Yesterday was busy. All kinds of little jobs from laundry to putting books back on shelves to sorting my socks, to filling the pill box. <sigh> The day went sailing past. I did get a Mab’s Creations post out during the afternoon and set up today’s newsletter, but then it was time to get to esbat.
We had a good ritual, first running over to Patterson Park to watch the sunset. I had harvested some sorrel right before we left for the paten and that, some dates, a couple of honeycrisp apples and a wedge of Oregonzola cheese were delicious together! When we were done, the Moon was high and bright washing out the stars in the clearest sky.
Today the shop opens at 11am. For some darned reason I’m awake, so I figure that I’ll get this out, then go back to bed. We have inventory to work on, so I’m hoping that we’ll be able to get right on that when we get to the shop. I also would really like to get the sewing machine un-buried.
Today’s Plant is Mugwort, Artemisia vulgaris. One of the Nine Herbs of the old Anglo-Saxon charm, this herb has many different uses from insect-repelling to flavoring beer. It’s a bad one for pregnant women to ingest since it can induce abortion, since it’s a mild poison, but it’s used as a medicinal for various complaints and as a food. Some of the traditional folk uses are: magical protection, to repel insects, especially moths, from gardens., as a remedy against fatigue, to protect travelers against evil spirits and wild animals. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nine_Herbs_Charm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mugwort – Feminine, Venus, Air/Earth – Clairvoyance, psychic dreams, astral projection, protection, strength. Place in the shoes for protection and to prevent fatigue on long journeys. The fresh leaves rubbed on a magick mirror or crystal ball will strengthen divinatory abilities. Mugwort is perhaps the most widely used Witches’ herb of all time.
Are you against the censorship of the internet that is happening in various places around the world? There’s a whole organization devoted to this cause! It was first observed on March 12, 2008 at the request of Reporters Without Borders and Amnesty International. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Day_Against_Cyber_Censorship
Kasuga Matsuri is the monkey festival held at the Kasuga grand shrine. It is a festival of music and dance particularly the bukaku style which is the oldest continuous music (gagaku) and dance (bukaku) tradition in the world, dating back 12 centuries. Click for larger pictures (they’re both beautiful) More on the Grand Shirne here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kasuga-taisha#Festivals and here: http://www.sacred-destinations.com/japan/nara-kasuga-grand-shrine and on the sacred dance style here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bugaku and music here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gagaku
The shop opens at 11am today! Spring hours are 11am-6pm 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.
Look left of the Moon this evening for Regulus. It’s the bottom star in the handle of the Sickle of Leo.
Jupiter, magnitude –2.4 in Gemini, dominates sky overhead during evening (for midnorthern skywatchers). See our articles on observing Jupiter in the January Sky & Telescope http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/newtrack/st_201401/ or the briefer online introduction Jupiter: Big, Bright, and Beautiful. http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/home/238809441.html
Goddess Month of of Moura, runs from 2/20-3/19
Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17, Nion (NEE-uhn)
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14, Fern (FAIR-n) Alder
Runic half-month of Berkana/ Beorc, 3/14-29 Half-month ruled by the goddess of the birch tree; a time of purification for rebirth and new beginnings.
©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
Th 13 Low 5:27 AM 2.5 7:32 AM Set 5:47 AM 86
~ 13 High 11:15 AM 7.2 7:20 PM Rise 4:47 PM
~ 13 Low 5:57 PM 0.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I give myself permission to say “no”!
~ To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift. – Steve Prefontaine
~ The first time I see a jogger smiling, I’ll consider it. – Joan Rivers
~ I bet after seeing us, George Washington would sue us for calling him ‘father.’ – Will Rogers (1879-1935) US actor, humorist
~ No business which depends for its existence on paying less than living wages to its workers has any right to continue in this country. By living wages I mean more than a bare subsistence level – I mean the wages of decent living. – Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945)
No one’s going to do something for you, and I think that’s been the thing that’s gotten me through everything. I’ve never sat around and waited for anybody to do anything for me. If I wanted to do something, I made it happen. – Alyssa Mastromonaco, Deputy White House Chief of Staff for Operations
Almond Paste Dates
1/2 Pound Almond Paste
1 Pound Dates (Pitted)
- Slit dates lengthwise
- press almond paste into canoe opening
- Sprinkle with colored or powdered sugar (optional)
Egg Nest cookies – Chocolate, coconut and jellybeans make for great Easter cookies and bird nests They look like bird nests and with jelly beans inside, the kids will get a kick out of these Easter treats. One recipe will make more than 30 nests so this could feed a whole flock of guests. This is a sweet tweet you will want to use over and over again.
4 cups sweetened flake coconut
3 to 4 tablespoons mini chocolate chips
4 ounces (about 1/2 cup) mini jelly beans
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup butter or margarine, at room temperature
1 package (3 oz) cream cheese, at room temperature
3/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon coconut extract
- Combine flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt in small bowl.
- Beat together butter, cream cheese and brown sugar in large bowl until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes.
- Beat in egg yolk and coconut extract.
- On low speed, gradually beat in flour mixture in 3 batches until well blended.
- Stir in 3 cups of the coconut.
- Cover bowl with plastic wrap; chill 1 hour until firm enough to handle.
- Spread remaining coconut on waxed paper.
- Heat oven to 350 degrees
- Using level tablespoon, shape dough into 1-inch balls; roll in remaining coconut.
- Place on ungreased baking sheet, spacing about 2 inches apart.
- Bake at 350 degrees in oven 10 to 15 minutes or until firm to touch.
- Cool on baking sheet or wire rack for 1 minute.
- Then press indentation into center of each cookie, using back of 1/2-teaspoon measuring spoon.
- Spoon about 1/4 teaspoon mini chocolate chips into each indentation.
- Top with 3 jellybeans to mimic eggs in the bird’s nest.
- Gingered Kiwi Fruit – adapted from http://autumnearthsong.com/2012/03/03/ostara-recipes-2012/
- 3 oz sugar
- 3 oz water
- ¼ cup crystallized ginger, minced
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 8 kiwi fuit, peeled and sliced
- 4 oranges, peeled and sliced
- In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, combine sugar, water and ginger. Bring to a boil. Stirring constantly, boil until mixture reaches a light syrup consistency, about 3 mins. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Cool slightly. In a dessert dish, gently stir fruit slices and ginger syrup until well mixed. Cover and refrigerate until well chilled, about 2 hours.
- Serves 4