No Herbs Outdoors today! It’s still too messy.
The wind has calmed down some, anyway. It’s been going all night with things banging and the wind moaning through windows slightly open for ventilation, then rumbles of heavier gusts. It’s down to where even the gusts are only in the teens. It’s 46F and raining lightly.
Yesterday was one of those days where there was nothing much to write about. In and amongst house chores I got the schedule for next week finished, then the posters, then started putting ads up. The whole evening got taken up with OCPPG. We’re gradually working our way though getting people for the various requested activities/classes/workshops.
Tempus did a lot in the garage next door and found several boxes of things that needed to come over here, the box with my big fan coral being one of them and another is all books. I’m not sure what else he worked on.
Today, Tempus still has that mower to work on and I have newsletter files to work on, since I have to get “frames” up for the newsletter through 4/1 or I’ll go insane trying to get them put together. I’m thinking about making some blue cheese chicken and some quiche.
Here are a few more of the Cafe Press designs: http://www.cafepress.com/ancientlight
A pair of flickers is on the feeder and it’s pouring rain, everything dripping.
Today is Ostara, the 3rd Station of the Wheel of the Year. It is the feast of the God & Goddess and children, of joy and childhood and morning and innocence, of the time before responsibilities hit, when bunnies really do lay eggs and the moon can be plucked from a fir tree and grow apples! It’s a time of infinite possibility and not knowing better, a time of sweet air and fresh greens and bubbles….. Enjoy!
Today’s plant is Red Huckleberry (Vaccinium parvifolium), which grows mostly at low to middle elevations in soil enriched by decaying wood and on rotten logs, all over the coast range. It is a deciduous shrub growing to 13 ft tall with a small, edible red to blue-black berry. The local peoples ate, dried, stewed and made sauces from this berry which was one of their staple foods. The bark is a cold remedy. The leaves make a good tea. I make jam of the berries, which also make a tasty tea. Both berries and leaves are good for sore throats, aching teeth and inflamed gums. It’s sometimes used as an ornamental, but it doesn’t take well to getting the roots disturbed. Gender, Feminine – Planet, Venus – Element, Water – Carry for luck, health (especially teeth/throat), to keep away evil and break hexes, Burn to make dreams come true. Dried berries can be used for prosperity magicks. More info and links here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaccinium_parvifolium
The shop is closed today. 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 3/27 at 2:27am. 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. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors. Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 3/25 at 2:27pm.
Goddess Month of of Moura, runs from 2/20-3/19
Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14
Runic half-month of Berkana/ Beorc, 3/14-29 Half-month ruled by the goddess of the birch tree; a time of purification for rebirth and new beginnings.
©2013 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14 – Fern – (FAIR-n) – The common alder (Alnus glutinosa (L.) Gaertner) is common along lowland rivers, where it grows with aspens, poplars, and willows. Like willows, alders sprout from stumps. This allows them to regenerate after heavy flooding. In protect sites they may grow to 20 m (65 feet) tall. Their leaves are more blunt-tipped than most North American alders, which look more like the grey alder (A. incana (L.) Moench). This species is more common in the mountains of Europe, and is not restricted to moist soils. Like ashes, European alders are not widely cultivated in North American (they are often sold as black alders), but several native species are. Alder wood is said to resist rotting when it is wet, and was the wood of choice for pilings in many regions. Alders are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae).
Fearn – Alder Ogam letter correspondences
Letter: F, V
Meaning: Help in making choices; spiritual guidance and protection.
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – If have something to say, say it with love. If you want to move from where you are, take the first step. If you love someone, let them know and if not let them go. You will never see what is in front of you, if you never look back. Don’t just talk the walk, walk it. If you know you made a choice that isn’t what you thought it would be, change it. MOST OF ALL BE TRUE TO YOURSELF!
~ It’s a great advantage to be able to hurdle with both legs. – David Coleman
~ Lerman’s Law of Technology: Any technical problem can be overcome given enough time and money. Corollary: You are never given enough time or money.
~ Let the people think that they are governed, and they are governed. – William Penn
~ Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself but talent instantly recognizes genius. – Arthur Conan Doyle
Jade posted on Facebook 3-14-13 (Note: this is copyright!)
So I got asked why straight people should care about all this noise about gay rights. Now I have been in this great Stress Management class for almost a full term now, so my initial indignation got breathed through and a calmer me looked for an answer that would bring understanding in a more gentle and effective way than my knee jerk reaction.
