It’s 48F and cloudy, although not raining at the moment. I was going to try to harvest heather this morning, but I’ve run out of time. A junco and a towhee are taking turned on the feeder and the clematis is really starting to bloom. I’ve got a 1/2 a house-sized bouquet right outside my study window!
Yesterday was a very long day, with a lot accomplished, but…. all in one category. We worked on inventory, finally getting through most of the used books, so I should be able to update those pretty soon. We have a little to finish this morning. By the time we were done we were so hungry and tired that we went across the street for soup and fried rice and then got home and fell into bed.
Today I’m going to be by myself at the shop for most of the day. We’re going to try to finish up the books before Tempus has to go take our elderly friend to run errands.
Feast of Ishtar/Astarte – A Fertile Crescent love/death/rebirth/battle goddess with a *really* bad press! More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ishtar
Today’s plant is White crocus, cloth-of-silver crocus, Crocus versicolor info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crocus Sacred to Juno and Ostara, as any crocus, it is used to attract love (carry), turn away abusive love (burn), and give visions (place on altar or by bed).
The shop opens at 11am! Winter hours are 11am-5pm Thursday through Monday, although closing time is drifting later with the longer days. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is Waning Gibbous. 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 3/1. 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 2/22 at 9:15am.
Friday, Feb. 21, before dawn – The Moon close to Saturn – The moon will be close to the planet Saturn this morning. In Madagascar, New Zealand, and parts of Australia, the moon will pass in front of Saturn.
Capella passes closest to straight overhead (for skywatchers at mid-northern latitudes) around 7 p.m. now, depending on how far east or west you are in your time zone. At the time this happens, Rigel in Orion’s leading foot marks due south.
Uranus sinks low in the west after dark.
Goddess Month of of Moura, runs from 2/20-3/19
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17, Nion (NEE-uhn)
Runic half-month of Sowulo/ Sigel, 2/12-26 It represents the power of the force of good throughout the world and is the harbinger of victory and ascendancy over darkness.
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Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17, Nion (NEE-uhn), ash – the common ash (Fraxinus excelsior L.) is a major tree of lowland forests in much of Europe, along with oaks and beeches. It grows to 40 m (130 feet) in open sites, with a broad crown reminiscent of American elm trees. Ash was and still is an important timber tree, and is a traditional material for the handle of a besom. The common ash is occasionally cultivated in North America, and similar native ash species are widely grown as street trees. Ashes are members of the Olive family (Oleaceae).
Nuin – Ash Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Glass Green
Meaning: Locked into a chain of events; Feeling bound.
Ogam letter correspondences to study this month Oir – Spindle
Letter: TH, OI
Meaning: Finish obligations and tasks or your life cannot move forward.
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – If quitters never win, and winners never quit, then who is the fool who said, “Quit while you’re ahead?”
~ He that would be superior to external influences must first become superior to his own passions. – Samuel Johnson
~ We must accept the finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope. – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
~ Anger always comes from frustrated expectations. – Elliott Larson
~ All the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action. – James Russell Lowell
Therapy can be done to the self. Understanding is therapy. Love is the ultimate therapy. Therapists, teachers, and gurus can help, but only for a limited time. The direction is inward, and sooner or later the inward path must be trod alone. Although in reality you are never alone. Measure time, if you must, in lessons learned, not in minutes or hours or years. You can cure yourself in five minutes if you come to the proper understanding. Or in fifty years. It is all the same thing. – Brian Weiss MD.
Welsh Bake Stones
- 1 Pound Self-Rising Flour
- 2 Large Eggs (Beaten)
- 8 Ounces Sultanas
- 8 Ounces Butter
- 1/2 Cup Sugar
- Combine the flour, butter or margarine, sultanas, eggs, and sugar.
- In a separate container mix water with milk and add just enough to the flour mixture to make a pliable dough.
- Roll onto floured surface to 1/2″ thickness.
- Cut out circles with a small glass (2″) a pastry cutter.
- Cook in an oiled pan until lightly browned on both sides.
Honey Sunflower Bread – http://autumnearthsong.com/2012/03/03/ostara-recipes-2012/ *Makes 2 loaves
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup rolled oats
- ½ cup honey
- 1 TB butter
- 2 tsps salt
- 1 cup roasted sunflower kernels
- 1 (1/4oz) package active dry yeast
- ½ cup warm water
- 2 ½ cups whole-wheat flour
- 2 cups white flour
- Bring the water to a boil and and stir in the oats. Set aside for 1 hour. Spray two 9 x 5 x 3 inch loaf pans with vegetable oil spray.
- Add the honey, butter, salt and sunflower seeds to oat mixture and stir well.
- Dissolve the yeast in the warm water and allow to stand for 5 minutes. Stir the yeast mixture into the oat mixture. Blend in both flours, stirring until the dough pulls cleanly away from the sides of the bowl. Form the dough into a ball and place in a greased bowl, turning to coat. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour or until doubled in size. Punch down the dough. Knead until smooth and elastic. Divide into two loaves and place in the prepared pans. Cover and let rise again until doubled in size.
- Preheat the oven to 350*. Bake until golden brown, about 45-50 mins. It if appears that breat is browning too quickly, cover with foil the last 10-15 mins of baking time. Remove bread from pans and cool on a wire rack.
*I think this would make delicious french toast too
Persephone Rising Spring Equinox Popovers
- 3 eggs, well beaten
- 1 cup milk
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup flour
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees (F).
- Mix together all the ingredients except the flour.
- Then add the flour, using a whisk to avoid lumps.
- Butter a muffin tin or a popover pan generously (these tend to stick). Individual custard cups work well, too; you’ll need 8 for this recipe.
- Fill the tins or cups 1/3 full.
- Bake for 15 minutes, then turn down the oven to 350 degrees and bake 10-15 minutes for a standard muffin pan. (15-20 minutes at 350 degrees for popover pan or custard cups.) The popovers should be golden brown and firm.
- As soon as you take them from the oven, pierce the tops with a sharp knife to release the steam.
- Run a knife around the edges, pull out, and serve.
- Best served straight from the oven with butter and fruit on the side.
Recipe source : Circle Round : Raising Children in Goddess Traditions by Starhawk, Diane Baker, and Anne Hill