Daily Stuff 3-13-22 Kasuga Matsuri

Hi, folks!

Did you remember to change your clocks and smoke alarm batteries?

Did you remember?

The shop opens at 1pm. Winter hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Ken Gagne. House Capuchin Project Day from 1-5pm.

 [posting at 7:30pm] Rain gauge at noon on 3/12 – Trace, It’s been spitty all day, sometimes really coming down hard, but it’s more breezy than anything, at the moment. …and wait five minutes…. it’s pouring, 46F, wind at 0-23mph and gusting up into the 30’s along the beaches, AQI 12-45, UV3. Chance of rain 94% today and 38% tonight. GALE WARNING through 11am Sunday. BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT through Sun. aft. Today (49/46) will be all rain and wind, easing as the day goes on. accum 1/4 inch. Monday(52/47) looks like rain, picking up at midday through the evening. accum 1 inch. Wed. (51/43) might dry out and be partly cloudy, but there’s still a chance of 1/10 inch of rain. Thur-Sun, showers, total 1 inch over 4 days. Highs 47-50, lows 39-44. 6 firespots.

Bay tree

Friday we made a pizza from naan bread for supper and turned in. It was late and we were tired. When I got up around 11, I read for a bit, then dinked with music on the tablet and then crawled back into bed, because I can read the tablet if the lights are off! I woke Tempus in time to head out for the paper run, then settled in with a book, going to sleep again around 2am. He got in around 8, I think.

Timber bamboo

When I woke with the alarm at noon, it was still dry outside, but it was rather dark and ominous-looking. The wind hadn’t picked up enough to notice, but the rain started in, going from spitty to heavy before we headed out the door.

That’s the rest of it!

When we got to the shop we both picked up mail and messages and then started in on other tasks, mostly bookmark pieces. At 2, 3, and 5pm I had classes (culinary symposium) and I’m looking forward to seeing the recordings of the earlier ones, once of which was the keynote speech by Volker Bach, the guy I’ve been doing test dishes for his translated recipes.

Other than that I worked a bit on plants, talked with some new-to-town people, one of whom is a hypnotist (and we’ve been talking about setting up some classes….) and helped some customers, one of whom came in specifically looking for amber and silver earrings. Apparently she’s been hunting all over for them and had no expectation of finding any. Of course, we carry some and we were the first place she tried out here. 🙂 She gave me a painted stone, too, that’s in the door window with the Magick stone, now.

Eye level bamboo

Tempus worked on bookmarks and then made a batch of bread, which is why we’re here later than usual. We need to get supper at home. I put a veg dish together last night that just needs to be heated, but I’m hoping he’ll do potatoes in the air fryer, again, maybe trying some of the yellow potatoes that we got the other night.

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Some other flowers

Today is our “different day”. I’m hoping to work a little on some of the spurtles that we have in the box, sanding and finishing. I have to get photos of bookmarks, too, and talk with House folks online during the afternoon, even if no one shows up in person.

A Ken Gagne pic of the Alsea Bay Bridge from 3/6/17.

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Today’s Plant is Mugwort, Artemisia vulgaris. One of the Nine Herbs of the old Anglo-Saxon charm, this herb has many different uses from insect-repelling to flavoring beer. It’s a bad one for pregnant women to ingest since it can induce abortion, since it’s a mild poison, but it’s used as a medicinal for various complaints and as a food. Some of the traditional folk uses are: magical protection, to repel insects, especially moths, from gardens., as a remedy against fatigue,  to protect travelers against evil spirits and wild animals.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nine_Herbs_Charmhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mugwort– Feminine, Venus, Air/Earth – Clairvoyance, psychic dreams, astral projection, protection, strength. Place in the shoes for protection and to prevent fatigue on long journeys. The fresh leaves rubbed on a magick mirror or crystal ball will strengthen divinatory abilities. Mugwort is perhaps the most widely used Witches’ herb of all time.

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Kasuga Matsuri is the monkey festival held at the Kasuga grand shrine. It is a festival of music and dance particularly the bukaku style which is the oldest continuous music (gagaku) and dance (bukaku)  tradition in the world, dating back 12 centuries. Click for larger pictures (they’re both beautiful) More on the Grand Shrine here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kasuga-taisha#Festivals and here: http://www.sacred-destinations.com/japan/nara-kasuga-grand-shrine and on the sacred dance style here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bugaku  and music here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gagaku

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 Cancer enters Leo at 12:32pm.

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 passes under the heads of Gemini.

