Daily Stuff 3-19-17 Quinquatria

Hi, folks!

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

House Capuchin’s Project Day Noon to 6pm.

The sky is a lovely pastel blue, with a few streaks of cirrus here and there. Coming up the path, I smelled that lovely plant scent that’s been absent all winter. Our landlady’s jonquils are in full bloom, too! It’s only 46F (brrrrr in a hoodie) but it’s supposed to hit 60F today! There’s almost no wind, so it’s tolerable in the sunshine.

Yesterday wasn’t all that busy at the shop, but Tempus had a good day. I had a fun one, although it wasn’t all that profitable.

Today we slept in a little, instead of trying to come in early. I’ve been out enjoying plants. We’re not all the way open, yet, but very soon and then I need to start putting stock back onto the shelves.


plant pacific aster Symphyotrichumchilense

Today’s plant, the Pacific AsterSymphyotrichum chilense, is one form of aster that grows in the PNW.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphyotrichum_chilense  China Asters are the ones grown in gardens and are the common garden aster that Cunningham references:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Callistephus_chinensis  in his Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs. Feminine, Venus, Water – The aster was sacred to the gods and used on altars in many religious paths. It is often used in love sachets or carry the bloom to win love. You can also grow them in your garden to draw love to you! …and here is an article on the whole family which includes sunflowers, chrysanthemums, yarrow and cone-flower!http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asteraceae

feast 0319 quinquatria athenaToday is listed as a feast day of Athena by many of the pagan sources that I use, but I can’t find that historically. It *is* a feast of Minerva, who was equated with Athena by the Romans. The feast was called Quinquatria and was a solemn procession and sacrifice. This was a day for women to consult with fortune-tellers and diviners. The gladiatorial games were added later, since they don’t show up as part of the festival in the oldest calendars.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quinquatria

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 on 3/25.
Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak (“T-G-K”) is becoming nicely visible in amateur telescopes high in the northern evening sky. Currently magnitude 7 or 8, it should reach 6th magnitude at the end of March and stay about that bright through April. This comet has been known to flare in brightness. See our article Comet 41P/T-G-K Greens Up For St. Paddy’s Day. NOTE: Use the new finder chart for the comet that’s in that article. The charts for it in the May Sky & Telescope are significantly off due to an error in the ephemeris.
For early risers Monday morning, the nearly last-quarter Moon is only a few degrees from Saturn. Look for them together early in the dawn, high in the south.
Venus (about magnitude –4.2) is dropping fast day by day low in the western evening twilight. It’s swinging closer to our line of sight to the Sun, making it an ever thinner crescent in a telescope or high-quality binoculars. It’s now a big 58 arcseconds from cusp to cusp, and from March 17th to 25th, its phase thins from just 3% to 1% 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 reaches inferior conjunction on March 25th, when it passes a full 8° north of the Sun (upper right of the Sun as seen around sunset from mid-northern latitudes). 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 sunrise. 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 if you’re near 40° north latitude — as told in the March Sky & Telescope, page 46. A tip for trying to detect the crescent of Venus naked-eye when it’s this large: sight 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
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: Yellow

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
Su  19     High   5:19 AM     6.9   7:20 AM    Rise  1:36 AM      67
~    19      Low  12:23 PM     1.3   7:28 PM     Set 11:27 AM
~    19     High   6:47 PM     5.5


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us – Ralph Waldo Emerson


Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – Auto-Biographical narrative – How did your parents meet?



~  Always remember that the future comes one day at a time. – Dean Acheson
~  Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me…going to bed at night saying we’ve done something. – Steve Jobs
~  Character is to man what carbon is to steel. – Napoleon Hill
~  Children are natural Zen masters; their world is brand new in each and every moment.-  John Bradshaw


Listen, and you can hear the sirens call
They want you to join them and die in the sea;
Their soft, trilling voices pull you in and under
Till you are desperate to only be with them.

“Come dear sailor, dear hunter, to the sea
No one can love you, can hold you like me;
I’ll feed you with fishes and cover you with kisses,
For no human woman can hold you like me”

I see them slipping from the boats,
Lowering themselves in the water, heading then
For the rocks, anything to join the sweet-voiced
Beauties that call to them, singing of love.

“Come my fisherman, my farmer, to the sea
No one can love you, can hold you like me;
I’ll string seashells and kelp for ‘round your neck,
For no human woman can love you like me. – © Copyright 12/17/05. Beth Johnson (Mystic Amazon)


ostara sabbat egg dividerOstara Magick – Songs

We are going to sow.
Mother, come and help us,
help us with our task.
Aren’t you our mother?
Aren’t we your girls?
There is only forest here
where we need to plant.
Only with your help
will we clear our way.
Who else can we call upon
as we plant our fruit? ~Women’s planting song of the Jibaro People of South America

Ostara Songhttp://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html from the Pagan and Wiccan Parenting Page  (to the tune of “Goodbye Ladies”)

Good Bye Winter,
Good bye Winter,
Good bye Winter,
Good bye Winter,
We wish you’d leave us now.

(replace the following words for “Winter:” snow, slush, snowsuits, cold wind, and any thing else the children come up with.)

Come back Springtime,
Come back Springtime,
Come back Springtime,
We wish you’d come today.

(replace the following words for “Springtime:” green grass, flowers, birds, and any thing else the children come up with.)


motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – 

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