It’s raining, but even though it’s steady, it’s gentle. We’ve gotten 1/3 of an inch since midnight. There’s a breeze down on the beaches, but only enough in town to make the rain leave the vertical occasionally.
Yesterday was a fun day. Tempus and I worked on getting unpacked from Saturday and sorting that stuff out, then I had a counseling session for awhile and some customers in during that. Eventually the House Capuchin folks showed up and we finished out the day talking and making things.
Unfortunately, I had a bad night. I’m having trouble with my back again and didn’t sleep well for most of it, when I finally dropped off it was only a few hours to get-up-and-go-to-the-shop, so Tempus left me to sleep and came in by himself. He just came back to get me a few minutes ago. I was celebrating Ostara by taking pictures of flowers and rain on the meditation garden pond.
We have clean-up to do and various chores and writing and then class tonight.
Today’s plant is Oregon Iris, Iris tenax. I grew up calling Iris flowers “ladies’ ball gowns”. Local peoples used the tough leaves for making string and rope mostly for snares. –Feminine, Venus, Water – sacred to Iris and Juno, their magicks are used for purification and magicks including 3’s. The three petals stand for faith, wisdom and valor and can be used in magicks to promote these qualities. More on Oregon Iris here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iris_tenax More on Iris in general here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iris_%28plant%29
Today is Nowruz, a secular middle eastern, central asian festival of happiness and new beginnings. Various customs include fire, cleaning, visiting and other spring things. The UN declared today Happiness Day a few years back. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nowruz and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Day_of_Happiness
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. Waning Crescent Moon – Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 3/23 at 8:57am.
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.
Last-quarter Moon (exact at 11:58 a.m. EDT). The Moon rises tonight as late as 2 or 3 a.m. daylight saving time Tuesday morning. As Tuesday’s dawn begins, look for Saturn well to the Moon’s right, and the Sagittarius Teapot down to the Moon’s lower right.
The equinox comes at 6:29 a.m. EDT on this date, when the Sun crosses the equator heading north. Spring begins in the Northern Hemisphere, fall in the Southern Hemisphere. (And no, eggs don’t balance any better than they usually do!)
Mars (magnitude +1.4, in Aries) is the brightest “star” moderately low due west in late twilight. The orange stars Alpha Arietis and Alpha Ceti in the same general area are fainter. In a telescope, Mars is a hopeless little fuzzblob 4.4 arcseconds across.
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.
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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).
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
/Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
M 20 Low 12:06 AM 3.4 7:18 AM Rise 2:28 AM 58
~ 20 High 6:11 AM 6.6 7:29 PM Set 12:11 PM
~ 20 Low 1:27 PM 1.4
~ 20 High 8:03 PM 5.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Middle age is that difficult period between adolescence and retirement when you have to take care of yourself.
~ Don’t think strengths and weaknesses, think “characteristics”. Your characteristics are all tools that you can use. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Each person comes into this world with a specific destiny – he has something to fulfill, some message has to be delivered, some work has to be completed. You are not here accidentally – you are here meaningfully. There is a purpose behind you. The whole intends to do something through you. – Osho
~ Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need. – Regina Brett
~ Every person you meet-and everything you do in life-is an opportunity to learn something. – Tom Clancy
Since these [powerful destructive] forces are working themselves out and since it is inevitable that they continue to do so, there is no reason why some of us should not take on the job of keeping alive, through the apocalyptic historical vista that stretches before us, a modest thoughtfulness which, without pretending to solve everything, will constantly be prepared to give some human meaning to everyday life. – Albert Camus; ‘Neither Victims nor Executioners’
Why not go a step further and just set up an omelet bar? Just have lots of fixings and make them to order! What a fun thing to do! However, I love Spring asparagus and think this recipe sounds fantastic!
Fresh Asparagus Omelet – http://autumnearthsong.com/2012/03/03/ostara-recipes-2012/
- 1 TB butter
- 1 TB olive oil
- 8 stalks asparagus, cut into ½ inch pieces
- ¼ onion, chopped
- 6 eggs, beaten
- ¼ cup milk
- Salt and pepper to taste
- ½ cup shredded swiss cheese
In a non-stick skillet, heat butter and oil over medium heat. Add asparagus and onion; cook for 5 mins, or until tender. In a bowl, combine eggs, milk, salt and pepper. Beat egg mixture with a fork just until bubbles begin to appear; pour over asparagus mixture. Cook until eggs set on top; lift edges with a spatula to allow uncooked eggs to run under cooked eggs. When eggs are set, top with cheese. Cut into wedges. Serves 2 – 4.
Leek soup – Recipe for Good Health 3/1/5
After a long winter, March is a good time to work a spell that will renew your health. As folk wisdom says:
Eat leeks in March and garlic in May;
And all the year after physicians may play.
Peel three potatoes and place them on a green cloth on your kitchen table. Consider three things you can do to improve your health. Carve on each potato symbols or words regarding your intention. Make a potato leek soup with your magical potatoes. Decorate the table in colors of green and white and a bouquet of daffodils.
4 cups sliced leeks
3 cups sliced potatoes
6 cups chicken broth
1 cup heavy cream
3 T. sherry
Combine potatoes, leeks and broth and cook for 20 minutes. Liquefy in a blender. Add cream, sherry, and chives and cook an additional 5 minutes without boiling, stirring constantly. ~Lily Gardner-Butts
Fruit and Spinach Salad – http://autumnearthsong.com/2012/03/03/ostara-recipes-2012/
- 1 pound fresh spinach, torn
- 4 cups strawberries, sliced
- 1 (11 ounce) can mandarin oranges, drained (I would use Clementine fresh oranges here!)
- 1 star fruit, sliced
GINGER SALAD DRESSING:
- 1/3 cup lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons olive or canola oil
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
Arrange spinach and fruit on salad plates. In a jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine the dressing ingredients; shake well. Drizzle over salads; serve immediately.
Silliness – Schoolteacher and the Judge
In the traffic court of a large Midwestern city, a young woman was brought before the judge to answer for a ticket she received for driving through a red light. She explained to the judge that she was a school teacher and requested an immediate disposal of her case so she could get to the school on time.
A wild gleam came into the judge’s eyes. “You’re a schoolteacher, eh?” he said. “Madam, I shall realize my lifelong ambition. I’ve waited years to have a schoolteacher in this court. Now sit down at that table and write ‘I will not drive through red lights’ 500 times!”