Yesterday everything went on hold. I woke with a migraine and it only got worse, so I went back to bed. I awakened in the middle of the afternoon to a tapping on the door and Amor’s voice saying, “Mama?” He brought me a lovely orchid (thank you, Cat!) and good wishes from various folks. …and then we talked for the rest of the day right through 11pm…. He and Hatch got to meet and had fun talking, too, and when Tempus got home he chimed right in.
Today Hatch, Amor and I are going to be baking. Tempus will be at the shop. I know that y’all are probably getting sick of me talking food, but we’re in the final crunch and then it’s back to your usual stuff about the shop. Btw, once I’m actually back at the shop again, I’ve a lot of lovely smudges to work with, including mugwort!
Today’s Plant is the Evergreen Violet,Viola sempervirens. This is a pretty plant that looks like nothing much through 9 months of the year here on the coast, but is spectacular in March, when it covers the ground with beautiful golden flowers on a deep blue/green background and still lovely in April/May. It is indeed evergreen, not withering to the ground, although it sometimes is overshadowed by grass. It grows well in the park behind the house. As any viola it is Feminine, ruled by Venus, but unlike the blue violets (corresponding to water) the Evergreen Violet corresponds to the element of Air and the Sun – 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’s feast is the Parentalia, a festival of ancient Rome. Quoting Wilson’s Almanac: “Temples were closed and weddings prohibited during the Parentalia, ancient Rome’s main festival of the dead, which lasted until the Feralia (February 21). It was customary for people to visit the graves of their parents and other relatives, placing offerings of wine, milk, oil, honey and water from springs. Also laid at the graves were sacrificial blood from the bodies of black animals. Mourners decorated the graves with roses and violets, then partook of a ritual meal at the graveside.
The mourners greeted each other with the words, Salve, sancte parens, “Hail, holy ancestor”.
Today was a day for the famed Vestal Virgins to perform a special ritual, in honour of their sacred ancestor, when they visited the cult’s parental shrine which was sacred to the early Vestal, Terpeia.
The Phoenix and Arabeth 1992 Global Spiritual Calendar (Phoenix and Arabeth, Ukiah, CA, USA, 1992) called it a “purification festival of [the] Goddesses Mania and Vesta, devoted to ancestors”. ” More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parentalia
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 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,
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.
After dusk at this time of year, four carnivore constellations climb low in a row across the northeast to southeast. They’re all seen in profile, with their noses pointed to the upper right and their feet (if any) to the right <<< Ursa Major in the northeast (with the Big Dipper as its brightest part), Leo in the east, Hydra the Sea Serpent in the southeast (Jupiter shines midway between the heads of Leo and Hydra), and Canis Major in the south.
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.
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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
F 13 Low 12:17 AM 3.3 7:19 AM Rise 2:32 AM 43
~ 13 High 6:43 AM 7.5 5:42 PM Set 12:24 PM
~ 13 Low 2:04 PM 1.2
~ 13 High 8:29 PM 5.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Ever stop to think, and forget to start again?
~ It is the desire of the good people of the whole country that sectionalism as a factor in our politics should disappear… – Rutherford B. Hayes (1822-1893) US President (19)
~ A cat has absolute emotional honesty: human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not. – Ernest Hemingway
~ At this time in history, we are to take nothing personally, Least of all ourselves. For the moment that we do, our spiritual growth and journey comes to a halt. – unnamed Hopi Elder
~ Hold fast to dreams, For if dreams die, Life is a broken-winged bird, That cannot fly. – Langston Hughes
The people of England have been led in Mesopotamia [Iraq – PW] into a trap from which it will be hard to escape with dignity and honour. They have been tricked into it by a steady withholding of information. The Baghdad communiques are belated, insincere, incomplete. Things have been far worse than we have been told, our administration more bloody and inefficient than the public knows. It is a disgrace to our imperial record, and may soon be too inflamed for any ordinary cure. We are to-day not far from a disaster. – TE Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia); ‘Report on Mesopotamia’, The Sunday Times, August 22, 1920
General Directions – Peel the paper off the cubes of 1 pound of butter, set in a mixing bowl (or food processor bowl), covered, and let stand at room temperature for an hour, at least.
Add the flavoring ingredients to the butter and whip, mix or process until “smooth” (some butters, like nut butters, stay lumpy)
Put into air-tight containers, let sit overnight and keep in the fridge for up to a month. Some need “standing time”
Quantity can be halved.
¼ cup fresh lemon juice
2/3 cup fresh dill (or 1/3 cup dried)
¼ cup green onions, chopped
1 tbsp minced garlic (about 3 large cloves)
2 bulbs of garlic, peeled and chopped (you can use ¼ cup of pre-minced stuff from the produce department of the grocery store, instead)
Pinch of dill weed, ground caraway, or Italian seasoning (one of these, only!)
Honey butter – great on morning toast
½ cup of honey
Spiced Honey butter – Wonderful on pancakes
½ of honey
1 tbsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla flavoring
Rum butter – Good on raisin bread or English muffins
2 tbsp of real dark rum or rum flavoring
1 tbsp raw sugar
Maple butter – use this instead of butter and syrup, less messy to serve
½ cup of real maple syrup, or
½ cup of real maple sugar or
½ cup of karo syrup and 2 tbsp maple flavoring
Quick Italian butter – Good on sandwiches or toast with dinner
Add 1 packet of 4 seasons Italian salad dressing mix. (Can use right away)
12 garlic cloves (larger) crushed
1 packet of 4 seasons Italian salad dressing mix
Fresh Dill butter – A good sandwich spread
½ cup of fresh chopped dill (don’t use stems)
Fresh Sage butter – This is strong, but good on rolls when you’re having soup or salad
¼ of fresh chopped sage leaves
Mint butter – This is unusual, but goes well with fruit or chocolate chip pancakes or try it on orange tea bread.
½ cup of fresh chopped mint
Hazelnut, almond or pecan butter – Real “butter”, like peanut butter, would be just the “buttered” nuts, but this is tasty and good on toast or pancakes.
½ cup of finely chopped nuts
1 tbsp or raw sugar
Bacon and Blue Cheese Butter Recipe
3 strip bacon, cut into 3 pieces
1/2 pound butter (1 stick), softened to room temperature
1/2 cup blue cheese, crumbled
Cook bacon. Drain, pat dry and chop the bacon into very fine pieces. Add the bacon, blue cheese crumbles to the butter. Fridge overnight, at least.