Workshops all day today!
It’s dim, grey and 34F. It’s overcast, now, but likely to burn off, at least somewhat, later in the day. I’m still rubbing my eyes and watching birds at the feeder, chomping busily away. I think most of these are finches and there’ve been juncos, earlier.
I spent the early part of yesterday doing website & blog page updates, so that the Spring Break info is correct. Of course there’s a major error that I didn’t catch before all the ads went out, so that some of the posters say we’ll be open at 10am (which we’re planning on) and some at 11am. <sigh>
Tempus was working on setting up the bits for a mower repair and it took quite a while. While he was working on that I got the fabrics and clothing brought from home sorted out and a few flowers set up to dry, set up a couple of orders for Tempus to work on and then got back to work.
I did get a new “list” updated on the Facebook OCPPG group. That’s current as of yesterday. Some people have yet to answer and there are a lot of things not covered, yet.
Then one of the other people who’ve been trying to get business stuff going here, called. We spent almost an hour, talking. The business situation is not good in this area and nothing seems to be really happening.
He was in and out and so were several customers and two dropped off lawnmowers. …and then the phone started ringing. Yeah, it’s Spring Break.
…and then it got *more* so! Amor wanted to chat online, the phone kept ringing, Tempus was running back and forth and we got the tree for the Sabbat put together (which entailed plaster and other things) and still had customers….and my webmaster called. I like busy. I have to keep telling myself that! 🙂 I’m just not used to it because it’s been so quiet, but I *do* like it!
The Sabbat was fun! Rowan wrote an awesome piece, a cross between Where the Wild Things Are and the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. Afterwards we ate up all the goodies and then re-set the shop. When we got to the house, the Moon was bright and had both a colored corona and a halo!
Today is all classes and workshops from 11am-4pm! The whole listing is on the Special Events page, but in order they’re: Herbs, Crystals, Children’s Crafts 3-8 and 8-14, then Sewing. A long day for me! We’re not planning evening things this time.
Today’s feast is in honor of Morena or Marzanna, a Slavic Goddess of winter, darkness and mystery. The Marzanna is an effigy that is burned and/or drowned as a symbol of the ending of her time of triumph. She is often associated with Hecate and witchlore. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marzanna
Today’s Plant is Red Alder, Alnus rubra. Alder is one of the trees of the Celtic Ogam magicks. It has medical uses for throat and mouth problems, and even in TB and possibly in helping with tumors. Magickally, it will help you face up to things you’re avoiding, can help you see the Fae, and flutes made of its wood can entice air elementals. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alnus_rubra
The shop opens at 11am today, but we’re planning on being open by 10. 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 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.
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Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Sa 23 Low 4:35 AM 2.7 7:13 AM Set 5:01 AM 78
~ 23 High 10:22 AM 6.8 7:33 PM Rise 3:59 PM
~ 23 Low 5:05 PM 0.9
~ 23 High 11:24 PM 6.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Peace energizes my actions. I move on my path in peace.
Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – The reason a lot of people do not recognize opportunity is because it usually goes around wearing overalls and looking like hard work. — Thomas Edison
~ Striving to better, oft we mar what’s well. – William Shakespeare
~ The good neighbor looks beyond the external accidents and discerns those inner qualities that make all men human and, therefore, brothers. – Martin Luther King, Jr., Strength to Love
~ The lead car is absolutely unique, except for the one behind it which is identical. – Murray Walker
~ The part of the mind that is dark to us in this culture, that is sleeping in us, that we name ‘unconscious’, is the knowledge that we are inseparable from all other beings in the Universe. – Susan Griffin
A wet sheet and a flowing sea,
A wind that follows fast,
And fills the white and rustling sail,
And bends the gallant mast;
And bends the gallant mast, my boys,
While, like the eagle, free,
Away the good ship flies and leaves,
Old England on the lee. — Allen Cunningham
- unbleached muslin (1 yard)
- sisal rope
- white glue
- florist wire
- small egg-shaped styrofoam ball
1. Fold one section of newspaper in half and roll it lengthwise.
2. Fold the roll in half, and twist a twist tie at the upper third of the folded roll to form the body and legs.It may be helpfull to stuff the legs into a large bottle while you work.
3. Cut off a 20 inch section of florist wire and twist the ends together. Twist the ends into a loop approximately 1 inch long, and bend the wires close together.This will be the arms and hands
4. Stick two pieces of florist wire approximately 6 inches long into the wide end of the styrofoam ball and fold them around the ball, twisting them together to hold it securely.With the remaining wire, secure the ball to the loop of the newspaper – this will be the head.
5. Thread the arms through the paper of the loop, not the loop itself, to help it remain secure.
6. Mix the glue with an equal part of water to form a solution that the material will be dipped in and used to hold the fabric to the doll and stiffen the fabric to desired shape.
7. From the muslin, rip several 1/4- 1/2 inch strips of fabric, run them through the glue solution. The material should be saturated, but not dripping.Wrap the hands and arms wire with the material, covering the wire completely. It may take several applications of material.Tuck the ends into the material already wrapped.
8. Repeating the same dipping process, cover the head first with horizontal wraps and then with vertical. Wrap the body of the doll crossing over from the front to the back in an “X” shape.Wrap the neck wire and secure the ends of the strips
9. For the skirt: Rip a 12 inch by 20 inch piece of material,sew the 12 inch ends together if desired, and dip the material into the solution.Pull up over the legs, gather the waist and secure to the paper using a 1/2 strip acting as a belt.
10. Make the apron – rip a 2 inch wide strip that is wide enough to fit over the top of the skirt, and cut the front bottom edge into a curve if desired. Secure the apron with a piece of trim.
11. Rip a 1 inch piece of material approximately 8 inches long, dip, and drap around the neck.
12. Rip a 3 inch wide piece of material approximately 16 inches long and drape around back and over arms.
13. Arrange the skirt into desired folds and allow doll to dry.
14. After the doll has dried,cut the rope into 12 12 inch sections and fold in half – this will be the part of the hair. Sew the ropes at the fold down the center of the head.Unravel the rope.
15. You can garnish the White Goddess with a wreath of dried flowers if you like – take a vine and wrap it on itself until you have a wreath. Insert dried flowers into the wreath and place on the head.
16. She can be left in the bottle for year-round use, or placed on top of the tree at Yule.
Dianaic: S*** happens when men are around.
Norse: If s*** happens, beat the crap out of it.
Feminist: Get in touch with your inner s***.
Solitary: If s*** happens; Duck!
Eco-Feminist: We’ve got to clean up this s***.
Gardenarian: S*** happens in degrees.
Alexandrian: S*** happens because Gardner told us so.
Dabbler: We have ways of making s*** happen.
Eclectic: We make our own s***.
Newbie: I don’t understand this s***. -OR- I like this s***.
Ceremonial Magician: No-one understands my s***.
Wiccan: You must balance your s***.
Witch: I can use this s***.
Druid: This is old s***.
Greek: Let’s drink to this s***.
Reconstructionist: This s*** happened before.
Celtic: This s*** keeps happening to us.
Modern Western: We’ll fight to keep our s***.
Fundamentalist: We know who to blame for this s***.
Priest: This s*** happens every year.
Traditionalist: Don’t tell anyone about this s***.
Fam-Trad: I inherited this s***.
Visionary: Let’s smoke this s***.
Former Catholics: If s*** happens, I’m not to blame, I’m not to blame…
Techno-Pagan: This s*** always happens when I’m online.
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