Daily Stuff 2-21-22 Ishtar

Hi, folks!

The shop opens at 1pm. Winter hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Loren.

 [posting at 6:30pm] Rain gauge at noon on 2/20 – 0.4 Cloudy and 44F, wind at 0-9mph and gusting, AQI 13-39, UV1. Chance of rain 88% today and 24% tonight. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY till 3am Tues. Today (44F/30) is likely to be wet and only start to dry out after dark. With the drop in temp, that could be ice. Be careful! Total accum 1/2 inch. Tue.(44/24) is going to be sunny but *cold*. Again, ice! Wed. (41/33), some sun. Thur. (44/34) cloudy. Fri. (51/31) Partly cloudy. Sat (52/41) Sun (51/43) mostly cloudy. Then showers and moderating temps. 1 fire, 2 firespots.

We managed to stay awake long enough for supper, Saturday evening. Anja had a chicken/veg stew made and Tempus air-fried potatoes. …and we slept. I was back up at midnight, even if Tempus overslept his alarm. He made a batch of popcorn before he headed out.

It was raining at that point and he said he got sleeted on several times. I know that when I was in the bathroom during the night there were taps and “pock” sounds on the skylight, along with the usual “tippety-tippety” of the rain. When we got up yesterday morning (*both* of us slept through the alarms!) it was bright sunshine, but as soon as we were in the car and ready to go, it poured from a sunny sky. 🙂 I had harvested the greens as Tempus was trotting things out to the car and we took a couple of minutes to put the dahlia tubers (still unplanted, drattit!) in the house, several tender plants in the trunk so they could go under the eaves at the shop, and several of the herbs and the mother Gigantor under the tables.

There was a beautiful egret in the Eckman outflow and other smaller birds in every wet spot…and there were lots of those since the tide was pretty high.

Once we were at the shop I got going on more of the feast pictures (still nowhere near done!), talking to House people online and getting caught up on messages. …and finding links.. and adding pictures to this and that…. Tempus got the greens washed. …I finally dragged him outside to help with freeze-proofing plants…. Hoping that the spots we have will work….and harvested some more greens, just in case.

We have pix to do at home, of some foods, plated, and then eat and splat.

Today, we’ll be open. Monday is usually a writing day and I *really* need to put my face into the pages and just work! If I take a break, it’ll be to do books. A few went onto the shelves over the last couple of days, including both magic books and fiction.

*That* is a snail! Photo by Loren 2/15/16

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Today’s Feast 
is to a Fertile Crescent love/death/rebirth/battle goddess with a *really* bad press! Ishtar shows up in the Epic of Gilgamesh and has her own version of the “descent of Inanna”. She is related to Inanna, Astarte and the Dumizi/Tammuz death/rebirth rituals were part of her worship. Some bits of that still reverberate into the modern era. Easter Baskets, anybody? More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ishtar

Today’s plant is White crocus, cloth-of-silver crocus, Crocus versicolor info here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crocus Sacred to Juno and Ostara, as any crocus, it is used to attract love (carry), turn away abusive love (burn), and give visions (place on altar or by bed).

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 Libra enters Scorpio at 1:18am

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.

High in the northern sky these dark evenings, in the seemingly empty wastes between Capella overhead and Polaris due north, sprawls big, dim Camelopardalis, the Giraffe — perhaps the biggest often-visible constellation you don’t know. Unless you have a really dark sky, you’ll need binoculars to work out its loose, faint, nondescript pattern using the constellation chart in the center of Sky & Telescope — a challenge project that will build your skills for correctly relating what you see in binoculars to what you see, much smaller, on a sky map. If you’re new at this, start with brighter, easier constellations and save the shy Giraffe until you get good at it.

Located about 600 light-years away, the Beehive star cluster (M44) is one of the closest open clusters to Earth. theilr on Flickr

An hour after sunset, the gorgeous open cluster M44 in Cancer already floats more than 35° high. As the darkness deepens, this glittering group of stars may emerge from the background as a 4th-magnitude fuzz. This easy naked-eye object spans some 95′ and is also known as the Beehive Cluster or Praesepe the Manger. Because it requires no optical aid to spot, it has been known since ancient times and records of it date back to at least 260 B.C. But it doesn’t truly resolve until you point binoculars or a telescope its way, which will show at least several dozen of its 350 stars. The Beehive is some 580 light-years away and roughly 730 million years old. Researchers think it may have once been associated with the Hyades over in Taurus — perhaps both were birthed in a single giant molecular cloud and moved apart over time.

Neptune is sinking away into the sunset, following behind Jupiter.

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 Pisces

Goddess Month of of Moura, runs from 2/20-3/19
Celtic Tree Month of
Nuin/Nion  Ash  Feb 18Mar 17
Color – Lavendar
Planting 2/21&2
©2022 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
M   21     High   3:19 AM     7.9   7:06 AM     Set  9:36 AM      82
~    21      Low   9:49 AM     1.2   5:54 PM    Rise 11:51 PM
~    21     High   3:43 PM     6.5
~    21      Low   9:36 PM     1.7

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – This too shall pass.

