyard community dedicated to responsible brooding and the continuing evolution of galliformity. Even though we are all but Eggs, the Chicken knows that the Rooster came first, which is why the True Chicken will always be a bit cocky! Thou Art Fowl!

Church of the Subgenius:  Huh? Chicken, what chicken? *burp*  Praise Bob!!!!

Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPS): The chicken went to cross the road. Upon arriving at the crossing he met some fellow members. All felt he should send the idea out to committee first and debate the idea of crossing. After rigorous theological debate on every aspect of crossing the road, the committee set up a three-year plan for fulfilling the promise of crossing the road. The plan was then presented to chapters continentally and debated. Representatives brought reports back to the committee, who took their recommendations to the board of trustees who brought the whole thing to the annual meeting for discussion and a vote if a quorum was present. Debate continued. Given the structure of the regulations it was determined a mail ballot was in order. A committee to create the ballot was created. The ballot was sent to all members. Votes were tallied. Twenty percent send in their ballots deeming it okay to create a structure on crossing. Another committee was formed to implement the voters’ requests. Then they all adjourned for coffee.

Dianic: The chykyn (“chicken” is term of patriarchal oppression) sought to reclaim for herself the right to be on the other side of the road, after it had been denied to her for centuries. By doing so, she reawakened the power of the Hen within herself.

Druid: To get to the sacred grove, of course! Keep in mind that 99% of everything written about chickens-crossing-the-road is pure hogwash, based on biased sources. Yes, there were a few unfortunate chicken sacrifices in the past, but that is over now…

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Daily Stuff 2-19-18 Copernicus

Featured photo by Ken Gagne. No class tonight and we’ll probably close on time. Still tired from the feast!

43F and windy. 12mph in town, up to 20 in the exposed spots. It’s cloudy, with a little drizzle. It was partly sunny earlier, coming and going. Just a touch of rain since midnight, but yesterday…. hail, sleet in full sunshine, at least one “drownpour” that Tempus got caught in… , ice on the roads that cause one of the feast people to spin out and tackle a guardrail (they’re fine… just cosmetic vehicle damage) “Interesting” weather! It’s supposed to stay cold through next Saturday, with a spike of rain Tuesday into the night and then possible snow in the middle of the night on Wednesday into Thursday!

Yesterday was Feast Day! All the work over the last year and the babble about cookery over the last weeks culminated in an all day feast. Lots of fun! I did a lot of cooking, ate a fair amount, did a little sewing, a lot of talking, and told two stories (with a lot of commentary beyond that) and during the clean-up got told, “Sit down!” <grin> I mostly did sorting of what was our and what wasn’t last night. Lots of folks that I haven’t gotten to see in awhile, and some new friends, too.

I can barely walk this morning, though, and I slept until nearly 2pm. Tempus went in to the shop and it’s been quiet, although he’s going to close up for a minute to run over to the pharmacy. He’s also going to close on time, because there’s an old friend out here for the weekend and we’re going to have supper together. Otherwise I’m staying off my feet!

2/19/18 by Ken Gagne, Yachats

Nettle Urtica_dioica0Today’s Plant is Stinging NettleUrtica Dioica, otherwise known as, “Ouch!!!!” Grab a handful of this plant and you will know it. Of course I *had* to prove this to myself more than once! There are lots of hollow “hairs” on this plant that act like tiny hypodermics, injecting histamine, among other stinging chemicals. There’s even a name for a type of allergic reaction called, “nettlerash”, that picked up the word from the characteristic pattern of itchy bumps. This plant has been used for food, medicine, fabric and magic for millenia. It is used as a pot herb and is one of the vegetables with the highest protein content. If you soak it in water or cook it the stings go away. In medicine it has been used to treat arthritis, dandruff and lack of milk in a nursing mother. The fibers are suitable for making fabric and a related species has been used for over 6000 years to make a silky-looking textile called ramie, even though the processing takes a lot of effort. They are even used to make beer and cordials! –Masculine, Mars, Fire, Thor – Exorcism – for getting rid of nasty-minded Fae, plant nettles around your garden and barn. Protection – nettles in a pocket will keep a person safe from lightning and bestow courage. Nettles kept in a room will protect anyone inside. Lust – Nettles are reputed to enhance fertility in men and nettle tea is an aphrodisiac. Healing – fever can be dispelled by plucking a nettle up by its roots while reciting the names of the sick person and family. …and shirts made of fabric spun and woven from nettles feature as a girl’s quest tale in the Twelve Wild Swans.

feast 0219 Kraków_-_Pomnik_Mikołaja_Kopernika_02The Polish (among other nationalities) polymath Nicolas Copernicus was born on this day in 1473. One of the people whose names are generally still remembered, his book De revolutionibus orbium coelestium (of the revolution of the celestial spheres) was published in 1543. He claimed in the book that the sun was the center of our solar system, but a trusted friend who was responsible for getting the book to the printer wrote him a new preface to soften the blow to the Church’s stand that the Earth was the center. More here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicolaus_Copernicus
on the principle here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copernican_principle
and heliocentrism:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copernican_heliocentrism

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At the middle of all things lies the sun. As the location of this luminary in the cosmos, that most beautiful temple, would there be any other place or any better place than the centre, from which it can light up everything at the same time? Hence the sun is not inappropriately called by some the lamp of the universe, by others its mind, and by others its ruler. From De revolutionibus orbium coelestium

The shop is open 11-5pm Thursday through Monday, although we’re there a lot later most nights.  Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.org 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! In case of bad weather, check here at the blog for updates, on our Facebook as Ancient Light, or call the shop.

Love & Light,
Anja

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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 3/1 at 4:51pm. 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 2/20 at 1:05am.  

The five brightest stars of Canis Major form a celestial meat cleaver. Due south of brilliant Sirius is the hazy star cluster M41.
If the Big Dipper stands upright in the northeast, can Bootes be far behind? The Dipper’s handle famously arcs down and around toward Arcturus, the lucida (brightest star) of Bootes — and the arc crosses Bootes for most of the way. The whole constellation is above the east-northeast horizon by about 10 p.m. now. Spring approaches.
Mercury is hidden deep in the glow of sunset.

Goddess Month of  Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Goddess Month of Moura, runs from 2/20-3/19
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17
Runic half-month of Sowulo/ Sigel, 2/12-26 It represents the power of the force of good throughout the world and is the harbinger of victory and ascendancy over darkness. 

Sun in Pisces.
Moon in Aries.
Ceres (3/18) Retrograde
Color – Ivory

©2018 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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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: Chieftain
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.

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Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay

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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
M   19     High   2:40 AM     7.5   7:10 AM    Rise  9:16 AM      8
~    19      Low   8:45 AM     1.7   5:51 PM     Set 10:03 PM
~    19     High   2:34 PM     7.2
~    19      Low   8:54 PM     0.9

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – High intention operates in the midst of freedom.  Freedom operates in the midst of high intention.

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – Favorites – What kind of art is your favorite? Why?

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Quotes  

~  Mental bearing (calmness), not skill, is the sign of a matured samurai. A Samurai therefore should neither be pompous nor arrogant. – Tsukahara Bokuden.
~  Modesty forbids what the law does not. Seneca
~  Never feed your cat anything that clashes with the carpet. – Anonymous
~  Nobody can ever take your integrity away from you. Only you can give up your integrity. – H. Norman Schwarzkopf

There are so many things to learn in this life. We spend years in school studying algebra and history, science and literature. All of this is fascinating, and helps us to grow. And yet, when you know yourself, you know everything. It all becomes so simple. We can see the connections, we can feel the balance of it all. Garner wisdom from books and teachings, and also, look within. – Lissa Coffey

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Ostara Magick – Correspondences 

Herbs & Flowers – lily of the valley, tansy, lavender, marjoram, jasmine, crocus flowers, daffodils, Irish moss, snowdrops, and ginger, daffodil, jonquils, woodruff, violet, gorse, olive, peony, iris, narcissus and all spring flowers, acorns, celadine, cinquefoil, dandelion, dogwood, rose, tansy, honeysuckle
Colors – lemon yellow, pale green and pale pink, silver, grass green, all pastels, Robin’s egg blue, violet, and white. light green,

Offerings – bread and cakes, eggs, first fruits of the season.

Deities – Cernunnos, Druantia, Corn Maiden, Attis, Eastre, Persephone, Nerthus, Asherah

Deities: Diana, Artemis
Stones – aquamarine, rose quartz, and moonstone.

Gemstones: amethyst, aquamarine, bloodstone and red jasper.
Animals  – rabbits and snakes.

Mythical beasts  – unicorns, merpeople, and pegasus.

Incense

make a blend from any of the following scents or simply choose one… jasmine, frankincense, myrrh, dragon’s blood, cinnamon, nutmeg, aloes wood, benzoin, musk, African violet, sage, strawberry, lotus, violet flowers, orange peel, rose or rose petals.

Symbols – eggs, rabbits, spring flowers, green and yellow jellybeans
Candles – gold, green and yellow
Foods – eggs, egg salad, hard-boiled eggs, honey cakes, first fruits of the season, fish, cakes, biscuits, cheeses, honey and ham. May also include foods made of seeds, such as sunflower, pumpkin and sesame seeds, as well as pine nuts. Sprouts are equally appropriate, as are leafy, green vegetables, leafy greens, dairy foods, flower dishes.

