Yesterday was long and packed with work again. We’re finally seeing some progress on the inventory, which helps. Tempus came back home to get the shelf unit that I had unloaded and some of the boxes and also did some more laundry while he was here. I worked on counting pendulums, rings and necklaces as well as sorting a bit of the stuff in the office area and then when he was there to help maneuver the rolling rack out of the back, I spent the Sewing Workshop time, sorting, folding and boxing fabric. While I was working on that, he snipped witch hazel and then loaded the rolling rack back up from the stationery ones and got those folded up. Now, we have a little room to fit the shelf units into and then go on from there. We also got the windows inventoried and discovered that the sign light is now working, so the sign can go up, as soon as we can afford the hanging materials.
It was almost fully dark when we got home. Orion was striding along above and the Pleiades were past the zenith. Jupiter was just climbing over the horizon. The frogs were loudly singing of love (or lust). I do mean *loudly*! Tempus has been opening the car window as we go by the seasonal pond opposite Masters Street for several weeks now and it’s been making me laugh, every time!
I spent the evening writing, which was nice. Tempus headed for our friend’s as soon as we’d had some supper.
A Mark Nessel pic from 2/23/15
St. Casimir is a little odd for a saint, being royal but having no miraculous events connected with his life. He is the patron saint of Lithuania and Poland. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Casimir …and about the celebrations here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Casimir%27s_Day
Today’s plant is the Evergreen Violet, Viola sempervirens. This is a pretty plant that looks like nothing much through 9 months of the year here on the coast, but is spectacular in March, when it covers the ground with beautiful golden flowers on a deep blue/green background, and still lovely in April/May. It is indeed evergreen, not withering to the ground, although it sometimes is overshadowed by grass. It grows well in the park behind the house. As any viola it is Feminine, ruled by Venus, but unlike the blue violets (corresponding to water) the Evergreen Violet corresponds to the element of Air and the Sun – Protects against malevolent spirits, brings changes in luck & fortune, wear to help with headaches, dizziness and to bring calm and sleep, wear in a green sachet to heal wounds. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viola_sempervirens
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.
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
F 4 Low 2:05 AM 3.5 6:47 AM Rise 3:39 AM 31
~ 4 High 8:04 AM 7.2 6:09 PM Set 1:33 PM
~ 4 Low 3:17 PM 0.7
~ 4 High 9:48 PM 6.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Don’t cry because it’s over; smile because it happened.
~ Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there. – Will Rogers
~ Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is that quiet voice at the end of the day saying…’I will try again tomorrow.’ – Mary Anne Radmacher
~ Don’t seek pain and frustration. But if they come, put them to use. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Don’t hoard power, empower.- Kerr Cuhulain
at the air
sparks at the stars
flames that sway the spirit
burns the mind
smolders the soul
Rising up from the earth
Born of ancient forests
No friendly fairy
no elegant elf
nor simple sprite or knowledgable gnome
comes from igniting the quest
Red Salamander familiar
A piece of the sun at midnight
She is not to be called on whim
for Her wisdom’s key is vigilence
If one wishes to burn
one must learn to dance on fire – Copyright December 17, 2002 Tressa Lee Breen
Ostara Magick – Recipes
Maple Glazed Salmon – http://autumnearthsong.com/2012/03/03/ostara-recipes-2012/
- 1/4 cup maple syrup (even better if you use the REAL maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 pound salmon
In a small bowl, mix the maple syrup, soy sauce, garlic, garlic salt, and pepper.
Place salmon in a shallow glass baking dish, and coat with the maple syrup mixture. Cover the dish, and marinate salmon in the refrigerator 30 minutes, turning once.
Preheat oven to 400* Place the baking dish in the preheated oven, and bake salmon uncovered 20 minutes, or until easily flaked with a fork.
Lemon Surprise Bread http://everythingunderthemoon.net/forum/ostara-feast-recipes-t22403.html
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutesIngredients:
•1 package Lemon Poppy Seed Bread mix
•Ingredients to prepare mix as directed
•1/2 C golden raisins
•1 Tbsp orange zest
•1/2 C dried cranberries
•Non-meltable goodies to add into the bread, such as:
•A shiny coin
•A piece of gold or silver jewelry
•A polished crystal (make it large enough to find! )
•Vanilla ice cream
Prepare the bread mix as directed. Once it’s all mixed together, add in the golden raisins, the orange zest, and the cranberries. Finally, fold in a few small treasures, such as a ring, a cleaned coin, or a polished crystal. Be sure you select items that won’t melt when you bake it in the oven!
Bake as directed on the package, and then remove from oven. Allow to cool. To serve, slice off pieces, keeping an eye out for the hidden treasures. Top each slice off with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Leek soup – Recipe for Good Health 3/1/5
After a long winter, March is a good time to work a spell that will renew your health. As folk wisdom says:
Eat leeks in March and garlic in May;
And all the year after physicians may play.
Peel three potatoes and place them on a green cloth on your kitchen table. Consider three things you can do to improve your health. Carve on each potato symbols or words regarding your intention. Make a potato leek soup with your magical potatoes. Decorate the table in colors of green and white and a bouquet of daffodils.
4 cups sliced leeks
3 cups sliced potatoes
6 cups chicken broth
1 cup heavy cream
3 T. sherry
Combine potatoes, leeks and broth and cook for 20 minutes. Liquefy in a blender. Add cream, sherry, and chives and cook an additional 5 minutes without boiling, stirring constantly. ~Lily Gardner-Butts
Orange Apricot Juice – http://autumnearthsong.com/2012/03/03/ostara-recipes-2012/
1 (12 ounce) can apricot nectar, chilled
1 1/2 cups orange juice, chilled
2 tablespoons lemon juice
In a pitcher, combine apricot nectar, orange juice, and lemon juice. Serve chilled
*I would triple this at least!! Sun energy to get you up and moving again!