The sun is going in and out and it’s fairly breezy. I’m not really sure what the temperature is since most of the weather stations in our area are down, but my guess is around 50F. We’ve got wet and windy weather moving in tonight and through the weekend.
Yesterday we still took it kinda easy, but got going on various chores once we were coffeed sufficiently. Tempus was mostly working in the kitchen. I was sorting stuff from boxes into my filing cabinet. I’m *still* looking for my class handouts for various courses that I’ve taught, and most, other than the pagan ones, are nowhere to be found.
Late in the day I set up a potroast with turnips, parsnips, ‘shrooms, onion, carrots, corn and even some beans. I put some sausages in the oven to be cooked in burgundy. It’s one of the recipes from the feast and home-made sausage, to boot.
It rained too hard all day to do anything outside. Tempus and I want to get that salad garden set up, but he needs to cut the grass and it’s too darned wet…. at least according to him. I keep thinking we oughta just lay the cardboard and forget it.
Today the shop opens at 11am. Tempus has errands to run and then we’re supposed to get back into inventory. At the least I’m going to get some sewing done, maybe even get a couple of the leather pouches finished.
Today’s plant is the California Poppy, Eschscholzia californica. Everyone knows this one, right? 🙂 This is a different plant from the opium poppy and contains a different set of chemicals. It has the same magickal uses, however. The locals used it for an analgesic. – Feminine, Moon, Water, Hypnos, Demeter. – Use in dream pillows and other sleep aids. Eat poppy seed as a fertility charm. Carry as a prosperity charm (money & luck). Make a sachet of flowers and tuck a question inside. Sleep on it. the answer will appear in a dream. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eschscholzia_californica
Today’s feast is that of Gauri, one of the names of Parvati, the Great Mother in the Hindu traditions. One of her great festivals is held around this time of year. She is a fertility aspect of goddess, associated with the corn, hence the name “Gauri” which means “fair complexion” and has a lot of different symbolism. This article here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parvati has more information, but search for “Gauri” to find the specifics.
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 in Hecate’s Brooch . 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. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark of the Moon on 3/28 at 11:45pm.
Thursday, March 27, sunrise – The Moon close to Venus – The slender crescent moon will be just to the left of Venus, which will appear as a miniature crescent in small telescopes.
On the traditional divide between the winter and spring sky is the dim constellation Cancer. >> It’s between Gemini to its west and Leo to its east. Cancer holds a unique object: the Beehive Star Cluster, M44, in its middle. The Beehive shows to the naked eye as a dim, cloudy glow if your sky is fairly dark. Look for it a little less than halfway from Pollux to Regulus. With binoculars it’s a snap even in a polluted sky.
Saturn (magnitude +0.3, in Libra) rises around 11 p.m. and is highest in the south around 4 a.m. By then it’s far left of Mars and Spica, and less far to the upper right of Antares. Saturn’s rings are tilted a wide 22° to our line of sight for most of this spring.
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.
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. Runic half-month of Ehwaz, 3/30-4/13 – Ehwaz, the horse; time of partnership between humans and Nature, as between rider and horse. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 55
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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 27 Low 4:26 AM 2.0 7:06 AM Rise 5:09 AM 19
~ 27 High 10:20 AM 7.6 7:37 PM Set 4:25 PM
~ 27 Low 4:59 PM 0.0
~ 27 High 11:20 PM 7.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – There’s no telling how many miles you will have to run while chasing a dream!
Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – In the book Rascal by Sterling North, the teacher tells the class about raccoons. “As you can see,” she said, “raccoons are curious.” List the things that you. are most curious about.
~ Improve your business, your life, your relationships, your finances and your health. When you do the whole world improves. – Mark Victor Hansen
~ Do not take life too seriously – you will never get out of it alive. – Elbert Hubbard
~ Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language. – Henry James
~ You see a lot of smart guys with dumb women, but you hardly ever see a smart woman with a dumb guy. – Erica Jong
Kesey’s belly was hurting and the docs did a scan and found a black spot on his liver. It was cancerous but encapsulated which meant there was no cancer anywhere else. They decided to cut it out and the surgery went okay. He had sixty percent of his liver left to carry the load but in one of those dirty tricks the body can play on you everything else went to hell and this morning at 3:45 AM his heart stopped beating.
A great good friend and great husband and father and grand dad, he will be sorely missed but if there is one thing he would want us to do it would be to carry on his life’s work. Namely to treat others with kindness and if anyone does you dirt forgive that person right away. This goes beyond the art, the writing, the performances, even the bus. Right down to the bone.
Ken Babbs on Ken Kesey, American author and Merry Prankster who died on November 10, 2001
Herbal Energy Sachets – You will need 4 inch squares in assorted colors and patterns, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, ginger, and 1/4 inch ribbon. In a small bowl, mix the spices until you are pleased with the scent. Place one heaping tablespoon of the mixture in the center of each fabric square. Gather the corners together and secure with a piece of ribbon. Charge the sachet with love and energy while visualizig the person you will be giving it to.
Nature Sculpture – You will need: items found in nature (on the ground) such as large pieces of wood, pine cones, nuts, feathers, rocks, etc. Using hot glue, attach the items to each other in a sculpture. Attach a hanging rod to the back and hang on the wall or use as a tabletop piece.
Some of you may have made the muslin bags filled with Lavender buds to add to your clothes dryer. Here’s a little different twist. Use raw uncooked rice in the muslin bags. In a bowl add Lavender essential oil to the rice, stir and place in bags. You can also use handkerchiefs or other material. Just be sure to seal or tie it so you don’t end up with rice in your dryer. Brought to you by AromaThyme.com – http://www.aromathyme.com
Anja’s version – You can use a lot of different oils for this purpose, or even other herbs. I have a couple of cheap washcloths that were folded over and stitched across one short and one long side. Once filled I fold the other short end over and use a big safety pin to hold it shut. Once, in about 20 years, I’ve had rice escape.