Daily Stuff 3-2-17 Baba Marta

Hi, folks!

weather cloudIt’s grey, but dry, although there’s a chance of rain starting up again late in the afternoon. 48F and almost no wind again.

motif plant flower abroniaYesterday was a “tired” day. I keep coughing and it wears me out. I did finally get the pills that I tried to refill 3 weeks ago. Maybe they’ll help. I set up newsletters and refilled files and Tempus made a loaf of bread, which drove me absolutely *mad* for awhile as it was baking. It was *so* good, too, with some of the garlic butter.

motif plant flower agapanthusEarly in the evening, as we were waiting for potatoes to finish baking, we made some bacon/blue butter, which is a favorite of both of us. Real bacon crumbled to bits and blue cheese mixed into butter for putting on warm bread. Yum! You don’t have to use very much for a marvelous flavor.

motif plant flower angelicaWe went home a little earlier than usual so we could chat with Jeanne and I could do my hair, and I did a little embroidery before I went to sleep. …and yes, the pills seem to be helping….

motif plant flower anthurium-pinkTempus is already hard at work, clearing some of the stuff from the aisles that got parked there over the last couple of days, so he could work in other spots. I have to get this out and then go clean up the classroom/sitting spot and then start back on getting some of the stuff out of the office space.


LeekToday’s plant is the Leek, Allium ampeloprasum, one of the longed-for foods of spring, cultivated for at least 4 millenia. Since leeks over-winter in many/most places and begin to come up before snowmelt in even the most frozen climes, they were one of the “rescue foods” of late winter and pack a lot of nutrition in a tasty package. Leeks are the national symbol of Wales. –Masculine, Mars, Fire – Symbolized in the Runic alphabet as “Laguz”, it brings prosperity and health in the spring. Potato Leek Health soup is a magickal blend often prepared by witches in the very early spring (and I put the recipe in this blog earlier in the year, pre-Imbolc). Eating leeks together brings love. Carry a leek as a protective amulet and bite it if you’re feeling surrounded by evil.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leek

220px-Herztorte_zum_MuttertagToday’s feast is a general one that I’m putting under the name of Baba Marta, one of many “grumpy old women of March” or mother festivals that happen right around the beginning of this month. In Central Europe, the Balkan states and down along the east side of the Caucasus, there are many similar traditions about March being an old lady of changable mood. It is also Mothers’ Day in many these countries. 250px-Martenitsa-blossomOne of the interesting customs of this time are the Martenitsi, which are cords of red and white, sometimes turned into yarn dolls, that are worn until the spring arrives, at which point they are tied to blossoming trees. This is a remnant of an old pagan custom. No one knows the original significance of these figures, but they were explained to me by my Czech grandparents as a reminder to Jarilo and Jarilafeast 0302 Martenitsa_magnolia (personifications of spring) that they were supposed to arrive soon! Once the Spring is here, the cords become a blessing, so are passed on to the fruit trees to bless all the fields, flocks, orchards and people. More some some of the customs here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baba_Marta_Day and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martenitsa

Ostara PentacleThe shop opens at 11am! Winter Hours are 11am-5pm Thursday through Monday, although we’re there a lot later most nights. Closing is drifting later with the sunset time, but it won’t be official until Spring Break. 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

Dianas Bow MoonWaxing 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 BowOn 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. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 3/5 at 3:32am. 


weather clear night moon crescentAstro marsAstro venusAstro Constellation Orion Sirius Betelgeuse rigelThe Moon, Mars, and Venus form a diagonal line in the west at nightfall.
This is the time of year when Orion >>>> stands straight upright due south as the stars come out. Later in the evening, and later in the month, he begins his long tilt down toward the west.
Astro StarCertain deep-sky objects contain secret surprises within or near them. Get out your telescope and sky atlas for a go at Bob King’s eight Hidden Gems in Common Deep-Sky Objects now in evening view.
Astro uranusUranus (magnitude 5.9, in Pisces) passes Mars this week. The two planets appear closest, 0.6° apart, on the evening of February 26th, as told for that date above. Finder chart showing Uranus among its background stars (without Mars).

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 TaurusMoon Taurus
Vesta (3/7), Jupiter (6/9) Retrograde
Color: Green

Planting 3/2-3


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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.


Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
/Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                                  Visible

Th   2     High   2:49 AM     8.2   6:51 AM    Rise  9:18 AM      12
~     2      Low   9:14 AM     0.7   6:06 PM     Set 11:07 PM
~     2     High   3:14 PM     7.2
~     2      Low   9:17 PM     1.2


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Who loves will be loved!


Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – What do you think? – Think of a loved one that you have lost. If you could ask this person one question, what would you ask, and what do you think they would say?



~  Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner. – Lao Tzu
~  Do your work with your whole heart, and you will succeed – there’s so little competition. – Elbert Hubbard
~  Striving to better, oft we mar what’s well. – William Shakespeare
~  Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action. – Benjamin Disraeli

Sailing to Byzantium BY WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS


That is no country for old men. The young
In one another’s arms, birds in the trees,
—Those dying generations—at their song,
The salmon-falls, the mackerel-crowded seas,
Fish, flesh, or fowl, commend all summer long
Whatever is begotten, born, and dies.
Caught in that sensual music all neglect
Monuments of unageing intellect.


An aged man is but a paltry thing,
A tattered coat upon a stick, unless
Soul clap its hands and sing, and louder sing
For every tatter in its mortal dress,
Nor is there singing school but studying
Monuments of its own magnificence;
And therefore I have sailed the seas and come
To the holy city of Byzantium.


O sages standing in God’s holy fire
As in the gold mosaic of a wall,
Come from the holy fire, perne in a gyre,
And be the singing-masters of my soul.
Consume my heart away; sick with desire
And fastened to a dying animal
It knows not what it is; and gather me
Into the artifice of eternity.


Once out of nature I shall never take
My bodily form from any natural thing,
But such a form as Grecian goldsmiths make
Of hammered gold and gold enameling
To keep a drowsy Emperor awake;
Or set upon a golden bough to sing
To lords and ladies of Byzantium
Of what is past, or passing, or to come. – W. B. Yeats, “Sailing to Byzantium” from The Poems of W. B. Yeats: A New Edition, edited by Richard J. Finneran. Copyright 1933 by Macmillan Publishing Company, renewed © 1961 by Georgie Yeats. Reprinted with the permission of A. P. Watt, Ltd. on behalf of Michael Yeats. Source: The Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats (1989)


ostara sabbat egg dividerOstara Magick – Crafts

 String Eggs

Blow up a water balloon to create a small egg shape, wrap yarn around it, and apply fabric stiffener with a paintbrush. Once dried, pop the balloon! Learn more about the technique here.

This is only part of the article! You can find the whole thing (lots of pictures!) here: http://emlc.net/ostara-craft-yarn-eggs/

Ostara Craft: Yarn Eggs

magick 031913While perusing Facebook, someone (and forgive me, but I can’t remember who) posted a pictorial guide to making yarn eggs.  I thought to myself…

Self! You have an over-abundance of yarn! This could be a way to make snazzy Ostara/Primavera presents for all your friends AAANNNDDD make yourself feel better about all that yarn you’ve been hording!

I immediately got to work.  I’ll outline the basic-ness of the project, and even give you some step-by-step pictures.  I’ll also clue you in on some possible pitfalls I found with this project and ways I got around them. Click the “Continue Reading” link to see the entire project.


  • Yarn (about a 3-weight yarn, like Paton Grace)
  • Glue (elmers or some similar)
  • Water
  • Small dish or bowl to hold the glue (I used a red solo cup cut down to size)
  • Balloons (small ones, we’re talking egg-shapes here)
  • Scissors
  • Newspaper
  • Small item for inside the egg (optional! I used some larger evil eye blue beeds)
  • Drying Rack (cooling rack, cookie sheet with waxed paper, etc)


  1. Mix equal parts glue and water in your small bowl.  Cover your work surface with newspaper.
  2. Blow up your balloons until they are about egg-sized and shaped. If you’re putting beads or items in the balloon, put it in before blowing!
  3. Take about a foot of yarn and drag it through the glue/water mixture. Gently squeeze off excess, and start applying it to the balloon.
  4. Turn the balloon as you go to get a nice criss-cross pattern.  If you have a bead in the balloon, keep in mind how small/big it is so that you make the weave tight enough to keep it trapped.
  5. Continue dragging the yarn through the glue/water and applying to the balloon.
  6. Once you’re done, cut the yarn and press the yarn end into the mesh on the balloon.
  7. Set the balloon to dry and go onto the next.
  8. Let the balloons dry overnight.  Check them out the next morning to make sure they are dry all over. If they are – POP THEM!
  9. Pull the knot out from the “top” of the egg.  If you have balloon fragments inside the egg, you can use tweezers to extract them.
  10. Voila! Ostara Yarn Eggs!


