Minus tides are coming up over the next few days. They’re not really deep, but being that they’re going to be mid-to-late morning, more people will be out there. Be careful, because when the tide turns on a minus tide, you might need to run!
I’ve been watching chickadees on the feeder, all twitchy-hopping. Right now there’s a sparrow.
Yesterday was a very sleepy start. We got to the shop on time and got open, but Marius called, saying he was running late, because he just woke. Tempus went out to run errands. I had two people for the incense burners workshop and Marius came in during that. Otherwise, no one for the other workshops. We spent a lot of the afternoon talking, especially working out some stuff for Pan-Pagan, about who’s doing what. I finished up some more pouches while we were talking, doing the hand-stitching.
When Tempus and I closed up it was past sunset and only 42F. We drove up the seawall and the water was that lovely blue-silver color. A large heron was enjoying the sunset, too, standing in the shallows, dark against the silver. We stopped at the park, hoping to see the comet, but the cloud layers made it invisible…. still… drattit…. and it’s down to magnitude 2.3, so unless we get a really clear night we’re gonna miss it…..
As we came up the hill, the Moon was playing hide & seek in the clouds, and it never really got dark, since with the Moon so close to full, the night stayed a dim twilight. i went outside at one point during the night and the Moon, seeming very close appeared to be floating in curdling milk. There’s a point, when you’re making scalded milk cheese, where the curds begin to separate and the liquid is becoming clear… just like that.
Today’s schedule is:
Full Storm Moon – 3/27 2:57am
3/27 Wednesday – 11am shop opens
~ 11am – Herbs Workshop – Infusions/Decoctions
~ Noon – Grinding Herbs
~ 1pm – Children’s Crafts Hour ages 3-8 – Beach Rocks & Tumbling
~ 2pm – Children’s Crafts Hour ages 8-14 – Beach Rocks & Tumbling
~ 3pm – Home Wine-Making – Basics
3-27-13 – 5pm, Storm Moon, Esbat (at shop)
We’ll be closing at 6pm although the esbat starts at 5pm.
Today’s feast is that of Gauri, one of the names of Parvati, the Great Mother in the Hindu traditions. One of her great festivals is held around this time of year. She is a fertility aspect of goddess, associated with the corn, hence the name “Gauri” which means “fair complexion” and has a lot of different symbolism. This article here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parvati has more information, but search for “Gauri” to find the specifics.
Today’s Plant is Coltsfoot, Petasites frigidus var. palmatus. One of the best cough remedies out there, this is often smoked to help cases of chronic bronchitis and asthma. It is also made into cough syrups often combined with horehound. This is another plant where the medicinal and magickal uses seem to go together. Feminine, Venus, water, Magickal uses – Add to love sachets and use in spells of peace and tranquility. The leaves, when smoked, can cause visions, and aid with breathing problems. .More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petasites_frigidus
Today’s pictures are all from our Cafe Press designs. Find them here: http://www.cafepress.com/ancientlight
The shop opens at 11am 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 Full. 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. Full Moon – The day of the day before and day after the true Full 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. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 3/28 at 2:27pm. 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.
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.
Runic half-month of Ehwaz, 3/30-4/13 – Ehwaz, the horse; time of partnership between humans and Nature, as between rider and horse. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 55
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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.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
W 27 High 1:02 AM 8.0 7:06 AM Set 6:58 AM 99
~ 27 Low 7:24 AM 0.2 7:38 PM Rise 8:32 PM
~ 27 High 1:29 PM 7.6
~ 27 Low 7:32 PM 0.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Taking time to live life will only inspire your work.
Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. — Henry David Thoreau
~ You cannot contribute anything to the ideal condition of mind and heart known as Brotherhood, however much you preach, posture, or agree, unless you live it. – Faith Baldwin (1893-1978) US writer
~ You will never find anybody who can give you a clear and compelling reason why we observe daylight-savings time. – Dave Barry
~ You will stay young as long as you learn, form new habits and don’t mind being contradicted. – H. L. Mencken (1880-1956) US writer
~ Your life is something opaque, not transparent, as long as you look at it in an …ordinary human way. But if you hold it up against the light of God’s goodness, it shines and turns transparent, radiant and bright. And then you ask yourself in amazement: Is this really my own life I see before me? – Albert Schweitzer
A Usual Prayer
According to Thy will: That this day only
I may avoid the vile
and baritone away in a broader chorus
of to each other decent forebearance & even aid.
Merely sensational let’s have today,
lacking mostly thinking, —
men’s thinking being eighteen-tenths deluded.
Did I get this figure out of St Isaac of Syria?
For fun: find me among my self-indulgent artbooks
a new drawing by Ingres!
For discipline, two self-denying minus-strokes
and my wonted isometrics, barbells, & antiphons.
Lord of happenings, & little things,
muster me westward fitter to my end —
which has got to be Your strange end for me —
and toughen me effective to the tribes en route. ~ John Berryman ~ (Collected Poems)
Magick – Soul Mandala – You will need large square piece of wood, items that represent different aspects of your soul (i.e. mother, healer, teacher, speaker, solitude, etc..) and a central object that represents your expanded self as a whole. First, using a pencil, draw a border around the wood. Make the border about 3-4 inches wide all around. Within the smaller square (created by the line you just drew) divide it into as many equal sized squares as will fit (should be 6-12). In each square, decorate it as one aspect of yourself. Get in touch with as many “selves” as you can and represent them each visually. In the border around these, seperate it into sections to represent the cycles of life. You can divide it into four sections and decorate it for the seasons. Or divide in into 13 sections and represent each of the moons. There’s no wrong way to do this project. It’s all yours.
Prophet Pebbles, Pagan Crafting [Note: original source unknown]
Select three small stones or pebbles of approximately the same size and shape – but of very different colors. You may use any stones you feel gives off good vibrations to you and can mark them accordingly.
From these — choose one stone to represent the Indicator — one for Yes and one for No. Your stones will keep their meanings you assign them.
Next, ask a question that can be answered yes or no. Shake the stones like dice and throw them. The stone nearest the indicator is the answer. The closer the stone is to the indicator the more definite is your answer.
When you become adept at interpreting the positions, you can add another stone to represent maybe. If the maybe stone is between the indicator and either the yes or no stone, the answer is probably yes or probably no.
Keep your stones in their own pouch or container. You may use them to answer questions for other people, but allow no one else to handle them.