Yesterday started with a real kerfluffle. I’ve had some problems with various programs on the computer, but Tuesday night it shut down the internet and then when that came back in the morning glitched the whole computer and lost everything I had been working on. I guess it’s time to get it de-loused or something. I got that all sorted and started in on the frameworks for the week’s newsletters.
I had pictures to work on after that and kept trying to get Tempus going on the freezer sort. I had to look up some of the spices that he had gotten. They were from the bulk section, unmarked (except for the number tags) …and a couple of ’em I’ve never seen in seed form!
I found out why the onions and garlics in the pickle broth turned green. I used coriander seed. In the ground form it’s never done that! …and the 2nd batch of onions and garlic didn’t turn. Go figure….
Tempus dropped some stuff off at the feast site and went to the local grocery for a few things that Freddie’s doesn’t carry. When he came back he got supper. I had just done a batch of almond marzipan and gotten a chicken sauce started and then cooked some lamb broth. …and took a spill on the kitchen floor when some splashed and I stepped in it. Ow!
He had gone out to help a friend move some furniture around and didn’t get in until 3am, at which point he needed to help me get some of the foods into the fridge, so….
Today we might not open on time. I’m heading back to bed and don’t know whether the radio will wake me or not. We’re supposed to be open from 11-6pm today.
Pic by Ken Gagne of the view up the Yachats River Valley at 7:30am from 2/18/15
Today’s Plant is Skunk Cabbage, Lysichitum americanum. This is one of the signs of spring here on the coast, where every drainage ditch or marshy field has it’s glow of brilliant yellow and bright, deep green. It is a famine food with a spicy or peppery taste, but contains calcium oxalate, which can upset the insides and even cause death if you get too much. Bears eat it after hibernation to get their intestines working again. It is used to cure sores and swellings, particularly after winter, when starvation conditions make these things immensely worse. However the typical use of the local peoples of this herb was to line baskets with the huge leaves to keep things from bruising or dropping through and to wrap around foods when baked under a fire, where it imparts a distinctive taste to the crust. Cunningham’s Encyclopedia references Eastern Skunk Cabbage, which is a different plant with a red flower, but the magicks are the same, Symplocarpus foetidus –Feminine, Saturn, Water – Carry when you have legal troubles, or keep in the drawer with the filed papers. Wrap in a bay leaf on a Sunday to draw good fortune. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lysichitum_americanum and on Eastern Skunk Cabbage here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symplocarpus_foetidus
Today is the Feast of Spenta Armaiti, a divine being in the pantheon of Zoroastrianism, a women’s festival. Spenta Armaiti’s name seems to mean something like “growing universal goodness” or “growing Light” in the New Age sense or even “increasing devotion”. More on this being here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spenta_Armaiti Wall speedwell, Veronica vivensis, is the plant listed for this festival. It’s on Wikipedia as Veronica Arvensis there’s an article with links here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wall_Speedwell
The shop opens at 11am and closing is drifting later as sunset does, even if we’re not on Spring Hours yet… Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at email@example.com 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 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 2/22 at 10:20am. 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 2/20 at 10:20pm.
The Moon this evening shines in Gemini, straight above Procyon at nightfall, then upper right of it later as shown here. <<< Jupiter climbs the sky low in the east. The Moon and Jupiter are currently about 60° apart. In five days the Moon will close this gap to shine right next to the bright planet.
Algol shines at its minimum light, magnitude 3.4 instead of its usual 2.1, for a couple hours centered on 10:50 p.m. EST.
Saturn (magnitude +0.5, in southern Ophiuchus) rises around 2 or 3 a.m. and is fairly well up in the south-southeast by the beginning of dawn. Spot Antares 8° to its lower right. Mars glows three times as far to Saturn’s upper right.
Goddess Month of of Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Goddess Month of of Moura, runs from 2/20-3/19
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17, Nion (NEE-uhn)
Runic half-month of Sowulo/ Sigel, 2/12-26 It represents the power of the force of good throughout the world and is the harbinger of victory and ascendancy over darkness.
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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
Th 18 Low 2:44 AM 3.2 7:12 AM Set 4:18 AM 76
~ 18 High 8:46 AM 8.0 5:49 PM Rise 2:13 PM
~ 18 Low 3:55 PM 0.1
~ 18 High 10:26 PM 6.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I understand the meaning of clarity. I know that clarity comes from the divine.
Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – “It is a dangerous thing to ask why someone else has been given more. It is humbling — and indeed healthy — to ask why you have been given so much.” — Condoleeza Rice
~ Who wants to live with one foot in hell just for the sake of nostalgia? Our time is forever now! – Alice Childress (1920-1994) US writer
~ One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus. – Tony Robbins
~ Before you change something you had best be sure that you understand what it is you are doing. History is full of examples of well intentioned efforts to change the world that led to catastrophe due to an imperfect understanding of how things truly were. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Braver are many in word than in deed. – Grettir’s Saga, c.4
He who cannot rest, cannot work;
he who cannot let go, cannot hold on;
he who cannot find footing, cannot go forward. –Harry Emerson Fosdick (1878–1969)
Ostara Magick – Crafts
Laminated Window Hangings for Ostara
you will need:
– lined paper
– laminating paper
– Ostara cookie cutters(the big ones)
– scissors & a single hole punch
– a pencil
what to do:
- Lightly trace the shapes of eggs, bunnies, flowers or other Ostara figures with your pencil.
- Cut out those shapes with scissors.
- Colour in the shapes with your crayons lightly.
- Laminate the shapes with laminate paper, and cut off the excess edges, leave about 3mm extra laminate paper.
- Punch a hole through the top of the shape and hang it up in your window.
Don’t buy that fake grass for your basket! Ick! Make this instead – it’s easy and fun!
- a basket
- winter rye seed
- aluminum foil
- plastic wrap
- potting soil
- dried flowers (optional)
- Two weeks before you need the basket, line the basket with the aluminum foil
- Fill with potting soil
- Sprinkle the top with the rye seed, cover with 1/4 inch of soil, and moisten.
- Cover the basket with the plastic wrap to help keep it moist; place in a warm area (on top of the refrigerator is good, if you don’t forget to check it!
- After the rye grass has sprouted, remove the plastic wrap and keep a close eye on it. Water if begins to dry.
- After a few weeks, you’ll have a basket full of grass! Weave dried flowers around the edge if you like, and place your eggs inside.
Eostre Basket – (For Ostara) http://members.aol.com/ivycleartoes/basket.html
- Small altar-sized basket
- Plastic easter eggs
- Bunny toy
- Eostre grass
- Decorated plastic or wooden eggs, if desired
- Seasonal candies, if desired
Simply place all symbolic items in basket in an aesthetically pleasing way. If desired, decorate eggs for Ostara fun and add to decorations.
The plastic eggs can be a part of the Ostara ritual: Write things that you are thankful for on pieces of paper and then seal each in an egg. Keep the pieces of paper in the eggs as reminders during the season what a bounty you have to be thankful for. You can keep the eggs year round and use them as reminders every time you feel downtrodden by circumstances of your life.
Silliness – Smart Joke # 19. A programmer’s wife asks him to pick up a loaf of bread and, if they have eggs, get a dozen. The programmer comes home with a dozen loaves of bread. – http://higherperspectives.com/jokes-for-intellectuals/?c=cleo&ts_pid=2&ts_pid=2