Daily Stuff 3-13-15 Kasuga Matsuri

Hi, folks!

motif food piePi Day tomorrow! 3/14/15 at 9:26:53! 🙂

Partly Sunny Weather Motif51F and mostly cloudy. There’s only just enough breeze to stir the clematis and the sun broke through long enough to light up the middle bookshelf on the west wall. Today ought to be nice, but the rest of the weekend looks like it’s going to be interesting….. There’s a possibility of 3 inches of rain and a good capful of wind!

motif insect butterfly yellowI had gotten the newsletter out a little earlier yesterday than I’ve managed for a bit. By 9:15 the sun was fighting to come through the clouds. Things were still dripping, it looked like from a shower. It hadn’t succeeded in clearing up by the time we left for the shop, but it was still trying. As we were going down the hill it was plain that the overcast was tattered to fluffy bits, but those fluffy bits settled as fog down in town and lasted for hours, making everything look lovely and mysterious.

motif insect netwingAurora was in early on and I’m going to be doing a little sewing for her. She’s planning on making it to Ostara.

We started the wax early in the morning and it *still* took all day for it to melt! Tempus and I worked on various projects, cleaning up the workroom and the section of the back that got pulled apart trying to find some of my fabrics. That area *still* isn’t completely accessible to me, but Tempus can get in there, so that’s a good start! We did get the jars all stashed, so the table is back to being sewing (mostly). I’m still trying to get everything put away from the two classes that I taught over the last several weeks. I emptied all but one of the boxes, at least. Now, I just need to finish the projects that were in ’em!

motif insect mosquitoI had one person in for sewing other than Hatch. She’s working on a apron. Hatch got the 2nd seam done on his pouch.

We didn’t have a lot of customers in during the day, but a few, enough to make it worthwhile having the lights on. 🙂

motif insect butterfly green brownToday a good friend is coming out from the Valley to spend the day. We’re going to try to go in a little early so I can sort some of the sewing stuff that’s gotten scattered around the front of the shop. What we accomplish other than that depends on how long Arlys stays! I think Tempus may end up working on some more of the candle-dipping equipment.

Fun local story, the Grey Lady of Heceta Head. http://ouroregoncoast.com/florence-guide/1404-the-gray-lady-at-heceta-head-lighthouse-an-oregon-coast-ghost-story.html

Lao Tzu living wise

mugwort Artemisia_vulgaris_-_Köhler–s_Medizinal-Pflanzen-016

Today’s Plant is Mugwort, Artemisia vulgaris. One of the Nine Herbs of the old Anglo-Saxon charm, this herb has many different uses from insect-repelling to flavoring beer. It’s a bad one for pregnant women to ingest since it can induce abortion, since it’s a mild poison, but it’s used as a medicinal for various complaints and as a food. Some of the traditional folk uses are: magical protection, to repel insects, especially moths, from gardens., as a remedy against fatigue,  to protect travelers against evil spirits and wild animals. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nine_Herbs_Charmhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MugwortFeminine, Venus, Air/Earth – Clairvoyance, psychic dreams, astral projection, protection, strength. Place in the shoes for protection and to prevent fatigue on long journeys. The fresh leaves rubbed on a magick mirror or crystal ball will strengthen divinatory abilities. Mugwort is perhaps the most widely used Witches’ herb of all time.

feast 0313 Kasuga  Matsurifeast 0313 kasuga-shrine-naraKasuga Matsuri is the monkey festival held at the Kasuga grand shrine. It is a festival of music and dance particularly the bukaku style which is the oldest continuous music (gagaku) and dance (bukaku)  tradition in the world, dating back 12 centuries. Click for larger pictures (they’re both beautiful) More on the Grand Shirne here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kasuga-taisha#Festivals and here: http://www.sacred-destinations.com/japan/nara-kasuga-grand-shrine  and on the sacred dance style here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bugaku and music here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gagaku

Ostara PentacleThe 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 ancientlight@peak.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 Quarter moonWaning 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. 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 3/15 at 2:36pm. 

Waning Quarter moonFriday, March 13, 1:48 p.m. EDT – Last Quarter Moon – The Last Quarter Moon rises around 2 a.m. and sets around noon. It is most easily seen just after sunrise in the southern sky.
You know the season is shifting. As the stars come out, the Astro Constellation Big Dipper PolarisCassiopeia astro constellation<<< Big Dipper standing on its handle in the northeast is now as high as Cassiopeia >>> standing on end in the northwest. The Dipper is rising into spring and summer, and Cas is descending from its high showing in fall and winter.
Astro mercuryMercury is a “morning star,” most favourably placed for observers in the Southern Hemisphere.
Astro StarSunday, 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
Rune Runic Month 05 Tyr Tiwaz
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. 

Sun in PiscesSun in Pisces 
Moon in SagittariusWaning Quarter Moon at 10:48am
Moon in Sagittarius enters Capricorn at 11:40pm
Juno Direct at 12:42pm
Jupiter (4/8/15) Retrograde
Color: Coral

Harvest 3/12-13

©2015 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright.


nuin celtic tree month plant tree AshCeltic 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).
Celtic tree month Ash NuinFraxinus_latifolia_JPG1FeNuin – Ash Ogam letter correspondences
Month: March
Color: Glass Green
Class: Cheiftain
Letter: N
Meaning: Locked into a chain of events; Feeling bound.
celtic tree month nuin oir spindleOgam letter correspondences to study this month Oir – Spindle Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: White
Class: Peasant
Letter: TH, OI
Meaning: Finish obligations and tasks or your life cannot move forward.


