Open Circle for Ostara on Friday 3/24 at 7pm.
All of the little ponds along the highway were mirrors this morning and the ocean very blue! 49F and very little wind. The sky is gorgeously blue between white, puffy clouds with some streaky higher stuff.
Yesterday felt long, because we were both pretty tired, still, but it was short because it started late. Mostly I wrote, finally getting the one big project done right around 6pm, and finished being edited by around 8pm. We headed home not long after that, so I could get my hair done and then puttered in the apartment, doing small chores and catching up on things until bedtime.
The shop is open, although Tempus hasn’t put everything out, yet. He’s making coffee and then we’ll start in on another round of pick-it-up-and-put-it-away. There’s a batch of my Dad’s tools whoe box has disintegrated, particularly, that are causing a bit of a traffic jam and a couple of box stacks that we have a spot for in back, finally. We have the special workshop this afternoon and Sewing in the early evening and then he has the paper route.
Today’s plant is Shore Pine, Pinus contorta, var. contorta.It’s a tough tree well suited to stand up to the coastal winds. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinus_contorta More on the coastal ecology here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oregon_Coast#Terrestrial_ecology Pine’s magick is: Male, Mars, Air – Healing, fertility, protection, money, burn to cleanse a house, changing negative energy to positive, or use boughs for purification baths/sweats.
Today is the anniversary of the day in 1203 when the Siege of Montsegur was ended with the burning of over 200 Cathars at the stake. This is the siege where the infamous phrase, “Kill them all, God will know his own!” was uttered, during the Albigensian Crusade. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Monts%C3%A9gur Remember these martyrs to conscience! More on the Cathari here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cathar and on the Albigensian Crusade here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albigensian_crusade
The shop opens at 11am! Switching to Spring Hours this week! 11am-6pm Thursday through Monday, although we’re there a lot later most nights. 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
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
We’ve entered the time of year when Orion declines in the southwest after dark, with his Belt turning horizontal. But when does Orion’s Belt appear exactly horizontal? That depends on where you’re located east-west in your time zone, and on your latitude. Can you time this event? If you’re near your time zone’s standard longitude, expect it around 9:10 this evening. . . more or less.
Uranus is sinking down in the west at nightfall, between Mars and Venus.
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.
©2017 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
Th 16 High 3:30 AM 7.6 7:26 AM Set 9:41 AM 90
~ 16 Low 9:59 AM 0.9 7:24 PM Rise 11:44 PM
~ 16 High 4:02 PM 6.6
~ 16 Low 9:58 PM 1.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – On ThE WaLL Of My HeArT I wRoTe “No EnTrY”……Bt 1 DaY LoVe CaMe InSiDe N SaId…..”SoRy M bLiNd”…..
~ We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. – Aristotle
~ We must make the best of those ills which cannot be avoided. – Alexander Hamilton
~ We should not only use the brains we have, but all that we can borrow. – Woodrow Wilson
~ What luck for rulers that men do not think. – Adolf Hitler
Secret Faery Falls
from Scattered Thoughts by Stephanie Pflumm
On a journey
through the forest
on a Winter’s afternoon,
around a familiar corner
no longer hidden
by foliage and bloom,
I saw for the first time
the Faeries secret
I found a spot
to park the car,
anxious to be sure.
As I ran across
the forest road
this secret place
my steps stopped short.
This was a sacred space
not meant for my foot step.
I turned my back
to retrace my path
when for the slightest moment
I could hear
Summer songs from Faery flutes
sweet laughter lilting
and the dancing of Faery feet.
©Copyright 2004, Stephanie Pflumm, All Rights Reserved Worldwide. http://www.ozarkrockexchange.com/home.shtml
OSTARA HOT CROSS BUNS – These cakes are traditional treats at the Vernal Equinox. The equilateral solar cross on top predates Christianity and represents the minor Sabbats; the solstices and the equinoxes.
- 4 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 pkg. yeast
- 1 tsp. salt
- 2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
- 1/3 tsp. allspice
- 2 cups warm milk
- 1/4 cup melted butter
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup currants
- 1/2 cup candied peel
- 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
- 2 tbs. milk
- Proof yeast in sweetened milk.
- Preheat oven to 375o
- Mix dry ingredients, cut in butter, then eggs, then milk.
- Stir in currants and candied peel.
- Cover and let stand for 10 minutes.
- Spray 24 medium/large muffin cups, fill 2/3 full.
- Spray tops with butter spray, cover and let rise until almost double, about 20-30 minutes.
- Bake for about 20 minutes, until browned.
- Cool on rack until warm.
- Combine sugar and milk until smooth, spoon into piping bag.
- Pipe Celtic crosses on top.
Egg Nest cookies – Chocolate, coconut and jellybeans make for great Easter cookies and bird nests They look like bird nests and with jelly beans inside, the kids will get a kick out of these Easter treats. One recipe will make more than 30 nests so this could feed a whole flock of guests. This is a sweet tweet you will want to use over and over again.
- 4 cups sweetened flake coconut
- 3 to 4 tablespoons mini chocolate chips
- 4 ounces (about 1/2 cup) mini jelly beans
- 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup butter or margarine, at room temperature
- 1 package (3 oz) cream cheese, at room temperature
- 3/4 cup packed light-brown sugar 1 egg yolk
- 1 teaspoon coconut extract
- Combine flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt in small bowl.
- Beat together butter, cream cheese and brown sugar in large bowl until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes.
- Beat in egg yolk and coconut extract.
- On low speed, gradually beat in flour mixture in 3 batches until well blended.
- Stir in 3 cups of the coconut.
- Cover bowl with plastic wrap; chill 1 hour until firm enough to handle.
- Spread remaining coconut on waxed paper.
- Heat oven to 350 degrees
- Using level tablespoon, shape dough into 1-inch balls; roll in remaining coconut.
- Place on ungreased baking sheet, spacing about 2 inches apart.
- Bake at 350 degrees in oven 10 to 15 minutes or until firm to touch.
- Cool on baking sheet or wire rack for 1 minute.
- Then press indentation into center of each cookie, using back of 1/2-teaspoon measuring spoon.
- Spoon about 1/4 teaspoon mini chocolate chips into each indentation.
- Top with 3 jellybeans to mimic eggs in the bird’s nest.
Lemon Surprise Bread http://everythingunderthemoon.net/forum/ostara-feast-recipes-t22403.html
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes
- 1 package Lemon Poppy Seed Bread mix
- Ingredients to prepare mix as directed
- 1/2 C golden raisins
- 1 Tbsp orange zest
- 1/2 C dried cranberries
- Non-meltable goodies to add into the bread, such as:
- A shiny coin
- A piece of gold or silver jewelry
- A ring
- A polished crystal (make it large enough to find! )
- Vanilla ice cream
- Prepare the bread mix as directed. Once it’s all mixed together, add in the golden raisins, the orange zest, and the cranberries. Finally, fold in a few small treasures, such as a ring, a cleaned coin, or a polished crystal. Be sure you select items that won’t melt when you bake it in the oven!
- Bake as directed on the package, and then remove from oven. Allow to cool. To serve, slice off pieces, keeping an eye out for the hidden treasures. Top each slice off with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.