A junco is on the feeder, now.
Wow! In the difference about 3 minutes while I was tagging the blog, we went from sunshine to pounding hail! It was coming down loudly enough to make the roof roar, and now the eaves are pouring rain. …and right in the thick of it a hummingbird calmly flew up and is sitting on the syrup feeder, drinking and looking around. …now he’s flown up on the line that we use to raise and lower the birdfeeder. I guess he doesn’t want to go back out in the wet. …little tiny chirps….
We’re under a high surf advisory. You can actually hear the ocean roaring from Tempus’ study. The wind is in the upper teens and gusting into the low 20’s.
Wow, was it messy yesterday morning! I dumped the rain gauge and hurried out to the car. First time this winter that I’ve worn my leather coat, not for warmth, although that was nice, but because it has a hood. I didn’t think to button up so it was snapping in the breeze…. You couldn’t see the ocean, coming down Range Drive and the bay was all whitecaps and splashes up the seawall, but we got to the shop and got open. Yeah, that’s the rosebud that I’ve been talking about….
Morning chores got done, I sorted out the new games table and then I settled down to entering some new inventory. I had made some earrings the other day and found a couple of chains, plus a tiny dolphin statue that I had forgotten about. (He’s $5) The base is Brazilian dyed agate and it’s a 1 inch tall pewter statue.
One of our Job Corps recent graduates was in and brought his family! While they were there I edited some pictures. I got the breakfast pic that I promised from several days ago and the rosebud, above.
I got a number of pictures taken, of various pins, mostly, a comb (on the left) and a few other bits, and then went back to earrings. Yeah, I had missed one side of the earring tree…or at least partly.
It *rained* yesterday. Cats and dogs and frogs and rhinos, I think…. (Tempus said it was a “ribbiting” sight.) It finally started to clear up around 3 and by 4pm the sun was shining…well, occasionally.
<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< Heart pin
Tempus was mending things around the shop, while I did that, and then we finally got going on inventory. We did the pebbles and went to start the crystals and my brain went, “fffffffuuuuuuttttttttttttttt!” We worked instead on the candle wall and got the whole darned thing done around 7pm.
<<<<<<<< Green stone belt buckle….
Tempus had taken an hour to talk to Tony (Natural Selection, across the street) since Tony is closing up for a month and we thought he might have some things that he wanted to place with us. No…. I took a lot more pictures while Tempus was over there.
<<<<A love motif pin, charms on wood…
Diana was in and we were talking about a “computer basics for the never-wanted-to-do-this crowd” class. We’re thinking about Monday afternoons for an hour or so and 3-6 sessions depending on who needs what…
<<<< Another heart pin, this one resin… I should have gotten these done for Valentine’s day!
So we got home around 8pm and I worked on developing the pictures that I’d been taking while Tempus set up a bread loaf and made salad.
Tempus’ salad was particularly good last night. He used lettuce and cabbage for the greens, chopped tomato, onion and cucumber and peas for the vegetables and cheese and ham for the protein. I had my slice of bread once that was done, and we had the last of the brownies for dessert and topped the whole thing with green olives and pickled beets.
I got back to paperwork after supper. He had headed next door to clean up a bit, since they’re doing a showing of the house today and didn’t get back until well after 2am, so we’re both going to be pretty tired today.
Today is workshop day! We have Herbs at 11am (mostly going to be on incense). Crystals is at noon, when we’ll open all three tumblers. Sewing is at 3pm and is a BYOP, although I’ll be sewing earlier since I have a *lot* to do on small pouches, pendulum protectors and tarot card bags. Other than that, Tempus and I have more to do on inventory. Tired of hearing that, are you? Probably not as tired as I am of working on it! 🙂
Today is the Roman feast of Terminalia, the feast of borders and endings. Sacrifices were performed at boundary markers and some big ones in the cities, particularly at the old boundary of the city of Rome 6 miles out. Sounds like a good idea to me to acknowledge boundaries and limits on at least one day a year. Hmmm? More here: http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/book/feb23.html and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terminalia More on the god Terminus here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terminus_%28mythology%29 Today’s plant is the Apricot, Prunus armeniaca. Mmore here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apricot
The shop opens at 11am, although we might be a little early. 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 Waxing Gibbous. 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 Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Phase ends on 2/24 at 12:26am.
Goddess Month of of Moura, runs from 2/20-3/19
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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Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion, Ash begins today. The common ash (Fraxinus excelsior L.) is a major tree of lowland forests in much of Europe, along with oaks and beeches. It grows to 40 m (130 feet) in open sites, with a broad crown reminiscent of American elm trees. Ash was and still is an important timber tree, and is a traditional material for the handle of a besom. The common ash is occasionally cultivated in North America, and similar native ash species are widely grown as street trees. Ashes are members of the Olive family (Oleaceae).
