Daily Stuff 3-2-18 Baba Marta

Minus Tide at 7:05 PM of -0.8 feet. Wicca 101 at 7pm.

It’s brightening up at the moment, but there’s more rain on the way and there’s been nearly 1/6 of an inch since midnight. Wind is at 2mph here at home, although near the shop it’s running at 8mph and there’s a spot in Yachats, right on the beach, where it’s gusting up to 40mph! Temps are ranging from 44-47F through most of our area.

I was soaked on the way to the car yesterday morning and by the time I got out of my wet jacket at the shop I couldn’t stop shivering! We had a guy in who wanted to talk cookery and did for about an hour.

Tempus got another batch of things put away. All the cloths are finally cleaned and folded and the suitcase has exited the sofa. 🙂 While he was hunting the other cloth box he sorted out a heap of things that needed to be done months ago that were piled in front of the button display.

I ended up taking a nap, then got a bunch of paperwork done and by then it was time for me to pull out the embroidery. I did some set-up so I had proper tools all together instead of the “wad” I’ve been carrying around and then fought it for about 3 hours. Amy came in for the last part of sewing.

Tempus and I got some supper together, that is, I set it up and he got it heated up. Leftover ham, onion and mushrooms in a cream gravy over toasted sliced dumplings was a good supper! It startled me, because it tasted so “right”. I haven’t thought about it for years, but my Baba used to do something that tasted just like what I made to use up leftover dumplings!

I got a couple of succulents planted in pots and took a look at some of the starts and rooting trimmings that I got going last month. Some of the gourd seeds took and sprouted but then rotted out. Dunno why.

I was home and Tempus headed for Newport around 9:30. He wasn’t going to be able to call and Facebook still isn’t posting his messages. …and with “wintry mix” in the forecast that was a little concerning.

I worked for a little and then took a nap. Once I was awake again I spent 4 hours embroidering and then went to sleep. He got in at about 7:30, since he’d ended up with some missed papers and had to go back. He said he didn’t have any real problem with the roads.

Today he’s at the shop. I must have slept through the alarm. I’m going to try to get this out and then get hold of him. He needs to run into Newport today to do some errands and then we have class tonight. I need to embroider…. I’m making progress, but not quickly enough.

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LeekToday’s plant is the LeekAllium ampeloprasumone of the longed-for foods of spring, cultivated for at least 4 millenia. Since leeks over-winter in many/most places and begin to come up before snowmelt in even the most frozen climes, they were one of the “rescue foods” of late winter and pack a lot of nutrition in a tasty package. Leeks are the national symbol of Wales. –Masculine, Mars, Fire – Symbolized in the Runic alphabet as “Laguz”, it brings prosperity and health in the spring. Potato Leek Health soup is a magickal blend often prepared by witches in the very early spring (and I put the recipe in this blog earlier in the year, pre-Imbolc). Eating leeks together brings love. Carry a leek as a protective amulet and bite it if you’re feeling surrounded by evil.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leek

220px-Herztorte_zum_MuttertagToday’s feast is a general one that I’m putting under the name of Baba Marta, one of many “grumpy old women of March” or mother festivals that happen right around the beginning of this month. In Central Europe, the Balkan states and down along the east side of the Caucasus, there are many similar traditions about March being an old lady of changable mood. It is also Mothers’ Day in many these countries. 250px-Martenitsa-blossomOne of the interesting customs of this time are the Martenitsi, which are cords of red and white, sometimes turned into yarn dolls, that are worn until the spring arrives, at which point they are tied to blossoming trees. This is a remnant of an old pagan custom. No one knows the original significance of these figures, but they were explained to me by my Czech grandparents as a reminder to Jarilo and Jarilafeast 0302 Martenitsa_magnolia (personifications of spring) that they were supposed to arrive soon! Once the Spring is here, the cords become a blessing, so are passed on to the fruit trees to bless all the fields, flocks, orchards and people. More some some of the customs here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baba_Marta_Day and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martenitsa

The shop is open 11-5pm Thursday through Monday, although we’re there a lot later most nights and we won’t officially close later until Spring Break. 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,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Full Moon – The day of the day before and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 3/3 at 4:51am. 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 3/17 at 6:12am. 

Use binoculars to help catch Venus and Mercury very low in bright twilight on Friday evening March 2. . .
 If you’re in the longitudes of North America, check in on Jupiter‘s unusually red Great Red Spot with your telescope before dawn tomorrow morning. The GRS should cross Jupiter’s central meridian around 6:12 a.m. EST (3:12 a.m. PST) tomorrow morning. Features on Jupiter remain closer to the planet’s central meridian than to the limb for nearly an hour before and after they transit.
You’ll also find Ganymede’s tiny black shadow crossing Jupiter’s face from 4:29 to 6:15 a.m. EST (1:19 to 3:15 a.m. PST) tomorrow morning. All of the Great Red Spot’s transit times in February and March (they happen about every 10 hours) are listed on page 50 of the February and March Sky & Telescopes. Facing those pages are timetables of all the phenomena of Jupiter’s moons.
Uranus (magnitude 5.9, in Pisces) is still up in the west after nightfall.

Goddess Month of Moura, runs from 2/20-3/19
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17
Runic half-month of Teiwaz/Tyr, 2/27-3/13 This is a time of positive regulation, sacrifice and hard work in order to progress. 

Sun in Pisces.
Moon in Virgo
Ceres (3/18) Retrograde
Color – White

©2018 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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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).

Nuin – Ash Ogam letter correspondences
Month: March
Color: Glass Green
Class: Chieftain
Letter: N
Meaning: Locked into a chain of events; Feeling bound.

Ogam letter correspondences to study this month Oir – Spindle Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: White
Class: Peasant
Letter: TH, OI
Meaning: Finish obligations and tasks or your life cannot move forward.

