Daily Stuff 3-29-15 Ishtar

Hi, folks!

House Capuchin’s Project Day from noon to 6pm.

motif sunny bright weatherIt’s only 46F because it was nice and clear last night. There’s a nice breeze and everything is dew-soaked. It’s going to be a lovely day!

41234Yesterday Tempus ended up being gone pretty much from noon until midnight helping our elderly friend move. I wan’t expecting that and didn’t know if I was going to survive the day. It wasn’t as busy as it might have been, although sales were good.

plant motif flower mydicentra bleeding heartI got a nice long chat with Debbie during the afternoon and the Duckmeister came in at just about the same time. I managed to sort out with one of my suppliers how to pay for some of the pelts that sold last fall (we’d gotten mixed up as far a records went) and spent most of the rest of the day unpacking boxes.

plant motif flower oxalisWe have some new things in the Book of Shadows section including zodiac ink sticks. There are some new decorative boxes in that section, quite a number of tarot decks in the case, some new fans and fan stands, incense burners and other miscellaneous pieces.

plant motif flower pansiesWicca 101 is at 9:30. Hatch and I are going to be working on candles today. We have the wicking and wick tabs and I’m hoping to pull the leather out to start on a pair of simple shoes. Tempus is going to be gone all day again. We’ll see how it goes. Yes, the cough is getting better…..


Today’s Plant is Lyre, which all have various folklore attached. plant motif flower mydicentra bleeding heartThey’re native to Asia, but are common garden ornamentals and so suited to our climate that I assumed that they were native here! You see them all through the woods at this time of year. – Feminine, Venus, Water – Used in magick mostly as a divination. Crush the flower. If it “bleeds red” there is love. If it “bleeds white”, either love has died, or there is no hope of it. Be careful if you bring the live plant indoors because it can produce irritation and anger between people in the household. To forestall this push a silver bead or a dime (standing in for silver) into the soil, and say, “Lady of the Moon, give us peace, in your honor, and we honor you!”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lamprocapnos_spectabilis

150px-Ishtar_Eshnunna_Louvre_AO12456Ishtar is a Middle Eastern goddess of love and sex. When she descends to the Underworld, meeting with Erishkigalm all sex ceases on the earth.

If she (Ishtar) will not grant thee her release,
To Tammuz, the lover of her youth,
Pour out pure waters, pour out fine oil;
With a festival garment deck him that he may play on the flute of lapis lazuli,
That the votaries may cheer his liver. [his spirit]
Belili [sister of Tammuz] had gathered the treasure,
With precious stones filled her bosom.
When Belili heard the lament of her brother, she dropped her treasure,
She scattered the precious stones before her,
“Oh, my only brother, do not let me perish!
On the day when Tammuz plays for me on the flute of lapis lazuli, playing it for me with the porphyry ring.
Together with him, play ye for me, ye weepers and lamenting women!
That the dead may rise up and inhale the incense.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ishtar

wheel of the yearThe 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,


Waxing Gibbous MoonWaxing Moon Magick –
The waxing moon is for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or healthy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healings for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 4/4 at 5:06am. 
Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 4/2 at 5:06pm. 

032915 MoonJupAstro jupiterTonight the Moon and Jupiter cross the sky together. Although they look fairly near each other, looks in astronomy are deceiving. Jupiter is almost 1,800 times farther away than the Moon, and it’s 40 times larger in diameter. Watch the gibbous Moon pass Jupiter and Regulus as it waxes day by day. >>>>
Astro venusVenus
 (magnitude –4.0) blazes in the west during and after twilight — the unmistakable “Evening Star.” It doesn’t set in the west-northwest until a good hour and a half after complete dark. Look for the Pleiades above it, closer every day. The little cluster will pass to Venus’s right on April 10th and 11th.

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. Runic half-month of Ehwaz, 3/30-4/13 – Ehwaz, the horse; time of partnership between humans and Nature, as between rider and horse. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 55  

Sun in AriesSun in Aries
Moon in LeoMoon in Leo
Saturn (8/2/15), Jupiter (4/8/15) Retrograde
Color: Gold

©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
Su  29      Low   3:08 AM     3.1   7:03 AM     Set  4:04 AM      64
~    29     High   8:53 AM     6.5   7:40 PM    Rise  2:30 PM
~    29      Low   3:49 PM     1.1
~    29     High  10:22 PM     6.2


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Thoughts are the bricks that make up your reality.


Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – What do you think? – Why do you think some people encourage others to smoke/drink?



