Daily Stuff 1-29-13 Concordia

Hi, folks!

weather rain showerI’ve quite overcast and 45F. When I first got up it was the same, temperature and all. There are drops coming from the porch roof and it looks to be raining….maybe not rain, maybe “aggressive mist”…. but it stops and starts. In between drops build up on the clematis so that it has a glittering gem at the top of each leaf.

The Alsea Highlands weather station has been offline for a month, now,  only the Bayshore stations are working. When I first started using Weather Underground to get reports (www.wunderground.com ) there was a station at the bottom of the hill at Range Drive,  just an half mile away and one up in Alsea Highlands that’s at our same altitude, plus 1/2 a dozen more that were spotted all around the area.  Now there are just a few. The neighbor that I used to get information from started having problems with his weather station and took it down a few years back.

Birds have been all over the feeder since I got up. There are juncos out there, now, but it started with all the small birds until the jays chased ’em off.

box 3box 1box 2Yesterday we got to the shop in plenty of time, which was a good thing because were most of the way open when people started arriving. We had several customers in and a couple of friends, so it was good the Tempus was still here when Jessie from Sea Hag Soap and Pollen Boxes got here. (Jessie, boxes, inlaid boxes of Russian Birch and other woods)

box 4box 5He has some beautiful pieces, but the interesting part is that he makes small boxes for sifting out pollen from flowers for use in medicinals or tea. He also makes jewelry boxes and soap. (two pix of how the boxes fit together) We’re going to start carrying some of his stuff later in the spring. If you are interested in a box right now, I have a price list and can get them. The sifter part is a silk gauze and the glass parts make it easy to see the pollen.

altar clothI worked on getting some pictures of stock for a while, but only one picture worked. This is a pic of the Spoonflower altar cloth that I made up from my designs. I used some tools from the display case and some Circle tools to create the display. The main part of the cloth is a panel 1 yard square and I got some of the matching pentacle yardage to add to give it a “skirt” on the table. The wording is from the Great Rite. “As the Athame is to the God, so the Chalice is to the Goddess. Thus joined is the greatest Magick begun!”  You can find this fabric here: http://www.spoonflower.com/fabric/880747 and the border print here: http://www.spoonflower.com/fabric/880845 , although I had to go back and play with the files so that they would “show” as being for sale.

plant flower mydicentra bleeding heartAfter that I started sorting stuff from the sofa. It’s been a set of heaps for a while, but it’s where the majority of the fabric landed that isn’t already in boxes. I have stuff that needs to be finished, mended, re-made, a pile of pouch fabrics, a pile of projects, a heap of small scraps, another of large, one of the shop celestial print (mostly scraps, now) and another tall stack of yardage. There’s also a pile of “stuff” and all the “sewing” part of that got put away. (mostly misplaced bias tape packets….. )

plant flower oxalisBy 5pm, (when it still wasn’t dark, to my shock) I was starting to get pretty tired, so I spent a while separating trims from the mangled base fabrics. I’ve got a bunch of eyelet trim, from pillowcases and sheet edgings that is still good. All it takes is a cheap sheet and about 5 minutes and I’ve got some fancy bedding! Or I could use ’em on clothing… I’m seriously thinking about making a petticoat and using the deep eyelet (used to be a dust-ruffle) if I can get it bleached clean, since it’s got some brown stains on it. The mangled fabrics become herb cloths for the back table when we’re working with dusty things, dirty things or resins that will get things sticky. …mostly because if I end up throwing ’em out I don’t care and it’s easier to get resins out of fabric than off of wood.

motif flower Nasturtium-TropaeolumTempus got back around 5:30 The nasturtium seeds that I planted in the hydroponic tubes are starting to sprout, so Tempus got those into the windows up front. With any luck we’ll have some pretties blooming sooner rather than later! Some of the shoots are 3 inches tall, already. The lights are kinda mixed up in the flowers, so they won’t get to be moved for a while once the plants really get going. We both did a little paperwork and then watered plants, closed up and came home, leaving the piles of “stuff” to be dealt with later in the week. We were both pretty tired.

plant flower mixed petuniasI spent a chunk of the evening talking to some old friends on Facebook, then curled up with a book. I finally have a copy of Mercedes Lackey’s “Home from the Sea”.

