Open Circle for Imbolc tonight at 7pm!
Sunrise was just beautiful this morning, all pink and blue and gold and glittery clouds! It looks like it’s to be a lovely day. It’s only 41F, though it’s supposed to be clear all day, just as yesterday turned into. the sunlight slanting across the alder is beautiful.
Tomorrow is supposed to be over 2 1/2 minutes longer than today. That doesn’t sound like much at any one time, but you can really tell, over the course of a week. Spring is coming, even if it’s coming slowly, still.
While Tempus was getting the last of his stuff together for the shop yesterday, I went out and wandered in the garden, checking for new growth. Some things are starting to come up and the rose leaves are coming on quickly. If we get another freeze that might be a problem. I was taking note of plants that need to be transplanted and work that needs to be done around the yard and did a tiny bit of weeding, as well. As we were pulling out of the driveway my attention was caught by the prismatic sparkles of the water droplets on the needs-to-be-cut grass by the driveway. The sparkling quality of the light was on mosses and trees as we drove to the shop. The tide is lower than it was last week and crab pot floats were all over. No herons, although there have been.
We both got to work on chores and clean-up. Tempus worked on walkways while I put away the stuff that he had pulled out that needed my attention. I had some things to sort out, myself, including a whole basket of product stuff that either needed mending or finishing.
I got a picture of the new pouches. I have some small ones and a set large enough to get your hand or a cell phone into. I used to make a lot of these, but this last batch was left over from a leatherworking class some years back and these were the ones that needed a “re-make”, mostly because of mis-punched cord holes, but some because the stitching was going to unravel or they were cut with edges that didn’t match. they got set aside and forgotten for quite a while. I’m getting them re-worked a few at a time. They’re good leather, some pigskin and some cowhide split and a few of embossed leather. I can get closeups if you want to see some better. Generally, they’re strung with rattail cord or ribbon.
Darwinia was in and the phone rang several times and then we had a bunch of customers! Sunshine does that…. Then our neighbor from across the street came in and we talked Spoonflower fabrics for a while among other things, including the economy.
Tempus and I talked over what to do about the fabric sorting project and he went into the back and worked on sorting other boxes of stuff around so that we could get at the fabric boxes. I worked on some Cafe Press stuff. It finally got to the point to where I could say, “move that there….” and then I got to start sorting. Of course, by that time I was also burning things in the cauldron and things got kinda smokey.
Once Rowan got there she and Tempus finally got one of the bolts of fabric rolled up. I think it was 10 yards or so. Fabrics on the bolts stack better than in boxes. After that they started making cranes while I worked on tags for some of the handcrafted wands that we’re carrying. We finally got everything put back… I’ve managed maybe 10% of the sorting. <sigh>I went back to Cafe Press stuff during the evening, then got incredibly sleepy and crawled into bed early. I didn’t sleep well, though, various aches and pains… gettin’ old ain’t for sissies!
I’m going to be home today. I have some baking to do for the Sabbat tonight. Tempus is going to have the shop open, probably be working on paperwork and trying to figure out what to do about a shipment to a customer that got smashed. Worse, it was one-of-a-kind stuff that smashed. Drat the post office! The bubble wrap at the bottom of the box was actually flat. Can you imagine? We had the items packed perfectly well, but you don’t flatten bubble wrap without force!
Tonight’s Sabbat ritual is The Birch Tree and the Red Bird. It’s an Open Circle, all welcome, children as well as adults. If you have a fractious one, there’s a spot where you can take ’em and still listen. We’re asking folks to bring finger foods for the potluck. The ritual time begins at 7pm. From 7-8 is the time when folks settle in to ritual space and we finished setting up and explaining the ritual to new folks. 8-9 is the ritual itself. This year’s magick is a Wish Tree and we’ll be decorating it for this Turning of the Wheel with its first set tonight. The potluck follows the ritual.
Imbolc is the Greater Sabbat and Cross-Quarter Day for this time of year. Although some people place in on 2/2 (Groundhog Day) or 2/4 (when the Sun is at 15 degrees Aquarius) it is the feast of St. Bridget, who is a thinly disguised Christian version of the older goddess of fire, inspiration, crops and wells. More here: http://wicca.com/celtic/akasha/imbolclore.htm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imbolc , and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wheel_of_the_Year#Imbolc and some more crafts, etc. here: http://voices.yahoo.com/free-printable-pagan-imbolc-activities-wiccan-sabbat-11972375.html
The shop opens at 11am. Winter hours are 11am-6pm Thursday through Monday. We’ll be closing at 7pm tonight for the Imbolc Open Circle. 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,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is in Gibbous phase (Disseminating Moon). 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
Runic half-month of Elhaz, from 1/28-2/11. This half month: optimistic power, protection and sanctuary.
