Dim, grey, drippy and breezy. It’s almost 50F, which is nice, but the winds are gusting into the mid-20’s, I’ve got a junco sheltering on the handle tip of a rake, right in front of the study window. I’ve hung the fuchsia baskets out where they’ll get rained on again and they’re dripping steadily.
I didn’t get all that much done yesterday, getting caught up and researching, mostly. I ended up taking a long nap in the middle of the day, and a bath, late in the afternoon. That didn’t help with getting stuff done, but I needed it. We’ve got a big push to make this week, trying to finally get finished with a full inventory and we’re probably going to be staying late. Of course, the evening Wicca 101 starts tonight, so we’ll be there, anyway.
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One of the projects I was researching didn’t have anything to do with magick or the shop. I’m working on an Elizabethan outfit, that I’m doing for historical recreation purposes, and trying to figure out exactly how to fit the sleeves. I can do sleeves from patterns, but without…. well, I either mess up a lot of fabric, repeatedly, or they fit badly. I’m trying a different way of making a “sleeve head” because these outfits were intended to be used with multiple different mix-n-match sleeves. So I’m working it out on a Barbie doll, working with paper and scissors… it’s fun! and then I’ll be doing a Barbie-version and then blow it up full-scale.
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…and doing some research on biscornu and on Period Games, since I’m teaching that for an historical re-creation event in April…which is what I want the outfit for….
During esbat we talked about OCPPG. I’m going to be getting the posters for advertising out soon. There are several posts on the Facebook group that are intended for discussion and “previews” that we could use input on. We’re also thinking about doing a food magick class or workshop.
I’m skipping out on a MAC meeting today because we’re going to get back to inventory. We’ll see how far we get!
Tempus ran across these and sent me the pic. They’re rocks painted like strawberries to fool birds into staying out of your fruit! The idea is that you scatter them in the patch, well before fruiting and move them occasionally. When you actually have strawberries, the birds leave them alone. Well, that’s the theory…. One lady said that she hangs plastic xmas tree balls in her tomatoes for the same purpose. Have any of you ever tried this?
On 2/28/53 the final link in how DNA works was found by Francis Crick and Jim Watson. The two men finally figured out how the base pairs linked up. A letter by Crick to his son Michael was found recently and is being auctioned by Christie’s, http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/26/science/a-dna-lesson-from-the-pen-of-francis-crick.html?ref=science&_r=1&
Today’s plant is the snowdrop, Galanthus. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snowdrop It was called that in Gerard’s Great Herbal in 1633. The derivation of the name is uncertain, although it may have come from the German word Schneetropfen, which was a type of earring popular around that time. Other British traditional common names include “February fairmaids”, “dingle-dangle”, “Candlemas bells”, “Mary’s tapers” and, in parts of Yorkshire,” snow piercers” (like the French name perce-neige). It is used in spells for making you think and for sorting out problems.
The shop opens at 11am today and we’ll be open through class time, at least. 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 Waning Gibbous. 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. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 3/11 at 12:51pm. 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. , Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 3/4 at 1:53pm.
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 Tyr, 2/27-3/13 This is a time of positive regulation, sacrifice and hard work in order to progress.
©2013 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion, Ash. 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
Th 28 High 1:48 AM 8.1 6:55 AM Set 7:58 AM 95
~ 28 Low 8:07 AM 0.7 6:03 PM Rise 9:48 PM
~ 28 High 2:06 PM 7.4
~ 28 Low 8:12 PM 1.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Don’t ever become so busy, that you fail to realize how happy you are!
~ Broadly speaking, the short words are the best, and the old words best of all. – W. Churchill
~ But courage which goes against military expediency is stupidity, or, if it is insisted upon by a commander, irresponsibility. – Erwin Rommel (1891-1944) German Field Marshal.
~ Chivalry is: Sincerity, Self-Discipline, Compassion, Perseverance, Truth, Industriousness, Justice, Largesse, Courage, Humility, Courtesy, Loyalty, Honor. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Consider your own place in the universal oneness of which we are all a part, f…rom which we all arise, and to which we all return. – David Fontana
For the sword outwears its sheath,
And the soul wears out the breast,
And the heart must pause for breath,
And love itself have rest. – Lord Byron
Magick – Ostara – Pisanki: Icons of the Universe * (part 2)
from Okana’s Web; <http://www.okana.net/pisanka.html>
There are a series of traditional designs with names that date from pre-Christianity. Examples are the set of four called “The Princess, The Queen, The Crone, and the Great Goddess”, 40 triangles, Call of Spring, the Universe, Gates, Birds, and Gypsy Roads. If you would like instructions for these specific designs, email the author, and I will get them to you. But you are free of course to follow inspiration and create your own personal magickal designs, and below are some of the symbolisms of design and color in pisanki:
* Sun – almost all pisanki incorporate some type of sun design. These include circles,
tripods, stars, roses and swastikas.
