The shop opens at 1pm.Winter hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Pamela Halbrook.
It’s mostly cloudy. 41F, wind at 0-5mph, AQI 1-43, UV3. Chance of rain 24% today and 99% tonight. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY through 1am on Sunday. I might be able to get some time with the outdoor plants today. After the showers tonight there ought to be breaks. The real rain will start sometimes in the evening and peak around midnight. It looks like Wednesday through Friday could be dry, but otherwise it’s at least going to threaten showers for the rest of the week.
Yesterday things went sideways again. I was dealing with the cough again for some darned reason and it kept me from doing much during the day. Up-and-doing stuff…. I was writing. I finally made a spot on this blog for the articles that I’ve been writing off and on, and there are as many again. There’s now an Anja’s Writings and Musings. https://ancientlightshop.wordpress.com/about/anjas-writings-and-musings/ along with Grandma’s Album. I’m going to have to make another spot for Tempus’ Teapot, too.
Tempus did do some of the stuff around the shop, but he was also trying to get some more paperwork finished. He also went to the PO and pharmacy and spent awhile cleaning in back.
One thing that came in the mail were some miniatures. I’ve been thinking about fairy gardens and little witchy dioramas or shadowboxes for awhile and it looks like some of these things just might work for that. I also have a small box of crystals to sort.
I had the remnants of my chowder bowl, slathered in cheese and baked, for supper. I think Tempus ate carrot cake. 🙂
He’s going to be up in a couple of minutes, heading out for the paper run.
Today’s Plant is Cittim Bark (Cascara), Rhamnus purshiana. It is a potent laxative and has been used for that for centuries. –Masculine, Saturn, Earth – Sprinkle an infusion of this around the home before legal proceedings, to help you win your case. It is used in money spells and worn in a brown cloth amulet will protect again evil influences and hexes. It can be sewn into a poppet to attract those influences away from you, but place this outside at night, especially. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cascara_Sagrada
Today is the anniversary of the 1836 defeat at the Alamo. Despite all the mythology surrounding it and the romanticization of the event, it’s a rather sordid tale of people disobeying orders, not enough money to properly support an isolated band of men and their equipment, government disorganization and mis-understanding on both sides as to what each other were after. The main thing that it did was to upset that Texian side enough to give them a morale boost. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alamo_Mission_in_San_Antonio and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Alamo
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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 3/13 at 2:21am. Waning Crescent Moon –Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 3/8 at 2:21pm.
Awake in early dawn Saturday morning? Spot the waning Moon in the south with, before the sky gets too bright, Antares about 12° to its right (for North America) amid upper Scorpius.
Mercury reaches greatest western elongation (27°) at 6 A.M. EST. Take a peek just before sunrise to see how far it’s pulled away from Jupiter in just one day.
If evening observing is more your speed, Gemini is already high in the sky at sunset. The Twins’ two brightest stars, Castor (magnitude 1.6) and Pollux (magnitude 1.2), are relatively easy to find, north of bright Procyon (magnitude 0.4) in Canis Minor. While these two stars are famous — and make excellent observing targets, particularly because Castor is a striking binary system — look away from the Twins’ heads tonight and focus instead on their feet. 20° west of Castor is Propus, also known as Eta (η) Geminorum. (Alternatively, you can use the much closer Mu [μ] Geminorum as a jumping-off point — Propus is 1.8° west of this magnitude 2.9 star.) The name Propus appropriately means “forward foot” in Greek. This star is the American Association of Variable Star Observers’ featured variable of the month for March. First discovered to vary in brightness in 1865, astronomers now know that Propus’ magnitude changes over a period of 234 days, swinging between 3.3 and 3.9. The star is a red giant, meaning it’s further along in its life cycle than our Sun, and sits about 350 light-years away. Over time, it will evolve into a Mira-type variable — a star featured later this year.
With the Moon gone from the evening sky, this is a fine week to look for the zodiacal light if you live in the mid-northern latitudes. At this time of year the ecliptic tilts high upward from the western horizon at nightfall. From a clear, clean, dark site, look west at the very end of twilight for a vague but huge, tall pyramid of pearly light. It’s tilted to the left, aligning along the constellations of the zodiac. What you’re seeing is sunlit interplanetary dust orbiting the Sun near the ecliptic plane.
Also for these moonless nights: Certain deep-sky objects hold secret surprises within or near them. Get out your telescope and sky atlas for a go at Bob King’s eight Hidden Gems in Common Deep-Sky Objects now in evening view.