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motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Makes You Think – If one synchronized swimmer drowns, do the rest drown, too?

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Daily Stuff 2-18-18 Spenta Armaiti

Ancient Light will be closed today, 2/18 so we can be at the House Capuchin Winter Feast!

Wow, did it rain last night! 42, wind at 19 mph and gusts going over 30. Stormy morning…. we got 1/5 of an inch yesterday and nearly 1/10 so far today.

Yesterday started tired and that didn’t change. The lovely part was getting hit by the blast of scent from the chicken broth as wewalked in the door. Also, Townsend’s was doing a live music stream yesterday, so that played while we were working. We had customers in despite the rain, although everyone was complaining about it, mostly because it was that “aggressive mist” variety that just soaks you. We actually had a guy looking for Health 101, which has been gone for at least two years.

Tempus got some more bread going while I was working on other foodly things. We’d have to trade off getting things out, putting some away, packing others and doing dishes, with actually cooking. …and that went on all day. …along with Tempus getting music into the laptop for running during the feast.

Around 5pm Leslie and Toni and Kaylee and Casey all showed up. Leslie and Toi dropping things off and visiting for a bit, while the other two helped out by loading up their car, helping us drag things out of the back and doing some of the last shopping that was needed. After they head out to find some supper, Tempus and I loaded up our car, finished up a last few dishes and then headed home. He took a batch of kolace upstairs to bake while I did some paperwork and then we both went to bed knowing that today is going to be a very long day.

We have to be at the hall at 8am to start some of the feast foods, and then Tempus is going to run around to pick up stuff from the pickle fridge and then back to the shop for another load of stuff. WE have youngsters to pick up in Newport and a hall to get arranged and I’m going to be cooking all day. Fun!

Today is this!

 

220px-WesternSkunkCabbageToday’s Plant is Skunk CabbageLysichitum americanum. This is one of the signs of spring here on the coast, where every drainage ditch or marshy field has it’s glow of brilliant yellow and bright, deep green. It is a famine food with a spicy or peppery taste, but contains calcium oxalate, which can upset the insides and even cause death if you get too much. Bears eat it after hibernation to get their intestines working again. It is used to cure sores and swellings, particularly after winter, when starvation conditions make these things immensely worse. However the typical use of the local peoples of this herb was to line baskets with the huge leaves to keep things from bruising or dropping through and to wrap around foods when baked under a fire, where it imparts a distinctive taste to the crust. Cunningham’s Encyclopedia references Eastern Skunk Cabbage, which is a different plant with a red flower, but the magicks are the same, Symplocarpus foetidus –Feminine, Saturn, Water – Carry when you have legal troubles, or keep in the drawer with the filed papers. Wrap in a bay leaf on a Sunday to draw good fortune. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lysichitum_americanum and on Eastern Skunk Cabbage here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symplocarpus_foetidus

220px-Veronica_arvensisToday is the Feast of Spenta Armaiti, a divine being in the pantheon of Zoroastrianism, a women’s festival. Spenta Armaiti’s name seems to mean something like “growing universal goodness” or “growing Light” in the New Age sense or even “increasing devotion”. More on this being here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spenta_Armaiti  Wall speedwell, Veronica vivensis, is the plant listed for this festival. It’s on Wikipedia as Veronica Arvensis there’s an article with links here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wall_Speedwell

The shop is open 11-5pm Thursday through Monday, although we’re there a lot later most nights.  Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.org 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! In case of bad weather, check here at the blog for updates, on our Facebook as Ancient Light, or call the shop.

Love & Light,
Anja

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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 3/1 at 4:51pm. 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 2/20 at 1:05am.  

The waxing crescent Moon points the way to low, difficult Venus while twilight is still bright.
The five brightest stars of Canis Major form a celestial meat cleaver. Due south of brilliant Sirius is the hazy star cluster M41. 
During February, Orion stands high in the south after dinnertime. Lower left of it blazes Sirius, and farther left of Orion shines Procyon. Extending up from Procyon is dim little Canis Minor: the doglet whose top is barely visible in profile in a dark sky. He’s currently vertical; Procyon is his rump. We only see stars marking the profile outline of his back (from Procyon up to 3rd-magnitude Gomeisa) and the back of his head (Gamma and Epsilon Canis Minoris just above Gomeisa, faint at 4th and 5th magnitude).
Mars and Jupiter (magnitudes +0.9 and –2.1, respectively) rise in the east-southeast around 12:30 and 2:30 a.m., respectively, depending on your location. By early dawn they’re high in the south. Jupiter is the brightest point in the pre-dawn sky, shining in dim Libra. Mars glows about 20° to Jupiter’s lower left, in the feet of Ophiuchus. Mars is upper left of very similar-looking Antares.

Goddess Month of  Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Goddess Month of Moura, runs from 2/20-3/19
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17
Runic half-month of Sowulo/ Sigel, 2/12-26 It represents the power of the force of good throughout the world and is the harbinger of victory and ascendancy over darkness. 

Sun in Aquarius enters Pisces at 9:18am.
Moon in Pisces enters Aries at 4:05am.
Ceres (3/18) Retrograde
Color – Yellow

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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: Chieftain
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.

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Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay

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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
Su  18     High   2:09 AM     7.4   7:11 AM    Rise  8:48 AM      3
~    18      Low   8:03 AM     1.9   5:49 PM     Set  8:58 PM
~    18     High    1:51 PM     7.6
~    18      Low   8:21 PM     0.4

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make this an extraordinary day!

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – What if? – If you received any sum of money as a gift, what would you do with it?

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Quotes  

~  It’s all right to hesitate if you then go ahead. – Bertolt Brecht
~  Let each man have the wit to go his own way. – Sextus Propertius
~  Let love become your guiding star, and the stillness at your center the lodestone always pointing the way. – T. Thorn Coyle
~  Master yourself. Create your own reality. – Kerr Cuhulain

Success is Counted Sweetest by Emily Dickenson
Success is counted sweetest
By those who ne’er succeed.
To comprehend a nectar
Requires sorest need.

Not one of all the purple Host
Who took the Flag today
Can tell the definition
So clear of Victory

As he defeated-dying
On whose forbidden ear
The distant strains of triumph
Burst agonized and clear!

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Ostara Magick – Ostara Story

One spring the Goddess Ostara was late in returning to her lands, the snow still covered the ground. As she wandered the forest she found a little bird lying in the snow, his wings were frozen and she was sure he would die, and she felt sad because if she had been on time, he might have lived. Ostara gently picked up the bird and his wings fell off, and she made him her pet. The bird got well and became a dear friend to the Goddess, though when he was alone he would cry because he missed his wings so badly.

The Goddess had compassion for her friend the bird and asked what she could do. He said if only he could jump and run and play and frolic like he did when he had wings he would be so grateful and happy. The Goddess told him she could not give him new wings though she could change him into something else that could do all he wanted.

“I will make you white to blend in with the snow, she said, and give you fur to keep you warm during the winter, I will give you strength to jump and frolic and to outrun the greatest hunter. There is part of you that will always remain a bird, you will always lay eggs, and because magic changes things your eggs will be all colours of the rainbow my dear friend. Is this what you wish?”

“Yes”, the bird chirped, and she gathered him into her hands, and kissed his brow. In an instant the air shimmered with the brightness of dawn and he was transformed into a snow white rabbit, with a pink nose and white ears. The Goddess reached down to the ground and released him from her grip, he ran around in circles and jumped and dashed here and there, he was so happy and the Lady smiled at his joy and went on her way.

The hare made friends with the other rabbits, though he was the only one who could lay eggs. Yet it didn’t matter that he was different, he loved his life and often gave the Goddess gifts of colorful eggs when she returned in Spring.

One year the hare noticed children watched as his friends played, they laughed and giggled as they watched the rabbits run and hop and the white hare decided the children would appreciate the gift of a rainbow egg, so early one morning he left some in a basket in early spring. The children were delighted and the hare decided to give colorful eggs to all the children he saw for the rest of his life.

Years passed and some of the other creatures became upset with the white hare, he had been telling them he was more blessed by the Goddess because he could lay eggs and they could not. Somehow he felt superior, he was a magical creature and they were just plain and that made him more important than the others and he began to treat the others poorly.

The Goddess Ostara was walking through the woods early one morning and saw the white hare. “I have heard some unsettling news about you, my friend, that you think you are above the other creatures. It troubles me, because all my creatures are precious, no one is greater or lesser than another. I saved your life and took you as a pet, you were so sad that I transformed you into a magical snow hare, and you have spread joy by gifting your rainbow eggs to me and the children. Yet I see now that you are not part of the world where all things are equal, I cannot change you back to a bird for you will surely die, and I wish you to live on. The only place for you is in the sky among the stars, where you may watch over all the earth and return once a year to bring the children your eggs.”

“I will live in the stars Ostara, and every spring when you walk the earth I will return to bring the eggs to the children.

“Then let it be so my friend, you must rest in my arms as you did when you were transformed once before.”

The white hare leaped into her arms, and she embraced him warmly and kissed his pink nose, “I will always love you and watch for you in the stars”, and she tossed him into the sky and he came to sit just under Orion, the hunter of the stars, who never catches the hare.

Even today you can see him watching in the sky in the constellation Lepus, the hare.

