Daily Stuff 2-24-13 Dragobete

Hi, folks!

weather sun faceThe weather has been just nuts over the last couple of days. Right now the study is filled with light from the sun that’s hitting the file cabinet. It’s only 37F. The computer says it’s overcast. I don’t think anyone told the sun.

A flicker was on the almost-empty feeder this morning. He almost shone in the sun and the red of his feathers glowed.

elan 01It hailed and blew and rained and sunned yesterday. Rough weather! Despite it I got crocuses harvested and cut a few plum branches and another off the weeping cherry. Once we got to the shop and had it open, I harvested the jonquils and that was Herb Workshop, prep and drying techniques for the “soft” flowers and how to force blossoms. Tempus started re-grinding the Imbolc incense.

elan 02Tempus got the big tumblers rinsed of grit and then we had buckets of crystals to go through for the next workshop. There are three lovely pieces of a blue stone that …well, I dunno what it is. It almost looks like a blue jasper, although it was sold to me as “blue quartz”. I didn’t think that was right even at the time, but it’s certainly pretty. Tempus was trying to look up the mineral content and got sidetracked into “moganite” and wondered if it mightn’t be a “pretty purple rock”…. <sigh> He’s thinking Mogan David.

elan 03He got the tumblers going, but we only had enough coarse grit to run the fancy jasper one, so the other one is full of sand and glass for “beach glass”.

I took a lunch break, then got the table cleaned and started in on my sewing. I ended up making pendulum pouches since we’re close to out and I sold upwards of 80 of ’em last year. We now have 19 at $2 and 8 at $1, and I have a couple of small drawstring pouches that aren’t quite finished. While I was sewing Tempus was cleaning up the packing table and shifting it, and cleaning up the whole area. After that he found my other designated scrap boxes, so at least I know where things are the next time I get a day to sew. That turned into Sewing workshop, since no one else showed up.

elan 04The sun came out for good in the mid-afternoon and the shop was full of sunlight past 5:30. The days are getting shorter by 3 minutes per day, now!

After that we got into inventory, finished the CD’s and also made sure we had all the almanacs and calendars done. … at least it was a start.

elan 06The Moon was out as we left the shop around 7pm. Orion, Sirius and Jupiter were almost directly overhead with the Moon 1/2-way up the sky. When we got home we had the fish chowder for supper.

Today is the day for the young adult classes. Wicca 101 starts as soon as Job Corps arrives (starting Lesson 7), then Brea’s Elements is at noon and Practical Craft at 2pm. That’s going to be herb prep, I think…. Maybe we’ll crack open the small tumbler that’s full of fossilized wood.

 Dragobete is a spring festival of Romania, rather like secular Easter customs and Valentine’s day in one package. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragobete  Today’s plant is the tropical tree, the Rose Apple, Syzygium jambos – In ancient Sanskr90px-Syzygium_jambosit, the land now called India was referred to by the ancient Indians themselves as Jambudvipa, which means Rose-apple-land (jambud = rose apple; vipa = land). With its thick, leathery leaves and great span of branches, the Jambu Tree offers great shade and coolness against the sun. Stories tell that Lord Buddha sat in the shade of a Jambu Tree, 220px-Syzygium_jambos_Fruit_and_seeds_IMG_4906men plowing the land with oxen and meditating on the burdens we all must carry in this life. He was determined that he would either reach enlightenment or die where he sat. He finally saw his previous births and realized that people are born and reborn into different states according to their deeds. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syzygium_jambos Information on the Bodhi Tree,Ficus religiosa here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bodhi_tree

Ostara PentacleThe shop opens at 11am today, but we’ll be there earlier because of 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,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Full MoonThe Moon is Waxing Gibbous moving to Full Quickening Moon at 12:26am. 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. Full Moon Magick: From fourteen to seventeen-and-a-half days after the new moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. Phase ends on 2/27 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
rune runic month SoweloRunic 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.
Runic half-month of Tyr, 2/27-3/13 This is a time of positive regulation, sacrifice and hard work in order to progress.

Sun in PiscesSun in Pisces
Moon in LeoMoon in Leo enters Virgo at 10:52pm
Mercury, Saturn Retrograde
Color: Gold

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Celtic tree month Ash NuinFraxinus_latifolia_JPG1FeCeltic 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
Month: March
Color: Glass Green
Class: Cheiftain
Letter: N
Meaning: Locked into a chain of events; Feeling bound.

celtic tree month oir spindleOgam letter correspondences to study this month Oir – Spindle Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: White
Class: Peasant
Letter: TH, OI
Meaning: Finish obligations and tasks or your life cannot move forward.

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WavesTides for Alsea Bay
Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~           /Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                    Visible
Su  24      Low   5:27 AM     2.2   7:01 AM     Set  6:03 AM      95
~    24     High  11:18 AM     7.9   5:58 PM    Rise  5:15 PM
~    24      Low   5:59 PM     0.1

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – A flying saucer results when a nudist spills his coffee.

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Journal Prompt – Favorites – One of Winnie-the-Pooh’s songs by A. A. Milne goes like this: “Isn’t it funny How a bear likes honey? Buzz! Buzz! Buzz! I wonder why he does?” List all of the foods you like to eat. Can you write a poem or song about your favorite food, they way Winnie-the-Pooh does?

