Daily Stuff 3-14-21 Pi Day

Hi, folks!

The shop opens at 1pm. Winter hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Ken Gagne. [workshop]

 [posting at 6:30pm] Rain gauge at noon on 3/13 – 1.8 inches, I’ll call it “partly cloudy”, but the clouds are thickening up again. 50F, wind at 2-16mph and gusting, AQI 59, UV3. Chance of rain 100% today and tonight. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY & GALE WARNING through 8pm. It’s likely to be spitty, early, (53/47, 1 inch) but is supposed to turn to full-on rain by lunchtime. That will ease off on Tuesday (50/43, 1/8 inch). Wed. (51/42) should be partly cloudy, and then back to rain Thurs-Tues, heaviest on Friday. Temps 48-54 and 40-46. 2 firespots.

The yellow flowers are called Ambrose

It was almost 9pm when we got home Saturday evening. It took that long to finish Tempus’ batch of bread. By the time we had supper it was 11pm and we fell into bed. I was galvanized right back out, just past 11:30, by a couple of lightning/thunder combos that actually shook the house! …and only 2 seconds between flash and thunder. <gleep> 2/5 of a mile? That and bucketing rain went on for several hours.

Flowering apricot

I worked on catalogues, finishing going through several, and by then it was 1am and time for Tempus to get moving, so I crawled back in with my book, turned on the light, and read & embroidered until he headed out and for about an hour after that. I ended up napping for awhile, then got back up and embroidered some more, so that the bookmark I was working on was 1/2-done, then went to sleep.

He didn’t get in until 11am. Short night and late papers… <sigh> I woke around 12:15 since his alarm was going steadily, then sat there staring at the clock and trying to wrap my head around the clock saying 11:15, but the noon alarm going off. 🙂 I did finally get it.

Daphne

We were actually a few minutes ahead of time at the shop, but once Tempus had coffee made I sent him in back to nap. As I’m writing this, it’s 5:30 and there hasn’t been a peep out of him! We had a few customers in, early on, and one rather strange person who seemed to think we were a gas station, so why were there no pumps out front? I was tempted to pull out a pair of used shoes….. <sigh> Local wildlife….

Thyme

I went to another online class from the Culinary Symposium, about the history of onions. Did you know that leeks and onions go back to at least ancient Egypt, but it wasn’t until the 1700’s that anyone wrote a scientific description of the Allium family (to which both leeks and onions belong). They showed up in Herbals during the Middle Ages, and cookbooks, of course. They weren’t quite as strong until the last 300 years, either, and there are regular descriptions of eating them like apples.

I talked to a couple of House people online, but ended up embroidering and looking things up while I listened to a couple of historical podcasts and wrote a bit. I’m yawning, already. Short night. It usually takes me a couple of weeks to settle back into the time change. I hate this. I voted to be done with it, drattit…..

Sorrel & Woods Violets

I’m hoping to do a little more cookery tonight than we’ve been, since Tempus won’t be quite so sleepy. There’s a chicken and cabbage dish that I’ve been waiting for, and I’d really like to do the beet and horseradish relish. Been craving that for months….The batch we froze wasn’t all that good. …and I really need to do a pie. 🙂 Oh, my…. I have the ingredients for peach custard pie!

Today is back to normal. Plants, books, writing. That’s Monday.

A Ken Gagne photo from 3/12/17 of a wave “explosion” on the Yaquina Bay North Jetty.

Amanitas

Today’s plant is the Fly Agaric,  Amanita Muscaria, the “toadstool” of fairy tales. It’s easily recognizable with its bright red and white cap. Poisonous and hallucinogenic, it’s a favorite of the weirder Fae and a common decoration for Yule trees….for which a lot of people have come up with odd reasons. It probably is an ancient enough association with the time of year that people have forgotten, but there may be a connection through reindeer, shamanism and Odin to Santa Claus and the other gifting deities…. you *can* use the dried mushroom in amulets for vision quests, just don’t eat the darned thing! More here: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Amanita_muscaria

Pi Day is observed on 3/14. In 2015 Pi Day had special significance on 3/14/15 (mm/dd/yy date format) at 9:26:53 a.m. and also at p.m., with the date and time representing the first 10 digits of π. Lots of events on this day are because of the Pi/Pie homophone. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pi_Day

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The Mamuralia was an ancient Roman Feast representing the transition from the old to the new year.  More here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mamuralia  The story goes that Mamurius was commissioned by the rulers of Rome to make 11 exact replicas of the shield of Mars that had fallen from the sky. He did and asked to be remembered in a hymn that was sung on this day for centuries….

