The shop opens at 1pm. Winter hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Ronald Breeze.
[posting at 6:30pm] Rain gauge at noon on 3/10 – Dry, Clear, but with some cirrus. 47F, wind at 1-3mph and gusting, AQI 12-42, UV3. Chance of rain 4% today and 9% tonight. The computer is apparently counting some high cirrus as partly cloudy, because it still doesn’t look a bit like cloud! GALE WATCH (coastal waters) for wind from Sat-Sun morning. Today (53F/41) should be just like the pretty weather from yesterday, although with clouds thickening a bit as the day goes on. Saturday morning (51/45) some different weather is due to arrive, probably by 8-10am with rain and wind. 3/4 of an inch of rain! Over the next week of showers and rain we could get most of 5 inches worth…. Sun (51/45) showers. Mon (54/47) heavy rain, up to 1 1/3 inches. The rest of the week is all showers, heavy at times, Highs 50-54, lows 42-45. 5 firespots.
Yesterday was all frantic writing for me and other online stuff for Tempus. He was paying bills. It was 5pm before I got the newsletter for the 10th done and then started on this. I was hoping to get “wallpapers” printed, so I could work on that minis project. I needed to find white glue, too, and a bit of laminated paper to even the glue out with.
We were pretty busy, not uncommon for a sunny day. No sales, though. Most were people “just browsing”, but a couple needed information and one wanted to buy my bike. <sigh> It’s always people who look scruffy and not like they have a bunch of money. Usually if they offer anything they want to give me $25 for a $1500 trike…..
I’m hoping to work on the mini-display and some embroidery or sewing, but danged if I know what we’re having for supper… probably meatballs again, unless I can get some chicken cooked quickly. …and that’s assuming that there’s any time before the bulk route.
…and as I’m trying to get this out I got one of “those” phone calls. Someone who needs help, wants a reading, won’t take no for an answer and tries to bully me into it, since she can’t be bothered to leave her house. I don’t do readings over the phone, or even in person at the moment, for very good reason. Over the phone they don’t work. I’m still not set up to do readings here at the shop and I’m not certain it’d be safe, either. So I try to give her some advice, since she says that’s what she wants, but because it’s not what she wants to hear she just rejects it and spends 1/2 an hour telling me how the last psychic that she got off the phone with right before she called me was an opinionated, rude, b****. That’s supposed to make me want to help? Urph… she ended by saying she was going to kill herself and said, “Have a nice day!” and slammed the phone down. It’d be nice if “spiritually aware” (and she insisted that she was that) people actually were…..
Today we open at 1pm. Tempus needs to make bread and I have a bunch of writing to do. I may be printing more wallpapers, too.
Today’s plant is Wild ginger, Asarum caudatum – This is a different plant from the one usually used in magick, but has only slightly different properties. This is related to black pepper, kava and birthwort. – Masculine, Mars, Fire – This is used for “heating up” spells. While standard ginger is used in money, love, success and power spells, Wild Ginger is mostly used to add power, rather than on its own.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asarum_caudatum
Johnny Appleseed, John Chapman, is usually thought of as an eccentric who wandered the early US throwing apple seeds around, but actually, he was planting orchards and left over 1200 acres of them when he died. An early ecologist, he traveled with a tin pot on his head for a hat. The First Nations tribes, even the hostile ones, revered him. He was a Swedenborgian and carried their literature everywhere he went. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_Appleseed on Swedenborgianism here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_New_Church
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 3/16 at 12:18pm.
The waxing gibbous Moon this evening shines high in Gemini. When you face south after dark, Pollux and fainter Castor shine about a fist at arm’s length to its left, as shown below. At roughly right angles to that direction, the Moon shines almost exactly midway between Capella and Procyon (for evening in North America), about 2½ fists from each.
A few hours before sunrise, the Moon has set and the sky is perfectly dark. The constellation Lyra is some 40° high in the east and climbing, with its brightest star Vega blazing at magnitude 0. Our target this morning lies nearly 7° southeast of Vega, between the 3rd-magnitude stars Sulafat and Sheliak. We’re looking for M57, commonly called the Ring Nebula — a planetary nebula comprising the puffed-off outer layers of a dying star. M57 appears as a small, oval patch of light at roughly 9th magnitude, best seen through a telescope. It stretches about 1′ across and astronomers believe it sits some 2,300 light-years away, although its distance is hard to pin down precisely. With a 6-inch telescope or larger, see if you can spot its namesake ring of brighter emission surrounding a region of relative darkness. If you’ve got a 9-inch scope or bigger, consider a real challenge: spotting the nebula’s central white dwarf star. You’ll need extremely high magnification and very dark skies; it’s also best to give this a try while the nebula is still high above the horizon (so, earlier in the morning, rather than later).
