Yes, folks, at 9:26:53am today was the last time for a century that the date matches the number Pi! All, Hail the Mighty Pi! That which makes the world go ’round…. 🙂 Yes, we celebrated with cherry pie for breakfast…. 🙂
So, Herbs Indoors at 11am and Sewing Workshop at 3pm!
54F, gusts inot the 20’s and very, very wet! Everything outside is in motion from tree branches to clematis vines, to the drips falling from the porch roof and the wind chime is clonking merrily. Going to be a *very* damp day since we’re already at .66 inches of rain!
Tempus was up not long after the newsletter went out. Hatch had headed up to Portland for his interview pretty early. We got coffee and cereal and I went through mail as quickly as I could. The sun had gone away again and it stayed gone for the rest of the day.
Geurin was in later in the day and we worked on drop-spindles and I did up a puff pincushion, too. Eventually Tempus got done watering plants and doing the vacuuming and I got some pictures done before we headed out.
We did the shopping in the evening and ran an errand for our elderly friend, so didn’t get home until nearly 11pm, both of us very tired and we still had to put the groceries away. Supper was buttered rolls… yeah, that kind of tired! We finally heard from Hatch after midnight, left the door unlocked for him and turned in.
Today Tempus is going to help our elderly friend move some things, so I’ll be at the shop by myself for part of the day. Herbs Workshop is on re-potting starts. Sewing is a BYOP (bring your own project) Other than that I’ll probably be doing some hand-sewing since I have a lot yet to finish!
Today’s plant is the FlyAgaric, Amanita Muscaria, the “toadstool” of fairy tales. It’s easily recognizable with its bright red and white cap. Poisonous and hallucinogenic, it’s a favorite of the weirder Fae and a common decoration for Yule trees….for which a lot of people have come up with odd reasons. It probably is an ancient enough association with the time of year that people have forgotten, but there may be a connection through reindeer, shamanism and Odin to Santa Claus and the other gifting deities…. you *can* use the dried mushroom in amulets for vision quests, just don’t eat the darned thing! More here: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Amanita_muscaria
The Mamuralia was an ancient Roman Feast representing the transition from the old to the new year. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mamuralia The story goes that Mamurius was commissioned by the rulers of Rome to make 11 exact replicas of the shield of Mars that had fallen from the sky. He did and asked to be remembered in a hymn that was sung on this day for centuries….
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 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.
On the traditional divide between the winter and spring sky is dim Cancer, marked this year by Jupiter. Wintry Gemini is to its west, and Leo of spring is to its east. Don’t be too distracted by Jupiter; Cancer also hosts the Beehive Star Cluster, M44, in its middle. Look for it 6° to Jupiter’s upper right after dark. That’s about the width of a binocular’s field of view.
Algol should be in mid-eclipse around 9 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.
Venus is an “evening star” in the southwestern sky just after sunset.
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
Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14
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
Sa 14 Low 12:52 AM 3.3 7:30 AM Rise 3:14 AM 49
~ 14 High 7:03 AM 7.2 7:21 PM Set 1:05 PM
~ 14 Low 2:22 PM 0.9
~ 14 High 8:58 PM 5.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – If you don’t love me by now, you never will. I am who I am.
~ You may not be able to single handedly blow away the “smoke” people often create to obscure the truth, but you can light the way through the murk for people who have eyes to see. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ How long should you try? Until. – Jim Rohn
~ Do not expect to make headway with a frail sailcloth. – Eyrbyggja Saga, c.20
~ Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world. – Arthur Schopenhauer
The sacred value of a human life is not superficial. It’s not just skin-deep, or a fashion item, not something that can be determined with a glance, or totted up in a bank account. it is bone-deep, visceral, inalienable. Michael Brown’s life holds that value. Trayvon Martin, Andy Lopez, the list goes on and on. I am sad and enraged as again and again their murderers walk away with impunity. None of us can be truly safe or free when some lives have value and others don’t. And although I’ve been an advocate of nonviolence all of my life, I find myself sickened by the hypocrisy of those who can’t seem to understand that rage will speak its own language, and yes, rocks and bottles and broken glass are its verbs. And if we refuse to hold accountable those who speak with bullets, how dare we stand in judgment of those who respond with stones? – Starhawk (statement in honor of Michael Brown, 11/14)
Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Chocolate Bunny (Rose of the Sea version)
For this ritual, you’ll need the following:
- A bag of jellybeans (or single serving bags of Jelly Bellies)
- A chocolate rabbit for each participant
- Marshmallow Peeps (bunnies & chicks both) & small chocolate eggs
- it’s probably a good idea to limit the candies on the altar to just two or three of each, per person.
- A glass of milk for each participant (maybe)
- Standard ritual supplies
Arrange your ritual supplies on your altar so they look pretty. The chocolate rabbits usually end up in the center, surrounded by several rings of jellybeans.
Open the ritual as usual. You might think about calling upon Eostre, Druantia, Narcisssus or some of the various child god/desses.
Work of the Night
First, give everyone present a handful of jellybeans. “Behold, little jelly eggs, small symbols of the season, How we adore you!
Going around the circle each person picks a color and all present name color correspondences. As you call out each one, eat the jellybeans in that color. Feel free to be a bit goofy. Say something like:
Green is for the grass that springs from the land! (eat all the green jellybeans)
Yellow is for the sun shining above our heads! (eat all your yellow jellybeans)
Red is for the tulips that grow in our garden! (eat your red jellybeans)
Pink is for Aunt Martha’s new Easter hat! (eat your pink jellybeans)
Purple is for the crocuses that sprout along our driveway! (eat the purple ones)…
When they’re all gone, call out: Hail! Hail! to the mighty jelly bean of Spring!
Next, hand out the marshmallow Peeps & chocolate eggs. As you do, say:
Behold the Peep! The Peep is life, brought back in the spring!
Little Peep chickens, we honor you! (eat the Peep chicks)
Little Peep bunnies, we honor you! (eat the Peep bunnies)…
Behold the Egg! Sprouting from nowhere, it seems, you take on the colors of the flowers to bring us joy.
Eggs! We honor you! (eat some eggs)
Continue this until the Peeps & eggs are all gone. When the Peeps have all vanished, call out:
Hail! Hail! to the mighty Peeps & Eggs of Spring!
Distribute the chocolate rabbits. Say:
Behold the great chocolate rabbit!
As he hops through the land, he spreads joy and happiness!
“What is it that each part of the rabbit represents:” (Go around the Circle)
When the rabbits are all gone, say:
O, how we adore the chocolate rabbit and his great big chocolate ears!
Praise the chocolate rabbit, and his delicious chocolate tail!
Honor this chocolate rabbit, and his chocolate hoppity legs!
He is a wonderful rabbit, and he is special indeed!
Hail! Hail! to the mighty chocolate rabbit of Spring!
Great Rite with wine and bread bits (takes away the over-sweet feeling)
“To the jelly beans!
To the chocolate rabbit!
To the Bread and the Wine
We drink in your honor!
Close the ritual in the usual manner.
A five year old boy went for a weekend trip with his grandparents. On the way home, they stopped at a country restaurant for lunch.
The little boy left the table to use the restroom by him- self. A moment later he returned with a confused look on his face. He says, “Grandpa, am I a rooster or a hen?”