Minus Tide at 9:00 AM of -0.2 feet.
41F. Brr! I can feel little drafts sneaking around on the floor. It should get up to 50, but that’s a bit chillier than it’s been. We’ve gotten well over 1/2 an inch of rain during the night. I didn’t hear it drumming on the roof it must have just been very, very steady. We’re under a high wind watch tomorrow and with that much water that could be trees going over again….
Yesterday was long and kinda crazy. We started the day with moving stuff around so that customers could reach things and then Tempus sorted out the coffee table up front, so the sofa could come out. That got picked up 1-ish after UPS dropped off the bindi order.
Yes, we have bindi again! I spent from 1pm to 6:20 putting tags on them after I figured out which was which. The invoice had no pictures and the bindi had no inventory numbers! I had to download all the pages of their online catalog and work it out…. Oi!
We got very busy with customers in the late afternoon and I was kinda going nuts trying to sort bindi and help customers at the same time. I got a welcome break when Kristen came in with her daughter and we got to chat for a little.
Everyone has been awesome about the chaos in the shop over the last several weeks. It’s starting to get a little better, now, but the shelves still have to come down from the house and be set up. Once that’s done things should gradually get back to normal.
A Ken Gagne pic of a wave breaking in Yachats from 3-11-15.
Today’s Plant is the Buttercup that flourishes in my area in two types, Ranunculus bulbosus (sometimes called. St Anthony’s Turnip) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranunculus_bulbosusand Ranunculus repens ,http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranunculus_repens (called creeping buttercup or crowfoot) which is the variety in my garden. These are non-native plants and invasive, but not usually worried about too much, since they usually grow in grasslands and very poor soil, not suited for agriculture. Although the fresh plant is poisonous, the sap being used as a blistering agent for gout and rheumatism, the dried plant is safe for consumption. Tinctures of this plant have been used on shingles and infusions for “soremouth”. – Masculine, Mercury (Uranus), Fire– These are used in spells for tenacity & stubbornness, both to create and cure, and as a plant of fertility, possibly being the plant that the Flora gave Juno to use to get pregnant with Mars. Carry in sachets (dried flowers only) for fertility or the dried leaves for tenacity. This is also used for harmony and for Sight (and called Frog’s Foot) Use buttercup flower petals in magickal potpourris for spells regarding: divination, energy, innocence, prosperity, youth. Use buttercup in solar spells involving energy and prosperity.
Today’s feast is the Martyrdom of Hypatia. She was a woman who would become a target of anger that grew out of a civil/religious feud in Alexandria in the Nile Delta. Daughter of Theon, and a teacher trained in the philosophical schools of Plato and Plotinus, she was admired by most men for her dignity and virtue. Of the anger she provoked among Christians, Scholasticus writes, Hypatia ultimately fell “victim to the political jealousy which at the time prevailed”. Of course, to many of the People of the Book, a woman in her position, doing the things that she did at that time, was really wrong…. A lot of things have been made up about her, the idea of a woman single-handedly trying to save the “Library of Alexandria” being quite romantic, but those tales are general untrue. There is a Wiki article with more info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypatia and the movie “Agora” that came out a few years ago is reasonably accurate.
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.
<<< …and Mars ends the week much closer to Beta. They’ll pass just 0.2° apart on the morning of March 16th.
The waxing crescent Moon in the west shines below the Pleiades and Aldebaran this evening.
Catch Algol at its minimum light, magnitude 3.4 instead of its usual 2.1, for a couple hours centered on about 9:25 p.m. EST.
Daylight-saving time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday morning for most of North America. Clocks spring ahead.
Mars, in the morning sky, moves from Libra to Scorpius on the 13th. Its disk grows from 9 to 11 arc seconds during the month, as it moves towards opposition on May 22. Observers with good telescopes should be able to see some of the dark markings on Mars’ surface this month.
Mars (about magnitude 0.0, at the head of Scorpius), rises around midnight. By early dawn it glows yellow-orange in the south, to the right of Saturn. In a telescope Mars is about 9.7 arcseconds in diameter — big enough now to show surface features in a high-quality 3-inch scope at high power during spells of good seeing.
Mars on February 20th, imaged byChristopher Go with a 14-inch scope. South is up. The big white patch at top is not the South Polar Cap or Cloud Hood but the Hellas basin, which often fills with clouds or frost. The now-tiny North Polar cap is at bottom. Syrtis Major is the big dark peninsula right of center. Near the sunset terminator, thin clouds hide part of Elysium. The dark arc just inside the entire bright limb is a processing artifact; watch out for these in planetary images.
