Daily Stuff 2-19-19 Nicolas Copernicus

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Ken Gagne. Minus Tide at 6:41 PM of -1.4 feet.

It’s drippish and grey out there. 44F, Wind at 5mph, AQI14, UV3 and about 1/6 of an inch of rain after a tenth, yesterday. We’re supposed to get a break on Thursday, but otherwise, we’re looking at our usual rain.

Yesterday I ended up sleeping for 18 hours of the day. That’s why Monday’s newsletter went out around 2:30 this morning! I’m still wincing and ow-ing, but getting somewhat better. We’re still putting things away. 🙂 I have a pot of stew to work on (making from the leftovers) but I have to have a functional hand before I’m sure I can do the chopping that’s required.

Tempus has the paper run tonight. He did get a fair amount of sleep, but I’m going to try to get him to nap this afternoon. I’m working on the feast write-up.

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

feast 0219 CopernicSystem

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

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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 2/19 at 6:47am. Full Moon – The day of, the day before, and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on on 2/20 at 7:54pm. Waning Moon Magick From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 3/6 at 8:04am.

Full Moon (exact at 10:54 a.m.). Tonight the Moon shines in Leo. After dark look for Regulus to its upper right and pale orange Algieba (Gamma Leonis), a little fainter, above the moon or to its upper left. Full Moon occurs at 10:54 a.m. EST, but our satellite will look completely illuminated both before dawn and after sunset. The Moon spends this time among the background stars of Leo the Lion.

Super Moon – The largest Full Moon of 2019 arrives February 19, though don’t expect it to look noticeably larger than any other Full Moon. This image shows the biggest Full Moon of 2013. – Jared Bowens

Luna also reaches perigee today, at 4:03 a.m. EST, when it lies 221,681 miles (356,761 kilometers) from Earth. That makes this Full Moon the closest and biggest (33.2′ across) of 2019, and many people will feel compelled to call it a “Super Moon.”

The MESSENGER spacecraft first flew by Mercury in January 2008, before going into orbit around the solar system’s innermost planet between 2011 and 2015. These images created with MESSENGER data provide some of the strongest evidence to date for the existence of water ice and frozen volatiles trapped in Mercury’s shadowed polar craters. – NASA/JHUAPL/Carnegie Institution of Washington/NAIC, Arecibo Observatory/Science Source

Mercury returns to the evening sky in mid-February. Last Friday, it appeared 5° high in the west-southwest 30 minutes after sunset. It shines at magnitude –1.1, bright enough to show up against the twilight glow. (If you don’t see Mercury right away, binoculars will bring it into view.) A telescope reveals the planet’s disk, which spans 5.6″ and appears nearly full. The inner world is embarking on what will be its finest evening appearance of 2019. A week from now, it will appear twice as far above the western horizon a half-hour after the Sun goes down.
Mars (magnitude +1.1, in Aries) still glows high in the west-southwest at nightfall and sets around 11 p.m. In a telescope it’s a tiny blob hardly 6 arcseconds wide.

Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for February
Goddess Month of of Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Goddess Month of of Moura, runs from 2/20-3/19
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17, Nion (NEE-uhn)
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
Full Quickening Moon at 7:54am.
Moon in Leo enters Virgo at 6:47am.
Pallas Retrograde (5/30)
Color: White

©2019 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.******

Tides for Alsea Bay

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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
Tu  19     High  12:22 AM     7.6   7:10 AM     Set  7:29 AM      98
~    19      Low   5:58 AM     1.9   5:51 PM    Rise  6:12 PM
~    19     High  11:51 AM     9.3
~    19      Low   6:41 PM    -1.4

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – But when I add to my consciousness the joy of simply being myself, everything else becomes beautiful beyond all comprehension.

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Journal Prompt – Where? – Where would you most like to watch the sun come up? Why?

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Quotes

19 ~   My work is full of sweating, nervous uneasiness, which is a big part of me and everybody else. Most people don’t want to see that though, because it reminds them of inadequate parts of themselves. – Robert Crumb
~   Having breast cancer is massive amounts of no fun. First they mutilate you; then they poison you; then they burn you. I have been on blind dates better than that. – Molly Ivins
~   The nomination of the boar hog Pigasus for President of the United States by the Yippies had been the most “transcendentally lucid” political act of the twentieth century. – Robert Anton Wilson, The Illuminatus Trilogy: The Eye in the Pyramid, the Golden Apple & Leviathan; Pigasus was nominated at the Democratic Party Convention on August 23, 1968
~   How could they tell? – Dorothy Parker; on learning that US President Calvin Coolidge was dead

Sunset Haiku, A Series Poem

Sinking with the sun
The colors dissolve slowly
I want to taste more.

To paint the sunset
I need many canvases
One for every cloud.

The sunset colors
Are present in the moment
To be enjoyed now.

I can’t capture it.
I can only enjoy it
Even as it fades. – Written and submitted by Tasha Halpert

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Ostara Magick – Studies

The Rabbit who loved Layla – A re-telling of a folktale by Anja ©2004M. Bartlett

Once upon a time there was a little rabbit who loved Layla, the Spring Maiden who brings the flowers and new grass.

She was only a little bunny, not very smart, not very strong, not very pretty, but soft and sweet and very, very loving.

She wanted to do something nice for Layla to show how much she loved Her.

She thought and thought and finally thought about eggs. Eggs are round like the world. That is a good thing for Layla!

Now birds are the ones who lay eggs, and eggs are usually white or brown, but this little rabbit didn’t know that. She laid a whole nest full of eggs for a gift to Layla and for the great earth mother, Lada.

They were bright colors, like flowers and had pretty pictures to show how much the bunny liked the world in springtime.

This sweet little rabbit took her eggs, put them in a basket with flowers and delicious spring herbs. She brought them to Layla and her mother, saying, “Mother Lada, Sweet Layla, I brought you something! I know they’re not much of a gift, but I thought you might like them.”

Layla told the little rabbit, “Bunny dear, your sweetness and your love have created a miracle!”

Layla was so happy with the eggs that she gave the little rabbit the power to share those eggs with the whole world. Lada even put the bunny’s picture on the moon so that we would not forget the love that made the impossible happen.

Ever since that time we take eggs and paint or dye them in bright colors and eat candies and pastries shaped like eggs and remember the sweet little rabbit that we call the Easter Bunny.

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Silliness – Breakfast

 

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Daily Stuff 2-18-19 Spenta Armaiti

Hi, folks!

Minus Tide at 5:57 P of -1.4 feet.

Other than sunny. I have no idea what the weather was today. I was holed up on Sunday in the kitchen at the hall, and here it is 2am on Tuesday and I’m finally finishing Monday’s newsletter!

Sunday’s feast went pretty well, but exhaustion can blank a lot. I’m gradually putting together a whole page of description with pictures, but here is one of the “dragon” that was a fun dish of the event.

THe DRagon

Today is all putting away food and sorting things out. The first part of the day was visiting with the folks who stayed over in the area and brunching on leftovers. 🙂

More tomorrow, I hope.

