49F and overcast. Everything is wet and dripping from the 1/3 of an inch of rain we got yesterday and an 1/4 inch so far today. There was a sun break that made everything shine like it was polished for a minute as I walked into the study, but it went away.
I hadn’t realized just how empty the newsletter files were. Even with working on it on Wednesday it took me all yesterday afternoon to get ’em done. Tempus got bored at the shop because it was quiet, so was making necessary phone calls. Once I did get the stuff finished I took a bit to answer mail and then got back into pictures for my class.
Marius got to the house just past 6:30 to pick me up and we had our Sewing Time. He’s 2/3 done with the 2nd hem and is getting the technique down pat. I started by shifting needles into my new needleroll and then got my little Assisi-work sampler finished. I didn’t have the camera with me, so pictures didn’t happen.
Did you see this photo essay on drying herbs? Bundling Herbs for Drying
Today’s plant is the Weeping Cherry, Grandma’s favorite in our front yard, which seems to be this onehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prunus_subhirtella, the Higan Cherry. There are listings for cherries and weeping trees both, but the weeping cherries do not produce fruit, only lovely flowers. Cherries:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cherry Cherry Blossom:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cherry_blossom Weeping Trees: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weeping_treeDivination, Creativity; Healing. Objects made of Cherry wood are used to attract Love. Cherry juice is used as a substitute for blood in old recipes. Cherry gum is burned as a resin for sore throats.
First Equirria – There were two days of horse racing framing the festivals of the gods of Rome as the family of Mars. They’re some of the earliest religious observances documented in Roman practice and may have been preserved as a religious requirement long after the time when anyone knew what they were for! Driving the biga, the two-wheeled light-weight chariot was a feature of these races, since it had a ritual sacred aspect as well as the excitement of a horse race! More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equirria and on the bigahere: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biga_(chariot)
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,
Waxing Moon Magick – The waxing moon is for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or healthy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healings for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. Phase ends on 3/5 at 10:05am. . Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 3/3 at 10:05pm.
Venus and Mars in the western twilight have widened to be 2.7° apart now. Look for faint Mars beneath Venus.
Mercury (magnitude 0.0) glimmers just above the east-southeast horizon during dawn, a little lower every day. Bring binoculars.
Goddess Month of of Moura, runs from 2/20-3/19
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17
Runic half-month of Teiwaz/Tyr, 2/27-3/13 This is a time of positive regulation, sacrifice and hard work in order to progress.
Planting 2/27 -3/1
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Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17, Nion (NEE-uhn), ash – the common ash (Fraxinus excelsior L.) is a major tree of lowland forests in much of Europe, along with oaks and beeches. It grows to 40 m (130 feet) in open sites, with a broad crown reminiscent of American elm trees. Ash was and still is an important timber tree, and is a traditional material for the handle of a besom. The common ash is occasionally cultivated in North America, and similar native ash species are widely grown as street trees. Ashes are members of the Olive family (Oleaceae).
Nuin – Ash Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Glass Green
Meaning: Locked into a chain of events; Feeling bound.
Ogam letter correspondences to study this month Oir – Spindle Ogam letter correspondences
Letter: TH, OI
Meaning: Finish obligations and tasks or your life cannot move forward.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
F 27 Low 1:08 AM 3.2 6:57 AM Set 3:00 AM 61
~ 27 High 7:15 AM 7.4 6:01 PM Rise 12:50 PM
~ 27 Low 2:30 PM 0.9
~ 27 High 9:04 PM 5.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little “extra.”
~ Example has more followers than reason. We unconsciously imitate what pleases us, and approximate to the characters we most admire. A generous habit of thought and action carries with it an incalculable influence. – Christian Bovee
~ When you row another person across the river, you get there yourself. – Dominique Brown
~ Modest and shy as a nun is she; One weak chirp is her only note; Braggarts and prince of braggarts is he, Pouring boasts from his little throat. – William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878) US poet and newspaper editor
Your eyes are full of the sun,
are full of the wings of morning.
With glory and grace You
greet the dawn –
become the dawn…
Emerging from the embrace of darkness
You bless the day’s beginning
with Your presence.
Hail to The Star of The Morning. – The Book Of Hours: Prayers to the Goddess By Galen Gillotte
Flowery Canapes with Cream Cheese and Watercress
- 24 diagonally sliced baguette slices (1/2-inch)
- 1 (8 ounce) carton light cream cheese spread
- 1 1/2 tablespoons snipped fresh watercress
- 1 1/2 tablespoons snipped fresh chives
- 1 1/2 tablespoons snipped fresh basil
- Pansies or Nasturtiums
- Watercress sprigs
- Combine cream cheese, basil, chives and watercress.
- Refrigerate, covered, several hours.
- Spread each baguette slice with about 2 teaspoons herbed cheese mixture.
- Top with an edible flower or watercress sprig.
Orange Apricot Juice – http://autumnearthsong.com/2012/03/03/ostara-recipes-2012/
1 (12 ounce) can apricot nectar, chilled
1 1/2 cups orange juice, chilled
2 tablespoons lemon juice
In a pitcher, combine apricot nectar, orange juice, and lemon juice. Serve chilled
*I would triple this at least!!
(Serves two people, 30-day supply)
6 Cups each, raw honey and apple cider Vinegar
Heat equal parts (no more than 2 cups of each at a time) of the honey and vinegar in a large non-metal saucepan over medium heat. Stir occasionally with a wooden spoon. The honey will melt into the vinegar in a few minutes, making the mixture easier to stir. Keep stirring until you no longer feel heaviness or see any areas of thickness on the spoon (about 15 minutes). Remove from heat and let cool for 30 minutes. Pour into canning jars and cap tightly. Store in the refrigerator.