Lunar Alpenglow and Orion – The setting Moon casts its light on the sacred Chana Dorje peak at Yading National Reserve in the Sichuan province of China. In the background sky, you can see the three belt stars of Orion lined up almost vertically above the pyramid-shaped peak. The Horsehead Nebula (B33) is visible near the belt stars, and to the right is the great Orion Nebula (M42). The red, glowing circular structure surrounding Orion is Barnard’s Loop. Copper-colored Betelgeuse (Alpha Orionis) and blue Rigel (Beta Orionis) appear on the left and right sides, respectively. – Jeff Dai

Sirius blazes high in the south on the meridian in late twilight this week. The seeing often steadies in twilight, so this may be a good time to try for Sirius B, the Dog Star’s notoriously difficult white-dwarf companion. Sirius A and B are at their farthest apart in their 50-year orbit, separated by 11.3 arcseconds (they’re exactly farthest apart next year if you’re picky). They’ll remain very nearly as wide for the next few years before they start closing again. You’ll want at least an 8- or 10-inch scope and a night of really excellent seeing. Keep checking night after night; top-notch steady seeing makes all the difference for spotting Sirius B. See the additional tips in Bob King’s article Sirius B – A New Pup in My Life. The Pup is east-northeast of the Dog Star and 10 magnitudes fainter: one ten-thousandth as bright. As Bob recommends, put a homemade occulting bar across your eyepiece’s field stop: a tiny strip of aluminum foil held to the field stop with a bit of tape, with one edge of the foil crossing the center of the field. Hide blinding Sirius A just behind the strip’s eastern edge.

Sirius, photographed one minute before sunset from Duluth, Minnesota. I used the tree to “point” to the star in the barren, blue sky. To see Sirius with the Sun still up, clean, haze-free skies are a must. – Bob King – https://skyandtelescope.org/observing/how-to-see-sirius-in-the-daytime/

A different Sirius challenge: Find it in the daytime! Venus is sometimes not hard to see with the naked eye in a clean blue sky, if you land on the precise spot to examine, and it’s much easier with binoculars or a telescope. Jupiter is tougher. . . but what about the brightest star? At this time of year Sirius is nearing the meridian in late afternoon before sunset. The article in the March Sky & Telescope, page 48, will enable you to give it your very best shot.

Daylight saving time begins this morning at 2 A.M. For regions that observe the time change, clocks will “spring forward” one hour.

Fireball over ALMA – A bright meteor streaks through the sky above the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile. Sporadic meteors — and even fireballs — can occur every day; the best time to try your luck this month is moonless mornings. – ESO/C. Malin

The planet Neptune is in conjunction with the Sun at 8 A.M. EDT. This cosmic geometry renders it invisible all month, but the ice giant will reappear in the morning sky in early April. If you do happen to be up before the Sun this morning, take advantage of the small dark window between moonset and the onset of twilight to scan the skies for sporadic meteors. Although there is no major meteor shower this month, random chunks of space dust litter the inner solar system and generate a small background rate of about 6 meteors per hour this time of year. Morning is the best time to try to spot shooting stars, as this is when your location is on the leading hemisphere of Earth and meteors will strike the atmosphere head-on.

Venus, magnitude –4.6, is the bright “Morning Star” shining low in the southeast during dawn.

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. Runic half-month of Berkana/ Beorc, 3/14-29 Half-month ruled by the goddess of the birch tree; a time of purification for rebirth and new beginnings.

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 – Amber
Planting 3/10-13
©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
Su  13      Low   3:54 AM     3.9   7:32 AM     Set  5:38 AM      71
~    13     High   9:33 AM     6.8   7:20 PM    Rise  2:22 PM
~    13      Low   4:54 PM     0.7
~    13     High  11:36 PM     6.0

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I’ll watch my thinking and keep improving it.

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Journal Prompt – Wiki – If you had to choose between having a personal chef, a housekeeper, or a personal trainer, which would you pick and why?

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Quotes

~   Never leave the scene of an intention without taking action. – Tony Robbins
~   All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling. – Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish writer and wit
~   You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection. – Buddha
~   Magic is about using your connections to the universe effectively, finding the right connection and giving it the subtle tug that starts a chain of events that leads to your objective. – Kerr Cuhulain

We like March, his shoes are purple
He is new and high;
Makes he mud for dog and peddler,
Makes he forest dry. – Emily Dickinson (1830–86)

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Ostara Magick – Lore – OSTARA Goddess of Renewal

What I love most about this time of year are the birds. They start their springtime symphony early in the morning as the sun begins to peer over the mountain. The trees are budding and tulips and other flowers are showing up in all the stores. This is the time of year when Ostara is honored and thanked as she resumes her “throne” and presides over the season of spring with her familiar, the rabbit.

