Minus Tide at 4:52pm of -0.2 feet.
Yesterday went by pretty fast. We got to the shop early so’s to clean up the work area, but by the time we were partly done it was obvious there wasn’t anyone coming for Herbs, so we processed and bagged instead!
The weather got interesting off and on all day, but nothing out of the ordinary, although Brookings got hammered from the look of a video a friend posted and we got over an inch of rain!
We got to work on the crystals inventory later in the afternoon, but got derailed part-way through by some customers from Eugene who always stop to chat. It was great to see them! I got some pouches threaded while we were sitting and chatting.
It was past 7:30 when they headed out so Tempus and I went across the street for supper. It’s not quite as good as Ray’s cooking overall, but I think I prefer the new guy’s version of crab puffs. Ray apparently tweaked his back, working as hard as he was, so he’s taking it easy for awhile.
Today we’re going to get back to work on the crystals wall. As far as we know, we’re it for today’s historical recreation group stuff, so we’re just going to keep going until we’re tired and then switch to the small projects and handwork.
Today’s Plant is Cittim Bark (Cascara), Rhamnus purshiana. It is a potent laxative and has been used for that for centuries. –Masculine, Saturn, Earth – Sprinkle an infusion of this around the home before legal proceedings, to help you win your case. It is used in money spells and worn in a brown cloth amulet will protect again evil influences and hexes. It can be sewn into a poppet to attract those influences away from you, but place this outside at night, especially. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cascara_Sagrada
Today is the anniversary of the 1836 defeat at the Alamo. Despite all the mythology surrounding it and the romanticization of the event, it’s a rather sordid tale of people disobeying orders, not enough money to properly support an isolated band of men and their equipment, government disorganization and mis-understanding on both sides as to what each other were after. The main thing that it did was to upset that Texian side enough to give them a morale boost. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alamo_Mission_in_San_Antonio and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Alamo
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. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends on 3/7 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.
Meanwhile in the dawn all week, Saturn and Mars stand over Scorpius.
On the traditional divide between the winter and spring sky is the dim constellation Cancer. It’s between Gemini to its west and Leo to its east. Cancer has a unique feature: the Beehive Star Cluster, M44, in its middle. The Beehive shows to the naked eye only if your light pollution is slight. Look for it a little less than halfway from Pollux to Regulus. With binoculars it’s a snap.
On February 20th Jupiter’s Great Red Spot was still strikingly red, as seen in this image by Christopher Go. South is up. Notice the difference in the South Equatorial Belt preceding (left; celestial west) and following the Red Spot, and the white ovals just south of it in the South Temperate Belt like a pair of eyes. How long will it be until winds move them elsewhere?
Saturn is well placed in Ophiuchus, rising near midnight. 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.
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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
Su 6 Low 4:07 AM 2.6 6:44 AM Rise 5:10 AM 13
~ 6 High 10:00 AM 8.0 6:11 PM Set 3:45 PM
~ 6 Low 4:52 PM -0.2
~ 6 High 11:13 PM 7.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Too busy sometimes now to remember the core of what started at all? Live your dreams and don’t let those dreams make you forget who you were when you dreamed them.
~ Pay heed to the tales of old wives. It may well be that they alone keep in memory what it was once needful for the wise to know. –Tolkien
~ China is a big country, inhabited by many Chinese. – Charles de Gaulle (1890-1970) French general and statesman
~ To know that you do not know is the best. To pretend to know when you do not know is a disease. – Lao Tzu
~ An orotundity, which I define as Nobelitis a pomposity in which one is treated as representative of more than oneself by someone conscious of representing more than himself. – William Golding (1911-1993) English writer
from MARY’S GIRLHOOD
Gone is a great while, and she
Dwelt young in Nazareth of Galilee.
Unto God’s will she brought devout respect
Profound simplicity of intellect.
And supreme patience. From her mother’s knee
Faithful and hopeful; wise in charity;
Strong in grave peace; in pity circumspect. – Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882), English poet, painter, and illustrator
Ostara Magick – Lore – Rabbits that Lay Eggs? It’s a German Thing – Published: Tuesday, March 06, 2012 – By Kathryn Boughton – http://www.housatonictimes.com/articles/2012/03/06/life/doc4f5678ffcca3f879079008.txt?viewmode=fullstory
BROOKFIELD- Everyone knows that rabbits don’t lay eggs—so what is this thing with Easter bunnies? Why not an Easter duck? Or an Easter hen? That would make more sense, wouldn’t it?
Well, Easter bunnies, like most Christian holiday traditions, are drawn from pagan beliefs, dusted off, repackaged and sold as representative of Christ’s story. In the case of Easter bunnies, rabbits are notorious for their fervent lovelife and their consequent fertility. Easter, the season of rebirth, not illogically became associated with hares and rabbits, as did eggs, the very icon of new life.
The Easter bunny appears to have originated in Germany, where tales were told of the “Easter hare,” which laid eggs for children to find. According to the legend, only good children received gifts of colored eggs in the nests that they made in their caps and bonnets before Easter. The tradition was carried to America by German immigrants, and the immigrants may have also made popular the practice of making chocolate bunnies and eggs.
Obviously, rabbits and hares could not really be relied upon to provide Easter eggs, but chickens could. And since eggs were forbidden the faithful during Lent by the early church, there was a surplus during the 40 days of fasting. To preserve as many as possible, the eggs were hard boiled and were thus a mainstay of Easter meals and a prized Easter gift for hungry children and servants.
Why they were dyed different colors remains a mystery, but a variety of traditions have emerged. The ancient Zoroastrians are said to have painted eggs for Nowrooz, their New Year celebration, which falls on the spring equinox. The Nawrooz tradition is said to have existed for at least 2,500 years. The sculptures on the walls of Persepolis show people carrying eggs for Nowrooz to the king. Egyptians, Romans and Greeks are also reported to have dyed eggs for their spring celebrations.
Orthodox Christians in the Middle East and in Greece still paint eggs bright red to symbolize the blood of Christ, while in Armenia hollow egg shells are decorated with pictures of Christ, the Virgin Mary and other religious figures. The art form reached its apex in Poland and Ukraine where eggs are skillfully decorated by using multiple applications of wax to create intricate patterns on the dyed eggs.
In Germany, with its Protestant aversion to religious symbolism, eggs were dyed plain green, the color of spring, and were given as gifts on Holy Thursday. Colorful hollow eggs were dyed and hung on trees throughout towns. Austrians placed little plants around the eggs and then boiled them, creating white patterns when the plants were removed.
The decorated eggs became the object of children’s games, a practice that continues today in Easter Egg hunts and egg rolls. The most famous egg roll takes place on the White House lawn every year, a tradition said to have been originated by the irrepressibly social Dolly Madison, who, told that Egyptian children used to roll eggs down the pyramids, invited Washington, D.C., children to roll hard-boiled eggs down the hilly lawn of the new Capitol building.
The custom continued there, except during the Civil War, until 1880 when curmudgeonly legislators complained the children were ruining the lawn. The egg roll was transferred to the White House lawn, where it has been held since.
Egg hunts at less exalted surroundings than the President’s home are equally popular.