Daily Stuff 2-11-18 Lourdes

Hi, folks!

Ancient Light will be closed on 2/18 so we can be at the House Capuchin Winter Feast! The Saturday workshops will not happen on 2/17. Today is Project Day from Noon to 5pm.

44F (brrr….) It feels colder than that. The wind is at 5mph and not more than a mile or two higher on the beaches. We got 1/5 of an inch of rain this morning when the rain they were talking about rolled in early. Next bout ought to be on Wednesday…. The sun’s trying to come out and just the shine of it between clouds as we were coming over the bridge was eye-hurting.

Yesterday started off with me fighting to stay awake. If I’d been cooking already it wouldn’t have been a problem but sitting at the computer? 🙂 Tempus finally got my space clear and I worked on herbs for awhile, mostly on the properties of poppy-seeds and then ferns.

Once I’d gotten that cleaned that up, I started on mak, (poppy-seed filling). I finished the first batch right as Tempus left for the storage unit and sat up front while some customers shopped. After they left I took a short break and then made the 2nd batch of the mak. This time I remembered to put the butter and milk in, first….. and had to start and stop the cooking process a few times. That was 14 customers in during that process. I ought to cook mak more often!

…and then 4 more while I was starting the cherry! By then it was sewing workshop time, but it was just me, so I kept going, figuring that I’d sew in the evening once I was tired. The cherry filling is one that I needed to create, so I started with minimal sugar, etc, and figured I’d be adding as I went. I got the sugar right on the first try! By 6pm it was done and boxed up and still no Tempus.

He finally got back long after dark, and still no breadmakers, but we went home very soon after and I fell into bed and slept for several hours. When I finally woke, he fed me some supper and went to sleep himself.

I sat up and sewed awhile, matching linings that I cut to previously sewn pieces, taking apart a screwed up pouch, working out another pattern. Eventually I was sleepy enough to drop off again, but I was listening to rain on the solarium roof.

I’m going to be working on more cookery today. I have to finish some pickled things that will go into the pickle fridge at the apartment and then set up some things to bake. Tempus thinks that the breadmakers might possibly have landed at the shop in all the chaos, so he’s going to hunt there, first, then probably head back to storage.

Ken Gagne of the Alsea River, on 2/9/17. Just a little extra water, no problem….

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blueberryC 041313Today’s Plant is the BlueberryVaccinium Cyanococcus (many species/varieties)! This is a fruiting bush that is related to cranberries, huckleberries and bilberries, has many species within the genus and many varieties within the species. Many fruits are called blueberries, when they’re not Vaccinium. Widely cultivated across the world, the fruit is high in iron and lot of micronutrients and even has resveratrol like red grapes. It may have effects on brain health, reducing strokemagic 031313 blueberry ginger crumble damage in experimental animals and memory retention in the aged. More here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blueberry – Put blueberries under the doormat to keep people you don’t want out of the house or plant them along the property line or next to the front walk to keep them entirely off your property. Blossoms can be dried and carried in an amulet, or wear fresh ones in your hair for protection from negative psychic energy near you. Eat blueberries and/or make blueberry pie or tea or jam to get the protection from psychic attack inside you, especially if the effects are leading to headaches and fatigue.

VirgendeLourdesToday is the anniversary of the date in 1858 when Bernadette Soubirous first saw an apparition of the Goddess, appearing as the Virgin Mary, in the grotto of Lourdes, which has been a shire of Kore/Persephone for a long, long while. More here:  http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/book/feb11.html  and here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Our_Lady_of_Lourdes I learned a new word researching this; “mantic”. It means related to divination or prophecy. The spring at Lourdes was described as “mantic” in the article. http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/mantic

The shop is open 11-5pm Thursday through Monday, although we’re there a lot later most nights.  Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.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,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Waning Moon MagickFrom 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 2/15 at 6:42pm. Waning Crescent MoonBest time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 2/11 at 1:05am. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 2.14 at 1:05am. 

Catch the Moon waning past Saturn in early dawn. (Always in these scenes, the Moon is positioned for a viewer in the middle of North America and is drawn three times its actual apparent size.)
<<<< Orion now stands high in the south after dinnertime. Lower left of it blazes Sirius, and farther left of Orion shines Procyon >>>> . Extending up from Procyon is dim little Canis Minor: the doglet whose top is barely visible in profile in a dark sky. He’s currently vertical, standing on invisible hind legs. We only see stars marking the outline of his back, neck, and head, in profile. Procyon is his rump.
Venus is barely beginning to emerge into view low in the afterglow of sunset. It’s a challenge! If the air is very clear, look for it just above your west-southwest horizon 10 to 20 minutes after your local sunset time. Bring binoculars.

Goddess Month of  Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17
Runic half-month of Elhaz/Algiz, from 1/28-2/11. This half month: optimistic power, protection and sanctuary. Runic half-month of Sowulo/ Sigel, 2/12-26 It represents the power of the force of good throughout the world and is the harbinger of victory and ascendancy over darkness. 

Sun in Aquarius
Moon in Capricorn
Ceres (3/18) Retrograde
Color – Orange

Planting 2/11-12

©2018 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17, Luis (LWEESH)/rowan – The rowan, or mountain ash (Sorbus aucuparia L.) is related to servceberries. The red berries were historically used to lure birds into traps, and the specific epithet aucuparia comes from words meaning “to catch a bird”. Birds are also responsible for dispersing the seeds. Rowans thrive in poor soils and colonize disturbed areas. In some parts of Europe they are most common around ancient settlements, either because of their weedy nature or because they were planted. Rowans flower in May. They grow to 15 m (50 feet) and are members of the Rose family (Rosaceae). They are cultivated in North America, especially in the northeast.

