Daily Stuff 3-29-17 Ishtar

Hi, folks!

First Minus Tide of the cycle at 8:21 AM of -0.3 feet.

It’s damp, but not currently raining unless you’re standing under a tree. 🙂 50F and just breezy in town, although it was interesting on the bridge and at home the trees we waving pretty wildly. Down on the beaches it’s running in the upper teens. The clouds are at 600 feet but it’s fairly bright. According to Wunderground we’ve gotten 1 1/3 inches of rain since midnight. Wow!

Yesterday started way late at the shop, and after chores we were pretty tired. I decided to try to get the newsletters together and then Tempus had a stack of paperwork, so we never got to the boxes. He finished it just in time to make some supper and run out the door! I had been working on photos. I’m trying to get the flower pix from the last year into some kind of order and that’s a *lot* of pictures!

He picked me up at 1:15. There are some route changes, but he also got going at about 10:45, which is a bit early. The wind was really picking up, startlingly so in Bayshore and coming back over the bridge. I may not do quite so much of the route again, though, since I ended up with a nasty case of car buns!

It was mostly not raining, during the route, just a couple times where it was misting, but the wind blew that *right* into the car. We did see some wildlife, mostly cats and a chipmunk (what was it doing out at night?) but Anja saw a deer standing in a wooded driveway right off 101 and what  might have been a badger, since it was far too big for a skunk, but had the white stripe.

We got in at 5:15 and slept until 1 or so, but we’re only just at the shop, having coffee, since we needed to get some chores done…. Oh, and a hard-boiled duck egg. Yum…. Thank you, Duckmeister!

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lamprocapnos spectabilis bleeding heartToday’s Plant is Bleeding Heart, lamprocapnos spectabilis (which Cunningham has as dicentra spectabilis, an older designation). Other names are: old-fashioned bleeding-heart, Venus’s car, Lady in a bath, Dutchman’s trousers, or Lyre-flower, which all have various folklore attached.
They’re native to Asia, but are common garden ornamentals and so suited to our climate that I assumed that they were native here! You see them all through the woods at this time of year. plant motif flower mydicentra bleeding heartFeminine, Venus, Water – Used in magick mostly as a divination. Crush the flower. If it “bleeds red” there is love. If it “bleeds white”, either love has died, or there is no hope of it. Be careful if you bring the live plant indoors because it can produce irritation and anger between people in the household. To forestall this push a silver bead or a dime (standing in for silver) into the soil, and say, “Lady of the Moon, give us peace, in your honor, and we honor you!”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lamprocapnos_spectabilis

150px-Ishtar_Eshnunna_Louvre_AO12456Ishtar is a Middle Eastern goddess of love and sex. When she descends to the Underworld, meeting with Erishkigal, all sex ceases on the earth.

If she (Ishtar) will not grant thee her release,
To Tammuz, the lover of her youth,
Pour out pure waters, pour out fine oil;
With a festival garment deck him that he may play on the flute of lapis lazuli,
That the votaries may cheer his liver. [his spirit]
Belili [sister of Tammuz] had gathered the treasure,
With precious stones filled her bosom.
When Belili heard the lament of her brother, she dropped her treasure,
She scattered the precious stones before her,
“Oh, my only brother, do not let me perish!
On the day when Tammuz plays for me on the flute of lapis lazuli, playing it for me with theporphyry ring.
Together with him, play ye for me, ye weepers and lamenting women!
That the dead may rise up and inhale the incense.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ishtar

The shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday. 11am-6pm Thursday through Monday, although we’re there a lot later most nights. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.org If we’re supposed to be closed, but it looks like we’re there, try the door. If it’s open, the shop’s open! In case of bad weather, check here at the blog for updates, on our Facebook as Ancient Light, or call the shop.

Love & Light,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

New Moon The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends at 7:57am on 3/29. 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 4/10 at 11:08pm. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends at 7:57am on 4/1. 

The waxing crescent Moon steps nightly past Mercury, Mars, Aldebaran and the Pleiades. (These scenes are drawn exact for the middle of North America.) The waxing crescent Moon steps nightly past Mercury, Mars, Aldebaran and the Pleiades. (These scenes are drawn exact for the middle of North America.) As twilight deepens, spot the thin crescent Moon low in the west. Right or lower right of it shines Mercury. Look about 10° above the Moon for Mars, currently about as puny as it gets at only magnitude +1.5. See the illustration above.
Venus as a razor thin crescent on March 21st, imaged by Shahrin Ahmad in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. There’s just a hint of cusp extensions on both ends of the crescent. The planet was 1.8% illuminated at the time.
Venus (magnitude –4.2) passed through inferior conjunction with the Sun on March 25th, but it does so at its maximum possible separation of 8° north of the Sun. Can you find Venus at both dusk and dawn on the same day, or across the same night? Your chance is ending! See the March Sky & Telescope, page 46, or online, See an Ultra-Thin Crescent.

Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14
Runic half-month of Berkana/ Beorc, 3/14-29 Half-month ruled by the goddess of the birch tree; a time of purification for rebirth and new beginnings. Runic half-month of Ehwaz, 3/30-4/13 – Ehwaz, the horse; time of partnership between humans and Nature, as between rider and horse. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 55  

Sun in Aries
Moon in Aries enters Taurus at 8:48am.
Venus (4/15), Jupiter (6/9) Retrograde
Color: Yellow

Planting 3/29-31

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Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14. Fern (FAIR-n) Alder – The common alder (Alnus glutinosa (L.) Gaertner) is common along lowland rivers, where it grows with aspens, poplars, and willows. Like willows, alders sprout from stumps. This allows them to regenerate after heavy flooding. In protect sites they may grow to 20 m (65 feet) tall. Their leaves are more blunt-tipped than most North American alders, which look more like the grey alder (A. incana (L.) Moench). This species is more common in the mountains of Europe, and is not restricted to moist soils. Like ashes, European alders are not widely cultivated in North American (they are often sold as black alders), but several native species are. Alder wood is said to resist rotting when it is wet, and was the wood of choice for pilings in many regions. Alders are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae).

Fearn – Alder Ogam letter correspondences
Month: January
Color: Crimson
Class: Cheiftain
Letter: F, V
Meaning: Help in making choices; spiritual guidance and protection.

Ogam letter correspondences to study this month – Ailim – Silver Fir
Month: None
Color: Light Blue
Class: Shrub
Letter: A
Meaning: Learning from past mistakes; Take care in choices.

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Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
/Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                    Visible
W   29     High   1:57 AM     8.4   7:02 AM    Rise  8:16 AM      0
~    29      Low   8:21 AM    -0.3   7:40 PM     Set  9:53 PM
~    29     High   2:27 PM     7.8
~    29      Low   8:31 PM     0.7

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make this a remembering day!

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – What do you think? – Why do you think prejudice exists in the world?

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Quotes  

~  The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. – Eleanor Roosevelt
~  Success is the maximum utilization of the ability that you have. – Zig Ziglar
~  Temper is what gets most of us into trouble. Pride is what keeps us there. – Dominique Brown
~  That old law about ‘an eye for an eye’ leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing.- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Shoveling Snow With Buddha

In the usual iconography of the temple or the local Wok
you would never see him doing such a thing,
tossing the dry snow over a mountain
of his bare, round shoulder,
his hair tied in a knot,
a model of concentration.

Sitting is more his speed, if that is the word
for what he does, or does not do.

Even the season is wrong for him.
In all his manifestations, is it not warm or slightly humid?
Is this not implied by his serene expression,
that smile so wide it wraps itself around the waist of the universe?

But here we are, working our way down the driveway,
one shovelful at a time.
We toss the light powder into the clear air.
We feel the cold mist on our faces.
And with every heave we disappear
and become lost to each other
in these sudden clouds of our own making,
these fountain-bursts of snow.

This is so much better than a sermon in church,
I say out loud, but Buddha keeps on shoveling.
This is the true religion, the religion of snow,
and sunlight and winter geese barking in the sky,
I say, but he is too busy to hear me.

He has thrown himself into shoveling snow
as if it were the purpose of existence,
as if the sign of a perfect life were a clear driveway
you could back the car down easily
and drive off into the vanities of the world
with a broken heater fan and a song on the radio.

All morning long we work side by side,
me with my commentary
and he inside his generous pocket of silence,
until the hour is nearly noon
and the snow is piled high all around us;
then, I hear him speak.

After this, he asks,
can we go inside and play cards?

Certainly, I reply, and I will heat some milk
and bring cups of hot chocolate to the table
while you shuffle the deck.
and our boots stand dripping by the door.

Aaah, says the Buddha, lifting his eyes
and leaning for a moment on his shovel
before he drives the thin blade again
deep into the glittering white snow. – Billy Collins (Picnic, Lightning)

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Magick – Symptoms of Inner Peace – I thought you might enjoy this.. – We are all here to help one another grow…..I need you,   you need me…to Reach……….

Symptoms of Inner Peace are:

  •      The tendency to think and act spontaneously rather than from fears based on past experiences.
  •      The unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment.
  •      Loss of interest in judging other people.
  •      Loss of interest in judging Self.
  •      Loss of interest in interpreting the actions of others.
  •      Loss of interest in the actions of others.
  •      Loss of interest in conflict.
  •      Loss of ability to worry (this is a very serious symptom.)
  •      Frequent overwhelming episodes of appreciation.
  •      Continued feelings of connectedness with others and nature.
  •      Frequent attacks of smiling.
  •        Increasing tendency to let things happen rather than make them happen.
  •        Increased susceptibility to the love extended by other as well as an uncontrollable urge to extend it.Claire writes, “be on the lookout for symptoms of inner peace. The hearts of a great many have already been exposed to inner peace and it is possible that people everywhere could come down with it in epidemic proportions. This could pose a serious threat in what has been, up to now, a fairly stable condition of conflict in the world.”

