Daily Stuff 2-27-17 Equirria

Hi, folks!

Waves tide Last Minus Tide at 7:20 PM of -0.3 feet.

Iweather cloud layert’s rather damp and grey this morning. Not raining and not snowing the way it was on us yesterday on the way home, either. 44F, over 1/3 of an inch of rain already today after 1/10 yesterday, and more in the forecast. There’s very little wind in town, although it’s running in the teens on the beaches.

plant motif flower buttercupYesterday started with cleaning up the motel room after packing and then headed up to the site. We packed up stuff and then sat talking with folks, finally getting a minute or three to connect. As we were sitting the rain turned to snow and started to accumulate on the cars. We looked at each other and said, “Don’t *have* to be at moot. Let’s head out.” …and did, even though we had to track down a few people to get things delivered and picked up before we went. I got to say goodbye to Arlys, although both of us were soaked by the time I actually closed the car door. I missed Sadb. She must have been in class.

We stopped back at the motel, plant motif hanging herbbecause Tempus had managed to leave his shoes, and discovered that one of the others had left a pillow! So that was a good thing. We got a snack at A&W and headed home. I don’t remember much of the drive. I kept falling asleep and then I would startle awake, comment that I couldn’t keep my eyes open and drift off again. I finally mostly woke up once we were back at the shop, but Tempus says that it snowed on us, all the way home, never sticking, but continuing to come down. So, I kept doing the same thing at the shop. I waded through e-mails and messages over the course of a couple of hours, but kept bopping my face on the desk as I dozed off, so asked to go home.

motif plant Herb Wild GingerI fell into bed and slept hard until 9. Tempus got up then, too, and headed upstairs to grab the laundry and get a shower. We both went back to sleep around midnight and woke late this morning. Tired, much? Oof!

Plant motif Herb CentaurySo we’re at the shop and we’re open! There’s no Wicca tonight. One of the students can’t make it, so we’re going to put it off until next week. We’ll probably head home earlier than usual, since there’s a lot of laundry from the weekend and some chores and we’re both still sleepy. I’m finally starting to not wake up coughing, so I’m catching up!


Photo by Ken Gagne over the Seal Rocks on 2/22/17



Today’s plant is the Weeping Cherry, Grandma’s favorite, which seems to be this one http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prunus_subhirtella, the Higan Cherry. There are listings for cherries and weeping trees both, but the weeping cherries do not produce fruit, only lovely flowers. Cherries:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cherry Cherry Blossom:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cherry_blossom Weeping Trees:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weeping_tree  Divination, Creativity; Healing – Objects made of Cherry wood are used to attract Love. Cherry juice is used as a substitute for blood in old recipes. Cherry gum is burned as a resin for sore throats.

feast 0227 equirria biga horse race chariotFirst Equirria – There were two days of horse racing framing the festivals of the gods of Rome as the family of Mars. They’re some of the earliest religious observances documented in Roman practice and may have been preserved as a religious requirement long after the time when anyone knew what they were for! Driving the biga, the two-wheeled light-weight chariot was a feature of these races, since it had a ritual sacred aspect as well as the excitement of a horse race! More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equirria and on the bigahere: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biga_(chariot)

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,


Today’s Astro & Calendar

New MoonNew Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends at 6:58pm on 2/27. 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 3/12 at 7:54am. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 3/2 at 6:58pm.

022717-astro-webvic17_mar01evCan you catch the thin crescent Moon far below Venus after sunset, as shown here? The best view may be more like 30 minutes after sunset. The Moon is only about 1½ days old at the time of dusk in the Americas. Binoculars will help find it in a bright sky.
Astro venusVenus (magnitude –4.7, in Pisces) dazzles in the west during twilight, then lower in the west after dark. It starts dropping rapidly now from week to week; its distance from much-fainter Mars, to its upper left, increases this week from 10° to 14°. In a telescope Venus is a striking crescent, thinning and enlarging. It’s now about 46 arcseconds from cusp to cusp and 18% sunlit. It will continue to sink, expand, and wane in phase until inferior conjunction on March 25th. Venus in a telescope is least glary, and steadiest and highest, when viewed in bright twilight. So get your scope on it as soon as you can see it naked-eye, even before sunset.

Goddess Month of Moura, runs from 2/20-3/19
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17
Rune Runic Month 05 Tyr TiwazRunic 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 PiscesMoon in Pisces enters Aries at 8:52pm.
Jupiter (6/9), Vesta (3/7) Retrograde
Color: White


©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).

