The sunshine is bright and beautiful this morning! I’m going to enjoy it while we’ve got it…. It looks like today is going to be nice….well, it’s 59F, already! …and tomorrow should start nice, in any case. It’s nice and breeze, enough to thrash the tree branches pretty steadily.
Yesterday didn’t look so bad when I got going for the day, but as the afternoon went on it got darker and darker and the rain came in and the wind, until by 5pm it was already deep twilight. The “blowing curtain” effect of the white blooms on the clematis was wonderful! Tempus was working in the kitchen and I on newsletter set-up.
I started on processing the garlics in the afternoon. They were mostly peeled, all by the tiny ones from the centers and those I squashed in a press into the food processor bowl, so’s to get the rest of the “paper” off. Eventually I got the rest of the cloves “tipped” (taking the root ends and brown spots off) and 3/4 filled the food processor bowl with garlic! That’s a lot! Next step was to start it processing and then I added just enough olive oil for a to let it process to a thick slurry. After that it all went into cup and 1/2 cup boxes and all but one into the freezer. Yes, oil will freeze. The stuff keeps pretty well that way and even in soups and things the oil isn’t enough to cause problems. It helps when a container-full is added to rice and such, too.
Garlic is one of those wonderful herbs in cooking. Not only is it magically cleansing, it’s marvelously tasty even in small amounts. A good cook will add it and you’ll notice, not the garlic flavor, but only that the dish tastes great!
Masculine, Earth, Mars, Hecate – Magickal uses include healing, protection, exorcism, chasing vampires (both actual and psychic), and purification of spaces and objects. Guards against negative magic, spirits, and the envy of others. Hang in the home to bring togetherness to the family. Hang by bed or desk to keep your willpower strong. Wards off bad weather when worn or carried during outside activities (without throwing off natural cycles!) Absorbs diseases — rub fresh, peeled garlic against ailing body parts then throw the garlic into running water.
Tempus headed for our friend’s to keep on with getting stuff shifted so she can get through with a wheelchair. After that he was going to do some work on the spot we’re moving into to make room for some of the boxes and set up the air purifier. He had one of my orchids to move into the greenhouse, too. I did a little more packing and more kitchen work and then went back to newsletters.
Today we’ll be at the shop. Yes, we’ll be open, even if we’re doing inventory. Sewing is from 3-5pm this afternoon.
Today’s plant is Field or Scouring Rush Horsetail http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Field_horsetail,http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equisetum The darned things are next to impossible to get rid of, although they’re fascinating in construction and growth habit. In Oregon they’re a noxious weed, since, while the plants have been used as a poverty food (early spring) they can be toxic to grazing animals and are dangerous to people who retain fluid, although the Romans used it both as a tea and a thickening powder. It can be used as a polish and a dye. – Feminine, Saturn, Earth, This is best used in fertility mixtures, sachets, amulets, etc. Place in the bedroom for help in conception. Whistles made of horsetail stems are used in snake charming.
Day of Remembrance for Prince Igor – Suhii (March) 3 – This pagan prince struck fear in the heart of Byzantine Christianity by attacking its capitol, Constantinople. During this time, Igor enlisted the help of many vikings who helped him rule his kingdom and fight against his enemies. Prince Igor was killed by the Drevlani when he attempted to secure fees for rent from them when they were on the lands of his kingdom (Drevlane (Drevlani), Krivichi, Vjatichi, Deregovichi: North Slavic tribes)
Aegir is from the Norse pantheon. “Older than the giants”, he is a god of the sea, known for great parties, especially with ale brewed in a cauldron that has its own saga. He is brother to fire and wind and married to the Sea Goddess Ran. Between them they have 9 daughters who are the different types of waves. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aegir
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 Crescent Moon –Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends at Hecate’s Brooch on 3/4 at 5:54am.
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.
Have you ever seen Canopus, the second-brightest star after Sirius? Canopus lies almost due south of Sirius: by 36°. That’s far enough south that it never appears above your horizon unless you’re below latitude 37° N (southern Virginia, southern Missouri, central California). And there you’ll need a flat south horizon. Canopus crosses the south point on the horizon just 21 minutes before Sirius does. When to look? Canopus is due south when Beta Canis Majoris — Mirzim the Announcer, the star a few finger-widths to the right of Sirius — is at its highest point due south (about 7 or 8 p.m. now, depending on how far east or west you are in your time zone). Look straight down from Mirzim then.
Jupiter (magnitude –2.5, by the hind foot of Leo) is nearing its March 8th opposition. It rises in the east in twilight, shines highest in the south around midnight or 1 a.m., and by dawn it’s low in the west, so is visible all night. See our telescopic guide to Jupiter in the March Sky & Telescope, page 48. There are a number of interesting double shadow crossings by Jupiter’s inner three moons late in the month.
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
Th 3 Low 12:48 AM 3.6 6:49 AM Rise 2:48 AM 41
~ 3 High 6:59 AM 7.0 6:08 PM Set 12:35 PM
~ 3 Low 2:19 PM 1.2
~ 3 High 8:52 PM 5.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Days are like the Sun and Moon they come and go. We are like the Wind. We can go at any time, never held back except by our inner thoughts.
~ When in the future humankind has harnessed the power of LOVE it will have for a second time discovered FIRE. – Teilhard de Chardin
~ I do not consider it an insult, but rather a compliment to be called an agnostic. I do not pretend to know where many ignorant men are sure — that is all that agnosticism means. – Clarence Darrow, on the existence of God
~ Life is a banquet and most poor sons of bitches are starving to death. – Rosalind Russell as Aunty Mame
~ The trouble with letting sleeping dogs lie is that after a while the room fills up with dogs. Eventually you end up tripping over one of them and fall flat on your face. – Kerr Cuhulain
Flower Gifts by Stephanie Pflumm ©Copyright 2004
Mother gives us
flowers in the Spring
to remind us
of the harvest
and dreams can bring.
Ostara Magick – Spells
OSTARA- Daffodowndilly Spell
The purpose of this spell is to make wishes concerning all areas of your life.
This is the perfect time of year for planting wishes that will come to fruition in summer and using plant ingredients for magic is a age old custom.
You will need:
As part of your OSTARA ritual and in a properly cast circle, work as follows.
- Light the green candle saying: By the shoot
- Light the yellow candle saying: By the flower I invoke OSTARA’s power
- Take each bulb and separately name it after the wish you seek to achieve.
- Hold them in your hands and chant your wish into them with the following words: As the nights shrink down and this bulb goes underground, As the days grow long, so the thing I wish grows strong.
- Bury the bulbs in the soil, or potting soil. Place your hands palms down on the soil and visualize the growth you have wished for coming to pass.
- Keep the bulbs inside until the threat of frost has passed, then plant outside next to the spring flowering bulbs.
The idea here is to trade on the fertility of the daffodils by empowering summer flowering bulbs and planting them closely by. The summer bulbs will get the general idea from the flowering daffodown dillies and charged with your wishes hurry to grow and flower.
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