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 Leo

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.

Venus, Mars, and Saturn shine during a close approach on August 7, 2010. This week, the same planets meet up in Capricornus. – Kyle H. Wilkins

Arcturus

Spring doesn’t arrive until next week. But the Spring Star Arcturus rises above the east-northeast horizon around the end of twilight now, depending on your latitude. To see where to watch for it to come up, find the Big Dipper as soon as enough stars come out. It’s high in the northeast. Follow the curve of its handle down and around to the lower right by a little more than a Dipper-length. That’s the spot on the horizon to watch. The farther north you are, earlier Arcturus rises. By 9 or 10 p.m. Arcturus is high up and dominates the eastern sky.

Canis Major

More about Sirius and its constellation Canis Major. In a very dark sky the Big Dog’s realistic stick figure is plain to see — he’s seen in profile prancing to the right on his hind legs, with Sirius on his chest as his shiny dog tag. But for most of us, only his five brightest stars show well through the light pollution. These form the unmistakable Meat Cleaver. Sirius and Murzim (to its right) are the wide top end of the Cleaver, with Sirius sparkling on its top back corner. Down to Sirius’s lower left is the Cleaver’s other end including its short handle, formed by the triangle of Adhara, Wezen, and Aludra. The Cleaver is chopping toward the lower right.

Starting tonight, Uranus will spend the next several days (though the 23rd) within about 18′ of a 7th-magnitude red giant field star. The two are located in Aries and visible all evening, setting shortly before midnight. To find the pair, look about 11° southeast of Hamal, Aries’ brightest star. They are actually a bit closer to Mu (μ) Ceti, located just over 5° south-southeast of the planet. Tonight, the field star (cataloged as HIP 12349) is just over 18′ east-southeast of Uranus. Keep coming back night after night to watch Uranus slide neatly north of the star, pulling away to the east. Binoculars or a telescope will show Uranus’ 6th-magnitude blue-gray disk, which spans just 3″ on the sky. That’s because this planet, second to last in our solar system’s lineup, is now nearly 1.9 billion miles (3 billion kilometers) from Earth.

Mars, vastly fainter at magnitude +1.2, continues to hang 4° lower right of Venus all week. Look for it early before dawn gets too bright; Mars currently shines with a little less than 1% of Venus’s light. Challenge question! Why is Mars so much dimmer than Venus now? Four reasons combine to make it so, despite two other factors working in the opposite direction. Points for each of the six that you get! Answers tomorrow!

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 – Ivory
©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   14      Low   4:50 AM     3.5   7:30 AM     Set  6:15 AM      79
~    14     High  10:30 AM     7.1   7:21 PM    Rise  3:28 PM
~    14      Low   5:36 PM     0.4

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – You can never overestimate the power of your love. It is a fire that, once lit, may burn forever.

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Journal Prompt – Describe – Describe your room at home in detail. What are you proudest of and why?

