The wind is strong, but it’s damp enough to be “lazy”. It goes right through to the bone! It’s 47Fm but we’re under a High Wind Warning until 6pm. The wind is running in town at 25 with gusts to 30, but by the water it’s considerably more. Coming across the bridge we bounced all over, but didn’t change lanes. It’s raining off and on. We’ve gotten at least 7/10 of an inch since midnight.
Yesterday was a little on the odd side. We got to the shop a bit early, thinking that I had a pre-nup coming in, but they didn’t show. Tempus got himself together and got a bunch of stuff sorted to be tossed or put away, then headed for Newport to help Sash get some paperwork together for his health care/dental work. I kept working with customers and sorting papers in the office space which threatened an avalanche into where my chair is.
As the afternoon went on 3 of the class people called in sick, and we called that off. Once Tempus was back he did a bunch more chores, mostly entailing dishes and trash and a bunch of bags went out to the car to go to the dumpster. I did a counseling session just as the day ended and Tempus got my trash can emptied….now I have to pick up the avalanche….
We went home mid-evening and went splat. I did a little sewing, but the light was still too bad by the bed, so Tempus fixed that this morning. We’ve been doing chores and taking it easy and listening to the wind, that we could hear even in the apartment.
Tonight is the paper route and Tempus is going to do some shopping beforehand. I don’t know whether I’m going to go home and then get picked up to be with Tempus for the longer run or stay at the shop. It depends on what I manage to get done on the computer today, I guess. At least the wind is supposed to quit by 6pm…
From The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett
Luffa (or loofah, luffa aegyptica or luffa acutangula) is an odd sort of plant, rather like a cucumber in that it’s a long, green vegetable with the flesh on the outside and a core full of seeds. They’re even edible, if a little bitter, when young. The biggest difference is that they grow a fibrous frame that has been used for a long time as a “vegetable sponge”, wherever they grow, and are particularly good for scrubbing scratchable dishes, counters and glassware. They’re used a lot in Chinese medicine, and the juice is a remedy for jaundice. – Feminine, Moon, Water – Their magicks include helping with rheumatism and arthritis, detoxing, especially the liver, and with acne and scarring. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luffa
Well, this one floored me. I had never heard about a Roman god whose name was Vejovis! No one knows a lot about him, but there was a temple to him in Rome. He may have come from an older Etruscan god, but was said to have been the first god born and was sacrificed to to avoid plagues. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vejovis
The shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday. 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.
At nightfall, look below the Moon for Procyon and above the Moon for fainter Pollux and Castor.
Mars (magnitude +1.4, moving from Pisces into Aries) is the faint orange “star” well to the upper left of Venus, by 14° to 20° this week. In a telescope Mars is just a tiny fuzzblob 4.5 arcseconds across. Mars is traveling eastward against the stars almost as fast as the seasonal turning of the sky carries the stars westward above your local landscape (as seen at the same time each evening). So, Mars will continue to hang around all the way into May, long after Venus dives through conjunction.
Jupiter (magnitude –2.4, in Virgo) rises around 9 p.m. standard time and shines fairly high in the east by 11 or midnight. Spica dangles 4° lower right of it after they rise, more directly below it in the early-morning hours, and lower left of it in early dawn. By then they’ve moved over to the southwest. In a telescope Jupiter is now 43 arcseconds across its equator, essentially as big as the 44 arcseconds it will attain in the weeks around its April 7th opposition.
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 Cancer
Vesta Direct at 1:32am
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
Tu 7 Low 1:30 AM 3.2 6:42 AM Set 3:27 AM 65
~ 7 High 7:34 AM 7.7 6:12 PM Rise 1:17 PM
~ 7 Low 2:47 PM 0.2
~ 7 High 9:23 PM 6.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I allow clarity to flow through me, filling my cells and every fiber of my being.
~ It’s a paradox. You grow up. You wonder why they treat you like that. And yet at the same time my mother and daddy told me ‘don’t hate like they hate. If you do, you will self-destruct. Hate only kills the hater, not the hated.’ – James Cone
~ It’s not over till it’s over. – Yogi Berra
~ It’s the grit in the Oyster that makes the pearl. – Ke’reth Epetai Makura
~ Lao Tzu (Tao Te Ching) wrote, I am different, I am strange, I live only for the Mother.
As the seasons change, so does the artist’s palette.
The scorching heat of summer and the pastel hues,
Give way to the jewel colors of dark reds
Hunter greens, and leaves that are turning bright.
Let us walk through the woods and admire
All of nature’s beauty waiting for us;
If we are quiet, perhaps we will see deer feeding,
And smaller animals scurrying about.
All too soon the weather grows chill and snowy,
Dark colors worn, parkas, jackets, caps and gloves.
Skiing, sleighs and snow men in the front lawn;
Packages for Christmas arriving in the mail.
After the thaw, the spring peeks out in budding plants,
Flowers start to bloom and milder weather comes.
Spring is the time for lovers, it is said.
Come love, let’s prove them right! Give me a kiss. – © August 2005, Beth Johnson (Mystic Amazon)
When the snow melts
And winter breathes its last
Then do we dream of you
Eostre Lady of Springtime
Bringer of new growth and freshness.
The frozen Earth beneath your feet
Becomes soft and yielding
Now ready to burst forth with new life.
Return to us, Eostre.
Return to us, Sacred Hare.
Melt the snow from the ground
The ice from the streams
The frost from our hearts.
– GateWest Invocations (link no longer works, don’t know if they’ve moved or not)
A Chant to honor the Trees
Trees are very important to Witches, and indeed important to us all. They are the lungs of the Earth, purifying the very air we breathe as they shade us and protect us.
When nights and days are balanced and halved,
The ancient Oaks sprout life anew.
Limbs of buds and leaves reach out
Collecting the breath of the mornings’ dew
Summer will come and the Winter winds,
Turning and turning the leaves on their stems.
Then they must fall, but now in the spring
the twig is bound, and the Bud remains.
Hang the leaf from sturdy limb
Of Oak or Maple, or Ash, or Elm,
Praise the Oak God, the tree is him!
Thus will the trees live long and well.
Silliness – You know you are suffering from “Empty Nest Syndrome” if
** You have thrown out the better part of the last several one-gallon jugs of milk, but still can’t bring yourself to buy the one-quart cartons.
** You called the power company and asked them to check your meter, because the hot-water bill has been way too low.
** You suddenly realize that you no longer need to include video late fees as part of the monthly budget.
** You are shocked when you notice you can push the buttons on the car radio and KNOW what station you will get.
** The bottle of shampoo has been in the shower so long you are starting to think it might be a mystical experience – kind of a loaves-and- fishes thing.
** They’ve been gone three years and you still cook enough for your husband to have seconds and thirds … and fourths.
** You still walk through the living room in the crouched position with your picking-up hand brushing the floor, even though it encounters no dirty socks.
** You ask the mechanic to check why your car is costing so little to run.
** Your cupboards overflow with uneaten school lunch treats.
** You still hide your best make-up.