>>>>>> Our Pi Day celebration! >>>>>>>
We got out on time yesterday, which is late for Saturday, but we weren’t too worried with the weather turning wet… I was right in that, since no one but the Duckmeister was in until 2:30 or so! She brought us some eggs, so pickled eggs for today’s House Capuchin potluck are on the menu. She also told us an incident with the ducks that made me laugh, so I’m passing it on.
Her pond had gotten cleaned out one day and was sitting with no water, waiting to be re-filled, but she figured that her pampered ducks could wait one more day. She was inside when they started going off, “Having some kind of committee meeting out there!” It didn’t sound like a predator, just loud…. So, she went out to check and there were all lined up around the empty pond, looking at it and commenting loudly. 🙂 She filled it.
Another friend (who keeps goats and quail) was telling us that one of theirs had to “go to freezer camp” because it was an extra billy and it figured out how to get on top of the fence and push it down so that the other goats could jump out of the pen!
We ended up with a dozen people in the shop between 2:30 and 4pm, but it was too messy for most people and they stayed in. Hatch worked on sanding some more of the drop spindles and then headed home. He was still sleepy from getting in past 3am.
I spent a chunk of the afternoon working on pages for OCPPG 2015. The main page for this year is here: http://wp.me/P2xgQ8-3Bl, but there’s also a Facebook group for discussing the event, although it’s not very active at the moment.
I did a couple of counseling sessions, too and ended up really wiped out.
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Re-potted starts from the Herbs Workshop >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Our elderly friend decided he wanted to take us out to dinner and that meant I didn’t get home until 10pm and Tempus not until nearly midnight. Awesome dinner, though! We went to Ona in Yachats. Tempus had a meatloaf dish. I had a salad with shrimp and our friend had prawns. We all had ice cream for dessert. Tempus and I had ginger ice cream (?!?!?!!!) and he had vanilla. The were garnished with raspberries and a spearmint leaf and some drizzles of sauce, the vanilla with chocolate and the ginger with raspberry and not some sticky syrup, but a raspberry sauce with very little sugar (if any) added.
Today we have Wicca 101 in the morning and then the House Capuchin potluck at 3pm. I have *no* idea how I’m going to get my potluck contribution ready, since Tempus was up until 1am and then did his paper route, and my car still isn’t driveable.
…and I’m putting in a plug for supporting the Oregon Coast Pan-Pagan Gathering! Every piece you buy gets us a little more support for putting on the event. This year will be October 9-11. << This is the new product for this year, a tea tumbler, that has the logo for 2015. There is a journal, a simple backpack, shirts and other things with the event logo, too, even a pair of earrings! The event itself is free and each year we manage a little more financial support to help bring teachers in. This year’s products can be found here: http://www.cafepress.com/ancientlight/12309307 You can also support the event by buying ads that run in the event handbook, on Ancient Light’s website and are featured in this newsletter! https://ancientlightshop.wordpress.com/oregon-coast-pan-pagan-gathering/oregon-coast-pan-pagan-gathering-2014/ocppg-advertisers/
Today’s plant is the Bells of Ireland, Moluccella laevis (Molucca balmis, Shellflower, Shell flower) is a summer flowering annual, native to Turkey, Syria and the Caucasus. It is cultivated for its spikes of flowers which look like green bells. In the language of flowers, it represents luck. It’s a member of the mint family as you can tell by the leaves! More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bells_of_Ireland
Today is the Ides of March, mostly known today for the death of Julius Caesar, but they were a religious celebration during the Roman Empire. They were sacred to Jupiter and Anna Perenna. “The ides of March have come,” meaning to say that the prophecy had not been fulfilled, to which the seer replied “Aye, Caesar; but not gone.” More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assassination_of_Julius_Caesar and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ides_of_March#Religious_observances and on Anna Perenna here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anna_Perenna
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. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 3/18 at 2:36pm.
