I walked out of the apartment into a fairy rain with white cloud above, sun to the side and blue sky all around. All the little hind-dunes lakes were speckled with tiny magic circles. 🙂 Something was swimming up the bay, leaving a long v behind, probably a seal. 50F and no wind except for the occasional gust and thin sunshine, at the least. We should have a couple of days of this and then a dry one on Monday.
Today he let me sleep. I have some vague recollection of groaning at him and pulling the covers back up after crawling back into bed. Hmm… but he just picked me up from the apartment and I’m here at the shop, now.
Tempus has some errands to run in Newport. I’ll be minding the shop for awhile. Not sure that I’ll get much done other than getting these newsletters out. We’re supposed to have the 101 class tonight, but I’m not sure I’m up to it.
I just got yesterday’s newsletter filled in and reposted, so that info is there, now. It looks like I’ll be at the shop tomorrow, after all. I don’t have the heart to have Tempus drive for 8 hours plus and still run the shop.
Today’s plant is Shore Pine, Pinus contorta, var. contorta.It’s a tough tree well suited to stand up to the coastal winds. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinus_contorta More on the coastal ecology here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oregon_Coast#Terrestrial_ecology Pine’s magick is: Male, Mars, Air – Healing, fertility, protection, money, burn to cleanse a house, changing negative energy to positive, or use boughs for purification baths/sweats.
This day is in honor of a philanthropist, a guy who started poor and worked his way up and then gave away a lot of what he earned. It’s even a Google Doodle. I’m a beneficiary of that, having graduated from the Peabody Institute. George Peabody https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Peabody & the Peabody Institute https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peabody_Institute
Today is the anniversary of the day in 1203 when the Siege of Montsegur was ended with the burning of over 200 Cathars at the stake. This is the siege where the infamous phrase, “Kill them all, God will know his own!” was uttered, during the Albigensian Crusade. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Monts%C3%A9gur Remember these martyrs to conscience! More on the Cathari here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cathar and on the Albigensian Crusade here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albigensian_crusade
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 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 3/17 at 6:12am. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 3/15 at 6:12pm. 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 6:12am on 3/17.
The sky’s biggest asterism (informal star pattern) is the Winter Hexagon. It fills the sky toward the south and west right after dark these evenings. Start with brilliant Sirius in its bottom, nearly south. Going clockwise from there, march upper left through Procyon, then up to Pollux and Castor near the zenith. Then head lower right through Menkalinan to bright Capella, lower left to Aldebaran, farther lower left to Orion’s foot Rigel, and back to Sirius. Betelgeuse shines inside the Hexagon, below center.
Neptune is hidden behind the glare of the Sun.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for March 2018 – https://www.almanac.com/sites/default/files/skymap_march2018.pdf
Goddess Month of Moura, runs from 2/20-3/19
Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 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.
©2018 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
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
F 16 High 12:57 AM 7.0 7:26 AM Rise 7:22 AM 3
~ 16 Low 6:50 AM 1.8 7:24 PM Set 6:43 PM
~ 16 High 12:41 PM 7.7
~ 16 Low 7:14 PM 0.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Full Circle – Breaking free demands filling your own heart first, with absolute, unapologetic honesty. It is a matter of going back to where we all started.
~ I have a truly wonderful ally: Mother Nature. – Cleve Backster
~ I salute you all, fellow concentrations in the Field of Life, as we deal variously with our hemispheric Solstices, and the diminishing naked greed of Christmas, and our own struggles to feel we are something other than Alone in this Cosmos.” – Aquila ka Hecate
~ If you really want something, and really work hard, and take advantage of opportunities, and never give up, you will find a way. – Jane Goodall
~ If you worried about falling off the bike, you’d never get on. – Lance Armstrong
Black boughs against a pale, clear sky,
Slight mists of cloud-wreaths floating by;
Soft sunlight, gray-blue smoky air,
Wet thawing snows on hillsides bare. – Emma Lazarus (1849–87)
Rosemary Sherbet from http://recipes.swankivy.com/rosesher.html
- 2 tablespoons dried rosemary
- 2 cups hot water
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup cold water
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/2 cup orange juice
Soak rosemary in hot water for 10 minutes. Strain; discard rosemary. Bring sugar and cold water to a boil over medium heat. Stir sugar water, lemon juice, and orange juice into rosemary water. Spoon into individual dishes and freeze.
NOTE: This pretty much freezes solid, not so much like a sherbet as like a popsicle. However, as long as you’ve put them in a microwave-safe container, you’re fine–microwave slightly for 15 to 20 seconds, then stir. You may have to crush it up a little with a spoon before it is edible. Do not put in the fridge. It will simply melt.
Yield: 6 half-cup servings
Source: Telesco, A Kitchen Witch’s Cookbook
Use for: Anytime, Ostara, Beltane
Ice Milk http://greenhaventradition.weebly.com/ostara-recipes.html This was originally published in The Wordsmith’s Forge on 1/22/09, then revised for reprint 6/24/11.
1 cup 2% milk
2 cups half-n-half
3/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Pour 1 cup 2% milk into a large bowl. Add 3/4 cup sugar and whisk until dissolved. Whisk in 2 cups half-n-half. Add 2 teaspoons vanilla extract and whisk thoroughly.
Turn ice cream machine ON. Pour milk mixture into ice cream machine and freeze for 25 minutes.
I discovered this excellent ice milk recipe by accident: I needed to make vanilla ice cream, and thought I had some cream and whole milk left. I didn’t, so I used what I had. The result tastes like the best ice milk bar or ice milk sandwich filling. If you like a lighter frozen dessert than heavy ice cream, try this.
This is also excellent with coconut flakes sprinkled over it.
This recipe was originally published in The Wordsmith’s Forge on 10/23/08, then revised for reprint 6/24/11.
Gingered Kiwi Fruit – adapted from http://autumnearthsong.com/2012/03/03/ostara-recipes-2012/
- 3 oz sugar
- 3 oz water
- ¼ cup crystallized ginger, minced
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 8 kiwi fuit, peeled and sliced
- 4 oranges, peeled and sliced
In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, combine sugar, water and ginger. Bring to a boil. Stirring constantly, boil until mixture reaches a light syrup consistency, about 3 mins. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Cool slightly. In a dessert dish, gently stir fruit slices and ginger syrup until well mixed. Cover and refrigerate until well chilled, about 2 hours.
Silliness – Quick Quotes – Ever notice how it’s a penny for your thoughts, yet you put in your two-cents? Someone is making a penny on the deal. ~ Steven Wright