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 opens at 11am. Winter hours are 11am-5pm Thursday through Monday. 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 2/19 at 6:47am. Full Moon – The day of, the day before, and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on at 2:20 at 7:54pm. 

The full Moon of February shines in Leo.

Right after dark, bright Capella is near the zenith. Face northwest and look 20° (two fists) that way from Capella. The brightest star there is Alpha Persei, Mirfak. Around and upper left of it is the Perseus OB1 Association,a loose swarm of modestly bright stars about the size of your thumbtip at arm’s length. They show well in binoculars.
A momentary, partial asteroid occultation of Siriusshould happen late tonight for well-placed observers along a very narrow path running from northwestern Mexico through the Dakotas and past Winnipeg. See Bob King’s Will Sirius Disappear on February 18th?
This is a good week to look for Sirius in the evening sky. The night sky’s brightest star (at magnitude –1.5) appears due south and at its highest position around 9 p.m. local time. It then lies about one-third of the way from the horizon to the zenith from mid-northern latitudes. (The farther south you live, the higher it appears.) For a few lucky observers this evening, however, Sirius should relinquish its crown as the brightest star when the 17th-magnitude asteroid 4388 Jurgenstock passes directly in front of it. Sirius will dim significantly — if not disappear — for 1.8 seconds. The event can be seen along a narrow path that stretches from near Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, to Winnipeg, Canada. (In the United States, it tracks through New Mexico, Colorado, Nebraska, and the Dakotas.) It occurs around 11:30 p.m. CST (10:30 p.m. MST). The precise track and time depend on the asteroid’s exact position. For the latest predictions, check out www.occultationpages.com/rasc/20190219_4388Jurgenstock.html. What might you see from the center line? Astronomers estimate that Sirius spans 0.006″ and the asteroid 0.005″. If accurate, this means Sirius will dim significantly but not disappear. But slight errors in those measurements could result in Sirius vanishing. In either case, it’s an event you won’t want to miss.
Venus and Saturn team up in the predawn sky early this week. Venus passes 1.1° due north of Saturn this morning, but the two bright planets lie within 2.5° of each other from February 16 to 20. Venus shines at magnitude –4.2, some 80 times brighter than magnitude 0.6 Saturn. Use your naked eye or binoculars for the best views of the stunning scene.
Venus (magnitude –4.2), Jupiter(magnitude –1.9) and Saturn (magnitude +0.6) all rise before the beginning of dawn. As dawn gets under way, Jupiter and Venus dominate the low southeast. Jupiter is the one on the upper right. Every morning they’re a little farther apart. Meanwhile Saturn, much dimmer,  passes close by Venus this week. They appear closest, 1.1° apart, on the morning of Monday the 18th. And to the right of Jupiter look for twinkly orange Antares. They’re 12° apart. In a telescope Venus is dazzling white and gibbous. Jupiter appears twice as large in apparent diameter, but its surface brightness is some 50 times dimmer — due mostly to Jupiter’s 7-times-greater distance from the illuminating Sun.

Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for February
Goddess Month of of Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Goddess Month of of Moura, runs from 2/20-3/19
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17, Nion (NEE-uhn)
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 3:04pm
Moon in Leo
Pallas Retrograde at 8:40am (5/30)
Color: Lavendar

©2019 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.******

Tides for Alsea Bay

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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
M   18      Low   5:05 AM     2.5   7:12 AM     Set  6:48 AM      94
~    18     High  10:58 AM     9.2   5:49 PM    Rise  4:53 PM
~    18      Low   5:57 PM    -1.4

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Language is the thread joining desire to its object, explaining its needs, expressing its cries. ~ Michelle Lovric

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Journal Prompt – Expository – Interview an adult about the differences between being a teenager when he or she was growing up and being a teenager today. Write a summary of the interview.

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Quotes

~  What we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But if that drop was not in the ocean, I think the ocean would be less because of that missing drop. I do not agree with the big way of doing things. – Mother Teresa; ‘Carriers of Christ’s Love’, A Gift for God,  1975
~  The axis of the earth sticks out visibly through the centre of each and every town or city. – Oliver Wendell Holmes, born on August 29, 1809; The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table, vi
~  The best way to keep young is to keep going in whatever it is that keeps you going. With me that’s work, and a lot of it. And when a job is finished, relax and have fun. – Ingrid Bergman
~   If people lose their land, they have nothing. You lose your land – you lose your culture, you lose self. – Richard Gere, American actor and activist for Tibet’s freedom, born on August 29, 1949

SWEETS FOR THE SWEET

Chocolate kisses,
Chocolate sweets
Sugar that calms me
Caffeine that perks me up.

When a hug isn’t there
And I’m alone, horny at night
A cup of hot chocolate
With marshmallows floating

Can help me feel more loved.
“Sweets for the sweet”
Like the Shakespeare quotation;
And sweets when life is sour, too.

Chocolate can ease the pain
It can numb the feelings
Except for the sensuousness
Of hot chocolate syrup

When it is hot,
Or poured over strawberries
Or cherries.
Only poured over the body

When it is cold…
(Who needs blisters)?
Chocolate kisses were named right,
But real kisses are so much
Sweeter. – © Copyright 3/9/06, Beth Clare Johnson   (Mystic Amazon)

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Ostara Magick – Craft

Seedling Planter Eggs – After cleaning out your eggs, remove the top half of each egg and fill it with soil. Purchase tiny flowers or seedlings from a local nursery, and plant them in your creative shelled containers.

Place Card Eggs – On your decorated eggs, write the name of each guest with a permanent marker or paint pen. Next, gently nest each egg in a teacup of shredded paper. Shredded bills are just fine!

Pysanky Krashanky: Easter Eggs – The ancient story of how good overcomes evil – From Ukrainian Soul Food, Baba Raisha