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motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – 

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Daily Stuff 2-17-18 Fornicalia

Ancient Light will be closed on 2/18 so we can be at the House Capuchin Winter Feast! No workshops today, Saturday, 2/17. Featured photo by Pia Guerra. 

It’s one of those grey, wet mornings that are such a specialty of the coast. 47F, so it’s not too cold, but windy! The wind is at 15mph (right on the Bay) and gusting into the upper 20’s. You could really tell, crossing the bridge, since we bounced around a bit. The clouds are at 300 feet, but there’s enough water coming out of them, all like little blowing mist, that the distances are obscured and the sky itself is blank grey-white. When the rain ends tomorrow night, though, the temperature is likely to crash, hitting 26F out here on Tuesday. The Valley is likely to see snow that sticks.

Yesterday started slowly, even with customers in before the newsletter went out. As the rain started back up everything slowed down. Tempus took off to do his errands and the last of the feast shopping (I hope it’s done!) around 2pm.

I went into the back and pulled the jam ingredients out and got those done after I cooked and ate some blintzes that I had forgotten about and found when digging out the fruit. They were a little freezer-burned, so didn’t want to serve them to someone else, but I enjoyed ’em. That was 3 batches of jam from the fruit picked last summer: blackberry, huckleberry and salal. The blackberry got a touch of cinnamon, the huckles stood on their own merits and the salal got ginger, cardamom and nutmeg.

I sat in my chair and dozed off repeatedly while he was gone, since I had finished most of what I needed for the day. Of course, he was calling on the phone, so I would doze off and get startled awake. 🙂

He was back before 6pm, having had to run to the bank and re-delivered a paper that seems to have walked. It’s the same spot where several have been going missing regularly. Why would someone do that? <sigh>

So he did some cleaning up, started a babovka dough and pork chops (chops for supper….). I bustled back and forth sorting things into the totes that we’ll use tomorrow. I got the asparagus pickle made, then waited.

We finally got the babovky in the pans and then I still had to set up a chicken broth to cook overnight. I got that set up and then we headed home. I had him bake the babovky and it took until 4am!

A blast of delicious scent hit me in the face walking into the shop. That was a plain-jane chicken broth, but it smells wonderful! We have to do coffee, set up some of the baking, then get going to putting together the rest of the feast stuff. We’ll be open in just a couple of minutes, too!

…and I’ve been feeling sick at heart over the events that sparked this toon. I wish we could get this kind of thing under control. By Pia Guerra 😦 

plant Vanilla leaf Achlys_triphylla_1033Today’s Plant is Vanilla Leaf or Sweet-After-Death, Achlys triphylla,  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Achlys_%28plant%29 . It grows all up and down the West Coast of North America and there’s another species in Japan. It was used as an insect repellent by the local peoples and has a strong vanilla scent if dried properly. It is used in Crossing the Bridge rituals along with rosemary and often placed in the hands of those who are Crossing or have just Crossed or in spells to ease their way.

Magick soda breadFornicalia is a feast from ancient Rome of bread and ovens and the goddess Fornax, the personification of the oven. It is the day that the spelt (wheat) for the mola salsa (sacred cakes) was toasted. We know that this crocus_susianus-wildbulbsdoteuday was the last of the festival which ran over several days, although either the beginning date danced around the calendar or kept changing. More here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fornax_%28mythology%29  (follow the links and other references) Today is another day sacred to the crocus, crocus susianus. More here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crocus_angustifolius

 

The shop is open 11-5pm Thursday through Monday, although we’re there a lot later most nights.  Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.org 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! In case of bad weather, check here at the blog for updates, on our Facebook as Ancient Light, or call the shop.

Love & Light,
Anja

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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 3/1 at 4:51pm. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends on 2/17 at 1:05AM. 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 2/20 at 1:05am.  

Back in the evening sky, the waxing crescent Moon points the way to low, difficult Venus while twilight is still bright. Now the waxing crescent Moon is easier to see in the west-southwest after sunset. Its curved side points the way down toward Venus, as shown above.
Venus is barely beginning to emerge into view low in the afterglow of sunset. It’s a challenge! If the air is very clear, look for it just above your west-southwest horizon 10 to 20 minutes after your local sunset time. Bring binoculars. On what day will you first see it? Venus is just beginning an “Evening Star” apparition that will continue through next summer.

Goddess Month of  Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Goddess Month of Moura, runs from 2/20-3/19
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17

Runic half-month of Sowulo/ Sigel, 2/12-26 It represents the power of the force of good throughout the world and is the harbinger of victory and ascendancy over darkness. 

Sun in Aquarius
Moon in Pisces.
Ceres (3/18) Retrograde
Color – Indigo

Planting 2/16-17

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Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17, Luis (LWEESH)/rowan – The rowan, or mountain ash (Sorbus aucuparia L.) is related to servceberries. The red berries were historically used to lure birds into traps, and the specific epithet aucuparia comes from words meaning “to catch a bird”. Birds are also responsible for dispersing the seeds. Rowans thrive in poor soils and colonize disturbed areas. In some parts of Europe they are most common around ancient settlements, either because of their weedy nature or because they were planted. Rowans flower in May. They grow to 15 m (50 feet) and are members of the Rose family (Rosaceae). They are cultivated in North America, especially in the northeast.

Luis – Rowan Ogam letter correspondences
Month: December
Color: Grey and Red
Class: Peasant
Letter: L
Meaning: Controlling your life; Protection against control by others.

Quert – Apple Ogam letter correspondences to study this month
Month: None
Color: Green
Class: Shrub
Letter: Q
Meaning: A choice must be made

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: Chieftain
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.

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Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay

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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
Sa  17     High   1:39 AM     7.3   7:13 AM    Rise  8:20 AM      0
~    17      Low   7:25 AM     2.1   5:48 PM     Set  7:54 PM
~    17     High   1:12 PM     7.9
~    17      Low   7:49 PM     0.0

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I am a woman..I am strong…

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – Expository – Write everything you know about your ancestors on your mother’s side of the family.

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Quotes  

~  In the long run the pessimist may be proved right, but the optimist has a better time on the trip. – Daniel L. Reardon
~  Inertia seems comfortable, but those unwilling to change, change nothing. Kerr Cuhulain
~  Insanity is continuing to do the same thing over and over and expecting different results. – Albert Einstein
~  Integrity has no need of rules. – Albert Camus

Look, I don’t want to wax philosophic, but I will say that if you’re alive you’ve got to flap your arms and legs, you’ve got to jump around a lot, for life is the very opposite of death, and therefore you must at very least think noisy and colorfully, or you’re not alive. – Mel Brooks

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Magick – THE FARMER AND THE GODDESS – A MODERN STORY OF REBIRTH

The night was quiet and peaceful, with only the occasional call of a whippoorwill to break the tranquil silence.  The Moon was an iridescent ball of silver perched high in the heavens, illuminating the Earth below.  The sky, a lovely shade of midnight blue, was sparsely speckled with the twinkle of stars.  I peered out my window, enchanted by the beauty of the night.  As my eyes wandered, they came to rest upon the corn field – the corn field that had broken my very heart.

In the beginning, I had worked patiently and diligently tending the soil.  I tilled it – turning it over and over, so that the new could surface and the old could rest.  I carefully pulled away the weeds and the remnants of the old crop to make the field ready for new planting.  I fertilized and nurtured it, smoothed and moistened it.  Day after day, I toiled to make it ready.  Finally, I plowed it into even rows and lovingly planted it.

Every day, I tended the seed and watched for new sprouts. Tenaciously, I ripped the weeds from Earth that would rob the seeds of the nutrients necessary for their growth.  And then one day, I saw it – a single, solitary sprout that had pushed its way through the soil!  Within the week, the entire field was covered with a very thin mesh of green, and I felt a joy in my heart that words cannot describe!  The hard work, the aching muscles, and the tender care with which I had nurtured the field was not in vain – the Earth which I loved had given birth, and was alive in the greening of the seed I had sown.

Daily, I worked in the field, delighting in the growth of the corn – revelling in its freshness – exulting in the part I had played in its birth.  The rains came down, drenching the earth and the roots grew deep.  The sun shone brightly on the young plants and they grew tall, reaching for the sky.  Ears began to form on the stalks, and all was well with the crop.

But then the drought arrived, and the rains came no more.  The sun still beamed brightly, and the roots moved deeper and deeper into the Earth in their desperate quest to find water.  Alas, there was not a single drop left with which they could quench their thirst. The once luxuriant green leaves began to yellow and wither.  The stalks which had stood so proudly against the sky began to shrivel and crack, and the tender ears, so newly born, dried up in death. Yes, the corn which I had helped to birth – that which I had loved so dearly – was gone.  Dried up.  Dead.

A tear fell from my eye as I stood looking at the field that night, remembering.  A gentle breeze rustled through the old and withered stalks as I wiped away the tear.  And then…I saw something!  Or was it someone?  Slowly and silently I crept toward the corn field to take a better look.  I felt my heart beating faster and faster, as panic began to consume me.  After all, it was nearly midnight and too late for visitors!  Whoever was in the field was obviously up to no good, and I wanted them to leave immediately!  My legs moved faster and faster – more quickly than I had dreamed they were capable – until I was, indeed, on a dead run!  When I reached the old oak tree that shaded the northern edge of the field, I opened

my mouth to shout my displeasure at the trespasser; however, I fell silent as my eyes focused on the sight, and my mouth gaped wide. For there, in the center of the corn field, was a young woman in white – her hair as gold as the maize – glowing in the shimmering iridescence of the moonlight!

