It’s only 36F! Happy Spring! <shiver> It’s quite sunny, but with some clouds that dim things every so often. There’s just a light breeze, but why is it so cold?!!! Actually, down by the water it’s 42F. It’s just inland. Even the house walls are radiating coolth…
Yesterday started at about the normal time, but we didn’t really get moving for a couple of hours. We had a breakfast of duck eggs, bacon, some home-made sausage and hot cereal. …and coffee of course…. This is us. What did you expect? 🙂
I spent the first part of the day working on a photo essay of the wooden spoons that I made last Sunday. For those I have to set up the photos and then write the essay and then get it up online. I decided to give them their own page, rather than turn it into a PDF this time.
At about 3pm, Tempus decided that we’d better go get my car, since it was done. It was nice and sunny out, but with scattered clouds. I spent a little while cleaning his newspaper route stuff out of the car and de-trashing it and then came in and got a bath. While I was in the tub, 4-ish, suddenly it got dark and started to pour!
Next item on the agenda was a French Onion Tart. I put a link for the recipe in last week, I think. It got Anja-fied…. and then I decided that since I didn’t really have a box for the extra instant potatoes that I would cook some… …and then I went to make up a bean salad dish that I saw a few days ago and then couldn’t find the recipe, although I was pretty sure that I shared it. So, I decided to just wing it, but before I even really got started, the tart was ready to come out, so I served up some, hot, for the both of us and we sat down to eat. I got back up after a bit and finished up the bean salad, which had to marinate for a few hours, at least. It turned out yummy, but garlicky enough to not be a salad, but a condiment.
By then it was 6:30. I was really tired, despite plenty of sleep the night before, so I crawled into bed after I hit “publish” on the new page! Take a look. https://ancientlightshop.wordpress.com/our-gift-to-you-tutorials/wooden-spoons/
Today I think I’m going to the shop by myself. Tempus has a lawn mower to work on and a tiller. I want to get the work table clean, unbury the sewing machine and get a little of that altar cloth sewing done. I might be able to get the counting done on the posters, too.
Here are a couple of our Cafe Press products. The mug set on the left is the shop logo/business card design, but you can get those same mugs in a lot of different ones, including the “Coffee, the pharmacological basis of consciousness” design that’s on the teddy bear! Go here: http://www.cafepress.com/ancientlight/4540487 and then click on the design that catches your eye and browse on that page.
Today’s plant is Oregon Iris, Iris tenax. I grew up calling Iris flowers “ladies’ ball gowns”. Local peoples used the tough leaves for making string and rope mostly for snares. – Feminine, Venus, Water – sacred to Iris and Juno, their magicks are used for purification and magicks including 3’s. The three petals stand for faith, wisdom and valor and can be used in magicks to promote these qualities. More on Oregon Iris here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iris_tenax More on Iris in general here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iris_%28plant%29
Today is Nowruz, a secular middle eastern, central asian festival of happiness and new beginnings. Various customs include fire, cleaning, visiting and other spring things. The UN declared today Happiness Day a few years back. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nowruz and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Day_of_Happiness
The shop opens at 11am! 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 Waning Gibbous. Waning Moon Magick – From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 3/30 at 11:45am. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. , Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Waning Quarter at 6:46pm.
Thursday, March 20, 2:07 a.m. – Asteroid Erigone occults Regulus – Asteroid 163 Erigone will pass in front of the first magnitude star Regulus, causing it to blink out of sight for a few seconds. This will be visible only on a narrow path starting over Long Island, New York, through Kingston, Ontario, Algonquin Provincial Park, and the western part of Hudson’s Bay. A map of the predicted path is shown herehttp://www.asteroidoccultation.com/observations/RegulusOcc/. Erigone itself will be 11th magnitude, not visible to the naked eye.
Thursday, March 20, midnight – The waning gibbous Moon rises around 11 or midnight tonight with Saturn shining near it. They reach their highest station in the south before the beginning of dawn. Although they look paired, Saturn is 3,600 times farther away in the background. Earlier in the day, the moon occulted Saturn as seen from northeastern South America, southern Africa, and Madagascar.