This morning I’m up *way* late, so late it’s almost not morning! I have a lot of newsletter files to work on and then I want to get back to Cafe Press. I’m making a section called “Just Buttons!” where all the designs show up in 3 sizes of buttons, 2 magnets and one ornament. There are some designs, particularly the music and wiseacre ones that are *only* going to show up here! I’m also hoping to get some writing time in today.

motif bird sparrow duskyOk, that was funny! A jay showed up on the porch railing just after a whole flock of sparrows got to the feeder. One of the sparrows chased him into the alder with the whole flock in hot pursuit, and he hasn’t come back!

Today is the Roman Feast of Concordia, the day of “getting along”. Not so much peace as “Pax”, but being able to work together for the good of all, agreement, often translated as “Harmony” …. It’s amazing how many feasts dedicated to peace and peaceful pursuits the Romans had when we think of them as a warlike people. More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Concordia_%28mythology%29

motif Imbolc PentacleThe shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday. Winter hours are 11am-6pm Thursday through Monday. 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 at 541-563-7154.

Love & Light,
Anja

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Fossil fest? Looks fun! 2/9 http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/visitorcenter/2013/01/27/fossil-fest/

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Waning Gibbous moonThe Moon is in Gibbous phase. 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. Phase ends at the tide change on 2/9 at 11:20pm. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. Phase ends at the Quarter on 2/3 at 5:56am

Goddess Month of of Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Celtic Tree Month of Luis, Rowan, Jan 21 – Feb 17
ElhazRunic half-month of Elhaz, from 1/28-2/11. This half month: optimistic power, protection and sanctuary.

Sun in AquariusSun in Aquarius
Moon in VirgoMoon in Virgo
Ceres, Jupiter Retrograde
Color: White

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©2013 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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220px-Rowanberries_in_late_August_2004_in_HelsinkiLuis  Rowan  Jan 21Feb 17 – Luis  – (LWEESH), rowan – The rowan, or mountain ash (Sorbus aucuparia L.) is related to serviceberries. The red berries were historically used to lure birds into traps, and the specific epithet aucuparia comes from words meaning “to catch a bird”. Birds are also responsible for dispersing the seeds. Rowans thrive in poor soils and colonize disturbed areas. In some parts of Europe they are most common around ancient settlements, either because of their weedy nature or because they were planted. Rowans flower in May. They grow to 15 m (50 feet) and are members of the Rose family (Rosaceae). They are cultivated in North America, especially in the northeast.

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

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

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WavesTides for Alsea Bay

Tu  29     High   1:56 AM     7.5   7:37 AM     Set  8:29 AM      97
    29      Low   7:44 AM     2.1   5:22 PM    Rise  8:34 PM
    29     High   1:30 PM     7.9
    29      Low   8:05 PM     0.1

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I am a woman..I am strong… (yes, I’m tired…. 🙂 )

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Journal Prompt – What is? – What is something that really makes you angry?

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Quotes
~   A man may be a fool and not know it, but not if he is married. – H. L. Mencken (1880-1956) US writer
~   A man’s got to do what a man’s got to do. A woman must do what he can’t. – Rhonda Hansome
~   A piece of spaghetti or a military unit can only be led from the front end. – George S. Patton, Jr. (1885-1945) US general
~   A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit. – Richard Bach

Poem: “A Child’s Evening Prayer” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, from The Complete Poems. © Penguin Books. Reprinted with permission.
Ere on my bed my limbs I lay
God grant me grace my prayers to say:
O God! preserve my mother dear
In strength and health for many a year;
And, O! preserve my father too,
And may I pay him reverence due;
And may I my best thoughts employ
To be my parents’ hope and joy;
And O! preserve my brothers both
From evil doings and from sloth,
And may we always love each other,
Our friends, our father, and our mother:
And still, O Lord, to me impart
An innocent and grateful heart,
That after my last sleep I may
Awake to thy eternal day!
Amen.