Pysanky is Ukrainian tradition many thousand year old. Is woman sacred obligation to write blessing on egg every year. She then give away as many as possible.
This not ritual like some kind weirdo modern thing these people make up who dancing with crystal on head and moaning in park. One day they Greek god, next day they some kind rootsy-tootsy Gypsy. Only can’t sing.
They should try keep up dancing, singing with me and other women at Ukrainian festival. They think they New Age. Ha! I show them Old Age.
Listen and Baba will tell you pysanka story. You have my permission read this to children. Is good for them understand how to fight evil.
Is terrible monster live deep in cave. Probably more ice cold bunker like Hitler have, only near Kremlin. He chain to rock since beginning of time. This monster look like cross between that Bugs Bunny Tasmanian Devil and politician who have fierce orange eye so close together, look like only one in middle forehead. You know who I mean. Eye is narrow like mind, so you can always tell. If you follow this voting advice, you never wrong. No, eye can’t be orange. This is color of Ukrainian liberation. Correction. Eye is Soviet red. Also, monster is little bit too hairy to be normal. This not always true for politician, good or bad. Use your discrimination.
Monster have ear that hang low, pimple on thigh and bad breath. He film himself for YouTube.
He is guard by three goddess call Zorya, or stars. They is goddess of dawn, goddess of dusk and goddess of midnight. They also decide people fate.
Every spring, ugly monster send out demon into four corner of earth. They scout to see if people still loving each other, still writing blessing on egg and giving them away. If so, monster sad. He stay chain to rock another year.
If we stop writing blessing on egg, happy monster break chain and pow! He fly loose with demon and destroy whole world.
This why egg written with symbol for all sort of good life thing: sun, animal, plant, cross of four direction, vine and Baba Spider, she who weave Universe.
Why egg? Is eternal shape of cosmos and sun. Tell us life continue always and that monster never going to win. But we have to fulfill sacred obligation to planet and our Creator.
When you making pysanky, you blow out inside for amulet against evil. If someone wishing for baby, you leave yolk inside. Never boil egg. Inside must stay alive. You don’t want to eat what come out when you blow. Will have dye in white and yolk, so can be toxic. If you draw ancient spiral shape on egg, spiral will trap evil and not allow to escape.
I know you going to run to Internet to find out how to make these beautiful egg. Is better if you find Ukrainian Baba at cultural centre or church who show you how to make. Is also meditation that go with this. You supposed to meditate for whole day on blessing before starting to write on egg. Also not fight with no one for this time. Baba have to admit, sometime she fail this spiritual test.
These women who make so beautiful pysanky not allow to do this any other time of year except for one month before Easter. This add to spiritual power of egg. Over lifetime, a woman pysanky get a little better each year. Is good reminder that her ovary and uterus important, too. Is not just thing for childbearing, then throw away. Egg shape is eternal also inside woman.

pysanky-symbol-chart

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Silliness – Energy – My physics teacher told me I had a lot of potential. Then he pushed me off a roof.

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Daily Stuff 2-17-19 Fornicalia

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Ken Gagne/ Minus Tide at 5:10 PM of -1.1 feet. Ancient Light will be closed today so we can be at the House Capuchin Winter Feast!

Cloud, puddles and ice….. it hailed yesterday evening in a lot of spots! 34F, so it hasn’t melted off, yet…. no wind, AQI 17, UV1…. 1/5 of an inch of rain since midnight, after 1/4 inch yesterday. We’re still under a SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY FOR HAZARDOUS SEAS through 10pm, but the wave heights are dropping fast.

Yesterday we were up really early, but we ended up getting moving very late, compared that what I had been hoping, which meant that the shop was late opening.

We went directly to Newport and picked up some forgotten sausage. Tempus drove us right to Sash’s place after that, off-loaded me and totes and headed back. I started cooking right away. The first thing was to cook the sausages for the appetizers and the bacon for the pie. While those were going I set up an egg and cheese pie and a “fair torte” which was mostly leafy greens with a little egg and cheese. I also set up some small versions of the mushroom tart, because I didn’t have a mixer and only scraps left over from the first two pies. Eventually, that was all cooked/baked/fridged and I made a batch of the sausage appetizers for Sash and his roomie, and a few of the cheesy olives, then made a batch of the appetizers for the feast.

Tempus was busy at the shop. He said he had something like 20 people in the shop. In between customers he got one bread loaf done, but that was all he had time for, since it took awhile to rise and he had to come back for me at 6pm.

Sash and I had a good time chatting during the day, a lot of which was about his work woes. Eventually, he had to head out for that (he was supposed to have this whole weekend off and now he has to work all three days!) and I packed up what we were bringing back.

Tempus got there at about 6:30, loaded our stuff and me and we headed for the garden club, where we dropped off the check and picked up the key, then headed back to the shop.

We spent the evening packing everything, starting the overnight crockpots, and then getting the first load into the car, so that we can just skedaddle this morning. I have to be on-site at 8am and will be starting cooking as soon as I can plug in the 1st crockpot! The shop will *not* be open today, although we’re planning on regular hours tomorrow (Monday). Tomorrow’s newsletter may be skimpy, or it may be very late. I don’t know what kind of shape I’m going to be in at the end of the day!

Elk bull from 12/2/17 by Ken Gagne

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 opens at 11am. Winter hours are 11am-5pm Thursday through Monday. 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 2/19 at 6:47am. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 2/17 at 7:54pm. Full Moon – The day of, the day before, and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on at 2:20 at 7:54pm. 

Venus and Saturn pass 1.1° from each other the morning of February 18. The bright planets reside among the background stars of northern Sagittarius. – Astronomy: Roen Kelly

If you thought the midweek conjunction of Mars and Uranus was special, wait until you see Venus and Saturn team up before dawn. The two bright planets lie 1.6° apart this morning and will approach within 1.1° of each other tomorrow. Venus shines at magnitude –4.2, some 80 times brighter than magnitude 0.6 Saturn. If you look carefully, you’ll also see the 3rd-magnitude star Pi (π) Sagittarii between the two. Use your naked eye or binoculars to view the stunning scene.
Venus continues to dominate the predawn sky from its perch in northern Sagittarius. The inner world shines at magnitude –4.2, more than two magnitudes brighter than the second-brightest planet, Jupiter. Venus rises around 4:30 a.m. local time and stands nearly 15° high an hour before the Sun comes up. When viewed through a telescope, Venus shows a disk that spans 17″ and appears two-thirds lit.
Have you ever seen Canopus, the second-brightest star after Sirius? It’s almost due south of Sirius: by 36°. That’s far enough south that it never appears above your horizon unless you’re below latitude 37° N (southern Virginia, southern Missouri, central California). And there, you’ll need a very flat south horizon. Canopus passes over the south point on your horizon just 21 minutes before Sirius does. When to look? Canopus is due south when Beta Canis Majoris — Mirzam the Announcer, the star about three finger-widths to the right of Sirius — is at its highest due south (roughly 8:00 p.m. now, depending on how far east or west you are in your time zone). Look straight down from Mirzam then.
Mars continues to shine brightly on February evenings. Look for the Red Planet halfway to the zenith in the west-southwest as twilight fades to darkness. The world glows at magnitude 1.1 against the much dimmer stars of Aries the Ram. A telescope reveals the planet’s 6″-diameter disk, but you likely won’t see any surface details.
The night sky’s brightest star, Sirius, may wink out when a dim asteroid passes in front of it the evening of February 18. A momentary, partial asteroid occultation of Sirius should happen late tonight for well-placed observers along a very narrow path running from northwestern Mexico through the Dakotas and past Winnipeg. See Bob King’s Will Sirius Disappear on February 18th?
Mercury (about magnitude –1.0) is emerging into view low in the afterglow of sunset. It becomes a little higher and easier to spot every evening. About 30 to 45 minutes after sunset, look for it glimmering low a little south of due west, as shown here.

Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for February
Goddess Month of of Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Goddess Month of 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, Nion (NEE-uhn)
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 Cancer enters Leo oat 7:21am
Color: Yellow

©2019 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

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.******

Tides for Alsea Bay

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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
Su  17      Low   4:08 AM     3.1   7:13 AM     Set  5:59 AM      88
~    17     High  10:03 AM     8.8   5:48 PM    Rise  3:37 PM
~    17      Low   5:10 PM    -1.1
~    17     High  11:40 PM     7.1

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Everybody gets one chance to do something great.

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Journal Prompt – What do you think? – Why do you think wars exist in the world?