Luis – Rowan Ogam letter correspondences
Month: December
Color: Grey and Red
Class: Peasant
Letter: L
Meaning: Controlling your life; Protection against control by others.

Quert – Apple Ogam letter correspondences to study this month
Month: None
Color: Green
Class: Shrub
Letter: Q
Meaning: A choice must be made

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Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay

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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
Su  11      Low   3:14 AM     3.6   7:22 AM    Rise  4:35 AM      21
~    11     High   9:09 AM     7.5   5:40 PM     Set  2:06 PM
~    11      Low   4:23 PM     0.7
~    11     High  10:57 PM     6.1

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Just when you get really good at something, you won’t need to do it anymore.

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – Wiki – What do you dream about on a regular basis?

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Quotes  

~  There is no such thing as a minor lapse of integrity. – Tom Peters
~  There is no such thing as failure. There are only results. – Tony Robbins
~  They are ill discoverers that think there is no land, when they can see nothing but sea. – Francis Bacon
~  Thoughts are like clouds on a perfect blue sky. – James Robinson

On a clear winter’s evening
The crescent moon
And the round squirrels’ nest
In the bare oak
Are equal planets. – Anne Porter (1911–2011)

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Magick – Getting Ready For Valentine’s Day

In the early days of the American South, it was thought that if a woman wore a wasp’s nest in her clothing (hidden in her bustle), that her lover would love her more deeply. Don’t try this one at home, kids!

Feng Shui For Lovers!
A tall vase of pussy-willows placed in the southwest corner of the bedroom or the most southwestern corner of the house is thought to amplify warmth, compassion, tenderness and sweetness in a relationship. To attract a new relationship, put two roses in the same corner.

Love Potion #69
Two ounces Vanilla flavored vodka
One ounce Orange flavored vodka
Sprig of Mint

This is the adult version of a creamsicle. The vanilla flavor represents warmth, sweetness and smoothness of communication. The orange represents warmth, joy, tenderness and affection. The vodka is for hardiness and strength. Mix ingredients with lots of ice in a cocktail shaker. Pour into two martini glasses. Garnish with a sprig of mint – to encourage the whispering of sweet nothings in your ear.

Magick Spell
Take two large sewing needles, one representing a man and the other a woman. Name each of the needles and ask God/dess to bless them. Insert the point of the “male” needle into the eye of the “female needle.” Bind the two needles together with orange thread (for passion), red thread (for lust) and pink thread (for joy.) Put in a place for safekeeping – like a jewelry box – and don’t let the needles become unraveled until your wish is obtained.
If wish is not obtained within a year, it is probably not a union that is meant to be.

GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives

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motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Makes You Think – If someone with multiple personalities threatens to kill himself, is it considered a hostage situation?

 

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Daily Stuff 2-10-18 Scholastica Day Riot

Hi, folks!

Featured Photo by Ken Gagne. Herbs at 11am. Sewing at 3pm.

54F. Wind at 2mph. It’s marvelously sunny, but there’s a layer of high cloud that’s interfering occasionally.

Yesterday’s newsletter didn’t go out until late and Tempus and I ran around for a bit before he headed for the storage units for the things we need for the feast. He started a batch of dough for me before heading out. I sorted a box of things that got parked awhile back. It turned out to be mostly kitchen things that had gotten grody (not used for food, probably sitting on the porch or in the garage for some reason), but also had my “instant spice set” that’s been awol since we moved some kid toys, cookie cutters and pieces of tupperware that were missing. Eventually we’ll get it all sorted and cleaned and put away (it says here, in fine print…..) …and then I managed to dump the spice rack and shatter one of the bottles… <gah>

I spent awhile working on newsletters. I’m trying to get a little ahead so that I won’t fall flat during the feast weekend! At 5pm, the sunlight that had be pouring through the windows abruptly went out and at 6pm it was still twilight. We’re out-wearing the winter! Tempus was back from storage at 6:30 and by then I was making kolachky for him to bake.

As the students arrived he was finding that last of those supplies and he headed home not long after that. By 10:30 class was done (we’re finished with Lesson One, at last!) and he still wasn’t back. He was trying to make room in the freezer at home for them and didn’t get back to the shop until past 11. The kolacky turned out to be pretty tasty. I had a couple while waiting for him to get things sorted out. We headed home around 1am, so I’m short on sleep again.

I’m groggy and not moving very fast, but Herbs is happening. Tempus will be heading for storage again today and I’ll be baking later. Sewing at 3pm.

Pic from 2/9/17’s high tide….up the Alsea. Photo by Ken Gagne

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Today’s Plant is the PrimrosePrimula vulgaris. This plant, because easily grown, but easily killed, is very popular at garden centers. plant flower primrose primula vulgarisEven our local grocery and Fred Meyer’s have racks of them outside at this time of year. They’re often given as inexpensive gifts for Valentine’s, Easter, and Mothers’ Day. Both flowers and leaves are edible, the flavor ranging between mild lettuce and more bitter salad greens. The leaves can also be used for tea, and the young flowers can be made into primrose wine.  – Feminine, Venus, Earth, Freya – grow blue and red ones to protect against reverses of fortune, yellow and pink to attract the small Fae. When worn, they attract the love of men, and can cure madness. If you dry them and sew them into a child’s pillow you will gain his undying respect and loyalty, but be sure that you deserve it, first!  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Primula_vulgaris

0210 Oxford Scholastic Day Riot Carfax tower

0210 Oxford Scholastic Day Riot Carfax tower

Scholastica Day Riot – Here’s a weirdie for you. 1355 CE A riot that broke out over the quality of drinks in a tavern between two students from Oxford University and the tavern-keeper. It turned into a full-scale mess that ended with 30 locals and 63 students dead and the Mayor and Councillors of the town were still paying the penance 470 years later by marching through town bareheaded on the anniversary of the riot!  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Scholastica_Day_riot

The shop is open 11-5pm Thursday through Monday, although we’re there a lot later most nights.  Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.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,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Waning Moon MagickFrom 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 2/15 at 6:42pm. Waning Crescent MoonBest time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 2/11 at 1:05am. 

