Daily Stuff 3-18-17 Urban Dionysia

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Ken Gagne

Open Circle for Ostara on Friday 3/24 at 7pm.

No workshops today! Anja is out of town.

What woke me this morning was rain thundering down on the solarium roof! It’s 48F and it went from 1.5 inches since midnight to 1.85 inches in less than 1/2 an hour! Wow! The rain is supposed to calm down mid-afternoon and the wind, too. Last night it was clipping along at about 25 in town and more on the beaches. It’s not a lot less than that, now.

Yesterday went by all too fast. We didn’t have many people in, mostly because the weather was still looking awful, so we got various small chores taken care of. Tempus ran some errands in Newport starting mid-afternoon and then crashed out on the couch.

I did get the pix of the cheese (gallery below) It turned out pretty tasty. I flavored it with caraway, coriander and mustard seed crunched in the mortar. I over-salted it, which isn’t a problem for a snack cheese and it’ll keep a little longer that way.

I got my stock packed. I’m taking mostly embroidery, a few games and some dishes, so those displays are fairly skimpy in the shop today, but everything will go back on Sunday!

It was still light out at 7pm. That just feels wrong, still. I do *not* like daylight savings time. Tempus finally woke a little before 8pm and got some supper and started some bread, but that meant we didn’t leave for home until nearly midnight after I had pulled out some garlic butter, discovered that the bacon blue butter is all eaten up and made some honey butter. Phew! …but we headed home at that point and fell into bed, only to be back at 7am!

It was getting light as we left the apartment. Tempus dropped me at the corner and went to get gas. Our 16 gallon tank took 15.8 gallons. Oops…. well, at least we didn’t run out! Stell is here and we’re heading out as soon as we can get loaded. For today, I’ve left Tempus unsupervised. 🙂 I’m going to be in Corvallis at an event with my embroidery products.

Pic from 3/24/17 by Ken Gagne – Talon wading in the Yachats River, hunting a tidbit.

eryngo1I’ve often heard people talk about “beach thistle”, but Sea HollyEryngium maritimum, isn’t one. It’s actually related to carrots. The young shoots can be blanched and eaten like asparagus and the roots (which can get up to 20 feet long!!!!) are peeled, boiled and cut, then braided and candied. Prepared thus they are a good cough and cold remedy. The roots can also be boiled or roasted as well and are very nutritious. It is native to Europe, but going extinct in certain areas. –Masculine, Fire, Venus – This plant is an aphrodisiac, pure and simple.

feast 0318 Dionysos_Louvre_Ma87_n2Today in Ancient Greece began the Urban Dionysia, the festival of the great tragedies in Athens, particularly during the 5th century BCE, although the festival continued will into the time of the Roman Empire. For 5 days, Satyr plays ended each day’s presentation of a 3-part tragedy (..think the Lord of the Rings movie, followed by a Bugs Bunny cartoon, all in one day…) and there was a competition for dithyrambs (ecstatic poetry that was sung and danced to) and short comedies, along with processions and sacrifices. There was another festival in summer, which featured comedies. Theater was sacred to Dionysus and theaters were considered to be temples. Inspiration came from the god. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dionysia#City_Dionysia

Ostara PentacleThe 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 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

Raffaello Lena in Rome has been imaging Venus as it wanes in phase and enlarges in size, using a 7-inch Maksutov-Cassegrain scope. He plans to continue right up to Venus’s conjunction 8° north of the Sun.
Jupiter’s moon Io, barely off Jupiter’s western limb, disappears into eclipse by Jupiter’s shadow around 10:24 p.m. EDT. A small telescope will show it slowly fade away.
Mercury (magnitude –1.3) glimmers in evening twilight near brilliant Venus early this week. On March 17th look for Mercury 9° (almost a fist-width) to Venus’s left or lower left. Every evening after that, Mercury gets a little higher while Venus drops lower toward its conjunction with the Sun.

Goddess Month of Moura, runs from 2/20-3/19
Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
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 Sagittarius
Venus (4/15), Jupiter (6/9) Retrograde
Color: Indigo

Harvest 3/18-19


©2017 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14. Fern (FAIR-n) Alder – The common alder (Alnus glutinosa (L.) Gaertner) is common along lowland rivers, where it grows with aspens, poplars, and willows. Like willows, alders sprout from stumps. This allows them to regenerate after heavy flooding. In protect sites they may grow to 20 m (65 feet) tall. Their leaves are more blunt-tipped than most North American alders, which look more like the grey alder (A. incana (L.) Moench). This species is more common in the mountains of Europe, and is not restricted to moist soils. Like ashes, European alders are not widely cultivated in North American (they are often sold as black alders), but several native species are. Alder wood is said to resist rotting when it is wet, and was the wood of choice for pilings in many regions. Alders are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae).