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motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Ways To Stay Stressed

Are you worried now about how to stay stressed? You’ll have no trouble if you practice the following clinically proven methods:
NEVER EXERCISE. Exercise wastes a lot of time that could be spent worrying.
EAT ANYTHING YOU WANT. Hey, if cigarette smoke can’t cleanse your system, a balanced diet isn’t likely to.
GAIN WEIGHT. Work hard at staying at least 25 pounds over your recommended weight.
TAKE PLENTY OF STIMULANTS. The old standards of caffeine, nicotine, sugar, and cola will continue to do the job just fine.

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Daily Stuff 3-28-17 Zlatý Ámos

Hi, folks!

Minus Tides start tomorrow and are switching back to morning.

57F! It’s actually warm enough, even when the sun’s behind a cloud to be in just a shirt. It’s mostly clouds, at best, but it’s so much brighter, even with that, than a couple of months ago. There’s almost no wind in town, too, and there was none in the yard, as I was weeding.

Yesterday was really busy. We had a lot of people in shopping. Tempus had to run out to pay some bills and then do the car tires. I did some writing and set up newsletters, since I could do that between customers.

I spent awhile talking to one of my boys on the phone during the afternoon. He needed some Mom time. The Duckmeister was in and brought us two dozen more eggs! She liked the pickled ones, too.

Class got cancelled last night. We’ve got one out sick, one injured from a fall with a dog and the other two were frantic from cleaning since Mom was coming for a visit. I ended up with a pre-nup session that went a little better than the one on Saturday. After that I got talking about the history of beans to Tempus and ended up rattling on until nearly 10pm. 🙂 So we went home and went to sleep.

We didn’t get up early this morning and I’ve been working in the garden and Tempus doing other chores like laundry and trash. I got my first sorrel leaf today! Yum…. We only got to the shop around 2pm! We’re going to haul out one set of boxes and try to get the sorted and put away today and then the paper route is tonight.

If anyone knows where this pic is from, let me know! That’s one big rock!

 

650px-Dianthus_caryophyllus_L_(Clove_pink)Today’s Plant is Gillyflower, Clove Pink, Carnation, all names that are used for, Dianthus caryophyllus. This plant has been hybridized to the point where the basic flower and the florist’s varieties (which are all that show up in the article….) don’t look a bit alike, although they keep the scent. These also make a yummy tea. Even a single flower in a cup of green tea is enough! There is a lot of symbolism to the flower, depending on which culture you’re in, although they generally are thought to mean love, fascination, and distinction. They were used particularly in crowns of victory in ancient Europe. – Masculine, Sun, Fire,800px-Dianthus_caryophyllus_001Jupiter – All-purpose protection, in healing for strength and energy (so perfect for hospital bouquets!) and for healing of broken hearts, add red, rather than pink blossoms. White are occasionally used for the protection of children or those who travel. Dried petals make a great addition to sachets, potpourris or incense since they strengthen the properties of other plants and herbs.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dianthus_caryophyllus

feast 0328 korunovaceZlaty Amos, the Czech Teachers Day, is held annually on the birthday of John Amos Comenius, a famous educator of the middle ages. Czech students nominate the teachers whose approach most motivates and inspires them to the competition Zlatý Ámos (Golden Amos). The coronation of “Golden Amos” (or the “teachers of the year” as we would say in the US) take place yearly on March 28, and yes, they really wear crowns! See more here (website in Czech, but there are pictures) :http://www.zlatyamos.cz/ and on Comenius here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Amos_Comenius

The shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday. 11am-6pm Thursday through Monday, although we’re there a lot later most nights. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.org If we’re supposed to be closed, but it looks like we’re there, try the door. If it’s open, the shop’s open! In case of bad weather, check here at the blog for updates, on our Facebook as Ancient Light, or call the shop.

Love & Light,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

New Moon The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends at 7:57am on 3/29. 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 4/10 at 11:08pm. 

The waxing crescent Moon steps nightly past Mercury, Mars, Aldebaran and the Pleiades. (These scenes are drawn exact for the middle of North America.)
Arcturus, the “Spring Star,” now rises above the east-northeast horizon by the time the stars come out. How soon can you spot it? Brighter Jupiter comes up a little later, depending on your latitude, 30° to Arcturus’s right.
Jupiter (magnitude –2.4, in Virgo) is nearing its April 7th opposition. It shines low in the east after nightfall, and higher in the southeast by 11 or midnight. Spica dangles 6° below it. By dawn they’re low in the west-southwest. In a telescope Jupiter is 44 arcseconds across its equator.

Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14
Runic half-month of Berkana/ Beorc, 3/14-29 Half-month ruled by the goddess of the birch tree; a time of purification for rebirth and new beginnings. Runic half-month of Ehwaz, 3/30-4/13 – Ehwaz, the horse; time of partnership between humans and Nature, as between rider and horse. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 55  

Sun in Aries
Moon in Aries
Venus (4/15), Jupiter (6/9) Retrograde
Color: Grey

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©2017 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14. Fern (FAIR-n) Alder – The common alder (Alnus glutinosa (L.) Gaertner) is common along lowland rivers, where it grows with aspens, poplars, and willows. Like willows, alders sprout from stumps. This allows them to regenerate after heavy flooding. In protect sites they may grow to 20 m (65 feet) tall. Their leaves are more blunt-tipped than most North American alders, which look more like the grey alder (A. incana (L.) Moench). This species is more common in the mountains of Europe, and is not restricted to moist soils. Like ashes, European alders are not widely cultivated in North American (they are often sold as black alders), but several native species are. Alder wood is said to resist rotting when it is wet, and was the wood of choice for pilings in many regions. Alders are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae).

Fearn – Alder Ogam letter correspondences
Month: January
Color: Crimson
Class: Cheiftain
Letter: F, V
Meaning: Help in making choices; spiritual guidance and protection.

Ogam letter correspondences to study this month – Ailim – Silver Fir
Month: None
Color: Light Blue
Class: Shrub
Letter: A
Meaning: Learning from past mistakes; Take care in choices.

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Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
/Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                    Visible
Tu  28     High   1:21 AM     8.1   7:04 AM    Rise  7:42 AM      0
~    28      Low   7:37 AM     0.2   7:39 PM     Set  8:39 PM
~    28     High   1:39 PM     8.0
~    28      Low   7:51 PM     0.3

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Learn to listen. Opportunity could be knocking at your door very softly. – Frank Tyger

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – Expository – You are given 24 hours to do whatever you would like, money no object. What do you do and why?

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Quotes  

~  Our first teacher is our own heart. – Cheyenne saying
~  People take different roads seeking fulfillment & happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’re lost. – Dalai Lama
~  Popularity is not leadership. – Richard Marcinko
~  Responsibility shouldn’t be an obstacle to your power, it should be a guide. – Kerr Cuhulain

Some people think only intellect counts: knowing how to solve problems, knowing how to get by, knowing how to identify an advantage and seize it. But the functions of intellect are insufficient without courage, love, friendship, compassion and empathy. – Dean Koontz

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Magick – Recipes

Clotted Cream and English Scones

http://toriavey.com/history-kitchen/2013/08/clotted-cream-scones/

CLOTTED CREAM INGREDIENTS

  • 1 quart (4 cups)heavy cream

YOU WILL ALSO NEED

  • A double boiler or heatproof bowl and saucepan, pan of ice water

ENGLISH SCONE INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cupsall-purpose flour
  • 1 tbspbaking powder
  • 1/4 tspsalt
  • 4 tbspunsalted butter, diced
  • 1egg, beaten
  • 5 tbspmilk
  • 1 eggbeaten, to glaze the tops of the scones

YOU WILL ALSO NEED

  • Mixing bowl, baking sheet, butter or parchment for the baking sheet, rolling pin, biscuit cutter or water glass

Total Time: 10 Hours

Servings: 1 cup clotted cream, about 1 dozen scones depending on size of your biscuit cutter

To Make Clotted Cream

  • In a double boiler over medium heat bring the cream to 175 degrees. If you don’t have a double boiler (and I don’t) place a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of water. Stir a little so that the cream heats evenly. Once you reach 175, bring up the temperature—180 to 200 degrees. Keep that temp for about 45 minutes to an hour. At this point the cream will take on a cracked, yellow skin. Next, remove the bowl or top of your double boiler and settle in a pan of ice water to cool quickly. Cover with plastic wrap and stow in the fridge overnight. Then carefully skim the clotted cream off the top with a shallow spoon and layer it into a bowl. It will keep for about a week in your fridge. Use the rest of the cream as you would regular cream (it will be thinner than heavy cream, but can still be added to beverages).

To Make English Scones

  • Preheat the oven to 425 and prepare a baking sheet with butter or parchment paper. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together and then work in the butter. Make a well in the middle and then add the egg and milk. Mix to form a soft dough.
  • Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and then knead quickly until the dough comes together. Roll out the dough to an inch thick, then cut into rounds with a biscuit cutter or water glass. Move to the baking sheet and brush the tops with the beaten egg. Bake for 8 minutes or until golden.
  • Serve your clotted cream with strawberries or jam on a scone, a slice of pie, or anything that lends itself to cream.

