High Wind Warning for this afternoon through 4am! http://www.wunderground.com/US/OR/002.html#WND Don’t ignore this one. They’re talking about 70mph gusts and a good bit of rain, too.
Talk about a cluster! Yesterday just went so sideways in the morning… We got open on time, but it was pushing it. I had to ask the Duckmeister for a ride and then we realized that Tempus was going to have to come with me, and we had to pay the shop rent and then he had to go home after helping me get the shop open. Bless her heart for driving us around! …but things got way better as the day went on.
By early afternoon he had the starter back in his Subaru and it was running. I had been run off my feet by folks in and out and that kept up all day! Some of it was friends, some was customers, (some were both) but I stayed on the hop right through 5pm. I finally got my lunch then, after I had heated it up for the 4th time…. Well, the weather turned lovely and folks are starting to schedule things out here, since it’s March. Two sets of people came in who are out here for retreats and a couple more for a family reunion. Some folks just came out for the day and some for the weekend.
Gods…. the weather was *awesome* yesterday! It’s the kind of day that makes living out here worth it! I love the storms and rain, but when they clear, there is no more beautiful place on earth, in my opinion! Upper 50’s, light mist as it was getting on towards sunset, clouds high and white, until they went away, and the sky was that incredible blue shade of spring! Even the “rickshaw” green bike was out, and *lots* of people walking!
Tempus got back to the shop right around closing time and then we stopped at the park for a couple of minutes, then took a drive down to Yachats to take the kinks out of his car that result from sitting. Tempus described the sunset as, “lovely, but subtle”. I like that.
We took a turn into the Yachats State park and pulled up by the overlook and got out to watch as the twilight was deepening into night. That stretch of the coast, right by the mouth of the Yachats River, is so very straight, that when the wind is from the right direction, rollers break all at once, with a roar. It gives the ocean a heartbeat, albeit a very slow one. Lights were on in homes across the river, shining on the water with a cozy-colored glow.
When we got home I ended up talking with some friends for a bit instead of going to bed right away, as I should have. We had salad for supper and then turned in, except Tempus woke me by tripping over something way early and then I couldn’t get back to sleep, so I was up working on newsletter sorting. I managed to sleep at a reasonable hour, so I’m ok this morning.
Today is the usual workshops. We have herbs first, and some of that is going to be storing the spring harvest, some will be on drying flowers vs herbs. Crystals is going to be on agates and obsidian again. We’ll see what’s doing in the tumblers! Sewing is just “bring your own project”, although if you just want to sit and chat, that’s ok too, or I have some handwork on drawstring pouches… I’m hoping that Tempus will finish re-stocking the herb wall and maybe hang my windchime.
One of my sons is really into Lindsay Sterling’s music, and I just ran across a video that shows why… and I watched it because *I* got into Phantom of the Opera for awhile! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCL94-MsxYc
…and a couple more: Lord of the Rings – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQiNVk_u0po
…and if you’re young enough to have played the Pokemon hand-held game or watched the cartoons. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zo0OccO5_qU
Today’s Plant is Nodding Onion, Allium cernuum. This is sometimes called Lady’s Leek. It’s an edible plant in the Allium family, but not particularly choice. (Yeah, personal experience…) It’s called “Nodding” because the inflorescences, the “flower”, tend to droop, unlike a lot of the alliums that end up with a ball on a stick. Most of the plants in this family are edible, but be careful! There are a few that are either disgusting or at least mildly poisonous and there are bulbs that *are* poisonous that are easy to mistake. Onions have been very important as a food/nutrition source for a long while and have even been worshiped at times. These are grown as ornamentals, mostly, but are found wild here on the coast. – Masculine, Mars, Fire, Isis – Cut and dry the flowers and add to a grapevine or rosemary wreath for a house protection spell. These are great for house blessings. Grown in pots indoors or in the garden they protect against evil and particularly against poisonous snakes. When you harvest in the fall, make a decorative braid of onions and hang over bedroom doors to prevent infections. Nodding onions are great for this purpose because, not being particularly great as food, you won’t mind replanting them in the spring as they start to sprout! Purify swords and athames after particularly heavy magicks, by rubbing the blade with a cut bulb, then wash with clear water and oil with rosemary-infused almond oil. Place the dried flowers in a vase at the head of the bed, or pack into a pillow sachet to help clarify prophetic dreams.
