53F, overcast and very still. We got 1/3 of an inch of rain here yesterday, at least. Everything is still quite wet. It’s supposed to clear as the day goes on.
Yesterday I got up only a bit late. Tempus slept in some and then went back to bed around 2:30 for a nap because he was still wiped out and didn’t get back up until 5:30. By 2 it was pouring and trees thrashing… not all *that* much wind, but much more normal for March than the weather we’ve had this winter. We were getting a few gusts into the 20’s, only. By sunset the rain had way slacked off, but the wind was still waving things around.
Tempus had to go out to do a handy-man chore for a friend. This is a larger person and needed a bigger than standard toilet seat installed. Turns out the thing is called, “The Big John”. 🙂 Some manufacturers have a sense of humor!
We had salad and baked potatoes for supper and I got back to work on the week’s newsletters. ‘Tween times I was sorting papers. A lot went into the recycling. I finally got the newsletters done around 7:30 and then started on sorting some more fabric out. We had pulled a lot of stuff out of boxes last fall (remember that?) and it’s been sitting, bagged, in the garage. Tempus finally managed to start washing it all and the pile is gradually diminishing.
Late in the evening I *finally* got on to making up the promo products for OCPPG 2015. http://www.cafepress.com/ancientlight/12309307 There are some fun new things, like an insulated tea tumbler, and the usual shirts, totes, notebooks, etc. The weird thing is that they’re not coming up in my feed so that I can copy the pictures. No clue why!
Today we’re heading for the shop at the usual time, hopefully a bit early. I know I have a bunch of cleaning up to do, having been out for a week. We’re going to be working on candles and I have a sewing student coming for the 3pm Sewing Time. Busy day ahead!
A Ken Gagne pic of a wave breaking in Yachats on Tuesday
Today’s Plant is the Buttercup that flourishes in my area in two types, Ranunculus bulbosus (sometimes called. St Anthony’s Turnip) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranunculus_bulbosus and Ranunculus repens , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranunculus_repens (called creeping buttercup or crowfoot) which is the variety in my garden. These are non-native plants and invasive, but not usually worried about too much, since they usually grow in grasslands and very poor soil, not suited for agriculture. Although the fresh plant is poisonous, the sap being used as a blistering agent for gout and rheumatism, the dried plant is safe for consumption. Tinctures of this plant have been used on shingles and infusions for “soremouth”. – Masculine, Mercury (Uranus), Fire– These are used in spells for tenacity & stubbornness, both to create and cure, and as a plant of fertility, possibly being the plant that the Flora gave Juno to use to get pregnant with Mars. Carry in sachets (dried flowers only) for fertility or the dried leaves for tenacity. This is also used for harmony and for Sight (and called Frog’s Foot) Use buttercup flower petals in magickal potpourris for spells regarding: divination, energy, innocence, prosperity, youth. Use buttercup in solar spells involving energy and prosperity.
Today’s feast is the Martyrdom of Hypatia. She was a woman who would become a target of anger that grew out of a civil/religious feud in Alexandria in the Nile Delta. Daughter of Theon, and a teacher trained in the philosophical schools of Plato and Plotinus, she was admired by most men for her dignity and virtue. Of the anger she provoked among Christians, Scholasticus writes, Hypatia ultimately fell “victim to the political jealousy which at the time prevailed”. Of course, to many of the People of the Book, a woman in her position, doing the things that she did at that time, was really wrong…. A lot of things have been made up about her, the idea of a woman single-handedly trying to save the “Library of Alexandria” being quite romantic, but those tales are general untrue. There is a Wiki article with more info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypatia and the movie “Agora” that came out a few years ago is reasonably accurate.
The shop opens at 11am! Spring hours are 11am-6pm 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 3/20 at 2:36am. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. , Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 3/13 at 10:48am.
On Friday morning the 13th, the last-quarter Moon shines to the left of Saturn and the head of Scorpius >>> before and during dawn.
Neptune is out of sight behind the glare of the Sun, in conjunction with the sun on the 26th, not visible this month.
Sunday, March 8–Sunday, March 22, after evening twilight – Zodiacal Light – 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.
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. 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.
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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
Th 12 High 5:04 AM 7.3 7:34 AM Rise 1:21 AM 69
~ 12 Low 12:06 PM 1.2 7:18 PM Set 11:19 AM
~ 12 High 6:25 PM 5.6
~ 12 Low 11:43 PM 3.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The Secret of Life Is Not To Live…..But To Have Something to lived For……….
~ Idle youth, enslaved to everything; by being too sensitive I have wasted my life. – Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891) French writer
~ An economist’s guess is liable to be as good as anybody else’s. – Will Rogers (1879-1935) US actor, humorist
~ If you wish to find, you must search. Rarely does a good idea interrupt you. – Jim Rohn
~ Vocabulary enables us to interpret and to express. If you have a limited vocabulary, you will also have a limited vision and a limited future. – Jim Rohn
When a religion is good, I conceive it will support itself; and when it does not support itself, and God does not take care to support it so that its professors are obligated to call for help of the civil power, it’s a sign, I apprehend, of its being a bad one. – Founding Father Benjamin Franklin, letter to Richard Price, October 9, 1780
Ostara Magick – Spells
Ostara Egg Spell – March 20th, 2007
Color of the day: Red – Incense of the day: Myrrh
The Spring or Vernal Equinox marks the pagan holiday of Ostara. It is a time of balance and a celebration of the return of springtime. The spring holidays of many cultures celebrate with symbols of birth, growth, and fertility, such as rabbits and eggs. Most cultures gave their goddesses springtime gifts of eggs to ensure fertility and blessings. The yellow of the yolk symbolizes the returning Sun and the white shell represents the purity of the returning Maiden Goddess. Across time and across cultures, people decorated eggs in colors and symbols to reflect newness and freshness. The beautifully and intricately decorated Ukrainian eggs are made by writing eggs with beeswax in a batik or resist method. The dye is applied and the waxed part remains uncolored. Called pysanky, the Ukrainian word for decorated egg, they are prized works of art. Witches can do a magical pysanky by writing or drawing glyphs, runes, and symbols on the eggs and then dyeing them. Focus your intention on writing and decorating a hardboiled egg; use meaningful symbols and then dye it an appropriate color. Focus your wish or desire into the egg. Offer thanks to the Goddess, then eat it mindfully, imagining the new magic filling you like the pure sunlight of the season.
By: Gail Wood
Bulb Planting Earth Chant – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html
by Eileen – For all those spring planted bulbs like lilies, oxalis, glads, begonias and such:
breath of the stone is strange to me
i know it lives as i can’t see
force of the earth is strong and free
sustenance and beauty be
born of the stars and sprang from the ground
Mother, Goddess all around
Wheel must turn as the seasons show
what lies dead shall surely grow!
Seed Planting Spell
- Small paper cups full of potting soil
- Small plate of larger seeds (radish, pea, morning glory, sunflower, pumpkin)
Ostara, like Mabon is a hinge-point in the year. As the Wheel revolves around the rebirth of the Sun and Son at Yule, this is the point where Winter turns to Spring. This is a time when you can begin new things or leave old things behind. Decide which you’re going to do. Make it specific, something you can turn into words.
Take a cup of earth from the tray.
Take 3 seeds from the basket that is going around if you’re beginning something new and 5 if you’re leaving something behind.
Press the seeds into the soil with intent as we meditate on the changing of the energy tide from Winter to Spring. (play the Change of the Tide on a stereo)