Long ago, the Germanic goddess, Ostara, was honored in the month of April each year with festivals honoring re-birth and renewal. Nowadays we recognize her festival as “Easter”. The name Easter evolved from the Goddess’s name, Ostara, which means “movement towards the rising sun” or “East”. Ostara is the living symbol for air and the life force of spring. East is representative of the element of air and our mental powers. Air is about new beginnings and allowing your spirit to soar. Ostara is still one of the most powerful Goddesses today. So much so that she has made herself right at home within Christianity and modern medicine.

Easter, like most Pagan festivals, evolved into a Christian holiday focusing, not on the Goddess, but on the Biblical Jesus and his “rebirth” or “resurrection”. Even so, Easter somehow managed to retain the fertility symbols and the Easter Basket. (I always wondered what the Easter Basket had to do with Christ’s resurrection. Didn’t you?) Ostara, goddess of fertility, has also managed to infiltrate our society with the well known “Rabbit Test” to find out if a woman is pregnant and also the hormone estrogen. Both named for her.

Ostara is the perfect goddess to call on when dealing with women’s health issues, especially when related to the reproductive system. Ostara is Goddess of joy, new beginnings, and fertility. That is where Easter Eggs and Easter Bunnies (rabbits) come in. Eggs are an obvious symbol for fertility and the rabbit (Ostara’s power animal) have a rather well known propensity for reproducing. Ostara presides over our personal renewal and fertility issues. She is goddess of the dawn.

Eggs were dyed or painted bright colors as an offering to Ostara. Dawn is the best time to invoke her. In days of old, fires were lit at dawn in Ostara’s honor. It always amazes me how traditions like this survive over the millennia.

Right now is the perfect time to build an altar to Ostara so that you can begin to bring in the energy and vibration for new beginnings and fertility. This is the time of year when we symbolically wake up from our winter slumber and become more alert and active. Ostara’s altar will help our minds become fertile once again with ideas, making it very easy to take advantage of the vibrations this time of year offers us. This is a good time for starting new projects of all kinds. Let’s build an altar honoring Ostara and the changing of the seasons.

OSTARA’S ALTAR

You can easily build an altar for Ostara using some or all of her symbols. Ostara’s colors, symbols, and aspects are:
Colors – all of the pastel colors, green
Symbols – rabbit, egg, feather
Aspects – personal renewal, new beginnings, rebirth, fertility
Some suggested offerings to Ostara are – eggs, rice, incense, feathers, flowers.

To build a simple altar like the one on GoddessVision you will need:
Brightly colored stones such as Amethyst, Rose Quartz, Calcite, Citrine and/or Aquamarine
Hard boiled eggs, preferably colored or brown
Seeds or rice
Feather (symbol for air)
Incense
Rabbit figurine
Spring flowers

Ostara loves bright colors. The light pastels of spring are perfect offerings for Ostara. To represent earth on your altar, choose bright or pastel colored stones like Rose Quartz, Amethyst, or any of the Calcites (blue, red, yellow, or green). If you have some Citrine, be sure to include it. Citrine has long been an aid for mental clarity.By including an offering of colored eggs on your altar, you will be taking part in an ancient tradition (still performed!) by the Germanic people. Ostara has been honored this time of year with painted eggs for centuries.

To symbolize fertility, in addition to the eggs, you can include seeds or rice on your altar. I like to use rice as a symbol for fertility on my altars.

Incense and feathers are perfect symbols for air on your altar. It is important for Ostara’s altar that you include a symbol for air because Ostara herself is the living symbol for Air. (This must be the way Ostara and Easter became associated with birds, i.e. chickens) Be sure to burn incense at your altar when you are dedicating it in order to bring in the energy and vibrational qualities of Ostara.

The perfect time to dedicate your altar is at dawn. Choose a day, then plan to dedicate your altar to Ostara at dawn’s first light by lighting incense and repeating an invocation to her as well as a prayer of thanksgiving for all that Ostara symbolizes in your life; A clear mind. New beginnings. Personal renewal. Fertility, either for the purpose of bearing a child or for creativity such as arts and crafts, writing, or decorating.

You can include anything you like on your altar to Ostara. You will know by how you feel if an item is appropriate or not. I believe it is important to include symbols for the four elements on my altars. The four elements are Fire, Earth, Air, and Water. The four Calcites on my altar (red/fire, green/earth, yellow/air, and blue/water) represent Mother Earth and the four elements. I have added feathers and other items that symbolize Ostara to my altar as offerings to her. (you can learn more about calcite here: http://www.goddessvision.net/calciteinfo.htm )

Last, but not least, I have included a figure of a rabbit. The rabbit is Ostara’s power animal. I am sure this is because of their propensity for fertility.

To see my altar to Ostara, click here: http://www.goddessvision.net/Ostara.htm

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Silliness – Sniglet – Any word which should be in the dictionary but isn’t. – tritz (trits) – n. The holes in saltine crackers.

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