Daily Stuff 3-15-17 Ides of March

Hi, folks!

For those of you that have been asking, the Open Circle for Ostara with be Friday, 3/24 at 7pm at Ancient Light

Seagulls are up and flying despite the steady, but not hard, rain. A couple of them, flapping hard, were flying backwards as we crossed over the Bay. The distances are greyed out. It was actually hard to see town from the other side of the bridge and the BackBay has vanished. It’s 51F and the KoA rain meter says we’ve had 3 inches since midnight. Hmm…. Well, it’s in line with what some of the other rain gauges are saying…. 5 inches in less than 48 hours. That’s pretty impressive. Folks are talking about slippage on hillsides. There’s one just as you go out of town on 34 that’s eaten part of the shoulder and is starting in on the eastbound lane, from what they’ve said. There’s occasional wind, enough to wave things, but not thrash, although it’s stronger on the beaches, of course, and the ocean was pretty loud.

Yesterday was long, as Tuesdays often are, but it was crazy, on top of it. We didn’t get moving quickly. It was past noon when we got to the shop, but we hadn’t even had coffee when the first folks walked through the door. It was some of Tempus’ fellow newspaper drivers that stopped by to see what the shop was like. After that it was one thing after another with errands, dropping off mail orders and other things along those lines. Not only that, but we were trying to get some needed moving of things done to make room to start putting some of the mess away, and I was working on getting arrangements made for guild stuff for Coronet and doing the write-up for KA&S from last weekend. Tempus did get the steamer trunk cleared and put Mom’s doll in there to protect it, and then we put some of the dolls that have been sitting out into that display. By the time he got everything put back on the steamer trunk it was time for him to head out for the paper route.

It had been steadily raining all day. We got well over 2 inches of rain! Beaver Creek wasn’t flooded, although Tempus said he crawled through there just in case. We had a good night, although we were driving through steady rain. The only problems were along Bayview Road, heading out past the Duckmeister’s. There’s a whole section where the pavement is breaking and tearing as the hillside above tries to get cozy with the Bay. Some of the drops/bumps are 6 inches high, and driving that in the dark…. well, we went *very* slowly! We got in at 6.

Both of us have been doing chores since we got up, things like putting away clean laundry, Tempus got a shower, I sorted out the towels and sheets, watering in the sunroom, etc. Wow…it’s nearly 4pm. I’m not sure what time I got up, actually. We probably won’t stay very late at the shop. I have some more writing to do and to set up newsletters for the week.

A picture by Ken Gagne from 3/12 of the Yaquina Bay Bridge.

Bells of Ireland Moluccella_laevis_(Labiatae)_plant

Today’s plant is the Bells of Ireland, Moluccella laevis (Molucca balmis, Shellflower, Shell flower) is a summer flowering annual, native to Turkey, Syria and the Caucasus. It is cultivated for its spikes of flowers which look like green bells. In the language of flowers, it represents luck. It’s a member of the mint family as you can tell by the leaves! More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bells_of_Ireland

Today is the Ides of March, mostly known today for the death of Julius Caesar, but they were a religious celebration during the Roman Empire. They were sacred to Jupiter and Anna Perenna. “The ides of March have come,” meaning to say that the prophecy had not been fulfilled, to which the seer replied “Aye, Caesar; but not gone.” More here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assassination_of_Julius_Caesar  and here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ides_of_March#Religious_observances and on Anna Perenna here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anna_Perenna

Ostara PentacleThe 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 ancientlight@peak.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

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

The tiny black shadow of Jupiter’s moon Europa crosses the planet’s face tonight from 10:48 p.m. to 1:17 a.m. EDT, with Europa itself following behind from 11:55 p.m. to 2:16 a.m. EDT. Subtract 1 hour from these times to get CDT, 2 hours to get MDT, 3 hours to get PDT.
Saturn (magnitude +0.5, at the Ophiuchus-Sagittarius border) rises in the early morning hours and glows in the south-southeast before and during dawn. Redder Antares (magnitude +1.0) twinkles 18° to its right.

Goddess Month of Moura, runs from 2/20-3/19
Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
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. 

Sun in PiscesSun in Pisces
Moon in Libra enters Scorpio at 8:11am
Venus (4/15), Jupiter (6/9) Retrograde
Color: Brown

Planting 3/15-17


©2016 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


nuin celtic tree month plant tree AshCeltic 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).

Nuin – Ash Ogam letter correspondences
Celtic tree month Ash NuinFraxinus_latifolia_JPG1FeMonth: March
Color: Glass Green
Class: Chieftain
Letter: N
Meaning: Locked into  chain of events; Feeling bound.

celtic tree month nuin oir spindleOgam letter correspondences to study this month Oir – Spindle Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: White
Class: Peasant
Letter: TH, OI
Meaning: Finish obligations and tasks or your life cannot move forward.


Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
/Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                    Visible
W   15     High   2:58 AM     7.8   7:28 AM     Set  9:12 AM      95
~    15      Low   9:19 AM     0.8   7:23 PM    Rise 10:45 PM
~    15     High   3:20 PM     7.1
~    15      Low   9:25 PM     1.3


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Anything preying on my mind would starve to death.


Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – The following statement was from the 1972 Only One Earth Conference: “We have forgotten how to be good guests, how to walk lightly on the earth as other creatures do.” What do you think this statement means?



~  To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting. – Edmund Burke
~  Treat a person as he is, and he will remain as he is. Treat him as he could be, and he will become what he should be. – Jimmy Johnson
~  Warriors reinvent themselves, rising from their own ashes like the Phoenix. – Kerr Cuhulain
~  We are the consciousness that will define the nature of the reality we are moving into. – Ram Dass

Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure.  Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. – Helen Keller, American Blind/Deaf Author & Lecturer


ostara sabbat egg dividerOstara Magick – Egg Magicks

The How Does My Garden Grow Egg Blessing

After you have prepared your garden for planting, take a hard-boiled egg and mark upon it symbols of the earth, growth, and fertility. Browns and greens work especially well here. With your bare hands, dig a small hole in the middle of the planting area while murmuring a prayer to the Goddess of the Earth. Speak from the heart to honor her and ask for her blessings on the garden. Place the egg in the hole and cover it while still repeating your prayer. Walk clockwise three times around the entire perimeter of the garden and chant:

Egg of the Goddess, giver of all things,
Grow my garden abundant this spring.
Strong and sacred this place must be,
Springing forth its bounty, so blessed be.

Return to the center of the garden and cover the egg to bury its magickal energy at the heart of your garden. ~Edain McCoy~

A Planting Ritual

O precious seeds which spring from the earth,
giving us magick, healing and power
I return you to the earth.
Feel My love, feel MY power
as I sow you in this magical and mystical hour!!

Grow with light,
grow with love,
grow with the blessings of the god and goddess above!!
So mote it be.


motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Light Bulbs – Q: How many witches does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: Two, but they have to be tiny witches!

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