I would like to compare compassion to walking through the grocery store. (an idea I stole from my instructor, GwenEllyn Anderson. I actually revised part of our lesson)
“There are many things that I will never buy, but I do not insist the grocer take them away. I just recognize that they exist and other people like them. No one is forcing me to eat them.”
“At the same time, there are items that I like that others do not. And, there are many items that I may try just to determine whether I will buy them again.”
So it is with the “gay” issues or the racial bigotry and hate and every other thing out there people are trying to deny others their right to choose or be who they are. I can coexist without needing to try it all, like it all, agree with it all, or have government regulate it all. I can coexist without the need to “swallow or buy it”. I can coexist, be aware and walk away affirmed in my choices. And when it comes to my fellow human beings I can adamantly defend their right to choose because ultimately it affects my own right to choose. No one is ever going to tell me who I can love. I love who I love. No one is ever again going to tell me what I can believe. I believe what makes sense and resonates with me and that is not your business. EVERYONE has the right to BE WHO THEY ARE.
If the grocer functioned the way some people expect society and government to function we would all starve because the shelves would be empty.
My heart is not empty. My heart is full of love. With love comes acceptance that I do not have to be in control of everything to be ok coexisting with others who are different from me.
Magick – Ostara Meditation – From the Rose of the Sea Ostara Ritual on a Waning Moon in 2006 – Meditation for Releasing
Place your stuffed animal in front of you. It is your guardian. It will protect you during this journey. Close your eyes. Relax your mind. Take a deep breath and breathe from your belly. As you breathe, relax your body letting all tension and stress melt away. Feel all worry, fear, and stress leave you as you breathe. We are going to count down from 12 to 1, and as we count down you will enter your meditative state. While in your meditative state you will be completely safe and you will be in contact with your Higher Self. As we count down the numbers feel yourself go down, leaving the problems of the physical world, and entering your safe meditative state. 12.………11.………10.………9.………8.………7.………6.………5.………4.………3.………2.………1. You are now in your meditative state. Anything done in this state is for your highest good, harming none. Ask the God and Goddess to protect and guide you in this meditation……. Think of a experience in your childhood that was not pleasant. The passing of a relative. A fight with a parent. A bully picking on you. Anything that was unpleasant for you as a child. Remember how you felt. How old you were. Who else was part of this experience?………. See your stuffed animal before you. It is alive, and it is your guardian. It will protect you from anything. Tell your guardian that you wish you release or get rid of the fear, or pain, attached to this memory, and of the anger or hatred connected to people who were part of this if there is anyone. Tell the universe and God and Goddess that you wish to release it because it no longer serves your highest good. If it helps, imagine a ball, or box, in front of you which you can place the memory into. If you do this, then give it to your guardian asking it to get rid of it for you. Or imagine roots coming out of your feet and entering the earth, and then see the pain or fear within you leaving you through the roots, then pulling the roots back in. Do what ever feels right to you to get rid of the pain or fear………..Once you are sure that you have released it, see yourself surrounded by bubbles. The bubbles are above, below, and at all sides of you, completely surrounding you. See the colors and the shapes of the bubbles. Feel them as they slightly touch your skin. How do the bubbles make you feel? Do you see any words, images, objects, or people in the bubbles? Or do you see your own reflection? Know that the bubbles protect you. See the bubbles filled with a light. It can be any color of light, as long as it means happiness, health, and love to you. Most people see white, yellow, or blue. But let the color come to you. The bubbles fill with light and become one. Like a wall or shield. They mold together. Pull this light into you. Into your skin and your very being. First seeing it as a full body cast engulfing you, and then sinking into your skin. As the light enters you, so does the power of the light. Happiness, health, and love. You are happy, healthy, and loved. If the light is too much for you, you can imagine roots coming out of your feet and entering the Earth and see some of the light flow into the Earth, afterwards pulling your roots back in. Thank the God and Goddess, as well as Earth, Air Fire, and Water for their protection and guidance in this meditation. As I count up from 1 to 12 start feeling your fingers and toes. When I get to 12, open your eyes. 1.………2.………3.………4.………5.………6.………7.………8.………9.………10.………11.………12. And open your eyes.
Check with everyone for grounding and ok-ness