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Quotes

~   Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest. – Denis Diderot
~   Mistletoe is, however, seldom found on a hard-oak, and when it is discovered it is gathered with great ceremony, and particularly on the 6th day of the moon (which for those tribes [Druids] constitutes the beginning of the months and the years) and after every thirty years of a generation, because it is then rising in strength and not one half its full size. – Pliny the Elder (Plinius maior or Gaius Plinius Secundus; 23 CE – 79), Natural History XVI, xcv. 250 (see Coligny Calendar)
~   Lord, open the eyes of the King of England! – Last words of William Tyndale, English translator of the Bible, who was burned at the stake as a heretic in Vilvarde, Belgium, on October 6, 1536. Tyndale is referring to King Henry VIII.
~   If you had asked me as a 17-year-old whether I would go to sea on a raft, I would have absolutely denied the possibility. At that time, I suffered from fear of the water. – Thor Heyerdahl, born on October 6, 1914

Golden Future by Melodie Bolt
Children matter
Elder ones too
Clean fresh water
And enough food
Conserve resources
Weapons extinct
Spiral dance whirl
Sisters’ hands link
Voices in praise
We build a place
Golden Age days
Goddess embrace. – Melodie Bolt is a writer and poet of dark fantasy.Copyright Melodie Bolt  Wolfsighs@aol.com.

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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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Silliness – A report claims that playing Mozart for your designer baby (either in the womb or during their formative early years) will improve his/her IQ and help him/her get into that exclusive preschool. If playing Mozart for little Johnny could boost his intelligence, what would happen if other composers or contemporary genres were played during his developmental time? And what about early exposure to classic art or literature?

CLASSICAL MUSIC

BABBITT EFFECT: Child gibbers nonsense all the time. Eventually, people stop listening to him. Child doesn’t care because all his playmates think he’s cool.

BARTÓK EFFECT: Child becomes more and more dissonant. Has trouble maintaining harmony with his peers. Difficulty following rules. Presents an increasingly bad tone overall and is unable to resolve anything.

BEETHOVEN EFFECT: Child spends far too much time at the keyboard and goes deaf. (If the child doesn’t suffer from deafness, it’s the Wakeman effect).

BRAHMS EFFECT: Child is able to speak beautifully as long as his sentences contain a multiple of three words (3, 6, 9, 12, etc.). However, his sentences containing 4 or 8 words are strangely uninspired.

BRUCKNER EFFECT: Child speaks very slowly and repeats himself frequently. Gains reputation for profundity.

GLASS EFFECT: Child tends to repeat himself over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over again.

IVES EFFECT: Child develops a remarkable ability to carry on several separate conversations at once.

LISZT EFFECT: Child speaks rapidly and extravagantly, but never really says anything important.

MAHLER EFFECT: Child continually screams, at great length and volume, that he’s dying.

SCHOENBERG EFFECT: Child never repeats a word until he’s used all the other words in his vocabulary. Sometimes talks backwards. Eventually, people stop listening to him. Child blames them for their inability to understand him.

STOCKHAUSEN EFFECT: All you get out of the child is an atonal cacophony, but those around him are conned into believing it has some sort of artistic merit.

STRAVINSKY EFFECT: Child is prone to savage, guttural and profane outbursts that often lead to fighting and pandemonium in the preschool.

TAVENER EFFECT: Child sings a lot.

WAGNER EFFECT: Child becomes a megalomaniac. May eventually marry his sister.

And finally ….

CAGE EFFECT: Child says absolutely nothing for 4 minutes, 33 seconds. Preferred by 9 out of 10 classroom teachers.

 

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Daily Stuff 2-16-19 Kyoto Protocol

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Ken Gagne. First Minus Tide of the cycle at 4:20 PM of -0.6 feet. Ancient Light will be closed tomorrow so we can be at the House Capuchin Winter Feast! No Workshops today.

It’s actually bright for a day that’s supposed to be rainiy. It’s a little damp….puddles, and the breeze is brisk! 46F, wind at 5mph, AQI5, UV2. We’ve only gotten 0.07 inches of rain today. Not like the nearly 3 inches the other day or the 7/8 of an inch, yesterday. It looks like it ought to be dry tomorrow and Monday, both, but watch for ice tomorrow night, and then sunny on Thursday. What is this mythical sun? 🙂 We’re under a SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY FOR HAZARDOUS SEAS UNTIL 10 AM PST SUNDAY and SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY FOR WINDS UNTIL 4 PM PST THIS AFTERNOON as well.

Yesterday we had 3 people in during the first 15 minutes after we opened. That doesn’t happen very often! …and some people who called late in the day and were in right around closing. Otherwise the day was Tempus running errands, me at the shop and both of us fighting to keep going. After supper we collapsed and got up in the middle of the night to work on things. I know. We have the *weirdest* schedules…. but after this week we’ll be going back to more usual stuff.

I spent awhile putting newsletters together. Better to do it when I have a few minutes…. then I did some more cookery. 🙂 Mostly this was food prep, though, plus another batch of dilly beans.

Today I’m going to be cooking in a friend’s kitchen. Tempus will have the shop open for the usual hours.

Ken Gagne – Our gorgeous ocean with a seagull – Taken off Yachats.

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 opens at 11am. Winter hours are 11am-5pm Thursday through Monday. 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 2/19 at 6:47am. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 2/17 at 7:54pm. 

Right after dark, the gibbous Moon finds itself between Castor and Pollux to its upper right and Procyon farther to its lower left. By 10 or 11 p.m. this arrangement turns vertical.
Partial asteroid occultation of Sirius coming. Late next Monday night, the night of February 18-19, the brightest star in the night sky will be  partially occulted for up to 1.8 seconds when, for well-placed observers, the invisibly tiny asteroid 4388 Jurgenstock momentarily passes in front of it. The occultation will happen along a very narrow path running from the Winnipeg area across the Dakotas, western Nebraska, eastern Colorado, New Mexico, northwestern Mexico, and possibly the tip of Baja California. The asteroid is only about 4 miles wide, so it will subtend about the same angular diameter as Sirius, one of the nearest stars. That’s why the occultation will almost surely be partial. Think videorecording! The uncertainly in the path location is many times wider than the few miles of the path width itself, so you’ll not only need to position yourself carefully, you’ll also need a lot of luck. Check Sky & Telescope’s homepage for more about this as the day nears, see full observing details and plans from David Dunham, and use this zoomable Google Map to choose your setup site.

