Grey…. sky, bay and sea are grey. The ocean has lacy white frills, the bay is ruffley, the sky has lumps and tatters, some steaming up from the hills, but it’s grey. …and chilly. It’s only 46F, so I have the heat on my toes. …and raining…. Can I go back to bed?
If you’re planning on coming to the Coast for the Eclipse coming up in August be aware that folks are filling up fast. Most of the campgrounds are already reserved and hotels/motels are as well. We’re expecting double the numbers that we get for July 3rd for the couple of days on either side. It’s going to be a pretty good mess!
Yesterday started early and we worked pretty hard to get up and running. I was ouching a lot, so needed to sit regularly, but we made some real inroads into that backlog of things that needed to be done. I even managed to get a regular Herbs Workshop run. We worked on chickweed, witchmoss and pincushion filling among other things. I got some of the leftover sand from the pincushion filling bagged up, so we have that again to give to folks who don’t have proper burners.
We acquired some rolling chairs from Casey, next door, right around lunch time, and traded out some of the old chairs from the shop that aren’t in as good shape as they might be, but still have use in them. …and then Casey ran in and out, since there was a roller missing from one…and then the pin from the roller. 🙂 He also brought back the box of home movies, since they had never gotten far enough to do those. I figure that when they’re up and running in the new space that I’ll hand ’em back. …and the furniture departed the sidewalk before sunset. “Free” is a good price!
Tempus and I spent awhile sorting things in the back again. He uncovered the stash of beans and lentils and such that I was certain we had, so I got them properly boxed back up. They had gotten something set on them….
No one was in for Sewing, so I worked on headers, instead. My prenup session came in after that, and we’re almost done. I refilled my “carry” pincushion filling bottle. Tempus made a yum supper and then we headed home.
We slept like dead things, waking barely in time to get here and get the shop open by 11. Tempus is out watering the fairy garden and the planter boxes. I’m hoping to start cleaning up the shop plants (that he’s been forgetting to water) today. That’s going to be a long process and we have to get things ready for House Capuchin.
If you haven’t run across Baba Raisa’s Ukrainian Soul Food blog, take a look at her Easter page. I *love* her writing style! Sounds like my Baba! – http://www.ukrainiansoulfood.ca/easter.php Plus she has some info on the Stone Babas on this page.
Today’s Plant is the Strawberry. We have two wild varieties out here, Wood’s Strawberry, Fragaria vesca, the Coastal Strawberry, Fragaria chiloensis, and of course the Garden Strawberry, Fragaria × ananassa, which is a hybrid. The leaves of vesca have been used to make a tea to help with diarrhea and the whole plant is used as an anti-depressant, from flowers to leaves to fruit. – Feminine, Venus, Water, Freya (and many other deities) – Carry the leaves for luck, use them in love spells and sachets, sleep on them to dream of your love. Pregnant women should carry a sachet of the leaves during the last few months of pregnancy to ease labor. The berries themselves are simply an aphrodisiac, often combined with chocolate for this purpose. Yum! Wood’s Strawberry here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fragaria_vesca and Coastal Strawberry here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fragaria_chiloensis Garden Strawberry here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garden_strawberry
Today is one of only two “royalty” days in the US. Prince Kuhio was the heir to the throne of Hawaii and became the territorial delegate to Congress, authoring the first Statehood bill. On this day there is a lei draping of his statue, music, parades, and other kinds of fun, including craft shows. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prince_Kuhio_Day
The shop opens at 11am. 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 email@example.com 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. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle – In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances. God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Outer Dark, psychopomps – Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris. Phase ends at 7:57pm on 3/27. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends at 7:57am on 3/29.
The waxing crescent Moon steps nightly past Mercury, Mars, Aldebaran and the Pleiades. (These scenes are drawn exact for the middle of North America.)
Now that it’s spring, the signature fall-and-winter constellation Cassiopeia is retreating down after dark. But for mid-northern latitudes Cassiopeia is circumpolar, never going away completely. Look for it fairly low in the north-northwest these evenings. It’s standing nearly on end.
Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak (“T-G-K”) is becoming nicely visible in amateur telescopes high in the northern evening sky. It’s currently about magnitude 7 and may reach 6th magnitude through April. It’s large (passing relatively close to Earth) but rather diffuse. During past returns, it occasionally flared in brightness. The Moon is out of the sky; look before it comes back. See article. 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.
Mercury (about magnitude –0.7 and fading) sparkles in evening twilight low due west. It’s having its best evening apparition of the year!