Waves tide


Tides for Alsea Bay
Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~           /Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                                    Visible
F   13     High   5:57 AM     7.2   7:32 AM    Rise  2:19 AM      59
~    13      Low   1:11 PM     1.1   7:20 PM     Set 12:08 PM
~    13     High   7:41 PM     5.5


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – At least once a day sit and do nothing!


Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – Expository – Find out about typical cuisine from another culture. Write a description of a meal from that culture that might seem unusual to Americans.



~  Wealth, like happiness, is never attained when sought after directly. It comes as a by-product of useful service. – Henry Ford
~  Opinions are like assholes, everybody has one and they all stink. – Bob
~  One who fears failure limits his activities. Failure is only the opportunity to more intelligently begin again. – Henry Ford
~  Three can keep a secret if two of them are dead. – Ben Franklin

The Sea and the Hills – Rudyard Kipling

WHO hath desired the Sea? – the sight of salt water unbounded –
The heave and the halt and the hurl and the crash of the comber wind-hounded?
The sleek-barrelled swell before storm, grey, foamless, enormous, and growing
Stark calm on the lap of the Line or the crazy-eyed hurricane blowing –
His Sea in no showing the same – his Sea and the same ‘neath each showing:
His Sea as she slackens or thrills?
So and no otherwise – so and no otherwise – hillmen desire their Hills!

Who hath desired the Sea ? – the immense and contemptuous surges?
The shudder, the stumble, the swerve, as the star-stabbing bowsprit emerges?
The orderly clouds of the Trades, the ridged, roaring sapphire thereunder –
Unheralded cliff-haunting flaws and the headsail’s low-volleying thunder –
His Sea in no wonder the same – his Sea and the same through each wonder:
His Sea as she rages or stills?
So and no otherwise – so and no otherwise – hillmen desire their Hills.

Who hath desired the Sea? Her menaces swift as her mercies?
The in-rolling walls of the fog and the silver-winged breeze that disperses?
The unstable mined berg going South and the calvings and groans that declare it –
White water half-guessed overside and the moon breaking timely to bare it –
His Sea as his fathers have dared – his Sea as his children shall dare it:
His Sea as she serves him or kills?
So and no otherwise – so and no otherwise – hillmen desire their Hills.

Who hath desired the Sea? Her excellent loneliness rather
Than forecourts of kings, and her outermost pits than the streets where men gather
Inland, among dust, under trees – inland where the slayer may slay him –
Inland, out of reach of her arms, and the bosom whereon he must lay him –
His Sea from the first that betrayed – at the last that shall never betray him:
His Sea that his being fulfils?
So and no otherwise – so and no otherwise – hillmen desire their Hills.


ostara sabbat egg dividerOstara Magick – Recipes

Pashka – Russian “cheese cake”

2 1/2 Lbs. Small Curd Cottage Cheese
1 1/4 Cups Sugar
3/4 Cup Chopped Almonds or Pecans
3/4 Cup Chopped Peaches
1/2 Cup Maraschino Cherries or Dried Cherries
1 1/4 tsp. Vanilla
2 Sticks Butter, Melted
1/4 tsp. Salt
2 Cups Evaporated Milk or Cream
2 Eggs

  1. Mix all ingredients except the cottage cheese in a large pan over low heat until it thickens to the consistency of pudding.
  2. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely.
  3. Mix in the cottage cheese and beat well for about 3 minutes.
  4. Place in a cake pan and chill over night.
  5. Decorate the cake with candied eggs, flowers, chocolates, or other spring delicacies.

Note – Keep refrigerated.

Ostara Lemon Cake – http://autumnearthsong.com/2012/03/03/ostara-recipes-2012/

  •  1 box lemon cake mix
  • 1 (3.4oz) package instant lemon pudding mix
  • 4 eggs
  • ¾ cup oil
  • ¾ cup water
  • Glaze:
  • 1 TB water
  • 2 TBs melted butter
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 2 cups powdered sugar

Preheat the oven to 350*.  Grease a 9 x13 baking pan.  Prepare the cake mix using the pudding mix, eggs, oil and water.  Bake in the prepared pan for 35-45 mins, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

While the cake is baking, prepare the glaze, mixing together all the ingredients until smooth.  Pour the glaze over the warm cake and serve.  Makes 10-12 servings

Honey Sunflower Bread – http://autumnearthsong.com/2012/03/03/ostara-recipes-2012/

  • *Makes 2 loaves
  •  2 cups water
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 TB butter
  • 2 tsps salt
  • 1 cup roasted sunflower kernels
  • 1 (1/4oz) package active dry yeast
  • ½ cup warm water
  • 2 ½ cups whole-wheat flour
  • 2 cups white flour

Bring the water to a boil and and stir in the oats.  Set aside for 1 hour.  Spray two 9 x 5 x 3 inch loaf pans with vegetable oil spray.

Add the honey, butter, salt and sunflower seeds to oat mixture and stir well.

Dissolve the yeast in the warm water and allow to stand for 5 minutes.  Stir the yeast mixture into the oat mixture.  Blend in both flours, stirring until the dough pulls cleanly away from the sides of the bowl.  Form the dough into a ball and place in a greased bowl, turning to coat.  Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour or until doubled in size.  Punch down the dough.  Knead until smooth and elastic.  Divide into two loaves and place in the prepared pans.  Cover and let rise again until doubled in size.

Preheat the oven to 350*.  Bake until golden brown, about 45-50 mins.  It if appears that breat is browning too quickly, cover with foil the last 10-15 mins of baking time.  Remove bread from pans and cool on a wire rack.

*I think this would make delicious french toast too


motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Bumper Snicker – Imagine if birds were tickled by feathers…

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