Jupiter typically shows lots of detail. In this image, the Great Red Spot stands out along with several dark belts and bright zones that run parallel to the gas giant’s equator. The imager also captured details on two of Jupiter’s moons — Callisto at the lower left and Ganymede at lower right. – Ward Trussell

Jupiter continues to grow more prominent in the southeastern sky before dawn. The giant planet rises around 3 a.m. local time and climbs 20° high by the first hint of twilight. Jupiter gleams at magnitude –2.0, though it still pales in comparison to Venus, which rises 100 minutes after the giant world. A telescope shows Jupiter’s 35″-diameter disk and at least two conspicuous cloud belts as well as the planet’s four bright Galilean satellites. In an unusual alignment, all four moons lie east of the gas giant this morning.
Venus (magnitude –4.2, above the Sagittarius Teapot) and Jupiter(magnitude –1.9, in the feet of Ophiuchus) each rise well before the first glimmer of dawn. By the time dawn begins to brighten, they dominate the southeastern sky. (See the illustrations higher up.) But they’re ever farther apart, widening by 1° per day. On the morning of February 9th Jupiter is 17° upper right of Venus. By the 16th, it’s 24° to Venus’s upper right. Look for twinkly orange Antares, magnitude +1.0, about 11° right of Jupiter. In a telescope Venus is dazzling white and gibbous. Jupiter appears nearly twice as large in apparent diameter, but its surface brightness is some 50 times dimmer — due mostly to Jupiter’s 7-times-greater distance from the illuminating Sun.

Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for February
Goddess Month of of Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Goddess Month of 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, Nion (NEE-uhn)
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 Cancer
Color: Black

Planting 2/15-16

©2019 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

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.******

Tides for Alsea Bay

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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
Sa  16      Low   3:04 AM     3.5   7:15 AM     Set  5:02 AM      79
~    16     High   9:04 AM     8.4   5:46 PM    Rise  2:26 PM
~    16      Low   4:20 PM    -0.6
~    16     High  10:54 PM     6.6

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Rise & Shine!

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Journal Prompt – Friends – Has a friend ever broken something or yours? How did you react?

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Quotes

~   Live as long as you may, the first twenty years are the longest of all your life. – Robert Southey; ‘The Doctor’
~   To make the public sentiment, on the side of all that is just and true and noble, is the highest use of life. – Lucy Stone; Morning Star
~   ‘Tis from the bud of renunciation of the self that springeth the sweet fruit of final liberation. – Helene Blavatsky, Ukrainian mystic, born on on August 12, 1831; The Voice of the Silence
~  If a problem has no solution, it may not be a problem, but a fact – not to be solved, but to be coped with over time. – Shimon Peres

It is pleasant to think, just under the snow,
That stretches so bleak and blank and cold,
Are beauty and warmth that we cannot know,
Green fields and leaves and blossoms of gold. –Fay Hempstead (1847–1934)

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Magick – Recipes from our feast coming up on Sunday. 

  1. Pork Roast with onion sauce – Le Viandier
  • Pork roast (tenderloin)
  • 3 large onion, chopped
  • 1 cup white wine vinegar
  • Garlic powder
  • Salt
  • 1 stick butter
  • ½ cup white wine
  • Salt to taste

Method

  1. Put the roast into a crockpot on high.
  2. Pour 1 cup of the onion and the vinegar over the roast. Salt lightly and sprinkle with garlic powder.
  3. After 3 hours turn the roast other side up and spoon juices over.
  4. After another 1 ½ hours check the temperature of the roast. If it is at least 150F, pull it out to “rest” on the cutting board, covering lightly with aluminum foil.
  5. Melt butter in a large frying pan.
  6. Add the rest of the onions, white wine.
  7. Simmer until onions are transparent.
  8. Add the drippings and pan scrapings and onions from the crockpot and bring up to temp.
  9. Serve the sauce with the pork.

Sauce from Le Viandier – 31. Roast pork. – Eaten with verjuice. Some make a sauce (to wit, add garlic, onions, wine and verjuice to the roast drippings in the pan). In a pie; eaten with verjuice.

Applade Ryalle (from Harleian manuscripts) Adapted from https://giveitforth.blogspot.com/2016/10/harleian-ms-279-ab-1430-cxxxv-applade.html?spref=fb

135 Apple Royal – Take apples and seeth them until they be tender and then let them cool; then draw them through a strainer; and on flesh day cast thereto good fat broth of fresh beef and white grease, and sugar and saffron, and good powder; and on a fish day, take almond milk, and olive oil, and draw there up with a good powder and serve forth. And for need, draw it up with wine, and a little honey put there to for to make it than sweet and serve it forth.

The apple stuff for the feast will be created from apples harvested, cooked and frozen in the early fall.

  • 1 3/4 cup apple          used 1 apple in water to cover
  • 2 1/4 cup red wine     1 cup wine
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg           1 enough nutmeg to cover the surface
  • 1/8 tsp clove               1 dash
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom      1 shake
  • Some ginger got in there from the brewet
  • Drizzled honey to taste and left honey on the table to add.

The apple stuff was cooked, already, so it was dropped into a crockpot to heat with the other ingredients. Honey was added before serving.

Golden toasts – (French toast!) (1 serving is 4, 2 inch squares) 30 servings

  • 15 slices thick-sliced heavy bread
  • 6-8 eggs
  • 2 Tbsp cream
  • Nutmeg
  • 2 sticks butter
  • Raw Sugar
  1. Cut thick-sliced heavy bread into 2 inch squares.
  2. Toast
  3. Beat eggs together with a tiny bit of milk and some nutmeg.
  4. Dip toasts immediately before frying.
  5. Fry on butter or bacon grease until cooked.
  6. Arrange on a warm platter sprinkled with sugar
  7. Golden toasts.

To make golden toasts, take some hard white bread, slice it into square toasts, roast them a bit on the grill, coat them very well in beaten egg yolks, brown them in good hot lard on the fire until fine and very golden, remove them from the pan, and put them on plates with some sugar on top.

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Silliness – Honey is Yummy – I’d like to thank the person who looked at a buzzing Bee-hive and thought: “Those guys are hiding something delicious in there I know it.”

 

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Daily Stuff 2-15-19 Lupercalia

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Ken Gagne/Minus Tide/ Ancient Light will be closed on 2/17 so we can be at the House Capuchin Winter Feast!

It’s fairly bright, but everything is soggy and drippy. 42F, Wind at 5mph, AQI5. We’ve gotten 1/3 of an inch of rain since midnight. Pretty much the same outlook as it’s been all week: rain, except for part of Sunday.

Yesterday was a good day. I was tired. I think the shifting of our sleep schedules is messing with me again. I was up by 9am and ended up talking to one of the boys for most of an hour while I got the newsletter together. Once that was done and published and the shop was open I started falling asleep at my desk and Tempus finally told me to go in back to nap. When I got up I did some embroidery and started reading my birthday present, a copy of “Caroline, Revisited” which I’ve wanted ever since it came out.

The shop was quiet. We’ve had very few shoppers while the weather has been so bad. It rained steadily all day until we had had 1.2 inches of rain by 11pm.

Witch Hazel

I re-glued the facing on the front of my desk that I’ve been catching on for a year. I finally got mad enough at it, when I caught a button in it and popped the button over behind the desk, so I had to scrabble for it.

We started closing before 5pm, because we wanted to go to the Vows Renewal service at the Little Log Church. Tempus had told them that it was my birthday, so I got singled out for a happy wish. There were somewhere on the low side of 40 people there for the ceremony with 301.5 collective years of marriage. We each got a certificate.