Catch the Moon waning past Saturn in early dawn. (Always in these scenes, the Moon is positioned for a viewer in the middle of North America and is drawn three times its actual apparent size.) As dawn begins on Sunday the 11th, look low in the southeast for the waning crescent Moon hanging just a couple degrees above distant Saturn, about as shown here. These diagrams are always drawn exact for a viewer at latitude 40° north, longitude 90° west (near the middle of North America), but they’re generally close enough for the rest of the U.S. and populated parts of Canada.
Sirius the Dog Star blazes high in the southeast after dinnertime, the brightest star of Canis Major. In a dark sky with lots of stars visible, the constellation’s points can be connected to form a convincing dog profile. He’s currently standing on his hind legs; Sirius is on his chest. But through the kind of light pollution where most of us live, only his five brightest stars are easily visible. They form a short-handled meat cleaver. Sirius is the cleaver’s top back corner, its blade faces right, and its handle is down below pointing lower left.
Mars and Jupiter(magnitudes +1.2 and –2.0, respectively) rise in the east-southeast in the hours after midnight. They’re high in the south by early dawn. Jupiter, the first up, is the brightest point in the pre-dawn sky, shining in dim Libra. Mars glows about 15° to Jupiter’s lower left in the head of Scorpius. Below Mars is Mars-colored Antares, almost the same brightness.

Goddess Month of  Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17
Runic half-month of Elhaz/Algiz, from 1/28-2/11. This half month: optimistic power, protection and sanctuary. Runic half-month of Sowulo/ Sigel, 2/12-26 It represents the power of the force of good throughout the world and is the harbinger of victory and ascendancy over darkness. 

Sun in Aquarius
Moon in Sagittarius enters Capricorn at 6:21pm
Ceres (3/18) Retrograde
Color – Blue

Harvest 2/8-10

©2018 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17, Luis (LWEESH)/rowan – The rowan, or mountain ash (Sorbus aucuparia L.) is related to servceberries. The red berries were historically used to lure birds into traps, and the specific epithet aucuparia comes from words meaning “to catch a bird”. Birds are also responsible for dispersing the seeds. Rowans thrive in poor soils and colonize disturbed areas. In some parts of Europe they are most common around ancient settlements, either because of their weedy nature or because they were planted. Rowans flower in May. They grow to 15 m (50 feet) and are members of the Rose family (Rosaceae). They are cultivated in North America, especially in the northeast.

Luis – Rowan Ogam letter correspondences
Month: December
Color: Grey and Red
Class: Peasant
Letter: L
Meaning: Controlling your life; Protection against control by others.

Quert – Apple Ogam letter correspondences to study this month
Month: None
Color: Green
Class: Shrub
Letter: Q
Meaning: A choice must be made

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Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay

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Day        High      Tide    Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time       Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
Sa  10        Low   2:11 AM     3.6   7:23 AM    Rise  3:43 AM      30
~    10      High   8:16 AM     7.4   5:38 PM     Set  1:20 PM
~    10       Low   3:36 PM     1.0
~    10     High  10:10 PM     5.8

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I forgive my mistakes and live on.

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken. – Samuel Johnson

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Quotes  

~  The quicksand of time – Moody Blues
~  The soul of man loves purity, but his mind is often rebellious. The mind of man loves stillness, but his desires draw him into activity. When a man is constantly able to govern his desires, his mind becomes spontaneously still. – Ko Hsuan
~  The spectacles of experience; through them you will see clearly a second time. – Henrik Ibsen
~  There is no greater miracle to me than breathing… – Christine Lape Berger

Come when the rains
Have glazed the snow and clothes the trees with ice,
While the slant sun of February pours
Into the bowers a flood of light. – William Cullen Bryant (1794–1878)

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Magick – For the Love of Waterlily: a Bath Fizzy Tutorial (from SoapQueen) http://www.soapqueen.com/bath-and-body-tutorials/bath-fizzies/for-the-love-of-waterlily-a-bath-fizzy-tutorial/

Love is in the air and we couldn’t be happier. February is one of my favorite times of the year because Valentine’s Day lands in the middle of it and there are always so many fun projects that you can do for it. Still on the lookout for more Valentine’s projects? Check out this V-Day mashup for more inspiration. http://www.soapqueen.com/bath-and-body-tutorials/valentines-day-mashup/

Recipe:
1 cup Citric Acid
2 cups Baking Soda
4 Tablespoons Kaolin Clay
1/4 cup Epsom Salt
2 Tablespoons Deodorized Cocoa Butter, melted
9 mL Waterlily Orange Fragrance Oil
Cantaloupe LaBomb Colorant
Gurlie Pink LaBomb Colorant
Witch Hazel
Simple Heart Mold

ONE: Measure out the Citric Acid, Baking Soda and Kaolin Clay into a large bowl.NOTE: Citric Acid and even Baking Soda can tickle your nose, so if you’re sensitive you might want to wear a mask for this project.

TWO: Place a mesh colander over a second large bowl. Sift the clumpy ingredients through the mesh colander. Set the empty bowl aside (but keep it handy, we’ll be using it again soon!).

THREE: Add the Epsom Salt to the powders and mix well.

FOUR: Melt and add the Deodorized Cocoa Butter. Mix in well, making sure there are no clumps. TIP: Using the fine edge of a cheese grater to shave off enough Cocoa Butter for this project will make melting a snap!

