We were later than what I had planned, getting to the shop, yesterday. We had bread in the oven and then one thing after another took longer than it should. We were open by about 20 past 10, though. It started to warm up, even before we were open, until by 11am it was already the forecast high of 55F.
No one was in for Infusions/Decoctions, so Tempus and I pulled the fabric part of the “lid” out to inspect it. It’s toast…. the top that holds it up is shredded, it’s split in about 4 places and one long seam gave…not the seam, but the fabric itself along the seam, gave. We’re talking about making a new top out of sheets, since we have those and they’re lightweight enough to sew.
Tempus went out to water and to work on the rose vines in the big planter. He also brought in the big pot that used to have coleus in it, because I want to put in some nasturtiums, since we have so many seeds, still.
I got that done and then took a bit of a nap since no one was in for Grinding Herbs, but then I had 6 people for the Children’s Craft Hour. Leslie and Arnemetia both stopped by, but I didn’t get to talk to them, was too busy with munchkins….
Then, Diana (Valley-Coast Connection) was in and we talked for awhile and after that cleaned up the rock tumbling stuff and worked on luffas. I have quite a lot of them. We’re going to prep some and sell others “as is”. If you want a two foot chunk of cleaned, but not otherwise prepped loofah, you can get one from us for awhile for $3 each and even get some instruction on how to clean/prep them for use. I’m going to do a workshop on this later in the year, but the intro price will only last as long as we have them….
So, everyone showed up for the 202 class and we started in the back where Tempus and I were still processing luffa. We moved up front and then went on into esbat with 3 extra people, which was kinda cool.
We were shutting down by 9:30 and got home seeing the Moon shining through clouds.
Today’s schedule is:
3/28 Thursday – 11am shop opens
~ 11am – Herbs Workshop – Tinctures (make your own)
~ Noon – Different Types of Sundials
~ 1pm – Children’s Crafts Hour ages 3-8 – Crayon & Cutouts Crafts
~ 2pm – Children’s Crafts Hour ages 8-14 – Making sidewalk chalk Eggs
~ 3pm – Holbein Embroidery/Blackwork
Zlaty Amos, the Czech Teachers Day, is held annually on the birthday of John Amos Comenius. Czech students nominate the teachers whose approach most motivates and inspires them to the competition Zlatý Ámos (Golden Amos). The coronation of “Golden Amos” (or the “teachers of the year” as we would say in the US) take place yearly on March 28, and yes, they really wear crowns! See more here (website in Czech, but there are pictures) : http://www.zlatyamos.cz/ and on Comenius here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Amos_Comenius
Today’s plant is Nasturtium, Tropaeolum majus, (not watercress, which is true nasturtium) since that’s what I was talking about. It’s certainly not native to the PNW, but grows well here. I love the brilliant oranges and yellows of the flowers. They’re yummy, too, with a slightly peppery taste, both leaf and flower, and the seeds serve as a substitute for capers in pickles. The flowers stand for Victory in Battle; Patriotism and Affectation and are little used in magicks other than as symbols and foods for Ostara and Beltane celebrations because of their color association with the Sun. They also can be used as a symbol for sacrifice to the larger good of soldiers, firemen and police, but are usually only seen at funerals in this context. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tropaeolum_majus
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 but waning. 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. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 4/10 at 2:35am. 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 4/3 are 9:37am.
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
Th 28 High 1:35 AM 8.3 7:04 AM Set 7:31 AM 99
~ 28 Low 8:06 AM -0.3 7:39 PM Rise 9:44 PM
~ 28 High 2:14 PM 7.5
~ 28 Low 8:09 PM 1.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – A lie may take care of the present, but it has no future.
~ You’re happiest while you’re making the greatest contribution. – Robert Kennedy
~ A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject. – Winston Churchill
~ A man always remembers his first love with special tenderness, but after that he begins to bunch them. – H. L. Mencken (1880-1956) US writer
~ A man’s moral conscience is the curse he had to accept from the gods in order to gain from them the right to dream. – William Faulkner (1897-1962) US writer
A woman’s work is never done
She must imagine and remember
A woman’s work is never done
Building a fire from just an ember
I remember a hundred simple stories
Each an ember glowing on its own
Such a stubborn people are we women
Such a stubborn flower up through stone
I know of others who are like us
Fierce and tender warriors of the flower
We live in each and every city
We hold the vision hour by hour…
We’re singing. © Labyris Music Co. 2001 ASCAP
Magick – Pendulum Rod & Stand – You will need a Y shaped stick, suede cord, heavy string, chain with pendulum (see pendulum project), flat piece of wood for the base of the stand, smaller Y shaped stick for the stand, hot glue, stones of your choice to decorate handle with. Start by creating a hole in the flat piece of wood that the Y shaped stick can fit into. Place it in the whole and then take the smaller Y shaped stick and position it on the base so it will hold up the large Y shaped stick. Once you have it in position, use hot glue to attach it. You may want to decorate the base with suede cord and stones, using hot glue to attach them. Once the base is complete and you’re sure it will hold the rod steady, begin working on the rod itself. Wrap the suede cord in a spiral pattern around the handle of the rod. Add more stones if you like. Wrap the heavy string around the Y part of the stick and glue it in place. Attach the pendulum and chain to the suede cord. Balance it in the middle of the Y so it will hang down evenly. When complete, the rod should rest on the stand and the pendulum should be balanced and still. You can also take the rod off the stand and use it for dowsing for healings or searching for things.
Pagan comics – Sour Grapes Pagan cartoons by the Glass Temple are free pagan toons for the community. If you like these comics, also see our Pagan Humour section.
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