Daily Stuff 4-9-13 A-Ma

Hi, folks!

cloud lightIt’s dry and bright, but getting dimmer as the morning goes on. It’s up to 52F, though.

Despite me being so horribly sleepy yesterday morning and being late to the shop, when we had intended to be early, we had a good day!

evergreen violetPart of why we were late was that the yellow violet patch bloomed in the last couple of days when it was pouring. I knew that I had to get some picked right away. When I walked onto the porch I realized that a couple of the potted ones were blooming and I decided to go check. They’re not that far down the path. Tempus is going to go dig some today and he said that he’ll get the garden bed where we’re going to put them put together. I’m going to hand him some clippers, though, since the blackberries are pretty awful on that sidball fillee of the path.

<<<<<<<<<<< a try at a filler for the biscornu <<<<<<<<<<<<<

We got to the shop and got open, did a little in the way of chores and then people started coming in. The sun had come out and it stayed lovely all afternoon. Computer workshop was four of us and we worked on blogs.

biscornu 040813Right about the time we got finished Darwinia came in for a chat and we heard more of the saga of her ducks and garden. That place is going to be amazing. I worked on the biscornu for a few minutes while she was there.

Tempus got the sign pulled out. We’re going to have to cut it down drastically to meet the city regulations on signs and then re-mount it, which is going to take some drastic re-engineering. At least we have some measurements! We’re going to be discussing that over the next few days, and how to complete the project, and it’s going to take help to get it up there at all, much less to get it fastened in place.

supper 040613<<<< This pic is my supper from several nights ago. Tempus has fun with food…. <<<

We closed up and headed up to Newport. I had been given a gift certificate for Panache, down in the Nye Beach area, so Tempus and I used it for dinner last night. That was good! They have a nice view over the roofs of Nye Beach of the ocean, so we sat and watched the sunset as we were getting ready to order. I can recommend the food. Even with my weird allergies their chef was able to make me a very tasty dinner. Both Tempus and I had their pasta, which they have in 4 kinds: whole wheat (which I had), garlic & black pepper, roasted red pepper (which Tempus had) and herb. Plus, they have 3 different sauces: Carbonera (had black pepper, so Tempus picked that) , wine sauce (which I had) and a roasted red pepper and basil. As always, in a place with good food we *had* to have dessert, even though I was already pretty full…. So I was going to split a dessert with Tempus and then he said he didn’t think we had used up the gift certificate, so we each got one. Ooooooooooooooohhhhhhhhh, my….. I got a lemon curd napoleon with marionberry compote, which was marvelously sour compared to the sweet lemon curd and whipped creme. Good complement! and not the 1×2 square that you usually get. It was 4×6 pieces of puff! …and the pastry was wonderfully crunchy even down at the bottom, not that slimy, soggy stuff that you usually get. Tempus got the 4-way dessert, which last night included, marionberry ice cream, raspberry sorbet (which seemed to have no added sugar, btw….) and both a vanilla and a chocolate creme brulee, all in tiny cups. There really wasn’t all the much sugar or sweetening added, so the dessert weren’t cloying and didn’t use sweet to cover up the flavors. We split everything right down the middle and I felt like I rolled out the door…. I really don’t think I was capable of walking. <grin> Satisfied both the gourmet *and* the gourmand in me! Thank you Cat and Mr. Champagne!

Astro Constellation Big DipperFreddie’s was our last stop and then we headed home.When we got out of the car I said, “Oh! Look up!” The Big Dipper was right overhead! There were so many stars that they almost blocked out the darkness of sky. …and it was cold! When we drove back past the shop it was 36F and so we just hurried right in…me tripping over things because I kept looking up instead of where I was going!

motif plant flower pink white tulip bulbTempus decanted a couple glasses of his blackberry wine and that just put an marvelous top on the day.

We slept in this morning. Yes, you can tell, by the lateness of this, right? 🙂 We’ve already had a fancy breakfast of scrambled eggs and mushrooms and are getting ready to go on with the day. I have garden/planting work to do, along with house chores.

Statue_of_MazuMatsu, Mazu, or A-Ma, is the patron of fishermen and sailors. One of those odd little stories that come out of the Orient, she is worshiped all over Asia, either as a deified human or as an incarnation of Kuan Yin. She was born Lin Moniang in about 960CE. There are a lot of legends about her standing on the shore in all weathers wearing red to help the fishermen make it back to shore and about going into a trance to save her father and brothers, but she because the protector of many of the Asian peoples. Today is her feast in the Portuguese section of Macao. A-Ma, means “grandmother”. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A-Ma#Person

Today’s plant is Western Red Cedar, Thuja plicata, which is not a cedar at all, but an Arborvitae. Arborvitae comes from the Latin for “tree of life” and coincidentally, native Americans of the West coast also address the species as motif plant tree Thuja_plicata“long life maker”. “Western Redcedar has an extensive history of use by the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast, from Oregon to southeast Alaska. Some northwest coast tribes refer to themselves as “people of the redcedar” because of their extensive dependence on the tree for basic materials. The wood has been used for constructing housing, totem poles, and crafted into many objects, including masks, utensils, boxes, boards, instruments, canoes, vessels, and ceremonial objects. Roots and bark were used for baskets, ropes, clothing, blankets and rings.” Wiki article  – Gender, Masculine – Planet, Sun – Element, Fire, to enhance banishing of ill health and bad dreams. Burn for this purpose and purification and psychic power. Make a sachet for love or courage.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thuja_plicata

Beltane PentacleThe shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday since we need a weekend, too. Spring hours are 11am-7pm 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

Dark MoonThe Moon is in Hecate’s Brooch moving into the Dark at 12:25am. 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. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark of the Moon on 4/9 at 12:25am. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle – In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Dark, psychopomps. Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 4/10 at 2:35am. 

Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14
Rune Runic Month 07 EhwazRunic 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  

Sun in AriesSun in Aries
Moon in AriesMoon in Aries
Saturn Retrograde
Color: Maroon

Harvest 4/9-4/10


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Plant Tree Celtic Month FearnAlderFearn/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
Month: January
Color: Crimson
Class: Cheiftain
Letter: F, V
Meaning: Help in making choices; spiritual guidance and protection.

Silver Fir Celtic Tree Month AilimOgam letter correspondences to study this month – Ailim – Silver Fir
Month: None
Color: Light Blue
Class: Shrub
Letter: A
Meaning: Learning from past mistakes; Take care in choices.


WavesTides for Alsea Bay
Day        High       Tide    Height   Sunrise     Moon  Time      % Moon
~           /Low       Time      Feet    Sunset                                  Visible
Tu   9     High  12:22 AM     8.0   6:42 AM    Rise  6:09 AM      2
~     9      Low   6:49 AM     0.1   7:54 PM     Set  7:36 PM
~     9     High  12:55 PM     7.2
~     9      Low   6:54 PM     1.1


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – It is not about reaching a goal and finally sitting back to rest. The point is experiencing the journey and drawing your own conclusions….


Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – Wiki – If you could return in time to a set time to relive it, but not change anything, what would you choose and why?


~   Possession is eleven points in the law – Colley Cibber (1671-1757) English actor, playwright
~   Success seems to be connected with action. Successful men keep moving. They make mistakes but they don’t quit. – Conrad Hilton, Founder – Hilton Hotels
~   The absence of something can be just as deadly as the presence. The absence of air, hmm? Water? – Baron Harkonnen
~   The hardest battle you’re ever going to fight is the battle to be just you. – Leo Buscaglia

All Things Will Die by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Clearly the blue river chimes in its flowing

Under my eye;
Warmly and broadly the south winds are blowing

Over the sky.
One after another the white clouds are fleeting;
Every heart this May morning in joyance is beating

Full merrily;
Yet all things must die.
The stream will cease to flow;
The wind will cease to blow;
The clouds will cease to fleet;
The heart will cease to beat;
For all things must die.
All things must die.
Spring will come never more.
O, vanity!
Death waits at the door.
See! our friends are all forsaking
The wine and the merrymaking.
We are call’d-we must go.
Laid low, very low,
In the dark we must lie.
The merry glees are still;
The voice of the bird
Shall no more be heard,
Nor the wind on the hill.
O, misery!
Hark! death is calling
While I speak to ye,
The jaw is falling,
The red cheek paling,
The strong limbs failing;
Ice with the warm blood mixing;
The eyeballs fixing.
Nine times goes the passing bell:
Ye merry souls, farewell.
The old earth
Had a birth,
As all men know,
Long ago.
And the old earth must die.
So let the warm winds range,
And the blue wave beat the shore;
For even and morn
Ye will never see
Thro’ eternity.
All things were born.
Ye will come never more,
For all things must die.


Beltane BorderMagick – Beltane Recipes

Dandelion Delight – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html by Patricia Telesco
This lovely spring tonic makes good use of pesky weeds to rejuvenate the body with earth’s reawakening. Dandelions are high in vitamins, and legends claim that Hecate once entertained Theseus with dandelion water.

3 cups dandelion petals
1 gallon orange juice
juice of 1 lemon
1/4 cup of sugar
Ginger Ale (optional)

  1. Clean off the dandelion petals with cool water.
  2. In the meantime, warm the orange juice and lemon together, then add dandelions.
  3. Make certain you only have petals (no green parts).
  4. Add the sugar, stirring constantly until dissolved.
  5. Strain juices
  6. Chill.
  7. Add ginger ale for a light, bubbly drink.

VARIATIONS: Prepare this recipe with lemonade instead of orange juice, and the juice of one orange instead of a lemon. This is a refreshing, purifying quality and, poured over crushed ice, is wonderful on a hot summer day.
MAGICKAL ATTRIBUTES: divination, wind magic, wishes and goals, communicating with the Spirit world.

Chocolate Mint Tea Delight – 1 serving – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html
3/4 c Mint-flavored herb tea
2 tb Chocolate syrup
1/4 c Heavy cream, whipped
Sweetened chocolate powder

  1. Pour the tea into a cup.
  2. Stir the chocolate syrup into the tea.
  3. Top with whipped cream and sprinkle with chocolate powder

Juice of Love – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html
1 package of frozen strawberries with the juice
2 cups of either pineapple juice or orange juice
2/3 cup nonfat dry milk
8 ice cubes
2 teaspoons sugar

Put all the ingredients into a blender, and blend until “smoothie” texture. Serve immediately.

Cranberry Mint Tea – 4 Servings – This is also very good served hot.
4 cups water
1 12-ounce package fresh or frozen cranberries
1 cup fresh mint leaves (about 1/2 ounce)
1/2 cup sugar
Fresh mint sprigs

  1. Combine 4 cups water and cranberries in heavy medium saucepan and bring to boil.
  2. When cranberries begin to pop, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer mixture until cranberries are very tender, about 10 minutes.
  3. Place 1 cup mint leaves in heat-proof pitcher or coffeepot.
  4. Set fine strainer atop pitcher.
  5. Pour cranberry mixture into strainer, pressing on solids to extract as much juice as possible; discard solids.
  6. Add 1/2 cup sugar to pitcher; stir until sugar has dissolved.
  7. Refrigerate mixture until cold. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Keep chilled.)
  8. Garnish with mint sprigs and serve.

Per Serving: calories, 143; total fat, 0; saturated fat, 0; cholesterol, 0
Bon Appétit
December 1995
Cooking for Health


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