Fearn – Alder Ogam letter correspondences
Month: January
Color: Crimson
Class: Cheiftain
Letter: F, V
Meaning: Help in making choices; spiritual guidance and protection.

Ogam letter correspondences to study this month – Ailim – Silver Fir
Month: None
Color: Light Blue
Class: Shrub
Letter: A
Meaning: Learning from past mistakes; Take care in choices.


Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
/Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                    Visible
Sa  18     High   4:38 AM     7.1   7:22 AM    Rise 12:41 AM      75
~    18      Low  11:28 AM     1.2   7:27 PM     Set 10:48 AM
~    18     High   5:43 PM     5.8
~    18      Low  11:15 PM     3.0


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I make my own destiny to the best of my abilities.


Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – Personal Interests and Experiences – Invent the best dessert in the whole world.



~  You have brains in your head and feet in your shoes…and you can go any direction you choose! – Dr. Seuss
~  You have to know the past to understand the present. – Dr. Carl Sagan
~  You need to make a commitment, and once you make it, then life will give you some answers. – Les Brown
~  All men are fools, but all fools are not men. – American Proverb

You can use any measure
When you’re speaking of success.
You can measure it in fancy home,
Expensive car or dress.
But the measure of your real success
Is the one you cannot spend.
It’s the way your kids describe you
When they’re talking to a friend. – Martin Buxbaum


ostara sabbat egg dividerOstara Magick – 

Seedling Planter Eggs – After cleaning out your eggs, remove the top half of each egg and fill it with soil. Purchase tiny flowers or seedlings from a local nursery, and plant them in your creative shelled containers or as here, use as vases for fresh or dried flowers.

Eostre Basket (For Ostara)  http://members.aol.com/ivycleartoes/basket.html


  • Small altar-sized basket
  • Plastic easter eggs
  • Bunny toy
  • Eostre grass
  • Decorated plastic or wooden eggs, if desired
  • Seasonal candies, if desired


Simply place all symbolic items in basket in an aesthetically pleasing way. If desired, decorate eggs for Ostara fun and add to decorations.

Ritual use

The plastic eggs can be a part of the Ostara ritual: Write things that you are thankful for on pieces of paper and then seal each in an egg. Keep the pieces of paper in the eggs as reminders during the season what a bounty you have to be thankful for. You can keep the eggs year round and use them as reminders every time you feel downtrodden by circumstances of your life.

Paper- Covered Eggs >>>>> – Covering eggs with decorative scrapbook paper opens up nearly an endless array of different looks! Browse your local craft store for eye-catching papers, and follow our instructions to complete your paper-covered eggs. >>>>>>

Paper-covered Eggs
Also called “washi eggs” this traditional Japanese craft is perfect for adding an elegant and unique touch of the spring holiday to your home.

Gather Your Materials: This holiday craft often uses real eggs that have been hollowed out, but we’ll be keeping it simple with wooden eggs, available at many craft stores. The only other materials you’ll need to cover your eggs are: origami or scrapbooking paper, paintbrushes and decoupage glue. Print our Materials List to be sure you have everything you need.

Step 1: Using a tape measure, mark the egg’s length on your piece of decorative paper, adding a 1/4″ to the measurement. Next, measure around the circumference of the egg and mark on the paper, adding 1/8″ to the measurement. Cut out a rectangle of paper using these measurements.

Step 2: Fold the rectangle of paper in half lengthwise. Using your scissors, cut 1/4″ wide strips along both sides of the fold. Be sure to stop 1/4″ before you hit the fold. Your rectangle will now have a fringe-like appearance.

Step 3: Unfold the rectangle and wrap around your egg so the fringe is at the top and bottom of the egg. Using your brush, apply the decoupage glue where both sides of the paper meet to adhere to the egg.

Step 4: Start with just one piece of fringe and trim at an angle to create a pointed tip. Brush the trimmed strip with glue and press gently onto the egg, carefully smoothing out. Repeat this with every other piece of fringe all the way around the top and bottom of the egg. Use remaining pieces to fill in gaps and trim as necessary.

Step 5: Brush glue over the entire surface of the egg to seal and smooth out any bubbles.

Tip: The more eggs you do, the better you’ll get at making them smooth. If some of your eggs don’t turn out as smooth as you’d like, you can glue down extra pieces of decorative paper to cover up bubbles or bumps.


motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Light Bulbs – Q: How many witches does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: Witches don’t screw in lightbulbs, they screw in Circles!

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