  • YARN SLIDES AROUND THE EGG – I found if I was not making the yarn taut enough, it would slide. Also, if I attempted to criss-cross too soon, the yarn would come right off the balloon.  Make sure the yarn is tight to the balloon, but not pressing into it. And make your turns on the outsides.
  • YARN ALL GOES ONE DIRECTION – um.. turn the egg   It’s easy to get into a “wrapping” zone, but make sure you’re watching how your design unfolds.
  • EGG ISN’T DRY – I had this happen using the wax paper on a cookie sheet method of drying. I found turning the eggs several times during their drying time worked best.  It was the spot where the egg was resting on the wax paper that didn’t dry. Just turn it up and give it more dry time.  DO NOT POP AN EGG THAT’S NOT 100% DRY


  • Cookie sheet covered in wax paper (what I did)
  • Cooling rack
  • Hang from shower rod

– See more at: http://emlc.net/ostara-craft-yarn-eggs/#sthash.Z0CRcLu4.dpuf

Floor Lamp with Yarn Lampshades

October 19, 2010

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With a few simple supplies, it’s easy to take an everyday floor lamp from ordinary to extraordinary. Get started with our easy step-by-step instructions, then personalize the colors of these clever yarn lampshades to your space.

magick 031913bFloor Lamp with Yarn Lampshades
For something more sophisticated, use just one hue of yarn or achieve a more whimsical look by mixing and matching your favorite colors.

Multiple bulb floor lamp
Yarn, color(s) of your choice
Fabric stiffener
Foam brush
Sewing needle or pin
LED light bulbs*, enough for your floor lamp
Zip ties (also called cable ties)

*Tip: If your floor lamp comes with incandescent light bulbs, be sure to replace them with LED light bulbs. They don’t get hot, so they’re the safe choice with paper or yarn lampshades.


    1. Remove lampshades from floor lamp and replace all incandescent light bulbs with LED light bulbs.
    2. Blow up balloon to desired size and knot. Be sure it’s big enough to fit over the light bulb without touching the sides of the bulb.
    3. Tie yarn around end of balloon. Wrap yarn around balloon—use less yarn if you want more light to shine through and more if you want subtle lighting. Once you’ve wrapped your desired amount of yarn around the balloon, brush with fabric stiffener.
    4. Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until you have enough balls to cover all light bulbs on your lamp. Let dry for at least 45 minutes.
    5. Once dry, pop the balloons with a needle and toss popped balloons. Carefully pry open holes so they’re large enough to fit over the lights.
    6. Working one light bulb at a time, put the ball over the light bulbs and secure with a zip tie. Repeat until all light bulbs are covered. Cut off ends of zip ties.

Tip: Try this balloon technique for other projects, too! For example, fill a bowl with a cluster of them for an instant centerpiece or use small balloons to create petite lampshades perfect for a strand of twinkling lights.

Grassy Basket – Don’t buy that fake grass for your basket! Ick! Make this instead – it’s easy and fun!

Items needed:

  • a basket
  • winter rye seed
  • aluminum foil
  • plastic wrap
  • potting soil
  • dried flowers (optional)


  1. Two weeks before you need the basket, line the basket with the aluminum foil
  2. Fill with potting soil
  3. Sprinkle the top with the rye seed, cover with 1/4 inch of soil, and moisten.
  4. Cover the basket with the plastic wrap to help keep it moist; place in a warm area (on top of the refrigerator is good, if you don’t forget to check it!
  5. After the rye grass has sprouted, remove the plastic wrap and keep a close eye on it. Water if begins to dry.
  6. After a few weeks, you’ll have a basket full of grass! Weave dried flowers around the edge if you like, and place your eggs inside.


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