FIVE: Add 9 mL Waterlily Orange Fragrance Oil and mix until there are no more clumps.

SIX: Grab the empty bowl from earlier and split the mixture into two about-equal parts (you can totally eyeball it!). Color one half with 5-10 drops of Cantaloupe LaBomb Colorant, and the other half with 5-10 drops of Gurlie Pink LaBomb Colorant. Mix the colorants in until there are no more clumps. NOTE: What you see is what you get with Bath Bomb colorants, so if you’d like a brighter color, add more LaBomb colorant until you’re happy. Keep in mind, though, that the more colorant you use, the more likely the colorant will color the bathwater when the fizzy is used. My son happens to love it when that happens! Click here to read more about LaBomb colorant usage rates to get that perfect color.

SEVEN: Spray each of the bowls of fizzy mix with Witch Hazel and mix until the moisture is just enough to allow the fizzy mix to clump when you squeeze a fistful of it.

EIGHT: Get your Simple Heart Mold and two bowls of fizzy mix arranged in an easily accessible way. Grab a handful of each color, one in each hand, and drop the mix into the heart mold a little bit at a time, alternating colors. After each hand is empty, press the mix until the mold. Repeat until each cavity is full.

NINE: Once each cavity is full, this mix will allow you to unmold them very quickly! Grab a plate or other flat object, and place face-down on top of the mold. Flip the plate and the mold together, and slowly lift the mold from the plate. Reuse the mold until all of your fizzy mix is used up. Try not to move the bath bombs for a while – the reason they are able to unmold so quickly is because they are quite soft. I was able to make 9 bath bombs with this recipe!

TEN: Allow the bath bombs to sit overnight and harden. Use right away as an indulgent treat, or wrap ‘em up for your favorite Valentine!

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motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Cinderella disappointment

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Daily Stuff 2-9-18 Apollo

Hi, folks!

Wicca 101 at 7pm.

54F with little wind in town, but 9mph at home and up to 16 on the beaches. It’s nice and sunny, at the moment, but lots of mackerel clouds

The early part of yesterday passed in a blur. I was pretty tired and Tempus was going to leave me home, but then I didn’t fall back asleep, unlike this morning where he couldn’t wake me, so left me asleep.

We did get the borscht finished, adding the spices, cooked barley and picked chicken. Tempus had to dig to make room in the freezer. We got a lot of things put away, too, from the very-very-large shopping run and a lot of things washed and set up, but then ran out of time and oomph to finish much other than supper.

We were home by 9 and I went upstairs and ended up talking to Jeanne until nearly 1am, since my lungs were behaving and it’s been awhile since we’ve had a chance to just *chat*, while Tempus went to Newport to start the paper run.

He didn’t tangle with any elk last night, unlike the last couple of times he was one the road. Mostly it’s a matter of braking hard, or sitting and waiting for the dratted things to get out of the way. They’re gorgeous, mind you, and it’s amazing to watch them moving in the dim light or in the headlights, but….dratted…. is a much more printable term. He says that the pieces of Bayview Road and rt 34 that were disintegrating last fall aren’t changing, now, so maybe they’ll survive the winter. …barring any interesting storms.

As we were coming over the bridge I was noting all the mackerel clouds in the sky…those usually come in before a storm. Looks like a bit of rain on Sunday, but not much of anything else. Hmm….

Today Tempus has been trying to snooze a little between customers. We’re going to get a dough made for kolache, that he’s going to have to take home to bake. We still have to get the other fillings made, but that doesn’t take all that long. …and we have class tonight. I’d better get moving!

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motif MusicThis is a wonderful rendition of an excerpt from one of my favorite pieces of music, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, the 4th movement. It’s a universal shout of joy and acceptance, a “Yes!” that you can’t mistake, from a man who had lost his hearing when music was his whole life. I weep with joy, just listening to it. …and to turn it into a flashmob? 🙂 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbJcQYVtZMo

Feast 0209 ApolloAndDaphneToday is the feast of Apollo, the god of the sun and inspiration and the patron of the muses. He’s a rather distant god, brother of Artemis and a killer, rather than a hunter, supposedly for good reasons, but since he was the one that slew the Great Snake at Delphi and took over the shrine and its Pythonesses, I’m not sure I actually like him. More here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo He was Christianized into St. Vincent, but today’s saint is St. Apollonia of Alexandria who jumped into the fire on her own, after they pulled out all her teeth. Thus she is the patron saint of dentists….. There’s a marvelous little chapel in Prague in the Loreta where she has an altar that has a pair of cherubs on one side, one of whom has a pained expression on his face and hands over his mouth and the other is triumphantly holding up a pair of pliers and a bloody tooth! Roman narcissus,  Narcissus romanus, is the plant that belongs both to the god and the saint, a double-ruffled narcissus.

plant feast 0209 narcissus RomanusToday’s plant is the double-ruffled Narcissus, also Called: Asphodel, Daffy Down Lily, Goose Leek,  and Lent Lily. It is a member of hardy, spring-flowering bulbs. Close relatives (actually part of the family…) are jonquils and daffodils. They are native to Europe but all over in gardens and landscapes. Some of the plants in the family have medicinal uses, but the bulb is quite poisonous. Don’t experiment! – Apollo, Air, Feminine, Ostara – Helps promote polarity and harmony. Calming vibrations bring about tranquility and inner peace. Along with jonquils it is one of the best of the fertility charms. More on the genus, here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narcissus_(plant)

The shop is open 11-5pm Thursday through Monday, although we’re there a lot later most nights.  Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.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,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Waning Moon MagickFrom 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 2/15 at 6:42pm. Waning Crescent MoonBest time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 2/11 at 1:05am. 

