Psychic Fair today! Special Guest, Catriona, Hand Analyst!
Yesterday went pretty well, except the list of 7 little tasks only got 5 done. How is that possible? 🙂 I got some more of the obsidian priced and into the inventory. Tempus is going to be setting that out this morning. He got some lights replaced. I set out a lot that still needs to be done, but mostly I spent time cleaning/sorting in the class/workroom.
We went down to watch the sunset, then came back up to the shop and were there until 8:15, getting ready.
Today is our first psychic fair of the year. Catriona, a hand analyst, is our special guest and she’ll be doing a special workshop at 1pm! Here’s the schedule:
- 11am – Herbs Workshop, Starting your own seeds (seeds will be provided and all materials, $1 per pot to take home)
- Noon – Crystals Workshop – Agates and obsidians
- 1pm – Hand Analysis Workshop with Cliona!
- 3pm – Sewing Workshop – Bring a project, or work on making a flower pincushion ($1 for materials)
- 6pm – Turning the Wheel Meditation for early Spring.
- Hand Analysis available all day.
- Readings from 4-6pm and by appointment after 7pm.
Today’s Plant is Sword fern, Polystichum munitum. It grows all winter on the coast, getting greener and lovelier every year as the new fiddles come up out of the center of the plant and develop into fronds. I’ve been enjoying those, watching them for months, now. they can get to be 6 feet tall and some of the ones down in the park where the stream crosses through are that size! The indigenes used the rhizome as a poverty food (baked and peeled), and the fronds are one of the best remedies for relieving the pain from the sting of a Stinging Nettle. It is also commonly used by florists as an ornamental plant. – Masculine, Air, The God, the Puck. – This is an herb of masculine power, protection and luck. Use in spells to guide to treasure. Burn to drive away pests.…and as any fern, burn for rain…. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sword_fern
The Matronalia, the feast of v, (another festival of the family of Mars) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucina_%28goddess%29 was the Roman version of Mothers’ Day. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matronalia
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 New. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends on 3/2 at Noon. 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 Full on 3/16 at 10:08am.
Look east after dusk this week for the constellation Leo already climbing well up the sky. Its brightest star is Regulus, and the Sickle of Leo extends upper left from there. As the saying goes, Leo announces spring.
Mercury (brightening from magnitude +0.8 to +0.3 this week) glimmers low above the east-southeast horizon during dawn. Look for it far lower left of Venus.
The supernova in M82 is still hanging in. Six week after its outburst began, it’s still about visual magnitude 11.7. And it’s reddening. Take another look while the evening sky is still moonless. See the updated article. http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/highlights/Bright-Supernova-in-M82-241477661.html
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.
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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.
Sa 1 High 12:16 AM 8.2 6:53 AM Rise 6:48 AM 0
~ 1 Low 6:16 AM 0.8 6:04 PM Set 7:02 PM
~ 1 High 12:14 PM 8.8
~ 1 Low 6:42 PM -0.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Empower yourself – find your light and let it shine.
~ Do not think that the knowledge you presently possess is changeless, absolute truth. Truth is found in life and not merely in conceptual knowledge. Be ready to learn throughout your entire life and to observe reality in yourself and in the world at all times. – Thich Nhat Hanh
~ Kindness is the beginning of cruelty. – Frank Herbert (1920-1986) US writer
~ Goals are dreams with deadlines. – Diana Scharf Hunt
~ Your second-hand bookseller is second to none in the worth of the treasures he dispenses. – Leigh Hunt (1784-1859) English writer
Lyonesse by Alan Seeger http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Seeger In Lyonesse was beauty enough, men say: Long Summer loaded the orchards to excess, And fertile lowlands lengthening far away, In Lyonesse. Came a term to that land's old favoredness: Past the sea-walls, crumbled in thundering spray, Rolled the green waves, ravening, merciless. Through bearded boughs immobile in cool decay, Where sea-bloom covers corroding palaces, The mermaid glides with a curious glance to-day, In Lyonesse.
Ostara Lemon Cake – http://autumnearthsong.com/2012/03/03/ostara-recipes-2012/
1 box lemon cake mix
1 (3.4oz) package instant lemon pudding mix
¾ cup oil
¾ cup water
1 TB water
2 TBs melted butter
1/3 cup lemon juice
2 cups powdered sugar
Preheat the oven to 350*. Grease a 9 x13 baking pan. Prepare the cake mix using the pudding mix, eggs, oil and water. Bake in the prepared pan for 35-45 mins, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
While the cake is baking, prepare the glaze, mixing together all the ingredients until smooth. Pour the glaze over the warm cake and serve. Makes 10-12 servings
1 cup sugar
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 tablespoons freshly grated ginger (not powdered!)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons Myer’s Rum or 1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon allspice (Jamaican preferred)
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
3 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 lbs peeled, grated carrots (4 cups)
2/3 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons melted butter
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Grease and flour or spray 2 8 inch round cake pans with Baker’s Joy. (If using butter and flour, tap out the excess).
- Mix together flour, sugar, and spices in a large bowl.
- Add lightly beaten eggs and oil, grated carrots and remaining ingredients. Stir to combine.
- Pour batter evenly into the two prepared cake pans.
- Bake in preheated oven until cake tester or toothpick inserted in center is nearly clean when removed, approximately 25 minutes.
- Allow cake to cool, then remove from pan and frost with cream cheese frosting
2 oz. Soft Cream Cheese
8 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon vanilla
3 cups powdered sugar
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat together cream cheese, butter, and vanilla on high speed.
- Gradually beat in the sugar at reduced speed.
- Add more or less sugar to achieve desired consistency.
- Spread first cake round with 1/3 frosting for the bottom, add the second layer and use remaining frosting on top or sides.
- If desired, sprinkle with flaked coconut or chopped nuts before serving.
- Coconut Carrot Cake – http://autumnearthsong.com/2012/03/03/ostara-recipes-2012/
- *I adore carrot cake….and this is a spicy moist one..delish!!
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon allspice
- 4 eggs
- 2 cups white sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 1/4 cups vegetable oil
- 2 cups grated carrots
- 1 (20 ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained
- 1/2 cup sweetened flaked coconut
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- 1 cup raisins
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Coat a 10x15x2 inch baking dish or 10 inch Bundt pan with cooking spray. In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Set aside.
- In a separate larger bowl, mix together the eggs, sugar and vanilla by hand. Stir in the oil; the mixture should resemble pudding. Gradually stir in the dry ingredients, then fold in the carrots, pineapple coconut, walnuts and raisins. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, and spread evenly.
- Bake for 55 to 60 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a small knife inserted into the cake comes out clean.