It’s 52 and drippy-looking. The clouds are tangling in the top of the cedars. Did you remember to re-set your clocks?
We got the shop open before time yesterday. I started by sorting business cards and renewing the board while Tempus called people to get current listings. After that I headered cedar while he was getting streamers on the shop flags, then put away a lot of dried flowers, then went out and tied up the irises that were really getting out of hand. Tempus went out to rinse the tumbler stuffs and I got to work on those in back.
We had some customers in during the morning, and it was starting to drizzle by the time I was doing “vegetation bondage” (tying up the irises, Tempus was making folks laugh with that comment….). By the time Tempus went out to rinse out the tumblers, it was pouring.
We got that finished, although I have to put the trays away this morning, and then after awhile I sat down to embroider. I’m almost done with one pincushion motif, but it’s taking awhile to find the time to stitch! I guess the weather kept folks home because we were it, for the workshops.
Diana from Valley-Coast Connection dropped in to pick up her camera that someone had left here for her. Diana and Rick are moving at the end of the month. The Duckmeister stopped by and we had a good chat. By late in the afternoon, I was having trouble staying awake. Rainy weather does that…..
We dug into inventory at that point and sorted out some “problem” files. I had a reading, very late in the day and we had some good sales from that group. By that point it was pouring and the wind had picked up. We stopped to get gas and got pulled over since Tempus’ car is putting out smoke when he first starts up. …but we got home, ate and I went to bed.
The time change really messed with the paper deliveries this morning, so Tempus ended up going back to bed for a bit. I had been working on drawings and sorting the main quotes file that I haven’t touched since winter a year ago….
Today we have class, first thing, and then I need to work with a couple who is coming in for counseling. Project Day starts at noon and we’ll be working on wax tablets and hear what’s going on with Marius’ glass furnace. If I get done in time I’ll be working on my blackwork.
Today’s plant is Goldenrod, Solidago Canadensis. A good browse plant, although not shade-tolerant, it is one of the first plants to colonize burned-off areas. In Fukishima it has taken over the rice fields near the wrecked nuclear plant. – Feminine, Venus, Air – Wear a piece of goldenrod to see your future love. Hold a piece in the hand and it will direct you to things you’ve lost or buried treasure. If it blooms by your door without being planted, good fortune will follow. It’s also used in money spells and has the property of survival. Wiki article here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solidago_canadensis
Chotrul Duchen is one of four Tibetan Buddhist festivals that commemorate his life. It’s held around this time of year and features sculptured butter lamps, some of which are huge. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butter_Lamp_Festival and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butter_lamp and a bit about the offering and prayers here: http://bodhiactivity.wordpress.com/2011/05/28/lamp-offering-prayer/
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 Waxing Gibbous. 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 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/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.
Episode 1 of the reborn Cosmos http://www.cosmosontv.com/ airs tonight (Fox network, 9 p.m. Eastern, 8 Central). Its remake 34 years after the original is the cover story of the April Sky & Telescope http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/newtrack/st_201404/ — a generation after the original with Carl Sagan made the cover of the September 1980 issue. http://www.shopatsky.com/product/sky-and-telescope-september-1980-digital-issue/magazine-issues
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.
Planting 3/9 – 3/11
©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
Su 9 Low 12:15 AM 3.4 7:39 AM Set 3:19 AM 52
~ 9 High 7:20 AM 6.9 7:15 PM Rise 1:03 PM
~ 9 Low 2:37 PM 1.3
~ 9 High 9:13 PM 5.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I accept clarity, peace, and order in all aspects of life.
~ Good books don’t give up all their secrets at once. – Stephen King
~ Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved. – Jeremy Kitson
~ Real excellence and humility are not incompatible one with the other, on the contrary they are twin sisters. – Jean Baptiste Lacordaire
~ Love doesn’t just sit there like a stone; it has to be made, like bread, remade all the time, made new. ~Ursula LeGuin
I Have a Rendezvous with Death . . . by Alan Seeger http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Seeger
I have a rendezvous with Death
At some disputed barricade,
When Spring comes back with rustling shade
And apple-blossoms fill the air —
I have a rendezvous with Death
When Spring brings back blue days and fair.
It may be he shall take my hand
And lead me into his dark land
And close my eyes and quench my breath —
It may be I shall pass him still.
I have a rendezvous with Death
On some scarred slope of battered hill,
When Spring comes round again this year
And the first meadow-flowers appear.
God knows ’twere better to be deep
Pillowed in silk and scented down,
Where Love throbs out in blissful sleep,
Pulse nigh to pulse, and breath to breath,
Where hushed awakenings are dear . . .
But I’ve a rendezvous with Death
At midnight in some flaming town,
When Spring trips north again this year,
And I to my pledged word am true,
I shall not fail that rendezvous.
BLACK PANSY SYRUP – From David Feys, co-chef, Sookie Harbour House, Sookie, British Columbia
2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup water
1 cup black (or dark purple) pansy petals, loosely packed
- Put pansy petals into a food processor fitted with the steel blade.
- Add 1/3 cup sugar.
- Grind pansies into sugar by pulsing 4 times, then process for about 30 seconds.
- Combine sugar, pansy/sugar mixture and water in a small, no aluminum saucepan.
- Over medium heat bring the mixture to a boil. Stir once and reduce the heat to low.
- Allow to simmer and cook to a syrup stage. (If you have a candy thermometer, do not allow the mixture to go over 220F.)
- When mixture reaches a syrup stage, remove it from the heat and pour into heatproof container.
- Allow to cool.
Note – The rich dark color is a wonderful contrast when poured over vanilla ice cream. Makes about 1 cup syrup.
Honegar – (Serves two people, 30-day supply)
6 Cups each, raw honey and apple cider Vinegar
Heat equal parts (no more than 2 cups of each at a time) of the honey and vinegar in a large non-metal saucepan over medium heat. Stir occasionally with a wooden spoon. The honey will melt into the vinegar in a few minutes, making the mixture easier to stir. Keep stirring until you no longer feel heaviness or see any areas of thickness on the spoon (about 15 minutes). Remove from heat and let cool for 30 minutes. Pour into canning jars and cap tightly. Store in the refrigerator.
Orange Apricot Juice – http://autumnearthsong.com/2012/03/03/ostara-recipes-2012/
1 (12 ounce) can apricot nectar, chilled
1 1/2 cups orange juice, chilled
2 tablespoons lemon juice
In a pitcher, combine apricot nectar, orange juice, and lemon juice. Serve chilled.
*I would triple this at least!!