Yesterday started pretty well. After I got the newsletter out I finished my breakfast, got dressed and frolicked out to the garden. (…and me, frolicking, is quite a sight!) I actually got a little weeding done of the huge amount that needs to be. I also harvested the first flowers of the spring: a few crocus and a batch of comfrey blossoms. I even managed to fish some more toys out from under the porch!
At that point Tempus was ready to head to the shop, so we did, got open and settled in to sorting out the things that we had brought. We had customers in almost right away, folks who just moved here and are getting a house built. Tempus got the crystals that have been in the tumblers rinsed while they were here. No one was here for Herbs until late, so I worked on putting away what was left of last year’s harvest, after I printed some headers for herbs that we found in yesterday’s inventory that had been mislabeled. I had 3 people for Crystals and we sorted the rock tumblers. There are some *awesome* pieces in there….
…and then Tempus and I just did various things, sorting out some orders, waiting on customers (we were pretty busy….) talking to one of our kids on Facebook …talking to friends as they went in and out. We finally figured out that Tempus wasn’t working elsewhere yesterday, and that it was probably too late to get much done at the house, so around 3 we started working on inventory again. We took a break and I got Tempus to get the rock tumblers re-started. All 3 are going on coarse grit.
Sash came in just as Tempus was finishing that and of course we stopped to chat. While we were talking I sorted out my sewing stuff that I’ve been keeping up front. It’s been looking so messy that I took all of it but the sewing chest itself and got it into a big pink basket, yes, little baskets and all. Then Diana came in for a bit. After that I sorted bottles and Tempus was *still* counting feathers. We didn’t get out of the shop until after 7pm.
We stopped at the grocery for some supplies and Tempus went in while I napped in the car. Back at the house I got back to work on updates and also setting up a list of which herbs we don’t have enough of. He made burgers for dinner. Yummy!
Yes, I’m putting in earring pix again today… probably for several days more….
Today is the young folks’ classes. We have two local people who occasionally come on Sundays, as well, now. We’re starting Lesson 6 (wheel of the year) and Brea’s class is working on research projects. Practical Craft is going to be on herbs. I know we need white sage, so that’s going to be high on the list. The Blue Mountain Sundance was talking about doing a sweat for some of the students today, so I’m not sure how many are actually going to be at the shop.
Today is the Chinese New Year. Welcome, Year of the Snake! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_New_Year#Mythology
The shop opens at 11am today but we’ll be there before that for classes. 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,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is New. 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. Phase ends on 2/11 at 11:20am. Waxing Moon Magick – The waxing moon is for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or healthy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healings for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 2/25 at 12:26pm.
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.
Runic half-month of Sigel, 2/12-26 It represents the power of the force of good throughout the world and is the harbinger of victory and ascendancy over darkness.
©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.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Su 10 High 12:29 AM 7.8 7:23 AM Rise 7:13 AM 0
~ 10 Low 6:15 AM 1.6 5:39 PM Set 6:40 PM
~ 10 High 12:09 PM 8.9
~ 10 Low 6:49 PM -0.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Words guide and bend, point and shift, focus and divert.
~ You can always find the sun within yourself if you will only search. – Maxwell Maltz
~ A censor is an expert in cutting remarks. A censor is a man who knows more than he thinks you ought to. – Dr. Lawrence J. Peter (1919-1990) US pop psychologist, writer
~ A man can’t be too careful in the choice of his enemies. – Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish writer and wit
~ A man doesn’t know what he knows until he knows what he doesn’t know. – Dr. Lawrence J. Peter (1919-1990) US pop psychologist, writer
A Message from Space
Everything that happens is the message:
you read an event and be one and wait,
like breasting a wave, all the while knowing
by living, though not knowing how to live.
Or workers built an antenna — a dish
aimed at stars — and they themselves are its message,
crawling in and out, being worlds that loom,
dot-dash, and sirens, and sustaining beams.
And sometimes no one is calling but we turn up
eye and ear — suddenly we fall into
sound before it begins, the breathing
so still it waits there under the breath —
And then the green of leaves calls out, hills
where they wait or turn, clouds in their frenzied
stillness unfolding their careful words:
“Everything counts. The message is the world.” – ~ William Stafford, (The Way It Is)
Magick – Be My Valentine – Crones Corner
An old custom of drawing the name of one’s Valentine. Supposedly young women put their names on slips of paper and placed those slips in a box. Each young man drew a slip and the two became valentines, often for as much as a year.
Sometimes, of course, such arrangements ended in a betrothal. Unless the drawing was “rigged,” however, not everyone would have been anxious to submit to “chance.” Nevertheless, the custom was apparently widespread even as late as the 17th century. A related custom held that the first unmarried person encountered on Valentine’s Day became one’s Valentine.
