Yesterday felt long and then went on way past when I wanted to go home and sleep. I was writing quite a bit during the day when we didn’t have customers in and working on pricing some small items that showed up in the sorting process. Tempus was mostly trying to find some of the feast gear that has been scattered and washing some dishes.
Late in the day I sat down with some carving and worked on a couple of spoons. One was tiny, mate to the one that I’ve been sanding over the past week and got mostly roughed in, all but for the bowl. The other is larger, intended for a cooking spoon and I’ve been pecking at it for quite some time. I’m thinking that I need to put it into the vise and saw it to shape before going back to carving on it. I shouldn’t have kept at it as long as I did. My fingers are a little red in spots and tender.
We didn’t get out of the shop until 11:30, went home and crawled into bed, but I couldn’t sleep. I finally got up and had my own esbat and then went back to bed, but at that point I only got a few hours. <sigh> The Moon had been shining really brightly when we got home, just coming through the clouds and we didn’t need flashlights on the path. It only got brighter, later!
Today’s Plant is the Buttercup that flourishes in my area in two types, Ranunculus bulbosus (sometimes called. St Anthony’s Turnip) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranunculus_bulbosus and Ranunculus repens ,http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranunculus_repens (called creeping buttercup or crowfoot) which is the variety in my garden. These are non-native plants and invasive, but not usually worried about too much, since they usually grow in grasslands and very poor soil, not suited for agriculture. Although the fresh plant is poisonous, the sap being used as a blistering agent for gout and rheumatism, the dried plant is safe for consumption. Tinctures of this plant have been used on shingles and infusions for “soremouth”. – Masculine, Mercury (Uranus), Fire– These are used in spells for tenacity & stubbornness, both to create and cure, and as a plant of fertility, possibly being the plant that the Flora gave Juno to use to get pregnant with Mars. Carry in sachets (dried flowers only) for fertility or the dried leaves for tenacity. This is also used for harmony and for Sight (and called Frog’s Foot) Use buttercup flower petals in magickal potpourris for spells regarding: divination, energy, innocence, prosperity, youth. Use buttercup in solar spells involving energy and prosperity.
Today’s feast is the Martyrdom of Hypatia. She was a woman who would become a target of anger that grew out of a civil/religious feud in Alexandria in the Nile Delta. Daughter of Theon, and a teacher trained in the philosophical schools of Plato and Plotinus, she was admired by most men for her dignity and virtue. Of the anger she provoked among Christians, Scholasticus writes, Hypatia ultimately fell “victim to the political jealousy which at the time prevailed”. Of course, to many of the People of the Book, a woman in her position, doing the things that she did at that time, was really wrong…. A lot of things have been made up about her, the idea of a woman single-handedly trying to save the “Library of Alexandria” being quite romantic, but those tales are general untrue. There is a Wiki article with more info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypatia and the movie “Agora” that came out a few years ago is reasonably accurate.
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. Full Moon – The day of the day before and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 3/13 at 7:5pm. Waning Moon Magick – From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 3/27 at 7:57pm.
As the stars come out this week, Sirius shines high in the south. Sirius is the bottom star of the bright, equilateral Winter Triangle. The Triangle’s other two stars are orange Betelgeuse to Sirius’s upper right (Orion’s shoulder) and Procyon to Sirius’s upper left.
Venus (magnitude –4.4) is dropping fast day be day in the western evening twilight. It’s swinging toward our line of sight to the Sun, making it an ever thinner crescent in a telescope or even high-quality binoculars. It’s now a big 55 arcseconds or so from cusp to cusp, and from March 10th to 17th its phase things from 8% to just 3% sunlit. Get your scope on Venus before sunset — while keeping the Sun behind a western horizon obstruction so you don’t accidentally sweep across the Sun’s blinding face. Can you detect any sign of cusp extensions around Venus’s rim? See the March Sky & Telescope, page 52. Venus will continue to sink, expand, and wane in phase until inferior conjunction on March 25th, when it will pass a full 8° north of the Sun. For Northern Hemisphere observers, this is the ideal apparition for following Venus way down in the west right after sunset — and picking it up very low in the east before dawn. In fact, plan to look for it at both dusk and dawn on the same day, or across the same night! Your best bet for this rare dual sighting of Venus is on March 22nd, as told in the March Sky & Telescope, page 46. There you’ll also find a tip for detecting the crescent of Venus naked-eye when it’s as large as it is now, by sighting through a tiny round hole in a piece of paper or cardboard held against your eye to mask off aberrations in the outer part of your eye’s pupil. Experiment with different size holes.
