It’s only 41F, chilly enough to make the bedroom cold, so I got up. It seems to have cleared for a bit, although the moonlight went away for awhile. There’s light starting in the east. It’s supposed to get up to around 60F today. Oughta be a nice day today!
By the time I was out the door yesterday the sun was shining brightly and the sky was very blue. So much for overcast and showery! The grass was soaking and my feet were still damp at noon from wading through it, but I got violets and fleabane harvested and realized that the blackberry vine issue was getting critical.
Once we got to the shop, Tempus did a bunch of running around. …after that we got distracted by talking about medieval beds…. and then a bunch of customers came in and we ended up doing an impromptu class on incense. I got some herbs put away and started setting up for tomorrow. More people came in, some friends, and then we finally settled down to lunch. …after 3pm…. <sigh> It goes like that! I got a new necklace done and then did photos on a sand table since the weather was so nice.
…and then we both kinda vegged. I got a little small stuff done, mostly putting away some resins and herbs that I’m done with, and got Tempus to put away the stuff he’d been using, so we have a table tomorrow. Right at about closing time he went over to the grocery to pick up some things for supper. After that we closed up and came home and I put together that vegetarian pie that I had in the newsletter the other day while he assaulted the blackberries and the rugosa that was planning on eating the sorrel. When the pie was done we had supper and then I turned in, while Tempus wrote a letter.
Today is Saturday and that means Workshops! Today’s schedule:
11am – Shop opens
11am – Herbs Workshop, Incense experiment, local pine resins and cedar
Noon – Crystals Workshop, ID’ing crystals.
3pm – Sewing Workshop – Cutting Out from a pattern.
…and I’m putting in a plug for supporting the Oregon Coast Pan-Pagan Gathering! Every piece you buy gets us a little more support for putting on the event. This year will be October 10-12. << A new product this year are these earrings, that are the logo for 2014. The event itself is free and each year we manage a little more financial support to help bring teachers in. This year’s products can be found here: http://www.cafepress.com/ancientlight/11111927 You can also support the event by buying ads that run in the event handbook, on Ancient Light’s website and are featured in this newsletter! https://ancientlightshop.wordpress.com/oregon-coast-pan-pagan-gathering/oregon-coast-pan-pagan-gathering-2014/ocppg-advertisers/
Today’s plant is the Bells of Ireland, Moluccella laevis (Bells of Ireland, Molucca balmis, Shellflower, Shell flower) is a summer flowering annual, native to Turkey, Syria and the Caucasus. It is cultivated for its spikes of flowers which look like green bells. In the language of flowers, it represents luck. It’s a member of the mint family as you can tell by the leaves! More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bells_of_Ireland
Today is the Ides of March, mostly known today for the death of Julius Caesar, but they were a religious celebration during the Roman Empire. They were sacred to Jupiter and Anna Perenna. “The ides of March have come,” meaning to say that the prophecy had not been fulfilled, to which the seer replied “Aye, Caesar; but not gone.” More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assassination_of_Julius_Caesar and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ides_of_March#Religious_observances and on Anna Perenna here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anna_Perenna
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 Full. 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 Tide Change on 3/16 at 10:08am. Full Moon – The day of the day before and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on Monday 3/17 at 10:08pm.
The << Big Dipper glitters high in the northeast these evenings, standing on its handle. You probably know that the two stars forming the front of the Dipper’s bowl (currently on top) are the Pointers; they point to Polaris, currently to their left. And, you may know that if you follow the curve of the Dipper’s handle out and around by a little more than a Dipper length, you’ll arc to <<<< Arcturus, now rising in the east.
But did you know that if you follow the Pointers backward, you’ll land in Leo? >>>
Draw a line diagonally across the Dipper’s bowl from where the handle is attached, continue far on, and you’ll go to Gemini.
And look at the two stars forming the open top of the Dipper’s bowl. Follow this line past the bowl’s lip far across the sky, and you crash into Capella.
Mercury is well placed in the morning sky for observers in the southern hemisphere for most of March.
