Daily Stuff 3-18-15 Urban Dionysia

Hi, folks!

egg motif ostaraOpen Circle for the Ostara Sabbat at 7pm at Ancient Light!

Waves tide Minus Tide at 6:07 PM of -0.5 feet.

weather sun faceThis morning it’s 49F and hardly a breath of breeze in bright sunshine!

motif still life foodIt got darker and darker yesterday and by 2pm it was starting to drizzle. It stayed pretty steady for awhile, not running in streams, but dripping steadily.

I had been working yesterday on newsletter stuff and research and catching up on mail for most of the day and writing and writing and writing…. I took a long nap late in the afternoon and by the time I got up the sky was turning sunset colors and the rain had quit.

motif still life plsnyI spent the evening printing tags and working on newsletter stuff between. Tempus didn’t get home until past 12:30, by which time I was in bed, although neither of us slept well or enough, because he was out on a paper route run before 3am and when he got back we slept until nearly noon!

Today we have the Sabbat at 7pm. Tempus is supposed to work on his car today and I’m supposed to be working at the shop during the afternoon. No clue how that’s going to work out…. I have some pouches to make and things to pack for the weekend.

A dear friend lost her kitty, Felix, to an aggressive dog a few days ago…..


eryngo1I’ve often heard people talk about “beach thistle”, but Sea HollyEryngium maritimum, isn’t one. It’s actually related to carrots. The young shoots can be blanched and eaten like asparagus and the roots (which can get up to 20 feet long!!!!) are peeled, boiled and cut, then braided and candied. Prepared thus they are a good cough and cold remedy. The roots can also be boiled or roasted as well and are very nutritious. It is native to Europe, but going extinct in certain areas. –Masculine, Fire, Venus – This plant is an aphrodisiac, pure and simple.

feast 0318 Dionysos_Louvre_Ma87_n2Today in Ancient Greece began the Urban Dionysia, the festival of the great tragedies in Athens, particularly during the 5th century BCE, although the festival continued will into the time of the Roman Empire. For 5 days, Satyr plays ended each day’s presentation of a 3-part tragedy (..think the Lord of the Rings movie, followed by a Bugs Bunny cartoon, all in one day…) and there was a competition for dithyrambs (ecstatic poetry that was sung and danced to) and short comedies, along with processions and sacrifices. There was another festival in summer, which featured comedies. Theater was sacred to Dionysus and theaters were considered to be temples. Inspiration came from the god. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dionysia#City_Dionysia

Ostara PentacleThe shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday! 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,


Dark 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. 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. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle – In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Outer Dark, psychopomps. Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris. Phase ends at the New on 3/20 at 2:36am. 

Astro Constellation Big Dipper PolarisThe <<< Big Dipper glitters high in the northeast these evenings, standing on its handle. You probably know that the two stars forming the front of the Dipper’s bowl (currently on top) are the Pointers; they point to Polaris, currently to their left or lower left. And, you may know that if you follow the curve of the Dipper’s handle out and around by a little more than a Dipper length, you’ll arc to Bootes ArcturusArcturus >>>, which is now rising in the east-northeast.
Leo regulus astroBut did you know that if you follow the Pointers backward the opposite way, you’ll land in <<<<< Leo? Draw a line diagonally across the Dipper’s bowl from where the handle is attached, continue far on, and you’ll get to Gemini.
astro consellation Auriga capella And look at the two stars forming the open top of the Dipper’s bowl. Follow this line past the bowl’s lip far across the sky, and you crash into Capella >>> .
Astro jupiterJupiter (magnitude –2.4, in Cancer) shines high in the southeast as the stars come out. It’s the brightest point of light on that side of the sky. It passes highest in the south around 10 or 11 p.m. daylight-saving time. It’s been five weeks since Jupiter’s opposition, but Jupiter is still 43 arcseconds wide in a telescope. Don’t expect to see nearly the amount of detail with your eye that sophisticated video-frame stacking with a large amateur telescope can bring out!
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
Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14
Rune Runic Month 06 Berkana BeorcRunic 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 PiscesMoon in Aquarius enters Pisces at 3:58am
Saturn (8/2/15), Jupiter (4/8/15) Retrograde
Color: Yellow