Questions ravaged my tired brain, as I tried to assess the situation and size up the intruder.  Who was She?  What was She doing there?  Surely She knew She was trespassing – and most certainly She knew that it was illegal!  As much as I wished to call out to Her, I was mesmerized by Her very presence and found that I could say nothing.  Helplessly, I watched as She moved through the rows of death.  She stopped to caress a dry and withered leaf, and then smiling, held it to her cheek.  Gently, She reached out and wrapped Her arms about the cracked, brown stalk, hugging it closely to Her breast.  She released the stalk and bent down to look at one of the ears – perfectly formed, but shriveled in its deathly demise.  Quickly, She snapped the ear from its stalk, tugged away its husk and swiftly moved toward the outside perimeter of the field.

Holding the ear of corn high above Her golden head, She began to dance upon the barren Earth.  As if in slow motion, She twirled about the outside edges of the field, as she softly hummed an unfamiliar tune.  Round and round the field She danced, picking up momentum as She worked Her way toward the center.  Louder and louder She sang, the volume increasing as Her feet flew faster and continued to spiral toward the center.  Within the matter of a few seconds, She had become a whirling dervish – dancing with such wild abandon that the kernels of corn were loosed from their cob, flying helter-skelter across the field!  She glistened in the moonlight as droplets of perspiration formed upon Her body, and in the frenzy of Her dance, they too, were flung upon the Earth.  Her feet and voice reached the ultimate crescendo at the center of the corn field, and She fell upon the ground in total exhaustion.

All was silent.  The sounds of the nocturnal creatures had been stilled.  All was enveloped in an unnatural hush – as if time itself, had stopped.  She lay on the Earth, unbreathing, unmoving, immobile – as still as Death, itself!  I stared at Her in horror, the panic which I had forgotten, rushing back into my brain with full force.  Was She alright?  Good Heavens!  Was She dead??

Finally, I gathered my wits about me, found my feet and rushed toward the center of the corn field, where She had fallen in collapse.  My heart beating wildly, I reached out to Her – but She was gone!  She had disappeared into the very ether!  All that was left in Her place was a single corn cob, void of its kernels – the kernels which had flung from their resting place in the midst of the Lady’s spiral dance.

The sun was shining hotly on my face as I rubbed my sleepy eyes into total alertness.  Where was I?  This didn’t feel like my bed! What was causing this blinding light?  I was soaked to the bone! Just what the hell was happening here?  Cautiously, I opened my eyes and surveyed my surroundings.  To my dismay, I was lying smack-dab in the middle of the corn field and my head was resting in a rather large mud puddle.  Clenched tightly in my fist, like some precious jewel in need of protection, was a solitary corn cob. I scrambled to my feet and tried in desperation to collect my thoughts.  What was I doing here?  Had I lost my mind?

And then…I remembered!  I remembered the cornfield in the moonlight – the Lady and the dance.  I also remembered how Her drops of perspiration had dropped to the ground in the frenzy of Her movements.  I looked at my feet and the Earth beneath them. Joy and wonder rose in my heart.  It had rained!  Merciful Heavens! It had rained – the Earth was soaked with moisture – the drought was over!

Gleefully, I ran through the cornfield, feeling my bare toes dig into the wet Earth – the same Earth which had been so cracked and dry and barren just yesterday.  I ran in joy.  I ran in ecstasy.  I ran in sheer celebration of the soil’s return to richness – and then, I stopped dead in my tracks.  Something was amiss.  Something had changed.  Something was quite unlike it had been before. Scanning the field, I realized that it was once again covered with delicate green mesh of newly sprouting corn!  In awe, I reached down to cradle a newly-formed sprout and as my fingers touched the verdant green leaf, a feminine voice began to speak:

“You were born of me!  You are my child and at death you shall     return to me.  Fear not of death, dear one, for within its     realm I shall bring you new life!  Just as the corn lives again     – so shall it be with you!  For all that falls shall rise     again, and that which dies shall be blessed with the gift of     rebirth – the gift of My love!” – Kalioppe-

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motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Think About It – Why do they lock gas station bathrooms? Are they afraid someone will clean them?

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Daily Stuff 2-16-18 Kyoto Protocol

Hi, folks!

Last Minus Tide of the cycle at 7:18 PM of -0.2 feet.

Ancient Light will be closed on 2/18 so we can be at the House Capuchin Winter Feast! No workshops on Saturday 2/17.

Grey and drippy, but you can tell we’re well into spring because of how bright and *not* gloomy it is! 47F and wind at 4, with it going over 10 on the beaches. We got over 1/10 of an inch last night. …and it’s going to keep dripping over the next couple of days.

Yesterday started slowly and a little cranky because we had to get moving too early after being up too late. Leslie from the Chocolate Frog brightened me right up by running in with a box of candy for my birthday! She’s such a sweetie!

Once the table was out and flags up, Tempus went over to the PO to pick up packages and then took the car over to get it hooked up to the machine to figure out what the problem was. Well, it’s nothing we didn’t already know about (an exhaust leak) and nothing to worry over, thank goodness!

I got the tvarog started heating since the culture finally worked. I was sleepy enough that Tempus tended it for me while I got a short nap. Two hours of cooking and the tvarog still wasn’t done! It still wasn’t up to temperature and it took forever to try to get it there, and then it drained for hours. Not quite sure why. This one just didn’t work like the others….

Stella came in and dropped off her mustard for the feast. She’s not going to be able to make it. Tempus had a pea flour bread ready so he headed back to the house with it to bake and check through the freezer. Mary came in hunting Chinese New Year things. Happy Year of the Dog, btw!

We were pretty busy for a winter Thursday. Some of it was the nice weather, folks getting out before a wet weekend to find things. We had several couples and set of three ladies doing just that, and some locals hunting incense.

When we left the shop, late, the cheese was still dripping…wow… so we hung it up and left it overnight. Tempus had done a pea flour bread and a barley bread during the day.

Tempus had a good paper run last night. He was done before 5am!

We’ve already had customers in and are hard at work. More cooking/baking today and Tempus has to go into Newport on some errands and to do the last of the feast shopping. No class tonight, so we’re hoping to crash early.

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magic 031313 blueberry ginger crumbleToday’s Plant is the BlueberryVaccinium Cyanococcus(many species/varieties)! This is a fruiting bush that is related to cranberries, huckleberries and bilberries, has many species within the genus and many varieties within the species. Many fruits are called blueberries, when they’re not Vaccinium. Widely cultivated across the world, the fruit is high in iron and lot of micronutrients and even has resveratrol like red grapes. It may have effects on brain health, reducing strokeblueberryB 041313 damage in experimental animals and memory retention in the aged. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blueberry– Put blueberries under the doormat to keep people you don’t want out of the house or plant them along the property line or next to the front walk to keep them entirely off your property. Blossoms can be dried and carried in an amulet, or wear fresh ones in your hair for protection from negative psychic energy near you. Eat blueberries and/or make blueberry pie or tea or jam to get the protection from psychic attack inside you, especially if the effects are leading to headaches and fatigue. 

feast 0216 The_Earth_seen_from_Apollo_17Today has been proposed as a Wear Purple to Support the Kyoto Protocol day. There’s a lot of misinformation floating around about this effort to reduce climate changing greenhouse gases, especially carbon dioxide.

“I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that.” – Thomas Alva Edison; in conversation with Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone (1931)

Here’s the Wiki article:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyoto_Protocol

The shop is open 11-5pm Thursday through Monday, although we’re there a lot later most nights.  Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.org 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! In case of bad weather, check here at the blog for updates, on our Facebook as Ancient Light, or call the shop.

Love & Light,
Anja

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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 3/1 at 4:51pm. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends on 2/17 at 1:05AM. 

Back in the evening sky, the waxing crescent Moon points the way to low, difficult Venus while twilight is still bright. About 15 to 20 minutes after sunset, use binoculars to look just above the west-southwest horizon for Venus and a super-thin crescent Moon (only a little more than 24 hours old for North America), as shown above.
Neptune (magnitude 8.0, in Aquarius) is getting lost in the sunset.

Goddess Month of  Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Goddess Month of Moura, runs from 2/20-3/19
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17

Runic half-month of Sowulo/ Sigel, 2/12-26 It represents the power of the force of good throughout the world and is the harbinger of victory and ascendancy over darkness. 

Sun in Aquarius
Moon in Pisces.
Ceres (3/18) Retrograde
Color – Pink

Planting 2/16-17

©2018 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17, Luis (LWEESH)/rowan – The rowan, or mountain ash (Sorbus aucuparia L.) is related to servceberries. The red berries were historically used to lure birds into traps, and the specific epithet aucuparia comes from words meaning “to catch a bird”. Birds are also responsible for dispersing the seeds. Rowans thrive in poor soils and colonize disturbed areas. In some parts of Europe they are most common around ancient settlements, either because of their weedy nature or because they were planted. Rowans flower in May. They grow to 15 m (50 feet) and are members of the Rose family (Rosaceae). They are cultivated in North America, especially in the northeast.