There is an epic poem that is 1003 years old today. The Shahnameh “The Book of Kings”) is a long epic poem written by the Persian poet Ferdowsi between c. 977 and 1010 CE and is the national epic of the Iranian cultural continent. Consisting of some 60,000 verses, the Shahnameh tells mainly the mythical and to some extent the historical past of (Greater) Iran from the creation of the world until the Islamic conquest of Persia in the 7th century. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shahnameh and on the poet here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ferdowsi
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 at the Waxing Quarter at 5:27am. 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. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 3/14 at 10:08pm.
Saturday, March 8, 8:27 a.m. EST – First Quarter Moon – The First Quarter Moon rises around 11 a.m. and sets around 2 a.m. It dominates the evening sky. At dusk the first-quarter Moon stands above Orion high in the south. The bright light upper left of the Moon is Jupiter in Gemini.
Daylight-saving time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday morning for most of North America. Clocks spring forward an hour. About an hour before that happens, have a look at your western horizon. You’ll see an arch of first magnitude stars: Procyon, Pollux, Castor, and Capella, and suspended beneath them, the planet Jupiter and the slightly gibbous waxing moon. Jupiter shines above the Moon this evening. Although they look fairly close together, Jupiter is almost 1,800 times farther away — and 40 times larger in diameter.
Mercury (magnitude +0.2) is low above the east-southeast horizon during dawn, about 20° lower left of bright Venus.
Saturday/Sunday, March 9/10, 1 a.m. – Jupiter and the Moon – Saturday night (or rather Sunday morning) at 2 a.m. we turn our clocks forward to Daylight Saving Time. About an hour before that happens, have a look at your western horizon. You’ll see an arch of first magnitude stars: Procyon, Pollux, Castor, and Capella, and suspended beneath them, the planet Jupiter and the slightly gibbous waxing moon. Jupiter shines above the Moon this evening. Although they look fairly close together, Jupiter is almost 1,800 times farther away — and 40 times larger in diameter.
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.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Sa 8 High 5:18 AM 7.2 6:41 AM Set 1:31 AM 43
~ 8 Low 12:27 PM 1.2 6:13 PM Rise 11:13 AM
~ 8 High 6:55 PM 5.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – In the freedom of the mind you will find expression of the soul
~ You have to stay in shape. My grandmother, she started walking five miles a day when she was 60. She’s 97 today and we don’t know where the hell she is. – Ellen DeGeneres.
~ The world is not run by thought, nor by imagination, but by opinion. – Elizabeth Drew (1935- ) US journalist
~ There’s no such thing as a tough child – if you parboil them for seven hours, they always come out tender. – W.C. Fields
~ Be a first rate version of yourself, not a second rate version of someone else. – Judy Garland
~ An orotundity, which I define as Nobelitis a pomposity in which one is treated as representative of more than oneself by someone conscious of representing more than himself. – William Golding (1911-1993) English writer
~ I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired. – Fannie Lou Hamer (1917-1977) US activist
~ A book is a gift you can open again and again. – Garrison Keillor
~ A man who won’t die for something is not fit to live. – Dr. Martin Luther King.
Ostara Magick – Bulb Planting Earth Chant – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html by Eileen
For all those spring planted bulbs like lilies, oxalis, glads, begonias and such:
breath of the stone is strange to me
i know it lives as i can’t see
force of the earth is strong and free
sustenance and beauty be
born of the stars and sprung from the ground
Mother, Goddess all around
Wheel must turn as the seasons show
what lies dead shall surely grow