Brilliant sunshine this morning even if it’s “partly cloudy”! 54F and not supposed to get too much warmer. There some wind, but gusts are barely getting into the teens. The rain comes back tomorrow. Enjoy it while ya got it!
Today is more of the same with the exception of the Herbs Workshop. I have a few seeds to start and then we’ll be bundling fennel and prepping rosemary for drying, along with whatever witch hazel that I manage to get harvested before we head for the shop. Sewing at 3pm!
Today’s plant is the Weeping Cherry, Grandma’s favorite in our front yard, which seems to be this one http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prunus_subhirtella, the Higan Cherry. There are listings for cherries and weeping trees both, but the weeping cherries do not produce fruit, only lovely flowers. Cherries: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cherry Cherry Blossom: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cherry_blossom Weeping Trees: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weeping_tree Divination, Creativity; Healing – Objects made of Cherry wood are used to attract Love. Cherry juice is used as a substitute for blood in old recipes. Cherry gum is burned as a resin for sore throats.
First Equirria – There were two days of horse racing framing the festivals of the gods of Rome as the family of Mars. They’re some of the earliest religious observances documented in Roman practice and may have been preserved as a religious requirement long after the time when anyone knew what they were for! Driving the biga, the two-wheeled light-weight chariot was a feature of these races, since it had a ritual sacred aspect as well as the excitement of a horse race! More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equirria and on the bigahere: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biga_(chariot)
The shop opens at 11am! Spring hours are 11am-6pm Thursday through Monday, although the time that we’re there is drifting later with the longer days. 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,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
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 3/8 at 5:54pm. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 3/1 at 3:11pm.
Zodiacal Light, February 2016 – Wednesday, Feb. 24–Wednesday March 9, evening – The faint glow of the zodiacal light will be visible for the next two weeks in the western sky after the end of evening twilight. It is a faint cone of light following the ecliptic, the green line shown here, quite distinct from the faint glow of the Milky Way to the northwest.
It’s a busy night at Jupiter. First, Europa disappears into eclipse by Jupiter’s shadow at 9:03 p.m. EST, just barely off Jupiter’s celestial western limb. Five minutes later, Ganymede emerges from behind the opposite limb! If Jupiter is up in view yet where you are, watch at just the right time to catch this seeming switcheroo.
Later, the tiny black shadow of Jupiter‘s moon Io crosses Jupiter’s face from 11:06 p.m. to 1:21 a.m. EST, with Io itself following along just 13 minutes behind. In the midst of that, Europa reappears from behind Jupiter’s eastern limb at 1:14 a.m. EST. (Subtract 3 hours to get Pacific Standard Time.)
Planet Nine (probably fainter than magnitude 22, and probably not in the zodiac) seems fairly likely to be out there, but it could be anywhere along a wide sheaf of orbits inclined roughly 30° to the ecliptic. And it’s most likely to be near its aphelion, hundreds or even 1,000 a.u. away.
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 Teiwaz/Tyr, 2/27-3/13 This is a time of positive regulation, sacrifice and hard work in order to progress.
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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 27 High 3:02 AM 7.4 6:57 AM Set 9:18 AM 85
~ 27 Low 9:26 AM 1.5 6:01 PM Rise 11:04 PM
~ 27 High 3:20 PM 6.4
~ 27 Low 9:21 PM 1.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The tongue must be heavy indeed, because so few people can hold it.
~ A man who tries to carry a cat home by its tail will learn a lesson that can be learned in no other way. – Mark Twain
~ A wise parent humors the desire for independent action, so as to become the friend and advisor when his absolute rule shall cease. – Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865) English writer
~ There are no absolute rules of conduct, either in peace or war. Everything depends on circumstances. – Leon Trotsky (1879-1940) Russian revolutionary
~ The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education. – Albert Einstein
For I am the first and the last. I am the honored one and the scorned one. I am the whore and the holy one. I am the wife and the virgin. For I am knowledge and ignorance. I am shame and boldness. I am shameless; I am ashamed. I am strength and I am fear. I am war and I am peace. Give heed to me. I am the one who is …disgraced and the great one.” Nag Hamadi/”The Thunder and Perfect Mind”/Gnostic Gospels
Ostara Magick – Spells
Ostara – A good time for spells of love, healing and protection.
A protective egg Charm
Take an egg and, by poking small holes at each end of it, empty it out. Fill the egg with Cinquefoil leaf and Dogwood, then tape the holes shut. You can decorate the egg with Runes or symbols of protection, or you can leave it natural. Your home and property will be protected.
Pick a white dandelion puff on the night of the full moon. Charge the dandelion with a wish, call to the four quarters, and blow your wish into the wind.
An Ostara Love Spell
Now, a love spell is not to MAKE someone love you, Witches believe that that sort of manipulation of a person is wrong. Love spells are done to show you your future mate in a premonition, or to draw the right love to you, of their own free will- basically giving Mr. or Mrs. right a gentle push in the right direction.
Read the spell over, gather the ingredients listed, then at night before you go to sleep, recite the spell and perform the actions as you recite them:
Of violets and Lavender, take each a few,
Enclose them with Myrtle of dark green hue.
Make them in a posy, small and round and bright,
May you see your true love in your dreams tonight.
Toss crushed eggshells into the garden and say:
For fairy, for flowers, for herbs in the bowers,
The shells pass fertility with springtime flowers.
Eat an egg you have empowered with a quality you desire.
Bless some seeds with a wish. Plant them, and as they come up, the wish is fulfilled
Ostara Rededication Spell Author: Edain McCoy
Re-dedicate yourself to your deities and renew your commitment to the magical life with this ritual. Invite your deities to your circle by lighting candles in their honor. Anoint yourself four times with the following oils: Sandalwood for purity, rosemary for power, lotus for spirituality, and clove for courage. When you are finished say:
Lord and Lady, as you dwell in me,
Make a fit vessel of me;
Give me strength and wisdom to do
All these thing I’ve promised to you.