Luis – Rowan Ogam letter correspondences
Month: December
Color: Grey and Red
Class: Peasant
Letter: L
Meaning: Controlling your life; Protection against control by others.

Quert – Apple Ogam letter correspondences to study this month
Month: None
Color: Green
Class: Shrub
Letter: Q
Meaning: A choice must be made

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Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay

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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
F   16     High   1:08 AM     7.1   7:14 AM    Rise  7:51 AM      0
16      Low   6:47 AM     2.4   5:47 PM     Set  6:51 PM
16     High  12:34 PM     8.0
16      Low   7:18 PM    -0.2

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I listen to my Inner Voice.

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – What do you think? – How do you think eating junk food affects you?

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Quotes  

~  If everybody thought before they spoke, the silence would be deafening. – George Barzan
~  If love is blind, why is lingerie so popular? – John Bates
~  If you’re alone, I’ll be your shadow. If you want to cry, I’ll be your shoulder. If you want a hug, I’ll be your pillow. If you need to be happy, I’ll be your smile. But anytime you need a friend, I’ll just be me. – Author Unknown
~  Ill is the result of being more given to big talk than using one’s wits. – The Saga of Bjarn of the Hitdoela Champions, c.19

STYLING

I decided today to be more stylish.
Cut out the fingers of my lace gloves
Looked through all my sixties jewelry,
And found some fake pearl clip-ons
That had one little pearl and a huge pearl
That swings when I move my head.
I found an old pair of white lacy pantyhose

That look good with my navy mini wrap skirt
And some square shoes with pink heels,
And a navy bow with a rhinestone buckle.
The clothes are still a bit conservative
For the type of mood I’m in, soooo
I got out my red lace bra and thong
(Just for emphasis)!

I’m tired of being quiet and conservative,
It’s time I got back into the dating pool
And this outfit should really help a lot,
Don’t you think?
I haven’t walked in heels for so long
That I will need a lot of practice
(The last time I tried, I sprained my ankle).

I think that wearing my lace gloves
With the fingers cut out of them, is
Just the right note of elegant sensuality,
Plus, although no one can see my red undies,
I will know they’re there…
I’ve gained weight since wearing the skirt,

And have to be careful or everyone will see
My bright red underpetunias.
I think wearing a slip would be too blah
So I will bring along a clothespins
In case it gets too windy.
There’s someone I have my eye on,
I’m so hoping he notices me at the dance!

My friend Brenda crocheted me a shawl
It is ivory and in a ‘popcorn stitch’
So that will help if it gets cold, or if
Everyone gets drunk & plays strip poker,
(I would be the only one not freezing).
I put on lots of Come Hither Hoodoo Oil
And teased my hair into a French Twist.

I am wearing my contacts because
Since I am the local librarian,
Nobody will recognize me without glasses
And the usual dowdy clothes I wear.
I found a book on how to seduce men,
Tore out the chapter and brought it with me
For pointers on jumping Bobby’s bones!
(Please don’t tell). – © Copyright 10/13/2008 by Beth Clare Johnson (Mystic Amazon)

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Magick – Recipes – Fermented pickle recipe

Laurie Janak – · January 27 at 6:40am · Shiner, TX – To all my Czech friends…..this is my Kvasaky Recipe, otherwise known as kvašená okurka.

I’ve adapted it over the years because I don’t use a crock anymore to ferment the cucumbers.

Into a clean glass gallon jar (with a plastic lid) place a good amount of fresh dill, (stem, leaves and dill head), a 1/2 inch thick slice of yellow or white onion, and four to five cloves of fresh garlic. Stuff jar tightly with fresh pickling cucumbers 🥒which have been washed and tipped on both ends, leaving about 1.5 inches of head space at top of jar. On top of cucumbers place the same amount of dill, garlic and onion. Add 4 tablespoons pickling salt and 1/4 cup of 90 grain pickling vinegar to each gallon. (1/2 amount of salt and vinegar if you are using a 1/2 gallon glass jar…(I went to the dollar store and purchased wide mouth 1/2 gallon jars with plastic lids). Now here’s the important part….fill the jar with tepid “WELL” water, or distilled water if you don’t have access to good well water. (Do not use chlorinated city water…it will ruin your Kvasaky). Close jar with plastic lid and gently turn jar back and forth to dissolve salt and mix salt and vinegar with well water. Do not screw lid on too tightly. Place jar on a tray and put on your kitchen counter and watch daily, but DO NOT TOUCH!!! The water will begin to turn cloudy in several days and will then turn clear again in about 14 to 20 days. When the liquid clears up, the Kvasaky are considered ready to eat. I gently wipe my jars down because when fermenting they will leak from under the lid and then place them again on a clean tray and store in my pantry. Do not open the lids. The Kvasaky will keep six months plus in a dark pantry, but never last that long because they will get eaten quickly, at least at my house that’s how it goes!!!!! You can also store them in a refrigerator if you have enough room, and they will keep much longer.

Sometimes I will add a grape leaf to the bottom of the jar and a couple of jalapeños or Taiwanese red peppers 🌶 because some people like a little fire 🔥 in their mouths when eating these sour, salty pickles. I don’t use big fat cucumbers. I like to use about four inch long cukes that are about as round as a fifty cent piece. Be sure they are the pickling cucumbers. Other kinds of cucumbers will not work.

I hope you enjoy them as much as we do here in my neck of the woods.

Laurie Janak
Shiner, Texas (Wied, Texas)

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motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – After having dug to a depth of 10 feet last year, British scientists found traces of copper wire dating back 200 years and came to the conclusion that their ancestors already had a telephone network more than 150 years ago.

Not to be outdone by the Brit’s, in the weeks that followed, an American archaeologist dug to a depth of 20 feet, and shortly after, a story published in the New York bulletin: “American archaeologists, finding traces of 250-year-old copper wire, have concluded that their ancestors already had an advanced high-tech communications network 50 years earlier than the British”.

One week later, the Punch Newspaper, in Ibadan, Nigerian, reported the following:

“After digging as deep as 30 feet in his backyard Lucky Ade, a self-taught archaeologist, reported that he found absolutely nothing. Lucky has therefore concluded that more 250 years ago, Africa had already gone wireless.”

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Daily Stuff 2-15-18 Lupercalia

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Ken Gagne. Minus Tide at 6:46 PM of -0.2 feet. Sewing Workshop 5-7pm.

Ancient Light will be closed on 2/18 so we can be at the House Capuchin Winter Feast! No workshops on Saturday 2/17.

Tatters and rags and puddles of fog/cloud are steaming up from the hills and where the sun is coming through the upper layers of cloud they’re an eye-blinding silver. 40F with little wind again. There are a few bits of blue showing between cloud layers, but only a few. Today should be relatively dry after the 1/10 of an inch of rain since midnight, but tomorrow and the weekend are likely to be wet.

Yesterday was fun. I got bombarded with birthday wishes all day, some people sending videos and pictures. Tempus wrote me a poem that made me cry good tears. The funniest part of it was that Raven, DD and Sash (2 d-i-l and one of 5 sons) were the ones who nabbed me on facebook in the morning and then Raven prodded Arthur into calling me as they were on their way to a Valentine’s thing at a nightclub! Not sure whether the others forgot or what. I think it’s precious!   🙂 S’okay, I was cookin’!

We did get our chores done during the afternoon and headed for the shop around 5:30pm. First up was to unmold the schiz and get that put by. Tempus went out to get milk for another batch since the heater had turned off (flipped the power bar) and the tvarog wasn’t ready to cook. He scrubbed molds for the schiz and pots and knives so I could cook, while I was setting up the sweet/sour cabbage.

That took awhile to cook so I sorted clean stuff and checked on what was where in the fridge. I was still trying to find out whether the lentil pottage that I remembered setting by in the freezer awhile back was still around….but couldn’t dig deep enough. I also chopped the extra red cabbage (mostly the core and about 1/2 cup of other bits to add to the borscht. At about 7:45 Tempus headed for Corvallis to pick up Jay’s friend.

Around 9pm I had gotten the cabbage into the canning jars and was starting the holoubky filling when the breaker flipped! I had turned off the hot plate under the onions, I thought, but it was still plugged in and when I went to cook the barley in the nuker, everything flipped. <sigh> So, I sat down to work on newsletters, instead. Necessary, anywho, because otherwise I might not be able to do any in the weekend chaos.

…and then around 9:30 I got a phone call from Tempus, who was in Corvallis. The check engine light had come on. Now what? Well, he got back ok, but the car has to go to the shop in the morning. <sigh>

We got the holoupky filling mixed after he got back, but it was nearly 1am when it was in the freezer, so we went home without doing any baking…..3 days to do 8 full double-batches of it at this point. <groan> This is why I was trying to get it done several weeks ago.

Today the shop is open at 11am, but we’re in early because of the car. We’ve gotta get a couple of sets of breads and one of babovka done today. I’ll be baking at home tonight and hopefully get some sleep. There are some other small things and I have to finish up the shopping list of the last stuff for the feast. This was the stuff that needed to be as fresh as possible. …and it looks like the tvarog is ready to cook, so that’s going to be at the top of the list!