Planting 3/18-19

©2015 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright.


fearn alder Alnus-viridis-leavesCeltic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14. Fern (FAIR-n) Alder – The common alder (Alnus glutinosa (L.) Gaertner) is common along lowland rivers, where it grows with aspens, poplars, and willows. Like willows, alders sprout from stumps. This allows them to regenerate after heavy flooding. In protect sites they may grow to 20 m (65 feet) tall. Their leaves are more blunt-tipped than most North American alders, which look more like the grey alder (A. incana (L.) Moench). This species is more common in the mountains of Europe, and is not restricted to moist soils. Like ashes, European alders are not widely cultivated in North American (they are often sold as black alders), but several native species are. Alder wood is said to resist rotting when it is wet, and was the wood of choice for pilings in many regions. Alders are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae).
Plant Tree Celtic Month FearnAlderFearn – Alder Ogam letter correspondences
Month: January
Color: Crimson
Class: Cheiftain
Letter: F, V
Meaning: Help in making choices; spiritual guidance and protection.
fearn silver fir ailim Abies_albaOgam letter correspondences to study this month – Ailim – Silver Fir
Month: None
Color: Light Blue
Class: Shrub
Letter: A
Meaning: Learning from past mistakes; Take care in choices.


Waves tide


Tides for Alsea Bay
Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~           /Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                                    Visible
W   18      Low   5:35 AM     1.5   7:23 AM    Rise  6:15 AM      9
~    18     High  11:31 AM     8.3   7:26 PM     Set  5:45 PM
~    18      Low   6:07 PM    -0.5


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Dream a dream, because dreams are what tomorrow’s futures are made of.


Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – Expository – Write a short fairy tale in which you are a character. Begin with the words, “Once upon a time….”



~  There is a moment in every dawn when light floats, there is the possibility of magic. Creation holds its breath. – Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
~  I am myself spiritually dead unless I reach out to the fine quality dormant in others. For it is only with the god enthroned in the innermost shrine of the other, that the god hidden in me, will consent to appear. – Felix Adler
~  I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship. – Louisa May Alcott
~  It’s no use having a good memory unless you have something good to remember. – Unknown

The Seven Of Pentacles

Under a sky the color of pea soup
she is looking at her work growing away there
actively, thickly like grapevines or pole beans
as things grow in the real world, slowly enough.
If you tend them properly, if you mulch, if you water,
if you provide birds that eat insects a home and winter food,
if the sun shines and you pick off caterpillars,
if the praying mantis comes and the ladybugs and the bees,
then the plants flourish, but at their own internal clock.

Connections are made slowly, sometimes they grow underground.
You cannot tell always by looking what is happening.
More than half the tree is spread out in the soil under your feet.
Penetrate quietly as the earthworm that blows no trumpet.
Fight persistently as the creeper that brings down the tree.
Spread like the squash plant that overruns the garden.
Gnaw in the dark and use the sun to make sugar.

Weave real connections, create real nodes, build real houses.
Live a life you can endure: Make love that is loving.
Keep tangling and interweaving and taking more in,
a thicket and bramble wilderness to the outside but to us
interconnected with rabbit runs and burrows and lairs.

