It’s dim and calm and warm (comparatively) It’s almost 54F and not even a breath of wind. …and 3 minutes after I typed that, not only is the clematis moving, suddenly tree branches are.
I was greeted this morning by a cat sitting in the study window, utterly fascinated with me watering my orchids and looking at the morning. He wasn’t the least bit interested in birds, but I was fascinating on my side of the glass.
Chickadees, juncos and a jay all came and checked out the cat…and left, since the cat didn’t. In the 15 minutes since, no birds…. I dunno if the cat is sitting on the porch floor or they just didn’t like the odds.
<<<<Jade earrings <<<< After I got the newsletter out, yesterday, I got a shower and then watched birds while I was dripping. The juncos were all over. there were a lot up in the clematis with a couple of brave chickadees and chasing each other out into the rain on a regular basis, all of them being *really* cranky and snappish because of that. I looked at the blooms on the clematis, realizing must how many tendrils need to be fed up and through the porch roof structure.
<<<<Magickal herbs <<<I realized to my horror that I hadn’t done the harvesting on Wednesday, so I was going to have to do it in the pouring rain. Ok, that was dumb…. except the fae took pity on me and turned it into a gentle drizzle for a few…. I forgot to dump the rain gauge, though. I harvested crocus, some more oregon grape, a few stems of rugosa and lilac and a branch of rosemary that was whipping itself to pieces around the stair rail and jonquils when I got to the shop. One weirdie…because it’s majorly early… were 5 violet blossoms!
So we got everything open and after Tempus ate his breakfast I set up for the day while he went to the PO. We finally got the Handfasting Books back. I also looked up directions for the SCA event in April (Bar Gemels, Terra Pomaria) while he was gone and then we settled into inventory. …and then the phone started ringing… but we kept on at the inventory in between and finished the pottery.
We had a customer in, so while she was shopping Tempus got the small tumbler emptied and put by to sort. After that one of the ladies from the White Wolf Sanctuary was in and we talked for quite awhile. They’re going to get us some flyers and I’ll let you know when they come in if you’re one of the many that love wolves.
So we chatted for awhile and then Tempus and I got back to inventory. We were doing the smaller, less confusing batches, well… until we got to the shells. That was a knock-down, drag-out mess… of course by then it was nearly 10pm. We worked on prints after that. The first part went very quickly… and the 2nd… urk. So we decided to quit at 11:30 and closed up.
We have that to finish this morning, and then on to the rest. We have two major sections to do and some clean-up, yet. …and that’s going to be all of today. I really hope we’re not going to be quite that late at the shop tonight. I wonder…since Tempus has to re-set the crystal wall, whether I could get a little sewing time in?
There was an almighty squawk from the porch floor and I looked up to see jays dive-bombing what I guess was the cat from earlier. There were scrabbling sounds that rapidly faded into the distance and now the bird population is normal. Hmm….
The Matronalia, the feast of Juno Lucina, (another festival of the family of Mars) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucina_%28goddess%29 was the Roman version of Mothers’ Day. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matronalia
Today’s plant is the Leek, one of the longed-for foods of spring. Symbolized in the Runic alphabet as “Laguz”, it brings prosperity and health in the spring. Potato Leek Health soup is a magickal blend often prepared by witches in the very early spring (and I put the recipe in this blog earlier in the year, pre-Imbolc). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leek
The shop opens at 11am today and we’re likely to be open until late again. 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
F 1 High 2:23 AM 8.3 6:53 AM Set 8:32 AM 89
~ 1 Low 8:53 AM 0.5 6:05 PM Rise 10:58 PM
~ 1 High 2:55 PM 7.0
~ 1 Low 8:49 PM 1.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Strive for progress, not perfection.
~ Deep well must be dug if you want clear water. Deep wells don’t run still. – Rammstein
~ Democracy… while it lasts is more bloody than either aristocracy or monarchy. Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There is never a democracy that did not commit suicide. – John Adams (1735-1826) US President
~ Do your work, the best way you know how. Is there any other option? – Seth Godin
~ Duct tape is like the Force. It has a dark side, it has a light side, and it holds the Universe together. – Carl Zwanig
Through life’s road so dim and dirty
I have dragged to three and thirty.
