The shop opens at 1pm. Winter hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Mark Nessel. [workshop]
Sunlight keeps coming and going on the windows, clouds are moving fast! [posting at 6pm] Rain gauge at noon on 3/3 – 0/15, Partly cloudy, 46F, wind at 1-6mph and gusting, AQI 8-41, UV3. Chance of rain 45% today and 15% tonight. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY 1pm Fri.- 4am Sat. A small chance of showers until late afternoon today (46/40), Sat.-Mon. (53/40) Dry, some cloud, Chance of showers, Tues. (50/43)1/5 inch accum. Wed/Thu (50/43) dry, Fri/Sat (53/45/) showers possible accum. 1 1/2 inches over the two days!
Wednesday evening was a bit fraught. We totally ran out of time to get things done after we got back. We did manage some small chores at home, but none of the cooking that was needed. (What are we eating for supper?) …and Tempus needed some sleep… didn’t get enough, but got some.
Luckily the newspaper route went early and he was home and in bed at 7:15! He got caught up, but he was really logy and we ended up opening 15 minutes late, drattit…. We got coffee and some breakfast and he went out to do the laundry, while I worked on things at the shop. I managed a little bit of weeding. I did some more small chores, got a few books ready for sale, caught up on mail and a little reading (mostly about St. Olga, see Today’s Feast) and then settled in to this, since I can’t pick up the watering bottles and not drop them. I managed to break a pot. <sigh>
It’s bulk route night, so I have to get home early enough that I’m not going to get too much writing done and I’m *way* late on last week’s House Capuchin report. I can finally embroider a little, maybe get some stuff done on the sewing machine, and I have pumpkins to bake before they go “round the twist”. Maybe a cake or muffins? Oh, that would be nice!
Today we’ll be opening at 1pm. With the possibility of showers I probably won’t get anything more done out front. If we get home early enough I *might* be able to do more on the dahlias. …and I hope I can get Tempus to water the indoor plants for me.
Oh! I can do pasta with diced tomatoes and hamburger, tonight. Sheesh! You’d think I’d have this cooking thing down by now….
St. Casimir is a little odd for a saint, being royal but having no miraculous events connected with his life. He is the patron saint of Lithuania and Poland. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Casimir …and about the celebrations here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Casimir%27s_Day
St. Olga, defiance and vengeance, patron of Ukraina! Her husband was murdered and his murderers tried to get her to marry their leader. She said yes, but buried the first delegation alive, had a 2nd burned to death in a bathhouse, and a 3rd delegation was put to death at her husband’s funeral feast! Sounds a good bit like, “F…the Russians!” doesn’t it? – https://theconversation.com/saint-olga-of-kyiv-is-ukraines-patron-saint-of-both-defiance-and-vengeance-178019
Today’s plant is the Evergreen Violet, Viola sempervirens. This is a pretty plant that looks like nothing much through 9 months of the year here on the coast,but is spectacular in March, when it covers the ground with beautiful golden flowers on a deep blue/green background, and still lovely in April/May. It is indeed evergreen, not withering to the ground, although it sometimes is overshadowed by grass. It grows well in the park behind the house. As any viola it is Feminine, ruled by Venus, but unlike the blue violets (corresponding to water) the Evergreen Violet corresponds to the element of Air and the Sun – Protects against malevolent spirits, brings changes in luck & fortune, wear to help with headaches, dizziness and to bring calm and sleep, wear in a green sachet to heal wounds. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viola_sempervirens
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 3/18 at 12:18am. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 3/6 at 9:35pm.
Just two days past New, our Moon is now a 6-percent-lit crescent setting about two hours after sunset. Take that time to turn a telescope on our satellite’s eastern limb and enjoy features such as Mare Humboldtianum, the dark splotch of Lacus Spei, and the craters Gauss, Hahn, and Berosus. This early in the lunar month, those craters are sporting bright rims drenched in sunshine, while their floors remain in dark shadow. But what’s really interesting to watch is the way the Moon’s eastern limb will tilt away from us in the coming days. Compare your view tonight to that over the next week or so, and you’ll see these features appear to rock back and away with each passing day. What’s going on? You’re seeing a phenomenon called libration, which causes the Moon to appear to “nod” back and forth or up and down as it orbits Earth. In this case, we have the opportunity to see more of the lunar west, but less of the lunar east.
