Daily Stuff 3-15-16 Ides of March

Hi, folks!

rain weather motifWhen I got up rain was drumming on the skylight. It’s 44F and rather gloomy with a light breeze. I think this might be a pancake morning! …or waffles…. oh, yeah, waffles!

031416 FrontMan, what a long day yesterday was! We were crazy busy all day, starting from a kerfluffle with what was going to the shop, that ended with a couple of boxes and one of the ottomans heading down and two boxes going back into the house. We did a little picking up and then I started sorting out the stuff that I have by my fan back chair up front. Things have been accumulating…

>>>>>>> Partway done >>>>>>>>>>

031416 Rack 01Before I was done, two friends from Corvallis stopped by and we spent the next hour talking hard…. When they left I was finished with my sorting and the front looked a lot better. I asked Tempus what he wanted to do next and he had some repairs to make so I spent several hours doing headers for things, adding crystals to what we just inventoried and doing up more that are just getting set by.

<<<<< Offloaded the drawer rack <<<<<

Eventually he had a back on my drawer rack and we did some work on the herbs inventory,
since I have a whole basket of new ones, already. Arnemetia stopped by. We found out why we haven’t been seeing her. She had gall bladder surgery back in February and was far more ill than I was! She’s getting better enough, finally, that she stopped by to say hi.

031416 Rack 11

^^ New back on the rack and glue drying. Yeah, we might have a couple of large rocks! ^^


We did get places on the Herb Wall inventory during that last part of the day. I already have more than 100 packets of herbs to put up, so we gotta finish! We left at around 7:30 and it was still light enough for me to harvest some sorrel and salad greens for supper.

Today is all packing. I have the living room shelves to do and Tempus has to start running those down to the shop along with taking things to storage. I want him to sweep in the living room first, though, since there was a lot of dust/dirt under the sofa. He found my lapis worrystone, though! It’s been missing for awhile and it turns out to have been under the sofa!

031516 Caesar

Bells of Ireland Moluccella_laevis_(Labiatae)_plant

Today’s plant is the Bells of Ireland, Moluccella laevis (Molucca balmis, Shellflower, Shell flower) is a summer flowering annual, native to Turkey, Syria and the Caucasus. It is cultivated for its spikes of flowers which look like green bells. In the language of flowers, it represents luck. It’s a member of the mint family as you can tell by the leaves! More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bells_of_Ireland

feast 0315 Eid_MarToday is the Ides of March, mostly known today for the death of Julius Caesar, but they were a religious celebration during the Roman Empire. They were sacred to Jupiter and Anna Perenna. “The ides of March have come,” meaning to say that the prophecy had not been fulfilled, to which the seer replied “Aye, Caesar; but not gone.” More here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assassination_of_Julius_Caesar  and here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ides_of_March#Religious_observances and on Anna Perenna here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anna_Perenna

Ostara PentacleThe shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday. 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 ancientlight@peak.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 Crescent MoonWaxing 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. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 3/15 at 10:03pm. 

Waxing Quarter Moon031616 AstroTuesday, March 15, 1:03 p.m. EDT – First Quarter Moon, March 2016 – The First Quarter Moon rises around noon and sets around 3:15 a.m. It dominates the evening sky. This evening the Moon shines in the dim Club of Orion, above the bright stars of Orion’s body.
Mars and Saturn glow over Scorpius >>>>>>> in early dawn all week. On Wednesday morning, Mars is just 0.2° from Beta Scorpii. Before dawn brightens on Wednesday morning, look south for Scorpius. Mars will seem (at first glance) to have replaced Beta Scorpii, as shown at right. It’s as if the top star of the Scorpius’s familiar head has flared up to be ten times brighter!
Astro mercuryAstro uranusAstro neptuneMercury, Uranus (magnitude +5.9, in Pisces) and Neptune are hidden in the glare of the Sun.

Goddess Month of of Moura, runs from 2/20-3/19
Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17, Nion (NEE-uhn)
Celtic Tree Month
of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14

Rune Runic Month 06 Berkana BeorcRunic 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.