Venus is out of sight in the glare of the Sun.
Old Farmer’s Almanac NIGHT SKY MAP FOR FEBRUARY 2021: Orion – https://www.almanac.com/sky-map-february
Goddess Month of Moura, runs from 2/20-3/19
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17
Color – Black
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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
Color: Glass Green
Meaning: Locked into a chain of events; Feeling bound.
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
Sa 6 High 5:31 AM 8.0 6:44 AM Rise 2:20 AM 53
~ 6 Low 12:56 PM 0.4 6:11 PM Set 11:13 AM
~ 6 High 7:37 PM 5.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – What do you do when the only person who can make you stop crying is the person who made you cry?
Journal Prompt – Describe – Describe your typical day, from wake to sleep.
~ Effectiveness is all about simplification. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ We will be rejecting the opportunist claptrap coming from the Opposition. – Paul Keating
~ Don’t get discouraged; it is often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock. – Unknown
~ A river is a personality, with its rages and loves, its strength, its god of chance, its illnesses, its greed for adventure. – Jean Giono
Sunshine trying hard awhile
On the bare brown fields to smile;
Frozen ruts and slippery walks;
Gray old crops of last year’s stalks. – Christopher Pearse Cranch (1813–90)
Ostara Magick – Crafts
A Brief History, Symbols and Colors of Pysanky – http://graphicoriginals.com/history.html
The word pysanka is derived from the Ukrainian verb pysaty ‘to write’; we ‘write’ designs on the eggs. Nearly all Slavic peoples and those in the eastern Mediterranean area practiced this art in ancient times using beeswax and dyes to create tiny masterpieces of art but Ukrainian Easter Eggs from the more modern Christian era seem to be the ones best known. In Western Ukraine, the art form was retained even though it declined because of religious suppression in most areas. Symbolism is at the root of all pysanky and it is not uncommon for a simple design full of symbolic meaning to surpass a very intricate design that is beautiful in its own right but nearly devoid of symbolic meaning and artistic expression.
The symbols used in pysanka design are a blend of ancient pagan motifs with Christian elements. As an example, pagans celebrated the high points in life and the yearly cycle. The Christian church does the same throughout the religious year with both highlighting Spring and the resurrection of Christ. The symbols used remained the same–the interpretation of them was changed to be in keeping with the acceptance of Christianity. This blend between the ancient pagan beliefs and symbols and the Christian beliefs and symbols has resulted in a richness seen in modern pysanka.
Certain designs and symbols are reserved for different rituals such as matchmaking, healing the ill, encouraging fertility in animals and childless couples, increased harvest etc. Shells were considered sacred and powerful in themselves and were saved, crushed and fed to the hens to increase fertility and also spread on roof tops to ward off evil.
The art of making a pysanka was and is a holy, ritual task for the traditional Ukrainian artist. The pysanka is believed to have power similar to a cross. Each step in the process of making a pysanka was proscribed so that they might be made with the holiest of attitudes and the strongest forces imbued in them. Beeswax is used as it comes from bees who gather it from flowers who are nourished by the sun. The wax is melted off in the heat of the oven to remove the wax in a purifying process that unites it with the life-giving sun.
A special tool called a kistka is used to melt the beeswax and write on the eggs. The kistka is the pen and the beeswax is the ink. Each successive color is waxed and dyed until the entire design is created on the surface of the egg. The wax is then removed, a protective finish applied and the contents emptied. The eggs are shared with others as an expression of friendship, good will and love.
I did not know how to pronounce the word “pysanky” (plural) or “pysanka” (singular), and spoke it as I thought it was pronounced. I was wrong! But, since I never heard it pronounced except by others who were also making the same error, it is only recently that I have found an authority that “spelled it out” in a publication. I reproduce the paragraph from the Ukrainian Gift Shop’s Design Book #4:
“To pronouce the word pysanka, put the following together into one word pes un ka—- —pes as in pest, un as in under, and ka as in call. There is no emphasis on any one syllable.”
I still find myself saying “pie, sank, kee” because I have never met anyone personally that knows the correct pronunciation but everyone seems to understand the wrong one! Another misconception is that the country is called “The” Ukraine, as we say The United States. This is in error. It is Ukraine, just as it is France, not The France.
The symbols and colors have many meanings. Some are:
Symbols – drawings below.
- Sun, circles- life, warmth and the love of God
- Swastika- a common motif for happiness, blessings, good fortune and good will.
