Happy Pi Day! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pi_Day
It’s been raining steadily for hours and the path was flooded again. I don’t dance well, so my toes got wet…. We’ve gotten 1.4 inches since midnight, so it’s no wonder! …and it’s continuing. Spring on the Oregon Coast! It’s 53F, next to no wind. Even down by the water it’s only in the mid-teens.
Yesterday was long and fairly productive and it went very, very fast. It was 5pm before I even started thinking about supper, lunch having been late, as well. Tempus ran around paying bills and running some errands and both before and after was working in back, trying to sort some more things out. We have to get the library, eventually…. I worked up front, mostly, needing to keep going to getting some things into the inventory. I also needed to get some writing done.
We’ve already been crazy busy at the shop today, taking some orders over the phone and customers in, even if we’re closed. I have a lot of writing to do today and some organizing for stuff for this coming weekend. We have the paper route tonight and that’s going to be awfully wet.
A Ken Gagne photo from 3/12 of a wave “explosion” on the Yaquina Bay North Jetty.
Today’s plant is the Fly Agaric, Amanita Muscaria, the “toadstool” of fairy tales. It’s easily recognizable with its bright red and white cap. Poisonous and hallucinogenic, it’s a favorite of the weirder Fae and a common decoration for Yule trees….for which a lot of people have come up with odd reasons. It probably is an ancient enough association with the time of year that people have forgotten, but there may be a connection through reindeer, shamanism and Odin to Santa Claus and the other gifting deities…. you *can* use the dried mushroom in amulets for vision quests, just don’t eat the darned thing! More here: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Amanita_muscaria
The Mamuralia was an ancient Roman Feast representing the transition from the old to the new year. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mamuralia The story goes that Mamurius was commissioned by the rulers of Rome to make 11 exact replicas of the shield of Mars that had fallen from the sky. He did and asked to be remembered in a hymn that was sung on this day for centuries….
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 email@example.com 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
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. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 3/20 at 8:31am
Jupiter, Spica >>>>, and the waning gibbous Moon form a triangle that rises in the east around 9 or 10 p.m. tonight.
Algol shines at its minimum brightness, magnitude 3.4 instead of its usual 2.1, for roughly two hours centered on 9:24 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time.
Jupiter (magnitude –2.4, in Virgo) rises around not long after dark and shines high in the east by 11 p.m. Spica dangles 4° or 5° lower right of it after they rise, more directly below it around the middle of the night, and lower left of it in early dawn. By then they’ve moved over and down to the southwest. In a telescope Jupiter is about 44 arcseconds across its equator, essentially as big as it will appear even 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
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14
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
Tu 14 High 2:27 AM 7.8 7:30 AM Set 8:43 AM 98
~ 14 Low 8:40 AM 0.8 7:21 PM Rise 9:45 PM
~ 14 High 2:39 PM 7.5
~ 14 Low 8:51 PM 0.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – People who make the worst use of time may be the same ones who complain that there is never enough time.
Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – In the poem “If I Were King” by A.A.Milne, Christopher Robin says, “I often wish I were a King, And then I could do anything.” What are some things you would do if you became the king of your own country? Do you think there might be some things you could not do, precisely because you were king? Explain your answers.
~ There’s an important difference between giving up and letting go. – Jessica Hatchigan
~ Through love all pain will turn to medicine. – Rumi
~ To conquer oneself is a greater task than conquering others. – Buddha
~ To Dare, To Will, To Know, To Keep Silent, To Imagine. These are the cornerstones of the magic of the Warrior. – Kerr Cuhulain
I would scream if it would help.
But right now, I don’t even know
If it would.
A timid scream might ease
The pressure, without my having
To come out of my shell.
A medium scream would help
Even more, but no one would call
A loud scream would scare my pets,
But the neighbors wouldn’t hear it
Through closed doors.
To maximize Scream Therapy,
I think first I will write down all the
Things, people, situations that I want
To scream about.
Then, I will go over the list until
I am so into the emotion and upset
That I scream loud enough to
Wake The Dead!
Then, I will spend all night
Trying to get them to go back to
Mission accomplished! – © Copyright 11/1/05 Beth Johnson (Mystic Amazon)
Laminated Window Hangings for Ostara
you will need:
– lined paper
– laminating paper
– Ostara cookie cutters(the big ones)
– scissors & a single hole punch
– a pencil
what to do:
Lightly trace the shapes of eggs, bunnies, flowers or other Ostara figures with your pencil.
Cut out those shapes with scissors.
Laminate the shapes with laminate paper, and cut off the excess edges, leave about 3mm extra laminate paper.
Punch a hole through the top of the shape and hang it up in your window.
Naturally Stencilled Eggs – Lay the leaves of herbs like cilantro or mint against your egg, then wrap the egg in pantyhose to keep the leaves in place. Dip in dye, allow to dry, and reveal your nature-inspired creation. For rustic character, add speckling.
Silliness – 7 Degrees of Blonde
** ONE A married couple were asleep when the phone rang at 2 in the morning. The wife picked up the phone, listened a moment and said, “How should I know, that’s 200 miles from here!” and hung up. The husband said, “Who was that?” The wife said, “I don’t know; some woman wanting to know ‘if the coast is clear.”
** TWO Two blondes are walking down the street. One notices a compact on the sidewalk and leans down to pick it up. She opens it, looks in the mirror and says, “Hmm, this person looks familiar.” the second blonde says, “Here, let me see!” So the first blonde hands her the compact. The second one looks in the mirror and says, “You dummy, it’s me!”
** THREE A blonde suspects her boyfriend of cheating on her, so she goes out and buys a gun. She goes to his apartment unexpectedly and when she opens the door she finds him in the arms of a redhead. Well, the blonde is really angry. She opens her purse to take out the gun, and as she does so, she is overcome with grief. She takes the gun and puts it to her head. The boyfriend yells, “No, honey, don’t do it.” The blonde replies, “Shut up, you’re next!”
** FOUR A blonde was bragging about her knowledge of state capitals. She proudly says, “Go ahead, ask me, I know all of them.” A friend says, “OK, what’s the capital of Wisconsin?” The blonde replies, “Oh, that’s easy: “W.”
** FIVE What did the blonde ask her doctor when he told her she was pregnant? “Is it mine?”
** SIX A blonde had just totaled her car in a horrific accident. Miraculously, she managed to pry herself from the wreckage without a scratch and was applying fresh lipstick when the state trooper arrived. “My God!” the trooper gasped. “Your car looks like an accordion that was stomped on by an elephant. Are you OK ma’am?”
“Yes, officer, I’m just fine” the blonde chirped. “Well, how in the world did this happen?” the officer asked as he surveyed the wrecked car. “Officer, it was the strangest thing!” the blonde began. “I was driving along this road when from out of nowhere this TREE pops up in front of me. So I swerved to the right, and there was another tree! I swerved to the left and there was ANOTHER tree! I swerved to the right and there was another tree! I swerved to the left and there was ….”
“Uh, ma’am,” the officer said, cutting her off, “There isn’t a tree on this road for 30 miles. That was your air freshener swinging back and forth.”
** SEVEN Returning home from work, a blonde was shocked to find her house ransacked and burglarized. She telephoned the police at once and reported the crime. The police dispatcher broadcast the call on the channels, and a K-9 unit patrolling nearby was the first to respond. As the K-9 officer approached the house with his dog on a leash, the blonde ran out on the porch, shuddered at the sight of the cop and his dog, then sat down with her face in her hands and moaned, “I come home to find all my possessions stolen. I call the police for help, and what do they do? They send me a BLIND policeman!