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Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – Dr. Joyce Brothers once said, “When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses.” Recall one of the happiest moments your family has ever had together.

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Quotes

~   A real friend never gets in your way–unless you happen to be on the way down. – Dr. Wayne Dyer
~   But great loves, to the last, have pulses red; All great loves that have ever died dropped dead. – Helen Hunt Jackson (1830-1885) US writer
~   Time engraves our faces with all the tears we have not shed. – Natalie Clifford Barney (1876-1972) US writer
~   Time lost is never found again. – Benjamin Franklin

Snow in the country—snow in the town,
Silently, silently sinking down;
Everywhere, everywhere fast-falling snow,
Dazzling the eyes with its crystalline glow! – –Jennie E. Haight, Canadian poet

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Ostara Magick – Lore – Spring Equinox (Eostre/Ostara) on Witchology – http://www.witchology.com/contents/march/ostara.phpFind out about the Spring Equinox – the Wiccan Eostre or Ostara Sabbat – this month’s seasonal witchcraft Sabbat celebrated by modern Wiccans and pagans.

The Rites of Spring – By Dr Leo Ruickbie, Director of WICA.

The end of March is the focus for a number of religious and traditional celebrations. As the sun appears to cross the earth’s equator on the 20th or 21st of March, entering the Zodiacal sign of Aries, day and night will be equal in length. This astronomical phenomenon is a day anciently revered amongst Pagan peoples. Their festivals included Alban Elfed, the Teutonic festival in honour of Eostre, Roman Hilaria Matris Deûm, Welsh Gwyl Canol Gwenwynol (‘Day of the Gorse’), the Wiccan Eostar (Ostara) Sabbat and the Christian Feast of the Annunciantion of the Virgin Mary (Lady Day) as well as Easter itself.

Origins and History of Ostara

Today, Ostara is one of the eight major holidays, sabbats or festivals of Wicca. It is celebrated on the Spring Equinox, which in the northern hemisphere is around the 20th or 21st of March and in the southern hemisphere around the 23rd of September. Its modern revival is linked to some of the oldest traditions of mankind.

The Month of the Goddess

The name is thought to be derived from a goddess of German legend, according to Jakob Grimm in his Deutsche Mythologie. A similar goddess named Eostre was described by the Venerable Bede. Bede indicated that this name was used in English when the Paschal holiday was introduced. Since then this name (not the holiday) has been converted to Easter, or in German Ostern. Some scholars question both Bede’s and Grimm’s conclusions due to a lack of supporting evidence for this goddess. Others argue that a lack of further documentation is not surprising given that Bede is credited with writing the first substantial history of England (in which he described Eostre as a goddess whose worship had already passed) and Grimm was specifically attempting to capture oral traditions before they might be lost.

Despite these reservations, the idea of Eostre has become firmly established in many minds. Without any consideration of these problems, the folklorist Dr Jonathan Young categorically states:

Easter has deep roots in the mythic past. Long before it was imported into the Christian tradition, the Spring festival honored the goddess Eostre or Eastre.

According to Bede and Einhard in his Life of Charlemagne, the month called Eostremonat/Ostaramanoth was equated with April. This would put the start of ‘Ostara’s Month’ after the Equinox in March. It must be taken into account that these ‘translations’ of calendar months were approximate as the old forms were predominantly lunar months while the new were based on a solar year. Thus start of ‘Eostremonat’ would actually have fallen in late March and could thus still be associated with the Spring Equinox.

The holiday is a celebration of spring and growth, the renewal of life that appears on the earth after the winter. In mythology it is often characterized by the rejoining of the goddess and her lover-brother-son, who spent the winter months in death. This is an interesting parallel to the biblical story in which Jesus is resurrected (the reason Christians celebrate Easter), pointing to another appropriation of pre-Christian religious figures, symbols and myths by early Christianity.

Word Origins

Etymologically, Eostre, or, as it is sometimes called, Ostara, may come from the word ‘east’, meaning dawn. Others have also tried to link Eostre with ‘estrogen’ and ‘estrus’. These words, however, are more widely considered to be derived from the Greek oistros, meaning ‘gadfly’ or ‘frenzy’. Interestingly, the word ‘spring’ (from to spring, to leap or jump up, burst out, 0ld English springan, a common Teutonic word, ccompare German springen), primarily the act of springing or leaping, is applied to the season of the year in which plant life begins to bud and shoot.

The Antiquity of Ostara

Ostara is a modern Wiccan festival and there is no evidence that Spring Equinox festivals were called by this name in the past. However, there is no direct ‘proof’ of many Christian or pagan traditions, so a lack of evidence should not necessarily be taken as disproof.

Wiccan Interpretations

The Cycle of Birth, Death and Rebirth

Goddess of fertility and new beginnings, we take this opportunity to embrace Eostre’s passion for new life and let our own lives take the new direction we have wanted for so long.

