Daily Stuff 2-21-17 Ishtar

Hi, folks!

Header ancient-light buttonWe will be closed Friday 2/24-Sunday 2/26.

rain weather motifRain…. omgs, rain…. and rain and rain. We got over 1 1/2 inches yesterday, have gotten more than *that* since midnight and have more coming this week, including a chance of snow Friday night? Whut? It’ll only happen here if the rain and the temperature low show up at the same time, but what happened to spring? 😦 So Thursday and Friday night, gardeners, be prepared to chuck a cover over your tender plants! The Bay is even muddier this morning than yesterday and the sky low and grey and even town was greyed over with the amount of water coming down. It’s quit now and should stay quit (or mostly) for awhile, but the chance starts going back up in late afternoon, so don’t figure it’s a long break. 45F and no wind here in town.

plant motif flower pansiesYesterday we got the shed moved! The whole Wicca 101 class pitched in and not only did the shed move, but the rain barrels, the picnic table, my trike and all the tools! It’s all out of our landlady’s way, finally. Tempus and I still have to get the totes of smaller tools and gloves and such sorted into the shed and hung up or put in bins. Only my harvesting basket is supposed to be out for use and then I can retreive my nice *big* basket for my sewing projects. (It’s one that I bought for the “basket liner” project for Mab’s Creations, so I can get *that* going again, as well.) I’ll also have a lightweight tool tote that can go in and out of the shed or car as needed. I haven’t had that for a couple of years. Much thanks go to the ladies who took a chunk out of their day (in the rain, yet) and got that accomplished!

motif plant flower pink petuniasEverything else went well, yesterday. Tempus got some online bill-paying done and did another chunk of the huge amount of sorting yet to be done. I got my week’s work planned out and started contacting people for last-minute things on this A&S Championship that I’m responsible for next weekend. (Yes, that’s why we’re going to be closed….) Class went really well, too. …and we headed home late and tired and went splat.

motif plant flower pink white tulip bulbWe woke late this morning and puttered a bit before heading for the shop. I had gotten most of the chores that I would normally do today, done yesterday, while I stayed out of the way of the shed inching down the pathway, and the ladies doing the “inching”. Tempus still had some chores to do today, but most of those happened while I was still snoring, since I was up for awhile during the night. (Coughing again…. this illness can DIF!)

motif plant flower pansies purpleTonight is the paper route, of course, and Tempus is going to do some shopping beforehand. I’m hoping he’s also going to tackle a couple of the totes that are in the walkway in the back of the shop…. I’m going to be making sure I have my ducks in a row as far as the Championship goes and making up a list of things that have to be done and to go with next weekend.

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150px-Ishtar_Eshnunna_Louvre_AO12456Feast of Ishtar – A Fertile Crescent love/death/rebirth/battle goddess with a *really* bad press! She shows up in the Epic of Gilgamesh and has her own version of the “descent of Inanna”. She is related to Inanna, Astarte and the Dumizi/Tammuz death/rebirth rituals were part of her worship. Some bits of that still reverberate into the modern era. Easter Baskets, anybody? More here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ishtar

634px-Crocus_at_north_of_the_montagne_sainte_Victoire_by_JM_Rosier_1Today’s plant is White crocus, cloth-of-silver crocus, Crocus versicolor info here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crocus Sacred to Juno and Ostara, as any crocus, it is used to attract love (carry), turn away abusive love (burn), and give visions (place on altar or by bed).

Ostara PentacleThe shop opens at 11am! Winter Hours are 11am-5pm Thursday through Monday, although we’re there a lot later most nights. 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,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Waning Gibbous moonWaning 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 2/26 at 6:58am. 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 2/18 at 11:33am. 