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
Sa 15 High 12:43 AM 7.1 7:28 AM Set 6:45 AM 96
~ 15 Low 6:44 AM 1.5 7:22 PM Rise 6:47 PM
~ 15 High 12:38 PM 7.4
~ 15 Low 7:03 PM 0.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Children are like wet cement, whatever falls on them makes an impression that lasts…..
~ It is no longer possible to go on passively ‘hoping for the best’ while remaining as we are. – Annie Lou Stavely
~ A friend is a gift you give yourself. – Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) Scottish novelist, poet
~ Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn. – Harriet Beecher Stowe
~ Politics makes me sick. – William Howard Taft (1857-1930) US President (27)
There once was a pretty good student,
Who sat in a pretty good class
And was taught by a pretty good teacher,
Who always let pretty good pass.
He wasn’t terrific at reading,
He wasn’t a whiz-bang at math,
But for him, education was leading
Straight down a pretty good path.
He didn’t find school too exciting,
But he wanted to do pretty well,
And he did have some trouble with writing,
And nobody had taught him to spell.
When doing arithmetic problems,
Pretty good was regarded as fine.
Five plus five didn’t always add up to 10,
A pretty good answer was nine.
The pretty good class that he sat in
Was part of a pretty good school.
And the student was not an exception,
On the contrary, he was the rule.
The pretty good school that he went to
Was there in a pretty good town.
And nobody there seemed to notice
He could not tell a verb from a noun.
The pretty good student in fact was
Part of a pretty good mob.
And the first time he knew what he lacked was
When he looked for a pretty good job.
It was then, when he sought a position,
He discovered that life could be tough.
And he soon had a sneaky suspicion
Pretty good might not be good enough.
The pretty good town in our story
Was part of a pretty good state,
Which had pretty good aspirations,
And prayed for a pretty good fate.
There once was a pretty good nation,
Pretty proud of the greatness it had,
Which learned much too late,
If you want to be great,
Pretty good is, in fact, pretty bad. — From “The Osgood File,” copyright 1986, CBS Inc.
Most conventional egg dyes on the market are made with potentially harmful coloring agents, such as FD&C Red 40 and FD&C Yellow 6, and ingredients derived from petroleum. But colorful dyes that are safer for the environment and your family’s health can be made simply and cheaply with plant-based ingredients like pomegranate and spinach. Check out “Color Me Organic” for tips on having a greener Easter.
© The Green Guide, 2008
Color Me Organic by Emily Main and P.W. McRandle
Easter is coming and you’ve got your free-farmed or organic eggs—so why not dye the shells naturally, too? There are a number of vegetable- and fruit-based dyes that offer a broad range of beautiful colors and are better for you and the environment than artificial colors.
Easter eggs can be dyed using either a hot method or a cold method. If you choose the hot method, hard-boiling the eggs prior to dyeing them isn’t necessary; they’re “cooked” as they’re boiled in the dye. The cold method is safer for younger children who want to be part of the process; in this case, eggs should be hard-boiled first. In either situation, never plan on eating the eggs if they will be un-refrigerated for more than two hours.
Before dyeing your eggs, wash them with soap and water to remove any dirt or oils that might prevent the dye from sticking to the shell (this is also a good sanitary measure, should you decide to make an Egg Tree; see below).
Making Natural Dyes
For 4 cups of dye, you’ll need:
1 tablespoon of a spice or 4 cups of a chopped fruit or vegetable (see list below; adding more of these ingredients will give the dye a darker hue)
4 cups of water
2 tablespoons of white vinegar (to help the dye adhere to the eggs)
Combine the ingredients in a pot, and bring them to a boil, then reduce heat and let the mixture simmer for 15 to 30 minutes. The longer you allow the ingredients to simmer, the darker the color will become. If you choose to dye the eggs using the hot method, you can add raw eggs to the mixture while it’s being prepared. If using the cold method, remove the dye from the heat, allow it to cool, then run it through a strainer. Dip your hardboiled eggs in the dye for at least 15 minutes—longer if you want a darker color. When finished, you can rub the eggs with vegetable oil to give them a soft sheen.