Research Sources:

  • Thorne, John (1996). Simple Cooking. North Point Press, New York, NY.
  • McGee, Harold (1984). On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen. Scribner, New York, NY.
  • Trewin, Carol (2005). Gourmet Cornwall. Alison Hodge, Cornwall, UK.
  • Lane, John. In Praise of Devon: A Guide to its People, Places, and Character. Green Books, Cambridge, UK.
  • Mendelson, Anne (2008). Milk: The Surprising Story of Milk through the Ages. Knopf, New York, NY

Bacon Wrapped Cream Cheese

  • Serves:         4-8
  • Prep Time:   10 Min
  • Cook Time:  30 Min

Ingredients

  • 12 slc   hickory bacon, thick cut
  • 8 slc     bread, sandwich
  • 8 oz      cream cheese garlic & herb flavor
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 3 Tbsp old bay seasoning
  • By V Seward, hanford, CA (pop. 53,201)

V’s Notes: – While cooking and chatting with a good friend of mine, about recipes of course… with our love for cream cheese and another great ingredient bacon, we decided to create these amazing little appetizers. Taking bread as the vessel and adding a cream cheese mixture, wrapping in bacon and seasoning with old bay… Man-O-Man did these turn out fabulous. They have become the most requested, first to dissappear and most talked about appetizer at all my gatherings. Might need to make several batches for the big game, because everyone gobbles them up. I’ve made these a couple hours to overnight and refrigerated them before cooking as well. Pop them in the oven while your guests are arriving and they’ll know they came to the right party.

Directions

1 – Add 1/2 tsp. Smoky Paprika to the 8 oz tub of Garlic & Herb flavored Cream Cheese and mix until combined. On 4 slices of bread, generously spread the cream cheese mixture and top with another slice of bread.

2 – Cut off the bread crust. Cut each sandwich in 3 rows, turn and cut in half making 6 bites.

Cut 12 slices of bacon in half. Wrap each bite with a slice of bacon, secure with a toothpick.
Cover a cookie sheet with foil and spray with non stick cooking spray. Add wrapped bacon bites to prepared pan. Sprinkle Old Bay Seasoning over each one.

3 – Place in the center rack of a 400* F oven and cook for 25-30 minutes, until bacon is brown and cooked. For a crisper bacon, place under the broiler for approximately 1 minute (watch them or they will burn)

Getcha one before they disappear! Enjoy.

Cream Cheese Mints – Something you can take with you into work – From, “Traditions…A Taste of the Good Life,” published in cooperation with your Daily Inbox Newsletter.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 pounds powdered sugar
  • 8 drops flavoring (spearmint, peppermint, lemon or butter rum)
  • 8 drops food color

TO PREPARE:

Knead sugar and cream cheese to form ball.  Divide dough into fourths.  Work with 1/4 at a time.  Wrap remaining dough in foil to prevent drying.  Add 2 drops flavoring and 2 drops coloring to the portion you are working with.  Press into molds or use a super shooter.  Let mints set while mixing and molding remaining fourths.  Store in a tightly covered tin, separating the layers with waxed paper.  These will keep indefinitely.

NOTE:  
Easy and wonderful.

YIELDS:  
200 mints

Copyright 1983 The Junior League of Little Rock, Inc.  All rights reserved.  To purchase copies of Traditions… A Taste of the Good Life, visit the the Junior League of Little Rock website (http://www.jllr.org/?nd=jllr_cookbooks) or call the office at (501) 666-0658.

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motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Debate About The Box

An engineer, a physicist, and a mathematician are trying to set up a fenced-in area for some sheep, but they have a limited amount of building material. The engineer gets up first and makes a square fence with the material, reasoning that it’s a pretty good working solution. “No, no,” says the physicist, “there’s a better way.” He takes the fence and makes a circular pen, showing how it encompasses the maximum possible space with the given material.

Then the mathematician speaks up: “No, no, there’s an even better way.” To the others’ amusement he proceeds to construct a little tiny fence around himself, then declares:

“I define myself to be on the outside.”

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Daily Stuff 3-27-17 Gauri

Hi, folks!

Wicca 101, Lesson 4, 7pm.

It definitely rained, yesterday,  4/5’s of an inch! During the night I got waked up a couple of times by rain pounding on the solarium roof. This morning, while the pavement is wet, nothing is coming down at the moment, the puddles are blue and anything white in the sunbreaks is dazzling, whether it is surf ruffles, lifting fog or ads on the telephone poles. 50F and little wind, although a couple of spots on the beaches are registering in the teens.

I had so much trouble getting all the way awake, yesterday! It seemed to take all day, although it was mostly a problem trying to talk coherently to customers, although I woke up completely around lunchtime. We did have a lot of folks shopping, early on, but then the rain really started up and I’d bet some of the tourists headed inland rather than waiting for it to clear.

We had a good project day, working on pincushions, crochet and bone needles. Afterwards though, Tempus and I just ate supper and headed home.

Today Tempus has to get the tire situation worked out and I have to sort bags, then get back to sorting some crystals. Wicca 101 tonight will be the 2nd half of Lesson 4.

A 1920 picture of folks fishing in what is now Yachats State Park.

plant flower poppy Eschscholzia_californica_2004Today’s plant is the California PoppyEschscholzia californica.Everyone knows this one, right?  🙂 This is a different plant from the opium poppy and contains a different set of chemicals. It has the same magickal uses, however. The locals used it for an analgesic. –Feminine, Moon, Water, Hypnos, Demeter. – Use in dream pillows and other sleep aids. Eat poppy seed as a fertility charm. Carry as a prosperity charm (money & luck). Make a sachet of flowers and tuck a question inside. Sleep on it. the answer will appear in a dream. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eschscholzia_californica

feast parvati Gauri_029Today’s feast is that of Gauri, one of the names of Parvati, the Great Mother in the Hindu traditions. One of her great festivals is held around this time of year. She is a fertility aspect of goddess, associated with the corn, hence the name “Gauri” which means “fair complexion” and has a lot of different symbolism. This article here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parvati has more information, but search for “Gauri” to find the specifics.

The shop opens at 11am. 11am-6pm Thursday through Monday, although we’re there a lot later most nights. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.org If we’re supposed to be closed, but it looks like we’re there, try the door. If it’s open, the shop’s open! In case of bad weather, check here at the blog for updates, on our Facebook as Ancient Light, or call the shop.

Love & Light,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Waning Moon Magick From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 3/27 at 7:57pm. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances. God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Outer Dark, psychopomps – Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris. Phase ends at 7:57pm on 3/27. New Moon The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends at 7:57am on 3/29. 

The waxing crescent Moon steps nightly past Mercury, Mars, Aldebaran and the Pleiades. (These scenes are drawn exact for the middle of North America.)
You may know Cancer‘s two binocular star clusters, the Beehive and little M67. But try too for the lovely double star Iota Cancri in the constellation’s north end. With a separation of 30 arcseconds, its unequal yellow and blue components, magnitudes 4.0 and 6.6, can be a challenging split in 10×50 binos. And explore other sights a bit north of there using Matt Wedel’s Binocular Highlights chart and column in the April Sky & Telescope, page 43.
New Moon (exact at 10:57 p.m. EDT).
Mars (magnitude +1.5, in Aries) is the orange “star” moderately low due west in late twilight. The orange stars Alpha Arietis and Alpha Ceti in the same general area are fainter. In a telescope, Mars is a hopeless little fuzzblob 4.4 arcseconds across.

Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14
Runic half-month of Berkana/ Beorc, 3/14-29 Half-month ruled by the goddess of the birch tree; a time of purification for rebirth and new beginnings. Runic half-month of Ehwaz, 3/30-4/13 – Ehwaz, the horse; time of partnership between humans and Nature, as between rider and horse. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 55  

Sun in Aries
Moon in Pisces enters Aries at 7:11am
New Moon at 7:57pm.
Venus (4/15), Jupiter (6/9) Retrograde
Color:Ivory

Harvest 3/27

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Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14. Fern (FAIR-n) Alder – The common alder (Alnus glutinosa (L.) Gaertner) is common along lowland rivers, where it grows with aspens, poplars, and willows. Like willows, alders sprout from stumps. This allows them to regenerate after heavy flooding. In protect sites they may grow to 20 m (65 feet) tall. Their leaves are more blunt-tipped than most North American alders, which look more like the grey alder (A. incana (L.) Moench). This species is more common in the mountains of Europe, and is not restricted to moist soils. Like ashes, European alders are not widely cultivated in North American (they are often sold as black alders), but several native species are. Alder wood is said to resist rotting when it is wet, and was the wood of choice for pilings in many regions. Alders are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae).

Fearn – Alder Ogam letter correspondences
Month: January
Color: Crimson
Class: Cheiftain
Letter: F, V
Meaning: Help in making choices; spiritual guidance and protection.

Ogam letter correspondences to study this month – Ailim – Silver Fir
Month: None
Color: Light Blue
Class: Shrub
Letter: A
Meaning: Learning from past mistakes; Take care in choices.

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Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
/Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                    Visible
M   27     High  12:47 AM     7.6   7:06 AM    Rise  7:09 AM      2
~    27      Low   6:54 AM     0.8   7:38 PM     Set  7:26 PM
~    27     High  12:52 PM     7.9
~    27      Low   7:13 PM     0.1

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – A lie may take care of the present, but it has no future.

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – What is? – What’s one job you would never want to do?

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Quotes  

~  No man or woman can really be strong, gentle, pure, and good without the world being better for it. – Phillips Brooks
~  Observe perpetually. – Henry James
~  Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we often might win, by fearing to attempt. – William Shakespeare
~  Our entire life is a lesson to be learned. – Kerr Cuhulain

SILENCE

All through the convent halls,
there is only…silence.
even the sound of quiet footfalls
on their way to prayers,
are barely heard.

I chose this silent, isolated place
still in heartbreak’s throes…
fleeing from your voice, your face;
but now I think
I shall go mad. – © July 2005. Beth Johnson (Mystic Amazon)

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Magick – The Dark Side of Magical Training By Rev. Catweasel – December-9-2005

Huddled up in a corner of my living room, tears streaming down my face as I sobbed uncontrollably; howling like a wounded puppy as I banged my head hard, hard into the wall. This is not how I imagined my magical training to be, and at the time, this was not what I believed was happening to me. I feared a mental breakdown. What I was having was a mental breakthrough.

