First Minus Tide of the cycle at 4:37 PM of -0.1 feet. Yes, the shop will be open today for Spring Breakers!
Grey and drippy and 51F.
Tempus got a nap late in the afternoon and we just waking when students started getting there for class. Tempus and I ended up rhapsodizing about the eastern Oregon places to find all kinds of rocks. 🙂 ….but eventually class got going and we finished yet another section, doing the critique/post-mortem on the Ostara ritual. We’re getting close to being done with Lesson 3.
We didn’t eat supper until well past 11pm, since it took awhile for Tempus to get going on it, but afterwards we headed home and fell into bed. I had serious problems with my asthma last night, so Tempus left me home this morning to catch a few more zz’s and take it easy.
Tempus had a number of people in earlier and now that I’m here he’s going to be able to work in back more. We actually have folks in the shop at the moment. So today is a help-customers-and-work-on-more-cleanup day. I have writing to do and a project for later and then I need to see if I can get the cookbook done.
….and a fellow historical re-creation cook just came out with one that sounds like a wonderful resource. Take a look. It’s not a spendy book, either. http://www.lulu.com/shop/eulalia-piebakere/tried-and-true-historical-recipes-for-home-camp-and-feast-hall/paperback/product-23578217.html
A 1920 picture of folks fishing in what is now Yachats State Park.
Today’s plant is the California Poppy, Eschscholzia californica. Everyone knows this one, right? 🙂 This is a different plant from the opium poppy and contains a different set of chemicals. It has the same magickal uses, however. The locals used it for an analgesic. –Feminine, Moon, Water, Hypnos, Demeter. – Use in dream pillows and other sleep aids. Eat poppy seed as a fertility charm. Carry as a prosperity charm (money & luck). Make a sachet of flowers and tuck a question inside. Sleep on it. the answer will appear in a dream. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eschscholzia_californica
Today’s feast is that of Gauri, one of the names of Parvati, the Great Mother in the Hindu traditions. One of her great festivals is held around this time of year. She is a fertility aspect of goddess, associated with the corn, hence the name “Gauri” which means “fair complexion” and has a lot of different symbolism. This article here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parvati has more information, but search for “Gauri” to find the specifics.
The shop is open 11-6pm Thursday through Monday, although we’re there a lot later most nights. (Spring Hours) 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. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 3/29 at 5:37pm.
Mars was only a tiny 6.4 arcseconds wide when Damian Peach used the 1-meter Chilescope to take this stacked-video image remotely. “Amazing to think that Mars will be almost four times as wide by the end of July,” he writes. “We are in for a real treat!” South is up. Syrtis Major is close to the right limb, and the Hellas basin far to its south is bright. A patch of orographic clouds is lower left of center, created by winds passing over Elysium Mons. “The famous Gale crater, location of the Curiosity rover, is located at the end of the longer of the tuning-fork prongs of Gomer Sinus.” Those extend from the lower edge of dark Cimmerium Mare above center.
Look lower left of the Moon this evening for Regulus, the brightest star of Leo and the bottom of Leo’s Sickle: a backward question mark about a fist at arm’s length tall.
Orion the Hunter stands out in the southwest as darkness falls this week. The conspicuous constellation appears slightly askew compared with its appearance in winter’s evening sky. Now, the three-star belt is aligned parallel to the horizon while blue-white Rigel hangs directly below the belt and ruddy Betelgeuse stands directly above.
Mars and Saturn, together in Sagittarius, rise around 2 or 3 a.m. daylight-saving time. At the beginning of dawn, they’re the two bright points close together in the south-southeast, above the fainter Sagittarius Teapot. They’re almost equally bright (about magnitude +0.5), but Mars is redder. Mars continues to draw closer to Saturn. The gap between them shrinks from 5° on the morning of March 24th to 1.3° when they pass each other on April 2nd. Far to their right at the beginning of dawn is Antares, and farther right is bright Jupiter.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for March 2018 – https://www.almanac.com/sites/default/files/skymap_march2018.pdf
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 27 Low 3:50 AM 2.8 7:06 AM Set 5:11 AM 73
~ 27 High 9:40 AM 7.5 7:37 PM Rise 3:27 PM
~ 27 Low 4:37 PM -0.1
~ 27 High 11:08 PM 6.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Accept that you are divine, perfect and enough.