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. Runic half-month of Ehwaz, 3/30-4/13 – Ehwaz, the horse; time of partnership between humans and Nature, as between rider and horse. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 55
©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).
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
/Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Su 26 High 12:12 AM 7.2 7:07 AM Rise 6:36 AM 6
~ 26 Low 6:11 AM 1.4 7:37 PM Set 6:15 PM
~ 26 High 12:06 PM 7.7
~ 26 Low 6:34 PM 0.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – When You are at the end of Your rope tie a big knot and hang on!
~ Make adjustments according to your opponen- Gincin Funakoshi
~ Meditation is pure freedom. It does not belong to any religion, any organization, any movement, any sect, it is freely available to anybody, anywhere. It is the most simple way to know yourself, and all the wonders of existence. – Tishan
~ Motivation is when your dreams put on work clothes. – Author Unknown
~ My eyes to look after them, my ears to hear for them, my voice to warn them, my hand to guard them, my shield to ward them. – Order of Scathach Arming Ritual
i can’t bear it
i am so ashamed
i can’t face it
why did i do
such a stupid thing?
maybe if i hide
in the linen closet
maybe if i run
out the door
and if i cry
maybe i’ll fall
through the floor
maybe i’ll turn
that they can’t see
who i am
what i’ve done
where i am
or even if it’s
maybe the clock
will turn backwards
and time will close
then i can be
who i used to be
and not ashamed
any more. – © 2005, Beth Johnson, (Mystic Amazon)
From Ukrainian Soul Food, Baba Raisha – http://www.ukrainiansoulfood.ca/easter.php
Pysanky is Ukrainian tradition many thousand year old. Is woman sacred obligation to write blessing on egg every year. She then give away as many as possible.
This not ritual like some kind weirdo modern thing these people make up who dancing with crystal on head and moaning in park. One day they Greek god, next day they some kind rootsy-tootsy Gypsy. Only can’t sing.
They should try keep up dancing, singing with me and other women at Ukrainian festival. They think they New Age. Ha! I show them Old Age.
Listen and Baba will tell you pysanka story. You have my permission read this to children. Is good for them understand how to fight evil.
Is terrible monster live deep in cave. Probably more ice cold bunker like Hitler have, only near Kremlin. He chain to rock since beginning of time. This monster look like cross between that Bugs Bunny Tasmanian Devil and politician who have fierce orange eye so close together, look like only one in middle forehead. You know who I mean. Eye is narrow like mind, so you can always tell. If you follow this voting advice, you never wrong. No, eye can’t be orange. This is color of Ukrainian liberation. Correction. Eye is Soviet red. Also, monster is little bit too hairy to be normal. This not always true for politician, good or bad. Use your discrimination.
Monster have ear that hang low, pimple on thigh and bad breath. He film himself for YouTube.
He is guard by three goddess call Zorya, or stars. They is goddess of dawn, goddess of dusk and goddess of midnight. They also decide people fate.
Every spring, ugly monster send out demon into four corner of earth. They scout to see if people still loving each other, still writing blessing on egg and giving them away. If so, monster sad. He stay chain to rock another year.
If we stop writing blessing on egg, happy monster break chain and pow! He fly loose with demon and destroy whole world.
This why egg written with symbol for all sort of good life thing: sun, animal, plant, cross of four direction, vine and Baba Spider, she who weave Universe.
Why egg? Is eternal shape of cosmos and sun. Tell us life continue always and that monster never going to win. But we have to fulfill sacred obligation to planet and our Creator.
When you making pysanky, you blow out inside for amulet against evil. If someone wishing for baby, you leave yolk inside. Never boil egg. Inside must stay alive. You don’t want to eat what come out when you blow. Will have dye in white and yolk, so can be toxic. If you draw ancient spiral shape on egg, spiral will trap evil and not allow to escape.
I know you going to run to Internet to find out how to make these beautiful egg. Is better if you find Ukrainian Baba at cultural centre or church who show you how to make. Is also meditation that go with this. You supposed to meditate for whole day on blessing before starting to write on egg. Also not fight with no one for this time. Baba have to admit, sometime she fail this spiritual test.
These women who make so beautiful pysanky not allow to do this any other time of year except for one month before Easter. This add to spiritual power of egg. Over lifetime, a woman pysanky get a little better each year. Is good reminder that her ovary and uterus important, too. Is not just thing for childbearing, then throw away. Egg shape is eternal also inside woman.
Silliness – Light Bulbs – Q: How many NRDers does it take to change a lightbulb?
A: 14. One to do it, one to write poetry about it, and 12 to hold a Council and decide whether or not the poem’s authentic.