Daily Stuff 2-18-22 Spenta Armaiti

Hi, folks!

Last Minus Tide of the cycle at 7:55 PM of -0.1 feet. The shop opens at 1pm. Winter hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Rick Veneman.

 [posting at 7pm] Rain gauge at noon on 2/17 – 0.1 inches (leftover from yesterday!) Clear, 46F, wind at 0-5mph and gusting, AQI 19-39, UV2. Chance of rain 10% today and 9% tonight. Sunny today (52/39), but starting to cloud up overnight. More or less cloudy on Saturday (47/43), small chance of showers, late, turning into rain on Sunday (46/40), turning into showers again on Monday (45/33) and turning really chilly. Total accum. 3/4 of an inch or so. Tue (43/27) sunny and cold. Wed (44/32) ditto. Thu/Fri (48/37) partly cloudy, then more showers. 1 fire. 5 firespots.

Strawberries in bloom!

Wednesday went so far sideways that it wasn’t even funny. When we finally staggered home around 6pm we ate our lava cake and fell into bed. I finally got conscious again around midnight, so I made a pasta/chicken nuker casserole for supper and woke Tempus about 15 minutes early so that he’s have time to eat. There’s enough left for our Thursday supper before he heads out on the bulk route, but we have to get home pretty soon!

Dandelion that I harvest for soup greens has a bloom!

I spent what was left of Wednesday night’s conscious time, embroidering and reading, plus I made a chocolate pudding, but I faded pretty early… but about 2:30, I think, and then pretty much stayed asleep right up until noon. Tempus got in at a decent hour and has almost enough sleep, counting what he got in the car. I’m hoping he can nap again between the two paper routes.

New growth – Lemon Balm

Despite the forecast, today was brightly sunny, although with a lot of high cirrus, which didn’t really strain the sunlight at all. I spent about 2 minutes in the garden, munching some of my dehydrated melon bits before heading in to town. I saw a lot of the geese, but no other birds but a lone duck in Lint Slough and the usual seagulls.

Cardoons for cheese-making

I got my mail and messages done and started in on writing on the feast pages. Even though a bunch of the pages are published, I’m still working on them. I’ll put the link in here when they’re closer. I should have been doing books, rings and incense, but I’ve got to get this other done, first.

Bittercress volunteering in the oregano

So when I’m home tonight, I’m not planning much. We’re low on propane, because of the gas leak… did I say something about that from early in the week? We walked into the house (Monday night, I think) and I said, “What died?” and we threw the windows open asap. Somehow one of the burners was on “light” instead of turned off, and we’ve been trying to figure out how that happened ever since. It had to have been leaking for at least 24 hours, which is how long I was smelling something odd, and that’s a lot of propane!

bittercress

I’m going to take a stack of books home to sort again and I always have embroidery on the bookmark project. I’m going to finish up two that just need thread ends snipped, and start at least one more, maybe a couple so I can put my pattern book away again.

Primrose and mini jonquils

Tempus has the bulk route and then the regular route overnight, but I’m hoping he’s going to get done a little early so’s to get a tough more sleep. ….to get caught up. The car is running fine right now. It was a perished plastic fitting that snapped and it’s been replace with metal.

Today we open at 1. I’m still writing, but as soon as I can I’m going to get back to the books. I have a stack that I’m going to post on a Circle group page on Facebook first, since they’re textbooks, but I have a bunch going into the regular inventory, too, as the texts will, if they’re not spoken for.

Photo by Rick Veneman on 2/17/22 Used with permission

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Today’s Plant is Skunk CabbageLysichitum americanum. This is one of the signs of spring here on the coast, where every drainage ditch or marshy field has it’s glow of brilliant yellow and bright, deep green. It is a famine food with a spicy or peppery taste, but contains calcium oxalate, which can upset the insides and even cause death if you get too much. Bears eat it after hibernation to get their intestines working again. It is used to cure sores and swellings, particularly after winter, when starvation conditions make these things immensely worse. However the typical use of the local peoples of this herb was to line baskets with the huge leaves to keep things from bruising or dropping through and to wrap around foods when baked under a fire, where it imparts a distinctive taste to the crust. Cunningham’s Encyclopedia references Eastern Skunk Cabbage, which is a different plant with a red flower, but the magicks are the same, Symplocarpus foetidus –Feminine, Saturn, Water – Carry when you have legal troubles, or keep in the drawer with the filed papers. Wrap in a bay leaf on a Sunday to draw good fortune. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lysichitum_americanum and on Eastern Skunk Cabbage here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symplocarpus_foetidus

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Today is the Feast of Spenta Armaiti, a divine being in the pantheon of Zoroastrianism, a women’s festival. Spenta Armaiti’s name seems to mean something like “growing universal goodness” or “growing Light” in the New Age sense or even “increasing devotion”. More on this being here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spenta_Armaiti  Wall speedwell, Veronica vivensis, is the plant listed for this festival. It’s on Wikipedia as Veronica Arvensis there’s an article with links here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wall_Speedwell

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 anjasnihova@yahoo.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,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Moon in Virgo enters Libra at 7:51pm.