~ Courage is doing what you’re afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you’re scared. – Eddie Rickenbacker
~ Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better to take things as they come along with patience and equanimity. – Carl Jung
~ Every human is an artist. The dream of your life is to make beautiful art. – Miguel Ruiz
~ He knows nothing; and he thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career. – George Bernard Shaw
For glad Spring has begun,
And to the ardent sun
The earth, long time so bleak,
Turns a frost-bitten cheek. – Celia Thaxter (1835–94)
Tangy Chickpea Dip – from Featured Healthy Recipes By CalorieKing.com – An ever-popular dip.
- Serves: 6 person(s)
- Preparation Time: 5 mins
- Cooking Time: 0 mins
- 1 tsp fresh coriander, chopped
- 1/2 tsp dried cumin
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice
- 1/2 cup lowfat plain yogurt
- 2 3/4 cup chickpeas, canned, drained (10.85 oz)
Method – Whirl in food processor until smooth or
- Mash chickpeas.
- Mix in lemon juice and mash some more.
- Mix in the yogurt.
- Sprinkle the coriander and cumin on top and stir well.
- Serve smeared on small slices of party bread or French bread or add another 2 Tbsp of yogurt to make a dip for vegetables.
Suggestions: Use this lowfat spread on your sandwiches in place of margarine.
Spinach Dip Appetizer:
- One half cup mayonnaise
- One half cup milk
- 8 oz. sour cream
- 2 10-oz. packages chopped spinach, thawed and drained
- 1 tsp. salt
- 8 oz. water chestnuts, chopped
- 1 Tbsp. fresh dill, chopped
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
- Pepper, horseradish or wasabi to taste
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
- Place in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
- Serve with fresh vegetables or crackers.
Olive Cheese Spread Appetizer
- 8 oz. cream cheese
- One half cup green olives, diced
- One quarter cup green onion, chopped
- 1 Tbsp. dry sherry
- One quarter tsp. salt
- Pinch of wasabi powder or 1/8 tsp prepared horseradish
- Let cheese stand at room temp for an hour
- Dice the olives and re-measure
- Chop the onion and re-measure
- Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mix well.
- Serve with crackers and /or crusty bread.
Note – If you whirl this until smooth in a food processor it makes a really interesting sandwich spread.
Garlic Goat Cheese and Herb Crostini Appetizer:
- 1 baguette cut in 1/2 -inch slices
- 1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 shallots, minced
- 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup assorted fresh herbs finely chopped (rosemary, parsley, cilantro, dill and thyme are some that work well. You may choose others and adjust the taste to your liking).
- Place baguette slices on ungreased baking dish and bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees.
- Meanwhile, place remaining ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth.
- Remove baguette slices from the oven and spread mixture on each slice.
- Return to the oven and bake for another 10 – 15 minutes at 350 degrees.
Silliness – Subjects for a Date
A boy is about to go on his first date, and is nervous about what to talk about. He asks his father for advice.
The father replies: “My son, there are three subjects that always work. These are food, family, and philosophy.”
The boy picks up his date and they go to a soda fountain. Ice cream sodas in front of them, they stare at each other for a long time, as the boy’s nervousness builds.
He remembers his father’s advice, and chooses the first topic.
He asks the girl: “Do you like spinach?” She says “No,” and the silence returns.
After a few more uncomfortable minutes, the boy thinks of his father’s suggestion and turns to the second item on the list. He asks, “Do you have a brother?” Again, the girl says “No” and there is silence once again.
The boy then plays his last card. He thinks of his father’s advice and asks the girl the following question: “If you had a brother, would he like spinach?”