It’s 51F and very sunny, at the moment
Yesterday was all paperwork for me. I started with some of the tax stuff, went on to setting up newsletters, worked on the cookbook and a tiny bit more research. …well, that’s what I managed.
Hatch worked on some cheeses. He tried a mozzarella with a fool-proof recipe, supposedly. <sigh> It turned out tasty and so did the ricotta that he did later, but it didn’t turn into mozzarella!
We did get some pictures of the processes.
Today Hatch and I are going to be baking all day at Marius and Rowan’s. Tempus is going to be at the shop all day.
A warmly dressed fairy getting ready for spring! This is how they coax ‘em out of the ground ya know…. 🙂
From a Facebook page “LOVE and LIGHT ALL”
Today’s Plant is the Early Blue Violet, Viola adunca. – Violet leaves contain more vitamin A than spinach, and a half-cup of leaves has more vitamin C than four oranges, but rhizomes, fruits and seeds are poisonous. Other common names include the hooked-spur violet, Cascade violet, sand violet and the western dog violet. Found on Wiki here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viola_adunca or here:http://blogs.evergreen.edu/sustainableprisons/blog/2012/01/12/spp-plant-profile-early-blue-violet-viola-adunca/ Feminine, Venus, Water – Protects against malevolent spirits, brings changes in luck & fortune, wear to help with headaches, dizziness and to bring calm and sleep, wear in a green sachet to heal wounds.
Today was one of the feasts of Artemis in the Ancient World, although she is usually venerated on the 6th day of each month. Now, we usually think of her as the lady of the crescent moon, the Daughter face of the Goddess, but she is still the goddess of the hunt and of deer and the protector, both of girls and of women in childbirth. She had a chariot drawn by golden deer and several hunting dogs given her by Pan. She carries, not just a bow, but also a spear and net or a lyre. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artemis
The shop opens at 11am. Winter hours are 11am-5pm Thursday through Monday, although they’re drifting longer into the evening as sunset does. 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,
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 2/18 at 3:47pm. Waning Crescent Moon –Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 2/14 at 3:47am.
In early dawn on Friday morning the 13th, the waning <<< Moon forms a nice triangle with Saturn to its right and Antares below them.
Mercury is a “morning star,” most favorably placed for observers in the Southern Hemisphere. Maximum elongation from the sun is on the 24th.
Friday, Feb. 6–Friday, Feb. 20, after evening twilight. Look to the south of west, just above Venus and Mars, for the faint zodiacal light, reflected from interplanetary matter along the ecliptic (marked by green line). Don’t confuse it with the brighter Milky Way to the northwest.
Credit: Starry Night software
Goddess Month of of Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Goddess Month of of Moura, runs from 2/20-3/19
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17
Runic half-month of Sowulo/ Sigel, 2/12-26 It represents the power of the force of good throughout the world and is the harbinger of victory and ascendancy over darkness.
©2015 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright.
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17, Luis (LWEESH)/rowan – The rowan, or mountain ash (Sorbus aucuparia L.) is related to servceberries. The red berries were historically used to lure birds into traps, and the specific epithet aucuparia comes from words meaning “to catch a bird”. Birds are also responsible for dispersing the seeds. Rowans thrive in poor soils and colonize disturbed areas. In some parts of Europe they are most common around ancient settlements, either because of their weedy nature or because they were planted. Rowans flower in May. They grow to 15 m (50 feet) and are members of the Rose family (Rosaceae). They are cultivated in North America, especially in the northeast.
Luis – Rowan Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Grey and Red
Meaning: Controlling your life; Protection against control by others.
Quert – Apple Ogam letter correspondences to study this month
Meaning: A choice must be made
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Th 12 High 5:44 AM 7.4 7:21 AM Rise 1:31 AM 53
~ 12 Low 12:56 PM 1.6 5:41 PM Set 11:38 AM
~ 12 High 7:09 PM 5.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Laughter is a direct route to the soul.It broadens your perspective,keeps you healthy and makes an unbearable situation easier to deal with.
~ Create a new notion of who you’d like to be and work towards it. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ …most people have been brainwashed into believing that their job is to copyedit the world, not to design it. – Seth Grodin
~ If the white man gives you anything — just remember when he gets ready he will take it right back. We have to take for ourselves. – Fannie Lou Hamer (1917-1977) US activist
~ Become a student of fear. Learn all there is to know about it and you will have less of it. – Paul V Harris
A time will come, when from our coffins
Will rise a powerful voice,
Stronger than that which you want now to choke,
A thousand times stronger, more striking!”
These were the last words of Spies …
Hangmen, what do you gain from this?
Did you annihilate the spiritual giant?
Did you extinguish the sun? – August Spies, by David Edelshtat (October 10, 1890; translated from Yiddish by Ori Kiritz) from, Kiritz, Ori. The Poetics of Anarchy: David Edelshtat’s Revolutionary Poetry, Lang, Europaischer Verlag der Wissenschaften, Frankfurt, 1997
When we judge or criticize another person, it says nothing about that person; it merely says something about our own need to be critical.
If you attend a gathering and listen to all the criticism that is typically levied against others, and then go home and consider how much good all that criticism actually does to make our world a better place, you’ll probably come up with the same answer that I do: Zero! It does no good. But that’s not all. Being critical not only solves nothing; it contributes to the anger and distrust in our world. After all, none of us likes to be criticized. Our reaction to criticism is usually to become defensive and/or withdrawn. A person who feels attacked is likely to do one of two things: they will either retreat in fear and shame, or they will attack or lash out in anger. How many times have you criticized someone and had them respond by saying, “Thank you so much for pointing out my flaws. I really appreciate it”?
Criticism, like swearing, is actually nothing more than a bad habit. It’s something we get used to doing; we’re familiar with how it feels.It keeps us busy and gives us something to talk about.
If, however, you take a moment to observe how you actually feel immediately after you criticize someone, you’ll notice that you will feel a little deflated and ashamed, almost like YOU’RE the one who has been attacked. The reason this is true is that when we criticize, it’s a statement to the world and to ourselves, “I have a need to be critical.” This isn’t something we are usually proud to admit.
The solution is to catch yourself in the act of being critical. Notice how often you do it and how bad it makes you feel. What I like to do is turn it into a game. I still catch myself being critical, but as my need to criticize arises, I try to remember to say to myself, “There I go again.” Hopefully, more often than not, I can turn my criticism into tolerance and respect.