[Tide] The shop opens at 1pm. Winter hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Ken Gagne. [workshop]
[posting at 7pm] Rain gauge at noon on 2/6 – Trace, Partly Cloudy, 48F, wind at 0-2mph, AQI 31-36, UV2. Chance of rain 23% today and 8% tonight. Today is likely to be cloudy (50/38), maybe overcast, but the rest of the forecast is mostly for partly cloudy to mostly sunny. False Spring to be sure! Wednesday should be sunny and the warmest (60!) and next Mon. possible showers. Highs 55-60. Lows 41-44. 7 firespots.
We ate and crashed Saturday evening, but we didn’t get home until past 9pm. I spent the evening, working on and bagging a lot of small sewing projects and starting to collect the bookmarks for a Mab’s Creations sewing pamphlet, later, embroidered and read.
Yesterday was a glorious noon! Blue sky with white streaks and clumps up high turned the river a brilliant blue, even the mud flats reflected blue from every bit of water! Lots of small ducks in the Eckman outflow and mallards on the other side on the lake. The ones in the outflow were either dabbling (I’m not good at ID’ing duck butts) or Oldsquaw with a few Mergansers.
Once we were at the shop we got coffee and cottage cheese and both of us sat down with the computers. I ended up talking to a bunch of folks online during the afternoon while I was waiting for Tempus to move plants and clean the work table. Eventually I was watering, while he was filling cans for me, then doing a lot of plant tending (and there’s more, lots of dead leaves….) and then I spent an hour or so doing a frumenty from greens from the garden along with cheese and the wheat berries. That’s intended for supper with maybe some eggs or something of that sort.
Today’s plant is Partridge Berry, (Mitchella repens) – Caution: There are similar-looking berries that are deadly. Don’t wildcraft unless you’re certain. Common Names: Squaw Vine. Description: Evergreen. Woodland Creeper. This vine flowers in Spring with fragrant white trumpet-shaped flowers. The vine grows about 6 to 12″ high, creeping through moss around old tree stumps. The leaves are thick, very shiny, and heart-shaped. In the Fall, bright scarlet berries form that last all winter, unless they are eaten by birds and deer. They are tasteless, but can serve as a survival food. Partridge berries grow wild in bogs and barrens. They store, cook, and freeze perfectly and they have a beautiful, deep red colour. Used as a women’s medicine to promote easy childbirth (don’t use until the last minute as another use is an abortifacient!) sometimes in tea or a jelly form and also for urinary disorders. – Feminine, Earth, Saturn, – Carry leaves in a sachet of green cloth to help with “female trouble” of all sorts, except during pregnancy. Add a piece of red jasper, if possible. In the last week of pregnancy carry dried flowers or berries in a red cloth sachet to ease childbirth. Carry dried berries in orange cloth to ease mucous discharges and to help with nervous irritability.
The Sapporo Snow Festival is neither ancient, nor religious, but it’s *fun*! It started in 1950 and has grown to a big event that brings sculptors from all over to participate. This picture is some of the ice sculptures. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sapporo_Snow_Festival Pictures here: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Sapporo_Snow_Festival
Winter hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook message or email at email@example.com 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 at 2:16 at 8:56am. 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 2/8 at 5:50am.
The Moon, barely half a day short of first quarter (for North America), shines high in the southwest this evening. Look lower left of it by about a fist at arm’s length for Menkar (Alpha Ceti), magnitude 2.5. A little farther to the other side of the Moon is Hamal, Alpha Arietis, magnitude 2.0. Continue on farther in the same direction and you cross dim Triangulum, then you reach the feet stars of Andromeda: first the bright one, then the dimmer one.
The Moon passes 1.2° south of Uranus at 3 P.M. EST. You can catch them in the evening sky, now just over 2° apart and floating in southern Aries the Ram. The Moon and Uranus are located midway between Menkar in Cetus and Hamal in Aries. Aries itself has few bright stars, which reside in the northeastern portion of the constellation. Instead, it might be better to look to the upper left (northwest) of the head of Cetus the Whale, which currently sits below Aries on the sky. The Moon-Uranus pair is just 4.5° north of 4th-magnitude Mu (μ) Ceti. The Moon is nearly 7 days old and 45 percent lit, showing off its eastern limb. Uranus sits to our satellite’s northwest and glows at magnitude 5.8, dim enough that you’ll want binoculars or a telescope to pick it up. Its disk will appear as a 4″-wide, “flat” star
Sirius the Dog Star blazes in the southeast after dinnertime, the brightest star of Canis Major. In a dark sky with lots of stars in view, the constellation’s points can be connected to form a convincing dog profile. He’s currently standing on his hind legs. Sirius is on his chest, to the right or lower right of his faint, triangular head. But through the light pollution where most of us live, only his five brightest stars are easily visible. These form the Meat Cleaver. Sirius is the cleaver’s top back corner, its blade faces right, and its stubby handle is down below pointing lower left. The handle is Canis Major’s tail.
Mercury, Venus, and Mars shine in early dawn. They’re low in the southeast, forming a triangle that very gradually changes shape this week as shown above. Brightest of course is Venus, now peaking at a dazzling magnitude –4.9. In a telescope it’s a thick crescent with the globe appearing about a quarter sunlit, as is always the case when Venus is at its greatest brilliancy. Mars is only one three-hundredth that bright, at a paltry magnitude +1.4. Look for it less than a fist to Venus’s lower right. Mercury is about twice that far to Venus’s lower left. It brightens from magnitude +0.5 on February 5th to +0.1 on the 12th.
Runic half-month of Elhaz/Algiz, from 1/28-2/11. This half month: optimistic power, protection and sanctuary.
Goddess Month of of Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17, Luis (LWEESH)
Color – White
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Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17, Luis (LWEESH)/rowan – The rowan, or mountain ash (Sorbus aucuparia L.) is related to servceberries. The red berries were historically used to lure birds into traps, and the specific epithet aucuparia comes from words meaning “to catch a bird”. Birds are also responsible for dispersing the seeds. Rowans thrive in poor soils and colonize disturbed areas. In some parts of Europe they are most common around ancient settlements, either because of their weedy nature or because they were planted. Rowans flower in May. They grow to 15 m (50 feet) and are members of the Rose family (Rosaceae). They are cultivated in North America, especially in the northeast.
Luis – Rowan Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Grey and Red
Meaning: Controlling your life; Protection against control by others.
Quert – Apple Ogam letter correspondences to study this month
Meaning: A choice must be made
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
M 7 High 4:45 AM 7.6 7:27 AM Set 12:04 AM 32
~ 7 Low 11:30 AM 1.7 5:34 PM Rise 10:44 AM
~ 7 High 5:20 PM 5.6
~ 7 Low 11:00 PM 2.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Because I talk about spiritual truth, and spiritual truth should never be sold – those who sell it injure themselves spiritually….
Journal Prompt – What is your ? – What is your opinion of 3D movies?
~ As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters. – Seneca
~ The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat. – Lily Tomlin
~ I was seldom able to see an opportunity until it ceased to be one. – Mark Twain (1835 – 1910), Writer and humorist
~ In the Halls of Justice the only justice is in the halls. – Lenny Bruce (1925-1966) US comic
Beneath the crisp and wintry carpet hid
A million buds but stay their blossoming
And trustful birds have built their nests amid
The shuddering boughs, and only wait to sing
Till one soft shower from the south shall bid
And hither tempt the pilgrim steps of Spring. – Robert Bridges (1844-1930) English writer
Magick – Valentine’s Lore – Be My Valentine – Crones Corner
An old custom of drawing the name of one’s Valentine. Supposedly young women put their names on slips of paper and placed those slips in a box. Each young man drew a slip and the two became valentines, often for as much as a year.
Sometimes, of course, such arrangements ended in a betrothal. Unless the drawing was “rigged,” however, not everyone would have been anxious to submit to “chance.” Nevertheless, the custom was apparently widespread even as late as the 17th century. A related custom held that the first unmarried person encountered on Valentine’s Day became one’s Valentine.
It has long been the tradition of giving gifts or love tokens on Valentine’s Day. Originally, the man and woman exchanged presents, but by the later 17th century, it was much more common for the man alone to give the gift. For a while in history at least, one’s Valentine was not necessarily one’s sweetheart (or one’s spouse) and even married men and women could have Valentines. In societies where names were drawn or where Valentines were chosen or challenged (any man or woman could claim an unspoken-for person as his or her Valentine), the celebration, and gift-giving that accompanied it, sometimes proved troublesome and often expensive.
Although some Valentine presents were quite costly, others were more moderate. Gloves were a common gift for a young woman as were, curiously enough, garters. In an age when reticence or modesty were mixed with suggestiveness, one writer sent along the following verse:
“Blush not, my fair, at what I send,
‘Tis a fond present from a friend.