It has long been the tradition of giving gifts or love tokens on Valentine’s Day. Originally, the man and woman exchanged presents, but by the later 17th century, it was much more common for the man alone to give the gift. For a while in history at least, one’s Valentine was not necessarily one’s sweetheart (or one’s spouse) and even married men and women could have Valentines. In societies where names were drawn or where Valentines were chosen or challenged (any man or woman could claim an unspoken-for person as his or her Valentine), the celebration, and gift-giving that accompanied it, sometimes proved troublesome and often expensive.
Although some Valentine presents were quite costly, others were more moderate. Gloves were a common gift for a young woman as were, curiously enough, garters. In an age when reticence or modesty were mixed with suggestiveness, one writer sent along the following verse:
“Blush not, my fair, at what I send,
‘Tis a fond present from a friend.
These garters, made of silken twine,
Were fancied by your Valentine.
Hundreds of years ago in England, many children dressed up as adults on Valentine’s Day. They went singing from home to home. One verse they sang was:
Good morning to you, valentine;
Curl your locks as I do mine—
Two before and three behind.
Good morning to you, valentine.
In Wales wooden love spoons were carved and given as gifts on February 14th. Hearts, keys and keyholes were favorite decorations on the spoons. The decoration meant, “You unlock my heart!”
If a woman saw a robin flying overhead on Valentine’s Day, it meant she would marry a sailor . If she saw a sparrow, she would marry a poor man and be very happy. If she saw a goldfinch, she would marry a millionaire.
If you found a glove on the road on Valentine’s Day, your future beloved will have the other missing glove.
Christian customs combined to form some of the enduring traditions. One was that the first person you saw on Valentine’s Day would be your Valentine. We know the custom was well established in Shakespeare’s time, for Ophelia wanted to be “betime” at Hamlet’s window. She sang:
“Good morrow! `tis St. Valentine’s Day
All in the morning betime.
And I a maid at your window,
To be your Valentine!”
Crayons” or pencils (lipsticks not invented until the 20th century) were made by grinding down alabaster calcinate or plaster of Paris into a powder, coloured appropriately, mixed into a paste, rolled into shape and dried in the sun. Face powder could be obtained from ground alabaster, but starch, prepared with perfume would do very well……..- (“Powder and Paint a history of the Englishwoman’s Toilet – Neville Williams)
English folklore suggests that you may obtain another’s affection if you take an orange, prick it all over with a needle and then sleep with it in your left armpit. Give it to the object of your affections to eat and he or she will become enamored of you.
Superstitions abound regarding the first bird seen on St Valentine’s Day by a girl, for it was said to indicate what sort of man her husband would be. For instance, a blackbird meant a clergyman or priest, a goldfinch (or any yellow bird for that matter) a rich man, a crossbill was an argumentative, mean man and doves and bluebirds were good and happy men respectively. However, should she see or hear a woodpecker on Valentine’s Day she would never marry.
St. Valentine’s Day with all of its colorful lore was taken to the New World by the English settlers and lost none of it romantic appeal through the journey. The deeply rooted superstitions continued, in fact, flowered, in the new environment. An extract from a young lady’s diary written in 1754 describes some of the practices:
Last Friday was Valentine’s Day and the night before I got five bay – leaves, and pinned four of them to the four corners of my pillow, and the fifth to the middle; and then if I dreamt of my sweetheart, we should be married before the year is out. But to make it sure, I boiled an egg hard and took out the yolk, and filled it with salt; and when I went to bed ate it, shell and all, without speaking or drinking after it. We also wrote our lovers names upon bits of paper, and rolled them up in day, and put them into water; and the first that rose up was to be our valentine.
Write the names of prospective lovers on slips of paper, roll them in clay balls and drop them in a bowl of water. The first to rise to the surface will be your valentine.
Write the names of prospective lovers on pieces of paper, put them into a container, then draw one out and say: “Thou art my love and I am thine, I draw ______ for my Valentine.” The lover you chose will be yours by the following year.
Valentine cards first appeared in England at about the time of Queen Victoria. The first cards were called “Penny Dreadfuls” because they were insulting. As time passed the holiday became one of giving gifts, flowers, candy and cards to loved ones and sweethearts.
A Valentine sentiment from a woman to a possible beau, author unknown
Plenty of Love
Plenty of Love,
Tons of kisses,
Hope some day
To be your Mrs.
A love knot is a series of winding and interlacing loops with no beginning and no end. It is a symbol of endless love. people made love knots from ribbons or drew them on paper. Often a message was written on the love knot. The message had no beginning or end. It could be repeated endlessly.
A love seat is a wide chair. It was first made to seat one woman and her wide dress. Later, the love seat or courting seat had two sections, often in S-shape. In this way, a couple couples sit together-but not too closely!
Courtesy of Miss Daney at Folklore,Magic and Superstitions
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