Blessed Ostara! Open Circle for Ostara on Friday 3/23 at 7pm. Featured photo by Ken Gagne.
The sky is a big blue bowl with wispy white decorations on the southern rim. The sunlight is amazingly bright and it’s 56F. It actually is starting to feel like spring! The wind is at 3mph and nowhere close is it over 10mph. The chance of rain starts getting higher this evening and tomorrow we’re supposed to be about 2/3 of an inch, so enjoy the weather while we have it!
I had a lot of energy yesterday morning, but it seemed to all drain out of me in the mid-afternoon. I drooped at my desk, trying to get my work done. Tempus was working in back, so I couldn’t get a nap. …so later I did, but I missed Larry and Linda’s anniversary party. 😦
We had a good class/esbat and ended up by going outside to see the beautiful Diana’s Bow hanging high in the western sky. We stopped early because of people needing time after to do other things.
I spent awhile while Tempus was working on some things. He made some yummy grilled ham and cheese sandwiches as a supper. I had my lentils earlier. I worked on the Feast page and Tempus did some more dishes and we didn’t head home until past 1am.
Today, by contrast, I have no energy. I dragged up the path and staggered into the shop and flopped into my chair. I’m hoping for coffee soon. Yes, we’re at the shop today. There’s still so much to be done before summer hits! I have some tiny yarrow plants to get into pots. There’s more to be done in the back, more books to deal with, more shelves to clean off and clean out. …and then the paper run tonight. It ought to be a nice night for a drive, though.
A Great Blue Heron from yesterday morning. Photo by Ken Gagne.
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 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
Waxing Moon Magick – The waxing moon is for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or healthy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healings for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 3/31 at 5:37am. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 3/20 at 6:12pm. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 3.24 at 8:35am.
On Sunday evening the 18th, catch the short viewing window for the Moon-Venus-Mercury lineup after twilight dims and before they set.
Today is the equinox. At 12:15 p.m. EDT the center of the Sun crosses the equator — both Earth’s equator and the celestial equator, which Earth’s equator defines. This moment marks the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere, fall in the Southern Hemisphere. And no, eggs don’t balance better today than at any other time!
After dark Leo strides up the eastern sky, with his brightest star Regulus in his forefoot and the Sickle of Leo extending upper left from there. About two fists lower left of Regulus are the two stars of Leo’s rear end and tail: Delta Leonis (magnitude 2.5) and, below it, slightly brighter Beta Leonis, or Denebola, the tail tip (magnitude 2.1). As evening grows late and this scene rises higher, look left of Denebola, by a fist or a little bit more, for the big, dim Coma Berenices star cluster. Its brightest members form an upside-down, tilted Y. It’s visible even through some light pollution. If you can’t see it naked-eye, binoculars reveal it well, looking rather ragged and more or less filling the field of view.
Mars and Saturn, together in Sagittarius, rise around 3 a.m. daylight-saving time. At the beginning of dawn they’re the brightest points moderately low in the south-southeast, above the fainter Sagittarius Teapot. They’re equally bright at magnitude +0.5, but Mars is redder. Far to their right at that time is Antares, and farther right is bright Jupiter. Mars continues drawing closer to Saturn as seen from Earth’s moving point of view. They appear 8½° apart on the morning of March 17th and 5° apart by the 24th. They’ll pass each other by 1.3° on April 2nd.
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 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 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
Tu 20 High 2:59 AM 8.0 7:19 AM Rise 9:18 AM 5
~ 20 Low 9:25 AM 0.4 7:29 PM Set 11:11 PM
~ 20 High 3:30 PM 7.1
~ 20 Low 9:27 PM 1.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Change your attitude and your whole life will change.
~ Poverty is the mother of all revolutions. – Steve Jobs
~ Sometimes you just have to take the leap and build your wings on the way down. – Kobi Yamada
~ Sorrow is lightened by being brought out openly. – The Saga of Sigurd the Crusader and His Brothers Eystein and Olaf, c.18)
~ People have gone further than they could, simple because somebody else thought they could. – Unknown
March borrowit from April
Three days, and they were ill:
The first was frost, the second was snaw,
The third was cauld as ever’t could blaw. –Scottish saying
Coconut Carrot Cake – http://autumnearthsong.com/2012/03/03/ostara-recipes-2012/ I adore carrot cake….and this is a spicy moist one..delish!!
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon allspice
- 4 eggs
- 2 cups white sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 1/4 cups vegetable oil
- 2 cups grated carrots
- 1 (20 ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained
- 1/2 cup sweetened flaked coconut
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- 1 cup raisins
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Coat a 10x15x2 inch baking dish or 10 inch Bundt pan with cooking spray. In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Set aside.
In a separate larger bowl, mix together the eggs, sugar and vanilla by hand. Stir in the oil; the mixture should resemble pudding. Gradually stir in the dry ingredients, then fold in the carrots, pineapple coconut, walnuts and raisins. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, and spread evenly.
Bake for 55 to 60 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a small knife inserted into the cake comes out clean.
Honey and Orange Tea Loaf (Scottish) http://everythingunderthemoon.net/forum/ostara-feast-recipes-t22403.html
6 oz. self rising flour
6 oz. honey
1 oz. margarine
1 large egg
1 tsp. baking powder
6 Tbsp. milk
1 large orange, with rind grated off
Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and line a 2 lb. loaf tin. Cream the margarine and honey together in a bowl, mixing thoroughly. Add the egg and beat vigorously. Sieve the flour, salt and baking powder and add alternately with the milk, to the creamed mixture. Sprinkle in orange rind and mix well. Spoon the mixture into the tin. Bake for 45 minutes. Remove from the oven, glaze with honey and return to the oven for a further 10 minutes. Remove from the tin and cool on a wire rack. Serve sliced and buttered.
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 Tbsp. sugar
1/2 cup honey
2 cups vegetable oil, for frying
Mix the flours, salt, sugar and baking powder together. Add about 1/2 cup water and mix well, adding a bit more water if needed to make a stiff dough. Turn out on a lightly floured surface and knead until dough becomes elastic and smooth. Let rest for 10 minutes. Roll out 1/2 inch thick. Cut into squares, strips or circles. Deep fry in very hot oil until golden brown. Drain on brown paper bags or paper towels. Drizzle honey in a very thin stream over bread and serve immediately. Sprinkle with a little cinnamon if desired.
Silliness – Quick Quotes – How come when you mix water and flour together you get glue and then you add eggs and sugar and you get cake? Where does the glue go?” ~ Rita Rudner