It’s really chilly! 36F and just damp enough for the chill to strike right through. There’s a low layer of clouds that’s dumping hail/sleet/snow/rain on us, but it’s spotty, the clouds above it are white and broken enough for the sun to come through, occasionally. The upper foothills are white and the Coast Range certainly is, if we could see it. Folks at the 4 mile marker on 34 are reporting that the ground is white. There’s not a lot of wind, again.
We were early at the shop yesterday morning. I did some computer house-keeping while Tempus got the back sorted enough for the herbs workshop, and then that got going. We mostly ground cedar, talked about the difference between “cedar” and “arborvitae”, since the cedar that grows out here is “thuja plicata”. We also got some miscellaneous herbs bottled and off the drying rack.
Tempus headed out to go do some chores for our landlady and to run a couple of errands. At about 1:45 it started to hail hard. We ended up with slush puddles and then the rain poured down and melted it, but dang.
I was way tired by the end of the afternoon and I had a pre-nup session yet to go. That was shorter than usual, so Tempus got us some supper (lovely burgers!) and we closed up and headed home. I did a little embroidery and read a bit and Tempus got some small chores done and I went to sleep. He was still up listening to stuff on the computer at 4am….
I got moving early this morning, since I don’t know whether there will be a Job Corps youngster here this week or not. In any case I have stuff that I need to do, mostly processing cedar. I want to get that done, so I can get another batch of pincushion filling made before folks show up for Project Day.
Hail, yesterday! Slush puddles and splash from the eaves.
Today’s plant, Lungwort (Pulmonaria ) is one of the first perennials to bloom, with bright flowers and spotted leaves. Zones 4-8 More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lungwort …and there are lots of pix in Wikimedia Commons here: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Pulmonaria – Feminine, Air, the Sylphs – It is a plant of helpful magick for breathing problems from COPD to asthma to TB to lung cancer….
…and I’m going to say it again. The info in these “Today’s Plant” things is to help with the magickal aspect of the herbs! Anything medicinal, go talk to an herbalist!
The feast day of St. Perin, patron saint of Cornwall and tin miners, has come to be called Perrantide, a national day in Cornwall. It’s a created holiday from the 19th century, trying to develop some national pride, but it grew out of the tinworkers’ holiday that involved a lot of alcohol and food. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Piran%27s_Day There are some fun stories about St. Perrin. One is that some folks tried to kill him by tying a millstone around his neck and pitching him into the ocean.He floated to Cornwall on the stone. The connection to the tinminers, tinsmelters & tinsmiths also is another tale that is related to the white on black cross of his symbol. Supposedly his hearthstone got very hot and tin rose to the surface in the form of a cross! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Piran
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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. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 3/12 at 7:54am.
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.
Now the Moon shines above Orion as the stars come out.
Mercury is hidden in the glare of the Sun. But just wait. Later in March Mercury has its best evening apparition of the year.
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 Gemini
Vesta (3/7), Venus (4/15), 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
Su 5 High 5:16 AM 7.9 6:46 AM Set 1:25 AM 42
~ 5 Low 12:23 PM 0.6 6:10 PM Rise 11:25 AM
~ 5 High 6:47 PM 5.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – If you want to move from where you are, take the first step
~ I do the very best I can to look upon life with optimism and hope and looking forward to a better day. – Rosa Parks
~ I feel that the greatest reward for doing is the opportunity to do more. – Jonas Salk (1914-1995) US microbiologist
~ If you want to be happy, be. – Leo Tolstoy
~ If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid. – Epictetus
Poem: “Samurai Song” by Robert Pinsky, from Jersey Rain. © Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Reprinted with permission.
When I had no roof I made
Audacity my roof. When I had
No supper my eyes dined.
When I had no eyes I listened.
When I had no ears I thought.
When I had no thought I waited.
When I had no father I made
Care my father. When I had
No mother I embraced order.
When I had no friend I made
Quiet my friend. When I had no
Enemy I opposed my body.
When I had no temple I made
My voice my temple. I have
No priest, my tongue is my choir.
When I have no means fortune
Is my means. When I have
Nothing, death will be my fortune.
Need is my tactic, detachment
Is my strategy. When I had
No lover I courted my sleep.
Perhaps it is me but every Sabbat and esbat is another opportunity to review my progress in terms of goals met, new goals I have set and self inventory.
I am of the belief that I, as a Pagan eclectic, need to look at myself honestly. As co-inhabitants of the earth with other beings that change with each section of the wheel, we are also affected. We change with each season. We get a little older (obviously), our routines change as winter brings prolonged darkness and often bitter weather. With less light, many of us feel listless, restless, tired and depressed. I too undergo changes like these.