Few things can screw with your psyche like the final stages of a period of magical training, whether it is the Philosophus grade of Cermonial Magic, Drawing Down the Moon in Wicca, or a Native American vision quest, or any one of the many, many ways there are to separate one’s essence from the body-vessel, shake it out, examine it critically and repair it before stuffing it back inside once more.

It is in this period of Qlippotic emotion when so many seekers stall and fall back, perhaps shunning further magical study or involvement in the pagan community altogether, rationalizing that they have learned all they can; not wishing to face the harsh, stark truth – they are imperfect, afraid, and are likely to be radically changed by any further progress.

There is nothing wrong in this. Perhaps the timing was not right, or some old wounds cannot yet be re-opened in a person’s life. Knowing what I know now, would I have gone through the process? I don’t know. The truth is, the only way I was able to make it through to the other side was by not realizing, until afterwards, that I was in fact responsible for the horrors I felt and saw happening in my life. I was responsible for my Joy becoming Anger, my Love becoming Hate, my altruistic tendencies turned to selfishness, and Passion corrupted to Lust.

This was my Fall from grace. My humility in the face of overwhelming evidence to show that I was not the wonderful, well-adjusted individual I pretended to be to myself and everyone else; that I was, in fact just as much of an ignorant, selfish, asshole as the rest of humanity.

In Qabbalistic terms, this can be compared to the Breaking of the Vessels – the initial Fall of the Sephiroth on the Tree of Life that caused the Abyss of Da’ath, the physical world of Malkuth, and the creation of the Qlippoth.

Think of the Qlippoth as an inverted Tree of Life, where one’s emotions favor the darker, negative end of the spectrum. Forgiveness becomes Vengeance for example. Self Sacrifice becomes Self Serving. We all have these extremes built into us. It is part of our goal to balance these emotions. Too much Joy, Passion and Altruism can lead to one being taken advantage of at the expense of self. It can also be pretty annoying to those around you. To much selfishness, too much Hate and Anger keeps us distant and alone from the rest of humanity, the rest of creation. In the Golden Dawn, the concept is expressed in these terms:

“Unbalanced Power is the ebbing away of Life. Unbalanced Mercy is weakness and the fading out of the Will. Unbalanced Severity is cruelty and the barrenness of Mind. “

That one night where I lay curled up in my own grief and misery, I reached out to the Love of my Life who had been there for me through it all, understanding only that I was in pain. And I began to heal.

That night, in my dreams, I felt as if layers of toxin were being pulled from my body. Toxins that had risen to the surface over the past months and accumulated into one lump of pain and misery and self doubt, finally cohesive enough to be stripped from my body in that one moment, leaving me with just the memory of pain, and the voice in my head whispering to me ‘No more child, I promise, no more.’

After that, my training resumed, with renewed vigor and passion. Obstacles that I had previously imagined were suddenly gone, and suddenly everything I read told me the same thing: What you just went through was expected, normal, and necessary.

So what was the purpose of this article?

I wanted to remind you that if you find yourself stalled in your magical training, if you feel that the walls are closing in on you and the world is out to get you, that is a good thing. Now is the time for courage. Now is the time to allow your negative emotions to be allowed into the light of day.

But you must control them, for that is what you have to learn. Most people believe there is nothing in the world scarier than what they in their heart of hearts suspect they are personally capable of. If you can release those emotions yet still control them. If you can show anger, lust and selfishness and yet not hurt others then you will have conquered your beast, and tamed your own personal Qlippotic demons.

Catweasel is Priest of the Correllian Tradition and a Ceremonial Magician in the Golden Dawn. You may contact him at catweasel@witchschool.com.   

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Daily Stuff 3-26-17 Kuhio

Hi, folks!

House Capuchin Project Day, Noon to 6pm!

Grey…. sky, bay and sea are grey. The ocean has lacy white frills, the bay is ruffley, the sky has lumps and tatters, some steaming up from the hills, but it’s grey. …and chilly. It’s only 46F, so I have the heat on my toes. …and raining…. Can I go back to bed?

If you’re planning on coming to the Coast for the Eclipse coming up in August be aware that folks are filling up fast. Most of the campgrounds are already reserved and hotels/motels are as well. We’re expecting double the numbers that we get for July 3rd for the couple of days on either side. It’s going to be a pretty good mess!

Yesterday started early and we worked pretty hard to get up and running. I was ouching a lot, so needed to sit regularly, but we made some real inroads into that backlog of things that needed to be done. I even managed to get a regular Herbs Workshop run. We worked on chickweed, witchmoss and pincushion filling among other things. I got some of the leftover sand from the pincushion filling bagged up, so we have that again to give to folks who don’t have proper burners.

We acquired some rolling chairs from Casey, next door, right around lunch time, and traded out some of the old chairs from the shop that aren’t in as good shape as they might be, but still have use in them. …and then Casey ran in and out, since there was a roller missing from one…and then the pin from the roller. 🙂 He also brought back the box of home movies, since they had never gotten far enough to do those. I figure that when they’re up and running in the new space that I’ll hand ’em back. …and the furniture departed the sidewalk before sunset. “Free” is a good price!

Tempus and I spent awhile sorting things in the back again. He uncovered the stash of beans and lentils and such that I was certain we had, so I got them properly boxed back up. They had gotten something set on them….

No one was in for Sewing, so I worked on headers, instead. My prenup session came in after that, and we’re almost done. I refilled my “carry” pincushion filling bottle.  Tempus made a yum supper and then we headed home.

We slept like dead things, waking barely in time to get here and get the shop open by 11. Tempus is out watering the fairy garden and the planter boxes. I’m hoping to start cleaning up the shop plants (that he’s been forgetting to water) today. That’s going to be a long process and we have to get things ready for House Capuchin.

If you haven’t run across Baba Raisa’s Ukrainian Soul Food blog, take a look at her Easter page. I *love* her writing style! Sounds like my Baba! – http://www.ukrainiansoulfood.ca/easter.php Plus she has some info on the Stone Babas on this page.

A Ken Gagne picture from 3/1/15. “Yachats Covered Bridge – This was the Yachats River with steam coming off of it as it was only 29 degrees.” 

030115 Yachats Covered Bridge this was the Yachats River with steam coming off of it as it was only 29 degrees Ken Gagne

strawberry 030913Today’s Plant is the Strawberry. We have two wild varieties out here, Wood’s Strawberry, Fragaria vesca, the Coastal Strawberry, Fragaria chiloensis, and of course the Garden Strawberry, Fragaria × ananassa, which is a hybrid. The leaves of vesca have been used to make a tea to help with diarrhea and the whole plant is used as an anti-depressant, from flowers to leaves to fruit. – Feminine, Venus, Water, Freya (and many other deities) – Carry the leaves for luck, use them in love spells and sachets, sleep on them to dream of your love. Pregnant women should carry a sachet of the leaves during the last few months of pregnancy to ease labor. The berries themselves are simply an aphrodisiac, often combined with chocolate for this purpose. Yum! Wood’s Strawberry here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fragaria_vesca and Coastal Strawberry here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fragaria_chiloensis  Garden Strawberry here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garden_strawberry

feast 0326 Seal_of_the_State_of_Hawaii.svgToday is one of only two “royalty” days in the US. Prince Kuhio was the heir to the throne of Hawaii and became the territorial delegate to Congress, authoring the first Statehood bill. On this day there is a lei draping of his statue, music, parades, and other kinds of fun, including craft shows.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prince_Kuhio_Day

The shop opens at 11am. 11am-6pm Thursday through Monday, although we’re there a lot later most nights. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.org If we’re supposed to be closed, but it looks like we’re there, try the door. If it’s open, the shop’s open! In case of bad weather, check here at the blog for updates, on our Facebook as Ancient Light, or call the shop.

Love & Light,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Waning Moon Magick From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 3/27 at 7:57pm. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances. God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Outer Dark, psychopomps – Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris. Phase ends at 7:57pm on 3/27. New Moon The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends at 7:57am on 3/29. 

The waxing crescent Moon steps nightly past Mercury, Mars, Aldebaran and the Pleiades. (These scenes are drawn exact for the middle of North America.)
Now that it’s spring, the signature fall-and-winter constellation Cassiopeia is retreating down after dark. But for mid-northern latitudes Cassiopeia is circumpolar, never going away completely. Look for it fairly low in the north-northwest these evenings. It’s standing nearly on end.
Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak (“T-G-K”) is becoming nicely visible in amateur telescopes high in the northern evening sky. It’s currently about magnitude 7 and may reach 6th magnitude through April. It’s large (passing relatively close to Earth) but rather diffuse. During past returns, it occasionally flared in brightness. The Moon is out of the sky; look before it comes back. See article. NOTE: Use the new finder chart for the comet that’s in that article. The charts for it in the May Sky & Telescope are significantly off due to an error in the ephemeris.
Mercury (about magnitude –0.7 and fading) sparkles in evening twilight low due west. It’s having its best evening apparition of the year!

Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14
Runic half-month of Berkana/ Beorc, 3/14-29 Half-month ruled by the goddess of the birch tree; a time of purification for rebirth and new beginnings. Runic half-month of Ehwaz, 3/30-4/13 – Ehwaz, the horse; time of partnership between humans and Nature, as between rider and horse. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 55  

Sun in Aries
Moon in Pisces
Venus (4/15), Jupiter (6/9) Retrograde
Color: Orange

Planting 3/25-6

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Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14. Fern (FAIR-n) Alder – The common alder (Alnus glutinosa (L.) Gaertner) is common along lowland rivers, where it grows with aspens, poplars, and willows. Like willows, alders sprout from stumps. This allows them to regenerate after heavy flooding. In protect sites they may grow to 20 m (65 feet) tall. Their leaves are more blunt-tipped than most North American alders, which look more like the grey alder (A. incana (L.) Moench). This species is more common in the mountains of Europe, and is not restricted to moist soils. Like ashes, European alders are not widely cultivated in North American (they are often sold as black alders), but several native species are. Alder wood is said to resist rotting when it is wet, and was the wood of choice for pilings in many regions. Alders are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae).

