57F and the sunlight comes and goes. When it’s bright it’s *really* bright! You can tell Solstice is past. We got an inch and a fifth of rain yesterday and then another 1/5 of an inch since midnight. It’s dry, now, but we might get some rain in the late afternoon again.
Yesterday passed in a haze of tiredness for me. Tempus left me home again and I eventually toddled back to bed and crawled in for awhile. Once I got up I started packing again, and then managed to slip on something and fall in the kitchen. That put paid to much of anything happening for the rest of the afternoon. I had Tempus come after me when things got really slow so that we could work on the inventory at least. We got another chunk done.
Today is supposed to be more packing. I’m hoping that we can get the rest of the shelves down to the shop. Tempus is supposed to be running the longer paper route tonight. No clue how that’s going to go.
Today’s plant is the Rhododendron genus, specifically the wild rhodys that we have out here, that should be blooming in about 6 weeks, the Pacific rhododendron, Rhododendron macrophyllum.Rhodys have native forms in much of the world (not South America or Africa) They are one of the showiest of the flowers with hybrids and cultivars all over the place, including the azaleas which fall into this genus, but there are some that you wouldn’t recognize having almost no flowers at all! The plant is toxic to many animals and honey made from the plants will make you ill. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RhododendronOur rhodys out here are lovely during their bloom time, when you see a hit of pink here and there along highways and trails and in the woods and then within days drifts and swathes and whole hillsides are pink! It’s a hardy plant, which grows well in disturbed places, particularly areas that were burned over. It will re-grow from the scorched roots! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhododendron_macrophyllum – There aren’t any magickal references to rhododendrons that I’ve found, which doesn’t make any sense, since at least the cultivated ones are all over! Azaleas stand for Temperance in the language of flowers. Yellow rhododendron, native to Sibera, is use for rheumatism, gout and syphilis. My personal uses for them are for glamourie, beauty and outward show, but also for the learning to make these unnecessary by creating inward beauty and serenity. When these flowers are in season I use the fresh ones as a “notice me!” spell.
Attis is one of the stranger gods that come out of the Mediterranean area. He is the consort of the mother goddess Cybele, whose worship was orgiastic and whose priests castrated themselves. This is the day that his image was hung from a tree and paraded into Rome. He pre-figures some of the odder stories about Jesus with his death and resurrection, birth from a virgin at the Winter Solstice, crucifixion, etc. Easter baskets with grass may have some odd connection with his rites. More on Attis here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attis and on the feast here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cybele#.27Holy_week.27_in_March
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. Full Moon – The day of the day before and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 3/24 at 5:01pm. Eclipses – Lunar eclipses always occur on the day of the Full Moon. Positive magicks should not be performed in these months until after the eclipse is over. – Associated God/esses: Kali, Shiva the Destroyer.
Full Moon tonight, and a penumbral lunar eclipse. This is a weak eclipse, with the Moon’s southern side skimming only through the pale outer fringe of Earth’s shadow (the penumbra). Skywatchers in western North America will see it before dawn Wednesday morning; the eclipse is deepest at 4:47 a.m. PDT; 5:47 a.m. MDT. For Australia and East Asia, the event falls on the evening of March 23rd local date (deepest at 11:47 March 23rd UT/GMT). Penumbral it may be, but it counts toward your life tally of lunar eclipses you have observed. Fainter penumbral shading may be detectable for nearly an hour before and after the mid-time.
Saturn (magnitude +0.4, in the legs of Ophiuchus) rises around midnight lower left of Mars. They’re now 11° apart. By early dawn Saturn glows in the south to Mars’s left, the two of them forming a triangle with fainter, Mars-colored Antares below them.
Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14
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 Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14. Fern (FAIR-n) Alder – The common alder (Alnus glutinosa (L.) Gaertner) is common along lowland rivers, where it grows with aspens, poplars, and willows. Like willows, alders sprout from stumps. This allows them to regenerate after heavy flooding. In protect sites they may grow to 20 m (65 feet) tall. Their leaves are more blunt-tipped than most North American alders, which look more like the grey alder (A. incana (L.) Moench). This species is more common in the mountains of Europe, and is not restricted to moist soils. Like ashes, European alders are not widely cultivated in North American (they are often sold as black alders), but several native species are. Alder wood is said to resist rotting when it is wet, and was the wood of choice for pilings in many regions. Alders are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae).
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Tu 22 High 12:52 AM 7.3 7:14 AM Set 6:58 AM 97
22 Low 6:57 AM 1.2 7:32 PM Rise 7:03 PM
22 High 12:52 PM 7.4
22 Low 7:13 PM 0.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Notice the seasons.
~ No one can change your lot in life but you. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ You are full if you are in tune with the universe. If you are not in tune with the universe, then your are empty. And out of that emptiness comes greed – greed is to fill it, with money, houses, furniture, with friends, lovers, with anything. – Osho
~ People say conversation is a lost art; how often I have wished it were. – Edward R. Murrow
~ When people ask me to tell them what the “word of God” is, I tell them to sit down and listen. – Kerr Cuhulain
Oh, the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person, having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all out, just as they are, chaff and grain together, certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and with a breath of kindness blow the rest away. ~Dinah Craik
Ostara Magick – Links for next year
Proto-IndoEuropean rite – http://www.adf.org/rituals/proto-indo-european/ostara.html
Gleicchenacht and Ostara Blot – http://www.adf.org/rituals/norse/gleichennacht/
A fairly standard Wiccan ritual – http://www.geocities.com/annafranklin1/ostara.html
- Simple Things We Pagans Can Do 4 Easter
- Interesting site with Czech easter customs. Pretty egg pix!
- Wonderful Kid crafts – http://www.everythingeaster.com/crafts.html
- 175 Easy-To-Do-Easter Crafts: Easy-To-Do Crafts, Easy-To-Find Things (Easy-To-Do Crafts Easy-To-Find Things) by Sharon Dunn Umnik.
- Hollowing Out Eggs
- History of Easter Eggs
- All about Easter Eggs – some further links to places like the egg board. http://www.everythingeaster.com/eggs.html
- Section for natural dye techniques and suggestions – http://www.everythingeaster.com/story/naturaldye.html
- Natural Easter Egg Dyes – http://usacitylink.com/easter/dye.html
- Egg Pinata’s
- A Slavic Springtime ritual – http://www.mythinglinks.org/Spring~Strinennia~Garnet.html
Links to Pysanky Pisanki sites:
- Pisanki – http://www.okana.net/pisanka.html
- Pisanki – go down the left menu and look for the word. This page also includes links to some incredible pictures. – http://www.okana.org/page.html
- Brownie’s Bazaar, the absolute best pisanki supplies source. – http://pages.prodigy.com/esuark/pysanky.htm
- A Pysanky Primer – http://carpatho-rusyn.org/crs/pysanky.htm
- Pysanky – Ukrainian Easter Eggs – http://www.cs.unc.edu/~yakowenk/pysanky.html
- Easter Eggs – a Russian pisanki site – http://www.moscow-guide.ru/Culture/FolkArt/Eggs/index.htm
- Polish Art Center – http://www.polartcenter.com/
- Unique Egg Art, a pysanky site – http://www.geocities.com/RodeoDrive/1057/
Seeds and Spring
- The New Seed Starter’s Handbook by Nancy. Bubel.
- Seed to Seed: Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners by Suzanne Ashworth.
- Ball Culture Guide: The Encyclopedia of Seed Germination by Jim Nau.
- Field Grown Cut Flowers: A Practical Guide and Sourcebook: Commercial Field Grown Fresh and Dried Cut Flower Production by Alan B. Stevens.
- Flowers for Sale: Growing and Marketing Cut Flowers: Backyard to Small Acreage (A Bootstrap Guide) by Lee Sturdivant.