51 and breezy. It was sunny, earlier, but we’re going into a long stretch of rainy days here. It’s supposed to be warm, though, mostly in the 50’s for the next 10 days or so. We got two tenths of an inch yesterday and there’s plenty more in store!
Yesterday was a busy day even before folks showed up for Project Day. Tempus and I started the day with processing more of the witch hazel and both of us ended up with sore hands! I got a few more pieces added to stock and a bit done on inventory and Tempus cleaned up the food counter so I could get my work table back, at least partly. We also had printing and tagging to do. The project day wasn’t quite so busy, more talking/planning than anything, but Tempus and I were tired enough to come home and crash as soon as we ate supper.
<<< Beautiful Daffodils brought by a customer, plus some grape hyacinths from the garden. <<<<<<<
Today we’re going to dig into the inventory again.
Instead of Today’s Plant we have Spring Rains Spell – Anja – Tired of it being cold and windy? Take to your garden altar: 3, 5 or 7 spring blossoms (crocus, snowdrop, primrose), cooled water from boiling eggs and a dried fern frond. Pour some of the egg water on the altar and sprinkle the rest on the garden, spiraling clockwise outward from the altar. Ask the spirits of place, the plant devas, and the local fairies to help find the warm, gentle rains of spring and bring them to where you are. Burn the piece of fern until it is entirely ash, then lay the blooms on the altar and thank the local spirits for their attention.
Today’s Feast – It’s Leap Day!
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.
Before and during dawn tomorrow morning, the waning Moon makes a quadrilateral with Mars to its left, Saturn to its right, and Antares below it.
Mercury is disappearing low into the glow of sunrise. (It’s 7° to 9° lower left of Venus.)
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
M 29 High 4:13 AM 7.1 6:54 AM Rise 12:01 AM 70
~ 29 Low 11:03 AM 1.7 6:04 PM Set 10:23 AM
~ 29 High 5:08 PM 5.6
~ 29 Low 10:38 PM 2.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Aloneness is a flower, a lotus blooming in your heart. Aloneness is positive, aloneness is health. It is the joy of being yourself.
~ Anger is a momentary madness, so control your passion or it will control you. – Horace
~ My mind tells me to give up, but my heart won’t let me. – Jennifer Tyler
~ April is the cruellest month. – Thomas Stearnes Eliot (1888-1965) US writer
~ Example is not the main thing in life, – it is the only thing. – Albert Schweitzer
Fools desire flesh; the wise love souls.
Friendship, kindness, generosity,
Humor, wit, a harbor free of shoals —
These bring far more joy than ecstasy.
Yet there are those who, bored by harmony,
Prefer an edgy dissonance that holds
The prospect of a life near duty free,
Adventure unconstrained as time unfolds.
There is, of course, no choice without its cost.
One must be this or that or in between.
And what one isn’t stays within the heart.
Wisdom lies in knowing what is lost.
The self’s less self less selfless, and more mean,
While loving is a rich yet ruthless art. © by Nicholas Gordon
Ostara Magick – Kinda…. Martisor!
A sample generic Mărţişor
Mărțișor (Romanian pronunciation: [mərtsiʃor]) is an old Romanian celebration at the beginning of spring, on March the 1st, which according to old calendar was also considered as the beginning of the new year. Symbolically, it is correlated to women and to fertility as a means of life and continuity. The tradition is authentic in Romania, Moldova, and all territories inhabited by Romanians and Aromanians. Alike though not identical customs can be found in Bulgaria (see Martenitsa), while similar ones exist in Albania, Greece [not in citation given] and Italy.
The name Mărțișor is the diminutive of marț, the old folk name for March (Martie, in modern Romanian), and thus literally means “little March”. It is also the folk name for this month.
Mărțișor, marț and mărțiguș are all names for the red and white string from which a small decoration is tied, and which is offered by people on the 1st day of March. The string can also be black and white, or blue and white) Giving this talisman to people is an old custom, and it is believed that the one who wears the red and white string will be strong and healthy for the year to come. It is also a symbol of the coming spring. Usually, both women and men wear it pinned to their clothes, close to the heart, until the last day of March, when they tie it to the branches of a fruit-tree. In some regions, a gold or silver coin hangs on the string, which is worn around the neck. After wearing it for a certain period of time, they buy red wine and sweet cheese with the coin, according to a belief that their faces would remain beautiful and white as cheese, and rubicund as the red wine, for the entire year.
In modern times, and especially in urban areas, the Mărțișor lost most of its talisman properties and became more of a symbol of friendship or love, appreciation and respect. The black threads were replaced with red, but the delicate wool ropes are still a ‘cottage industry’ among people in the countryside, who comb out the wool, dye the floss, and twist it into thousands of tassels. In some areas the amulets are still made with black and white ropes, for warding off evil.