Catch the Moon waning past Saturn in early dawn. (Always in these scenes, the Moon is positioned for a viewer in the middle of North America and is drawn three times its actual apparent size.)
By 9 p.m. the Big Dipper >>>>>stands straight up on its handle in the northeast. In the northwest, the W of <<<< Cassiopeia also stands on end at about the same height. Mercury and Venus are hidden in the glare of the Sun.

Goddess Month of  Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17
Runic half-month of Elhaz/Algiz, from 1/28-2/11. This half month: optimistic power, protection and sanctuary. Runic half-month of Sowulo/ Sigel, 2/12-26 It represents the power of the force of good throughout the world and is the harbinger of victory and ascendancy over darkness. 

Sun in Aquarius
Moon in Sagittarius
Ceres (3/18) Retrograde
Color – Rose

Harvest 2/8-10

©2018 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17, Luis (LWEESH)/rowan – The rowan, or mountain ash (Sorbus aucuparia L.) is related to servceberries. The red berries were historically used to lure birds into traps, and the specific epithet aucuparia comes from words meaning “to catch a bird”. Birds are also responsible for dispersing the seeds. Rowans thrive in poor soils and colonize disturbed areas. In some parts of Europe they are most common around ancient settlements, either because of their weedy nature or because they were planted. Rowans flower in May. They grow to 15 m (50 feet) and are members of the Rose family (Rosaceae). They are cultivated in North America, especially in the northeast.

Luis – Rowan Ogam letter correspondences
Month: December
Color: Grey and Red
Class: Peasant
Letter: L
Meaning: Controlling your life; Protection against control by others.

Quert – Apple Ogam letter correspondences to study this month
Month: None
Color: Green
Class: Shrub
Letter: Q
Meaning: A choice must be made

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Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay

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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
F    9      Low   1:03 AM     3.3   7:24 AM    Rise  2:48 AM      39
~   9     High   7:20 AM     7.4   5:37 PM     Set 12:40 PM
~   9      Low   2:39 PM     1.2
~   9     High   9:08 PM     5.5

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I think God leaves me alone to let me find my own strength because no one else can give it to me. Sometimes it is very lonely. But I know the lonely times teach me the most. I must let go in order to let anything in. No one can love me, for me.”

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – Who is? – Who is your ideal presidential candidate?

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Quotes  

~  Poetry is full of secrets and hidden formula, like a witch’s brew. – Anthony Hecht
~  Race hate isn’t human nature; race hate is the abandonment of human nature. – Orson Welles
~  Recognize that you are divine and that the work of the Gods is your own. – Kerr Cuhulain
~  Some people don’t get any respect at all because they are asking for the respect they deserve. – Unknown

On the wind in February
Snowflakes float still,
Half inclined to turn to rain,
Nipping, dripping, chill. – Christina Rossetti (1830–94)

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Magick – Be My Valentine – Crones Corner

An old custom of drawing the name of one’s Valentine. Supposedly young women put their names on slips of paper and placed those slips in a box. Each young man drew a slip and the two became valentines, often for as much as a year.

Sometimes, of course, such arrangements ended in a betrothal. Unless the drawing was “rigged,” however, not everyone would have been anxious to submit to “chance.” Nevertheless, the custom was apparently widespread even as late as the 17th century. A related custom held that the first unmarried person encountered on Valentine’s Day became one’s Valentine.

Valentine gifts

It has long been the tradition of giving gifts or love tokens on Valentine’s Day. Originally, the man and woman exchanged presents, but by the later 17th century, it was much more common for the man alone to give the gift. For a while in history at least, one’s Valentine was not necessarily one’s sweetheart (or one’s spouse) and even married men and women could have Valentines. In societies where names were drawn or where Valentines were chosen or challenged (any man or woman could claim an unspoken-for person as his or her Valentine), the celebration, and gift-giving that accompanied it, sometimes proved troublesome and often expensive.

Although some Valentine presents were quite costly, others were more moderate. Gloves were a common gift for a young woman as were, curiously enough, garters. In an age when reticence or modesty were mixed with suggestiveness, one writer sent along the following verse:

“Blush not, my fair, at what I send,
‘Tis a fond present from a friend.
These garters, made of silken twine,
Were fancied by your Valentine.

Hundreds of years ago in England, many children dressed up as adults on Valentine’s Day. They went singing from home to home. One verse they sang was:
Good morning to you, valentine;
Curl your locks as I do mine—
Two before and three behind.
Good morning to you, valentine.

In Wales wooden love spoons were carved and given as gifts on February 14th. Hearts, keys and keyholes were favorite decorations on the spoons. The decoration meant, “You unlock my heart!”

If a woman saw a robin flying overhead on Valentine’s Day, it meant she would marry a sailor . If she saw a sparrow, she would marry a poor man and be very happy. If she saw a goldfinch, she would marry a millionaire.

If you found a glove on the road on Valentine’s Day, your future beloved will have the other missing glove.

Christian customs combined to form some of the enduring traditions. One was that the first person you saw on Valentine’s Day would be your Valentine. We know the custom was well established in Shakespeare’s time, for Ophelia wanted to be “betime” at Hamlet’s window. She sang:

“Good morrow! `tis St. Valentine’s Day
All in the morning betime.
And I a maid at your window,
To be your Valentine!”

Crayons” or pencils (lipsticks not invented until the 20th century) were made by grinding down alabaster calcinate or plaster of Paris into a powder, coloured appropriately, mixed into a paste, rolled into shape and dried in the sun. Face powder could be obtained from ground alabaster, but starch, prepared with perfume would do very well……..- (“Powder and Paint a history of the Englishwoman’s Toilet – Neville Williams)

English folklore suggests that you may obtain another’s affection if you take an orange, prick it all over with a needle and then sleep with it in your left armpit. Give it to the object of your affections to eat and he or she will become enamored of you.