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Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay

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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
F    2     High  12:43 AM     8.0   6:51 AM     Set  7:28 AM      99
~     2      Low   6:36 AM     1.2   6:06 PM    Rise  7:11 PM
~     2     High  12:31 PM     8.7
~     2      Low   7:05 PM    -0.8

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I delight in my world and my world delights in me.

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – Why would? – Why should or shouldn’t a man stay home to care for the house and children while his wife goes to work?

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Quotes  

~  If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. – Harry Truman
~  Imagination without initiative would more properly be called idle daydreaming.-  James Van Fleet
~  In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they’re still beautiful. – Alice Walker
~  Inspiration is always a surprising visitor. – John O’Donohue

You will always be able to find people who will tell you that you can’t do something. Often that is because they’re afraid to do it themselves. You must ignore these naysayers and trust in your personal power. – Kerr Cuhulain

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Ostara Magick – Crafts

Egg-Shaped Chalk

Using our step-by-step instructions, create your own kid-friendly, egg-shaped chalk. With a bit of pretty packaging, they make great gifts, too.

DIY EggShaped Chalk & Crayons – April 1, 2011 –  As fun to make as they are to use, homemade chalk and crayons are perfect for kids of all ages. Celebrate spring with colorful craft projects the whole family can enjoy by following our step-by-step instructions to mold your egg-shaped creations.

Egg-Shaped Chalk

Materials
Any type of empty egg carton
Plastic eggs (larger sizes are best)
Petroleum jelly
Paintbrush
Plaster of Paris
Tempera paint
Teaspoon
Disposable bowls
Disposable spoons
Disposable knife

Instructions

  1. Remove the top of your egg carton so the bottom can be used to hold the two halves of each plastic egg. Place the two egg halves across from one another in the carton so they’re easy to pair later.
  2. Use your paintbrush to generously coat the inside of each egg with petroleum jelly. Applying this slippery substance will help you remove the dried chalk from its mold.
  3. Combine a 1/2 cup of plaster of Paris with a 1/4 cup of water in a disposable bowl and mix. This amount should be enough to create one large egg-shaped piece of chalk.
  4. For color, add one teaspoon of tempera paint and mix. To darken the color, try adding one drop of paint at a time until you’ve achieved your desired shade. Consider combining two separate colors to create two-toned eggs!
  5. Pour your mixture into the two egg halves, filling them to the top. (For two-toned eggs, pour a different color into each half). Once your bowl is empty, do not pour the remaining plaster into the sink because it can clog your drains when dried. Wait for your mixture to dry in the bowl, then throw the bowl away.
  6. Let the chalk mixture thicken in the mold for about 5-10 minutes, then snap the two halves together. Apply pressure to each end of the egg and shake to encourage the plaster to shape to the mold. Tapping the egg can also help with proper shaping.
  7. Set the eggs in your carton and allow them to dry overnight. When removing the eggs from their molds, use a plastic, disposable knife to wedge in-between the plastic egg halves if necessary. Once you’ve removed the eggs, they’re ready to go!

Egg-Shaped Crayons

Reinvent worn, broken crayons into egg-shaped craft supplies! Follow our instructions to create egg-shaped crayons, then use your new materials to decorate a kids spring place setting.

Egg-Shaped Crayons

Materials
Crayons (broken or worn out pieces are encouraged)
Silicone or metal egg-shaped candy mold
Oven
Refrigerator or freezer

Instructions

Safety First: While egg-shaped crayons are fun coloring materials for kids, adult supervision is strongly encouraged when crafting with hot wax.

  1. Purchase silicone or metal egg-shaped candy molds from a baking store, craft store or online. Other molds can also be used to create a variety of fun-shaped crayons, and a basic muffin pan is convenient for creating circles.
  2. Sort your crayons into the combinations you plan to melt—crayons will look best when similar shades are paired. Break the crayons up into small pieces, making sure to remove any paper. Line your molds with a non-stick spray, and carefully place each group of colors into a different mold, filling each to the top.
  3. Preheat your oven to 300º F, and place the egg-shaped candy molds into the oven for about 5 minutes. Once the wax has melted, remove your molds from the oven, set on a cooling surface, and add more crayons to each egg shape until it is once again filled to the top. Repeat this process until you’ve fully filled each egg mold with melted wax.
  4. Once the egg-shaped molds are filled, carefully remove your pan from the oven and allow it to cool for 20 minutes. For final cooling and forming, place the pan in your refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
  5. To reveal your vibrant coloring supplies, simply press against the silicone molds to pop out your egg-shaped crayons, or place your metal pan in the freezer until the crayons are easy to remove. Once finished, you’re ready to color and create!

Uses for Your Colorful Creations

  • Place Settings: Host a spring celebration, and place an arrangement of chalk or crayon eggs at the kids table as part of a seasonal place setting. We love perching them in ceramic egg cups while including a paper tablecloth that kids can draw on.
  • Gifts: Take a small basket or bowl and fill it with shreds of paper or craft moss to create a nest-like arrangement for your chalk, crayons or both. Treat your packaged eggs as spring holiday gifts, and consider placing them in homemade paper envelopes. Simply find a decorative patterned scrapbook paper, fold it in half, fold in the edges and use glue or ribbon to secure.
  • Egg Hunt: Place your handmade creations inside plastic eggs, and hide them as part of an egg hunt.
  • Play Date: Host craft time, and prop your eggs in an egg carton so kids can easily reach for their favorites as they color or draw on chalkboards.
  • Chalkboard Surfaces: Use chalkboard paint to transform ordinary surfaces into crafty playgrounds for kids’ egg-shaped chalk. Our tips for using chalkboard paint are great for getting inspired.

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