Some ethnologists consider Mărțișor to have a Roman origin, while others believe it to have a Daco-Thracian originIn ancient Rome, New Year’s Eve was celebrated on March 1 – ‘Martius’, as the month was called in the honour of the god Mars. Mars was not only the god of war but also an agricultural guardian, who ensured nature’s rebirth. Therefore, the red and white colours of Mărțișor may be explained as colours of war and peace.
The Thracians also used to celebrate the New Year’s Eve on the first day of March, a month which took the name of the god Marsyas Silen, the inventor of the pipe (fluier, traditional musical instrument), whose cult was related to the land and vegetation. Thracian spring celebrations, connected to fertility and the rebirth of nature, were consecrated to him.
In some areas, Daco-Romanians still celebrate the agrarian New Year in spring, where the first days of March are considered days of a new beginning . Before March 1, women choose one day from the first nine of the month, and judging by the weather on the chosen day, they would know how the new year will go for them. Similarly, in other areas, young men find out what their wives are going to be like. The first 9 days of March are called Baba Dochia’s Days, Baba Dochia being an image of the Great Earth Goddess. The tradition says that you must pick a day from 1 to 9 March, and how the weather in that day will be, so it will be for you all year long.
Initially, the Mărțișor string used to be called the Year’s Rope (‘’funia anului’’, in Romanian), made by black and white wool threads, representing the 365 days of the year. ‘’The Year’s Rope’’ was the link between summer and winter, black and white representing the opposition but also the unity of the contraries: light and dark, warm and cold, life and death. The ‘’Mărțișor’’ is the thread of the days in the year, spun by Baba Dochia (the Old Dochia), or the thread of one’s life, spun at birth by the Fates (Ursitoare). White is the symbol of purity, the sum of all the colours, the light, while Black is the colour of origins, of distinction, of fecundation and fertility, the colour of fertile soil. White is the sky, the Father, while black is the mother of all, Mother Earth.
According to ancient Roman tradition, the ides of March was the perfect time to embark on military campaigns. In this context, it is believed that the red string of Mărțișor signifies vitality, while the white one is the symbol of victory. Red is the colour of fire, blood, and a symbol of life, associated with the passion of women. Meanwhile, white is the colour of snow, clouds, and the wisdom of men. In this interpretation, the thread of a Mărțișor represents the union of the feminine and the masculine principles, the vital forces which give birth to the eternal cycle of the nature. Red and white are also complementary colours present in many key traditions of Daco-Romanian folklore.
George Coşbuc stated that Mărțișor is a symbol of fire and light, and of the Sun. Not only the colours, but also the traditional silver coin hung from the thread are associated with the sun. White, the colour of silver, is also a symbol of power and strength. The round form of the coin is also reminiscent of the Sun, while silver is associated with the Moon. These are just a few of the reasons why the Mărțișor is a sacred amulet.
In Daco-Romanian folklore, seasons are attributed symbolic colours: spring is red, summer is green or yellow, autumn is black, and winter is white. This is why one can also say that the Mărțișor thread, knitted in white and red, is a symbol of passing, from the cold white winter, to the lively spring, associated with fire and life.
Relation to the Bulgarian Martenitsa
Romanian ethnographers consider Mărțișor and Martenitsa to be clearly related, and of Thracian origin. According to one of the several proposed legends about the Martenitsa in Bulgaria, the custom has roots in the late seventh century. This legend, first attested in the 20th century, says that the Bulgar Khan Asparukh wanted to send a message to Bulgars across the Danube. He tied his letter with a white string to the leg of a white pigeon. The Byzantines saw the pigeon flying and shot it with an arrow. The message was delivered but the white string was stained with the red of the pigeon’s blood. The Bulgars then started to wear this thread.
- Jump up^Alina Alex, The World Reporter. “Romania Welcomes Spring with Martisor Day. History and Traditions”. Retrieved 1 March 2012.
- Jump up^Mărțișorul in Romanian
- Jump up^«Μάρτης» ή «Μαρτιά» in Greek
- ^ Jump up to:ab Marcel Lutic, Timpul sacru. Sărbătorile de altădată
- Jump up^DEX Online. “Dicţionare ale limbii române”. Retrieved 19 August 2010.
- Jump up^Martisor music ensemble. “Martisor”. Retrieved 3 March 2008.
- Jump up^Martisorul on CrestinOrtodox.ro (Romanian)
- Jump up^Martisor – a beautiful tradition in Moldova and Romania on Modova.Org
- Jump up^World of Moldova
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- Jump up^Martisorul on Crestin-Ortodox.Ro, in Romanian
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- Martisor Gallery– collection of Martisor related images
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Silliness – Four Engineers
One day, a Mechanical Engineer, Electrical Engineer, Chemical Engineer and Computer Engineer were driving down the street in the same car.
The car broke down.
The Mechanical Engineer said, “I think a rod broke.”
The Chemical Engineer said, “The way it sputtered at the end, I don’t think it’s getting gas.”
The Electrical Engineer said, “I think there was a spark and something is wrong with the electrical system.”
All three turned to the computer engineer and said, “What do you think?”
The Computer Engineer said, “I think we should all get out and get back in.”