Superstitions abound regarding the first bird seen on St Valentine’s Day by a girl, for it was said to indicate what sort of man her husband would be. For instance, a blackbird meant a clergyman or priest, a goldfinch (or any yellow bird for that matter) a rich man, a crossbill was an argumentative, mean man and doves  and bluebirds were good and happy men respectively. However, should she see or hear a woodpecker on Valentine’s Day she would never marry.

St. Valentine’s Day with all of its colorful lore was taken to the New World by the English settlers and lost none of it romantic appeal through the journey. The deeply rooted superstitions continued, in fact, flowered, in the new environment. An extract from a young lady’s diary written in 1754 describes some of the practices:

Last Friday was Valentine’s Day and the night before I got five bay – leaves, and pinned four of them to the four corners of my pillow, and the fifth to the middle; and then if I dreamt of my sweetheart, we should be married before the year is out. But to make it sure, I boiled an egg hard and took out the yolk, and filled it with salt; and when I went to bed ate it, shell and all, without speaking or drinking after it. We also wrote our lovers names upon bits of paper, and rolled them up in day, and put them into water; and the first that rose up was to be our valentine.

Write the names of prospective lovers on slips of paper, roll them in clay balls and drop them in a bowl of water. The first to rise to the surface will be your valentine.

Write the names of prospective lovers on pieces of paper, put them into a container, then draw one out and say: “Thou art my love and I am thine, I draw ______ for my Valentine.” The lover you chose will be yours by the following year.

Valentine cards first appeared in England at about the time of Queen Victoria. The first cards were called “Penny Dreadfuls” because they were insulting. As time passed the holiday became one of giving gifts, flowers, candy and cards to loved ones and sweethearts.

A Valentine sentiment from a woman to a possible beau, author unknown
Plenty of Love
Plenty of Love,
Tons of kisses,
Hope some day
To be your Mrs.

Love Knots

A  love knot is a series of winding and interlacing loops with no beginning and no end. It is a symbol of endless love. people made love knots from ribbons or drew them on paper. Often a message was written on the love knot. The message had no beginning or end. It could be repeated endlessly.

A  love seat is a wide chair. It was first made to seat one woman and her wide dress. Later, the love seat or courting seat had two sections, often in S-shape. In this way, a couple couples sit together-but not too closely!

Courtesy of Miss Daney at Folklore,Magic and Superstitions

GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives

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motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Think About It – If a parsley farmer is sued can they garnish his wages? (…and Tempus says, “That’s assuming they can beet him in court!”)

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Daily Stuff 2-8-18 Eliaphas Levi 

Hi, folks!

Sewing Workshop 5-7pm tonight.

51F and cloudy. There’s not a lot of wind, either. There’s only one place by the water where’s it’s over 5mph, even. It’s amazing how similar these weather reports are this winter from one day to the next. It looks like we might get a little rain over the weekend, though.

We started late yesterday, catching up on sleep, and then things just took longer than they ought. Tempus had to run out and re-deliver a paper (which probably had been nabbed out of a neighboring box by mistake). He spent awhile talking about things, then got nabbed by another neighbor who was out cutting the grass on his yard tractor, so it took him awhile to get back.

I was out with my basket cutting regrown tops from parsnips, onions, turnips and celery, planting a few more vegetable ends, harvesting basil, parsley, oregano, thyme and rosemary and a few carrot and radish tops.

Once Tempus was back we got the laundry taken care of and headed for the shop. He made supper first (some delcious burgers) because we’d only had bagels earlier. After that he cleaned up a little and I started in, with some help from him.

First I made pea flour, because we need that for the breads. Tempus headed home to bake a batch of his rolls. I kept on with the hacky-choppy. I had made oat flour on Monday which went into an oat and greens pottage made with onion, leek and the herbs from the garden above and a beef broth that I had made a frozen awhile back.

Once he was back he washed up the beet greens and stems after I hacked the bulbs loose. I realized that I hadn’t stirred the oat pottage and it’s likely to be a tad lumpy since I left it too long, but that’s not a major problem. I added water and some more onion after tasting it and let it cook a bit more. That was done and boxed up just after midnight.

Next was borscht. Tempus scrubbed beet greens and stems while I cut up cabbage and onion and then peeled and cut up beets and then the stems (which make a nice crunch in the soup). The chicken tried to cook this entire time. Granted it started partly frozen, but it never boiled! It was finally cooked, and I pulled the pieces and fridged them and added the broth to the crockpot of borscht vegetables and turned that on, and it’s still cooking.

We didn’t leave the shop until well after 2am, so we were both ready to drop.

Today is going to be more cookery, mostly pastry fillings at this point, but I need to start a couple of cheeses. Tempus is going in without me after I get this out, so that we’re open on time. I just didn’t get enough sleep last night. I’m going to get a couple more hours and then he’ll come back for me.

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pic plant tree Thuja_plicataToday’s plant is Western Red CedarThuja plicata,which is not a cedar at all, but an Arborvitae. Arborvitae comes from the Latin for “tree of life” and coincidentally, native Americans of the West coast also address the species as “long life maker”. “Western Redcedar has an extensive history of use by the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast, from Oregon to southeast Alaska. Some northwest coast tribes refer to themselves as “people of the redcedar” because of their extensive dependence on the tree for basic materials. The wood has been used for constructing housing, totem poles, and crafted into many objects, including masks, utensils, boxes, boards, instruments, canoes, vessels, and ceremonial objects. Roots and bark were used for baskets, ropes, clothing, blankets and rings.” Wiki article –Masculine, Sun, Fire, – to enhance banishing of ill health and bad dreams. Burn for this purpose and purification and psychic power. Make a sachet for love or courage. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thuja_plicata

Feast symbol Pentagram (Levi)Eliaphas Levi was born on this day in 1810. He used a type of magic that wasn’t fanatical and rather eclectic, which made his writings pretty popular. He was a Rosicrucian and a huge influence on the Golden Dawn and OTO, therefore on Wicca. More info here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eliphas_Levi “Magic is the divinity of man achieved in union with faith…” I like that….

