Yesterday didn’t quite go as planned, but the main two things that had to happen finally got finished. The desk got shifted and the kids were visited with! 🙂 Our son, Ricky, and his fiancee, DD, picked up some of his things to take back home with them and we did some planning about their wedding (in July) and which keepsies they’re going to have. We have to plan carefully, because while they want certain things they don’t have a whole lot more room than we do.
After the kids headed back to Portland Tempus went up to the house and started shifting the desk. He got the desk in place and put together and the various saxophones and autoharp and such all tucked away right at the end of the day, but it took until late because he made the mistake of sitting down and fell asleep! The funny thing was that I did the same thing at the shop. I got waked up a couple of times by people coming in the door.
It was 8:30 before we were done and we decided to treat ourselves. Waves (Alsi Resort) was running a special on fish and chips, so we decided to have supper there. It was very tasty, and then we shared a Bailey’s chocolate mousse for dessert. We ended up falling asleep not long after getting home!
Tempus and Marius are going to be shifting some of the big pieces today, getting our new place ready and then shifting shelf units. I’ll be at the shop, first doing the Herbs Workshop, then more headers and trying to sort out the office space.
Today’s Plant is the Strawberry. We have two wild varieties out here, Wood’s Strawberry, Fragaria vesca, the Coastal Strawberry, Fragaria chiloensis, and of course the Garden Strawberry, Fragaria × ananassa, which is a hybrid. The leaves of vesca have been used to make a tea to help with diarrhea and the whole plant is used as an anti-depressant, from flowers to leaves to fruit. – Feminine, Venus, Water, Freya (and many other deities) – Carry the leaves for luck, use them in love spells and sachets, sleep on them to dream of your love. Pregnant women should carry a sachet of the leaves during the last few months of pregnancy to ease labor. The berries themselves are simply an aphrodisiac, often combined with chocolate for this purpose. Yum! Wood’s Strawberry here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fragaria_vesca and Coastal Strawberry here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fragaria_chiloensis Garden Strawberry here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garden_strawberry
Today is one of only two “royalty” days in the US. Prince Kuhio was the heir to the throne of Hawaii and became the territorial delegate to Congress, authoring the first Statehood bill. On this day there is a lei draping of his statue, music, parades, and other kinds of fun, including craft shows. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prince_Kuhio_Day
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 4/7 at 4:24am. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 3:31 at 8:17am.
The huge, bright Winter Hexagon is still in view after dark, filling the sky to the southwest and west. It’s the biggest well-known asterism in the sky. Start with brilliant Sirius in the southwest, the Hexagon’s lower left corner. High above Sirius is Procyon. From there look even higher for Pollux and Castor, rightward from Castor to Menkalinan and bright Capella, lower left from there to Aldebaran, lower left to Rigel at the bottom of Orion, and back to Sirius.
Jupiter (magnitude –2.5, near the hind foot of Leo) shines in the east-southeast as twilight fades and is highest in the south by 11 or midnight. It sets in the west before sunrise. See our telescopic guide to Jupiter and the daily doings of its four big moons in the March Sky & Telescope, page 48.
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. Runic half-month of Ehwaz, 3/30-4/13 – Ehwaz, the horse; time of partnership between humans and Nature, as between rider and horse. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 55
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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
Sa 26 High 2:46 AM 7.5 7:07 AM Set 8:51 AM 95
26 Low 9:17 AM 0.6 7:37 PM Rise 10:54 PM
26 High 3:23 PM 6.7
26 Low 9:16 PM 1.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – No need to fake happy 😦 when you are happy. 🙂
~ Don’t forget to love yourself. – Soren Kierkegaard
~ Life is always walking up to us and saying, ‘Come on in, the living’s fine,’ and what do we do? Back off and take its picture. – Russell Baker
~ The tragedy of life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach. – Benjamin E. Mayes
~ Miami Beach is where neon goes to die. – Lenny Bruce (1925-1966) US comic
Glorious are the woods in their latest gold and crimson,
Yet our full-leaved willows are in the freshest green.
Such a kindly autumn, so mercifully dealing
With the growths of summer, I never yet have seen. – William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878) US poet and newspaper editor
- an oblong bead
- a pendant
- approx. 9″ chain (a broken necklace will work great)
- needlenose pliers
- one pin head wire (found in bead stores)
- clippers (I use toenail clippers!)
- two small beads
- Thread the beads onto the pin head wire in this order: small bead, oblong bead, small bead.
- With the clippers, clip off remaining wire, leaving approx. 3/4″ remaining.
- Using the needlenose pliers, bend the wire holding the beads into a ring and clamp.
- Open a link on one end of your chain, and thread through the loop you just made.Clamp shut using the pliers.
- Open the link on the opposite end of your chain,loop through the pendant. Clamp shut.
To use the Pendulum, hold the pendant in your hand loosely,elbow on the table, letting the pendulum swing free. Still the movements of the pendulum with your other hand. Ask the pendulum to show you “yes” – the pendulum should start to move in a pattern, usually in a circle or back or forth. If you can’t really tell, ask the pendulum to be more precise. Once a pattern is established, this is the Pendulum’s “yes.” Now, ask the pendulum to show you “no.” Keep your pendulum in a safe place, and it will treat you well!
- pieces of velvet
- small beans
- sewing machine or needle and thread
- For a round crystal pillow, cut two pieces of velvet 5 -6 inches in diameter. Use a plate as a template if you need one. Right sides together, sew the pieces together using a 1/2 inch seam allowance and leaving an opening to pour in the beans.Turn pillow right side out. Stuff the pillow 2/3 full with the beans, whipstitch the opening closed.
- For a square pillow, cut two pieces of velvet 5 inches square
- Right sides together, sew along the edges using 1/2 inch seam allowance, and leaving 1 inch open to turn
- Turn right side out, stuff 2/3 full with beans, and whipstitch the opening closed.