It’s 48F and drippy. Water droplets are hanging on the tip of each leaf. Today isn’t supposed to be much of a storm, but we’ve another coming later in the week.
Yesterday just zoomed by. We had so much to do that it’s hard to remember what all…. most of it was small stuff. Tempus worked on the cars some, and kitchen some. (I still wanta try that bread <<<< ) I got some of the updates for Cafe Press started, at least, and some more newsletter stuff sorted. Around 5pm we headed for the shop to do some cleaning before esbat, trying to get some of the stuff that’s been cluttering the workroom out of the way. I found my calendar! Not long before esbat we got a phone call that everyone else was too exhausted to make it, so we finished up and came home and fell into bed, ourselves.
I was up for awhile working on Cafe Press stuff, now that’s working again. There may be some tweaks yet and I *can’t* get the inexpensive water bottle to work for some darned reason, but it’s a start. http://www.cafepress.com/ancientlight/11111927
If there’s a product that you don’t see and want, let me know in the comments and I’ll get it put up. I really didn’t see the use of the undies, but someone wanted and bought …. 🙂
There are a number of different t-shirts and I brought back the hoodie this year. Also, the teddy bear is back and yes, you can get him in white or pink along with the blue. The computer is being stubborn about the main picture is all! I’ve left the non-pictured colors up for the moment, although I can’t recommend this design on any but white. I’m working on a non-background version of the logo, but something’s not quite right, yet.
These products raise some of the funds that help us make OCPPG such a fun event. Each product except for the hoodie, stickers and buttons makes $3 that is set aside for this. Stickers/Magnets/Buttons make us $1 each and the hoodie makes $5. These products are also fantastic advertising for us! Please buy early and use ’em! …and I got silly and even chucked in some jewelry….. 🙂
Today I’ll be at the shop. Our elderly friend has a doctor appointment, so Tempus is going to be gone most of the day. I know one thing that I’m getting into is sorting and prepping and storing some of the herbs that have been drying all winter! Speaking of which… did you see this photo essay on drying herbs? Bundling Herbs for Drying
Today’s plant is the Weeping Cherry, Grandma’s favorite in our front yard, which seems to be this one http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prunus_subhirtella, the Higan Cherry. There are listings for cherries and weeping trees both, but the weeping cherries do not produce fruit, only lovely flowers. Cherries: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cherry Cherry Blossom: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cherry_blossom Weeping Trees: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weeping_tree Divination, Creativity; Healing. Objects made of Cherry wood are used to attract Love. Cherry juice is used as a substitute for blood in old recipes. Cherry gum is burned as a resin for sore throats.
First Equirria – There were two days of horse racing framing the festivals of the gods of Rome as the family of Mars. They’re some of the earliest religious observances documented in Roman practice and may have been preserved as a religious requirement long after the time when anyone knew what they were for! Driving the biga, the two-wheeled light-weight chariot was a feature of these races, since it had a ritual sacred aspect as well as the excitement of a horse race! More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equirria and on the biga here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biga_(chariot)
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 in Hecate’s Brooch going Dark at 1pm. 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 2/28-3/1 at midnight. 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 on 2/27 at 1pm. 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 2/28-3/1 at midnight.
Sirius shines at its highest in the south by 8 or 9 p.m. Use binoculars to look for the dim open star cluster M41 straight below it by 4°. That’s a little less than the width of a typical binocular’s field of view.
And with a moderate to large telescope on a night of very fine seeing, this is when to try to detect the white-dwarf companion of Sirius, now 10.2 arcseconds east of the bright primary. See last October’s Sky & Telescope, page 30, for tips and tricks when attempting this challenging project. http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/newtrack/st_201310/
Uranus sinks low in the west after dusk.
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 Teiwaz/Tyr, 2/27-3/13 This is a time of positive regulation, sacrifice and hard work in order to progress.
©2014 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
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 – Living on earth is expensive, but it does include a free trip around the sun every year.
~ Being a Warrior isn’t about fighting, it is about being effective. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Daring is like water, finding the way in through the smallest space to get you to your goal. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Don’t blindly mimick anyone. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Empowerment is about being effective, not exhibitionist. – Kerr Cuhulain
Vivien by Alan Seeger http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Seeger
Her eyes under their lashes were blue pools
Fringed round with lilies; her bright hair unfurled
Clothed her as sunshine clothes the summer world.
