It’s messy outside. The wind is trotting along just below 20mph and gusts are going up into the 30’s. We’ve gotten well over 1/3 of an inch of rain today.
The sun was trying *so* hard to come out as we were heading for the shop yesterday morning. Every so often it succeeded, but not for very long. I made a last minute harvest of violets and comfrey in one of the breaks. The comfrey was being weeded *out* of the violets. Darned stuff takes over if you let it, so I weeded it and saved it. We got the shop open and Tempus headed out to get the paperwork for OCPPG for the hall on Saturday (for the potluck, but classes all day….) I got the plants sorted out and then did some filing. (BTW, the spell checker is insisting that “comfrey” is spelled “comforter”. Hmmm… not the same.)
Kelly was in for a few. We have some Luck Knots for sale, now. Tempus was back to grab some more paperwork and then take off again to get the bank deposits done and then in and out later heading up to the house to set up the salad garden bed. We had a number of customers in, but just after 3pm, it decided to pour. I had asked specifically if it could start to rain *after* I got the flower seeds distributed in the planters. I got soaked…. <sigh>
I worked pretty steadily all afternoon on getting headers on the new stuff, but there were a lot of people in, so I didn’t get all that far. I did get a little cutting out of scraps done for pouches, too. Tempus got back 5-ish and I went in back to rest for awhile. He got a phone call right about then, some folks who wanted to come out from Corvallis, so we stayed open. When they got there, they shopped for quite awhile and then we all got started talking. …and kept on until past 9pm! At that point, after they took off for Corvallis, Tempus and I closed up, went home, ate a snack and went thud….
Today he’s back from his paper route, pretty soggy. He’s already gone back to bed. We’ll get back up and head for the shop at the normal time. He has some more errands to run this morning, and then we need to get back into inventory. I’m hoping to get some of the stuff in the back moved a bit more.
Today’s Plant is Gillyflower, Clove Pink, Carnation, all names that are used for, Dianthus caryophyllus. This plant has been hybridized to the point where the basic flower and the florist’s varieties (which are all that show up in the article….) don’t look a bit alike, although they keep the scent. These also make a yummy tea. Even a single flower in a cup of green tea is enough! There is a lot of symbolism to the flower, depending on which culture you’re in, although they generally are thought to mean love, fascination, and distinction. They were used particularly in crowns of victory in ancient Europe. – Masculine, Sun, Fire, Jupiter – All-purpose protection, in healing for strength and energy (so perfect for hospital bouquets!) and for healing of broken hearts, add red, rather than pink blossoms. White are occasionally used for the protection of children or those who travel. Dried petals make a great addition to sachets, potpourris or incense since they strengthen the properties of other plants and herbs. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dianthus_caryophyllus
Zlaty Amos, the Czech Teachers Day, is held annually on the birthday of John Amos Comenius. Czech students nominate the teachers whose approach most motivates and inspires them to the competition Zlatý Ámos (Golden Amos). The coronation of “Golden Amos” (or the “teachers of the year” as we would say in the US) take place yearly on March 28, and yes, they really wear crowns! See more here (website in Czech, but there are pictures) :http://www.zlatyamos.cz/ and on Comenius here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Amos_Comenius
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 email@example.com 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.
The huge, bright Winter Hexagon nearly fills the southwestern sky at dusk. Start with bright Sirius in the south, marking the Hexagon’s lower left corner. High above Sirius is Procyon. From there look even higher to Pollux and Castor with bright Jupiter below them, then from Castor farther lower right to Menkalinen and Capella, then lower left to Aldebaran, then duck lower left around to Rigel at the bottom of Orion, and back to Sirius. Within the Hexagon shine Jupiter and Betelgeuse.
In a telescope Mars has grown to 14 arcseconds wide, almost as large as the 15.1″ it will attain when passing closest by Earth in mid-April. See the telescopic Mars map and observing guide in the March Sky & Telescope, page 50. http://www.shopatsky.com/product/sky-and-telescope-march-2014-digital-issue/magazine-issues
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
F 28 Low 5:24 AM 1.2 7:04 AM Rise 5:44 AM 11
28 High 11:21 AM 7.8 7:39 PM Set 5:38 PM
28 Low 5:48 PM 0.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Applaud others with abandon……forget to toot your own horn.
~ First keep peace with yourself, then you can also bring peace to others. – Thomas a Kempis
~ A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus. – MLK
~ Remember that as a teenager you are in the last stage of your life when you will be happy that the phone is for you. – Fran Lebowitz
~ To practice magic is to be a quack; to know magic is to be a sage. – Eliphas Levi from The Threshold of Magical Science
It teaches the strong to know when they are weak and the brave to face themselves when they are afraid. To be proud and unbowed in defeat yet humble and gentle in victory. And to master ourselves before we attempt to master others. And to learn to laugh, yet never forget how to weep. And to give the predominance of courage over timidity. – General Douglas MacArthur, on the virtues of competitive athletics.
O Spring, beautiful Season!
O Goddess, beautiful Goddess!
Come with joy to us now,
with goodness and plenty.
Come with tall flax that
roots deeply in the field.
Come with corn, lots
of corn, lots and lots of corn!
Look, we have sent girls to you
bearing gifts to make you happy:
look, we have sent them to you
bearing cakes made with fried eggs. ~Russian Folksong
The Earth will bear for a long time with no return. She will keep giving and giving, providing us with food and water and air. But even the Goddess cannot go on without getting. If we only take from the Earth, and never give back, we will eventually deplete even her vast energy.
Agricultural people across the world have recognized the need to offer food to the earth – to put back into the earth nutrients we have taken from it. Today we send our garbage out to sea; we turn our back on the mountains of discards that stand as sentinels to all our cities. To truly honor the Goddess is to seek to rectify that imbalance, to give back to the Earth so that she can continue to give to us, her children. By Patricia Monaghan ~ From “The Goddess Companion” and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast 1-800-THE-MOON
Saule wears silken garments
with a silver crown,
with a silver crown,
made of gilded leaves..
Saule crosses the lake,
brilliant as tinsel,
a crown of gold on her head,
and polished slippers on her feet.
Goddess mother Saule
there above the river,
her shawl, her gilt shawl,
slipping from her shoulders. ~Lithuanian Folksongs
How loving are the prayers humans have offered to their Goddesses! In every century, on every continent, people have revered an image of a kindly, loving woman. She is a Mother Goddess but she is a sister and lover as well. She is a queen or a priestess, a maiden or a crone. But each of these images is a partial one; no one figure captures all the aspects of the divine feminine. Even as powerful a figure as the Lithuanian sun goddess Saule does not exhaust the possibilities of feminine power, in that land, other Goddesses also shone in the light of the female sun, all radiating their special powers.
What would it be like today to live in a world where such feminine power was recognized and loved? Today, strong women are as often reviled as honored. Young women are stalked when they should be protected. Mothers, and their children, live in squalor and poverty. Each time we invoke the Goddess, we strengthen her presence within ourselves, and thus within this world.
)0( By Patricia Monaghan – From ” The Goddess Companion” and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast