Just after I finishing getting yesterday’s newsletter out, I looked up and realized that despite the bright sunshine it was pouring. I quickly trotted out to the west screen door and there was a lovely rainbow against the dark grey clouds to the west. The ocean was roaring and I got splattered with rain when I opened the door. 🙂
We left a little late for the shop because Tempus was busily trotting back and forth with boxes. Coming down the seawall we saw a *big* harbor seal busily swimming downstream and what I think was a phalarope swimming just off the beach.
We didn’t get anywhere on the inventory, or rather Tempus didn’t. I was busily pricing some of the found stock and getting headers printed, once I managed to get the drivers working again after the Windows 10 installation.
I spent awhile talking to a customer who had some of the usual, I’m-just-a-beginner anxieties about psychic phenomena, then took a bit of time getting pictures, replacing water under the daffodils and such chores.
Tempus took a bunch of stuff to storage and then worked at the house on getting ready to move the house sofa down here to the shop. We’re going to sell the old one for a pittance. He and Nick (Chocolate Frog) got down here at just about dark with two of the three pieces. We’ll be doing more on Sunday.
The Crescent Moon was hanging in a clear twilight above the rooftops across the street, but the sofa was quite damp from a surprise shower! By the time we headed home, the moon was nearing the horizon and getting yellow. Jupiter was high and bright in the east and Sirius really amazing near the zenith.
Tempus headed into Newport with some containers of Sash’s stuff, so that’s one more pile sorted out. I got some supper and did paperwork for awhile, then went out and tried to get a little more packing done. Moving the sofa blocked everything! So, I crawled into bed, instead, and read until I dropped off. I haven’t been sleeping well, so I needed the extra. I didn’t even wake when Tempus came in.
Today we’ll be at the shop. We might have the old sofa gone, early. I’m keeping my fingers crossed, because then we can rearrange what’s there for the rest of it and sort out the old coffee table. Not sure whether I want to get rid of that or not, but the 4 ottomans from the one that goes with the sofa will make life easier, for certain. We’ll see. …and Tempus needs to put some stuff away and then we’ll do inventory…. I hope. We’re still only 1/2-way! …and I have to fix the printer driver on the shop computer. Ack!
…and now the sun came out for a moment…. That’s Oregon for you!
Today’s plant is Wild ginger, Asarum caudatum – This is a different plant from the one usually used in magick, but has only slightly different properties. This is related to black pepper, kava and birthwort. – Masculine, Mars, Fire – This is used for “heating up” spells. While standard ginger is used in money, love, success and power spells, Wild Ginger is mostly used to add power, rather than on its own.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asarum_caudatum
Johnny Appleseed, John Chapman, is usually thought of as an eccentric who wandered the early US throwing apple seeds around, but actually, he was planting orchards and left over 1200 acres of them when he died. An early ecologist, he traveled with a tin pot on his head for a hat. The First Nations tribes, even the hostile ones, revered him. He was a Swedenborgian and carried their literature everywhere he went. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_Appleseed on Swedenborgianism here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_New_Church
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
Waxing Moon Magick – The waxing moon is for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or healthy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healings for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 3/23 at 5:01am. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 3/13 at 5:54am.
Just after dark, look for the crescent Moon low in the west. Upper right of it by about 14° are the leading stars of Aries. The brightest of them is 2nd-magnitude Hamal. Upper left of the Moon by about the same distance (depending where you are) is 2.5-magnitude Menkar, Alpha Ceti.
Saturn (magnitude +0.5, in the legs of Ophiuchus) rises around 1 a.m. and glows well up in the south-southeast by the beginning of dawn. It’s about 15° east of Mars. Spot Antares, slightly fainter, 9° to Saturn’s right or lower right.
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. Runic half-month of Berkana/ Beorc, 3/14-29 Half-month ruled by the goddess of the birch tree; a time of purification for rebirth and new beginnings.
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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.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
F 11 High 1:47 AM 8.7 6:35 AM Rise 8:15 AM 4
~ 11 Low 8:09 AM -0.1 6:18 PM Set 9:55 PM
~ 11 High 2:12 PM 8.0
~ 11 Low 8:20 PM 0.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Sap from the maple tree flows faster before a rain shower.
~ People should be beautiful in every way–in their faces, in the way they dress, in their thoughts, and in their innermost selves. – Anton Chekhov
~ Calculation never made a hero. – John Henry Newman
~ There is Brendan Foster, by himself, with 20,000 people. – David Coleman
~ There are two sides to every question. – Protagoras
For years, I have been stalked by a bad reputation. Actually, I have been pursued by people who have regarded me as the Death and Dying Lady. They believe that having spent more than three decades in research into death and life after death qualifies me as an expert on the subject. I think they miss the point. The only incontrovertible fact of my work is the importance of life. – Elisabeth Kübler-Ross; The Wheel of Life: A Memoir of Living and Dying (her autobiography), 1997
Ostara Magick – Spells
Ostara Egg Spell – March 20th, 2007
Color of the day: Red – Incense of the day: Myrrh
The Spring or Vernal Equinox marks the pagan holiday of Ostara. It is a time of balance and a celebration of the return of springtime. The spring holidays of many cultures celebrate with symbols of birth, growth, and fertility, such as rabbits and eggs. Most cultures gave their goddesses springtime gifts of eggs to ensure fertility and blessings. The yellow of the yolk symbolizes the returning Sun and the white shell represents the purity of the returning Maiden Goddess. Across time and across cultures, people decorated eggs in colors and symbols to reflect newness and freshness. The beautifully and intricately decorated Ukrainian eggs are made by writing eggs with beeswax in a batik or resist method. The dye is applied and the waxed part remains uncolored. Called pysanky, the Ukrainian word for decorated egg, they are prized works of art. Witches can do a magical pysanky by writing or drawing glyphs, runes, and symbols on the eggs and then dyeing them. Focus your intention on writing and decorating a hardboiled egg; use meaningful symbols and then dye it an appropriate color. Focus your wish or desire into the egg. Offer thanks to the Goddess, then eat it mindfully, imagining the new magic filling you like the pure sunlight of the season. By: Gail Wood
Seed Planting Spell
- Small paper cups full of potting soil
- Small plate of larger seeds (radish, pea, morning glory, sunflower, pumpkin)
Ostara, like Mabon is a hinge-point in the year. As the Wheel revolves around the rebirth of the Sun and Son at Yule, this is the point where Winter turns to Spring. This is a time when you can begin new things or leave old things behind. Decide which you’re going to do. Make it specific, something you can turn into words.
Take a cup of earth from the tray.
Take 3 seeds from the basket that is going around if you’re beginning something new and 5 if you’re leaving something behind.
Press the seeds into the soil with intent as we meditate on the changing of the energy tide from Winter to Spring. (play the Change of the Tide on a stereo)
Zeke and you shall find…