Long ago I decided that as the weather changes on the Wheel that I too undergo metamorphosis. My question to myself was do I just mindlessly survive this dark and lifeless-appearing season or will I, like all life on earth, choose to reflect the Wheel.
Like the other occasions we honor, there is a theme of darkness and light, clarity and veiling, life and death, death and rebirth. As we honor the Sun God’s return at Ostara and the bridging of the borders of the dark chill of winter and the coming light and the onset of the growth of spring, isn’t there a theme we need to recognize?
How dark was my own inner darkness during the winter months? What did I actively do to grapple with it? What dark part of myself did I overcome? Was I depressed? Was I ungrateful? Was I resentful? Was I angry? Was I self critical? Was I judgmental? What negative aspects of my self, my darkness did I nurture by not seeking to overcome them? How much of my own spirit power did I give up by indulging these useless patterns? Whereas all of these traits make us human and, as such, prone to feel these emotions from time to time, if we sink into the abyss that any of these mindsets can create, then we have lost our way; we have lost Goddess given spirit power. To me, winter is the time to cleanse the spirit of such excesses in emotion and habit that deprive us of oneness with the Goddess, the path and enlightenment.
Each Sabbat I seek to know the flaws in my personality that are obstacles to me personally, materially and most importantly of all, spiritually. With winter in the northern hemisphere ending, this dark time of the wheel was useful in reassessing how true to my path I have been, did I mourn those things and people that needed further mourning and did I as a spirit power driven person do what was needed to move forward to the next stage on the wheel and in my life.
With Ostara and increased light from virtual darkness, I thank my Goddess for enlightening me despite the darkness of the season past, despite real obstacles and despite myself! I am grateful for the return of the Sun God and the light which will provide an impetus for personal action.
While there are many things to be read and enjoyed on the history of Ostara to me, as with all Sabbats, Ostara is a deeply personal thing. The “rebirth” of plant and flower life is a yardstick for me to measure myself in terms of how willing and able I am to recreate/sow my life as I choose or rebirth myself, if you will.
As part of being aligned with Mother Earth, I reflect the seasons of the wheel. As Ostara approached, I focused on coming out of the repose of winter that enabled me to look at the spiritual seeds I may have planted long ago. If they did not flower, I looked at why-what did I not do to facilitate my spiritual growth? Did I hold onto past pain and losses that prevented me from experiencing the hope and gratitude? Did I focus on others’ faults rather than see them as diverse reflections of my own? Did I ignore myself in any way by over nurturing others? Did I forget that ignoring the self and over nurturing others deprives all parties concerned of the opportunity for personal growth. Did I ignore myself in any way as a tool for avoiding certain changes I needed make in order to prepare to harvest a healthier, more creative “me”, come Ostara?
As each Sabbat draws near I feel an urgency to either remove my inner clutter or to identify what might still linger so I can release it on the upcoming Sabbat. Ostara is one of the times I do this. As the earth is sown, I too can sow my hopes and dreams.
As the earth blossoms, I too can give myself the opportunity to blossom. As the earth drastically embodies light and vibrant color, I too can look at the tapestry that is myself and decide what part needs repairing so I too can embody the Goddess’ light and the vibrancy of all her aspects. I can choose to walk blossoming as a Goddess in my own right.
Although I do a yearly self inventory to see how far I have come along with this work in progress which is my self, with Ostara coming near, I did something a little different. I asked those closest to me to name just one trait I have that is either an obstacle or creates lifelong themes I could do without. The tally is still coming in and their observations so far are interestingly in agreement with my own. I can see and feel how much I have grown since last Ostara. The flow of the winter aspect of the Wheel has certainly provided a number of events to gauge how much I have really grown and I dared to ask myself if I were to embrace the light fully, choosing to come out of my own darkness as the darkness of winter wanes?
It took a lot of work to subdue some of the “triggers” could have thrown me into Chaos.
But, that is what winter is for: reviewing challenges and letting the majick of repose reconfigure my coping skills. Last Sabbat, as usual, I asked for growth. This last Winter on the Wheel gave me opportunities to measure that growth. Some things were joyful, others not but, I grew- as arduously as it is for a seedling to begin to burst through its pod and push through the packed earth of winter.
These seeds are readying for their rebirth and, as they do, I ask myself am I? The divine separation of our darkness past and the light to come gives me trust that I am.
Cate is a poet, author, columnist and eclectic Pagan and Witch. Feel free to browse her website: http://members.tripod.com/cate_cavanagh/catecavanagh/
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