The shop is open 11-5pm Thursday through Monday, although we’re there a lot later most nights.  Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.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,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Waning Moon MagickFrom 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 2/15 at 6:42pm. Waning Crescent MoonBest time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 2/11 at 1:05am. 

Look south as dawn begins to brighten to catch the waning Moon stepping past Jupiter and Mars over Scorpius — a constellation usually associated with summer evenings. (The blue 10° scale is about the width of your fist arm’s length.) Before and during dawn on Friday morning the 9th, the Moon shines near Mars and Antares as shown here. Far to their upper right is brighter Jupiter.
Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) is sinking very low in the west-southwest after dark.

Goddess Month of  Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17
Runic half-month of Elhaz/Algiz, from 1/28-2/11. This half month: optimistic power, protection and sanctuary. Runic half-month of Sowulo/ Sigel, 2/12-26 It represents the power of the force of good throughout the world and is the harbinger of victory and ascendancy over darkness. 

Sun in Aquarius
Moon in Scorpio enters Sagittarius at 5:53am.
Ceres (3/18) Retrograde
Color – White

Harvest 2/8-10

©2018 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17, Luis (LWEESH)/rowan – The rowan, or mountain ash (Sorbus aucuparia L.) is related to servceberries. The red berries were historically used to lure birds into traps, and the specific epithet aucuparia comes from words meaning “to catch a bird”. Birds are also responsible for dispersing the seeds. Rowans thrive in poor soils and colonize disturbed areas. In some parts of Europe they are most common around ancient settlements, either because of their weedy nature or because they were planted. Rowans flower in May. They grow to 15 m (50 feet) and are members of the Rose family (Rosaceae). They are cultivated in North America, especially in the northeast.

Luis – Rowan Ogam letter correspondences
Month: December
Color: Grey and Red
Class: Peasant
Letter: L
Meaning: Controlling your life; Protection against control by others.

Quert – Apple Ogam letter correspondences to study this month
Month: None
Color: Green
Class: Shrub
Letter: Q
Meaning: A choice must be made

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Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay

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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
Th   8      Low  12:00 AM    2.8   7:26 AM    Rise  1:50 AM      48
~     8     High   6:25 AM     7.5   5:36 PM     Set 12:04 PM
~     8      Low    1:34 PM     1.5
~     8     High    7:47 PM     5.4

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – If quitters never win, and winners never quit, then who is the fool who said, “Quit while you’re ahead?”

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – Favorites – What was your first favorite TV show?

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Quotes  

~  Many travels, many fortunes. – Egil’s Saga, c.38
~  Men often act knowingly against their interest. – David Hume
~  Nature has no principles. She makes no distinction between good and evil. – Anatole France
~  Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye. – Helen Keller

St. Valentine’s Day 

The South is a dream of flowers
With a jewel for sky and sea,
Rose-crowns for the dancing hours,
Gold fruits upon every tree;
But cold from the North The wind blows forth
That blows my love to me.
The stars in the South are gold
Like lamps between sky and sea;
The flowers that the forests hold.
Like stars between tree and tree;
But little and white Is the pale moon’s light
That lights my love to me.
In the South the orange grove
Makes dusk by the dusky sea,
White palaces wrought for love
Gleam white between tree and tree,
But under bare boughs

Is the little house
Warm-lit for my love and me. – Edith Nesbit,  1858 – 1924 

 

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Magick – Valentine’s

Homemade Conversation Hearts – January 4, 2012 – Why buy run-of-the-mill conversation hearts when you can make personalized candies at home? With a few supplies, you’ll have unique treats that can be tailored to fit any occasion or season. Try the recipe, then use our thought starters to begin your candy conversation gifting.

Homemade Conversation Hearts
Prep time: 20 minutes
Dry time: 24 hours

INGREDIENTS
1 packet or 2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin
2 teaspoons light corn syrup
1/2 cup water
2 pounds powdered sugar, plus additional for dusting
Food coloring, assorted colors
Flavoring extracts (mint, lemon, vanilla, orange)
Plastic, disposable gloves
Rolling pin
Heart-shaped cookie cutters*
Parchment paper
Food coloring markers**

*Tip: Make these classic candies any time of year! Try other seasonal versions with cookie cutters shaped like eggs, bunnies, trees, bells, wreaths or snowmen.

**Tip: Don’t have food-coloring markers on hand? Dip the end of a toothpick in food coloring to write messages on your candies.

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Place gelatin, corn syrup and water in a small microwaveable bowl and stir until incorporated. Microwave for 30 seconds, then stir to dissolve the gelatin.
  2. Pour mixture into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, or a large mixing bowl if using a hand mixer. Add 1 cup of powdered sugar and mix on low until the sugar is incorporated.
  3. Continue adding powdered sugar to the bowl in 1-cup increments, allowing it to mix in between each. Stop and scrape the sides of the bowl periodically during the process, continuing until a soft dough is formed.
  4. Dust your work surface and the dough with powdered sugar, then knead with the heels of your hand. Dust with powdered sugar as often as necessary to prevent stickiness. The dough will become silky and pliable.
  5. Divide dough into the amount of different colors you would like to create, then form them into balls.
  6. Wearing gloves, take a ball, flatten it into a small pancake and add a few drops of food coloring and flavoring extract in the center.
  7. Fold the pancake in half and knead until the color is evenly distributed. Repeat the process with remaining balls until all the candy is colored and flavored.
  8. Dust your work surface and rolling pin with powdered sugar. Roll a candy ball to desired thickness. Small store-bought conversation hearts are approximately 1/4” thick.
  9. Use cookie cutters to cut shapes out of the rolled candy, then transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  10. Continue rolling and cutting until the ball is gone and repeat with the remaining colors.
  11. Allow the shapes to air-dry for 24 hours before writing on them, otherwise the ink will run. After drying, use the markers to write messages or draw pictures.
  12. Store the candies in an airtight container at room temperature.