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 3/2 at 9:35am. 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  at  2/23 at 2:32pm.

On these February evenings Canopus, the second-brightest star after Sirius, lurks either just below or maybe just above your south horizon. In one of the many interesting coincidences that devoted skywatchers know about, Canopus lies almost due south of Sirius, by 36°. That’s far enough south that it never appears above your horizon unless you’re below latitude 37° N (southern Virginia, southern Missouri, central California). And there you’ll need an open, flat south horizon. Canopus crosses the south point on the horizon 21 minutes before Sirius does. When to look? Canopus is due south right when Beta Canis Majoris — Murzim the Announcer, the star about three finger-widths to the right of Sirius — is at its highest due south over your landscape. That’s about 8 or 9 p.m. now, depending on how far east or west you live in your time zone. Drop straight down from Murzim then.

Comet 19P/Borrelly – Comet Borrelly tracks from Pisces into Aries as February progresses, passing the 9th-magnitude face-on spiral galaxy M74 along the way. The position of Uranus is shown on Feb. 15. – Astronomy: Roen Kelly

Comet 19P/Borrelly is currently working its way through Aries the Ram. Tonight, the comet is 6° southeast of magnitude 2.6 Sheratan (Beta [β] Arietis). Borrelly has recently been reported around magnitude 9; a 4-inch scope will do the trick under extremely dark skies if you want to simply pick it up, but larger scopes and higher magnifications are best if you want to bring out detail on this icy fuzzball. An 8-inch scope at 150x will more likely show the broad tail spreading out to the south. There are several added bonuses in the area: magnitude 5.8 Uranus sits 5.5° east of Borrelly, while the 9th-magnitude face-on spiral galaxy M74 sits about 8.5° west, over the border in Pisces. This fainter target might be challenging in the bright moonlight, so consider returning after the Moon has waxed and no longer washes out the nighttime sky. The comet will continue northeast in the days to come, sliding past brighter Hamal (magnitude 2 Alpha Arietis) and coming a bit closer to Uranus, which remains in roughly the same location all month.

Saturn is out of sight in the glare of the Sun.

Runic half-month of Sowulo/ Sigel, 2/12-26 It represents the power of the force of good throughout the world and is the harbinger of victory and ascendancy over darkness..

Sun in Aquarius enters Pisces at 8:43am.

Goddess Month of of Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Goddess Month of of Moura, runs from 2/20-3/19
Celtic Tree Month of
Nuin/Nion – Ash – Feb 18Mar 17
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
Month: December
Color: Grey and Red
Class: Peasant
Letter: L
Meaning: Controlling your life; Protection against control by others.

Quert – Apple Ogam letter correspondences to study this month
Month: None
Color: Green
Class: Shrub
Letter: Q
Meaning: A choice must be made

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
F   18     High   1:47 AM     7.3   7:11 AM     Set  8:31 AM      98
~    18      Low   7:32 AM     2.0   5:50 PM    Rise  8:14 PM
~    18     High   1:19 PM     7.9
~    18      Low   7:55 PM    -0.1

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – One does not learn by speaking.

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Journal Prompt – Wiki – In your mind, what will the world be like in 50 years?

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Quotes

~   He wants to live on through something-and in his case, his masterpiece is his son. all of us want that, and it gets more poignant as we get more anonymous in this world. – Arthur Miller (1915-2005) US playwright
~   All paid jobs absorb & degrade the mind. – Aristotle
~   I live on hope and that I think do all Who come into this world. – Robert Bridges (1844-1930) English writer
~   A generous attitude is a balm to the soul. – T. Thorn Coyle: Know Thyself

Aurora Borealis

A hand as icy as the hand of death
Rests on the hills inviolably white;
And while a brazen bell invokes the night
With deep reverberant voice that clearly saith,
“I mark each hour that swiftly hasteneth,”
Behold within the north a crimson light
That reaches to the heavens’ farthest height.
As fiery as the fabled war-god’s breath.
‘Tis grim old Thor, who, in the halcyon days
Of seasons gone, his searing bolts let fly
Until no shaft was left wherewith to slay;
Now in his polar furnace’s fiercest blaze
He forges darts with which to terrify
When summer treads again her sunlit way!  – –Clinton Scollard (1860–1932)

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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 of symbols (will open in a new window)

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

Colors

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!

Sources: 
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. [Find them in the 3 PDF’s below]

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Silliness – Sniglet – Any word which should be in the dictionary but isn’t. – shoefly (SHEW fliy) – n. The aeronautical terminology for a football player who misses the punt and launches his shoe instead.

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