Bright sunshine and 45F with a light breeze. I don’t know for certain, but
I would guess there was frost. Little birds and jays have been all over the feeder. Last night’s crescent moon in a clear, blue sky was just lovely and we should have more of the same tonight.
Yesterday was a really good day. Tempus made me heart-shaped french toast with sausage for breakfast. After that we took our time getting moving, since we were going straight to the Chamber of Commerce meeting. The meeting had the usual stuff, with progress reports, although there were a couple of interesting things. Beachcombers is June 14-16 this year. Next month’s Chamber meeting will be on what to do in a crisis situation (shooter) and I talked to the special guest for the day, the new principal of Waldport High School, about having kids do internships at the shop. We had a small lunch, but very good. I had a turkey sandwich with the Greenside’s tasty fries and Tempus had an 1/2 sandwich with their vegetable soup.
We got the shop open at about 1:15 and while Tempus worked on filling orders I packed and processed herbs. I did cedar, hydrangea and flaxseed, then processed the rest of the hydrangea that was dry, but not stored. I also re-made another of the leather pouches and got that hung up for sale and finished a sea-glass and goldstone necklace that I started awhile back. We started closing up at 3:50 and were out around 4:20.
We had to stop to ask at C&K to find the Little Log Church. I just couldn’t see it from the highway! There were about 25 couples there. Mary Cooke was the celebrant and a really good harpist from Portland. Apparently we had 470 plus years of married life among us…..
So after that we went home and made supper (which was an awesome salad) and then I crashed. Tempus woke me, eventually, and we had peach pie with vanilla ice cream and then I worked on sorting out some files.
Today I’m going to be home again. I have more files to work on and maybe, just maybe, I’ll actually get outside.
The Lupercalia is a festival of ancient Rome, with customs that seem awfully strange to us, now, but from which our St. Valentine’s Day customs possibly emerge. It’s the “Wolf Feast” in honor of the she-wolf that was the foster-mother of the twins who founded Rome. It’s also a feast in honor of Pan. The oddest part was that men would run a course around the city nude, except for bits of fresh goatskin, and whip the women and girls who would line up to be swatted for fertility and ease of childbirth! Definitely not the standard fun for Valentine’s parties…. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupercalia and here: http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/book/feb15.html Today’s plant is Crocus angustifolius (old name Crocus sulphureus) called cloth-of-gold crocus http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crocus_angustifolius
… A she-wolf, which had given birth to her whelps came, wondrous to tell, to the abandoned twins [Romulus and Remus, founders of Rome] … She halted and fawned on the tender babes with her tail, and licked into shape their two bodies with her tongue … fearless, they sucked her dugs and were fed on a supply of milk that was never meant for them. The she-wolf (lupa) gave her name to the place, and the place gave their name to the Luperci. Great is the reward the nurse has got for the milk she gave.
Ovid, Fasti II. 413
The shop opens at 11am. Winter hours are 11am-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 a Waxing Crescent. 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. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. Phase ends at the Quarter on 2/17 at 12:31pm.
Goddess Month of of Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Celtic Tree Month of Luis, Rowan, Jan 21 – Feb 17
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion, Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17
Runic half-month of Sigel/Sowelo, 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.
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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 15 High 3:38 AM 7.9 7:15 AM Rise 9:40 AM 22
~ 15 Low 10:13 AM 1.2 5:46 PM
~ 15 High 4:09 PM 6.2
~ 15 Low 10:00 PM 2.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – In the name of the maiden: I will play at least once a today!
~ He who has provoked the lash of wit, cannot complain that he smarts from it. – James Boswell (1740-1795) Scottish biographer
~ High expectations are the key to everything – Sam Walton
~ I continue to create because writing is a labor of love and also an act of defiance, a way to light a candle in a gale wind: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was God, and the Word was God. – Alice Childress (1920-1994) US writer
~ I don’t think we had better go into the minute secrets of the campaign, so far as I know them, because I see the reporters are present, who are taking it all down. – Chester Allen Arthur (1830-1886) US President (21st), VP (20th)
January 30. The course of my song has led me to the altar of Peace. The day will be the second from the end of the month. Come, Peace, thy dainty tresses wreathed … and let thy gentle presence abide in the whole world. So but there be nor foes nor food for triumphs, thou shalt be unto our chiefs a glory greater than war. May the soldier bear arms only to check the armed aggressor, and may the fierce trumpet blare for naught but solemn pomp. Add incense, ye priests, to the flames that burn on the altar of Peace. – Ovid, Fasti (Roman calendar), I. 709; in Rome, a sanctuary to the goddess Pax was dedicated on January 30, 9 BCE
Herbs & Flowers – lily of the valley, tansy, lavender, marjoram, jasmine, crocus flowers, daffodils, Irish moss, snowdrops, and ginger, daffodil, jonquils, woodruff, violet, gorse, olive, peony, iris, narcissus and all spring flowers, acorns, celadine, cinquefoil, dandelion, dogwood, rose, tansy, honeysuckle
Colors – lemon yellow, pale green and pale pink, silver, grass green, all pastels, Robin’s egg blue, violet, and white. light green
Offerings – bread and cakes, eggs, first fruits of the season.
Deities – Cernunnos, Druantia, Corn Maiden, Attis, Eastre, Persephone, Nerthus, Asherah, Diana, Artemis
Stones – aquamarine, rose quartz, and moonstone. Gemstones: amethyst, aquamarine, bloodstone and red jasper.
Animals – rabbits and snakes.
Mythical beasts – unicorns, merpeople, and pegasus.
Incense – make a blend from any of the following scents or simply choose one… jasmine, frankincense, myrrh, dragon’s blood, cinnamon, nutmeg, aloes wood, benzoin, musk, African violet, sage, strawberry, lotus, violet flowers, orange peel, rose or rose petals.
Symbols – eggs, rabbits, spring flowers, green and yellow jellybeans
Candles – gold, green and yellow
Foods – eggs, egg salad, hard-boiled eggs, honey cakes, first fruits of the season, fish, cakes, biscuits, cheeses, honey and ham. May also include foods made of seeds, such as sunflower, pumpkin and sesame seeds, as well as pine nuts. Sprouts are equally appropriate, as are leafy, green vegetables, leafy greens, dairy foods, flower dishes.
Planting seeds or starting a Magickal Herb Garden.
Taking a long walk in nature with no intent other than reflecting on the Magick of nature and our Great Mother and her bounty.
Make hot cross buns to honor the union of the earth and the sun for Spring. Slash the “X” with the Boline and bless the cakes.
Toss crushed eggshells into the garden and say – “For fairy, for flowers, for herbs in the bowers, these shells pass fertility with springtime flowers”.
Wear green clothing.
Eat an egg you have empowered with a quality you desire.
Color eggs and place on altar as magickal talismans
A visit from the Easter Bunny
Decorate home with baskets of flowers
Spring cleaning – Clear out old clothes, books, toys etc..
Have a sunrise observance
Bless some seeds with a wish. Plant them, and as they come up, the wish is fulfilled. Better yet, plant each in an eggshell and then plant that in your garden.
Write and perform a mystery play about the God’s resurrection. Write one about Ishtar and Tammuz or Isis and Osiris
Plant your live Yule tree if you bought one
Do something new. This is a great time to try something new, to renew our thoughts and dreams.
A good time for spells of love, healing and protection.