- Tripod- a solar symbol known from Trypillian times meaning a trinity: birth, life, death; man, woman, child; the magical number 3
- Star or rose-usually 8 pointed but also 6 and 5 pointed in ancient times signifying purity, life, the giver of light, the center of all knowledge, beauty, elegance and perfection; the eye or divine will of God, symbol of God’s love for man. Today sun and cosmic symbols signify happiness, prosperity and good fortune
- Triangles-a trinity; formerly air, fire, water or the heavens, earth and air. Now the Holy Trinity is meant.
- Lines-unbroken to not break the thread of life
- Sieve-dividing good from evil
- Basket-contained knowledge, motherhood, the giver of life and gifts
- Rakes-rays from the sun, reference to harvest
- Spirals-divinity or immortality
- Grape vine-continuity, good fellowship and strong, loyal love; as the wine of communion-the love of God and of Christ for mankind
- Deer- leadership, masculinity and victory
- Horse- an ancient sign for the sun, believed in ancient times to pull the sun across the sky; therefore, wealth, properity, speed and endurance
- Ram- perseverence, dignity, leadership and strength
- Rooster- coming good fortune, for men it predicts a rich married life with many children
- Hen- fertility
- Spider-patience, artistry and industry
- Hen’s feet-protection of the earth toward her young; guidance of the young in their search for knowledge
- Horns-nobility, wisdom and triumph over problems; an implication of manhood and leadership
- Wolves’ teeth-loyalty, wisdom and a firm grip
- Churches-appeared at the time of Christianity, used only in western Ukraine
- Birds- precursors of spring
- Fish- symbol for Christ and Christians
- Netting- separating good from evil
- Crosses-in many shapes, usually to represent Christ’s suffering
- Meander lines- eternal life
- Ladders- prayer and rising to Heaven
- Wheat- generous harvest
- Pine needles- eternal life
- Dots- stars and constellations
- Flowers- wisdom, elegance and beauty
- Leaves and flowers- life and growth
White-purity, virginity, innocence and birth
Green-renewal, spring, hope, health and victory of life over death, freedom from bondage
Yellow-light and purity, harvest, warmth, wisdom, youth
Orange-endurance, strength, ambition, the everlasting sun, the red of passion tempered by the yellow of wisdom
Red-a positive color for passion, action, fire, spiritual awakening, divine love, used especially for children and youth
Black- constancy, eternity, used with white as respect for departed souls, also fear or ignorance
Purple- fasting, faith, patience and trust
Brown- mother earth, bringing forth bountiful gifts
Blue- blue skies, life-giving air, is a talisman of good health
Pink- success, contentment
4 or more colors- family happiness, peace and love
As you can see, most design elements can mean many things and are rooted in tradition. I enjoy making all of the traditional type designs as well as contemporary ones. I explain the basic process in the How tosection. Although I am not Ukrainian and not a traditional artist except in process, I do make use of some traditional motifs and greatly enjoy creating my own interpretations of traditional and geometric designs. I have many contemporary designs of my own and also would be glad to work with you on any design concepts you may have.
Want to know more?
Ukrainian Eggs by Ginny Decorated Eggs
Pysanky Showcase Decorated Eggs and Dyes, History and Explanations
The Ukrainian Gift Shop Supplies
ToDeirdre.com Free ebook on pysanky by my soul sister-excellent information also pysanky and paintings!
PYSANKA: Icon of the Universe by Mary Tkachuk, Marie Kishchuk, and Alice Nicholaichuk, 1977, Ukrainian Museum, 910 Spadina Crescent East, Saskatoon, Sask, Canada S7K 3G9
UKRAINIAN DESIGN BOOKS: 1,2,3 & 4 by Natalie Perchyshyn, Luba Perchyshyn, Johanna Luciow and Ann Kmit 1984, 1986, 1995.
Eggs Beautiful by Johanna Luciow, Ann Kmit and Loretta Luciow
Ukrainian Easter Eggs and how we make them by Ann Kmit, Loretta Luciow, Johanna Luciow and Luba Perchyshyn. Ukrainian Gift Shop, Inc., 2512 39th Avenue Northeast, St. Anthony Village, Minnesota 55421
Sixty Score of Easter Eggs by Zenon Elyjiw, Rochester, New York, 1994.
Symbols on Ukrainian Eggs
I have drawn some of the traditional designs I use. You will be able to find them or similar motifs on many eggs.
Silliness – Kitty snooze – Q: Why did the cat sleep under the car? A: Because she wanted to wake up oily!