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Imbolc Border

Magick – Imbolc Lore

Seasons of the Witch!   Ancient Holidays (and some not so ancient!)   from Granny Moon’s Morning Feast

Imbolc

An ancient Celtic festival considered the first day of spring. According to Blackburn, no information survives about the rituals associated with this festival, except that ewes were milked. Various scholars have derived the word Imbolc from Ol-melc (ewe’s milk) because the ewes are lactating at this time, Im-bolg (around the belly) in honor of the swelling belly of the earth goddess, and folcaim (I wash) because of the rites of purification which took place at this time. All of these meanings capture themes of the festival.

A medieval quatrain fills in a few more sketchy details:
Tasting every food in order
This is what behoves at Imbolc
Washing of hand and feet and head
It is thus I say

Much of the lore associated with Imbolc was probably absorbed into the customs surrounding St. Brigid’s feast day on February 1.

Blackburn, Bonnie and Leofranc Holford-Strevens, Oxford Companion to the Year, Oxford University Press 1999

February 1st is the feast day of St Brigid, who began her life as a pagan goddess and ended up a Christian saint. The great high goddess, Bride or Brigid, was a fire and fertility goddess, perhaps embodied in the stars in the constellation we view as Orion. In her temple at Kildare, her priestesses tended an eternal flame. She presided over all transformations: birth and brewing, metal-smithing and poetry, the passage from winter to spring.

In Celtic lore, she is the daughter of the Dagda, the Good God, who marries her to Bres of the Fomors. Her name may be derived from Gaelic breo aigit or fiery arrow or (the Matthews prefer) a Sanskrit derivation Brahti or high one. As Bride, the Queen of Heaven, she seems to have been a sun goddess. In one tale, St Brigid carries a burning coal in her apron. In another tale, flames engulf her body without burning her.

The legends about the goddess Brigid gradually became associated with the (somewhat spurious) Saint Brigid who founded the first convent in Ireland (where else?) at Kildare. Her emblem is a cow and many legends tell of how Brigid kept guests at her abbey supplied (often miraculously) with milk and butter. Her flower is the dandelion, whose yellow flower is the color of butter and whose stem when broken releases a milky sap. St Brigid supposedly helped at the birth of Jesus, thus she is the patron saint of midwives and pregnant women. She is also the patron of poets, scholars, healers, dairymaids and blacksmiths, recalling many of the arts under the protection of the goddess Bride.

On the eve of her feast day in Ireland, people put out a loaf of bread on the windowsill for the Saint and an ear of corn for her white cow, offerings for the grain goddess like the loaf buried in the first furrow. Wheat stalks are woven into X-shaped crosses to be hung from rafters as charms to protect homes from fire and lightning.

In Ireland, the birds known as oyster-catchers (in Gaelic they are called Gille righde, the servants of Bride) appear on St Brigid’s day and are said to bring spring with them.

During the 19th century, Alexander Carmichael collected and compiled folk customs from the West Highlands, including many revolving around Bridget. On her holiday, women get together to make Brigid’s crosses at night. They also dress the corn doll or last sheaf (from Lammas or autumn equinox) in a bridal gown and put her in a basket which is called the Bride’s bed. A wand, candle or other phallic object is laid across her and the Bride is invited to come for her bed is ready. If the blankets are rumpled in the morning, this is seen as a good omen. Obviously the goddess whose mating brings life to the land is not the abbess of a convent but the great fertility goddess.

Blackburn, Bonnie and Leofranc Holford-Strevens, Oxford Companion to the Year, Oxford University Press 1999
Carmichael, Alexander, Carmina Gadelica, Llindisfarne Press
Kightly, Charles, The Perpetual Almanack of Folklore, Thames and Hudson 1987
Matthews, John & Caitlin, Encyclopedia of Celtic Wisdom, Element 2000

Feb 1: Juno Sospita – In ancient Rome, consuls made a sacrifice to Juno Sospita (the Saviour) on this day. Girls offered barley-cakes to the sacred snake in her grove. If their offerings were accepted, their virginity was confirmed and the year’s fertility assured.