Photo by Ken Gagne – up the Yachats River on 2/5/15

020515 Ken Gagne up Yachats River

cloth of gold crocus flower plantToday’s plant is Crocus angustifolius (old name Crocus sulphureus) called cloth-of-gold crocus.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crocus_angustifolius From the RHS site, “Crocus are dwarf, deciduous perennials growing from a corm, with linear leaves usually with a silvery central stripe, and goblet-shaped, sometimes fragrant flowers in autumn or early spring. C. angustifolius is a perennial corm with narrow leaves and scented, bright deep yellow flowers, strongly feathered with dark mahogany on the outside.”  http://apps.rhs.org.uk/plantselector/plant?plantid=582 Sacred to Juno and Ostara, as any crocus, it is used to attract love (carry), turn away abusive love (burn), and give visions (place on altar or by bed).

Feast 0215 lupercalia Circle_of_Adam_Elsheimer_The_Lupercalian_Festival_in_RomeThe Lupercalia is a festival of ancient Rome, with customs that seem awfully strange to us, now, but from which our St. Valentine’s Day customs possibly emerge. It’s the “Wolf Feast” in honor of the she-wolf that was the foster-mother of the twins who founded Rome. It’s also a feast in honor of Pan. The oddest part was that men would run a course around the city nude, except for bits of fresh goatskin, and whip the women and girls who would line up to be swatted for fertility and ease of childbirth! Definitely not the standard fun for Valentine’s parties….  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupercalia

feast 0215 Lupa_Capitolina_(2)… A she-wolf, which had given birth to her whelps came, wondrous to tell, to the abandoned twins [Romulus and Remus, founders of Rome] … She halted and fawned on the tender babes with her tail, and licked into shape their two bodies with her tongue … fearless, they sucked her dugs and were fed on a supply of milk that was never meant for them. The she-wolf (lupa) gave her name to the place, and the place gave their name to the Luperci. Great is the reward the nurse has got for the milk she gave.
Ovid, Fasti II. 413

The shop is open 11-5pm Thursday through Monday, although we’re there a lot later most nights.  Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.org 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! In case of bad weather, check here at the blog for updates, on our Facebook as Ancient Light, or call the shop.

Love & Light,
Anja

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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 2/15 at 6:42pm. Dark of the Moon, 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, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances. God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Outer Dark, psychopomps – Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris. Phase ends at 1:05pm on 2/15. 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 3/1 at 4:51pm. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends on 2/17 at 1:05AM. 

Back in the evening sky, the waxing crescent Moon points the way to low, difficult Venus while twilight is still bright.

Orion, Lepus

Under the feet of Orion, and to the right of Sirius now, hides Lepus the Hare. Like Canis Major, this is a constellation with a connect-the-dots that looks like what it’s supposed to. He’s a crouching bunny, with his nose pointing lower right, his faint ears extending up toward Rigel (Orion’s western foot), and his body bunched to the left. His brightest two stars, 3rd-magnitude Beta and Alpha Leporis, form the front and back of his neck.
New Moon (exact at 4:04 p.m. EST). The Moon partially eclipses the Sun for southern South America and much of Antarctica.
Uranus (magnitude 5.9, in Pisces) is still fairly high in the southwest right after the end of twilight. Finder chart.

 

Goddess Month of  Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Goddess Month of Moura, runs from 2/20-3/19
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17

Runic half-month of Sowulo/ Sigel, 2/12-26 It represents the power of the force of good throughout the world and is the harbinger of victory and ascendancy over darkness. 

Sun in Aquarius
Moon in Aquarius enters Pisces at 6:42pm.
Ceres (3/18) Retrograde
Color – Crimson

Harvest 2/13-15

©2018 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17, Luis (LWEESH)/rowan – The rowan, or mountain ash (Sorbus aucuparia L.) is related to servceberries. The red berries were historically used to lure birds into traps, and the specific epithet aucuparia comes from words meaning “to catch a bird”. Birds are also responsible for dispersing the seeds. Rowans thrive in poor soils and colonize disturbed areas. In some parts of Europe they are most common around ancient settlements, either because of their weedy nature or because they were planted. Rowans flower in May. They grow to 15 m (50 feet) and are members of the Rose family (Rosaceae). They are cultivated in North America, especially in the northeast.

Luis – Rowan Ogam letter correspondences
Month: December
Color: Grey and Red
Class: Peasant
Letter: L
Meaning: Controlling your life; Protection against control by others.

Quert – Apple Ogam letter correspondences to study this month
Month: None
Color: Green
Class: Shrub
Letter: Q
Meaning: A choice must be made

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Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay

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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
Th  15     High  12:38 AM     6.9   7:16 AM    Rise  7:19 AM      1
~    15      Low     6:11 AM     2.6   5:45 PM     Set  5:49 PM
~    15     High   11:57 AM     8.1
~    15      Low   6:46 PM    -0.2

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make this an empowering day!

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – Favorites – What’s your favorite part of being you?

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Quotes  

~  You cannot transmit that which you cannot perceive. – Ann Karima Nur
~  You can’t prevent the birds of sorrow from flying over your head, but you can prevent them from building nests in your hair. – Chinese Proverb
~  Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else! – Les Brown
~  All that I hope to say in books, all that I ever hope to say, is that I love the world. – E.B. White

So religious discourse should not attempt to impart clear information about the divine but should lead to an appreciation of the limits of language and understanding. The ultimate was not alien to human beings but inseparable from our humanity. It could not be accessed by rational, discursive thought but required a carefully cultivated state of mind and the abnegation of selflessness. – Karen Armstrong, The Case for God

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Magick – FROZEN FOOD STORAGE CHART: HOW LONG CAN YOU FREEZE FOODS FOR? https://www.almanac.com/content/frozen-food-storage-chart-how-long-can-you-freeze-foods

FREEZER STORAGE TIMES AND TIPS

How long can you freeze food for before it’s no longer safe to eat? See this frozen food storage chart to find out whether or not you can freeze cheese, how long you can freeze chicken for, how long fruit lasts in the freezer, and much more. Plus, find tips for freezing foods correctly.

This is a great chart for people who use the freezer often to store food for a long time. You might be surprised to find that you can freeze most foods much longer than you imagined without a loss in quality.

This chart lists everything from raw meat to ready-to-eat desserts.

NOTE: These times assume that the freezer temperature is maintained at 0°F (-18°C) or colder. The storage times are for quality only. Frozen foods remain safe almost indefinitely.

HOW LONG CAN YOU FREEZE CHEESE?
Product Store in Freezer
All cheeses, except those listed below 6 months
Cottage cheese, cream cheese, feta, goat, fresh mozzarella, Neufchâtel, Parmesan, processed cheese (opened) Not recommended

 

HOW LONG CAN YOU FREEZE DAIRY PRODUCTS?
Product Store in Freezer
Butter 6 to 9 months
Cream, half-and-half 4 months
Ice cream 1 to 2 months
Margarine (not diet) 12 months
Milk 3 months
Yogurt 1 to 2 months

 

HOW LONG CAN YOU FREEZE FISH AND SEAFOOD?
Product Store in Freezer
Clams, mussels, oysters, scallops, shrimp 3 to 6 months
Fatty fish (bluefish, mackerel, perch, salmon) 2 to 3 months
Lean fish (flounder, haddock, sole) 6 months

 

HOW LONG CAN YOU FREEZE FRESH FRUIT?
Product Store in Freezer
All fruit (except those listed below) 10 to 12 months
Avocados, bananas 3 months
Citrus fruit 4 to 6 months
Fruit Juices 8 to 12 months

 

HOW LONG CAN YOU FREEZE FRESH VEGETABLES?
Product Store in Freezer
Artichokes, eggplant 6 to 8 months
Asparagus, rutabagas, turnips 8 to 10 months
Bamboo shoots, cabbagecelerycucumbers, endive, radishes, salad greens, watercress Not recommended
Beansbeets, bok choy, broccoliBrussels sproutscarrotscauliflowercorn, greens, kohlrabi, leeks, mushrooms, okraonionsparsnipspeaspeppers, soybeans, spinachsummer squash 10 to 12 months
Tomatoes (overripe or sliced) 2 months

 

HOW LONG CAN YOU FREEZE MEAT?
Product Store in Freezer
Cooked 2 to 3
Ham, hot dogs, and lunch meats 1 to 2 months
Sausage, bacon 1 to 2 months
Uncooked, ground 3 to 4 months
Uncooked roasts, steaks, or chops 4 to 12 months
Wild game, uncooked 8 to 12 months

 

HOW LONG CAN YOU FREEZE POULTRY?
Product Store in Freezer
Cooked 4 months
Giblets, uncooked 3 to 4 months
Uncooked 12 months
Uncooked parts 9 months

 

HOW LONG CAN YOU FREEZE OTHER FOODS?
Product Store in Freezer
Cakes 4 to 6 months
Casseroles 2 to 3 months
Cookie dough 2 months
Cookies 3 months
Fruit pies, baked 2 to 4 months
Fruit pies, unbaked 8 months
Pastry, unbaked 2 months
Pumpkin or chiffon pies 1 months
Quick breads 2 months
Raw egg yolks, whites 12 months
Soups and stews 2 to 3 months
Yeast breads 6 months
Yeast dough 2 weeks

Note: When freezing liquids or foods with liquid, be sure to leave space in the container for expansion.