021917-astroThe waning Moon passes over Scorpius, Saturn, and low Sagittarius in early dawn.
zodiacal_light_3-9-2013_Robert_Ede_Invermere-British_Columbia_CanadaThis is a fine week to look for the zodiacal light if you live in the northern latitudes, now that the evening sky is moonless and the ecliptic tilts high upward from the west horizon at nightfall. From a clear, clean, wide-open dark site, look west at twilight’s very end for a vague but huge, tall pyramid of pearly light. It’s tilted to the left, aligning along the constellations of the zodiac: through Venus and up between Aldebaran and the Pleiades. What you’re seeing is sunlit interplanetary dust orbiting the Sun near the ecliptic plane. Believe it or not, seen from interstellar distances this would be the solar system’s brightest feature after the Sun itself. The “zodiacal lights” of dust around other stars may be a real obstacle to someday seeing their small, terrestrial planets.
Astro mercuryMercury is hidden deep in the glare of sunrise.

Goddess Month of Moura, runs from 2/20-3/19
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17
Rune Runic Month 04 Sowelo SigelRunic half-month of Sowulo/ Sigel, 2/12-26 It represents the power of the force of good throughout the world and is the harbinger of victory and ascendancy over darkness. 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. 
Sun in Pisces
Sun in Pisces
Moon in CapricornMoon in Capricorn
Jupiter (6/9), Vesta (3/7) Retrograde
Color: Maroon

Planting 2/21-23

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©2016 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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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).

Nuin – Ash Ogam letter correspondences
Celtic tree month Ash NuinFraxinus_latifolia_JPG1FeMonth: March
Color: Glass Green
Class: Chieftain
Letter: N
Meaning: Locked into  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.

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Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide    Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time       Feet    Sunset                                  Visible
Tu  21      Low   2:09 AM     3.6   7:06 AM    Rise  3:38 AM      31
~    21     High   8:09 AM     7.1   5:54 PM     Set  1:19 PM
~    21      Low   3:27 PM     1.1
~    21     High  10:00 PM     5.8

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – We have the power to do what we wish, although it may seem hard. One step at a time will get you there!

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – In Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White, Mr. Zuckerman says, “A miracle has happened on this farm.” Write about the closest thing to a miracle that you have ever seen or heard about.

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Quotes  

~  I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes. – e. e. cummings (1894-1962) u. s. poet
~  We forfeit three-quarters of ourselves in order to be like other people. – Schopenhauer
~  Failure is only the opportunity to more intelligently begin again. – Henry Ford
~  Everybody, soon or late, sits down to a banquet of consequences. – Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) Scottish novelist, poet

Right Now//A New Song by Flash 
Date: 7/19/2005 11:27:37 AM Eastern Daylight Time

 RIGHT NOW

The time is now   there is no other time
The time is now   there is no other time
To get down to your soul and let it make you whole
Take these broken wings and let them learn to fly
let em take you high
Like a bird with freedom in her eyes til you can kiss the sky let your dreams unwind

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Right now right now feel your self Divine
Right now right now feel your self Divine
Face your fears don’t bring em back here they’ll only
bring you down
Keep your heart wide open taste the joys of life
hold them in the light
Like a shapeshiftin,makeshiftin freedom fighter on the higher planes it will keep you sane
Shapeshiftin makeshiftin freedom fighter on the higher planes  its really not so strange
Really not so strange3x
Eveything is gonna change/people places rearrange
This is the Aquarian Age/ peace and freedom take the stage/people we have got to change/really isn’t very strange
Open hearts open minds precious life is so divine
Universal joy and peace/live it now and it can be
Universal joy and peace/ live it now and be released – Flash Silvermoon c 2005 Goddesstunes * The Wise Woman’s Tarot – http://www.flashsilvermoon.com *

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ostara sabbat egg dividerOstara Magick – Lore

Spring Equinox: Celebrating the Seasons – Lore and Rituals by Selena Fox

Spring Equinox
Spring Equinox, also known as Ostara, Easter, and St. Patrick’s Day, occurs in the middle of March. It marks the beginning of Spring and the time when days and nights are of equal length. The Goddess manifests as Ostara or Eostre with her basket of eggs. She is accompanied by the Hare or Rabbit, a manifestation of the God. Green has been sacred to this Sabbat since ancient times, because it represents the greening of the land with vegetation. This is a festival of new growth.