Have another look for Comet Lovejoy! This evening it’s just a fraction of a degree from Delta Cassiopeiae, the second-dimmest star of Cassiopeia’s W pattern. The comet is still 6th magnitude and fading more slowly than predicted. Nor is there bothersome moonlight in the evening sky. See Bob King’s Catch Comet Lovejoy in Cassiopeia with a quickie naked-eye chart to find the right star in Cassiopeia, or Comet Lovejoy Shines On with a finder chart for every evening in March. You’ll need good binoculars or a low-power telescope. Plan to go out right after dark, when Cassiopeia is still high.
Mercury is hidden deep in the glow of sunrise.
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.
©2015 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright.
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
Su 15 Low 2:15 AM 3.3 7:29 AM Rise 4:06 AM 38
~ 15 High 8:17 AM 7.3 7:22 PM Set 2:08 PM
~ 15 Low 3:29 PM 0.5
~ 15 High 10:02 PM 6.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – As the sun shines upon you and the day must come to an end reflect upon the people you met and how you made a new friend. Remember to be caring, kind and happy. because you never know why someone is snappy and your smile could change their day.
Journal Prompt – What do you think? – If you don’t believe in reincarnation, forget about that for a minute. What would you like to be reincarnated as? What do you think you WOULD be reincarnated as, if karma had its way with you?
~ We can’t say why we search, except that there seems to be an innate need, in each human being, to know who one is, what we’re here for, how to live more poetically. — William Segal
~ It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do a little. Do what you can. – Sydney Smith (1771 – 1845), Clergyman and writer
~ By all means marry. If you get a good wife, you’ll be happy. If you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher… and that is a good thing for any man. – Socrates
~ Whenever conscience commands anything, there is only one thing to fear, and that is fear. – St. Theresa, Spanish nun, mystic and reformer
THE RUNAWAY LUNCHBOX
Thanks for fixing my lunch, Sis.
I get so hungry, and the lunches at school
Just aren’t very good.
What kind of sandwiches did you fix?
Just put the brown bag in my lunchbox.
I know, you are a better cook than I am.
I’m better at drawing and singing though,
So we’re even.
Oh, Good, you packed chocolate milk!
I finally got to break for lunch.
Peanut butter and Jelly! Again?
It was nice of her to fix my lunch, but…
She didn’t exactly do anything
Special for me.
Wait…what’s this under the napkin?
A book? Wowzers! A spellbook, even.
I take it back, she sure did something new!
I wonder what I can do before class starts.
And it’s a kit thingie…a retractable wand!
Well, she knows I’ve always wanted to be
A magician, since we were little.
I hope there are good directions for it,
I don’t want to have to stay after school.
Now, how does this wand work?
I’ll push this little button…
There it goes!
It’s kinda long, too. A pretty gold color.
Here’s another button on it.
This one makes it shine,
And a star pops out at the top of it.
It waves around pretty good.
Uh oh. I think I waved it too near
My lunchbox. It’s vibrating, and…damn!
It’s taking off! And the spellbook fell out.
I’d better grab that too before the teacher
Come back here, lunchbox!
Stop laughing, Myra, and help me catch it.
It’s chasing Mrs. Garrett, the teacher.
It clonked her on the head!
I am sure in deep trouble.
Maybe we can surround it? Oops.
Can a lunchbox have a sense of humor?
It’s chasing all the teachers..
And we can’t catch it.
Great! Somebody caught it.
Let’s go see who, it’s a big crowd.
Gulp! It’s Mr. Toomey, the Principal!
And I’ve got detention again.
My mom is gonna kill me.
At least I hid the wand and spellbook.
I am gonna find out where
My sister got them, after I yell at her.
I appreciate the surprise,
But not detention again…(stop laughing,Myra)! – © Copyright 3/20/06. Beth Clare Johnson (Mystic Amazon)
Most conventional egg dyes on the market are made with potentially harmful coloring agents, such as FD&C Red 40 and FD&C Yellow 6, and ingredients derived from petroleum. But colorful dyes that are safer for the environment and your family’s health can be made simply and cheaply with plant-based ingredients like pomegranate and spinach. Check out “Color Me Organic” for tips on having a greener Easter. – © The Green Guide, 2008
Easter is coming and you’ve got your free-farmed or organic eggs—so why not dye the shells naturally, too? There are a number of vegetable- and fruit-based dyes that offer a broad range of beautiful colors and are better for you and the environment than artificial colors.
