It’s a beautiful morning! What clouds there are are big white puffy things that look all washed clean. It’s bright sunshine and in the upper 50’s, too warm for a jacket. I’ve got all the doors open at the shop. Yes, I’m down here, already.
Yesterday turned out to be ok, weather-wise, for at least part of the day. It got drippy again around 3:30, but it wasn’t more than breezy all day. Tempus and I started the day with putting away various things, so that we could work. One of those things was the box of candles and journals. We have some more of both the black blank books and the cold-cast resin journals. This is the last of the black blank books (they’ve been discontinued), so get ’em while you can! We also are restocked on candles, although we don’t have a whole lot of full boxes, yet (we do have black and white).
After that he worked on the new candle display while I kept working on books. We had friends drop in for a chat and eventually, Tempus went out to run some errands. When he got back he found an email that had to be answered so I went on with books. We eventually inventoried the candle display.
Towards sunset, the sun came enough through the clouds to turn the western sky to pale gold. Our renters came in to chat for a bit and by the time we finished the candles it was quite dark. We came home and I just crashed. I was up again at midnight, trying to make the fridge posters for OCPPG work. I’m getting very frustrated with that.
…and then past 3am, I got a phone call from Tempus that the mini-van dropped dead in the parking lot. <sigh> So life is weird. … worst is that we now have *two* cars down and none easy to fix. So, I never got back to bed until 7am and we’re still trying to figure out how to get the van home and Tempus out on his paper route tomorrow.
Today I’m at the shop and I Tempus is trying to fix the starter on the little Subaru!
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Luffa (or loofah, luffa aegyptica or luffa acutangula) is an odd sort of plant, rather like a cucumber in that it’s a long, green vegetable with the flesh on the outside and a core full of seeds. They’re even edible, if a little bitter, when young. The biggest difference is that they grow a fibrous frame that has been used for a long time as a “vegetable sponge”, wherever they grow, and are particularly good for scrubbing scratchable dishes, counters and glassware. They’re used a lot in Chinese medicine, and the juice is a remedy for jaundice. – Feminine, Moon, Water – Their magicks include helping with rheumatism and arthritis, detoxing, especially the liver, and with acne and scarring. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luffa
Well, this one floored me. I had never heard about a Roman god whose name was Vejovis! No one knows a lot about him, but there was a temple in Rome. He may have come from an older Etruscan god, but was said to have been the first god born and was sacrificed to to avoid plagues. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vejovis
The shop opens at 11am today! 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 a Waxing Crescent. 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. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 3/8 at 5:27am.
Look below the Moon this evening for Aldebaran. Aldebaran is an orange giant star 65 light-years from Earth. The Hyades stars around it are 150 light-years away. Far off to their left is Betelgeuse in the top of Orion. Less far to their right are the Pleiades.
Neptune is hidden in conjunction with the Sun.
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 our 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.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
F 7 High 4:24 AM 7.6 6:43 AM Set 12:36 AM 33
~ 7 Low 11:22 AM 1.0 6:12 PM Rise 10:26 AM
~ 7 High 5:39 PM 5.8
~ 7 Low 11:08 PM 3.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I allow peace to flow through me and keep my attention.
Expository – You have to invite 5 people to dinner, dead or alive. Who do you invite and why?
~ The mind must be like a still pond, conscious of the slightest ripple, able to accurately reflect reality. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ People take pictures of the summer, just in case someone thought they had missed it, and to prove that it really existed. – Ray Davies
~ There is something here I do not know, the knowing of which could change everything. – Terry Davis
~ Diplomats are useful only in fair weather. As soon as it rains they drown in every drop. – Charles de Gaulle (1890-1970) French general and statesman
If I were to wish for anything, I should not wish for wealth and power, but for the passionate sense of the potential, for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible…what wine is so sparkling, so fragrant, so intoxicating, as possibility! – Soren Aabye Kierkagaard (1813-1855) Danish Philosopher
Blow up a water balloon to create a small egg shape, wrap yarn around it, and apply fabric stiffener with a paintbrush. Once dried, pop the balloon! Learn more about the technique below here.
Floor Lamp with Yarn Lampshades – October 19, 2010
With a few simple supplies, it’s easy to take an everyday floor lamp from ordinary to extraordinary. Get started with our easy step-by-step instructions, then personalize the colors of these clever yarn lampshades to your space.
Floor Lamp with Yarn Lampshades
For something more sophisticated, use just one hue of yarn or achieve a more whimsical look by mixing and matching your favorite colors.
Multiple bulb floor lamp
Yarn, color(s) of your choice
Sewing needle or pin
LED light bulbs*, enough for your floor lamp
Zip ties (also called cable ties)
*Tip: If your floor lamp comes with incandescent light bulbs, be sure to replace them with LED light bulbs. They don’t get hot, so they’re the safe choice with paper or yarn lampshades.
Remove lampshades from floor lamp and replace all incandescent light bulbs with LED light bulbs.
Blow up balloon to desired size and knot. Be sure it’s big enough to fit over the light bulb without touching the sides of the bulb.
Tie yarn around end of balloon. Wrap yarn around balloon—use less yarn if you want more light to shine through and more if you want subtle lighting. Once you’ve wrapped your desired amount of yarn around the balloon, brush with fabric stiffener.
Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until you have enough balls to cover all light bulbs on your lamp. Let dry for at least 45 minutes.
Once dry, pop the balloons with a needle and toss popped balloons. Carefully pry open holes so they’re large enough to fit over the lights.
Working one light bulb at a time, put the ball over the light bulbs and secure with a zip tie. Repeat until all light bulbs are covered. Cut off ends of zip ties.
Tip: Try this balloon technique for other projects, too! For example, fill a bowl with a cluster of them for an instant centerpiece or use small balloons to create petite lampshades perfect for a strand of twinkling lights.
1. Neither teenagers nor cats turn their heads when you call them by name.
2. No matter what you do for them, it is not enough. Indeed, all humane efforts are barely adequate to compensate for the privilege of waiting on them hand and foot.
3. You rarely see a cat walking outside of the house with an adult human being, and it can be safely said that no teenager in his or her right mind wants to be seen in public with his or her parents.
4. Even if you tell jokes as well as Jay Leno, neither your cat nor your teen will ever crack a smile.
5. No cat or teenager shares you taste in music.
6. Cats and teenagers can lie on the living-room sofa for hours on end without moving, barely breathing.
7. Cats have nine lives. Teenagers carry on as if they did.
8. Cats and teenagers yawn in exactly the same manner, communicating that ultimate human ecstasy — a sense of complete and utter boredom.
9. Cats and teenagers do not improve anyone’s furniture.
10. Cats that are free to roam outside sometimes have been known to return in the middle of the night to deposit a dead animal in your bedroom. Teenagers are not above that sort of behavior.
Thus, if you must raise teenagers, the best sources of advice are not other parents, but veterinarians. It is also a good idea to keep a guidebook on cats at hand at all times. And remember, above all else, put out the food and do not make any sudden moves in their direction. When they make up their minds, they will finally come to you for some affection and comfort, and it will be a triumphant moment for all concerned.