Mushroom

Tempus took me to the Blue Whale for dinner, afterwards. It wasn’t a fancy Valentine’s spread, but they had some pretty decorations and it was a delicious meal. I had the beer-battered trio (shimp, cod and halibut) and he had plain fish and chips. We didn’t bother with dessert because we were too stuffed!

Crocus

When we got back he puttered for awhile before heading in to Newport. He was started on the bulk drops with all the paper-bagging done by 11:30 and going on the regular route, by 1am, although he had an unscheduled stop at JC Market for the almond milk that I didn’t remind him about. He had gotten the sugar and vinegar at Freddies, earlier.

Crocus

I got to my cookery, setting up a pickling broth, started a batch of pickled eggs, lenten slices and some other small things, hoping to get all that done when he stopped after the Beaver Creek/Bayview loop and then to get my meatballs finished and frozen. The pickling broth took forever to get hot. It was on high for almost 2 hours!

Tempus couldn’t get to some of the drops in the area between Waldport and the beginning of Bayshore. It was snowing and sleeting and he had to *back* down Sandpiper! He went on and did the rest of the route and then went back to try again. I had just finished the Lenten Slices at 7:20, when he called. He did get them on the 2nd try.

We’re both really tired. Tempus only just woke up. He has to go into Newport, later, and he’ll be finishing the feast shopping, then.

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

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 opens at 11am. Winter hours are 11am-5pm Thursday through Monday. 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 2/19 at 6:47am. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 2/17 at 7:54pm. 

By week’s end Jupiter and Venus are much farther apart in the dawn, and Venus appears to be cozying up to dim, distant Saturn.

The Moon is in the feet of Gemini this evening. Castor and Pollux are to its left, Procyon is to its lower left, and Orion is to its lower right.

Earthbound observers get superb views of Mercury in mid-April, though the detail will pale in comparison to what the MESSENGER spacecraft ¬captured up close. – NASA/JHUAPL/CIW

Mercury returns to the evening sky in mid-February. This evening, it appears 5° high in the west-southwest 30 minutes after sunset. It shines at magnitude –1.1, bright enough to show up against the twilight glow. (If you don’t see Mercury right away, binoculars will bring it into view.) A telescope reveals the planet’s disk, which spans 5.6″ and appears nearly full. By the end of February, the innermost planet will be much easier to see as it climbs 11° above the western horizon a half-hour after the Sun goes down.
Neptune is out of sight, too low in the afterglow of sunset.

Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for February
Goddess Month of of Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Goddess Month of 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, Nion (NEE-uhn)
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 Gemini enters Cancer at 6:03am
Color: Rose

Planting 2/15-16

©2019 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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Tides for Alsea Bay

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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
F   15      Low   1:51 AM     3.6   7:16 AM     Set  3:59 AM      69
~   15     High   8:01 AM     8.0   5:45 PM    Rise  1:24 PM
~   15      Low   3:25 PM     0.1
~   15     High  10:01 PM     6.1

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – In the Name of the Maiden: I will speak my truth fearlessly.

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Journal Prompt – Describe – Describe the best Halloween costume you have ever worn (or seen).

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Quotes

~   Friendship is Love without his wings. – Lord Byron
~   We do not turn on the lights over the whole house when we are only using one floor. That would be a waste of light. Similarly we ought not to be using energy on all three stories of our organism when we are only actually using one of them. – Alfred Orage; ‘Economizing our Energy’
~   Talkies, squeakies, moanies, songies, squawkies … Just give them ten years to develop and you’re going to see the greatest artistic medium the world has known. – DW Griffith, American director, born on January 22, 1875
~   What Is Love?… The Total Absence of Fear, said the master. What Is It We Fear?… Love, said the master. – Anthony de Mello (1931 – 1987) Jesuit Priest

When February sun shines cold,
There comes a day when in the air
The wings of winter
Slow unfold,
And show the golden summer there. – Philip Savage (1868–99)

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Magick – Winter Spells

A Winter Purification Spell – If winter makes you suffer from cabin fever and the seasonal blahs, let this ritual rid your home of all sorts of negativity.

Start by using fragrances associated with January—allspice, ginger, and pine—which are also ruled by Mars, Tuesday’s planet. Mix a pinch of allspice and ginger, along with a drop of olive oil in one-quarter cup of water. Then anoint the tips of a small pine branch with this spice mixture. Sprinkle the mixture about your home, using the pine branch as a “wand,” repeating at various place around your home:

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Scents of pine, allspice, and ginger,
Clear away negativity which may linger.
Winter skies may be dark and drear,
But my home is a haven of warmth and cheer.

Sprinkle any remaining spice mixture near windows and doors. Perform as needed on Mondays and Tuesdays throughout the rest of the winter season. By: James Kambos  )0(

A Melting Spell – January 24th, 2008, Color of the day: Purple,  Incense of the day: Clove

Is there a chill between you and a friend? Are things in your life frozen and you long for a thaw? A winter day in the waning Moon is the time to create warmth from the cold. If there’s snow outside, get about a tablespoonful of it. Otherwise, prepare ice chips from the freezer. As you gather your snow or ice, visualize the thing that is frozen. Set up your altar with a cauldron or other fire-safe container over a flame. The snow or ice is in the cauldron. The flame is not yet lit. Have a fire extinguisher handy. Ground and center. Make a statement of intent; something like, “This is the coldness between Joe and me. This coldness melts away.” Light the fire. Tone or chant, “Warming! Heating! Melting!” or similar words. When the snow is melted, send a final wave of power into the cauldron. Say, “So mote it be!” Allow the water to evaporate. By: Deborah Lipp

Daylight Ritual – February 26th, 2007, Color of the day: Ivory – Incense of the day: Peony
By this time of the winter you may be experiencing “winter blues” from dreary days, too much snow, or being cooped up in your house too long. Chase the blues away by making the house springlike. Get “daylight” bulbs and replace your standard bulbs. Fresh flowers or even artificial ones can add a springlike feeling. Floral scents such as lavender or lilac will make the house smell like spring. Wash curtains, bed linens, and towels with a fabric softener that has that “spring fresh” scent. Add a new picture that brings spring to mind, or paint one. Maybe add some new, brighter colors around the house to help lift the winter doldrums. Change your surroundings: add color and brightness and scent to bring those “winter blues” under control. By: Boudica

Wash Away Winter Spell – March 13th, 2007, Color of the day: Scarlet, Incense of the day: Chrysanthemum

Now the streams begin to flow again and ice begins to melt on rocky ledges. This ritual serves as a symbolic way to wash away winter’s grip. Fill a spray bottle with bottled spring water and add about three tablespoons of rose water. Spray on at least one window on each side of your house, inside and out. Then wipe with a clean cloth. Also spray any glass panes in your front and back doors. If you have any rose-water solution left, spray and wipe mirrors throughout your home also. Pour any leftover water mixture outdoors, around your home or in your garden, to encourage the awakening Earth. By: James Kambos

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Silliness – Alphabet soup

Not helvegica?

 

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Daily Stuff 2-14-19 Juno Februata

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Amor Bues. Ancient Light will be closed on 2/17.

