That was a surprise this morning. It’s been hailing *hard* off and on during the night, but we came out this morning to find the hail in drifts in the gardens and between the paving stones! 41F with some wind down by the water, but not much in town.
Yesterday the Job Corps kids didn’t show again. I’m likely to go back to coming in at the regular time…. I took a nap and then got up and started working on cedar again, along with some writing. Around 1pm Tempus and I both started working on some carving projects. He’s making another needle and I, a spoon. There were 4 of us for Project Day and some projects progressed and others got shown off.
We headed home around 8:30, with me tired enough to fall into bed, right away, and then get up and read for an hour around midnight, then going back to sleep. I kept getting awakened by hail pounding on the sunroom roof. There was one point where it was so loud that when it suddenly stopped, my ears rang.
Tempus has an eye appointment at 10am and then he’s going to help Jay move and Sash sort out some of his paperwork. I have a pre-nup at 11 and then I’ll be trying to get the cedar finished. Wicca 101 at the regular time this evening!
Today’s Plant is Cittim Bark (Cascara), Rhamnus purshiana. It is a potent laxative and has been used for that for centuries. –Masculine, Saturn, Earth – Sprinkle an infusion of this around the home before legal proceedings, to help you win your case. It is used in money spells and worn in a brown cloth amulet will protect again evil influences and hexes. It can be sewn into a poppet to attract those influences away from you, but place this outside at night, especially. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cascara_Sagrada
Today is the anniversary of the 1836 defeat at the Alamo. Despite all the mythology surrounding it and the romanticization of the event, it’s a rather sordid tale of people disobeying orders, not enough money to properly support an isolated band of men and their equipment, government disorganization and mis-understanding on both sides as to what each other were after. The main thing that it did was to upset that Texian side enough to give them a morale boost. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alamo_Mission_in_San_Antonio and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Alamo
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 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.
It’s early March. So quite soon after dark now, the Big Dipper rises as high in the northeast as Cassiopeia has descended to in the northwest. Midway between them, as always, is Polaris.
Venus (magnitude –4.5, in Pisces) shines in the west during twilight but sets increasingly soon after dark. It’s dropping rapidly day by day; its distance from much-fainter Mars, to its upper left, increases this week from 14° to 20°. And Mars itself is sinking too, more slowly. In a telescope Venus is a striking crescent, thinning and enlarging. It’s now a big 50 arcseconds from cusp to cusp and only about 10% sunlit. Get your scope on it before sunset if you can. Can you detect any sign of cusp extensions? See the March Sky & Telescope, page 52. Venus will continue to sink, expand, and wane in phase until inferior conjunction on March 25th (a full 8° north 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 Gemini enters Cancer at 4:54am.
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
M 6 Low 12:09 AM 3.0 6:44 AM Set 2:29 AM 53
~ 6 High 6:22 AM 7.8 6:11 PM Rise 12:19 PM
~ 6 Low 1:37 PM 0.5
~ 6 High 8:11 PM 5.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little “extra.”
~ I’m an optimist, but I’m an optimist that carries a raincoat. – Harold Wilson
~ In thy home be joyous and generous to guests discreet shalt thou be in thy bearing. – Norse Adage
~ It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare. – Mark Twain
~ It is not peace we are seeking but meaning. – Lawrence Durrell
Seeing, in Three Pieces
Somehow we must see
through the shimmering cloth
of daily life, its painted,
evasive facings of what to eat,
to wear? Which work
matters? Is a bird more
or less than a man?
There have been people
who helped the world. Named
or not named. They weren’t interested
in what might matter,
doubled over as they were
with compassion. Laden
branches, bright rivers.
When a bulb burns out
we just change it —
it’s not the bulb we love;
it’s the light. – Kate Knapp (Wind Somewhere and Shade)
Dye Eggs the Natural Way – http://www.everythingeaster.com/story/naturaldye.html
The stores are stacked with Ostara egg dyes and every year as a parent you have to pick the one your child will like and hope it works.
You get home set up all the messy dyes and begin working and many times the result is a bit disappointing. The eggs may not colour properly or the dye does not stick or the child is not happy with the results.
Forget the drugstore dyes and grab some stuff out of your refrigerator. There is a way to make colourful Ostara eggs from nature. It is a great way to teach your children to use ingredients from nature, and it should also be a fun and educational experience.
First you need ingredients which depend on the colour you are looking to achieve. The following is a list of colours and what ingredients you will need.
Pale Red – fresh beets or cranberries, frozen raspberries.
Orange – Yellow onion skins.
Light Yellow – Ground turmeric.
Pale green – Spinach leaves.
Green-gold – Yellow Delicious apple peels.
Blue – Canned blueberries or red cabbage leaves.
Beige to brown – strong brewed coffee
Now that you have the ingredients you need you follow this process and you will have colorful Ostara eggs dyed the natural way.
- Put eggs in a single layer in a pan. Pour water in pan until eggs are covered.
- Add about a teaspoon of vinegar.
- Add the natural dye appropriate to the colour you want your eggs to be ( the more eggs you are dying at a time, the more dye you will need ).
- Bring water to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
- Remove the substance you used to colour the eggs. Put eggs in a bowl. If you want your eggs to be a darker shade, cover them with dye and let them stand overnight in the refrigerator.Copyright © 2003 EverythingHolidays.com, Inc. Submitted By Akasha
How To Make Magical Crystal Ostara Eggs
Make treasure-filled Ostara eggs for your family’s celebration. Image by Ariel Skelley/Blend Images/Getty Images
This is a neat craft project you can make before Ostara. Hide these eggs for your kids to find, and then when they crack them open, they can find the treasure hidden inside!
- 1 C. all-purpose flour
- ½ C. salt
- ¼ C. clean sand
- 1 C. used coffee grounds
- ¾ C. warm water
- Crystals or gemstones
- Non-stick cooking spray
- Acrylic paints in your favorite colors
Blend flour, salt, sand and coffee grounds together. Gradually add the water, and knead until you’ve got a thick, gritty dough. Spray a crystal lightly with non-stick cooking spray, and place it in the center of a small scoop of dough. Shape the dough around the crystal to form an egg shape. Bake the eggs at 350 for about 15 minutes, and allow to cool. Once they’ve cooled, they should be nice and hard, like a rock. Paint the eggs, and allow paint to dry.
Hide the eggs on Ostara, and let your kids crack them open to reveal the hidden crystals!
For some extra silly fun, have your kids join you for the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Chocolate Rabbit.