Blackburn, Bonnie and Leofranc Holford-Strevens, Oxford Companion to the Year, Oxford University Press 1999

Feb 1: St Tryphon – His emblem is the pruning knife and he is known as a protector of vines and fields and a killer of rats and caterpillars. On his day, vineyards and fields are sprinkled with holy water and blessed. Working in the fields is not allowed, and it is said that one man who disobeyed this injunction and went out to work cut his own nose off.

Blackburn, Bonnie and Leofranc Holford-Strevens, Oxford Companion to the Year, Oxford University Press 1999

Feb 1: Candlemas Eve – This is the official last day of the Christmas season and also the last date for taking down the Christmas greens. Leaving them up after Candlemas is bad luck. Ceremonies for Candlemas Eve

Down with the Rosemary and Bayes
Down with the Mistletoe
Instead of Holly, now upraise
The greener Box (for Show).

The Holly hitherto did sway
Let Box now domineer;
Until the dancing Easter-day
Or Easters Eve appear. ~Robert Herrick (1591-1674)

Here are a few more! 

Be An Encourager Day
BEE-Day (Philippines)
Brigmid (Druid Festival)
Candlemas Eve
Canned Food Month
Cross-Quarter Day
Freedom Day
National Baked Alaska Day
National Enrolled Agent’s Day
Oystercatchers Arrive Back In Scotland, Heralding Spring (See Also 15 April).
Perchville USA begins (Tawas Bay, Michigan)
Return Shopping Carts To The Supermarket Month
Robinson Crusoe Day
Serpent Day (Celtic)
Spring Mother Celebration (Norse)
St. Bride’s Day
St. Brigid’s Day (aka St. Bridget; patron of dairy workers, dairy maids, poultry raisers, the only Irish fairy to become a Saint.)
St. Ives’ Hurling of the Silver Ball (Cornell, UK)
St. Pionius’ Day
St. Severus’ Day (patron of hatters, milliners)
The First Week Of February Is: National Pay Your Bills Week
The Second Monday Of The Month Is: Clean Out Your Computer Day; Fridays Before Lent Is Fariseos (Mayan Indians; Celebration Making Fun Of Christian Ceremonies)
The Second Week Is:Love May Make The World Go ‘Round, But Laughter Keeps Us From Getting Dizzy Week
This Month Is Also Known As Known By The Saxons As Sprout-Kale, Because Of The Conspicuous Sprouting Of Cabbage In Winter Gardens During This Time.
Vegetation Month.
Women’s Heart Health Day

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motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – This was recently in the Seattle Paper… The title of the article was “Best Come Back Line Ever.” Warning….not for the prepubescent and easily embarrassed!

In summary, the police arrested Robert Aylor, 59+ year old white male, in a pumpkin patch 11:38 p.m. on Friday night.

On Monday, at the County courthouse, Aylor was charged with lewd and lascivious behavior, public indecency, and public intoxication.

The suspect explained that as he was passing a pumpkin patch on his way home from a drinking session when he decided to stop, “You know how a pumpkin is soft and squishy inside, and there was no one around for miles or at least I thought there wasn’t anyone around” he stated in a telephone interview.

Aylor went on to say that he pulled over to the side of the road, picked out a pumpkin that he felt was appropriate to his purpose, cut a hole in it, and proceeded to satisfy his alleged ‘need.’  “Guess I was really into it, you know?” he commented with evident embarrassment.

In the process of doing the deed, Aylor failed to notice an approaching police car and was unaware of his audience until officer Brenda Taylor approached him.

“It was an unusual situation, that’s for sure,” said officer Taylor. “I walked up to Mr. Aylor and he’s just banging away at this pumpkin.”

Officer Taylor went on to describe what happened when she approached Aylor.

“I said, “Excuse me sir, but do you realize that you’re having sex with a pumpkin?”

He froze and was clearly very surprised that I was there, and then he looked me straight in the face and said…..

“A pumpkin? ….. Sh*t…is it midnight already??!!

SCM www.agloco.com/r/BBBX7545


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