Daily Stuff 3-20-20 Hufflepuff Pride

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Ken Gagne. Last night for our Virtual Ostara. Send me pix! Details here: https://ancientlightshop.wordpress.com/2020/03/13/daily-stuff-3-13-20-kasuga-matsuri/

Weather, F, wind at mph and gusting, AQI, UV. Forecast

It was way later than I’ve been getting the newsletter out, yesterday. I got tangled up in a task and forgot! …..but 8am is better than 3 or 4pm, that’s for certain!

Today is the last of the Ostara pieces. Recipes, today! We’ll go to some generic things until the 31st in the Magick section. How many of you have done your “virtual Ostara”? We’re doing ours this evening. Tempus got jelly beans, cadbury minis and chocolate bunnies last night. 🙂

Tempus overslept. I was just making up my mind that we were going to be closed for the day when he woke, so we came in and got to work. No customers.

We took turns napping, but bits and pieces were coming together as the day went on. I did some online research into masks and Tempus worked in back, so I’d have room to sew in the evening.

He headed for Newport around 8pm, planning on napping in the car between the bulk route for the News-Times and the Oregonian drops. I got a long nap, read awhile, did a little embroidery and then started to sew, working on curtains and then some bags and masks. I also started a beef stew.

Today we’re planning to be open, but as weird as things are, don’t plan on it. Call ahead! 541-563-7154. In any case, we’ll be closing on time, so’s to have our Sabbat.

A Great Blue Heron from 3/19/18 morning. Photo by Ken Gagne.

220px-Iris_tenaxToday’s plant is Oregon IrisIris 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

feast 0320 HaftSin-IranToday 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 opens at 11am. Spring hours are 11am-6pm 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,


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. 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 3/22 at 5:28pm. 

Today is officially the first full day of spring.

Mars and Jupiter meet up – The first day of spring also brings a planetary conjunction: Mars and Jupiter appear just 0.7° apart in the southeast two hours before sunrise on March 20. The pair appears directly below Rho1 Sagittarii, the leftmost star in the outline of the constellation Sagittarius. – Alison Klesman (via TheSkyX)

This date marks the first of two planetary conjunctions that take place this month. If you’re willing to rise early, look southeast in the two hours or so before sunrise. There, you’ll spot brilliant Mars (magnitude 0.9) 0.7° south of Jupiter (magnitude –2.1). The pair lies roughly 5.5° below Rho1 (ρ1) Sagittarii. Look east of the pair, and you’ll get an added bonus: Saturn shines at magnitude 0.7, 7° east of Jupiter.
Look for Arcturus, the Spring Star, very low in the east-northeast after nightfall and higher in the east later in the evening. By modern measurements Arcturus is visual magnitude –0.05, making it the fourth-brightest nighttime star. It’s bested only by Sirius, Canopus, and Alpha Centauri (combining the light of Alpha Cen A and B; the pair appears single to the unaided eye). For northerners who can never see Canopus or Alpha Cen, Arcturus is bested by Sirius alone. However, Vega and Capella are very close on its heels.
Mercury is having a poor apparition low in the glow of dawn. Look for it very low above the east-southeast horizon about 30 minutes before sunrise, far lower left of Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars. Binoculars help; Mercury is not particularly bright, growing only from magnitude +0.6 on the morning of March 14th to +0.2 on the 21st.

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 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 Aries
Moon in Aquarius
Color: Purple

Harvest 3/19-20

©2020 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).

Fearn – Alder Ogam letter correspondences
Month: January
Color: Crimson
Class: Cheiftain
Letter: F, V
Meaning: Help in making choices; spiritual guidance and protection.

Ogam letter correspondences to study this month – Ailim – Silver Fir
Month: None
Color: Light Blue
Class: Shrub
Letter: A
Meaning: Learning from past mistakes; Take care in choices.


Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
F   20      Low   5:03 AM     3.0   7:18 AM    Rise  6:07 AM      18
~    20     High  10:46 AM     7.2   7:29 PM     Set  3:56 PM
~    20      Low   5:40 PM     0.3


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The Good Life” is not defined by possessions, but by pure and utter enjoyment of simplicity.


Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – In Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll, Alice laughed and said, “There’s no use trying, one can’t believe impossible things.” Explain why you agree or disagree with Alice.



~   I could never stay long enough on the shore; the tang of the untainted, fresh, and free sea air was like a cool, quieting thought. – Helen Keller
~   A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new. – Albert Einstein
~   A man who won’t die for something is not fit to live. – Dr. Martin Luther King.
~   Do not let failure discourage you. Persistence is a true sign of strength, which originates in your spirit, not in your muscles. – Kerr Cuhulain

That come before the swallow dares, and take
The winds of March with beauty. – William Shakespeare (1564–1616)


Ostara Magick – Recipes

Greenhaven Ostara Recipes – 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.

Cooking for Ostara often involves the first spring greens.  It’s too early for most farmer’s markets to open, but this is prime season for gathering mushrooms and wild greens.  Poultry, rabbit, and lamb are popular meats.  Eggs appear whole or mixed into many dishes; whole eggs are often dyed or otherwise decorated.  Milk, cheese, and other dairy products remain popular.  Pastel colors and white prevail, sometimes accented with gold or silver.  For background information and ritual ideas, see our main Ostara page.

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.

Lemon Surprise Bread http://everythingunderthemoon.net/forum/ostara-feast-recipes-t22403.html
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutesIngredients:
•1 package Lemon Poppy Seed Bread mix
•Ingredients to prepare mix as directed
•1/2 C golden raisins
•1 Tbsp orange zest
•1/2 C dried cranberries
•Non-meltable goodies to add into the bread, such as:
•A shiny coin
•A piece of gold or silver jewelry
•A ring
•A polished crystal (make it large enough to find! )
•Vanilla ice cream
Prepare the bread mix as directed. Once it’s all mixed together, add in the golden raisins, the orange zest, and the cranberries. Finally, fold in a few small treasures, such as a ring, a cleaned coin, or a polished crystal. Be sure you select items that won’t melt when you bake it in the oven!

Bake as directed on the package, and then remove from oven. Allow to cool. To serve, slice off pieces, keeping an eye out for the hidden treasures. Top each slice off with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Honey Fry Bread http://everythingunderthemoon.net/forum/ostara-feast-recipes-t22403.html

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.


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