FOOD-FREEZING TIPS

  • To freeze or not to freeze? – Foods that shouldn’t be frozen include eggs in shells and food in cans. (Once food is out of a can, it may be frozen.) Pressurized liquids also shouldn’t be frozen, as they can expand and burst.
  • Freeze at 0°F (-18°C) – To retain vitamin content, color, flavor, and texture, freeze items at peak freshness and store at 0°F or lower. Food stored constantly at 0°F will always be safe to thaw and eat; only quality suffers with lengthy freezer storage. (However, freshness and quality at the time of freezing will affect the condition of frozen foods.)
  • Label foods for easy identification – Write the dish name/contents, number of servings (1 quart=4 servings; 1 pint=2 servings), and date on containers or bags.
  • Freeze individually – To prevent sticking, spread food to be frozen (berries, hamburgers, cookies, etc.) on a cookie sheet and freeze until solid. Then place in plastic bags and into the freezer.
  • Freeze for guests – Most cookies freeze well and thaw quickly—a convenience when entertaining. Simply cover a plate of assorted cookies with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and put it in the freezer.
  • Freeze foods more quickly – by placing them directly against the side of the freezer.
  • Organize your freezer by food – Arrange the contents of the freezer by food category to make things easier to find and to minimize the time the freezer door is open.
  • Leave the freezer be – If power is interrupted or if the freezer is not operating normally, do not open the freezer door unless absolutely necessary. Food in a loaded freezer will usually stay frozen for up to 2 days.

REFREEZING FOODS

  • Once food has thawed in the refrigerator, it is safe to refreeze it without cooking, although there may be a loss of quality due to the moisture lost through defrosting.
  • After cooking raw foods which were previously frozen, it is safe to freeze the cooked foods. And if previously cooked foods are thawed in the refrigerator, you may refreeze the unused portion.
  • If you purchase previously frozen meat, poultry, or fish at a retail store, you can refreeze if it has been handled properly and kept at 40°F or below at all times.

EFFECTS OF FREEZING

If frozen for too long, the quality of some foods will suffer. Here are some examples:

  • Canned ham … will become watery and soft
  • Cottage cheese, sour cream, cooked eggs, yogurt, mayonnaise … texture will suffer
  • Crumb toppings … will become soggy
  • Fried foods … may become rancid
  • Home-stuffed whole poultry on carcass … may become contaminated due to freezing or thawing
  • Lettuce, cabbage, radishes, green onions, celery … will become mushy
  • Milk, cream, custard, and meringue filings … will separate
  • Sauces heavy in fat … may separate or curdle
  • Whipping cream … may not re-whip

LEARN MORE – Discover the best way to freeze blueberries! Plus, find out how to freeze other foods, such as cookiescorn, and spinach.

SOURCE – Adapted from Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA

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motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Makes You Think – If man evolved from monkeys and apes, why do we still have monkeys and apes?

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Daily Stuff 2-14-18 Juno Februata

Hi, folks!

First Minus Tide of the cycle at 6:14 PM of -0.1 feet.

Ancient Light will be closed on 2/18 so we can be at the House Capuchin Winter Feast! No workshops on Saturday 2/17.

48F and cloudy. Wind at 10mph and up to 25 on the beaches. Over 1/4 inch of rain since midnight.

Yesterday was a busy day. Despite getting up late, once we were moving, we were really moving! We got our chores done, mostly laundry and taking out the trash, but also picking things up and moving some things around in the sunroom. Tempus had some chores upstairs, too, and while he was doing that I sewed a little.

By not long after 5 we had everything in the car and decided to go to the park to watch the sunset and talk for a bit. It was lovely. There was a heron standing in the water, and folks walking on the beach and others in the parking lot watching too, as the sun set into clouds, and the lights of the fishing boats popped out in the gathering twilight.

Once we were at the shop Tempus started on some more dishes while I got “set-ups” done. Those are things like the mushroom & onion for the beef getting prepped, the cherry juice for the cherry tea spiced and sugared….that kind of thing. He pulled things down for me and put things away. After that I got a couple of flavored butters done and pulled the pickle fridge stuff so that Tempus could put that away on his way to Newport and he took off. He was done bagging and on the road before midnight.

Next up for me was a recipe of schiz. That’s the Italian cheese I’ve been making that fries up well. I had that heating by 10:30. It takes a long time of stirring to get it right. I worked on newsletter set-up while I was doing that. By 1am that was draining and I was making ricotta with what was left in the pot. By 2 the ricotta was draining.

By 2:30 the tvarog was set up to culture overnight. I also managed to get the whey taken care of and squeezed the schiz one more time before putting it into the fridge. …and when I got back to my desk I saw that I was out of time. Gosh, he was moving fast!

He picked me up at 3 and we had a good run. It was clouded up with a scattered layer of fast low clouds that were picking up the lights from town. Some of the time it was raining, in Bayshore, and particularly right at the last as we were doing the last drops along highway 101 south of Waldport, and blowing a little, as well. We did run out to the spring, which always makes it a bit longer. We got done just after 5:30, came home and went to sleep, right away. I dropped off with a smile on my face, listening to the rain on the solarium roof.

 Today we have some chores to finish, then we’ll go to the shop for more cookery and this evening Tempus is making a run to the Valley to pick up a friend of Jay’s who’s coming out for a visit and to help with the feast.

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plant red huckleberry Vaccinium_parvifolium_0325Red Huckleberry (Vaccinium parvifolium), which grows mostly at low to middle elevations in soil enriched by decaying wood and on rotten logs, all over the coast range. It is a deciduous shrub growing to 13 ft tall with a small, edible red to blue-black berry. The local peoples ate, dried, stewed and made sauces from this berry which was one of their staple foods. The bark is a cold remedy. The leaves make a good tea. I make jam of the berries, which also make a tasty tea. Both berries and leaves are good for sore throats, aching teeth and inflamed gums. It’s sometimes used as an ornamental, but it doesn’t take well to getting the roots disturbed. Gender, Feminine – Planet, Venus – Element, Water – Carry for luck, health (especially teeth/throat),  to keep away evil and break hexes, Burn to make dreams come true. Dried berries can be used for prosperity magicks. More info and links here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaccinium_parvifolium

feast 0214 Juno_sospita_pushkinToday’s Feast, Juno Februata, may be a mangled re-telling of the Lupercalia Feast that we’re going to talk about tomorrow. This goddess was of the home, hearth and married women and has a name that may be a borrowed word from another language.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juno_Februa  Some interesting stuff about Juno’s tree:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ficus_Ruminalis and more about figs in general:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ficus

The shop is open 11-5pm Thursday through Monday, although we’re there a lot later most nights.  Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.org 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! In case of bad weather, check here at the blog for updates, on our Facebook as Ancient Light, or call the shop.

Love & Light,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Waning Moon MagickFrom 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 2/15 at 6:42pm. Waning Crescent MoonBest time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 2/11 at 1:05am. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 2/14 at 1:05am. Dark of the Moon, 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, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances. God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Outer Dark, psychopomps – Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris. Phase ends at 1:05pm on 2/15. 

Jupiter’s Great Red Spot remains prominent and colorful in this January 26th image. Interesting stuff is happening in the turbulent wake to its following (celestial east) side; south here is up. Blue festoons mark the bright Equatorial Zone. Christopher Go in the Philippines took this image before dawn using a 14-inch scope and video stacking.
Right after dark the W of Cassiopeia shines high in the northwest, standing almost on end. The brightest star between Cassiopeia and the zenith, at that time for the world’s mid-northern latitudes, is Alpha Persei (Mirfak) >>>. Around and upper left of it is the Perseus OB1 Association: a loose swarm of modest stars about the size of your thumbtip at arm’s length. They show well in binoculars. A stellar association is a group of stars born around the same place and time but too large and loose to hold together gravitationally as a star cluster.
Saturn (magnitude +0.5, in Sagittarius) glows with a steady light low in the southeast in early dawn. Draw a line from Jupiter through Mars, extend the line farther by a little more than the Jupiter-Mars separation, and there’s Saturn.

Goddess Month of  Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Goddess Month of Moura, runs from 2/20-3/19
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17

Runic half-month of Sowulo/ Sigel, 2/12-26 It represents the power of the force of good throughout the world and is the harbinger of victory and ascendancy over darkness. 

Sun in Aquarius
Moon in Aquarius
Ceres (3/18) Retrograde
Color – White

Harvest 2/13-14

©2018 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17, Luis (LWEESH)/rowan – The rowan, or mountain ash (Sorbus aucuparia L.) is related to servceberries. The red berries were historically used to lure birds into traps, and the specific epithet aucuparia comes from words meaning “to catch a bird”. Birds are also responsible for dispersing the seeds. Rowans thrive in poor soils and colonize disturbed areas. In some parts of Europe they are most common around ancient settlements, either because of their weedy nature or because they were planted. Rowans flower in May. They grow to 15 m (50 feet) and are members of the Rose family (Rosaceae). They are cultivated in North America, especially in the northeast.

Luis – Rowan Ogam letter correspondences
Month: December
Color: Grey and Red
Class: Peasant
Letter: L
Meaning: Controlling your life; Protection against control by others.

Quert – Apple Ogam letter correspondences to study this month
Month: None
Color: Green
Class: Shrub
Letter: Q
Meaning: A choice must be made

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Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay

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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
W   14     High  12:07 AM     6.7   7:17 AM    Rise  6:45 AM      3
~    14      Low   5:33 AM     2.9   5:44 PM     Set  4:48 PM
~    14     High  11:19 AM     8.0
~    14      Low   6:14 PM    -0.1

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling.

