Today is a “if you don’t like the weather, wait 5 minutes!” We’ve gone through showers, rain, hail, sun, hail when the sun is out and even a spit or three of snow! It’s really chilly. 39F They’re opening the warming shelters in Newport, but the chance of snow out here is gone, at least. There’s almost no wind and I’m going to say it’s overcast, although the sun keeps straining to come through. Dang, we got 1.7 inches of rain yesterday. Ok, that’s enough. That atmospheric river can go dump somewhere else, now!
Yesterday went by pretty quickly. I’m miserable from the cough, but that meant I just spent time concentrating on what I have to do this coming weekend, sorting papers for it, printing scores that I already have, talking to people, asking questions of the folks in charge of the event and the entrants and getting answers for both. I’m going to be doing more of that today.
We’ve been taking it gently this morning. We’ve gotten a couple of chores farther down the road and I’ve already been talking to some of the folks about the weekend. I still have to set up newsletters for the weekend, too, since I know we have wifi, but I won’t have access to files….
Today’s plant is Nasturtium, Tropaeolum majus, (not watercress, which is true nasturtium). It’s certainly not native to the PNW, but grows well here. I love the brilliant oranges and yellows of the flowers. They’re yummy, too, with a slightly peppery taste, both leaf and flower and the seeds serve as a substitute for capers in pickles. The flowers stand for Victory in Battle, Patriotism and Affectation and are little used in magicks other than as symbols and foods for Ostara and Beltane celebrations because of their association with the Sun. They also can be used as a symbol for “sacrifice to the larger good” of soldiers, firemen and police, but are usually only seen at funerals in this context. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tropaeolum_majus
The Feast of the Perpendicular Sun happens twice a year in Egypt at the Tempus of Abu Simbel, built for Ramses II in the 13th century BCE. The aisle of the temple lights up with the sunrise until all the way at the back of the temple the Pharoah’s particular gods are illuminated. This happens on Ramses birthday and the anniversary date of his ascent to the throne, iow 2/22 and 10/22. Because of the Aswan Dam, the temple was disassembled and moved to higher ground in the 60′s, but the dates are still good, because they worked really hard to make that happen. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abu_Simbel
The shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday. We are also going to be closed Friday-to Sunday this week 2/24-26. 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 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 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.
Jupiter’s Great Red Spot from 2003 to 2016 (starting from the top), showing its changing color and surroundings. Damian Peach assembled this composite from his consistent images taken across the years. Its brick-red color continues in 2017. North is up.
Carnivores emerge from hibernation. After dinnertime at this time of year, five carnivore constellations are rising upright in a ragged row from the northeast to south. They’re all seen in profile with their noses pointed up and their feet (if any) to the right. These are <<< Ursa Major in the northeast (with the Big Dipper as its brightest part), Leo in the east, Hydra the Sea Serpent in the southeast, Canis Minor >>>> higher in the south-southeast, and bright in the south.
Algol should be at minimum light, magnitude 3.4 instead of its usual 2.3, for a couple hours centered on 9:39 p.m. EST. It takes several more hours before and after to fade and rebrighten. Comparison-star chart, with star magnitudes given to the nearest tenth.
Mars (magnitude +1.2) is the faint “star” upper left of Venus. They widen from 8° to 10° apart this week. In a telescope Mars is just a tiny fuzz-blob 5 arcseconds wide.
Goddess Month of Moura, runs from 2/20-3/19
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17
Runic 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
Moon in Capricorn
Jupiter (6/9), Vesta (3/7) Retrograde
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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).
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.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
W 22 Low 3:12 AM 3.5 7:04 AM Rise 4:27 AM 22
~ 22 High 9:04 AM 7.4 5:55 PM Set 2:12 PM
~ 22 Low 4:14 PM 0.6
~ 22 High 10:44 PM 6.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I can see clearly now, the brain is gone…
~ Show me someone who has done something worthwhile, and I’ll show you someone who has overcome adversity. – Lou Holtz
~ There are mysteries which men can only guess at, which age by age they may solve only in part. – Bram Stoker (1847-1912) English novelist
~ The climb upward will be easier if you take others along with you. – Napoleon Hill
~ The winner asks, “May I help?” The loser asks, “Do you expect me to do that? – William Arthur Ward, Journalist
When February sun shines cold,
There comes a day when in the air
The wings of winter
And show the golden summer there. – Philip Savage (1868–99)
Lace-Patterned Eggs – Tightly, yet carefully, wrap a strip of lace around your egg. Twist the two ends together, then secure with a rubber band. Delicately dab paint over the lace, allow it to dry, then remove the lace to reveal your ornate pattern.
Felt Eggs – Pair two egg-shaped pieces of felt and stitch along their border, leaving about an inch open to stuff with filling. Complete the stitching, then add embellishments of your choice, like buttons.