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
Sa 12 High 2:29 AM 8.7 6:33 AM Rise 8:54 AM 10
~ 12 Low 9:00 AM -0.2 6:19 PM Set 11:07 PM
~ 12 High 3:07 PM 7.5
~ 12 Low 9:05 PM 1.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – In the Name of the Crone: I will see Beauty around me, knowing that it is transitory, but always replaced with more Beauty.
~ In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer. – Albert Camus
~ Nobody Trips over mountains. It’s small pebbles that cause you to stumble. Pass all the pebbles & you will cross mountains. – Phil Reinhardt
~ We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience. – Teilhard de Chardin
~ Bravery is half the victory. – The Saga of Harald Hardrade, c.103
From blossoms comes
this brown paper bag of peaches
we bought from the joy
at the bend in the road where we turned toward
signs painted Peaches.
From laden boughs, from hands,
from sweet fellowship in the bins,
comes nectar at the roadside, succulent
peaches we devour, dusty skin and all,
comes the familiar dust of summer, dust we eat.
O, to take what we love inside,
to carry within us an orchard, to eat
not only the skin, but the shade,
not only the sugar, but the days, to hold
the fruit in our hands, adore it, then bite into
the round jubilance of peach.
There are days we live
as if death were nowhere
in the background; from joy
to joy to joy, from wing to wing,
from blossom to blossom to
impossible blossom, to sweet impossible blossom. – Li-Young Lee (Rose)
Ostara Magick – Recipes
Fruit and Spinach Salad – http://autumnearthsong.com/2012/03/03/ostara-recipes-2012/
1 pound fresh spinach, torn
4 cups strawberries, sliced
1 (11 ounce) can mandarin oranges, drained (I would use Clementine fresh oranges here!)
1 star fruit, sliced
GINGER SALAD DRESSING:
1/3 cup lemon juice
2 tablespoons olive or canola oil
2 tablespoons sugar
3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
Arrange spinach and fruit on salad plates. In a jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine the dressing ingredients; shake well. Drizzle over salads; serve immediately.
Dilly Egg Salad – adapted from http://autumnearthsong.com/2012/03/03/ostara-recipes-2012/ (recipes can be doubled and make all 4 sauces)
- 8 eggs
- 2 TB mayo
- 2 TB Dijon mustard
- 1 tsp dill weed
- ½ tsp paprika (optional)
- 1/3 cup red onion, minced
- Salt and pepper to taste.
Place eggs in a large saucepan, cover in cold water and bring to a boil. Boil for 10-12 mins, remove from heat. Run eggs under cold water until cool. Peel and Chop.
Place eggs and remaining ingredients in a large bowl; mix well. Serve on on a bed of lettuce with sides of dipping sauce as below and pumpernickel bread ….
Makes 4 servings.
Dipping sauces – Make 2 of the ones below
- Mix 2 TB mayo and 2 TB Dijon mustard together. Sprinkle with fresh chopped chives.
- Take ¼ cup of frozen raspberries or strawberries and whirl in a blender with 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar and top with chopped fresh mint leaves or lemon balm
- In a food processor mix ¼ cup of unsweetened plain yogurt with 1 inch of peeled cucumber and ¼ tsp wasabi powder.
- Not exactly a sauce, but make honey butter by whipping 1 Tbsp honey with ¼ cup butter and top with dill, tarragon or cilantro.
Flowery Canapes with Cream Cheese and Watercress
- 24 diagonally sliced baguette slices (1/2-inch)
- 1 (8 ounce) carton light cream cheese spread
- 1 1/2 tablespoons snipped fresh watercress
- 1 1/2 tablespoons snipped fresh chives
- 1 1/2 tablespoons snipped fresh basil
- Pansies or Nasturtiums
- Watercress sprigs
- Combine cream cheese, basil, chives and watercress.
- Refrigerate, covered, several hours.
- Spread each baguette slice with about 2 teaspoons herbed cheese mixture.
- Top with an edible flower or watercress sprig.
Eggnog French Toast
2 c eggnog
1 egg, slightly beaten
1/2 tsp cinnamon
3 tbsps butter
In a shallow bowl, mix the eggnog, egg and cinnamon, stirring well. Slice the croissants lengthwise. Melt one tablespoon of butter in a skillet or on a griddle. Dip 1 croissant half in the batter and place in the griddle. Repeat with the remaining halves. Cook on each side for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes, or until golden brown. Use remaining butter as needed. Remove to a serving platter. Serve at once with warm maple syrup. Yield: 6 servings.
Submitted By Dana
Silliness – Cowboy’s Favorite Bible
The devout cowboy lost his favorite Bible while he was mending fences out on the range.
Three weeks later, a cow walked up to him carrying the Bible in its mouth. The cowboy couldn’t believe his eyes. He took the precious book out of the cow’s mouth, raised his eyes heavenward and exclaimed, “It’s a miracle!”
“Not really,” said the cow. “Your name is written inside the cover.”