Thursday, March 20, 12:57 p.m. EDT – Equinox – The sun crosses the celestial equator heading north, marking the beginning of Spring in the northern hemisphere and Autumn in the southern hemisphere.Spring begins in the Northern Hemisphere, and fall in the Southern Hemisphere, at the equinox: 12:57 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (16:57 UT). This is when the Sun crosses the equator heading north for the year.
Tuesday, March 18 – Tuesday, Apr. 1, after evening twilight – Zodiacal Light– The faint glow of the zodiacal light, reflected from millions of tiny interplanetary particles, will be visible from northern latitudes in the western sky right after evening twilight ends. Fainter than the Milky Way, this is only visible in really dark skies. The Milky Way arches from southwest to northwest, while the zodiacal light rises straight up from the western horizon underneath Jupiter.
Uranus and Neptune are lost behind the glare of the Sun.
Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
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.
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Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14. Fern (FAIR-n) Alder – The common alder (Alnus glutinosa (L.) Gaertner) is common along lowland rivers, where it grows with aspens, poplars, and willows. Like willows, alders sprout from stumps. This allows them to regenerate after heavy flooding. In protect sites they may grow to 20 m (65 feet) tall. Their leaves are more blunt-tipped than most North American alders, which look more like the grey alder (A. incana (L.) Moench). This species is more common in the mountains of Europe, and is not restricted to moist soils. Like ashes, European alders are not widely cultivated in North American (they are often sold as black alders), but several native species are. Alder wood is said to resist rotting when it is wet, and was the wood of choice for pilings in many regions. Alders are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae).
Fearn – Alder Ogam letter correspondences
Letter: F, V
Meaning: Help in making choices; spiritual guidance and protection.
Ogam letter correspondences to study this month– Ailim – Silver Fir
Color: Light Blue
Meaning: Learning from past mistakes; Take care in choices.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Th 20 High 3:13 AM 8.0 7:19 AM Set 9:20 AM 90
~ 20 Low 9:53 AM 0.3 7:29 PM
~ 20 High 4:04 PM 6.6
~ 20 Low 9:46 PM 2.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I make my own destiny to the best of my abilities.
~ The hardest victory is victory over self. – Aristotle
~ By common consent gray hairs are a crown of glory; the only object of respect that can never excite envy. – George Bancroft (1800-1891) US historian, statesman
~ Conscience is the mirror of our souls, which represents the errors of our lives in their full shape. – George Bancroft (1800-1891) US historian, statesman
~ The prejudices of ignorance are more easily removed than the prejudices of interest; the first are all blindly adopted, the second willfully preferred. – George Bancroft (1800-1891) US historian, statesman
India was the motherland of our race, and Sanskrit the mother of Europe’s languages: she was the mother of our philosophy; mother, through the Arabs, of much of our mathematics; mother, through the Buddha, of the ideals embodied in Christianity; mother, through the village community, of self-government and democracy. Mother India is in many ways the mother of us all. – William James Durant; attributed
“This worked well for me for many years – it’s a simple, weed-free way to grow lettuce, spinach and even radishes. Take a 2 cubic feet bag of potting soil (I used Miracle Grow), rumple it around quite a bit to loose the soil, poke quite a few holes in the back side for drainage, then lay the bag on a smooth surface that will allow drainage and not get too hot, and cut out the top, leaving about a 4 or 5 inch border all around. Lightly rake through the soil to even it out and loosen it even more, then carefully, and evenly sprinkle the seeds around. I put my salad green seeds in an old spice bottle with large shaker holes, added some cornmeal, shook it all up to mix well and sprinkled them out of it. I put the cornmeal in there to allow me to see that I had covered the soil evenly. If doing radish seeds or spinach, just make lines the depth mentioned on the seed pack, plant the seeds and cover appropriately. For salad greens I sprinkled a lite covering of soil over the cornmeal and seeds and then spray-misted to water them in. I put my bags on metal sawhorses and grates to make them waist level. This kept the bags off the hot concrete and I didn’t have to bend over when cutting my salad. When harvesting, just use a pair of scissors and cut what you need – don’t pull the plants out. Same goes for spinach – they will grow back almost magically overnight, and you can’t tell where you cut. Spray mist the seeds and plantlings at first when watering, until they are established, then you can water more vigorously as the plants mature. You will probably need to water more often, since the depth of the bags are not as deep as a regular in-ground garden. I just kept mine moist, but not sopping wet.” — Ashley Rasmussen.