For a little variation, you can have kids decorate the eggs with crayons or wax pencils before boiling and dyeing them. Or, wrap a rubber band around the egg to create contrast, either on a white egg, to prevent coloring, or on a dry, dyed egg, where it will give you a stripe of the original color if it’s redipped in another.
Older kids who can handle delicate egg shells might be interested in making an Easter Egg Tree, a tradition native to Germany and Austria.
Start by puncturing both ends of a raw egg with a pin. Work the pin a bit to make two small holes, and then blow out the egg’s contents into a bowl. Because of salmonella risks, it’s best if the adults handle this step, but to avoid it completely, you can purchase an egg blowing tool, sold at craft stores, or you can try Martha Stewart’s trick of using a rubber ear syringe from your local pharmacy to remove the contents. Once the shell is empty, dye it per the procedures above.
For your tree, use branches collected from your yard or an obliging roadside, and place them in a pot or vase filled with sand or pebbles. Tie a piece of twine or ribbon around half of a broken toothpick, and insert the toothpick into one of the holes you created initially. Then tie the other end of the twine or ribbon around one of your branches, and you can admire your eggs indefinitely.
Natural Egg Dyes
The following materials will give a range of intensities and surface textures to create a unique Easter egg basket or tree. Measurements where given are approximate; play with additional spices, vegetables and fruits for different results. Canned vegetables will work in place of fresh or frozen, but their colors will be paler. Also, herbal and black teas will give you varying shades of greens, reds and browns.
Pink/red: Pomegranate juice, red onion skins, beets or the juice from pickled beets, pickled red cabbage juice, chopped rhubarb stalks, cranberries or cranberry juice, raspberries, red grape juice
Orange: Yellow onion skins, paprika
Dark orange: Chili powder
Yellow: Orange or lemon peels, carrot tops or shredded carrots, celery seed, ground cumin, ground turmeric
Greenish yellow: Yellow Delicious apple peels
Blue: Red cabbage, canned blueberries or blueberry juice, blackberries, purple grape juice
Lavender: Small quantity of purple grape juice, violet blossoms plus two teaspoons of lemon juice, small quantity of red onion skins
Brown/tan: Dill seeds, black walnut shells, strong or instant coffee, tea
Free Farmed and/or Organic Eggs
Pete and Gerry’s (www.peteandgerrys.com)
Phil’s Fresh Eggs (www.philsfresheggs.com)
Also try out eggs produced by Food Alliance farmers (www.foodalliance.org – see Where to Buy)
Image courtesy of Mary Jane’s Farm (www.maryjanesfarm.com)
1. I started out with nothing, and I still have most of it.
2. My wild oats are mostly enjoyed with prunes and all-bran.
3. I finally got my head together, and now my body is falling apart.
4. Funny, I don’t remember being absent-minded.
5. Funny, I don’t remember being absent-minded.
6. If all is not lost, then where the heck is it?
7. It was a whole lot easier to get older, than to get wiser.
8. Some days, you’re the top dog, some days you’re the hydrant; the early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.
9. I wish the buck really did stop here, I sure could use a few of them.
10. Kids in the back seat cause accidents.
11. Accidents in the back seat cause kids.
12. It’s hard to make a comeback when you haven’t been anywhere.
13. The world only beats a path to your door when you’re in the bathroom.
14. If God wanted me to touch my toes, he’d have put them on my knees.
15. When I’m finally holding all the right cards, everyone wants to play chess.
16. It’s not hard to meet expenses . . . they’re everywhere.
17. The only difference between a rut and a grave is the depth.
18. These days, I spend a lot of time thinking about the hereafter . . .I go somewhere to get something, and then wonder what I’m “here after”.
19. Funny, I don’t remember being absent-minded.
20. HAVE I SENT THIS MESSAGE TO YOU BEFORE……….?