Her robes were gauzes–gold and green and gules,
All furry things flocked round her, from her hand
Nibbling their foods and fawning at her feet.
Two peacocks watched her where she made her seat
Beside a fountain in Broceliande.
Sometimes she sang. . . . Whoever heard forgot
Errand and aim, and knights at noontide here,
Riding from fabulous gestes beyond the seas,
Would follow, tranced, and seek . . . and find her not . . .
But wake that night, lost, by some woodland mere,
Powdered with stars and rimmed with silent trees.
Ostara Magick – Pisanki
* Pisanki: Icons of the Universe * from Okana’s Web; <http://www.okana.net/pisanka.html>
One of the prime icons and symbols of Spring, of birth and rebirth And fertility, is the egg, and Poles have made decorating and sanctifying them an art form. The perfect icon of the universe, decorated eggs were taken out into the fields as the grains were sown, along with a candle blessed at Gromniczne (Imbolc), in order to bring life back into the warming soil. Eggs were also buried at the base of fruit trees to make them bear in abundance. Even the water in which boiled-style eggs were prepared is sacred; used to wash in, bless with, poured along the property lines to protect against lightening and thunder and the ravages of weather, and anointing bee hives to bring plenty of sweet tasting honey. A bowl of decorated eggs was kept in the homes at all times, to ensure good health and prosperity. Once decorated in ritual fashion, eggs were never thrown out if they were broken. Instead they are buried in the garden, bringing good fortune, or given to the Rusalje (water nymphs/spirits) in the nearest river or stream. A Great symbol of fertility, eggs traditionally bedeck the breads baked for weddings.
The eggs are decorated in several different styles. Boiled eggs are decorated in single colors, usually red, and are called krashanka. These are meant to be eaten, or fed to the livestock, and are dyed appropriately with materials safe for consumption. Krapanka are also boiled eggs, and are decorated with multi-colored dots. Drapanka are single color boiled eggs into which a design is scratched with a pin or small knife tip.
Lystowka are wrapped in leafs and subjected to a bath of onion skin water, giving a beautiful relief pattern. Depending on the type of leaves used, these eggs may also be eaten as they are boiled in the onion skins. (do NOT use any leaf you are not sure of if you plan to serve these eggs!). The most common and most tedious form of decoration, however, is called pisanki, a batik-method coloring using beeswax, commercial or natural material dyes, and RAW eggs (boiling the eggs first will not only alter the significance of the icon, but will allow water to seep through and ruin the dye, or will alter the design by adhering to cracks formed in the boiling process).
Traditionally, eggs were decorated by women and girls only; now I find that many more men are taking up this ritual as a meaningful expression of the season’s celebration. Ages old rituals passed from baci (grandmother) to her family are used for the preparation of the designs. I follow a ritual much as the one outlined below – some taught, some self-inspired.
The working is traditionally done after dark, in a quiet spot that Allows concentration, meditation, and ritual consciousness. By custom, the artist should have made an effort during the day to remain calm and anger- free. The work space is set up much as an altar would be. A white tablecloth covers the work space; your candle is set in the middle of the table. Salt and bread are set behind the candle, a cup of water to the left, and flowers or incense to the right.
There are a series of traditional designs with names that date from pre-Christianity. Examples are the set of four called “The Princess, The Queen, The Crone, and the Great Goddess”, 40 triangles, Call of Spring, the Universe, Gates, Birds, and Gypsy Roads. If you would like instructions for these specific designs, email the author, and I will get them to you. But you are free of course to follow inspiration and create your own personal magickal designs, and below are some of the symbolisms of design and color in pisanki:
* Sun – almost all pisanki incorporate some type of sun design. These include circles, tripods, stars, roses and swastikas.
* Circle – stands for completeness, continuity, and the cyclical nature of life.
* Circle with a dot inside – stands for the moment when the spring sun’s light first hits the earth, renewing life.