What have these years left to me?
Nothing except thirty-three. – Lord Byron; for his 33rd birthday, 1821
Magick – Ostara Recipes
OSTARA HOT CROSS BUNS – These cakes are traditional treats at the Vernal Equinox. The equilateral solar cross on top predates Christianity and represents the minor Sabbats; the solstices and the equinoxes.
4 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 pkg. yeast
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/3 tsp. allspice
2 cups warm milk
1/4 cup melted butter
1 cup currants
1/2 cup candied peel
1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
2 tbs. milk
- Proof yeast in sweetened milk.
- Preheat oven to 375o
- Mix dry ingredients, cut in butter, then eggs, then milk.
- Stir in currants and candied peel.
- Cover and let stand for 10 minutes.
- Spray 24 medium/large muffin cups, fill 2/3 full.
- Spray tops with butter spray, cover and let rise until almost double, about 20-30 minutes.
- Bake for about 20 minutes, until browned.
- Cool on rack until warm.
- Combine sugar and milk until smooth, spoon into piping bag.
- Pipe Celtic crosses on top.
- Honey Sunflower Bread – http://autumnearthsong.com/2012/03/03/ostara-recipes-2012/
- *Makes 2 loaves
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup rolled oats
- ½ cup honey
- 1 TB butter
- 2 tsps salt
- 1 cup roasted sunflower kernels
- 1 (1/4oz) package active dry yeast
- ½ cup warm water
- 2 ½ cups whole-wheat flour
- 2 cups white flour
- Bring the water to a boil and and stir in the oats. Set aside for 1 hour. Spray two 9 x 5 x 3 inch loaf pans with vegetable oil spray.
- Add the honey, butter, salt and sunflower seeds to oat mixture and stir well.
- Dissolve the yeast in the warm water and allow to stand for 5 minutes. Stir the yeast mixture into the oat mixture. Blend in both flours, stirring until the dough pulls cleanly away from the sides of the bowl. Form the dough into a ball and place in a greased bowl, turning to coat. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour or until doubled in size. Punch down the dough. Knead until smooth and elastic. Divide into two loaves and place in the prepared pans. Cover and let rise again until doubled in size.
- Preheat the oven to 350*. Bake until golden brown, about 45-50 mins. It if appears that breat is browning too quickly, cover with foil the last 10-15 mins of baking time. Remove bread from pans and cool on a wire rack.
- *I think this would make delicious french toast too
Welsh Bake Stones
1 Pound Self-Rising Flour
2 Large Eggs (Beaten)
8 Ounces Sultanas (tangerines)
8 Ounces Butter
1/2 Cup Sugar
- Combine the flour, butter or margarine, sultanas, eggs, and sugar.
- In a separate container mix water with milk and add just enough to the flour mixture to make a pliable dough.
- Roll onto floured surface to 1/2″ thickness.
- Cut out circles with a small glass (2″) a pastry cutter.
- Cook in an oiled pan until lightly browned on both sides.
The ‘Other Tarot’ – Home -> Humour -> Pagan Humour – By: Author Unknown – Posted: September 1st/00
Neo-pagan religions can be fun, but some pagans unfortunately go through a period of religious fanaticism. And fanaticism often limits an important part of your spirit: your sense of humor. It takes time to recover from fanaticism. Now there is a Tarot deck for recovering pagan religious fanatics.
The Neophyte – A priest and priestess stand facing one another, performing the Great Rite symbolically by plunging a dagger into a chalice. In the circle surrounding them, a neophyte covers her smiling mouth, trying to suppress a giggle.
Divinatory Meaning – Innocence. A new beginning. There was a time when all of this was good-natured fun and not something you took so seriously.
Reversed Meaning – Difficulty in expressing honest laughter. You’re taking this all too seriously. Get a life.
The Magician – The magician stands outside his double-parked car in a jammed parking lot. He wears full ceremonial regalia and has an altar setup. In his hand is an open book entitled, “Incantations to Asphaltia to find parking spaces.”