Easter eggs can be dyed using either a hot method or a cold method. If you choose the hot method, hard-boiling the eggs prior to dyeing them isn’t necessary; they’re “cooked” as they’re boiled in the dye. The cold method is safer for younger children who want to be part of the process; in this case, eggs should be hard-boiled first. In either situation, never plan on eating the eggs if they will be un-refrigerated for more than two hours.
Before dyeing your eggs, wash them with soap and water to remove any dirt or oils that might prevent the dye from sticking to the shell (this is also a good sanitary measure, should you decide to make an Egg Tree; see below).
For 4 cups of dye, you’ll need:
- 1 tablespoon of a spice or 4 cups of a chopped fruit or vegetable (see list below; adding more of these ingredients will give the dye a darker hue)
- 4 cups of water
- 2 tablespoons of white vinegar (to help the dye adhere to the eggs)
Combine the ingredients in a pot, and bring them to a boil, then reduce heat and let the mixture simmer for 15 to 30 minutes. The longer you allow the ingredients to simmer, the darker the color will become. If you choose to dye the eggs using the hot method, you can add raw eggs to the mixture while it’s being prepared. If using the cold method, remove the dye from the heat, allow it to cool, then run it through a strainer. Dip your hardboiled eggs in the dye for at least 15 minutes—longer if you want a darker color. When finished, you can rub the eggs with vegetable oil to give them a soft sheen.
For a little variation, you can have kids decorate the eggs with crayons or wax pencils before boiling and dyeing them. Or, wrap a rubber band around the egg to create contrast, either on a white egg, to prevent coloring, or on a dry, dyed egg, where it will give you a stripe of the original color if it’s redipped in another.
Older kids who can handle delicate egg shells might be interested in making an Easter Egg Tree, a tradition native to Germany and Austria.
Start by puncturing both ends of a raw egg with a pin. Work the pin a bit to make two small holes, and then blow out the egg’s contents into a bowl. Because of salmonella risks, it’s best if the adults handle this step, but to avoid it completely, you can purchase an egg blowing tool, sold at craft stores, or you can try Martha Stewart’s trick of using a rubber ear syringe from your local pharmacy to remove the contents. Once the shell is empty, dye it per the procedures above.
For your tree, use branches collected from your yard or an obliging roadside, and place them in a pot or vase filled with sand or pebbles. Tie a piece of twine or ribbon around half of a broken toothpick, and insert the toothpick into one of the holes you created initially. Then tie the other end of the twine or ribbon around one of your branches, and you can admire your eggs indefinitely.
The following materials will give a range of intensities and surface textures to create a unique Easter egg basket or tree. Measurements where given are approximate; play with additional spices, vegetables and fruits for different results. Canned vegetables will work in place of fresh or frozen, but their colors will be paler. Also, herbal and black teas will give you varying shades of greens, reds and browns.
- Pink/red: Pomegranate juice, red onion skins, beets or the juice from pickled beets, pickled red cabbage juice, chopped rhubarb stalks, cranberries or cranberry juice, raspberries, red grape juice
- Orange: Yellow onion skins, paprika
- Dark orange: Chili powder
- Yellow: Orange or lemon peels, carrot tops or shredded carrots, celery seed, ground cumin, ground turmeric
- Green: Spinach
- Greenish yellow: Yellow Delicious apple peels
- Blue: Red cabbage, canned blueberries or blueberry juice, blackberries, purple grape juice
- Lavender: Small quantity of purple grape juice, violet blossoms plus two teaspoons of lemon juice, small quantity of red onion skins
- Brown/tan: Dill seeds, black walnut shells, strong or instant coffee, tea
- Pete and Gerry’s (www.peteandgerrys.com)
- Phil’s Fresh Eggs (www.philsfresheggs.com)
- Gemperle Farms
- Also try out eggs produced by Food Alliance farmers (www.foodalliance.org – see Where to Buy)
- Image courtesy of Mary Jane’s Farm (www.maryjanesfarm.com)