* Circle divided in half – polarity, as in male/female, black/white, good/evil, night/day, life/death
* Circle inscribed with a solar cross – the four directions, the four ages, the elements
* Circle in a circle – androgyneity
* Circle surrounded and bounded by smaller circles – the poppy – consolation, oblivion, sleep, frailty
* Swastika – happiness, blessings, good fortune, good will
* Tripod – birth, life, death; man, woman, child; maiden, mother, crone
* Rose – an eight pointed star much as is found in Pennsylvania Dutch hex symbols and in quilts – stands for purity, knowledge, beauty, perfection, elegance, the eye of the Divine.
* Dots – either stars or eggs
* Triangle – air, fire, and water; sun, thunder, and bonfire; earth, air, heaven
* Encircling line – eternity
* Embattled lines – looks like the top of a castle tower, going up, left, down, left, up, left, etc. – stands for something contained, or protection against some outside force
* Invected line – a row of half circles touching at the ends ^^^^^^^^ – stands for the meeting of opposites, such as land and water or earth and sky
* Saw – indented lines, looks like a saw blade – stands for fire or water, cleansing
* Meander – looks like a child’s rendition of waves – stands for harmony, infinity, waves, immortality. The most famous design incorporating this style is Gypsy Roads, a meander between alternate fields of red and black, and is a strong protection icon.
* Sieve – any space decorated with criss cross lines, like a net – Dividing good and evil
* Basket – a triangle inscribed with a sieve – motherhood, the giver of life and gifts
* Ladder – searching
* Comb, rake – sunrays, putting things in order, harvest, husbandry, prosperity
* Bends – elongated s shapes – defense, protection
* Spirals – mystery of life and death, divinity, immortality
* Solar Crosses – four directions, four ages, four elements
* Trees – pine branches strength, boldness, growth, eternal life; broad leaf trees renewal, creation, unity; apple tree fertility, luck
* Grapes and vines – fellowship, loyal love
* Plums – lines with curved (semi-circle) branches in pairs – knowledge, health, wisdom
* Three leaf clusters – “periwinkles” – eternal love, pure love
* Oak leaf – persistence, strength
* Lily of the Valley – purity, humility, young brides
* Sunflower – circle inscribed with a sieve design and with a stem – The God, a life symbol
* Cucumber – oval with a line of dots from end to end – the preservation of life
* Grain kernels – fertility, abundance
* Stag antlers – leadership, victory, nobility, joy, maleness
* Horse – wealth, prosperity, speed, endurance
* Ram horns – strength in the face of opposition, perseverance, dignity
* Rooster – good fortune, exultation, vigilance, married life
* Hen – fertility
* Birds – the coming of Spring – sparrows symbolized the soul of man Trying to be one with the Divine under any conditions, and community life – swallows protected households, larks protected fields, nightingales protected orchards, ducks and geese protected lakes and rivers, and storks protected villages
* Butterflies – childhood, frivolity, soul’s ascent to immortality, freedom
* Spider – artistry, patience, industry
* Fish – abundance, sacrifice, regeneration
* Hens’ Feet – motherly protection, guiding the young in search for knowledge
* Goose Feet – the soul, warning, wakefulness (many Poles use geese as watch animals)
* Bear paws – the guardian of the forest, bravery, wisdom, strength, endurance, reawakening, protection, the guardian of homeowners
* Rabbits ears – humility, listening to lessons of nature
* Wolves teeth – loyalty, wisdom, a firm grip on truth, teaching
* Yellow – light, purity, wisdom, youth, happiness, harvest, hospitality, love, benevolence
* Orange – endurance, strength, worthy ambition, fire, flame – it is the red of passion tempered by the yellow of wisdom)
* Green – renewal, breaking of shackles, freedom from bondage, freshness, fertility, health, hopefulness
* Red – action, magic, fire, charity, youth, spiritual awakening, joy of life, love – children are usually given solid red eggs at Wiosna
* Black – absolute, constancy, eternity, the womb, death, fear, ignorance – black and white eggs are in honor of the souls of the departed
* Brown – Mother Earth, bountiful gifts
* Blue – used SPARINGLY, as is hard to make – skies, air, good health
* White – purity, virginity, innocence, birth
* Purple – fasting, faith, patience, trust
From Pam at Hearthside Circle