Mercury and Saturn are much lower in bright dawn, some 22° to Venus’s lower left. Bring binoculars about 20 or 30 minutes before sunrise, and good luck! You’ll need a very low east-southeast horizon. Saturn, magnitude +0.8, is getting a little higher and less difficult each week, but Mercury (about mag. –0.3) is fast dropping away to Saturn’s lower left. Mercury is 4° lower left of Saturn on the morning of the 5th. After that, goodbye.
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 11 Low 12:09 AM 4.0 6:35 AM Set 3:03 AM 53
~ 11 High 6:13 AM 6.7 6:17 PM Rise 11:28 AM
~ 11 Low 1:57 PM 1.3
~ 11 High 9:01 PM 5.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make Friends with Freedom!
Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. When I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years. — Mark Twain
~ Every morning you are handed 24 golden hours. They are one of the few things in this world that you get free of charge. If you had all the money in the world, you couldn’t buy an extra hour. What will you do with this priceless treasure? – Anonymous
~ Fear not those who argue but those who dodge. – H. L. Mencken (1880-1956) US writer
~ In the long run we shape our lives and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility. – Eleanor Roosevelt
~ There is nothing as certain as silence, stillness, and solitude to introduce you to the secrets of yourself. – Guy Finley
Don’t say that spring has come until you can put your foot on nine daisies. – unknown
Ostara Magick – Crafts
Twinkie™ Easter Cars
Per car ….
- 1 Twinkie™
- 2 sandwich cookies (these are generic. May need 4 if the filling won’t split)
- 1 mini-pretzel, preferable yogurt covered with pastel sprinkles (try in the easter specialty display)
- 1 purple bunny Peep™ (any color will work!)
- Optional – some scraps of icing, or even the yellow decorating gel that you can buy in a tube.
- Sharp knife
- Use your knife to cut a slot in the Twinkie™ from about ½-way toward one end and the width of the Peep™. Mine was about ½ inch deep.
- Zap the cookies about 10 seconds at a time until you can “unscrew” them. Cookie fillings vary. Some won’t divide and just stick to one side. Some won’t melt (that’s what you might need icing for!)
- While still hot, stick ½ the cookie to each side of the Twinkie™ front and back for wheels.
- Set your Peep™ into the slot you cut in the Twinkie™.
- Carefully push him backwards until you can jam the pretzel down in front of him (bottom end up!)
- Set your cars on a plate and serve within 24 hours.
Note – Ingredients vary. If these tend to fall apart, use a bit of icing or decorating gel to stick them back together.
Note2 – If you have kids helping you, these will mostly look like “CakeWrecks”. Just Let them eat the mistakes.
Pretty Place Settings: Spring Holiday – April 1, 2011
It’s the perfect season to host an outdoor garden party or indoor brunch buffet. Whatever you choose, we have simple, inspired ways to take your table décor to the next level.
3 Rules for Spring-Ready Settings
- Vary Sizes & Shapes: Creating one-of-a-kind looks is easy when you master the art of the mix and match. For example, start with a round yellow plate. Offset it with an orange-and-yellow placemat in a geometric pattern. The hard lines of the textile contrast the plate’s soft shape, but the shared color makes it work.
- Don’t Shy Away from Color: There are endless ways to approach your place settings, but we believe they all deserve a little dose of color. Do it with a napkin ring, a bud vase or even your salt and pepper shakers.
- Have Fun with Florals: Spring is in full swing, so take advantage of the gorgeous flowers in bloom. Our favorites for spring include delicate Spring Cress, lush hydrangeas and bright purple and yellow pansies.
4 Spring Place Settings
1. Whites & Brights: This table feels like a breath of fresh air. Start with linens in cream or white, then stack up dishes in various shapes and sizes. Since everything is a shade of white, the look feels crisp and clean, but also textured. Add in a bright blossom for just a hint of color.
2. Egg-Inspired: Give a nod to the spring holiday with decorative eggs. Pile them into miniature woven baskets on top of each plate. Enhance the look with more sweet touches, like a place card, a ribbon around the basket base and more eggs or flowers displayed in ceramic eggcups.
3. Pretty Pastels: Nothing says spring like a symphony of pale spring shades. Dress your table with fun textiles and dishware in hues like lavender, petal pink, tangerine and robin’s egg blue. This look is all about color, so don’t be afraid to incorporate lots of different shades.
4. Kids’ Corner: Entertain little ones (and simplify clean-up) by lining your table with inexpensive craft paper, then nestle crayons and egg-shaped chalk into dishes for a table that’s festive and super fun. Finish the look with handmade pennant garland nametags for each tot.
Silliness – Conductor
A conductor was having a lot of trouble with a drummer. He constantly gave this guy personal attention and much advice, but his performance simply didn’t improve. Finally, before the whole orchestra, he took a critical jab at the drummer,
“When a musician just can’t handle his instrument and doesn’t improve when given help, they take away the instrument, give him two sticks, and make him a drummer — which must be why you play the drums.”
A stage whisper was heard from the percussion section,
“And if he can’t handle even that, they take away one of his sticks and make him a conductor.”