Minus Tide at 4:39 PM of -0.3 feet.
There’s a lot of water falling out of the sky right now. We’ve had most of 3/4 of an inch since midnight and we had to dance around to stay out of the water on the pathway to the apartment. It’s coming down steadily and occasionally quite hard. It’s 51F, though, and now much wind in town. There’s more by the water, getting into the 20’s in some spots and more predicted later.
Yesterday I kept falling asleep after we got to the shop. I didn’t get quite enough sack time the night before, being waked up coughing for the first time in several nights. (That’s been a relief to not be coughing so hard!)
So, after the newsletter was out, I started working on making sure I had things set up for the week, then as I got more wakeful, working on cookery, setting up a sandwich spread (avocado/garlic/dill). I think I overdid it on the garlic in the sandwich spread, but it was *so* good! I don’t think I ought to breathe on anyone for a few days….
…and then I did one of those, “How did it get to be 9pm?” things. <sigh> Nowhere near done what I needed to do…. Tempus made us a good dinner of burgers, his way, with spinach and “primal catsup” on mine and then we headed home.
I got my hair washed and we talked to our landlady for awhile and then went to bed. Tempus took awhile waking up this morning. I was up coughing again, so I was earlier than he was. We’re at the shop now and opening up.
Tempus is helping a friend move this afternoon and then we have the paper route tonight. I have to clean up the space where we do crafts. It’s getting out of hand again and I want to get the work table useable for cutting out.
Today’s plant is Goldenrod, Solidago Canadensis. A good browse plant, although not shade-tolerant, it is one of the first plants to colonize burned-off areas. In Fukishima it has taken over the rice fields near the wrecked nuclear plant. – Feminine, Venus, Air – Wear a piece of goldenrod to see your future love. Hold a piece in the hand and it will direct you to things you’ve lost or buried treasure. If it blooms by your door without being planted, good fortune will follow. It’s also used in money spells and has the property of survival. Wiki article here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solidago_canadensis
Chotrul Duchen is one of four Tibetan Buddhist festivals that commemorate his life. It’s held around this time of year and features sculptured butter lamps, some of which are huge. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butter_Lamp_Festival and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butter_lamp and a bit about the offering and prayers here: http://bodhiactivity.wordpress.com/2011/05/28/lamp-offering-prayer/
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 3/10 at 7:54pm.
As the Moon waxes toward full (on the 12th), it shines to the right of the Sickle of Leo, as shown here.
Uranus (magnitude 5.9, in Pisces) is in the west at nightfall between Mars and Venus. Finder chart showing Uranus among its background stars (without Mars or Venus).
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 Leo
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
Th 9 Low 3:54 AM 2.6 6:39 AM Set 5:02 AM 84
~ 9 High 9:46 AM 8.0 6:15 PM Rise 3:26 PM
~ 9 Low 4:39 PM -0.3
~ 9 High 11:05 PM 7.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Honest is da best policy.
~ No great deed is done by falterers who ask for certainty. – T.S. Eliot
~ No man is more cheated than the selfish man. – Henry Ward Beecher
~ No man stands so straight as when he stoops to help a boy. – Knights of Pythagoras
~ One can never consent to creep when one feels the impulse to soar. – Helen Keller
By what are you saved? And how?
Saved like a bit of string,
tucked away in a drawer?
Saved like a child rushed from
a burning building, already
singed and coughing smoke?
Or are you salvaged
like a car part — the one good door
when the rest is wrecked?
Do you believe me when I say
you are neither salvaged nor saved,
but salved, anointed by gentle hands
where you are most tender?
Haven’t you seen
the way snow curls down
like a fresh sheet, how it
beautiful, without exception? – Lynn Ungar (Blessing the Bread)
Easter egg hunts were first popularized in the United States in the spring of 1862, when America was in the middle of its hideous Civil War in which young men were dying daily of injuries and disease, and famine was starting to appear in many areas of the ravaged South. First Lady Dolly Madison was the first dignitary to host an egg roll on the lawn of the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., during the War of 1812 in an attempt to garner public support for her unpopular husband. But it was President Abraham Lincoln who tapped into the archetypical importance of the egg as a symbol of hope and new life. He ordered decorated eggs and other popular treats to be hidden on the White House lawn. He then issued a public invitation to the children of Washington, D.C., to come and search for them on Easter morning. With few exceptions, American presidents have kept up the practice, and it has since become a cherished national Easter custom mimicked around the nation.
Many people are unaware that the egg-hunting custom predates President Lincoln by at least two thousand years. In Asia and India, the practice of hunting hidden eggs in spring was symbolic of the belief that we are fully responsible for our actions and reactions, and that we must each find our own way to life renewed. Because this incorporated reincarnation themes, the egg hunt was a time to reflect on the balance of rights and wrongs and how to improve ones position in the next life.
In German and Scandinavian lands, the tradition of offering eggs to the Goddess in exchange for blessings or wishes was a common spring practice. With the rise of Christianity in Europe making Pagan practices a capital offense, those offerings had to be hidden where only the Goddess could find them. Thus the egg hunt by the authorities ensued, and was eventually made into a game for children.
The search for eggs also has a deeper metaphysical meaning in many cultures, in particular in the East. The hunt represents the souls eternal quest for life renewed so that it may have the opportunity to perfect itself and reach a union with the deities.
The Teutons buried eggs under barns and animal dwellings to increase the fecundity of livestock, or placed eggs beneath beds to encourage human fertility. Eggs were also buried by the Teutons and Anglo-Saxons in spring to make gardens and fields fertile. They were believed to bless gardens and farmland with fertility and abundance. This is a practice still used by many modern Pagans who enjoy planting and tending magickal gardens.
~Excerpt: Ostara: Customs, Spells & Rituals for the Rites of Spring by Edain McCoy~