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Quotes
~   Why, sir, there is every possibility that you will soon be able to tax it! (to PM William Gladstone, on the usefulness of electricity) – Michael Faraday (1791-1867) English scientist
~   Winter is when the snow falls in buckets and leaves the world looking like a fantasy land. There is nothing that gets the butterflies going in my stomach more than walking through the woods at night with snow hanging so thick off the branches it looks like white moss. The branches hang low from the weight of it and form magical tunnels that sparkle and shimmer. It makes me want to stand there and marvel forever. – Joyce Wiedemann
~   You already have what you need. You already are what you need. – Alan Cohen
~   You will grow as soon as you decide to become remarkable—and do something about it. – Seth Godin

Until recently, 50% of the world’s mammal extinctions in the last 200 years occurred in Australia. Unfortunately the rest of the world is now catching up and the number has dropped to 25%. Since the settlement of Australia by Europeans in 1788, at least 50 species of mammals and birds and about 68 species of plants have become extinct in Australia, and there are probably many more that we know nothing about. At least another 100 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, frogs, and fish are now nationally listed as endangered, and over 500 plants. Invertebrates (creatures without internal skeletons) are not included in these statistics, as relatively little information is known about these animals. However, it is likely that there are hundreds under threat (a small few have been listed). Many of our listed species could become extinct within 10 to 20 years. The total number of species nationally listed in Australia as threatened is nearing 1500.
Additionally, 75% of our rainforests and 43% of our forests have been cleared – homes for many Australian species. There are also many important ecological communities under threat. For example less than 1% of the lowland native grasslands of south-eastern Australia remains intact. – Threatened Species Network

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ostara sabbat egg divider

Magick – Rabbits that Lay Eggs? It’s a German Thing

Published: Tuesday, March 06, 2012 – By Kathryn Boughton (dates late in the article are *wrong* for 2013!!!!) http://www.housatonictimes.com/articles/2012/03/06/life/doc4f5678ffcca3f879079008.txt?viewmode=fullstory

Rabbits that lay eggs<<<<< Alison Reitz of Brookfield was concentrating on filling her basket at Brookfield Parks and Rec’s annual Egg Hunt last year.

BROOKFIELD- Everyone knows that rabbits don’t lay eggs—so what is this thing with Easter bunnies? Why not an Easter duck? Or an Easter hen? That would make more sense, wouldn’t it?

Well, Easter bunnies, like most Christian holiday traditions, are drawn from pagan beliefs, dusted off, repackaged and sold as representative of Christ’s story. In the case of Easter bunnies, rabbits are notorious for their fervent lovelife and their consequent fertility. Easter, the season of rebirth, not illogically became associated with hares and rabbits, as did eggs, the very icon of new life.

The Easter bunny appears to have originated in Germany, where tales were told of the “Easter hare,” which laid eggs for children to find. According to the legend, only good children received gifts of colored eggs in the nests that they made in their caps and bonnets before Easter. The tradition was carried to America by German immigrants, and the immigrants may have also made popular the practice of making chocolate bunnies and eggs.

Obviously, rabbits and hares could not really be relied upon to provide Easter eggs, but chickens could. And since eggs were forbidden the faithful during Lent by the early church, there was a surplus during the 40 days of fasting. To preserve as many as possible, the eggs were hard boiled and were thus a mainstay of Easter meals and a prized Easter gift for hungry children and servants.

Why they were dyed different colors remains a mystery, but a variety of traditions have emerged. The ancient Zoroastrians are said to have painted eggs for Nowrooz, their New Year celebration, which falls on the spring equinox. The Nawrooz tradition is said to have existed for at least 2,500 years. The sculptures on the walls of Persepolis show people carrying eggs for Nowrooz to the king. Egyptians, Romans and Greeks are also reported to have dyed eggs for their spring celebrations.

Orthodox Christians in the Middle East and in Greece still paint eggs bright red to symbolize the blood of Christ, while in Armenia hollow egg shells are decorated with pictures of Christ, the Virgin Mary and other religious figures. The art form reached its apex in Poland and Ukraine where eggs are skillfully decorated by using multiple applications of wax to create intricate patterns on the dyed eggs.

In Germany, with its Protestant aversion to religious symbolism, eggs were dyed plain green, the color of spring, and were given as gifts on Holy Thursday. Colorful hollow eggs were dyed and hung on trees throughout towns. Austrians placed little plants around the eggs and then boiled them, creating white patterns when the plants were removed.

The decorated eggs became the object of children’s games, a practice that continues today in Easter Egg hunts and egg rolls. The most famous egg roll takes place on the White House lawn every year, a tradition said to have been originated by the irrepressibly social Dolly Madison, who, told that Egyptian children used to roll eggs down the pyramids, invited Washington, D.C., children to roll hard-boiled eggs down the hilly lawn of the new Capitol building.

The custom continued there, except during the Civil War, until 1880 when curmudgeonly legislators complained the children were ruining the lawn. The egg roll was transferred to the White House lawn, where it has been held since.

Egg hunts at less exalted surroundings than the President’s home are equally popular. In Brookfield, the 13th annual Flashlight Egg Hunt is planned for the town hall grounds at 8 p.m. March 30. The event is open to children in grades 3-5 and will last about 20 minutes. Children should bring their own flashlights, but bags will be provided.

The towns 16th annual Egg Hunt will be held on the town hall’s grounds March 31, with a rain date of April 1. Additional features include a jellybean counting contest, and an appearance by the Easter Bunny. Again, bags will be provided for egg collecting. Age Divisions are: Under 3 at noon; 3-4 year olds;12:15 p.m.; 5-6 year olds, 12:30 p.m., and 7-8 year olds,12:45 p.m.

Call the Parks & Recreation Office at 203-775-7310 to pre-register for both events. The cost is $1 per student, which can be paid on the day of the hunt.

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motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – What are calories? Calories are the little bastards that get into your closet at night and sew your clothes tighter. My closet is infested with the little s***s. – Posted on Facebook by Tracy Hadachek Appleby from the Funny Status app

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