It’s *pouring* out there! Wow…. I can hear it on the roof and the porch roof is running streams…..Dang, harder still? It’s blocking out the view of the trees across the way! It’s slowing down now, but it got way dark and windy. Gusts went up into the 20’s. …and now it’s bright enough that the clematis is glowing and there’s only the occasional drip. …Now the sun is out and standing water is scattering light on the ceiling of the study! If you don’t like the weather, wait 5 minutes!
Yesterday was long and busy. Mostly we ended up working on inventory, but I checked in a number of new books and did some herb prep. No one was in for either workshop although I had a long talk about herbs with a lady from over in the Valley and another about Wicca 101 with another person.
Today we have the historical re-creation group at the shop, so we’ll be working mostly on that.
Today’s plant is the snowdrop, Galanthus. It was called that in Gerard’s Great Herbal in 1633. The derivation of the name is uncertain, although it may have come from the German word Schneetropfen, which was a type of earring popular around that time. Other British traditional common names include “February fairmaids”, “dingle-dangle”, “Candlemas bells”, “Mary’s tapers” and, in parts of Yorkshire,” snow piercers” (like the French name perce-neige). It is used in spells for making you think and for sorting out problems, also to chase the negative effects of sorrow and grief. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snowdrop
On 2/28/53 the final link in how DNA works was found by Francis Crick and Jim Watson. The two men finally figured out how the base pairs linked up. A letter by Crick to his son Michael was found recently and was auctioned by Christie’s, http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/26/science/a-dna-lesson-from-the-pen-of-francis-crick.html?ref=science&_r=1& More on DNA itself here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DNA
– 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.
The Moon, nearly last-quarter, rises around midnight. Mars follows it up about 5° below it. By dawn on Monday the 29th, they stand in the south.
Note that there is no Last Quarter Moon in February in North America, the previous one occurring on January 31 at 10 28 p.m. EST, and the next one occurring on March 1 at 6:11 p.m. EST. This is because, even though there are 29 days in February this leap year, the synodic lunar month (New Moon to New Moon) is 29.53 days long.
Saturn (magnitude +0.5, in the feet of Ophiuchus) rises around 1 or 2 a.m. and glows well up in the south-southeast by the beginning of dawn. It’s about 18° east of Mars. Spot Antares 8° or 9° to Saturn’s lower right. Its rings are now spread widely, making it a beautiful sight in a small telescope.
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.
©2016 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 28 High 3:35 AM 7.3 6:56 AM Set 9:49 AM 78
~ 28 Low 10:11 AM 1.6 6:02 PM
~ 28 High 4:09 PM 6.0
~ 28 Low 9:56 PM 2.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Falling down doesn’t make you a failure, but staying down does.
~ He has committed the crime who profits by it. – Seneca
~ Right action is about making a new start to bring about a new ending to make your ancestors proud. Kerr Cuhulain
~ I will continue to freak out my children by knitting in public. It’s good for them. –Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
~ Example has more followers than reason. We unconsciously imitate what pleases us, and approximate to the characters we most admire. A generous habit of thought and action carries with it an incalculable influence. – Christian Bovee
walking in the fog
with magical tendrils
winding around my ankles
humming to myself,
suddenly, i saw you
smiling at me
and the fog twirled
around us both
for just a moment
it was really magic
you know, it was…
and when you turned
i followed you
Leaves crunched, skittered
underneath your feet
but you didn’t hear
me at all
i saw your house
all lit up and glowing
and i looked
in your window
when you went
i would have followed you
from room to room,
kept me out…
i will come back
I’ll sit on your doorstep
so you will have to
go by me,
but maybe you can
only see me
when i float through
my heart wants
to hold and claim you,
but the wind comes
and blows away
and when it goes,
i disappear. – © 2005 Beth Johnson
Ostara Magick – Recipes
Persephone Rising Spring Equinox Popovers
- 3 eggs, well beaten
- 1 cup milk
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup flour
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees (F).
- Mix together all the ingredients except the flour.
- Then add the flour, using a whisk to avoid lumps.
- Butter a muffin tin or a popover pan generously (these tend to stick). Individual custard cups work well, too; you’ll need 8 for this recipe.
- Fill the tins or cups 1/3 full.
- Bake for 15 minutes, then turn down the oven to 350 degrees and bake 10-15 minutes for a standard muffin pan. (15-20 minutes at 350 degrees for popover pan or custard cups.) The popovers should be golden brown and firm.
- As soon as you take them from the oven, pierce the tops with a sharp knife to release the steam.
- Run a knife around the edges, pull out, and serve.
- Best served straight from the oven with butter and fruit on the side.
Recipe source : Circle Round : Raising Children in Goddess Traditions by Starhawk, Diane Baker, and Anne Hill
Pashka – Russian “cheese cake”
2 1/2 Lbs. Small Curd Cottage Cheese
1 1/4 Cups Sugar
3/4 Cup Chopped Almonds or Pecans
3/4 Cup Chopped Peaches
1/2 Cup Maraschino Cherries or Dried Cherries
1 1/4 tsp. Vanilla
2 Sticks Butter, Melted
1/4 tsp. Salt
2 Cups Evaporated Milk or Cream
- Mix all ingredients except the cottage cheese in a large pan over low heat until it thickens to the consistency of pudding.
- Remove from heat and allow to cool completely.
- Mix in the cottage cheese and beat well for about 3 minutes.
- Place in a cake pan and chill over night.
- Decorate the cake with candied eggs, flowers, chocolates, or other spring delicacies.
Note – Keep refrigerated.
Ostara Lemon Cake – http://autumnearthsong.com/2012/03/03/ostara-recipes-2012/
1 box lemon cake mix
1 (3.4oz) package instant lemon pudding mix
¾ cup oil
¾ cup water
1 TB water
2 TBs melted butter
1/3 cup lemon juice
2 cups powdered sugar
Preheat the oven to 350*. Grease a 9 x13 baking pan. Prepare the cake mix using the pudding mix, eggs, oil and water. Bake in the prepared pan for 35-45 mins, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
While the cake is baking, prepare the glaze, mixing together all the ingredients until smooth. Pour the glaze over the warm cake and serve. Makes 10-12 servings
OSTARA HOT CROSS BUNS – These cakes are traditional treats at the Vernal Equinox. The equilateral solar cross on top predates Christianity and represents the minor Sabbats; the solstices and the equinoxes.
4 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 pkg. yeast
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/3 tsp. allspice
2 cups warm milk
1/4 cup melted butter
1 cup currants
1/2 cup candied peel
1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
2 tbs. milk
- Proof yeast in sweetened milk.
- Preheat oven to 375o
- Mix dry ingredients, cut in butter, then eggs, then milk.
- Stir in currants and candied peel.
- Cover and let stand for 10 minutes.
- Spray 24 medium/large muffin cups, fill 2/3 full.
- Spray tops with butter spray, cover and let rise until almost double, about 20-30 minutes.
- Bake for about 20 minutes, until browned.
- Cool on rack until warm.
- Combine sugar and milk until smooth, spoon into piping bag.
- Pipe Celtic crosses on top.
Anita to borrow a pencil!