©2013 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
Luis Rowan Jan 21 – Feb 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
Color: Grey and Red
Meaning: Controlling your life; Protection against control by others.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible F 1 High 3:38 AM 8.0 7:34 AM Set 9:55 AM 78 1 Low 10:05 AM 1.5 5:26 PM Rise 11:57 PM 1 High 3:54 PM 6.4 1 Low 9:53 PM 1.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – A Messy Kitchen Is A Happy Kitchen… And This Kitchen Is Delirious [I made this into a poster to hang in ours!]
~ If God didn’t want us to eat meat, why did He make cows so slow? (ever eaten a Cheetah burger? Nope. And you never will.) – Dr. Denis Leary
~ If you ask your husband to pick up five items at the store and then you add one more as an afterthought, he will forget two of the first five. – Murphy’s First Law for Wives
~ If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading. – Lao Tzu
~ Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. – Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail
A PiXXie’s Midsummer Dream
I lie naked in the field
amongst the daises and clover
allowing the Sun God’s
warm gentle kisses
to brush ov’r my breasts
and my gently shivering form
the east playfully breathes
a lightly cooled breeze
over my now erect nipples
my face flushes and I sigh
in the presence of my new lover
the fiery south as if jealous
of the attention
that I am bestowing on the others
now sweeps hot flames of passion
thru out my shuddering soul
I moan as the waters of the west
slowly ebb over my nakedness
flowing ov’r my hot sticky body
enveloping, as the tiny droplets glisten
and cling to my brown skin like lovers pearls
I become aware once more
of the musky sweetness of the earth
so cooling… comforting… solid
cradling my sated shell
as I slowly drift and melt…
to once more become one with the All – Written and Submitted by Ruby RedPepper 5/27/2005
Magick – Imbolc Recipe and “For the Birds”
Candlelight Lemon Dessert from 2013 Witch’s Datebook 1/19
1 cup flour
½ cup butter
½ cup finely chopped walnuts or hazelnuts
2 cups frozen non-dairy whipped cream topping, divided
1 cup powdered sugar
8 oz cream cheese, softened
6 oz instant lemon pudding mix
3 cups whole milk
Several hours before serving: Combine flour, butter and chopped nuts. Press into a 9×13 glass pan. Bake for 15 minutes at 350F; cool.
Combine 1 cup fo the whipped topping, powdered sugar, cream cheese and a dash of salt. Spread over the cooled crust. Chill for 15 minutes.
Combine pudding mixes and milk; beat for about 2 minutes. Pour over the chilled mixture in the pan. Chill for 30 minutes. Top with the extra 1 cup of whipped toping. Garnish with nuts or thin lemon slices as desired. Cover tightly and chill several hours before serving. Garnish (optional)
Recipes For The Birds, Categories: Garden, [Note: source unknown]
The following recipes are for the birds, literally.
===Peanut Butter Balls
3-1/2 cups oatmeal
1 quart water
1 pound lard or suet
1 12 oz jar peanut butter
3-1/2 cups cornmeal
3-1/2 cups cream of wheat
Cook the oatmeal in water for two minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in lard (or suet) and peanut butter until melted. Stir in cornmeal and cream of wheat. Allow to cool. Shape into balls. Hang the balls in your yard in mesh bags (an onion bag will do).
=== Bird Muffins
1 cup cornmeal
1 cup flour
1 cup fine bread crumbs
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup currants or raisins
1/2 cup bacon drippings
1/4 teaspoon sand
1 cup water
Combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl. Add bacon drippings and water. Mix well. Spoon into muffin cups. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Serve in your bird feeder or attach muffins to tree branches.
=== Pine Cone Treats
Roll pine cones in peanut butter mixed with birdseed, then in either nuts, raisins, or cereal. Hang the finished cones from trees.
An extremely modest man was in the hospital for a series of tests, the last of which had left his bodily systems extremely upset.
Upon making several false alarm trips to the bathroom, he decided the latest episode was another and stayed put. He suddenly filled his bed with diarrhea and was embarrassed beyond his ability to remain rational.
In a complete loss of composure he jumped out of bed, gathered up the bed sheets, and threw them out the hospital window.
A drunk was walking by the hospital when the sheets landed on him. He started yelling, cursing, and swinging his arms violently trying to get the unknown things off, and ended up with the soiled sheets in a tangled pile at his feet.
As the drunk stood there, unsteady on his feet, staring down at the sheets, a hospital security guard, (barely containing his laughter, and who had watched the whole incident, walked up and asked, ‘what the heck is going on here?’
The drunk, still staring down replied: ‘I think I just beat the s*** out of a ghost.’