Divinatory Meaning – You need to understand your own resources better. Don’t use a sledgehammer to knock on a door.
Reversed Meaning – You have lost sight that the map is not the territory.
The High Priestess – A Wiccan priestess stands, arms outstretched, wearing several pounds worth of pentacles, Celtic jewelry, astrological bracelets, and medallions. She looks ready to tip over.
Divinatory Meaning – You may find yourself with sudden yearnings to join a Roman Catholic convent or seminary. Even if you’re most definitely not Catholic. Don’t scoff. Stranger things have happened.
Reversed Meaning – You are ready to liberate yourself from the shackles of your old way of life and to put on the shackles of a new way of life.
The Nature Lover? – In the middle of the woods stands a pagan with her face caked in rouge and eye shadow and lipstick. She holds up a symbol of nature – a miniature plastic tree.
Divinatory Meaning – Examine that what you claim is your passion is something that you’re really passionate about.
Reversed meaning – You are secretly a technocrat.
The Emporium – A pagan bookstore owner stands behind a counter in a bookstore jam-packed with books, pentacles, candles, Celtic jewelry, Tarot decks, etc. Behind him a sign reads, “Pagan Emporium Bookstore: Offering Ancient Wisdom Since 1995.”
Divinatory Meaning – Don’t just settle for “Question authority.” Question those who claim to be authority.
Reversed Meaning – Question those authors who tell you to question authority, but then still want you to buy their books and follow their advice verbatim.
Grand High Muckety-Muck – A solemn Wiccan priest stands before an altar holding an athame. Hanging on the wall behind him is a certificate that reads, “Certified Wiccan initiate. Certificate granted by Walt’s Wild Warehouse of Wicca.”
Divinatory Meaning – Don’t get distracted by initiations, titles, special abilities, etc. Focus instead on what capabilities you really need to live your life.
Reversed Meaning – You have an insatiable desire to get initiated. Consider joining either the Fraternal Order of the Hedgehogs or else the Order of the Co-Hedgehogs and get this whole initiation business out of your system.
The Lovers – A young couple are having a handfasting performed in a grove of oak trees on a sunny summer afternoon.
Divinatory meaning – Don’t get too cynical. You may be recovering from fanaticism, but keep in mind that good things can sometimes still happen in the religion.
Reversed Meaning – All you really need is love. And if you don’t want to follow that advice, well, then, hey, the song by the same name is still cool.
The Broom – A teenage Goth witch runs down the sidewalk attempting to ride a battered broomstick. A cleaning lady with a dustpan in one hand chases after her, hoping to retrieve her stolen broom.
Divinatory Meaning – You need to develop a better relationship with what occultists begrudgingly refer to as “the Mundane World.”
Reversed Meaning – Maybe you really are a boring person after all. Time to clean up your act.
The Hungry Vegetarian – There’s a long buffet table at a wedding banquet. Whole roast pig, roast duck, baked chicken, glazed turkey, and carved ham fill the buffet table. One teeny tiny carrot resides on the plate of the hungry vegetarian. She eyes the roast pig, perhaps wondering if it might be made out of tofu rather than meat.
Divinatory meaning – Time to change your habits.
Reversed Meaning – Go eat a hot dog on a Friday.
The Hermit – The Hermit wears a dark gray robe and has a dark gray beard. He holds a gnarled staff in one hand and a blazing lantern in the other hand. He is doing this however in a crowded movie theater, and the theater patrons scowl at him.
Divinatory Meaning – Don’t just trust yourself. Learn what part of yourself to trust.
Reversed Meaning – It is better to have something you believe in rather than to just knock down what you don’t believe in.
The Wheel Of Fortune – A pagan dressed in purple and yellow robes holds a stick of incense in one hand and a compass in the other hand. He glares at the compass. The needlepoint is spinning wildly, so that he can’ tell which direction is east for quarter-calling.
Divinatory Meaning – Don’t just find a new direction – create a new direction.
Reversed Meaning – When you think your life is moving somewhere, maybe you’re just going in circles.
The Skeptic – A blindfolded man stands facing a full-length mirror.