Fearn – Alder Ogam letter correspondences
Month: January
Color: Crimson
Class: Cheiftain
Letter: F, V
Meaning: Help in making choices; spiritual guidance and protection.

Ogam letter correspondences to study this month – Ailim – Silver Fir
Month: None
Color: Light Blue
Class: Shrub
Letter: A
Meaning: Learning from past mistakes; Take care in choices.

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Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
/Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                    Visible
Su  26     High  12:12 AM     7.2   7:07 AM    Rise  6:36 AM      6
~    26      Low   6:11 AM     1.4   7:37 PM     Set  6:15 PM
~    26     High  12:06 PM     7.7
~    26      Low   6:34 PM     0.1

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – When You are at the end of Your rope tie a big knot and hang on!

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – Expository – What state or country what was your mother raised in?

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Quotes  

~  Make adjustments according to your opponen- Gincin Funakoshi
~  Meditation is pure freedom. It does not belong to any religion, any organization, any movement, any sect, it is freely available to anybody, anywhere. It is the most simple way to know yourself, and all the wonders of existence. – Tishan
~  Motivation is when your dreams put on work clothes. – Author Unknown
~  My eyes to look after them, my ears to hear for them, my voice to warn them, my hand to guard them, my shield to ward them. – Order of Scathach Arming Ritual

SHAME

nonononono!
i can’t bear it
i am so ashamed
i can’t face it
why did i do
such a stupid thing?

maybe if i hide
in the linen closet
maybe if i run
out the door

and if i cry
hard enough,
maybe i’ll fall
through the floor

maybe i’ll turn
invisible, enough
that they can’t see
who i am

what i’ve done
where i am
or even if it’s
me

maybe the clock
will turn backwards
and time will close
the door

then i can be
who i used to be
and not ashamed
any more. – © 2005, Beth Johnson, (Mystic Amazon)

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Magick – A seasonal story – Pysanky Krashanky: Easter Eggs – The ancient story of how good overcomes evil

From Ukrainian Soul Food, Baba Raisha –  http://www.ukrainiansoulfood.ca/easter.php

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.

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motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Light Bulbs – Q: How many NRDers does it take to change a lightbulb?
A: 14. One to do it, one to write poetry about it, and 12 to hold a Council and decide whether or not the poem’s authentic.

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Daily Stuff 3-25-17 Hilaria

Hi, folks!

Herbs at 11am. Sewing at 3pm.

Today’s weather is, “Hold my beer!” 🙂 When I first woke, there was sunshine falling through the evergreens and then it went grey. The pavement was wet when I stepped out the door, but sitting in the car I saw a lovely patch of blue with one white puffy cloud lazing its way across. When we pulled out onto the street we were facing mustard-brown clouds and by the time we pulled out on the highway it was raining. Sitting here at my desk over the last hours we’ve been through three cycles of sunshine, that goes dark and the it starts to rain, but the puddles are all blue because the sky is already clearing! Go figure…. Springtime in Oregon? There’s almost no wind again and it’s 47F. 7/10’s total rain yesterday, but only a trace today, so far. …and it ought to be dry for the rest of the day!

Yesterday was kinda bizarre. I spent most of the day trying to keep things running at the shop and put final touches on the ritual, that I ended up doing as a sole celebrant. Tempus was dealing with the car. We’re still running on the doughnut, which just feels…. wrong….

The ritual went well, although there were only a few of us. I went home feeling a bit sickish from too much candy… Tempus and I fell into bed. He was asleep with just a couple of minutes, but I hadn’t really had supper, so made a serving of noodles and peas, then crawled in and went, “Thud!” myself.

We were both up early. I did a little work on my herbs as we were heading out, harvesting some more chickweed for this morning’s workshop. We mostly have to keep on doing the same things today as we’ve been. I don’t know what Tempus is going to do about tires, yet, so that might pull him away.

Big Sur bridge demolition – This reminds me of the winter of ’99 when we got cut off for a few days and then were working with diminished travel ability through the rest of the winter. https://www.wunderground.com/blog/weatherhistorian/comment.html?entrynum=349

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Sweet_William dianthus barbatusToday’s Plant is Sweet William, Dianthus barbatus. It is often called Carnation, just like others of the dianthus species and I’ve seen it misnamed “phlox” on plant tags at Fred Meyer’s. The difference is the scent. It still has a sweet scent, but not of clove, like gillyflower, or no scent, like phlox. The flowers are edible and attract butterflies and bees, and the seeds will draw birds, who sometimes will also go after the flowers. They’re good as cut flowers, lasting a decent while, being tall, and a cluster, rather than multiple stems. Cate Middleton had them in her bouquet as a nice touch when she married her “Sweet William”. They have the meaning of “Gallantry”. – Masculine, Sun, Air, Venus – All-purpose protection, in healing for strength and energy. Magickally it is very similar to Gillyflowers.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweet_william

feast Cybele_Getty_Villa_57.AA.19The Hilaria, the festival of Joy, is part of the celebrations in the Roman Republic and Empire surrounding Attis. What a wonderful name for a festival! Today, however, is the feast of the Mother of the Gods, Cybele and the resurrection of Attis that was held on the first day after the Vernal Equinox when it could be seen that day was longer than night. It was celebrated with games, and later in Roman history with processions and masquerades.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hilaria and more on Cybele here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cybele

The shop opens at 11am. 11am-6pm Thursday through Monday, although we’re there a lot later most nights. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.org If we’re supposed to be closed, but it looks like we’re there, try the door. If it’s open, the shop’s open! In case of bad weather, check here at the blog for updates, on our Facebook as Ancient Light, or call the shop.

Love & Light,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Waning Moon Magick From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 3/27 at 7:57pm. Hecate’s Brooch 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 3/26 at 7:57am. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances. God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Outer Dark, psychopomps – Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris. Phase ends at 7:57pm on 3/27. 

Venus is gone from view even by 30 minutes after after sunset, but Mercury is working its way higher. (These scenes are drawn for skywatchers at 40° north latitude.)
Jupiter‘s moon Io disappears into eclipse by Jupiter’s shadow, barely off Jupiter’s western limb, around 12:18 a.m. EDT tonight (11:18 p.m. CDT). A small telescope is all you’ll need.

Raffaello Lena in Rome has been imaging Venus as it wanes in phase and enlarges in size, using a 7-inch Maksutov-Cassegrain scope. He plans to continue right up to Venus’s conjunction 8° north of the Sun on 3/25.
Venus reaches inferior conjunction, 8° north of the Sun. Venus (about magnitude –4.2) is dropping fast day by day low in the western evening twilight. It’s swinging closer to our line of sight to the Sun, making it an ever thinner crescent in a telescope or high-quality binoculars. It’s now a big 58 arcseconds from cusp to cusp, and from March 17th to 25th, its phase thins from just 3% to 1% sunlit! Get your scope on Venus before sunset — while keeping the Sun behind a western horizon obstruction so you don’t accidentally sweep across the Sun’s blinding face. Can you detect any sign of cusp extensions around Venus’s rim? See the March Sky & Telescope, page 52. Venus reaches inferior conjunction on March 25th, when it passes a full 8° north of the Sun (upper right of the Sun as seen around sunset from mid-northern latitudes). For Northern Hemisphere observers, this is the ideal apparition for following Venus way down in the west right after sunset — and picking it up very low in the east before sunrise. In fact, plan to look for it at both dusk and dawn on the same day, or across the same night! Your best bet for this rare dual sighting of Venus is on March 22nd if you’re near 40° north latitude — as told in the March Sky & Telescope, page 46. A tip for trying to detect the crescent of Venus naked-eye when it’s this large: sight through a tiny round hole in a piece of paper or cardboard held against your eye, to mask off aberrations in the outer part of your eye’s pupil. Experiment with different size holes.

Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14
Runic half-month of Berkana/ Beorc, 3/14-29 Half-month ruled by the goddess of the birch tree; a time of purification for rebirth and new beginnings. Runic half-month of Ehwaz, 3/30-4/13 – Ehwaz, the horse; time of partnership between humans and Nature, as between rider and horse. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 55  

Sun in Aries
Moon in Aquarius enters Pisces at 3:06am
Venus (4/15), Jupiter (6/9) Retrograde
Color: Blue

Planting 3/25-6

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Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14. Fern (FAIR-n) Alder – The common alder (Alnus glutinosa (L.) Gaertner) is common along lowland rivers, where it grows with aspens, poplars, and willows. Like willows, alders sprout from stumps. This allows them to regenerate after heavy flooding. In protect sites they may grow to 20 m (65 feet) tall. Their leaves are more blunt-tipped than most North American alders, which look more like the grey alder (A. incana (L.) Moench). This species is more common in the mountains of Europe, and is not restricted to moist soils. Like ashes, European alders are not widely cultivated in North American (they are often sold as black alders), but several native species are. Alder wood is said to resist rotting when it is wet, and was the wood of choice for pilings in many regions. Alders are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae).

Fearn – Alder Ogam letter correspondences
Month: January
Color: Crimson
Class: Cheiftain
Letter: F, V
Meaning: Help in making choices; spiritual guidance and protection.

Ogam letter correspondences to study this month – Ailim – Silver Fir
Month: None
Color: Light Blue
Class: Shrub
Letter: A
Meaning: Learning from past mistakes; Take care in choices.