Goddess Month of Moura, runs from 2/20-3/19
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14
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. Runic half-month of Berkana/ Beorc, 3/14-29 Half-month ruled by the goddess of the birch tree; a time of purification for rebirth and new beginnings.
©2016 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
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 12 High 12:21 AM 7.7 7:33 AM Set 7:46 AM 99
~ 12 Low 7:20 AM 1.2 7:19 PM Rise 7:41 PM
~ 12 High 1:15 PM 8.0
~ 12 Low 7:42 PM 0.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make this a progressive day!
~ Tearless grief bleeds inwardly. – Christian Nevell Bovee
~ The counsel of fools is the more misguided the more of them there are. – Laxdaela Saga, c.21
~ The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
~ The one you trust most can disappoint you most. – Fljotsdale Saga, c.23
I’m wondering where you are now
Married, or mad, or free:
Wherever you are you’re likely glad,
But memory troubles me.
We could’ve had us children,
We could’ve had a home—
But you thought not, and I thought not,
And these nine years we roam.
Today I worked in the deep dark tanks,
And climbed out to watch the sea:
Gulls and salty waves pass by,
And mountains of Araby.
I’ve traveled the lonely oceans
And wandered the lonely towns.
I’ve learned a lot and lost a lot,
And proved the world was round.
Now if we’d stayed together,
There’s much we’d never’ve —
But dreary books and weary lands
Weigh on me like a stone.- by Gary Snyder, from Left Out in the Rain. © Shoemaker & Hoard. Reprinted with permission.
Greenhaven Ostara Recipes – http://greenhaventradition.weebly.com/ostara-recipes.html This was originally published in The Wordsmith’s Forge on 1/22/09, then revised for reprint 6/24/11.
Cooking for Ostara often involves the first spring greens. It’s too early for most farmer’s markets to open, but this is prime season for gathering mushrooms and wild greens. Poultry, rabbit, and lamb are popular meats. Eggs appear whole or mixed into many dishes; whole eggs are often dyed or otherwise decorated. Milk, cheese, and other dairy products remain popular. Pastel colors and white prevail, sometimes accented with gold or silver. For background information and ritual ideas, see our main Ostara page.
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 Tbsp. sugar
1/2 cup honey
2 cups vegetable oil, for frying
Mix the flours, salt, sugar and baking powder together. Add about 1/2 cup water and mix well, adding a bit more water if needed to make a stiff dough. Turn out on a lightly floured surface and knead until dough becomes elastic and smooth. Let rest for 10 minutes. Roll out 1/2 inch thick. Cut into squares, strips or circles. Deep fry in very hot oil until golden brown. Drain on brown paper bags or paper towels. Drizzle honey in a very thin stream over bread and serve immediately. Sprinkle with a little cinnamon if desired.
Fried Bread and Eggs from http://recipes.swankivy.com/fridbrid.html
- 1/3 cup butter
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 7 egg yolks, beaten
- 1/4 cup minced anchovies (OPTIONAL!)
- 6 pieces of fried or toasted bread
Melt butter in medium saucepan over low heat. Beat in cream, egg yolks, anchovies. Stir until mix thickens and is creamy. Pour over toast. Serve hot.
Yield: 2 helpings
Source: Telesco, A Kitchen Witch’s Cookbook
Use for: Ostara
Silliness – Light Bulbs – Q: How many Pagans does it take to change a lightbulb?
A: Six. One to change it, and five to sit around complaining that lightbulbs never burned out before those damned Christains came along.