It’s overcast and there are huge puddles all over and the rain is pouring down, though it wasn’t 5 minutes ago. 48F, wind at 1mph, AQI10, UV2. We’ve gotten over 2/5 of an inch of rain since midnight after not a lot yesterday. We should get a bit of a break on Sunday, but otherwise, plan on “wet”. We’re under a SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY FOR WINDS through 7pm Friday and a SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY FOR HAZARDOUS SEAS through 4pm on Saturday.

Yesterday started so *very* late and both of us were slow to get moving… I was squeaking a lot because my back was acting up and so were Tempus’ knees, not quite as badly as when the weather system rolled in, but badly enough.

I did some embroidery for awhile, finished a zipper pull for my embroidery pouch, and worked a little on the band that’s been my primary “thang” for a month and some change, now.

Eventually we had a meal… if it’s after dark, how can you call it, “lunch”?… more of the chowder that I made the other day. Tempus added some canned corn to it. My computer glommed up and froze while I was eating. I was talking to Leslie when it did and it was 1/2 an hour before I got it run through the updates that were waiting and back up and running!

Eventually I got back to my cookery. I printed out some of my recipes. I started with jam, then went on to one of the more complicated butters, then did a simpler one. Eventually the table was clear enough to finally make the dragon eggs. …although all I got done was the mix and the stuffing for the chicken. Tempus and I both ran out of oomph….

We’ll be open in a few minutes. I woke to a birthday card on my keyboard and I’ve been busy answering birthday greetings and one of my boys called already to wish me a happy birthday! We’re probably going to close on time tonight. I’m not sure whether we’re going out to dinner or to the vows renewal at the Little Log Church, but we’re doing something.

One of the best CSA’s in our area is through Gathering Together Farm.  Tempus and I are talking about signing up this year. They do a weekly pickup for our area in Newport on Wednesdays for 21 weeks over the summer, from June into October. They have *beautiful* produce! This is the signup. https://www.gatheringtogetherfarm.com/csa-registration and the website is here: https://www.gatheringtogetherfarm.com/csa

That’s a very small me, in a summer outfit in 1959 with (l-r) Baba, Mom and Dedi at the “front door” (the one closest to the water, not the street) of the Shore House in Dundalk, Maryland. Mom wrote a number of stories about this that are in Grandma’s Album.

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

The shop opens at 11am. Winter hours are 11am-5pm Thursday through Monday. 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 2/19 at 6:47am. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 2/17 at 7:54pm. 

By week’s end Jupiter and Venus are much farther apart in the dawn, and Venus appears to be cozying up to dim, distant Saturn.

The waxing gibbous Moon this evening shines high over Orion, near the horn stars of Taurus.

Orion the Hunter rises over the Grand Canyon in this image, snapped from the parking area for Yavapai Point. – InSapphoWeTrust (Flickr)

One of the sky’s most familiar constellations rules January’s sky from dusk until after midnight local time. Orion the Hunter appears conspicuous in the southeast as darkness falls and climbs highest in the south around 8 p.m. It then stands about halfway to the zenith from mid-northern latitudes. The waxing gibbous Moon stands above Orion this evening, while the night sky’s brightest star, Sirius, trails about an hour behind the Hunter.
Uranus (visible in binoculars at magnitude 5.8, at the Aries-Pisces border) is passing close by Mars this week. They’ll be less than 1° apart from February ~    11th through 13th; see those dates above Here’s a finder chart (without Mars).

Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for February
Goddess Month of of Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Goddess Month of 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, Nion (NEE-uhn)
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 Gemini
Color: Green

©2019 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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Tides for Alsea Bay

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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
Th  14      Low  12:33 AM     3.4   7:18 AM     Set  2:52 AM      59
~    14     High   6:57 AM     7.7   5:44 PM    Rise 12:32 PM
~    14      Low   2:23 PM     0.8
~    14     High   8:55 PM     5.6

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I know that freedom leads to the highest good for all.

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Journal Prompt – What is? – What was/is something that your mother considered/considers very important?

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Quotes

~   A word of encouragement during a failure is worth more than an hour of praise after success. ~Anon~
~   You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm. – Colette (1873 – 1954), in New York World-Telegram and Sun, 1961
~   When you say you agree to a thing in principle you mean that you have not the slightest intention of carrying it out in practice. – Prince Otto von Bismarck
~   Your body is your temple: Care for it! Do not engage in useless activity.Listen to the Goddess. Help thyself. You create your own reality. – (Order of Scathach Warrior’s Admonition)

 St. Valentine’s Day 

The South is a dream of flowers
With a jewel for sky and sea,
Rose-crowns for the dancing hours,
Gold fruits upon every tree;
But cold from the North The wind blows forth
That blows my love to me.
The stars in the South are gold
Like lamps between sky and sea;
The flowers that the forests hold.
Like stars between tree and tree;
But little and white Is the pale moon’s light
That lights my love to me.
In the South the orange grove
Makes dusk by the dusky sea,
White palaces wrought for love
Gleam white between tree and tree,
But under bare boughs

Is the little house
Warm-lit for my love and me. – Edith Nesbit,  1858 – 1924 

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Magick – Valentine Crafts

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Silliness – Good Advice – Military StyleNever fly in the same cockpit with someone braver than you.

 

 

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Daily Stuff 2-13-19 Parentalia

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Ken Gagne/Minus Tide/ Ancient Light will be closed on 2/17.

I normally put the newsletter out when Tempus gets in from the paper run on Wednesdays. I had been asleep for several hours at that point, totally missed out on goign with him, got up long enough to say hi and went right back to sleep and now I’m just waking up at 3pm. I knew I had been pushing, but I didn’t think it was that bad! I’m stiff from not moving, too. Creaky….

Ok, let’s start with weather. It’s kinda gloomy, solid cloud cover, but even the puddles are drying up. 47F, wind at 2mph, AQI5, UV2. We’ve only gotten .04 inches of rain since midnight, but that was after just over 2 3/4 inches here, yesterday! Newport only got 1 1/2 inches. We’ve some heavy rain coming in tomorrow and then pretty much every day until Sunday is likely to be wet, but Sunday looks nice.

Yesterday was one of those days when nothing that was supposed to happen got done. Every dish I went to do was missing an ingredient, a tool, or something. The tapioca for jam doesn’t seem to be on the shelf. The fennel for the dragon eggs is buried in the freezer and out of my reach. The fridge is stuffed enough that some things that I know I saw in the morning had vanished. A favorite knife isn’t in the block. My garlic peeler had dived out of it’s place. My sewing scissors were behind a tote that was too heavy for me to move. The hotplate even refused to work when I went to hardboil some of the eggs! I set down to embroider and ran out of floss. The large hank that I’m working from was nowhere to be found until well after midnight…. it was on my desk instead of with my needlework pouch.

Tempus was late heading out for the paper run, too, since he fell asleep on the sofa and I was in back and didn’t notice. It was only by a few minutes, but I didn’t think to ask him for some of the things until he was already in Newport and I fell asleep after he finished the long loop around Beaver Creek and Bayview, where we always worry about flooding.

Today I hope I’m going to get some of the things accomplished. I’m not behind, yet, but I will be if the things don’t happen today!

