Yesterday pretty much was Tempus writing and me embroidering….all day. We didn’t stop until past sunset. We did have some customers in and we took turns helping them, but it was pretty quiet for a Saturday and no one in for the Sewing workshop. I did spend a little time working on newsletters, filling in a few files.
A Mark Nessel pic from 2/23/15
St. Casimir is a little odd for a saint, being royal but having no miraculous events connected with his life. He is the patron saint of Lithuania and Poland. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Casimir …and about the celebrations here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Casimir%27s_Day
Today’s plant is the Evergreen Violet, Viola sempervirens. This is a pretty plant that looks like nothing much through 9 months of the year here on the coast,but is spectacular in March, when it covers the ground with beautiful golden flowers on a deep blue/green background, and still lovely in April/May. It is indeed evergreen, not withering to the ground, although it sometimes is overshadowed by grass. It grows well in the park behind the house. As any viola it is Feminine, ruled by Venus, but unlike the blue violets (corresponding to water) the Evergreen Violet corresponds to the element of Air and the Sun – Protects against malevolent spirits, brings changes in luck & fortune, wear to help with headaches, dizziness and to bring calm and sleep, wear in a green sachet to heal wounds. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viola_sempervirens
The shop is open 11-5pm 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 3/17 at 6:12am. 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 3/9 at 3:20am.
And the changes continue. From here on the two planets will move apart. They’re both creeping a trace higher in the twilight every day, but Mercury does so faster than Venus.
Have you ever seen Canopus, the second-brightest star after Sirius? In an interesting coincidence, Canopus lies almost due south of Sirius: by 36°. That’s far enough south that it never appears above your horizon unless you’re below latitude 37° N (southern Virginia, southern Missouri, central California). And there, you’ll need a very flat southern horizon. Canopus crosses the south point on the horizon just 21 minutes before Sirius does. When to look? Canopus is due south when Beta Canis Majoris — Mirzam the Announcer, the star about three finger-widths to the right of Sirius — is at its highest point due south (around 7 or 8 p.m. now, depending on how far east or west you are in your time zone). Look straight down from Mirzam then.
Mercury (about magnitude –1) and much brighter Venus (mag. –4) glow shyly side by side very low in twilight early in the week, then they slowly pull farther apart. They appear closest together on the evening of March 3rd, as shown above.
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.
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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).
Ogam letter correspondences to study this month Oir – Spindle Ogam letter correspondences
Letter: TH, OI
Meaning: Finish obligations and tasks or your life cannot move forward.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Su 4 High 1:59 AM 8.2 6:48 AM Set 8:29 AM 95
~ 4 Low 8:09 AM 0.7 6:08 PM Rise 9:29 PM
~ 4 High 2:07 PM 7.9
~ 4 Low 8:24 PM 0.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I rescind obsolete vows of struggle.
~ Life is a great big canvas-throw all the paint on it you can. – Danny Kaye
~ Life is like a B movie. You don’t want to leave in the middle of it but you don’t want to see it again. – Ted Turner
~ Look for a long time at what pleases you, and a longer time at what pains you. – Sidonie-Cabrielle Colette
~ Love all, trust a few. Do wrong to none. – William Shakespeare
The stormy March is come at last,
With wind, and cloud, and changing skies;
I hear the rushing of the blast
That through the snowy valley flies. – William Cullen Bryant (1794–1878)
Ostara Song – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html from the Pagan and Wiccan Parenting Page – (to the tune of “Good Night Ladies”)
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.)
When the snow melts
And winter breathes its last
Then do we dream of you
Eostre Lady of Springtime
Bringer of new growth and freshness.
The frozen Earth beneath your feet
Becomes soft and yielding
Now ready to burst forth with new life.
Return to us, Eostre.
Return to us, Sacred Hare.
Melt the snow from the ground
The ice from the streams
The frost from our hearts.
(link no longer works, don’t know if they’ve moved or not)
Silliness – Think About It – Why do they put Braille on the drive-through bank machines?