Live as if you liked yourself, and it may happen:
reach out, keep reaching out, keep bringing in.
This is how we are going to live for a long time: not always,
for every gardener knows that after the digging, after
the planting,
after the long season of tending and growth, the harvest comes. ~ Marge Piercy (In Praise of Fertile Land, edited by Claudia Mauro)


ostara sabbat egg dividerOstara Magick – Lore

Ostara Traditions Past & Present – http://homefrontmagazine.org/ostara-traditions-past-present/

The kids and I blow out eggs and decorate them with Celtic and spring symbology. Then we hang them on a branch, spray painted white and put in a vase of brightly colored floral pebbles. This is our “Ostara tree”. We plan a spring menu to clelebrate the spring Equinox ( we always celebrate March 21, disregarding the Christian Easter). We also begin some of our garden indoors on this day such as tomatoes and peppers. It brings the meaning of being closer to the earth to our kids. Of course, we always do an egg hunt too, usually indoors, since it is usually still chilly on March 21 where we are and the kids are still young. They go wild for this. I just wish I could come up with more ideas of things that are non-candy to out in the eggs.

Europa14 – USA

Every year so far we have followed the traditions we had in my household while growing up, which are pretty typical. Coloring eggs the night before, hunting for them the next morning or afternoon, Easter baskets, and a special dinner with family. This year I’m finally shaking the mindset that we have to do everything the day the calendar says; since we are not following Christian traditions, there is no reason to follow the Christian date. We’ve taught Thorin that we are celebrating spring, so we might as well do just that. We’ll be doing everything on the Equinox this year and avoiding as much store-bought stuff in favor of homemade as we can, which we do for holidays anyway.


When I was little my father used to hide chocolate egg(s) for me in the house, when I was close to find it he said “warmer” and when further “colder” this is a nice memory for me.

Skuld – WAU Finland

HUGE egg hunt! My Sister does this every year. She puts candy and prize vouchers inside of plastic eggs and hides them all over her yard and house. The prizes range from jelly beans, stickers, stuffed animals, videos, computer games – she really goes all out. The kids LOVE it! It’s sooo much fun. This year will be her 16th year having it!

Anne – WAU NJ

In Sweden, Easter is known to us as Påsk. It is a time rich in tradition and family.

On Easter morning the family, and good friends, gather at the kitchen table to color boiled eggs for many hours. After admiring everyone’s artwork, off to the refrigerator they go.

In Swedish folklore, Easter was thought to be the witches’ time. On Thursday, these witches were said to fly off to “Blåkulla” and return again on the Saturday before. People feared this “Witches’ Time” and tried to prevent their home and family to be killed or kidnapped by the angry witches who tend to roam the land. Grandparents would frighten the children with horrible stories of people being half-eaten by wolves or slaughtered by witches. Many of these tales are written down and can be found in libraries all over Sweden.

Nowadays, children dress up as Easter witches and go from house to house and are given candy or money – very similar to the North American Halloween.

Around noon my family sits down to a huge feast where we eat our decorated eggs and other goodies! As all the eggs are hand painted and are all different, it’s very enjoyable picking from the bowl those eggs you want to eat. In my family we have a contest to see who eats the most eggs; I remember one time I managed to stuff myself with 13 eggs, but I’ve heard stories of people eating up to 30 eggs! I also remember how excited I was to find an egg with my name on it.

After the meal – of course as we are Swedish – what would be a Swedish Easter without a “Nubbe”? (shot) While the adults are sitting around the kitchen table talking, the kids get to search the house for their Easter Egg: one huge Egg filled with Candy. Unlike the small plastic american teeny-tiny eggs they hide in the backyard in North America, these are huge and are packed with candy and fruit.

Many restaurants limit their menu during the Holiday to only Easter foods. Food like Janssons Frästelse (fish and potatoes casserole) or Smörgåsbord (Sandwich Table) – which is bread made into a huge cake, with all kinds of food stuffed into it like Olives, Meatballs, Potatoes, Eggs and alot more, and is eaten cold – a delicious meal. – NorseStar

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motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Forgiving?

Once upon a time in their marriage, my Dad did something really stupid. My Mom chewed him out for it. He apologized, they made up.

However, from time to time, my mom mentions what he had done. “Honey,” my Dad finally said one day, “why do you keep bringing that up? I thought your policy was ‘forgive and forget.'”

“It is,” she said. “I just don’t want you to forget that I’ve forgiven and forgotten.”

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