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – Auto-Biographical narrative – Tell a story that you have had with one of your aunts.

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Quotes  

~  All thoughts, all passions, all delights Whatever stirs this mortal frame All are but ministers of Love And feed His sacred flame.  – Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) English writer
~  Do, or do not. There is no try – Yoda.
~  Fame is a fickle food – Upon a shifting plate. – Emily Dickinson
~  Figure out what images and signs are in the storehouse of your mind and make sense of them. – Kerr Cuhulain

Serene will be our days and bright,
And happy will our nature be,
When love is an unerring light,
And joy its own security. – William Wordsworth (1770–1850)

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Magick – 7 cultural concepts we don’t have in the U.S. – Perhaps one of these ideas will inspire you to think differently in your day-to-day life. – Tue, Dec 30, 2014 at 06:16 PM – http://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/blogs/7-cultural-concepts-we-dont-have-in-the-us

Exploring other cultures helps us learn more about ourselves — and perhaps find a new celebration or concept that speaks to us. (Photo: Boris Stroujko/Shutterstock)

From the end of October through the New Year and onto Valentine’s Day, it’s easy to forget that the holidays we celebrate are simply cultural constructs that we can choose to engage in — or not. The concepts and ideas we celebrate — like our spiritual beliefs and daily habits — are a choice, though sometimes it feels like we “have” to celebrate them, even if we don’t feel like it.

Culture is ours to do with as we choose, and that means that we can add, subtract, or edit celebrations or holidays as we see fit — because you and me and everyone reading this makes up our culture, and it is defined by us, for us, after all.

If you want to add a new and different perspective to your life, there are plenty of other ways to recognize joy and beauty outside American traditions. From Scandinavia to Japan, India and Germany, the concepts below may strike a nerve with you and inspire your own personal or familial celebration or — as is the case with a couple of these for me — sound like an acknowledgement of something you have long felt, but didn’t have a word for.

Friluftsliv

Friluftsliv translates directly from Norwegian as “free air life,” which doesn’t quite do it justice. Coined relatively recently, in 1859, it is the concept that being outside is good for human beings’ mind and spirit. “It is a term in Norway that is used often to describe a way of life that is spent exploring and appreciating nature,” Anna Stoltenberg, culture coordinator for Sons of Norway, a U.S.-based Norwegian heritage group, told MNN. Other than that, it’s not a strict definition: it can include sleeping outside, hiking, taking photographs or meditating, playing or dancing outside, for adults or kids. It doesn’t require any special equipment, includes all four seasons, and needn’t cost much money. Practicing friluftsliv could be as simple as making a commitment to walking in a natural area five days a week, or doing a day-long hike once a month.

Shinrin-yoku

Shinrin-yoku is a Japanese term that means “forest bathing” and unlike the Norwegian translation above, this one seems a perfect language fit (though a pretty similar idea). The idea being that spending time in the forest and natural areas is good preventative medicine, since it lowers stress, which causes or exacerbates some of our most intractable health issues. As MNN’s Catie Leary details, this isn’t just a nice idea — there’s science behind it: “The “magic” behind forest bathing boils down to the naturally produced allelochemic substances known as phytoncides, which are kind of like pheromones for plants. Their job is to help ward off pesky insects and slow the growth of fungi and bacteria. When humans are exposed to phytoncides, these chemicals are scientifically proven to lower blood pressure, relieve stress and boost the growth of cancer-fighting white blood cells. Some common examples of plants that give off phytoncides include garlic, onion, pine, tea tree and oak, which makes sense considering their potent aromas.”

Hygge

Hygge is the idea that helps Denmark regularly rate as one of the happiest countries in the world — Danes have regularly been some of the most joyful in the world for over 40 years that the U.S. has been studying them — despite long, dark winters. Loosely translated at “togetherness,” and “coziness,” though it’s not a physical state, it’s a mental one. According to VisitDenmark (the country’s official tourism site): “The warm glow of candlelight is hygge. Friends and family — that’s hygge too. And let’s not forget the eating and drinking — preferably sitting around the table for hours on end discussing the big and small things in life.” Hygge’s high season is winter, and Christmas lights, candles galore, and other manifestations of warmth and light, including warm alcoholic beverages, are key to the concept.

Still a little confused and wondering how you could cultivate hygge in your life? This Danish NPR commenter sums up some specifics: “Hygge is a deep sense of cozy that can originate from many different sources. Here is a good example from my life : a cloudy winter Sunday morning at the country house, fire in the stove and 20 candles lit to dispel the gloom. My husband, puppy and I curled up on our sheepskins wearing felt slippers, warm snuggly clothes and hands clasped around hot mugs of tea. A full day ahead with long walks on the cold beach, back for pancake lunch, reading, more snuggling, etc. This is a very hyggligt day.” Now that sounds do-able, doesn’t it?

Wabi-sabi

Wabi-sabi is the Japanese idea of embracing the imperfect, of celebrating the worn, the cracked, the patinaed, both as a decorative concept and a spiritual one — it’s an acceptance of the toll that life takes on us all. As I wrote about it earlier this year, “If we can learn to love the things that already exist, for all their chips and cracks, their patinas, their crooked lines or tactile evidence of being made by someone’s hands instead of a machine, from being made from natural materials that vary rather than perfect plastic, we wouldn’t need to make new stuff, reducing our consumption (and its concurrent energy use and inevitable waste), cutting our budgets, and saving some great stories for future generations.” We might also be less stressed, and more attentive to the details, which are the keys to mindfulness.

Kaizen

Kaizen is another Japanese concept, one that means “continuous improvement,” and could be taken to mean the opposite of wabi-sabi (though as you’ll see, it depends on the interpretation). It’s a very new idea, only coined in 1986, and generally used in business circumstances. As this tutorial details, “Kaizen is a system that involves every employee, from upper management to the cleaning crew. Everyone is encouraged to come up with small improvement suggestions on a regular basis. This is not a once a month or once a year activity. It is continuous. Japanese companies, such as Toyota and Canon, a total of 60 to 70 suggestions per employee per year are written down, shared and implemented.” These are regular, small improvements, not major changes. Applied to your own life, it could mean daily or weekly check-ins about goals, as opposed to making New Year’s resolutions, or a more organized path based on small changes toward weight loss, a personal project or a hobby.

Gemütlichkeit

Gemütlichkeit is a German word that means almost the same thing as hygge, and also has its peak usage during the winter. In fact, some linguists posit that the word (and concept) of hygge likely came from the German idea. Blogger Constanze’s entry on the German Language Blog for “Untranslatable German Words” describes how the word means more than just cozy: “A soft chair in a coffee shop might be considered ‘cozy’. But sit in that chair surrounded by close friends and a hot cup of tea, while soft music plays in the background, and that sort of scene is what you’d call gemütlich.”

Jugaad

Jugaad is a Hindi word that means “an innovative fix” or a “repair derived from ingenuity,” — think a jury-rigged sled for snowy fun, or a bicycle chain repaired with some duct tape. It’s a frequently used word in India where frugal fixes are revered. But the idea has further merit beyond figuring out solutions to get by with less. It also encapsulates the spirit of doing something innovative. As the authors of Jugaad Innovation write in Forbes, they see jugaad in many other places than the repair shop: “In Kenya, for instance, entrepreneurs have invented a device that enables bicycle riders to charge their cellphones while pedaling. In the Philippines, Illac Diaz has deployed A Litre of Light — a recycled plastic bottle containing bleach-processed water that refracts sunlight, producing the equivalent of a 55-watt light bulb — in thousands of makeshift houses in off-the-grid shantytowns. And in Lima, Peru (with high humidity and only 1 inch of rain per year), an engineering college has designed advertising billboards that can convert humid air into potable water.”

Jugaad’s idea of frugal innovation can definitely be applied in the individual life — what about setting aside a half a day twice a year where everyone in your family fixes something that needs repair? You’ll save money, spend time together, test problem-solving skills, and get a sense of accomplishment from repairing instead of buying new.

I’d like to integrate some of these ideas into my own life. Over the last few years I have dropped Christmas and Easter (I’ve been an atheist for over 25 years now) and replaced them with a Solstice celebrations; I have remade New Year’s into a quiet, reflective time (the antithesis of a party); and have incorporated an appreciation and gratefulness aspect into my almost-daily meditation routine. I’ve kept Thanksgiving, though mine is vegetarian, so the focus is on the harvest and thanks and not killing a turkey. And I celebrate Halloween some years, when I feel into it, and not if I don’t. And forget Valentine’s Day!

Because I don’t love some of our existing holidays, I’d like to add celebrations to my list — luckily I need not come up with them by myself, but can look to other cultures for inspiration. I actually started practicing hygge last winter and I felt it really helped me through the darkest days of the year. I may formalize it a bit by creating a “start” and “end” date to the practice. Wabi-sabi is also very appealing to me, as I tend towards perfectionism (which also tends to make me miserable), and it’s an idea that seems like it might become part of my seasonal cleaning and organizing time (along with Jugaad).

Have any of the above ideas inspired you to try something different or add a new celebration day to your life?

Read more: http://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/blogs/7-cultural-concepts-we-dont-have-in-the-us#ixzz3OdHdprpd

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