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.


Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide    Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time       Feet    Sunset                                  Visible
M   27     High   1:02 AM     7.6   6:56 AM    Rise  7:39 AM      0
27      Low   6:55 AM     1.4   6:02 PM     Set  7:35 PM
27     High  12:49 PM     8.3
27      Low   7:20 PM    -0.3


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make this an extraordinary day!


Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – Favorites – Describe your favorite toy. Why do you like it best?



~  Hold yourself responsible for a higher  standard than anybody expects of you.  Never excuse yourself. – Henry Ward Beecher
~  Travel, instead of broadening the mind, often merely lengthens the conversation. – Elizabeth Drew (1935- ) US journalist
~  It is more difficult to maintain honour than to become prosperous. – Irish Proverb
~  An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast; a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind. – Buddha

All heaven and earth are still—though not in sleep,
But breathless, as we grow when feeling most;
And silent, as we stand in thoughts too deep. –Lord Byron (George Gordon), 1788–1824


ostara sabbat egg dividerOstara Magick – Pancakes! 

pancake-stack-food-motifThese recipes are from a Russian language site, so the measurements are a little odd in format! If someone makes one of these and works the amounts out, let me know. I think “glasses” are cups, 8oz, iow. “Dough” is used interchangeably for both “dough” and “flour”. “Shred” means the same as “grate”. “Ceder” is “zest” or “peel”. The translation is a little rough, yet. I think “curd” in the nut cakes is ricotta-style cheese, and how the Turkish cakes are made is beyond me. It is typical to serve some of these, the various stuffed pancakes, on what we would call a “cake plate” and cut them into slices like a layer cakes.

Recipes for Blini and Pancakes

Blini are indispensable attribute of Maslenitsa. Also Blini are traditional Russian delicacy which takes a worthy place in cuisines of many nations of the world. From the pagan times blini were a symbol of the sun. People believed, that blini are eaten in honor of Spring, fertility of the ground.

Simple Pancakes

  • Dough – 2-5 glasses
  • Eggs – 4 to 5
  • Sugar – 100 g
  • Dairy Butter – 200 g
  • Milk – 3 to 4 glasses

For the simple thin pancakes the dough is prepared of dough, milk, eggs and salt. First thing you should do is separate the yolks from whites. Then stir the yolks with sugar slowly adding milk whilst stirring. Then add the salt and the melted hot butter. Then start adding the dough (very slowly), stirring the mixture and smoothing the dough nubbles. As the last step, add the stirred whites. Now everything is ready for baking pancakes on the hot frying pans.

Stuffed Pancakes

These are the burrito-like pancakes with stuffing like chopped eggs, mushrooms, chopped vegetables and the like. Thus, such pancakes are some sort of equivalent of doughnuts, or the ancestors of a closed pizza.

They are baked in the following way. Take a frying pan, butter it down with a dairy butter and pour on it the ready dough, but a bit less than usual. When half ready, put the stuffing onto the pancake and pour the new portion of dough above it so that the stuffing be completely covered with it. Then turn the pancake and bake until ready.

Cottage Cheese Pancakes

  • Dough – 2-5 glasses
  • Eggs – 5
  • Sugar – 100 g
  • Dairy Butter – 200 g
  • Milk – 3 glasses
  • Salt – 3/4 spoons per person
  • Cheese – 300 g

Shred the cheese on the shredder. Separate the yolks from whites. Stir the yolks with milk. Add to this mixture the shredded cheese, dough and salt. Stir the whites and add the whites froth to the dough. Bake on dairy butter until formation of crust. The ready pancakes should not be too big.

Potato Pancakes

  • Flour – 1-5 glasses
  • Eggs – 2
  • Sugar – 100 g
  • Dairy Butter – 200 g
  • Milk – 3 glasses
  • Potato – 400 g
  • Bulb Onion – 1 bulb
  • Salt and Red Pepper

Mix milk, eggs, dough and spices. Stir the dough and leave in a warm place for five minutes. Meanwhile, slice the onion, shred the potatoes on the shredder and then add them to the dough. These pancakes should not be too big. Bake them on a low flame on both sides until the formation of crust.