Nuin – Ash Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Glass Green
Meaning: Locked into a chain of events; Feeling bound.
Ogam letter correspondences to study this month Oir – Spindle Ogam letter correspondences
Letter: TH, OI
Meaning: Finish obligations and tasks or your life cannot move forward.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Sa 23 Low 4:46 AM 2.7 7:03 AM Set 5:32 AM 90
~ 23 High 10:35 AM 7.7 5:57 PM Rise 4:11 PM
~ 23 Low 5:25 PM 0.2
~ 23 High 11:44 PM 6.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Easy live!
~ What it lies in our power to do, it lies in our power not to do. – Aristotle
~ When an old American Black woman was asked the secret of her long life and excellent health, she said, “When I works, I works hard; when I sits, I sits loose; when I worrys, I goes to sleep.” – Author Unknown
~ When great changes occur in history, when great principles are involved, as a rule the majority are wrong. – Eugene V. Debs (1855-1926) US Socialist Leader
~ Why in a country of free speech, are there phone bills? – Steven Wright
I was by chance spared the sight of Renée dying, then dead. She carried off with her more than one secret, and beneath her purple veil, Renée Vivien, the poet, led away — her throat encircled with moonstones, beryls, aquamarines, and other anaemic gems — the immodest child, the excited little girl who taught me, with unembarrassed competence: “There are fewer ways of making love than they say, and more than one believes. – Colette; as quoted by Dolores Klaich in Woman Plus Woman
Magick – Ostara Crafts
Laminated Window Hangings for Ostara
you will need:
– lined paper
– laminating paper
– Ostara cookie cutters(the big ones)
– scissors & a single hole punch
– a pencil
what to do:
Lightly trace the shapes of eggs, bunnies, flowers or other Ostara figures with your pencil.
Cut out those shapes with scissors.
Colour in the shapes with your crayons lightly.
Laminate the shapes with laminate paper, and cut off the excess edges, leave about 3mm extra laminate paper.
Punch a hole through the top of the shape and hang it up in your window.
Salt Dough Bunnies
I use this dough to make a passel of bunnies to put around the house for Oestre. Of course, you can use this dough for just about anything, eggs, chicks, even make your own Willendorf Goddess statue <G>
- 3/4 cup salt
- 3/4 cup non-self-rising flour
- 2 tsp powdered alum (look in the drugstore or grocery)
- 3/4 cup water
- 2 tblsp vegetable oil
- food coloring
1. Mix salt, 1/2 cup flour, and alum in a saucepan.
2. Add water slowly, stirring to break up lumps.
3. place over low heat and cook, stirring constantly, until mixture is rubbery and difficult to stir. It should not be sticky when touched.
4. Add vegetable oil. Stir until blended.
5. Turn out onto a plate or aluminum foil. Set aside until cool enough to handle.
6. If more than one color is desired, divide mixture into portions and to each portion add a different color. Knead until color is blended.
7. Add up to 1/4 cup flour if clay is sticky.
8. Makes 1 1/2 cups
How to Use: Model as with any clay. Press clay into molds or use it to make beads (pierce holes in beads before clay dries) This clay hardens in 1 or 2 days; do not bake. Store in an airtight container.
Significance of Colours of Eggs – From Sabbats by Edain McCoy
RED: New life, vitality, lust, sexuality, colour of the root chakra (energy center), colour of the Mother Goddess, strength, war, heat, one of the traditional colours of the May Pole ribbons.
ORANGE: Colour of the God, attraction, colour of the navel chakra, Summer.
YELLOW: Creativity, knowledge, intellect, colour of the solar plexus chakra.
GREEN: Colour of the Earth Mother, fertility, prosperity, colour of the heart chakra, Earth.
BLUE: Healing, peace, meditation, astral projection, colour of the throat chakra, cold, air, robin’s egg, Spring, the Virgin Goddess, new life, the waxing year.
INDIGO: Past lives, healing, clairvoyance, colour of the forehead chakra (third eye).
VIOLET: Healing, tranquility, ending quarrels, colour of the crown chakra, ability to contact other intelligences.
WHITE: Purification, barrier against negativity, colour of the Virgin Goddess, good fortune, colour of death and mourning (in Eastern traditions), one of the traditional colour of May Pole ribbons.
BLACK: Mystery, absorption, colour of the Crone Goddess, Winter, colour of death and mourning (in Western traditions).
SILVER: The Moon, Triple Goddess, psychism, spirituality, water.
GOLD: The Sun, the God, activity, money, fire.
BROWN: Autumn, animals, the waning year, Earth.
PINK: Romantic love, peace, colour used for both Ostara and Beltane.
TURQUOISE: Spiritual knowledge.
RED-VIOLET: Hidden knowledge, colour of medieval occultists.
PALE GREEN: A Traditional colour of Ostara.
PASTELS: Traditional Ostara colours since the Middle Ages.
Submitted By Akasha