~  If there are two possible ways to spell a person’s name, you will pick the wrong one. – Second Law of Business Meetings, Corollary – If there is only one way to spell a name, you will spell it wrong anyway.
~  You can’t expect to attract positive experiences if you engage in habitual negative thinking! – Lesetz
~  Every moment holds a miracle waiting for someone to believe in it. – Chad Lilly
~  A dream is just a dream. A goal is a dream with a plan and a deadline. – Harvey Mackay


Between a good artist
And a great one


The novice
Will often lay down his tool
Or brush

Then pick up an invisible club
On the mind’s table

And helplessly smash the easels and

Whereas the vintage man
No longer hurts himself or anyone

And keeps on

Light. ~ Hafiz ~ (The Gift – versions of Hafiz by Daniel Ladinsky)


Pentacle of ElementsMagick – Recipes

Onion and cheese tart



Step 1   Make the pastry shell: In a large chilled bowl combine the flour, salt, chilled butter, and the lard or vegetable shortening. Blend together until the mixture resembles coarse meal.

Step 2   Pour 3 tablespoons of ice water over the mixture. Toss together lightly and gather the dough into a ball. Add more water until dough holds together. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate at least 1 hour before using.

Step 3   Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Step 4   On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough into a 14-inch round, about 1/8-inch thick. Place the dough in a 9-inch tart pan. Gently press it into the bottom and around the sides of the pan, being careful not to stretch the dough. Trim off the excess dough by rolling the pin over the rim of the pan.

Step 5   Line the inside of the tart shell with aluminum foil and fill with beans or pie weights. Blind bake in the middle shelf of the oven for 10 minutes. Remove foil, prick the dough all over with a fork and return to the oven for an additional 10 minutes, or until the shell begins to brown.

Step 6   Make the filling: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a heavy 6- to 8-inch skillet, heat the oil over moderate heat until haze forms above it. Add the onions and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until they are soft and transparent but not brown. Stir in the paprika and set aside off the heat.

Step 7   In a bowl toss together the Gruyere and Emmentaler cheese until thoroughly combined. Spread half the cheese evenly in the baked pastry shell and scatter the onions over it. Cover with the remaining cheese.

Step 8   Beat the eggs cream, milk, salt, and nutmeg together with a wire whisk and pour the mixture slowly and evenly over the cheese.

Step 9   Bake in the upper third of the oven for 10 minutes. Increase the heat to 425 degrees and bake for an additional 15 minutes, or until the filling has puffed and browned and a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove pan from the oven and remove the tart from the pan.

Step 10 Serve hot or at room temperature as a first or main course.

Step 11 This recipe yields 6 servings.


Hasselback Potatoes


  • 6 mediums potatoes, peeled
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese


1 – Preheat oven to 400°. Slice each potato crosswise at 1/8-inch intervals, cutting to within 1/4 inch of the bottom. Be careful not to cut all the way through.

2 – Arrange potatoes in a buttered roasting pan. Drizzle 2 tablespoons melted butter evenly over potatoes, and sprinkle with salt.

3 – Bake potatoes at 425° for 25 minutes. Sprinkle breadcrumbs over potatoes, drizzle with remaining melted butter, and bake 25 more minutes.

4 – Sprinkle cheese over potatoes, baste with butter in pan, and bake 5 more minutes until potatoes are golden.

Homemade Healthier Big Macs

Prep Time: 25 minutes, Cook Time: 4 minutes, Total Time: 29 minutes, Yield: 4 servings – Homemade Big Macs that taste just like the originals, only infinitely better because they’re fresher and healthier!


Big Mac for One:


  • 1/4 pound extra lean ground beef
  • salt and pepper
  • olive oil
  • 2 slices 2% American cheese
  • 1 + 1/2 light whole wheat sesame seed buns (2 bottoms, 1 top)
  • 1 teaspoon onion, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup lettuce, cut in thin shreds
  • dill pickles


  • 1/8 cup low-fat mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon low-fat French dressing
  • 1 teaspoon sweet pickle relish
  • 3/4 teaspoon minced onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon white vinegar
  • dash of salt

Big Macs for four:


  • 1 pound extra lean ground beef
  • salt and pepper
  • olive oil
  • 8 slices 2% American cheese
  • 6 whole wheat light sesame seed buns
  • 1/4 cup onion, finely diced
  • 2 cups lettuce, cut in thin shreds
  • dill pickles


  • 1/2 cup low-fat mayonnaise
  • 4 tablespoons low-fat French dressing
  • 4 teaspoons sweet pickle relish
  • 3 teaspoons minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • couple dashes of salt


  1. In a small bowl make the sauce by whisking mayonnaise, dressing, relish, vinegar, onion and a dash of salt together. Taste and adjust if needed to your liking by adding more dressing, relish or onion.
  2. Form the ground beef into two thin patties. Season with salt and pepper. Grease a skillet with olive oil and cook patties over medium heat about 2 minutes on each side. Add a slice of cheese to each patty and melt. Remove from heat.
  3. To assemble burger slather half the sauce over one of the bottom buns, sprinkle with half the onion, top with lettuce, a burger patty, pickles then another bottom bun; repeat and finish with the top bun.

Read more: http://www.cinnamonspiceandeverythingnice.com/homemade-big-macs/#ixzz2amHne7L9


motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Bumper Snicker – Why do we drive on parkways and park on driveways?

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