Daily Stuff 3-18-22 Urban Dionysia

Hi, folks!

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

 [posting at 7pm] Rain gauge at noon on 3/17 – Trace, Cloudy/Foggy 50F, wind at 2-10mph and gusting into the low 20’s, AQI 7-38, UV4. Chance of rain 42% today and 99% tonight. Today (51/43) should be cloudy with some showers possible mid-morning and then an increasing chance in the evening. Sat (48/41), rain in the morning, decreasing after 10am. Sun.Mon.(50/44) Showers Tues.-Fri. Partly to Mostly cloudy. Highs 53-61, Lows 43. Sat. is back to showers. 1 firespot.

We didn’t leave the shop until nearly 10pm Wednesday evening. Tempus walked in and fell into bed. I got myself a bowl of leftovers and read for a bit, then tried to go to sleep and didn’t drop off. I got up and puttered and then at about time for Tempus to wake I ground the mushroom spice. I got a couple more small cookery things, then took embroidery and a book to bed. I got sleepy pretty early, and then Tempus got in not long after 7:30.

We woke with the alarm today and got moving fairly expeditiously, so we were way before time at the shop. Tempus brought the garden buckets for the two new fig trees back to the shop to wash. They’ve been soaking in rain-water. We ended up talking for a few minutes and didn’t get the lights on until 10 past, but we were there and open. The African Traders called. They’re going to be here next Thursday.

After messages and mail were taken care of, I did a little digging looking for dollhouse wallpaper, saved a lot and still have a lot of links open. We totally forgot the yellow card from the post office. I hope I remember this morning! I did a little writing and then the bell chimed and it was Isabeau! She was delivering some of her sewing stuff and stopped by to hand me some napkins that she had stitched up and to chat. We compared notes on projects and work schedules, talked “feast” a little and I babbled grandbaby before I caught myself. Tempus was making bread and she got to nab a roll for the way home.

…but that ran this late. It was good too see her, though. Tempus went outside to wash buckets while I put my nose to the grindstone. We were hoping to get home early enough to try doing the sweet potatoes in the air fryer. Time is a problem on bulk route evenings! So much for books and plants….

I have more sewing tonight and I’d like to get the beet/horseradish relish done. I need to see if I have canned pears for the mustard, too. Hmmm… I have a box of groceries to disembowel, as well, and then prep work on vegetables.

Today we open at 1pm. Still have books and plants to do, and to re-inventory the bookshelves.

Pic from 3/14/17 by Ken Gagne – Talon wading in the Yachats River, hunting a tidbit.


I’ve often heard people talk about “beach thistle”, but Sea HollyEryngium maritimum, isn’t one. It’s actually related to carrots. The young shoots can be blanched and eaten like asparagus and the roots (which can get up to 20 feet long!!!!) are peeled, boiled and cut, then braided and candied. Prepared thus they are a good cough and cold remedy. The roots can also be boiled or roasted as well and are very nutritious. It is native to Europe, but going extinct in certain areas. – Masculine, Fire, Venus – This plant is an aphrodisiac, pure and simple.

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Today in Ancient Greece began the Urban Dionysia, the festival of the great tragedies in Athens, particularly during the 5th century BCE, although the festival continued will into the time of the Roman Empire. For 5 days, Satyr plays ended each day’s presentation of a 3-part tragedy (..think the Lord of the Rings movie, followed by a Bugs Bunny cartoon, all in one day…) and there was a competition for dithyrambs (ecstatic poetry that was sung and danced to) and short comedies, along with processions and sacrifices. There was another festival in summer, which featured comedies. Theater was sacred to Dionysus and theaters were considered to be temples. Inspiration came from the god. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dionysia#City_Dionysia

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,


Today’s Astro & Calendar

Moon in Virgo enters Libra at 4:26pm.

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. Full Moon – The day of, the day before, and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 3/19 at 12:18pm. 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 3/31 at 11:24pm.

In the dawn, Venus, Mars, and Saturn still form their triangle. But the triangle is shortening as Saturn approaches Venus.

Full Moon occurs at 12:18 A.M. PDT, casting its bright light across the predawn sky. It will do the same this evening, rising around sunset. The March Full Moon is also called the Worm Moon.

NGC 2403 – NGC 2403 in Camelopardalis is one of the brightest galaxies in the sky. Without the Moon around, it makes a great target for amateur observers. – Mark Hanson

This month, the Full Moon sits in Virgo. To reduce our satellite’s effect on deep-sky observing, let’s look elsewhere tonight: Turn north after sunset to find the constellation Camelopardalis. Here, we’re looking for the relatively bright (magnitude 8.5) galaxy NGC 2403. This distant spiral sits nearly 10 million light-years away and spans about 25.5′ by 13′ on the sky. While visible in 10×50 binoculars under dark skies, you’re better off using a telescope tonight to offset the Moon’s interference. NGC 2403 is located in the southeastern portion of the constellation, close to the tip of nearby Ursa Major’s nose, marked by the 3rd-magnitude star Muscida. From that star, look 7.7° northwest to land on NGC 2403, which sits 0.7° south of a 7th-magnitude field star, HIP 37196.

The Spring Triangle – The Spring Triangle is easily visible in the April sky and consists of the bright stars Arcturus in Boötes, Spica in Virgo, and Denebola in Leo. – Astronomy: Roen Kelly

Tonight he Moon is barely past full. Once it’s well up late this evening, it forms a nearly right triangle with Arcturus about three fists to its left and Spica half that distance below it (for North America).

Mercury, Jupiter, and Neptune are out of sight in the glare of the Sun.

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
Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17

Celtic Tree Month of Fearn  Alder  Mar 18Apr 14
Color – Rose
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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.

Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14. Fern (FAIR-n) Alder – The common alder (Alnus glutinosa (L.) Gaertner) is common along lowland rivers, where it grows with aspens, poplars, and willows. Like willows, alders sprout from stumps. This allows them to regenerate after heavy flooding. In protect sites they may grow to 20 m (65 feet) tall. Their leaves are more blunt-tipped than most North American alders, which look more like the grey alder (A. incana (L.) Moench). This species is more common in the mountains of Europe, and is not restricted to moist soils. Like ashes, European alders are not widely cultivated in North American (they are often sold as black alders), but several native species are. Alder wood is said to resist rotting when it is wet, and was the wood of choice for pilings in many regions. Alders are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae).

Fearn – Alder Ogam letter correspondences
Month: January
Color: Crimson
Class: Cheiftain
Letter: F, V
Meaning: Help in making choices; spiritual guidance and protection.

Ogam letter correspondences to study this month – Ailim – Silver Fir
Month: None
Color: Light Blue
Class: Shrub
Letter: A
Meaning: Learning from past mistakes; Take care in choices.


Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time     Feet   Sunset                                Visible
F    18     High   1:32 AM     7.4   7:23 AM     Set  7:56 AM      99
~    18      Low   7:34 AM     1.2   7:26 PM    Rise  8:11 PM
~    18     High   1:28 PM     7.8
~    18      Low   7:51 PM     0.2


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Meditation – What have you grown today, in thought, word or deed? The Book Of Hours: Prayers to the Goddess By Galen Gillotte 


Journal Prompt – What is? – What is a refugee? Write a paragraph defining this term. Being with a general definition, then explore specific examples as well as the connotation of the word.



~   Come in, sucker. – Paul Keating to John Howard
~   The less important you are to the corporation, the more your tardiness or absence is noticed. –  Kauffman’s Paradox of the Corporation
~   There comes a time when you should stop expecting other people to make a big deal about your birthday. That time is age 11. – Dave Barry
~   There is something Pagan in me that I cannot shake off. In short, I deny nothing, but doubt everything.  – Lord Byron

The snow has left the cottage top;
The thatch-moss grows in brighter green;
And eaves in quick succession drop,
Where grinning icicles have been. – –John Clare (1793–1864)


Ostara Magick – Recipes

Honegar – (Serves two people, 30-day supply) (or for ritual 10 people)

6 Cups each, raw honey and apple cider Vinegar (for ritual use 1 cup each)

Heat equal parts (no more than 2 cups of each at a time) of the honey and vinegar in a large non-metal saucepan over medium heat. Stir occasionally with a wooden spoon.  The honey will melt into the vinegar in a few minutes, making the mixture easier to stir. Keep stirring until you no longer feel heaviness or see any areas of thickness on the spoon (about 15 minutes).  Remove from heat and let cool for 30 minutes.  Pour into canning jars and cap tightly. Store in the refrigerator.

Flowery Canapes with Cream Cheese and Watercress


  • 24 diagonally sliced baguette slices (1/2-inch)
  • 1 (8 ounce) carton light cream cheese spread
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons snipped fresh watercress
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons snipped fresh chives
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons snipped fresh basil
  • Pansies or Nasturtiums
  • Watercress sprigs


  1. Combine cream cheese, basil, chives and watercress.
  2. Refrigerate, covered, several hours.
  3. Spread each baguette slice with about 2 teaspoons herbed cheese mixture.
  4. Top with an edible flower or watercress sprig.

Dilly Egg Salad – adapted from http://autumnearthsong.com/2012/03/03/ostara-recipes-2012/ (recipes can be doubled and make all 4 sauces)

  • 8 eggs
  • 2 TB mayo
  • 2 TB Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp dill weed
  • ½ tsp paprika (optional)
  • 1/3 cup red onion, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
  1.  Place eggs in a large saucepan, cover in cold water and bring to a boil.  Boil for 10-12 mins, remove from heat.  Run eggs under cold water until cool.  Peel and Chop.
  2. Place eggs and remaining ingredients in a large bowl; mix well.  Serve on on a bed of lettuce with sides of dipping sauce as below and pumpernickel bread ….

Makes 4 servings. 

Dipping sauces – Make 2 of the ones below

  1. Mix 2 TB mayo and 2 TB Dijon mustard together. Sprinkle with fresh chopped chives.
  2. Take ¼ cup of frozen raspberries or strawberries and whirl in a blender with 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar and top with chopped fresh mint leaves or lemon balm
  3. In a food processor mix ¼ cup of unsweetened plain yogurt with 1 inch of peeled cucumber and ¼ tsp wasabi powder.
  4. Not exactly a sauce, but make honey butter by whipping 1 Tbsp honey with ¼ cup butter and top with dill, tarragon or cilantro.

BLACK PANSY SYRUP – From David Feys, co-chef, Sookie Harbour House, Sookie, British Columbia

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup black (or dark purple) pansy petals, loosely packed
  1. Put pansy petals into a food processor fitted with the steel blade.
  2. Add 1/3 cup sugar.
  3. Grind pansies into sugar by pulsing 4 times, then process for about 30 seconds.
  4. Combine sugar, pansy/sugar mixture and water in a small, no aluminum saucepan.
  5. Over medium heat bring the mixture to a boil. Stir once and reduce the heat to low.
  6. Allow to simmer and cook to a syrup stage. (If you have a candy thermometer, do not allow the mixture to go over 220F.)
  7. When mixture reaches a syrup stage, remove it from the heat and pour into heatproof container.
  8. Allow to cool.

Note – The rich dark color is a wonderful contrast when poured over vanilla ice cream. Makes about 1 cup syrup.


Silliness – Sniglet – Any word which should be in the dictionary but isn’t. – slotgreed (SLOT greed) – n. The habit of checking every coin return one passes for change.

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