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Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
/Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                    Visible
Sa  25      Low   5:27 AM     2.1   7:09 AM    Rise  6:02 AM      13
~    25     High  11:18 AM     7.4   7:35 PM     Set  5:05 PM
~    25      Low   5:56 PM     0.2

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The best way to gain self-confidence is to do what you are afraid to do.

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – If you haven’t got any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble. — Bob Hope

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Quotes  

~  Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: “I am with you kid. Let’s go. – Maya Angelou
~  Love affirms itself absolutely; where Love is, there Fear is not. – Eliphas Lévi
~  Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand. – Mother Teresa
~  Luck is one thing, brave deeds another. – Grettir’s Saga, c.34

She rejoiced in her blood and flesh, in the rough pine bark she felt next to her skin, in the beat of her heart and the life of all her senses, and in the hunger she was feeling now… and in the earth below her and the lives of every creature, plant and animal both; and she delighted in being of the same substance as them, and in knowing that when she died her flesh would nourish other lives as they had nourished her.  – Philip Pullman, His Dark Materials

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Magick – Lore – The Gift of a Story – Posted January 30th, 2009 by Judith Costello

Our neighbor is 96 years old and she still goes for a walk several times each week. Very slowly she makes her way along the pasture fence between our properties. Then she turns around and goes home, carefully avoiding the ruts in the dirt road.  I have gone out to greet her only occasionally.

A simple hello always means a commitment to thirty minutes, or more, of conversation. I know that’s not much in the larger scheme of things. And, it means so much to older people when you give them the gift of time. But these days life seems to be all a rush and time is a precious commodity. Often my husband reminds me that I’m not keeping up with everything I have committed to do. I get stingy.

That’s why I’m pleased to share what I’ve learned about another gift we can give each other. It’s the gift of Story. Yes, it takes time. But it’s fun too and it fuels the imagination. Here’s how I learned about it.

Last week, I saw Florene on her walk and knew it was way past time to say hello. It had been weeks since I’d seen her. She deserved a few minutes of chitchat. So I headed out the door. And sure enough she was happy to see me and eager to talk. We visited by the roadside and then I invited her to come and see the new horses in our yard.  She’s a country lady through and through and had hinted that she was wondering about the new equines in the neighborhood.

While I was pointing out the names of the horses, one of our chickens came up to Florene. The hen, who was named Fred by the children, made a throaty cackling sound that tells me she’s happy and curious. Fred circled around Florene’s legs.

It had been years since Florene had spent time with chickens, she said. She bent down to pat Fred on her back and Fred squatted obediently to receive the touch. When Florene looked to me for understanding, I said, “That’s the first time I’ve seen her do that. These are new chickens and they normally avoid most humans. She really seems to trust you.”

Florene chuckled. “Well she’s an awfully cute chicken. I have always liked animals.”

A few minutes later we were walking down the road, and Florene’s daughter was coming out to see why her mother had disappeared.

“Laura dear, you’ll never believe what just happened,” Florene began. “A chicken came right up to me! Judith says she never does that with other people. But that chicken hunkered down to let me pet her. She is so soft and beautiful. You should go see her. It was just wonderful.”

I realized in that moment that the best gifts are so very simple. Maybe the best gift of all is a story. Florene has a new gem of a story about her friend the chicken. It will make her smile for many days. And it was such an easy gift to offer.  All it took was to interpret what she saw. “That chicken runs from people…everyone but you. It must be that the small creature sees beyond wrinkles. Animals know things about people.” All of that came across to Florene.

So many times I have missed the opportunities to give gifts like that. Maybe it’s because I’m not paying attention, I’m rushing around or I’m simply unwilling to give. But I see now that my children need story affirmations like that. My husband needs story affirmations.

For example, our Blue Heeler only “talks” to my husband. It’s amazing to see as the dog sits before him and modulates her voice in conversation. They have regular talks. But it happens often enough that I have taken it for granted. Now I see that telling my husband the story of what I see occurring between him and the dog would be an affirmation, a gift.

I’m going to record the story of my son’s football year–it’s a story about coming into manhood. I want to share the story of my daughter amazing cake award so that she’ll see that all things are possible when you put forth effort.

There are so many stories. And I see now that this is a gift that goes beyond meaningless chitchat chewing up time. It is minutes spent in observing and sharing. It is an image that can be preserved and savored.

About the Author: Judith Costello and her family live in rural New Mexico. They call their place “Sagging Acres.” Judith and her husband, Jurgen Haver, are the creators of the website www.thedailychristian.com.

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motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Too Hot, Too Cold

A customer was bothering the waiter in a restaurant. First, he asked that the air conditioning be turned up because he was too hot, then he asked it be turned down cause he was too cold, and so on for about half an hour.

Surprisingly, the waiter was very patient, he walked back and forth and never once got angry. So finally, a second customer asked him why he didn’t throw out the pest.

“Oh, I really don’t care or mind,” said the waiter with a smile. “We don’t even have an air conditioner.”

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Daily Stuff 3-24-17 Brittania

Hi, folks!

Open Circle for Ostara tonight, 3/24 at 7pm.

It was raining pretty hard a bit ago. When we were coming over the bridge you could see that the hills are steaming. We’ve gotten 1/2 an inch already this morning, but shouldn’t get much again until late afternoon. It’s 48F with the wind at 3mph, and not much more than that by the ocean.

Yesterday sped past since we had a lot to do. I wasn’t feeling well, for some reason, so when no one showed up for Sewing, Tempus took me home and I went to bed almost right away.

I woke up at 3am to use the bathroom and checked the computer to see how Tempus was progressing and there were no notices since he left the newspaper office. Now, for the first 2 1/2 hours of the route, that’s normal, but it had been well over 3 since that posting…. and that was the last sleep I got. I kept going back and checking and still nothing.

Finally, at 9am he walked into the apartment, mightily upset. He’d gotten a flat out on Beaver Creek Road, near where the car drowned last fall. He pulled over to change it for the spare and couldn’t get two of the lug nuts to come off, so he went to get a can of flat fix out of the back and there wasn’t one. There was no cell signal and no one stopped until well after it got light, when an older guy picked him up and took him in to Seal Rock where he had phone signal.

He’s managed to get the spare on, now, and after making coffee (he really needed it!) he’s off to finish the paper route. I’m at the shop, drinking my share and trying to work out how today is likely to work, since I’m short on sleep, too.

We have the Ostara ritual tonight. We might get a little messy, so don’t dress fancy! Bring a fingerfood to share, if you’d like.

A picture from 3/3/15 by Ken Gagne of the Yaquina Bay Bridge.

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motif plant flower dandelion herb

Dandelions, Taraxacum are today’s plant. The new leaves are a yummy addition to spring salads. The dried and ground roots make a coffee substitute and the flowers make an excellent wine. In our area don’t mistake hawkweed or cat’s paw for them, both are very not-good-for-the-tummy. True dandelions have no fur on the leaves which are deeply “toothed”, hence the name dant-de-lion, tooth of the lion. – Masculine, Jupiter Air, Hecate– Blow the seed head and the seeds left are the years left in your life.dandelionBlow the seed head 3 times and the number of seeds left are the hour. To send a message blow the seed head in the direction of the person and visualize your message. Bury a dried root by the corner of your house to bring favorable winds. Dried flower/leaves are used for energy, calling spirits  and health. More here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dandelion

magick motif slav Kolovrat RodnoverKomoeditsi – Suhii (March) 24 – This day is a very ancient Pagan holiday. This day we honor the great Bear God (Meveshii Bog) and make sacrifices to the Great God of Honey. (Komoed: “Bear” in Old Russian )

feast 0324 Brittania 1910 pennyToday’s Feast is in honor of Brittania, the personification of the British Isles. She wasn’t worshiped as a goddess as far as anyone can prove, but she has become one over time, much as Marianne of France, or our personification of Liberty.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brittania

Ostara PentacleThe shop opens at 11am. 11am-6pm Thursday through Monday, although we’re there a lot later most nights. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.org If we’re supposed to be closed, but it looks like we’re there, try the door. If it’s open, the shop’s open! In case of bad weather, check here at the blog for updates, on our Facebook as Ancient Light, or call the shop.

Love & Light,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Waning Moon Magick From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 3/27 at 7:57pm. Hecate’s Brooch 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 3/26 at 7:57am. 

This is the time of year when the dim Little Dipper juts to the right from Polaris (the handle-end of the Little Dipper) during late evening. The much brighter Big Dipper curls over high above it, “dumping water” into it.
Uranus and Neptune are hidden in the glow of dusk and dawn, respectively.

Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14
Runic half-month of Berkana/ Beorc, 3/14-29 Half-month ruled by the goddess of the birch tree; a time of purification for rebirth and new beginnings. 

Sun in Aries
Moon in Aquarius
Venus (4/15), Jupiter (6/9) Retrograde
Color: Coral

Harvest 3/23-4

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Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14. Fern (FAIR-n) Alder – The common alder (Alnus glutinosa (L.) Gaertner) is common along lowland rivers, where it grows with aspens, poplars, and willows. Like willows, alders sprout from stumps. This allows them to regenerate after heavy flooding. In protect sites they may grow to 20 m (65 feet) tall. Their leaves are more blunt-tipped than most North American alders, which look more like the grey alder (A. incana (L.) Moench). This species is more common in the mountains of Europe, and is not restricted to moist soils. Like ashes, European alders are not widely cultivated in North American (they are often sold as black alders), but several native species are. Alder wood is said to resist rotting when it is wet, and was the wood of choice for pilings in many regions. Alders are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae).

Fearn – Alder Ogam letter correspondences
Month: January
Color: Crimson
Class: Cheiftain
Letter: F, V
Meaning: Help in making choices; spiritual guidance and protection.