Divinatory Meaning – You may say that there is nothing of value in divinatory tools. But divinatory tools are nothing more than a means of looking at yourself. So perhaps you are saying that there is nothing of value in yourself. A man who swallows a placebo cannot deny his own mouth.
Reversed Meaning – You will see through the illusions created by others. Be on guard against becoming snotty. Be careful that you do not forget that even illusions have their value. A man who imagines roses in the clouds can be inspired to become a gardener…
Temperance – In a candle lit room, a Hermeticist holds a rosy cross in his left hand and a pentacle in the right hand. To his left side is a host of symbols of crosses and grails. To his right side is a host of daggers and pentacles. Behind him, a window with the shades drawn is open a crack to reveal a hint of sunlight and the wide-open outdoors.
Divinatory Meaning – You need to open yourself up to more than what you currently allow yourself to experience.
Reversed Meaning – You are a freak. Perhaps you should spend more time secluded from others so that others do not discover this.
The Adversary – The scene is two booths set up at a psychic fair – each booth manned by a practitioner. The first booth has a big sign over it, “Pagan Shamanistic Journeying Counseling.” The practitioner of this booth glares at the practitioner of the second booth. The sign over the second booth reads, “New Age Shamanistic Journeying Counseling.”
Divinatory Meaning – There are things that you dislike that are more similar to you than you care to admit.
Reversed Meaning – Stock market analysts and weather forecasters often give pretty lousy predictions. Don’t expect a fortune-teller to give perfect predictions, but don’t look too harshly upon them either. They are trying to get you to understand yourself – and while they may be dead wrong on some of what they say, the need to understand yourself is real.
The Tower of Books – An armchair magician has a den jammed full of occult books. In one armchair is a huge stack of books almost up to the ceiling. He stands on a stool trying to add yet another book to the top of the stack, ignorant of the fact that the tower is about ready to topple over on him.
Divinatory Meaning – You need to learn to put your ideas into action.
Reversed Meaning – Clean your room.
The Celebrity – In an occult bookstore, a pagan celebrity sits at a book signing table, signing copies of her book, “Witchcrap for Morons.” A few feet away from the table, a group of neo-pagans are scowling and turning their nose up at the author.
Divinatory Meaning – It is far easier for you to condemn what others create than it is for you to create something that you find to be of value. But you really need to learn to trust your own creative projects more.
Reversed Meaning – Quit spending so much time in occult bookstores.
The Moon – A pagan painter stands by a moonlit window as he paints a picture of the crescent moon. The depiction of the moon is very well crafted, but then the painter is going back in and adding some crudely designed pentacles on the moon, lest you forget that this is supposed to be pagan art. Behind him, his two dogs bark fiercely.
Divinatory Meaning – If you can let go of your pretentiousness, your talents can blossom.
Reversed Meaning – Don’t forget to feed your dogs.
The Golden Apple – Three pagan women stand wrestling over who gets the Golden Apple. Behind them, unnoticed, stands a giggling Eris, who holds an entire basket of Golden Apples.
Divinatory Meaning – Keep your perspective on what’s really important.
Reversed Meaning – In order to allow a god or goddess room into your heart, you must not be too full of yourself.
Judgment by Conspiracy Theorists – A fundamentalist minister rallies against a pagan group. The minister conjures up images of animal sacrifice and human sacrifice. Meanwhile, the pagan group in question is sitting around in a committee meeting eating vegan chili and tofu.
Divinatory Meaning – You need to get on with your life and worry less about what other people think.
Reversed Meaning – You need to get on with your life and worry less about what other people think. On the other hand, this doesn’t give you license to be an a***hole.
The World in a Pack of Cards – A grungy prisoner in solitary confinement sits in a barren cell. No bed, no food, no sunlight, just a pack of Tarot cards in front of him. A 19th century occultist once said that a prisoner alone in a prison cell with nothing but a pack of Tarot cards would acquire all world knowledge. But, well, this prisoner could probably better use some food and some sunlight and a shower.
Divinatory Meaning – Get a hobby.
Reversed Meaning – No, really, get a hobby.
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