Many Wiccans situate Eostre (Ostara) within a symbolic cycle of birth, death and rebirth. As the quotation from Goddess.com.au demonstrates, the particular role of Eostre is internalized and turned into a self-empowering meditation. Again Dr Young re-inforces this, by no means definitive, interpretation:

The annual event in honour of Eastre celebrated new life and renewal. However, other views also add a darker element, according to Mike Nichols:  The god of light now wins a victory over his twin, the god of darkness.

Nichols has attempted a reconstruction of the symbolic events of this time of year using the Welth mych-cycle of the Mabinogion. By this interpretation the Spring Equinox is the day on which the reborn Llew exacts his revenge on Goronwy by piercing him with the spear of sunlight. Reborn or returned to health at the Winter Solstice, Llew is now able to challenge and defeat his rival twin and mate with his lover/mother. Meanwhile the ‘Great Mother Goddess’, miraculously returned to virginity at Candlemas, now receives the sun god’s advances and conceives a child. This child will be born at the next Winter Solstice, nine months from now, at once closing the cycle and re-opening it.

Christianity and Easter

Contrary to what the Church may try and tell you, Christianity came late to the Easter party. There is no indication of the observance of the Easter festival in the New Testament, or in the writings of the apostolic Fathers. A comment made by St Chrysostom on I Cor. V. 7 has been supposed to refer to an apostolic observance of Easter, but this is erroneous. The sanctity of special times was an idea absent from the minds of the first Christians. The ecclesiastical historian Socrates (Hist. Eccl. V. 22) states that neither Jesus nor his followers enjoined the keeping of this or any other festival. He attributes the observance of Easter by the Church to the perpetuation of an old tradition, just as many other customs have been established.

Superstitions and Traditions

The Shock of the New

Elements of old beliefs linger in current ‘superstitions’. According to these, it is said that something new should be worn at Easter to bring good luck. Easter Parades reflect this idea about wearing new clothes.

Eggs and Rabbits

The Easter Bunny is German in origin. He first appears in literature in 16th century as a deliverer of eggs. All rabbits and hares were thought to lay eggs on Easter Day, but the Easter Bunny specifically sought out and rewarded well-behaved children with coloured eggs in a manner reminiscent of Yule customs. The movements of the hare, leaping and zig-zagging across the fields, were thought to hold clues to the coming year.

Eggs themselves are obvious symbols of resurrection and continuing life, as well as fertility. Early humans thought the return of the sun from winter darkness was an annual miracle, and saw the egg as a natural wonder and proof of the renewal of life. As Christianity spread the egg was adopted as a symbol of Jesus’s alleged resurrection from the tomb. According to Young, the Easter Bunny is:

a continuation of the reverence shown during the spring rites to the rabbit as a symbol of abundance. The honouring of such emblems of fertility extended to eggs. The egg serves as a representation of new life. It stands for the renewing power of nature and, by extension, agriculture. The egg can also symbolize regeneration in a spiritual or psychological sense. The ritual of colouring Easter eggs stems from the tradition of painting eggs in bright colours to represent the sunlight of spring.

The Inner Bunny

Young goes on to suggest that:  This might also be a good time to find the inner Easter Bunny.

Whether you feel up to the challenge or not, the Spring Equinox is an ominous reminder of the ways in which Christianity has subverted and perverted the old traditions of Europe – a process that many are seeking to reverse and at what better time than now.

Brief Bibliography

  • Bede, De Temp. Rat. c. xv.
  • St Chrysostom, Commentary on I Cor. V. 7.
  • Einhard, Life of Charlemagne, trans Samuel Epes Turner. Harper and Brothers, 1880.
  • Encyclopedia Britannica, 1911.
  • Goddess.com.au, accessed 9th February, 2006.
  • Grimm, Jakob, Deutsche Mythologie. 1835.
  • Nichols, Mike, ‘Lady Day: The Vernal Equinox’, 1999.
  • Socrates, Hist. Eccl. V. 22.
  • Young, Jonathan, ‘Symbolism of Spring’, Vision Magazine, April 2003.

News About this Spring Equinox (Eostre/Ostara) Article

This article has been cited by Justine Hawkins, ‘The Eostre bunny’, The Guardian, 23 March 2008, url: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/mar/23/bunnies .

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Silliness – Tightwad Flyers

Sue and Bob, a pair of tightwads, lived in the midwest, and had been married for years. Bob had always wanted to go flying. The desire deepened each time a barnstormer flew into town to offer rides.
Bob would ask, and Sue would say, “No way, ten bucks is ten bucks.”
The years went by, and Bob figured he didn’t have much longer, so he got Sue out to the show by explaining, “It’s free to watch, let’s at least watch.” Once he got there, the feeling become real strong and an argument started.
Between flights the pilot overheard and said, “I’ll tell you what. I’ll take you up flying, and if you don’t say a word the ride is on me. But if you make one sound, you pay the ten dollars.”
So off they flew, the Pilot doing as many rolls, and dives as he could, heading to the ground as fast as the plane could go and pulling out of the dive at the very last second. Through all this the couple said not a word. Finally he admitted defeat and went back the airport.
“I’m surprised, why didn’t you say anything?”
“Well I almost said something when Sue fell out, but ten bucks is ten bucks.”

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