Ogam letter correspondences to study this month – Ailim – Silver Fir
Month: None
Color: Light Blue
Class: Shrub
Letter: A
Meaning: Learning from past mistakes; Take care in choices.

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Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
/Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                    Visible
F   24      Low   4:40 AM     2.8   7:11 AM    Rise  5:26 AM      21
~    24     High  10:26 AM     7.1   7:34 PM     Set  3:58 PM
~    24      Low   5:15 PM     0.5
~    24     High  11:37 PM     6.7

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – If your conscience hurts, you’re not doing it right!

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – Memories – If you could go back in time and do one thing differently, what would it be? Explain your answer.

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Quotes  

~  It is the passion of our hearts that will drive us if we let it. – Jackie L. Robinson
~  It takes little talent to see clearly what lies under one’s nose, a good deal of it to know in which direction to point that organ. W Auden
~  Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much. – Blaise Pascal
~  Life is an error-making and an error-correcting process, and nature in marking man’s papers will grade him for wisdom as measured both by survival and by the quality of life of those who survive.  – Jonas Salk (1914-1995) US microbiologist

Sitting silently
doing nothing
spring comes
and the grass grows by itself.  – Basho

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ostara sabbat egg dividerOstara Magick – 
Recipes

Egg and Sweet Potato Cups – These fun little mini quiches are a healthy version of the typical quiche with pie crust. These use sweet potatoes to make a lovely crust for the egg filling.

Ingredients

Preparation

1 – Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2 – Fill a large pan with 2″ of water and a vegetable steamer. Add potatoes and put the pan over medium high heat and steam for 10 minutes until tender. Halfway through, stir potatoes to cook evenly.

3 – Mash potatoes with sage, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray. Press 12 tins with sweet potatoes to make cups. Bake for 10 minutes.

4 – Combine eggs, onion, spinach and cheese. Fill muffin cups with egg mixture and bake for another 10 – 15 minutes until egg is set in the middle.

Egg and Sausage Breakfast Ring

The spiral slices of egg and sausage in a flaky crust are almost too pretty to eat–but dig in! This breakfast ring is not to be missed.

  • prep time20 min
  • total time45 min
  • ingredients11
  • servings8

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb bulk pork sausage
  • 1/3 cup sliced green onions
  • 1/3 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 5 eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 package (3 oz) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cans (8 oz each) Pillsbury™ Crescent Recipe Creations® refrigerated seamless dough sheet
  • 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar-Monterey Jack cheese blend (2 oz)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seed

Steps

  1. Heat oven to 375°F. Spray large cookie sheet with cooking spray. In 10-inch nonstick skillet, cook sausage and onions over medium-high heat 5 to 8 minutes or until thoroughly cooked; drain. Stir in bell pepper; cook until tender. Remove from pan.
  2. In small bowl, beat 5 eggs, salt and pepper. Add egg mixture to skillet; cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally from outside edge to center. Cook until eggs are set but still moist. Stir in sausage mixture and cream cheese.
  3. Unroll both cans of dough. Place dough on cookie sheet, long sides overlapping, to form 14×13-inch rectangle; firmly press edges to seal. Spoon egg mixture down center to within 1/2 inch of edges. Sprinkle with cheese. Starting at longest side, roll up; press edges to seal. Shape into a circle; pinch ends to seal. Cut six 2-inch slits around top of dough. Brush dough with egg; sprinkle with sesame seed.
  4. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until deep golden brown.

Try a different shredded cheese, such as sharp Cheddar or pepper Jack, to vary the flavors in this dish.

Egg and Hash Brown Pie – READY IN ABOUT hrs – “Not only is this casserole easy to make and great tasting, it’s pleasing to the eyes with it’s shades of golden brown, yellow, and green. This dish is great served with sliced fruit and toast or muffins. You may substitute chopped cooked ham for the bacon if you wish.” – HSTR

Ingredients – Original recipe makes 8 servings

  • 6 slices bacon
  • 5 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 cups frozen hash brown potatoes, thawed
  • 1/3 cup chopped green onions
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese, divided

Directions

  1. Place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain, crumble, and set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 7×11 inch baking dish.
  3. In a large bowl, beat together the eggs and milk. Stir in the bacon, hash browns, green onions, and 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese. Pour into the prepared baking dish.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven 25 to 35 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Sprinkle the remaining Cheddar cheese on top, and continue baking for 3 to 4 minutes, or until the cheese is melted. Remove from oven, and let sit 5 minutes before serving.

Ingredients

Preparation

  • Step 1 Spray nonstick spray into a large coffee mug
  • Step 2 Crack one egg, and up to two egg whites into mug
  • Step 3 Blend well with a fork
  • Step 4 Microwave on high for 1 minute, stir and add 10 seconds more if needed
  • Step 5 Add any extra ingredients if desired. chop veggies, cheese bits, pieces of Canadian bacon, all taste great!

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motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Deer Tick Warning

I hate it when people forward bogus warnings, but this one is real, and it’s important. So please send this warning to everyone on your e-mail list:\If someone comes to your front door saying they are conducting a survey on deer ticks and asks you to take your clothes off and dance around with your arms up, DO NOT DO IT!\IT IS A SCAM; they only want to see you naked.\I wish I’d gotten this yesterday. I feel so stupid now.

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Daily Stuff 3-23-17 Morena

Hi, folks!

Open Circle for Ostara on Friday 3/24 at 7pm. Sewing from 6-8pm.

The sky is streaked and spotted with white, but there’s blue up there! The daffodils and narcissus in the yard are in full bloom. We saw a border in front of a house the other night that I told Tempus, “I want to see that in daylight!” since it’s all hyacinths and jonquils all across the front of the yard! The sun is getting strained a bit by the thin stuff.

Yesterday went past far too quickly. Other than chores, nothing interesting happened. I was trying to get some photos of the spring flowers, but haven’t developed them, yet.

We’ve already been at the shop for an hour. I keep getting sidetracked on getting this out. I have to get more of these set up, sort more in the office space, get Tempus working on cleaning up the work table and so on. There’s Sewing this evening and then the paper route. It’s going to be a full day!

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Today’s feast is in honor of Morena or Marzanna, a Slavic Goddess of winter, darkness and mystery. The Marzanna is an effigy that is burned and/or drowned as a symbol of the ending of her time of triumph. She is often associated with Hecate and witchlore.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marzanna

Today’s plant is the trillium, specifically the varieties for our state of the Giant Purple Wakerobin, the Idaho Trillium and Round Leaf Trillium. These are one of the characteristic flowers of the Oregon spring forests,  the flowers of spring called Wakerobin since in many places robins and trilliums appear at the same time. It is also called Birthroot and has been used medicinally to control bleeding. plant flower Trillium_ovatum_1290Tripartite petals and flower make this an unusual plant and since they grow widely separated in the undergrowth of forests, they’re striking when you come across them. – Feminine, Venus, Water – Carry the root to attract money and luck or –Masculine, Venus & Saturn, Earth – the other magicks of trillium are concerned with boundaries and lust. ….and they’re beautiful!http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trillium Yes, it’s odd to have two sets of correspondences for one plant, but that’s the way this one works!

Ostara PentacleThe shop opens at 11am. 11am-6pm Thursday through Monday, although we’re there a lot later most nights. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.org If we’re supposed to be closed, but it looks like we’re there, try the door. If it’s open, the shop’s open! In case of bad weather, check here at the blog for updates, on our Facebook as Ancient Light, or call the shop.

Love & Light,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Waning Moon Magick From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 3/27 at 7:57pm. Waning Crescent MoonBest time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 3/23 at 8:57am. Hecate’s Brooch 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 3/26 at 7:57am. 

Draw a line from Castor through Pollux high overhead, follow it farther out by a big 26° (about 2½ fist-widths at arm’s length), and you’re at the dim head of Hydra, the Sea Serpent. In a dark sky it’s a subtle but distinctive star grouping, about the size of your thumb at arm’s length. Binoculars show it easily through light pollution.
Venus (about magnitude –4.2) is dropping fast day by day low in the western evening twilight. It’s swinging closer to our line of sight to the Sun, making it an ever thinner crescent in a telescope or high-quality binoculars. It’s now a big 58 arcseconds from cusp to cusp, and from March 17th to 25th, its phase thins from just 3% to 1% sunlit! Get your scope on Venus before sunset — while keeping the Sun behind a western horizon obstruction so you don’t accidentally sweep across the Sun’s blinding face. Can you detect any sign of cusp extensions around Venus’s rim? See the March Sky & Telescope, page 52. Venus reaches inferior conjunction on March 25th, when it passes a full 8° north of the Sun (upper right of the Sun as seen around sunset from mid-northern latitudes). For Northern Hemisphere observers, this is the ideal apparition for following Venus way down in the west right after sunset — and picking it up very low in the east before sunrise. In fact, plan to look for it at both dusk and dawn on the same day, or across the same night! Your best bet for this rare dual sighting of Venus is on March 22nd if you’re near 40° north latitude — as told in the March Sky & Telescope, page 46. A tip for trying to detect the crescent of Venus naked-eye when it’s this large: sight through a tiny round hole in a piece of paper or cardboard held against your eye, to mask off aberrations in the outer part of your eye’s pupil. Experiment with different size holes.

Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14
Runic half-month of Berkana/ Beorc, 3/14-29 Half-month ruled by the goddess of the birch tree; a time of purification for rebirth and new beginnings. 