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Quotes

~   Better the trouble that follows death than the trouble that follows shame. – Irish Proverb
~   For every man there exists a bait which he cannot resist swallowing. – Friedrich Nietzsche
~   A cheerful heart is good medicine… (Prov 17:22a)
~   An ignorant person is one who doesn’t know what you have just found out. – Will Rogers (1879-1935) US actor, humorist

While the bright radiant sun in centre glows,
The earth in annual motion round it goes;
At the same time on its own axis reels,
And gives us change of seasons as it wheels. – James Russell Lowell (1819–91)

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Ostara Magick – Crafts – Pisanki: Icons of the Universe – from Okana’s Web; <http://www.okana.net/pisanka.html>

One of the prime icons and symbols of Spring, of birth and rebirth And fertility, is the egg, and Poles have made decorating and sanctifying them an art form. The perfect icon of the universe, decorated eggs were taken out into the fields as the grains were sown, along with a candle blessed at Gromniczne (Imbolc), in order to bring life back into the warming soil. Eggs were also buried at the base of fruit trees to make them bear in abundance. Even the water in which boiled-style eggs were prepared is sacred; used to wash in, bless with, poured along the property lines to protect against lightening and thunder and the ravages of weather, and anointing bee hives to bring plenty of sweet tasting honey. A bowl of decorated eggs was kept in the homes at all times, to ensure good health and prosperity. Once decorated in ritual fashion, eggs were never thrown out if they were broken. Instead they are buried in the garden, bringing good fortune, or given to the Rusalje (water nymphs/spirits) in the nearest river or stream. A Great symbol of fertility, eggs traditionally bedeck the breads baked for weddings.

The eggs are decorated in several different styles. Boiled eggs are decorated in single colors, usually red, and are called krashanka. These are meant to be eaten, or fed to the livestock, and are dyed appropriately with materials safe for consumption. Krapanka are also boiled eggs, and are decorated with multi-colored dots. Drapanka are single color boiled eggs into which a design is scratched with a pin or small knife tip.

Lystowka are wrapped in leafs and subjected to a bath of onion skin water, giving a beautiful relief pattern. Depending on the type of leaves used, these eggs may also be eaten as they are boiled in the onion skins. (do NOT use any leaf you are not sure of if you plan to serve these eggs!). The most common and most tedious form of decoration, however, is called pisanki, a batik-method coloring using beeswax, commercial or natural material dyes, and RAW eggs (boiling the eggs first will not only alter the significance of the icon, but will allow water to seep through and ruin the dye, or will alter the design by adhering to cracks formed in the boiling process).

Traditionally, eggs were decorated by women and girls only; now I find that many more men are taking up this ritual as a meaningful expression of the season’s celebration. Ages old rituals passed from baci (grandmother) to her family are used for the preparation of the designs. I follow a ritual much as the one outlined below – some taught, some self-inspired.

The working is traditionally done after dark, in a quiet spot that Allows concentration, meditation, and ritual consciousness. By custom, the artist should have made an effort during the day to remain calm and anger- free. The work space is set up much as an altar would be. A white tablecloth covers the work space; your candle is set in the middle of the table. Salt and bread are set behind the candle, a cup of water to the left, and flowers or incense to the right.

There are a series of traditional designs with names that date from pre-Christianity. Examples are the set of four called “The Princess, The Queen, The Crone, and the Great Goddess”, 40 triangles, Call of Spring, the Universe, Gates, Birds, and Gypsy Roads. If you would like instructions for these specific designs, email the author, and I will get them to you. But you are free of course to follow inspiration and create your own personal magickal designs, and below are some of the symbolisms of design and color in pisanki:

  • * Sun – almost all pisanki incorporate some type of sun design. These include circles, tripods, stars, roses and swastikas.
  • * Circle – stands for completeness, continuity, and the cyclical nature of life.
  • * Circle with a dot inside – stands for the moment when the spring sun’s light first hits the earth, renewing life.
  • * Circle divided in half – polarity, as in male/female, black/white, good/evil, night/day, life/death
  • * Circle inscribed with a solar cross – the four directions, the four ages, the elements
  • * Circle in a circle – androgyneity
  • * Circle surrounded and bounded by smaller circles – the poppy – consolation, oblivion, sleep, frailty
  • * Swastika – happiness, blessings, good fortune, good will
  • * Tripod – birth, life, death; man, woman, child; maiden, mother, crone
  • * Rose – an eight pointed star much as is found in Pennsylvania Dutch hex symbols and in quilts – stands for purity, knowledge, beauty, perfection, elegance, the eye of the Divine.
  • * Dots – either stars or eggs
  • * Triangle – air, fire, and water; sun, thunder, and bonfire; earth, air, heaven
  • * Encircling line – eternity
  • * Embattled lines – looks like the top of a castle tower, going up, left, down, left, up, left, etc. – stands for something contained, or protection against some outside force
  • * Invected line – a row of half circles touching at the ends ^^^^^^^^ – stands for the meeting of opposites, such as land and water or earth and sky
  • * Saw – indented lines, looks like a saw blade – stands for fire or water, cleansing
  • * Meander – looks like a child’s rendition of waves – stands for harmony, infinity, waves, immortality. The most famous design incorporating this style is Gypsy Roads, a meander between alternate fields of red and black, and is a strong protection icon.
  • * Sieve – any space decorated with criss cross lines, like a net – Dividing good and evil
  • * Basket – a triangle inscribed with a sieve – motherhood, the giver of life and gifts
  • * Ladder – searching
  • * Comb, rake – sunrays, putting things in order, harvest, husbandry, prosperity
  • * Bends – elongated s shapes – defense, protection
  • * Spirals – mystery of life and death, divinity, immortality
  • * Solar Crosses – four directions, four ages, four elements
  • * Trees – pine branches strength, boldness, growth, eternal life; broad leaf trees renewal, creation, unity; apple tree fertility, luck
  • * Grapes and vines – fellowship, loyal love
  • * Plums – lines with curved (semi-circle) branches in pairs – knowledge, health, wisdom
  • * Three leaf clusters – “periwinkles” – eternal love, pure love
  • * Oak leaf – persistence, strength
  • * Lily of the Valley – purity, humility, young brides
  • * Sunflower – circle inscribed with a sieve design and with a stem – The God, a life symbol
  • * Cucumber – oval with a line of dots from end to end – the preservation of life
  • * Grain kernels – fertility, abundance
  • * Stag antlers – leadership, victory, nobility, joy, maleness
  • * Horse – wealth, prosperity, speed, endurance
  • * Ram horns – strength in the face of opposition, perseverance, dignity
  • * Rooster – good fortune, exultation, vigilance, married life
  • * Hen – fertility
  • * Birds – the coming of Spring – sparrows symbolized the soul of man Trying to be one with the Divine under any conditions, and community life – swallows protected households, larks protected fields, nightingales protected orchards, ducks and geese protected lakes and rivers, and storks protected villages
  • * Butterflies – childhood, frivolity, soul’s ascent to immortality, freedom
  • * Spider – artistry, patience, industry
  • * Fish – abundance, sacrifice, regeneration
  • * Hens’ Feet – motherly protection, guiding the young in search for knowledge
  • * Goose Feet – the soul, warning, wakefulness (many Poles use geese as watch animals)
  • * Bear paws – the guardian of the forest, bravery, wisdom, strength, endurance, reawakening, protection, the guardian of homeowners
  • * Rabbits ears – humility, listening to lessons of nature
  • * Wolves teeth – loyalty, wisdom, a firm grip on truth, teaching

Colors

  • * Yellow – light, purity, wisdom, youth, happiness, harvest, hospitality, love, benevolence
  • * Orange – endurance, strength, worthy ambition, fire, flame – it is the red of passion tempered by the yellow of wisdom)
  • * Green – renewal, breaking of shackles, freedom from bondage, freshness, fertility, health, hopefulness
  • * Red – action, magic, fire, charity, youth, spiritual awakening, joy of life, love – children are usually given solid red eggs at Wiosna
  • * Black – absolute, constancy, eternity, the womb, death, fear, ignorance – black and white eggs are in honor of the souls of the departed
  • * Brown – Mother Earth, bountiful gifts
  • * Blue – used SPARINGLY, as is hard to make – skies, air, good health
  • * White – purity, virginity, innocence, birth
  • * Purple – fasting, faith, patience, trust

 From Pam at Hearthside Circle

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Silliness – Daylight Savings

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