These garters, made of silken twine,
Were fancied by your Valentine.
Hundreds of years ago in England, many children dressed up as adults on Valentine’s Day. They went singing from home to home. One verse they sang was:
Good morning to you, valentine;
Curl your locks as I do mine—
Two before and three behind.
Good morning to you, valentine.
In Wales wooden love spoons were carved and given as gifts on February 14th. Hearts, keys and keyholes were favorite decorations on the spoons. The decoration meant, “You unlock my heart!”
If a woman saw a robin flying overhead on Valentine’s Day, it meant she would marry a sailor . If she saw a sparrow, she would marry a poor man and be very happy. If she saw a goldfinch, she would marry a millionaire.
If you found a glove on the road on Valentine’s Day, your future beloved will have the other missing glove.
Christian customs combined to form some of the enduring traditions. One was that the first person you saw on Valentine’s Day would be your Valentine. We know the custom was well established in Shakespeare’s time, for Ophelia wanted to be “betime” at Hamlet’s window. She sang:
“Good morrow! `tis St. Valentine’s Day
All in the morning betime.
And I a maid at your window,
To be your Valentine!”
Crayons” or pencils (lipsticks not invented until the 20th century) were made by grinding down alabaster calcinate or plaster of Paris into a powder, coloured appropriately, mixed into a paste, rolled into shape and dried in the sun. Face powder could be obtained from ground alabaster, but starch, prepared with perfume would do very well……..- (“Powder and Paint a history of the Englishwoman’s Toilet – Neville Williams)
English folklore suggests that you may obtain another’s affection if you take an orange, prick it all over with a needle and then sleep with it in your left armpit. Give it to the object of your affections to eat and he or she will become enamored of you.
Superstitions abound regarding the first bird seen on St Valentine’s Day by a girl, for it was said to indicate what sort of man her husband would be. For instance, a blackbird meant a clergyman or priest, a goldfinch (or any yellow bird for that matter) a rich man, a crossbill was an argumentative, mean man and doves and bluebirds were good and happy men respectively. However, should she see or hear a woodpecker on Valentine’s Day she would never marry.
St. Valentine’s Day with all of its colorful lore was taken to the New World by the English settlers and lost none of it romantic appeal through the journey. The deeply rooted superstitions continued, in fact, flowered, in the new environment. An extract from a young lady’s diary written in 1754 describes some of the practices:
Last Friday was Valentine’s Day and the night before I got five bay – leaves, and pinned four of them to the four corners of my pillow, and the fifth to the middle; and then if I dreamt of my sweetheart, we should be married before the year is out. But to make it sure, I boiled an egg hard and took out the yolk, and filled it with salt; and when I went to bed ate it, shell and all, without speaking or drinking after it. We also wrote our lovers names upon bits of paper, and rolled them up in day, and put them into water; and the first that rose up was to be our valentine.
Write the names of prospective lovers on slips of paper, roll them in clay balls and drop them in a bowl of water. The first to rise to the surface will be your valentine.
Write the names of prospective lovers on pieces of paper, put them into a container, then draw one out and say: “Thou art my love and I am thine, I draw ______ for my Valentine.” The lover you chose will be yours by the following year.
Valentine cards first appeared in England at about the time of Queen Victoria. The first cards were called “Penny Dreadfuls” because they were insulting. As time passed the holiday became one of giving gifts, flowers, candy and cards to loved ones and sweethearts.
A Valentine sentiment from a woman to a possible beau, author unknown
Plenty of Love
Plenty of Love,
Tons of kisses,
Hope some day
To be your Mrs.
A love knot is a series of winding and interlacing loops with no beginning and no end. It is a symbol of endless love. people made love knots from ribbons or drew them on paper. Often a message was written on the love knot. The message had no beginning or end. It could be repeated endlessly.
A love seat is a wide chair. It was first made to seat one woman and her wide dress. Later, the love seat or courting seat had two sections, often in S-shape. In this way, a couple couples sit together-but not too closely!
Courtesy of Miss Daney at Folklore,Magic and Superstitions, GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives
Silliness – Sniglet – Any word which should be in the dictionary but isn’t. – superfluholes (sup ur FLEW holz) – n. (another useless sniglet) The phony holes on speaker covers, put there to match the ones that actually surround the speaker.