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evergreen violet viola sempervirensToday’s Plant is the Evergreen VioletViola sempervirens. This is a pretty plant that looks like nothing much through 9 months of the year here on the coast, but is spectacular in March, when it covers the ground with beautiful golden flowers on a deep blue/green background and still lovely in April/May. It is indeed evergreen, not withering to the ground, although it sometimes is overshadowed by grass. It grows well in the park behind the house. As any viola it is Feminine, ruled by Venus, but unlike the blue violets (corresponding to water) the Evergreen Violet corresponds to the element of Air and the Sun – Protects against malevolent spirits, brings changes in luck & fortune, wear to help with headaches, dizziness and to bring calm and sleep, wear in a green sachet to heal wounds.

feast 0213 Tarpeian RockToday’s feast is the Parentalia, a festival of ancient Rome. Quoting Wilson’s Almanac: “Temples were closed and weddings prohibited during the Parentalia, ancient Rome’s main festival of the dead, which lasted until the Feralia (February 21). It was customary for people to visit the graves of their parents and other relatives, placing offerings of wine, milk, oil, honey and water from springs. Also laid at the graves were sacrificial blood from the bodies of black animals. Mourners decorated the graves with roses and violets, then partook of a ritual meal at the graveside.
The mourners greeted each other with the words, Salve, sancte parens, “Hail, holy ancestor”.
Today was a day for the famed Vestal Virgins to perform a special ritual, in honour of their sacred ancestor, when they visited the cult’s parental shrine which was sacred to the early Vestal, Terpeia.
The Phoenix and Arabeth 1992 Global Spiritual Calendar (Phoenix and Arabeth, Ukiah, CA, USA, 1992) called it a “purification festival of [the] Goddesses Mania and Vesta, devoted to ancestors”.  ” More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parentalia

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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 2/19 at 6:47am. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 2/17 at 7:54pm. 

By week’s end Jupiter and Venus are much farther apart in the dawn, and Venus appears to be cozying up to dim, distant Saturn.

Images of our lone natural satellite never fail to amaze either amateur astronomers or the general public. The large, dark, lava-filled maria contrast with the brighter highland regions, and everywhere it seems craters lie atop craters. Be sure to look for the First Quarter Moon the evening of February 12; the next evening, a slightly fatter Moon appears in front of the Hyades star cluster. – Philippe Moussette

The Moon, just past first quarter, shines in or near the Hyades this evening just a couple degrees from Aldebaran.
Uranus is now 1.1° lower left of Mars right after dark. It’s positioned less than halfway from Mars to Omicron Piscium>>>, magnitude 4.2.
The waxing gibbous Moon marches eastward relative to the background stars of Taurus this evening, passing through the conspicuous Hyades star cluster. Although everyone in North America will have wonderful views of our satellite’s journey, those farther east will see Luna centered in the V-shaped cluster shortly after darkness falls. Binoculars should provide the best views of this beautiful encounter.
Mars (magnitude +1.0, at the Pisces-Aries border) glows high in the west-southwest at nightfall and sets around 11 p.m. In a telescope it’s a tiny blob 6 arcseconds wide.

Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for February
Goddess Month of of Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Goddess Month of 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, Nion (NEE-uhn)
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 Taurus enters Gemini at 1:32pm.
Color: Brown

©2019 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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Tides for Alsea Bay

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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
W   13     High   5:57 AM     7.5   7:19 AM     Set  1:44 AM      48
13      Low   1:14 PM     1.3   5:42 PM    Rise 11:50 AM
13     High   7:32 PM     5.3

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Always have a plan, and believe in it. Nothing happens by accident.

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Journal Prompt – What would you? – What would you like to learn about the people who live in Australia?

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Quotes

~   A friend is one who comes to you when all others leave. – Unknown
~   In church you stand up when told to and sing the hymns from a book. In knighthood you stand up for yourself and sing from your heart. – Kerr Cuhulain
~   The more pity, that fools may not speak wisely what wise men do foolishly. – William Shakespeare (1564 – 1616); ‘As You Like It’
~   A fool must now and then be right by chance. – William Cowper

What Love Is – ©2006 Ronnie R. Jennings

Love is when that special someone kisses you.
Love is having someone to talk to.
Love is being romantic on that one day.
Love is happiness that is shown day after day
THAT’S WHAT LOVE IS!

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Magick –   Heartwings Love Notes 299 – My Always Valentine
Heartwings says, ” When you are truly in love every day is Valentines Day.”

Stephen and I have been together for more than thirty years. In that time my dear companion and I have had our share of disagreements. Even the best relationship has its occasional dust-ups and difficulties. However most of the time rather than argue, we bicker. What I call creative bickering is one of the secrets of the good health of our partnership.

Nevertheless, whether we bicker or downright disagree, we do our very best not speak to each other in hurtful ways. As best friends we make every attempt to treat one another with courtesy and kindness. In addition, from the beginning of our relationship we have had a strong commitment to honesty, especially concerning feelings. Because of past experiences, from the start I insisted we air any grievances as soon as possible rather than harbor them.

As we are both essentially peace loving, it is not always easy to come out with statements that could be potentially hurtful. Yet we both know that we must if our relationship is to be healthy. Unstated grievances can over time accumulate to a bursting point; then it becomes difficult to control what happens next. What we do is try to say what we need to say in a way that is neither accusatory nor critical of the other.

We enjoy one another’s company, a good thing because we are and have always been together most of each day. We began as friends as well romantic partners and we still are. More than anything else it is this friendship that guides our responses and repartee. After all, why would anyone want to say anything hurtful to a dear friend?  On Valentines’ Day and always I give thanks for my always Valentine, my beloved partner and my dearest friend.

May your Valentines Day be filled with joy and love,
Blessings and Best Regards, Tasha Halpert

Filled with helpful information, lovely poems and practical wisdom Heartwings: Love Notes for a Joyous Life delights all who read it. For Valentine’s Day order a personal, autographed copy of as a gift for a friend or loved one. Send desired dedication, plus your name, address and $15, which includes postage and handling to Tasha Halpert, P.O. Box 323, Grafton, MA 01519. The book is also available at www.galdepress.com <http://www.galdepress.com/> , (To order direct, or for a discount on quantity orders, call Galde at 1-800-777-3454) and Amazon.com. For your free weekly Heartwings Love Notes, click here: www.heartwingslovenotes.com <http://www.heartwingslovenotes.com/>  

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Silliness – For The Kids… for the birds

Q: Why did the owl, owl? A: Because the woodpecker would peck ‘er!
Q: What is a polygon? A: A dead parrot!
Q: What flies through the jungle singing opera? A: The parrots of Penzance!
Q: What do you get if you cross a duck with a firework? A: A firequacker!
Q: What is a parrot’s favorite game? A: Hide and Speak!
Q: Why did the parrot wear a raincoat? A: Because she wanted to be a Polly unsaturated!
Q: What did the gamekeeper say to the lord of the manor? A: ‘The pheasants are revolting’!
Q: What is the definition of Robin? A: A bird who steals!
Q: When is the best time to buy budgies? A: When they’re going cheep!

 

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