Sun in Aries
Moon in Aquarius
Venus (4/15), Jupiter (6/9) Retrograde
Color: Green

Harvest 3/23-4

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©2017 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14. Fern (FAIR-n) Alder – The common alder (Alnus glutinosa (L.) Gaertner) is common along lowland rivers, where it grows with aspens, poplars, and willows. Like willows, alders sprout from stumps. This allows them to regenerate after heavy flooding. In protect sites they may grow to 20 m (65 feet) tall. Their leaves are more blunt-tipped than most North American alders, which look more like the grey alder (A. incana (L.) Moench). This species is more common in the mountains of Europe, and is not restricted to moist soils. Like ashes, European alders are not widely cultivated in North American (they are often sold as black alders), but several native species are. Alder wood is said to resist rotting when it is wet, and was the wood of choice for pilings in many regions. Alders are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae).

Fearn – Alder Ogam letter correspondences
Month: January
Color: Crimson
Class: Cheiftain
Letter: F, V
Meaning: Help in making choices; spiritual guidance and protection.

Ogam letter correspondences to study this month – Ailim – Silver Fir
Month: None
Color: Light Blue
Class: Shrub
Letter: A
Meaning: Learning from past mistakes; Take care in choices.

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Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
/Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                    Visible
Th  23      Low   3:44 AM     3.3   7:13 AM    Rise  4:47 AM      29
~    23     High   9:29 AM     6.7   7:33 PM     Set  2:54 PM
~    23      Low   4:29 PM     0.8
~    23     High  10:59 PM     6.2

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – You are the only person you need to please.

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – What? – What makes you most proud to be an American?

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Quotes  

~  In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present. – Francis Bacon
~  It is better to ride a whole wagon home. – Egil’s Saga, c.38
~  It is hard to fly in the face of wyrd. – Vatnsdæla Saga, c.14
~  It is not my responsibility to convince anyone of anything. – Abraham-Hicks

SILLY PROVERBS

Life has a funny habit of changing,
and security’s hard to find;
Just when you think it is safe
to get in the swing of things,
somebody kicks you
in the ass…that’s all fate!

You never know when a grizzly
will sneak up on your porch
and steal your bike,
and the girl across the street
has a crush on your boyfriend
and tries to come get him tonight. © July 2005, Beth Johnson (Mystic Amazon)

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ostara sabbat egg dividerOstara Magick – Eggs

Egg Dyeing Article Au naturel: Color your eggs the old-fashioned way

Tea and Your Health

http://www.celestialseasonings.com/tea-health/egg-dyeing-article.html

By Lee Svitak Dean, Star Tribune Taste Editor, Pictures by Tom Wallace/Star Tribune

Piles of yellow onion skins, chunks of bright red beets, bunches of deep-green spinach leaves, even bags of fragrant Red Zinger tea, redolent with hibiscus flowers, filled the kitchen counter. Bottles of paprika, dill seed and turmeric stood at the ready, as did a pot of coffee. So did dozens of eggs and a jug of white vinegar.

We were dyeing eggs. And there wasn’t a PAAS coloring kit in sight.

Egg dyeing, by its very nature, makes a mess and, frankly, it’s even messier when the colors are made from from edible food. The homemade version also takes a bit longer to prepare than dye from a package.

But don’t let these cautions deter you. The homemade variety offers more of a challenge—and it’s fun, too. As many cooks know, that sense of curiosity and discovery is half the reason so many of us hang out in the kitchen. Making your own dye lets you experiment with the vagaries of color, from the leftovers in the refrigerator to the stock of spices in the pantry.

Many of the colors from homemade dye are a softer hue, and there’s more possibilities of shades in the color palette. But there is nothing precise about natural food dyes: You might get the colors you anticipate when using them; then again, you might not. The variations depend on what you’re using for dye—and how long you soak the egg. It also depends on the egg shells, which are as variable as snowflakes.

Though not readily apparent, shell texture differs from egg to egg—from smooth to rippled—as does the thickness of the shell. All of this affects how the egg picks up dye. So if you expect the unexpected when you’re using homemade dye, you won’t be disappointed.

Cold vs. hot

There are two ways to color eggs with natural dyes: cold and hot dye.

Most directions recommend starting with hard-cooked eggs. The dye is then prepared separately, and in the last step the egg is soaked in the coloring (which usually is recommended to be hot). This method works fine with commercial food dyes, such as PAAS or Dudley, where eggs are dipped into color for only a few moments.

But with natural dyes—which take longer to imprint their shade—the eggs are soaked in the color for at least 15 minutes, which is the same amount of time it takes to hard-cook eggs. So eggs can be dyed at the same time they are being hard-cooked (they also will get a more uniform and saturated color as they roll around in the simmering dye).

The hot method of natural food dye means placing the eggs in a single layer in a non-aluminum pan. The eggs are covered with 1 inch of water and vinegar is added to the water to help the color adhere to the eggs. The dye materials—which include spices, fruits, vegetables and more (see chart at below)—are also added, and the whole mixture is brought to a boil, then reduced to a simmer for 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the desired color.

Whatever food is used to dye eggs, vinegar should be added to help the color adhere (but if you forget to add vinegar, don’t fret; the eggs will still be colored, but it likely will be lighter).

Which leads the cook to a familiar question: Can these dyed eggs be eaten? Well, it depends. Eggs should sit out no longer than two hours if they are to remain safe to eat. And hard-cooking them for more than 15 minutes will definitely toughen them up (though they will look beautiful). Also, some colors might seep into the egg white, which makes them less appetizing. So, you might want to use these colorful eggs for decoration only, or else refrigerate them until mealtime.

Cold method of dyeing

If you want to eat your colored eggs—or if you want to dye them a second time for added interest—try the cold method of coloring. In this case, to prepare the dye separately, add the edible materials to water, along with vinegar (see chart for quantities). Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until the dye is the preferred color, 15 minutes or more. Remove from heat and cool; strain. Dip cooked eggs in the dye for at least 15 minutes. The longer the eggs sit in the dye, the richer the hue will be.

Adapt the dye

If the dye isn’t dark enough, add more ingredients to deepen the hue—or let the eggs soak in the color for hours or overnight (in the refrigerator, of course).

You don’t necessarily have to stop after dyeing the eggs once. Dip them in a darker color for a second coating. (In this case, do not boil the eggs a second time; simply dip the egg in the second dye for 5 to 10 minutes). Some color combinations recommended by the Alberta (Canada) Egg Producers Board: coffee dye, then blueberry; turmeric and onion skins, followed by cranberries.

Once the dyed eggs are dry, they can be rubbed with vegetable oil for a sheen (if being used for decoration).

Dress up the eggs

Martha Stewart wouldn’t stop at homemade dye—that would be just the beginning. Try one of these steps to make even more beautiful eggs:

  • Onion wraps (for a tie-dye effect): Rub clean, uncooked eggs with vinegar, then wrap in onion skins and bind with kitchen string or rubber bands. Simmer eggs in plain water for 20 minutes. Then remove onion skins.
  • Rubber bands: Use to create contrasts. On a white egg, the rubber band will prevent color where it is located. On a colored (dry) egg, a band will give a stripe of the original color if the egg is redipped in another.
  • Patterns: Rub the cooked, dyed egg to remove some of the color after it is dry, or drip additional color onto the dry egg to make a pattern. Or wrap in onion skins or tiny leaves after the egg has been colored, but before it has dried (this will add a texture to the dye pattern). You also can use a clean sponge and dab at the wet colored egg to add a stippled effect. If making dye from powdered spices, some residue may linger on the egg.
  • Marbleized: Stir a tablespoon of vegetable oil into some natural food dye (or other dye). Dip the egg into it for a marbleized look. Once dry, it can be dipped into another color for additional decoration.
  • Mosiac: It’s not dyeing, of course, but since you’re in the kitchen anyway you can decorate hard-cooked eggs by glueing on spices from the kitchen: star anise, peppercorns, powdered spices or even tiny pasta or rice (the latter two could be dyed first).

Hints for the cook

  • Wash uncooked eggs in mild soapy water before they are hard-cooked to remove any oily coating that might prevent the dye from adhering.
  • To avoid staining your fingers, wear rubber gloves when working with reds, yellows and purples. And cover the table or counter with newspaper or a protective coating for the same reason.

NATURAL DYES FOR EGGS

  •           Pink/red: Fresh beets, pickled beet juice, pickled red cabbage juice, cranberries, frozen raspberries
  •           Orange: Yellow onion skins, paprika
  •           Deep yellow: Ground turmeric
  •           Pale yellow to light green: Spinach leaves, Golden Delicious apple peels
  •           Soft yellows: Orange or lemon peels, carrots tops or shredded carrots, celery seed, ground cumin
  •           Purple: Red Zinger® tea (by Celestial Seasonings)
  •           Blue: Canned blueberries, blackberries, red cabbage leaves, purple or red grape juice
  •           Beige to brown: Strongly brewed coffee, tea, walnuts, dill seeds
  •           Brown to orange: Chili powdered, ground cumin

Natural Food Dye – Makes 4 cups.
Add more of the coloring agent for a deeper hue.

  • 1 Tbsp. spice or 4 c. chopped fruit or vegetable, or more
  • 4 c. water, or more
  • 2 Tbsp. white vinegar (per 4 c. water)

Combine spice or foodstuff with water and vinegar. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 15 to 30 minutes. Eggs can be colored (and cooked) in the dye while it is being prepared. Or they can be hard-cooked in advance, then dipped into the prepared dye (which can be either cold or hot).

— Lee Svitak Dean is at ldean@startribune.com.

Reprinted with permission from the Star Tribune of Minneapolis, Minn. (Thursday, March 28, 2002, pp. T1, T8)       Interactive Tea Guide >>

Additional Tea and Your Health Information

Natural Dyes for Easter Eggs http://www.icangarden.com/document.cfm%3Ftask%3Dviewdetail%26itemid%3D846%26categoryid%3D4 – Tips for special effects and natural dyestuffs from your garden.

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