Prepare egg dishes and share them with friends. Organize egg games, such as egg hunts. Decorate your home with spring flowers and sprouting greens.

Wear green clothing as an affirmation of new growth within yourself and Nature. Bless any seeds you plan to plant in your garden. Begin a new project. Make a growth charm out of a hard-boiled egg — decorate it with symbols, write on it the quality you would like to manifest more fully within yourself, energize it, and then eat it.

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Egg Rolling Choices Divination – A Spring Ritual by Selena Fox
Assemble Materials
* You need to have an undecorated, unpeeled hardboiled egg and at least one waterproof coloring tool such as a crayon or permanent marker.

New Growth Choices
* Pick four things you might choose to do this Spring that have the potential of enriching your life. These things can be options that you already have been considering doing. They also may be things that occur to you as you do this part of the exercise. If more than than four things occur to you, pick the four most intriguing to you.
* Write these four possible actions on the back of this paper or on a separate sheet. Choose a symbol or word to signify each action. Mark it next to the fuller description of the four possible actions.

Egg Decorating
* Hold the egg in your hands a few moments and silently focus on it being a spiritual helper on your life’s journey. Silently thank the bird species that produced it (such as chicken, duck, goose). Acknowledge it as the synthesis of the Elements of Nature — the Earth which is its physical form, plus the Water, Fire, and Air that hardboiled it, and Spirit, its connection with you as your spiritual helper. When you feel complete with the meditation, begin decorating the egg.
* Throughout the egg decorating process, keep your attention focused on it being a spiritual helper. Decorate the egg with symbols as follows:
* At one end of the egg make a circle and inside it put your name or initials, plus a symbol that represents the Spring season to you.
* At the other end of the egg, make a circle and inside it put a symbol or word that represents Divinity to you (such as a deity name or a sacred color or shape).
* Now draw four vertical lines dividing the remainder of the egg intoroughly four segments.
* In each of the four segments put the symbol and/or word of each of the new growth options you are considering.
* When you are done decorating the egg, hold the egg a few moments in your hands and imagine it glowing with a spiritual light. Connect again with it as a spiritual helper in this decorated form. When you are complete with this, place the egg on the altar in the divination egg basket for use later.

Divination
* After the indoor ritual is completed, get your egg and, weather permitting, journey outdoors to take part in the egg rolling divination part of the ritual. As part of group ritual, present yourself and your egg to the directions and focus on your connection with the Divine within and in all of Nature around you.
* After this is done, begin your personal divination. Find a sloped area to serve as the place for your egg rolling. If necessary, clear a way for the rolling by removing by hand sticks, leaves, and other debris.
* Once this is done, center yourself and holding the egg in your hands, request guidance by repeatedly saying something like: “Guidance for New Growth, come.”
* Roll the egg. Keep your eyes on it as it rolls. Notice where it lands. * Go to the egg after it stops rolling and then examine what side and symbol is facing the sky. Focus on the segment that is most predominantly facing upward. Call to mind what this symbol represents. Spend some time meditating on what has shown itself to you. Reflect on yourself putting this option into action in your daily life.
* When done, give thanks for the guidance received and take up your egg. What you do with the egg is up to you — for example, you can eat it as a sacred food, or you can take it home and place it on an altar or other special place, or you can bury it in the Earth, or you can leave it at the Stone Circle or other sacred site at the Sanctuary as an offering. Whatever you choose, keep in mind its sacredness.
Implementation
* Make a note about the guidance you received. Write about your experiences.
* Manifest the action in your life and notice in what ways you grow as a result of doing this.
* Give thanks for this growth and change.

Circle Sanctuary Welcome Spring Festival © 1994 (1992, 1993 revised), Selena Fox, Circle Sanctuary, Box 219, Mt.Horeb, WI 53572 USA )0( Visit Crone’s Corner on Yahoo  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Crones_Corner/

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motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Light Bulbs – Q: How many Discordians does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
A: a blue fish Tuesday.

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