It’s 41F and the sun was shining through a sucker hole 10 minutes ago, but we’re back to rain. We got most of 1 1/2 inches yesterday. As we were coming over the bridge there were holes in the clouds, but no real blue to be seen and yeah, they’ve closed in again. We should miss any snow and ice here by the water, but be careful if you have to go up into the mountains!
We were almost run off our feet yesterday morning, but things settled down once the rain started. It was pretty steady all day, seeing folks coming in for incense or just to shop, and one for her chain saw. I was pricing things and putting stuff away from the pile at the back of the office space, trying to work my way through to my beading table. 🙂
The weather got nasty in the later part of the afternoon. Tempus went to Newport to get his check and to run errands in town and came in dripping and complaining. He said there was chunky stuff in the rain and it *hurt*!
Sash called, needing some Mom time, and as we talked the wind picked up and the rain slashed down. I might have even heard some thunder a couple of times, but at the least the wind howled. The wind chime was going a lot, too.
By that point Tempus was crashed out on the sofa and when he got up he started putting some supper together. I was just going through the motions by then. We got closed up and headed home. I went splat for several hours, waking up and doing a little reading before fading out again.
A Mark Nessel pic from 2/23/15
St. Casimir is a little odd for a saint, being royal but having no miraculous events connected with his life. He is the patron saint of Lithuania and Poland. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Casimir …and about the celebrations here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Casimir%27s_Day
Today’s plant is the Evergreen Violet, Viola sempervirens. This is a pretty plant that looks like nothing much through 9 months of the year here on the coast,but is spectacular in March, when it covers the ground with beautiful golden flowers on a deep blue/green background, and still lovely in April/May. It is indeed evergreen, not withering to the ground, although it sometimes is overshadowed by grass. It grows well in the park behind the house. As any viola it is Feminine, ruled by Venus, but unlike the blue violets (corresponding to water) the Evergreen Violet corresponds to the element of Air and the Sun – Protects against malevolent spirits, brings changes in luck & fortune, wear to help with headaches, dizziness and to bring calm and sleep, wear in a green sachet to heal wounds. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viola_sempervirens
The 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 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
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. 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.
The dark edge of the Moon will occult 1st-magnitude Aldebaran for most of the continental U.S. on the evening of March 4th. As always in these diagrams, the Moon is shown three times its actual apparent size.
The dark limb of the first-quarter Moon occults (crosses over) orange Aldebaran for viewers in most of the contiguous United States, Mexico, and Central America. We’re calling this the best lunar occultation of 2017. See the March Sky & Telescope, page 48, or Aldebaran’s Disappearing Act online. Several fainter Hyades stars will also be occulted. Get world maps and local predictions (the UT dates are March 4th and 5th). In addition, the International Occultation Timing Association has set up a special web page for the Aldebaran graze. It features interactive Google Maps of the occultation’s northern limit (graze line) from Rhode Island and Connecticut across upstate New York, the Great Lakes, and along the U.S.-Canada border to the Pacific. (For street-level precision of the graze line, choose the map for your elevation above sea level and follow the adjustment instructions.)
Mercury is hidden in the glare of the Sun. Neptune is hidden behind the glare of the Sun.
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 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 Taurus enters Gemini at 2:05am
Venus retrograde at 1:09am (4/15)
Vesta (3/7), Jupiter (6/9) 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
Sa 4 High 4:19 AM 8.1 6:48 AM Set 12:17 AM 31
~ 4 Low 11:12 AM 0.6 6:09 PM Rise 10:38 AM
~ 4 High 5:25 PM 6.1
~ 4 Low 10:59 PM 2.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Life always Mirrors back to us the Feelings We have Inside.
~ Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing. – Arundhati Roy
~ Become the alchemist, the catalyst, work magick on yourself, transforming your raw character into steel that can be wielded to transform your future into gold. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. – Lao Tzu
~ Every exit is an entry somewhere else. – Tom Stoppard
See here of causes why in London
So many men are made and undone
That Arts and honest trading drop
to swarm about ye Devil’s Shop
Who cuts out Fortune’s Golden Haunches
Trapping their souls with lots and chances
Sharing ’em from Blue Garters down
To all blue aprons in the town.
Here all religions flock together,
Like tame and wild fowl of a father
Leaving their strife, Religious bustle
Kneel down to play at pitch and Hustle
Thus, when the Shepherds are at play
Their flocks must surely go astray.
the woeful cause yet in these times
Honour, and honesty are crimes.
That publickly are punished by
Self interest and Vilany;
So much for monys magick power
Guess at the rest, you find out more. – William Hogarth, ‘An Emblematic Print on the South Sea’, 1720
Pashka – Russian “cheese cake”
2 1/2 Lbs. Small Curd Cottage Cheese
1 1/4 Cups Sugar
3/4 Cup Chopped Almonds or Pecans
3/4 Cup Chopped Peaches
1/2 Cup Maraschino Cherries or Dried Cherries
1 1/4 tsp. Vanilla
2 Sticks Butter, Melted
1/4 tsp. Salt
2 Cups Evaporated Milk or Cream
- Mix all ingredients except the cottage cheese in a large pan over low heat until it thickens to the consistency of pudding.
- Remove from heat and allow to cool completely.
- Mix in the cottage cheese and beat well for about 3 minutes.
- Place in a cake pan and chill over night.
- Decorate the cake with candied eggs, flowers, chocolates, or other spring delicacies.
Note – Keep refrigerated.
Ostara Lemon Cake – http://autumnearthsong.com/2012/03/03/ostara-recipes-2012/ All the Sun correspondences!
1 box lemon cake mix
1 (3.4oz) package instant lemon pudding mix
¾ cup oil
¾ cup water
1 TB water
2 TBs melted butter
1/3 cup lemon juice
2 cups powdered sugar
Preheat the oven to 350*. Grease a 9 x13 baking pan. Prepare the cake mix using the pudding mix, eggs, oil and water. Bake in the prepared pan for 35-45 mins, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
While the cake is baking, prepare the glaze, mixing together all the ingredients until smooth. Pour the glaze over the warm cake and serve. Makes 10-12 servings
Honey and Orange Tea Loaf (Scottish) http://everythingunderthemoon.net/forum/ostara-feast-recipes-t22403.html More Sun correspondences!
6 oz. self rising flour
6 oz. honey
1 oz. margarine
1 large egg
1 tsp. baking powder
6 Tbsp. milk
1 large orange, with rind grated off
Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and line a 2 lb. loaf tin. Cream the margarine and honey together in a bowl, mixing thoroughly. Add the egg and beat vigorously. Sieve the flour, salt and baking powder and add alternately with the milk, to the creamed mixture. Sprinkle in orange rind and mix well. Spoon the mixture into the tin. Bake for 45 minutes. Remove from the oven, glaze with honey and return to the oven for a further 10 minutes. Remove from the tin and cool on a wire rack. Serve sliced and buttered.
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- Official: Only rain will cure drought: The Herald-News, Westpost, Massachusetts
- Low Wages Said Key to Poverty: Newsday, July 11
- Dirty-Air Cities Far Deadlier Than Clean Ones, Study Shows: The New York Times, March 10
- Man Run Over by Freight Train Dies: The Los Angeles Times, March 2
- Free Advice: Bundle up when out in the cold: Lexington Herald-Leader, January 26
- Court Rules Boxer Shorts Are Indeed Underwear: Journal of Commerce, April 20
- The Advertiser: “Stock up and save. Limit: one.”