Daily Stuff 3-14-20 Pi Day

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Ken Gagne. This year’s Ostara will be in the virtual realm! See yesterday’s Magick section for details! So, who’s joining us?

Overcast and “spitty”. 37F, wind at 0-3mph, AQI38, UV4. 60% chance of rain today and 20% tonight and then things should be dry into next weekend…. well, the chance climbs from Wednesday on, but it’s still below 40% next Sunday. (Sunday, 3/22).

Wintersweet

Tempus got home at 5:30am. I was long since in bed, so we went right to sleep. We were open by 11, but the shop is a wreck….

We had people in, shopping, despite the

Big old tree

way we look, and yes, there’s a warning label outside the door! It rained on and off all day, sometimes pretty hard. Hard enough to make the roof leak. <sigh>

By 2pm most of the big stuff was shifted. …most… but Tempus had to head for Newport, to do a ride-along on a new part of the paper route. I was so sleepy that after I had lunch I fell asleep sitting bolt upright

Flowers (they’re all over the garden, underfoot)

on the sofa. I woke just as he left.

He was back by 4, ran the errands and discovered that the ride-along is tomorrow….

I got a long nap, then made řizky when I got up. That’s the Czech version of schnitzel, made with chicken. I made enough for us to eat our fill, and then one

A flowering herb that I’m not familiar with.

more that we’ll have cold, then a large pancake out of the egg/flour/bread crumbs. After that I started a blancmange from a combined set of recipes from the 14-1500’s. I knew it was going to make a large amount, since I had 4 large chicken breasts to cook up, but they needed to be done, since they had been thawed and couldn’t be re-frozen. I’ve been wanting to make some

More flowers, closer

blancmange to freeze for later, anyway.

Everything but one part of the sofa and the rug was in place by then…of the big stuff. Tempus rolled out the rug and then we quit for the night. He got up and headed out on his night-time paper route at 3:30. Apparently the phone never rang. I was working on the computer around then, getting the newsletter together.

Today I get to make pie! …and cheese… and we really need to bottle the wine that’s in the carboy out front, like *that* looks professional… …and we get the rest of the pieces of furniture into the right places…. and then put away all the stuff that got pulled out! Yikes!

A Ken Gagne photo from 3/12 of a wave “explosion” on the Yaquina Bay North Jetty.

AmanitasToday’s plant is the Fly Agaric,  Amanita Muscaria, the “toadstool” of fairy tales. It’s easily recognizable with its bright red and white cap. Poisonous and hallucinogenic, it’s a favorite of the weirder Fae and a common decoration for Yule trees….for which a lot of people have come up with odd reasons. It probably is an ancient enough association with the time of year that people have forgotten, but there may be a connection through reindeer, shamanism and Odin to Santa Claus and the other gifting deities…. you *can* use the dried mushroom in amulets for vision quests, just don’t eat the darned thing! More here: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Amanita_muscaria

Pi Day is observed on 3/14. In 2015 Pi Day had special significance on 3/14/15 (mm/dd/yy date format) at 9:26:53 a.m. and also at p.m., with the date and time representing the first 10 digits of π. Lots of events on this day are because of the Pi/Pie homophone. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pi_Day

feast 0314 Mamuralia mosaic_calendar_MarchThe Mamuralia was an ancient Roman Feast representing the transition from the old to the new year.  More here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mamuralia  The story goes that Mamurius was commissioned by the rulers of Rome to make 11 exact replicas of the shield of Mars that had fallen from the sky. He did and asked to be remembered in a hymn that was sung on this day for centuries….

The shop opens at 11am. Winter hours are 11am-5pm Thursday through Monday. 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

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 3/24 at 2:38am. 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 3/16 at 2:34pm. 

At nightfall, the Big Dipper is high in the northeast and beginning to tip left. Look well to its left (about three fists at arm’s length) for Polaris and the dim Little Dipper. Other than Polaris, all you may see of the Little Dipper through light pollution are the two stars forming the outer end of its bowl: Kochab (similar to Polaris in brightness) and below it, fainter Pherkad. Find these two “Guardians of the Pole” to Polaris’s lower right, by about a fist and a half at arm’s length. Now is the time of year when the Guardians line up exactly vertically around the end of twilight.

Pleiades star cluster – The Pleiades (M45) is the closest object to Earth in Charles Messier’s famous catalog. This open cluster lies only 440 light-years away in the constellation Taurus the Bull. – Jamie Cooper

Venus continues to shine high in the west at nightfall, unchanging for many weeks on end. But meanwhile, the starry background slides toward the lower right behind it. For instance, not long ago the Pleiades were very high above Venus, but as of this evening they’ve closed to 21° apart (about two fists at arm’s length). The Pleiades are heading toward Venus by about 1° per day. Their left edge will encompass the dazzling planet on the evening of April 3rd.
Neptune is in conjunction with the Sun.
Asteroid 27 Euterpe reaches opposition at 2 P.M. EDT today. You can find it in the evening sky in the constellation Virgo, already above the horizon at sunset and climbing higher overhead. Wait for full darkness before hunting this magnitude 9.4 asteroid, which lies just over twice as far from the Sun as Earth. You’ll need a moderate-size telescope to spot it a little less than 2° southwest of magnitude 2 Nu (ν) Virginis.

As you look low in the southeast in early dawn, bright Jupiter grabs your eye first. Use it to identify fainter Mars and Saturn.

Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn (magnitudes, +1.0, – 2.0, and +0.7, respectively) are lined up diagonally low in the southeast as dawn begins. in that order from upper right to lower left. Mars is moving eastward closer and closer to the two giants. On the morning of March 7th it’s 7° from bright Jupiter. By the 14th they’re only 3° apart, as shown above.

Old Farmer’s Almanac March Sky Map!
Goddess Month of 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, Nion (NEE-uhn)
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn (FAIR-n) /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. 

Sun in Pisces
Moon in Scorpio enters Sagittarius at 4:09am
Color: Blue

Harvest 3/14-16

©2020 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: Cheiftain
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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Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
Sa  14     High   4:31 AM     8.5   7:29 AM    Rise 12:42 AM      77
~    14      Low  11:20 AM     0.0   7:22 PM     Set 10:37 AM
~    14     High   5:34 PM     6.5
~    14      Low  11:10 PM     2.3

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Living on earth is expensive, but it does include a free trip around the sun every year.

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Journal Prompt – Auto-Biographical narrative – Tell about a time you were given, or gave, flowers.

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Quotes

~   I do not want to hear any mealy-mouthed talk from the Member for Benelong. – Paul Keating on John Howard
~   Shee, you guys are so unhip it’s a wonder your bums don’t fall off. – Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
~   Great people are those who can make others feel that they, too, can become great. – Mark ~   Twain
~   I suppose that the Honourable Gentleman’s hair, like his intellect, will recede into the darkness. – Paul Keating on Andrew Peacock

Truthfully, I am “homesick” for a land that is not mine. I am haunted by the steppes, the solitude, the everlasting snow and the great blue sky “up there”! The difficult hours, the hunger, the cold, the wind slashing my face, leaving me with enormous, bloody, swollen lips. The camp sites in the snow, sleeping in the frozen mud, none of that counted, those miseries were soon gone and we remained perpetually submerged in a silence, with only the song of the wind in the solitude, almost bare even of plant life, the fabulous chaos of rock, vertiginous peaks and horizons of blinding light. A land that seems to belong to another world, a land of Titans or gods ? I remained under its spell. – Alexandra David-Néel; letter to her husband, March 12, 1917

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Ostara Magick – Crafts

Chalkboard Eggs – Apply a layer of chalkboard paint, and decorate eggs again and again. For personalized place settings, try writing a family member’s name on each egg.

Egg Critters – From craft foam or scrapbook paper, cut out bitty animal features like ears, wings, a nose or a tail. Hot glue each feature to a dyed egg, and for a fluffy effect, glue on cotton balls.

Conversation Eggs – A staple for Valentine’s Day, conversation hearts can be reinvented as eggs! Follow our directions to make your edible goodies, then decorate them with the names of loved ones or sweet messages.

Homemade Conversation Hearts – January 4, 2012

Why buy run-of-the-mill conversation hearts when you can make personalized candies at home? With a few supplies, you’ll have unique treats that can be tailored to fit any occasion or season. Try the recipe, then use our thought starters to begin your candy conversation gifting.

Conversation heart valentine

Homemade Conversation Hearts
Prep time: 20 minutes
Dry time: 24 hours

INGREDIENTS
1 packet or 2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin
2 teaspoons light corn syrup
1/2 cup water
2 pounds powdered sugar, plus additional for dusting
Food coloring, assorted colors
Flavoring extracts (mint, lemon, vanilla, orange)
Plastic, disposable gloves
Rolling pin
Heart-shaped cookie cutters*
Parchment paper
Food coloring markers**

*Tip: Make these classic candies any time of year! Try other seasonal versions with cookie cutters shaped like eggs, bunnies, trees, bells, wreaths or snowmen.

**Tip: Don’t have food-coloring markers on hand? Dip the end of a toothpick in food coloring to write messages on your candies.

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Place gelatin, corn syrup and water in a small microwaveable bowl and stir until incorporated. Microwave for 30 seconds, then stir to dissolve the gelatin.
  2. Pour mixture into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, or a large mixing bowl if using a hand mixer. Add 1 cup of powdered sugar and mix on low until the sugar is incorporated.
  3. Continue adding powdered sugar to the bowl in 1-cup increments, allowing it to mix in between each. Stop and scrape the sides of the bowl periodically during the process, continuing until a soft dough is formed.
  4. Dust your work surface and the dough with powdered sugar, then knead with the heels of your hand. Dust with powdered sugar as often as necessary to prevent stickiness. The dough will become silky and pliable.
  5. Divide dough into the amount of different colors you would like to create, then form them into balls.
  6. Wearing gloves, take a ball, flatten it into a small pancake and add a few drops of food coloring and flavoring extract in the center.
  7. Fold the pancake in half and knead until the color is evenly distributed. Repeat the process with remaining balls until all the candy is colored and flavored.
  8. Dust your work surface and rolling pin with powdered sugar. Roll a candy ball to desired thickness. Small store-bought conversation hearts are approximately 1/4” thick.
  9. Use cookie cutters to cut shapes out of the rolled candy, then transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  10. Continue rolling and cutting until the ball is gone and repeat with the remaining colors.
  11. Allow the shapes to air-dry for 24 hours before writing on them, otherwise the ink will run. After drying, use the markers to write messages or draw pictures.
  12. Store the candies in an airtight container at room temperature.

Sweet Gift Ideas

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Silliness – Signs and Notices – “Children left unattended will be towed at parents expense.”

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