Sun in AquariusSun in Pisces
Moon in GeminiMoon in Gemini enters Cancer at 5:57pm
Juno (9/20) and Jupiter (5/9) Retrograde
Color: Grey


©2016 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


nuin celtic tree month plant tree AshCeltic 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).
Celtic tree month Ash NuinFraxinus_latifolia_JPG1FeNuin – Ash Ogam letter correspondences
Month: March
Color: Glass Green
Class: Cheiftain
Letter: N
Meaning: Locked into a chain of events; Feeling bound.
celtic tree month nuin oir spindleOgam letter correspondences to study this month Oir – Spindle Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: White
Class: Peasant
Letter: TH, OI
Meaning: Finish obligations and tasks or your life cannot move forward.


Waves tide Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~           /Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                                    Visible
Tu  15     High   6:01 AM     7.9   7:27 AM     Set  2:18 AM      40
~    15      Low   1:05 PM     0.4   7:23 PM    Rise 12:13 PM
~    15     High   7:34 PM     6.0


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Feel good about yourself today.


Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – Books –  What book setting would you like to visit, if you could?



~  God does not comfort us to make us comfortable only, but to make us comforters. – Dr. John Henry Jowett
~  Dream big, and dare to fail. – Colonel Norman Vaughan, American dogsled driver and explorer, drove a dog team in Richard E. Byrd ‘s 1928 expedition to the South Pole
~  Trees are poems that earth writes upon the sky, We fell them down and turn them into paper, That we may record our emptiness. – Kahlil Gibran
~  I bear solemn witness to the fact that NATO heads of state and of government meet only to go through the tedious motions of reading speeches, drafted by others, with the principal objective of not rocking the boat. – Pierre Elliott Trudeau (1919-2000) Canadian Prime Minister

Friendship Is…(Sent to me by Annette: <<Smiles and Faith@aol.com>>

You’re a true friend, that I want you to know,
Our love for each other has helped us to grow.
We’ve been through some tough times,
but we’ve made it through,
The only one I ever trusted was you.

You helped me through anger, You’ve chased away fears.
You held me through sadness, and kissed away tears.
You stayed by my side when the world turned away.
You helped me see joy when the skies were all gray.

You were the rainbow at the end of the storm.
You help me be different when I shouldn’t conform.
You held my hand when you knew we would fall.
Every heartache, you saw me through it all.

I’m not sure I’m always the best friend to you,
I know I’m not perfect, but this much is true.
When life gets you down, And there’s nowhere to turn,
I’ll help you through and I’ll share your concern.

I’ll try my best to return every favor,
When you’re sure that you’ll drown,
then I’ll be your lifesaver;
Even if we both go down.

Whether we sink or swim doesn’t matter at all,
Just know that I’ll be there whenever you call.
I’ll pull you out when life pulls you under.
I’ll be the sun when there’s lightning and thunder.

And when it’s all over, And we’ve fought every war,
There’s one thing I promise, Of this I am sure,
When the time comes that we’re put to our rest.
Be sure that you know that, My friend, you’re the best.


ostara sabbat egg divider

Ostara Magick –

Ostara Creation Spell

This joyous holiday honors the spring goddess, Ostara, whose name means “movement toward the rising Sun.” Just as Imbolc signals the return of light, Ostara signals the awakening of the Earth. Trees are blooming, bulbs are pushing up out of the ground, birds are nesting, and animals are mating. The creative energy is at its strongest during this season. If you haven’t decided what you wish to manifest this year, do so now.

To empower your goal, write it on a hard-boiled egg with a wax crayon. The egg is a powerful symbol representing the universe in embryo. Your goal lives within you in the same way that creation lives within its egg, and like the egg, your goal has everything it needs to manifest. Now, draw two interlocking triangles to form a six-pointed star on your egg. This star symbolizes one of the most important keys in magic: as above, so below. What you can create in your imagination, you can manifest on the physical plane. Dye your egg a deep red to symbolize the goddess and life itself. Using your egg as a focus, work in the days ahead with the interplay of imagination and physical striving to achieve your desire. By: Lily Gardner

Bulb Planting Earth Chant – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html

by Eileen – For all those spring planted bulbs like lilies, oxalis, glads, begonias and such:

breath of the stone is strange to me
i know it lives as i can’t see
force of the earth is strong and free
sustenance and beauty be
born of the stars and sprang from the ground
Mother, Goddess all around
Wheel must turn as the seasons show
what lies dead shall surely grow


motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Knock Knock! Who’s There?

Eileen who?
Eileen down to tie my shoe.

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