February was Orion’s month to stand at his highest in the south in early evening. Now March pushes him westward and brings his dog to center stage on the meridian: Canis Major, sporting Sirius on his chest. Sirius is not only the brightest star in our sky after the Sun, it’s also the closest naked-eye star after the sun, at 8.6 light-years, for those of us living at mid-northern latitudes. Alpha Centauri is the actual closest star at 4.3 light-years, but you have be farther south to see it. And in the northern sky three dim red dwarfs are closer than Sirius, but those require binoculars or a telescope.
Mercury is much lower in the dawn, some 22° to Venus’s lower left. And now Saturn emerges from the sunrise glare. It comes to conjunction with Mercury on the morning of March 2nd, when they’re only 0.7° apart. Mercury that morning is the brighter one; Saturn glimmers to its upper left.
Runic half-month of Teiwaz/Tyr, 2/27-3/13 This is a time of positive regulation, sacrifice and hard work in order to progress.
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
F 4 High 1:34 AM 7.9 6:48 AM Rise 8:04 AM 1
~ 4 Low 7:38 AM 1.0 6:08 PM Set 8:38 PM
~ 4 High 1:32 PM 7.9
~ 4 Low 7:53 PM 0.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Life is too short to be unhappy.
Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – Home is where one starts from. — T.S. Eliot
~ Most of the trouble in the world is caused by people wanting to be important. -T.S. Elliot
~ The job that pays the most will be offered when there is no time to deliver the services. – Quile’s Consultation Law
~ The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion, economic status or ethnic background, is that, deep down inside, we ALL believe that we are above-average drivers. – Dave Barry
~ Before you change something you had best be sure that you understand what it is you are doing. History is full of examples of well-intentioned efforts to change the world that led to catastrophe due to an imperfect understanding of how things truly were. – Kerr Cuhulain
The brown buds thicken on the trees,
Unbound, the free streams sing,
As March leads forth across the leas
The wild and windy spring. – Elizabeth Akers Allen (1832–1911)
Ostara Magick – Recipes
Coconut Carrot Cake – http://autumnearthsong.com/2012/03/03/ostara-recipes-2012/
*I adore carrot cake….and this is a spicy moist one..delish!!
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon allspice
- 4 eggs
- 2 cups white sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 1/4 cups vegetable oil
- 2 cups grated carrots
- 1 (20 ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained
- 1/2 cup sweetened flaked coconut
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- 1 cup raisins
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Coat a 10x15x2 inch baking dish or 10 inch Bundt pan with cooking spray. In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Set aside.
In a separate larger bowl, mix together the eggs, sugar and vanilla by hand. Stir in the oil; the mixture should resemble pudding. Gradually stir in the dry ingredients, then fold in the carrots, pineapple coconut, walnuts and raisins. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, and spread evenly.
Bake for 55 to 60 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a small knife inserted into the cake comes out clean.
Almond Paste Dates
- 1/2 Pound Almond Paste
- 1 Pound Dates (Pitted)
- colored or powdered sugar (optional)
- Slit dates lengthwise
- press almond paste into canoe opening
- Sprinkle with colored or powdered sugar (optional)
Note – If you have found the Pirate Marzipan recipe, that’s a good one, here. These can also be wrapped in bacon and grilled/baked.
BlueberryGinger Crumble – 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.
- 2 cups fresh blueberries
- 1/3 cup white sugar
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons ginger chips (minced crystallized ginger)
- 1/3 cup butter
- Preheat oven to 350º.
- Put the blueberries in a medium-sized glass bowl and rake the edge of a spoon through them to bruise the fruit slightly. Add 1/3 cup white sugar and 1 tablespoon lemon juice; stir, then set aside.
- In a second bowl, combine 1/2 cup flour, 1/2 cup rolled oats, and 1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar. Then stir in 2 tablespoons of ginger chips. Slice the butter into squares and add to the dry ingredients. Use a butter cutter to mix the contents until loose and crumbly.
- Stir the blueberries and spread them in the bottom of a glass pie plate. Then sprinkle the crumble topping evenly over the blueberry filling. Bake at 350º for 20-30 minutes, until topping is golden-crisp and filling is bubbly.
- I used fresh blueberries this time. Frozen ones should also work.
- The Ginger People brand sells ginger chips by the can or in bulk. If you can’t find that, buy ordinary dried crystallized ginger and mince it finely.
- This crumble dessert was received with great enthusiasm.
This recipe was originally published in The Wordsmith’s Forge on 7/23/08, then revised for reprint 6/24/11.
Silliness – Sniglet – Any word which should be in the dictionary but isn’t. – warbloid (WAR bloyd) – n. The tiny device in cassette players that eats tapes.