  • Nut Cakes
  • Curd – 250 g
  • Milk – 220 ml
  • Lemon – 1
  • Sugar Powder – 1-2 spoonfuls
  • Freshly Frozen Raspberry – 200 g
  • Whites – 2
  • Yolks – 2
  • Starch – 50 g
  • Ground Nuts – 3 teaspoonfuls
  • Sugar – 3 spoonfuls
  • Salt, vegetable oil

Mix the curd and two glasses of milk. Wash the lemon, shred the ceder on the shredder and add it to the curd. Squeeze the lemon juice into the mixture. Pour the sugar powder onto it. Unfreeze the raspberry. Stir the whites. Stir the dough from the starch, flour, ground nuts, yolks, salt and 200 g of milk. Carefully stir the mixture with the froth of whites. Bake the small pancakes on the dairy butter. Make the sandwiches of the pancakes putting the curd between the halves, put the raspberry on the top on the sandwiches and cover with the remaining pancakes.

Turkish Pancakes

  • Dough – 60 g [In this case, this does mean prepared dough, like pizza or pie dough]
  • White Sauce – 50 ml (this is milk flour gravy, very thick)
  • Eggs – 1
  • Vegetable oil – 10 g
  • Breadcrumbs – 10 g
  • Tomato Sauce – 50 g
  • Sugar – 1 teaspoonful

Warm the very viscous white sauce, mix it with the dairy curd and add some salt, pepper and make them into cigar shapes. Then roll the dough into a layer no more than 0,5 mm thick and slice it into checkers 5 to 7 сm long and moisten them. Place one doughnut on each checker and wrap. Dip these pancakes in the mixture of whites and yolks and bake them in a big quantity of vegetable oil. Serve with tomato sauce spiced with lemon juice and sugar.

Hungarian Pancakes

  • Flour – 1/2 glass
  • Eggs – 1
  • Sugar – 1 teaspoonful (for the dough) and 100 g (for the stuffing)
  • Milk – 1 glass (for the dough) and 1/4 glass for the stuffing)
  • Walnuts – 100 g
  • Raisins – 1 spoonful
  • Rum – 1 teaspoonful
  • Orange Cedar – 1 teaspoonful
  • Dairy Butter – 50 g

The chocolate gravy

  • Chocolate – 50 g
  • Coco Powder – 25 g
  • Yolks – 2
  • Sugar – 75 g
  • Milk – 1/2 glass
  • Dairy Cream – 1/4 glass
  • Flour – 1 teaspoonful
  • Rum – 1 spoonful

Make the dough, eggs milk and sugar and bake the pancakes from this mixture. Make the puree from the ground walnuts with the milk, sugar and rum. Add the raisins and the orange ceder to the puree. Put the stuffing onto the pancakes, wrap and bake the pancakes on all sides on the dairy butter. Serve the pancakes with the chocolate gravy. For the gravy: mix the yolks with sugar and flour, add the milk and the dairy cream, warm close to the boiling point add chocolate, cocoa powder and rum.

Jewish Pancakes

  • Carrot – 2-3
  • Vegetable Oil – 2-3 spoonfuls
  • Eggs – 3
  • Salt, Pepper
  • Vegetable Oil for Baking
  • Sour Cream – 1 glass

Mix the eggs, salt and sugar. Add the flour and stir carefully. Continue pouring the milk very carefully and do not stop stirring. Add the vegetable oil and stir again. Throw some salt onto the frying pan before warming.

The Stuffing: shred the washed and peeled carrots on the shredder, fry on the vegetable oil add the chopped eggs, put some salt, pepper stir carefully and let the mixture cool. Stuff the pancakes with the cooled mixture and bake on both sides on the frying pan. Serve with the dairy butter or the sour cream.

Red and Black Pancakes

  • Dough – 2 glasses
  • Milk – 3 glasses
  • Eggs – 1
  • Salt, sugar – ad gustum (to taste)
  • Soda – 1/4 spoon per person
  • Vinegar

These pancakes are baked thick and big. Each pancake is buttered with dairy butter and black and red caviar is put on top of it. Above it one more pancake is put and also black and red caviar is put on top of the second one. The whole “cake” should not be too thick, or multi-layered as it will not be convenient to slice it into pieces.


motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Late Night Funny – There will be a “20/20” special on Trump’s inauguration that has forced ABC to push back its premieres of “Scandal” and “How to Get Away With Murder.” Yeah, to make room for the special about Trump called “Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder.” – Jimmy Fallon

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