* Circle – stands for completeness, continuity, and the cyclical nature of life.
* Circle with a dot inside – stands for the moment when the spring sun’s light first hits the earth, renewing life.
* Circle divided in half – polarity, as in male/female, black/white, good/evil, night/day, life/death
* Circle inscribed with a solar cross – the four directions, the four ages, the elements
* Circle in a circle – androgyneity
* Circle surrounded and bounded by smaller circles – the poppy – consolation, oblivion, sleep, frailty
* Fylfot (sunwise swastika) – happiness, blessings, good fortune, good will
* Tripod – birth, life, death; man, woman, child; maiden, mother, crone
* Rose – an eight pointed star much as is found in Pennsylvania Dutch hex symbols and in quilts – stands for purity, knowledge, beauty, perfection, elegance, the eye of the Divine.
* Dots – either stars or eggs
* Triangle – air, fire, and water; sun, thunder, and bonfire; earth, air, heaven
* Encircling line – eternity
* Embattled lines – looks like the top of a castle tower, going up, left, down, left, up, left, etc. – stands for something contained, or protection against some outside force
* Invected line – a row of half circles touching at the ends ^^^^^^^^ – stands for the meeting of opposites, such as land and water or earth and sky
* Saw – indented lines, looks like a saw blade – stands for fire or water, cleansing
* Meander – looks like a child’s rendition of waves – stands for harmony, infinity, waves, immortality. The most famous design incorporating this style is Gypsy Roads, a meander between alternate fields of red and black, and is a strong protection icon.
* Sieve – any space decorated with criss cross lines, like a net – Dividing good and evil
* Basket – a triangle inscribed with a sieve – motherhood, the giver of life and gifts
* Ladder – searching
* Comb, rake – sunrays, putting things in order, harvest, husbandry, prosperity
* Bends – elongated s shapes – defense, protection
* Spirals – mystery of life and death, divinity, immortality
* Solar Crosses – four directions, four ages, four elements
* Trees – pine branches strength, boldness, growth, eternal life; broad leaf trees renewal, creation, unity; apple tree fertility, luck
* Grapes and vines – fellowship, loyal love
* Plums – lines with curved (semi-circle) branches in pairs – knowledge, health, wisdom
* Three leaf clusters – “periwinkles” – eternal love, pure love
* Oak leaf – persistence, strength
* Lily of the Valley – purity, humility, young brides
* Sunflower – circle inscribed with a sieve design and with a stem – The God, a life symbol
* Cucumber – oval with a line of dots from end to end – the preservation of life
* Grain kernels – fertility, abundance
* Stag antlers – leadership, victory, nobility, joy, maleness
* Horse – wealth, prosperity, speed, endurance
* Ram horns – strength in the face of opposition, perseverance, dignity
* Rooster – good fortune, exultation, vigilance, married life
* Hen – fertility
* Birds – the coming of Spring – sparrows symbolized the soul of man Trying to be one with the Divine under any conditions, and community life – swallows protected households, larks protected fields, nightingales protected orchards, ducks and geese protected lakes and rivers, and storks protected villages
* Butterflies – childhood, frivolity, soul’s ascent to immortality, freedom
* Spider – artistry, patience, industry
* Fish – abundance, sacrifice, regeneration
* Hens’ Feet – motherly protection, guiding the young in search for knowledge
* Goose Feet – the soul, warning, wakefulness (many Poles use geese as watch animals)
* Bear paws – the guardian of the forest, bravery, wisdom, strength, endurance, reawakening, protection, the guardian of homeowners
* Rabbits ears – humility, listening to lessons of nature
* Wolves teeth – loyalty, wisdom, a firm grip on truth, teaching
* Yellow – light, purity, wisdom, youth, happiness, harvest, hospitality, love, benevolence
* Orange – endurance, strength, worthy ambition, fire, flame – it is the red of passion tempered by the yellow of wisdom)
* Green – renewal, breaking of shackles, freedom from bondage, freshness, fertility, health, hopefulness
* Red – action, magic, fire, charity, youth, spiritual awakening, joy of life, love – children are usually given solid red eggs at Wiosna
* Black – absolute, constancy, eternity, the womb, death, fear, ignorance – black and white eggs are in honor of the souls of the departed
* Brown – Mother Earth, bountiful gifts
* Blue – used SPARINGLY, as is hard to make – skies, air, good health
* White – purity, virginity, innocence, birth
* Purple – fasting, faith, patience, trust
From Pam at Hearthside Circle