Sweet Gift Ideas

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motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – You Know You Work for the Government If…

– When someone asks about what you do for a living, you lie.
– You get really excited about a 2% pay raise.
– Your biggest loss from a system crash is you lose your best jokes.
– Your supervisor doesn’t have the ability to do your job.
– You sit in a cubicle smaller than your bedroom closet.
– It no longer amazes you that computer security is more important than having computers.
– Your office computer was just upgraded to a 200 MHz Pentium this year.
– Computer specialists know less about computers than your teenager.
– Lunch is like another scheduled meeting, only shorter.
– You and your coequals always consume the free food left over from VIP meetings.
– It’s dark when you drive to and from work.
– You’re forced to park your car a mile from the office because of all the commanders, customers, designated contractor, VIP’s, employees of the month/quarter/year and visitor, parking spaces by the main entrance.

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Daily Stuff 2-7-18 Sapporo Snow Festival

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Ken Gagne. Ancient Light will be closed on Sunday, 2/18.

54F and the wind at 14, although most places are reporting under 5mph. There’s been some sunshine, which turned the evergreens all golden, but it’s clouded up again.

Primrose and mini jonquils

Yesterday started a little later than when we planned, but that Falcon Heavy launch certainly made us very happy. We did get our chores taken care of, hurried to the shop and hurried the shopping list into existence and then Tempus hurried to Newport to pick up Jay and then did the shopping, finishing in plenty of time.

Dock leaves

I was talking with a friend who came in just before Tempus headed for Newport, sewing while we were talking, then after the friend headed out, diving into the paperwork/scheduling/checklists to make sure of what was and wasn’t ready.

Look at the buds!

I curled up with a book and noodles about 1/2 way through the evening, taking a long break. Then I got back to work, making sure that we’re going to have all the ingredients and that things that need to be prepped will be done.

A larger daffodil bud

I did take a minute out to pull some of the pickled cheese. I’ve decided that I definitely do *not* like this version. It’s too soft. I’m used to something that has a cheese consistency, this is almost slimy…. and it has a lingering aftertaste that’s not what I expected. <gleeble>

Tempus pulled in just before 2am and offloaded a lot of food. I spent the next hour putting things away and sorting out some pieces to go home. We got poppyseed, and the right kind of cherries! So the next thing on my list is going to be making filling for more babovki and kolache so those can get baked over this work week along with doing the soups for which I have beets and cabbages and leeks and such.

I made a tiny batch of “rummy cherries (can’t afford brandy.. 🙂 ) and not long after I was done with all that he was back. He had to get the milk put away. I couldn’t get it into the fridge!

We talked the whole way through the end of the route, starting with a discussion that I’m involved in online about the history of blackwork embroidery, going on through the shopping that he had done and what things need to get made how quickly and what equipment is needed. By the time we were heading out 34 we had gone on to how many crab boat lights there were on the horizon and news things, and eventually ended up as twilight started and we were headed home, with both of us rhapsodizing about the Falcon Heavy launch and commentary that had been online, mostly on Facebook.

The sky was fairly clear, but for some haze that lay in drifts across the sky. I’m thinking it was a high cirrus of some sort, since it really didn’t change. The just-past-half waning Moon made it glow and it drowned a lot of the stars. The Big Dipper is so high in the sky during that time of night that it wasn’t until we were home that I actually saw it, but Cassiopeia’s Chair was lying on its back (What? Did she get in a temper? 🙂 ) on the Northern horizon. I never did find Orion, because the Moon washed the constellation out with the cloud glow, although Tempus had seen it earlier. Jupiter was really bright right below the Moon. I’m not certain whether I saw Mars or not and that was right at the end of the run as we were crossing back over the bridge, heading for home.

Today we slept in, as always on Wednesdays, and we’re coffeed and bageled and starting chores. Tempus has to run out to re-deliver a missing paper that he’s sure he put in their box. Once he’s back we’ll be putting away the clean stuff and he’s got to empty the trash cans. I’ve been picking up, mostly getting books and stray trash bits back where they belong, but I need to do my hair and then we’ll be heading for the shop to cook some more.

I need to start the big batch of borscht and some pickled eggs, maybe the oat and greens pottage and those can cook overnight. I need to set up the filling for holouky so it’ll freeze well. We also need to start a batch of tvarog and the other fillings, but that may wait until tomorrow. Yeah, you’re going to hear a *lot* of cookery over the next 10 days, but today is a big push. …and I need to check on my fennel plant to find out if I have enough fronds for the pottage before we even head that far! I’m heading out with my harvesting basket in the next few minutes!

Photo by Ken Gagne of “Jonathan”, 1/23/17 Yachats

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plant partridge berryToday’s plant is Partridge Berry, (Mitchella repens) – Caution: There are similar-looking berries that are deadly. Don’t wildcraft unless you’re certain. Common Names:  Squaw Vine.  Description:  Evergreen.  Woodland Creeper.  This vine flowers in Spring with fragrant white trumpet-shaped flowers. The vine grows about 6 to 12″ high, creeping through moss around old tree stumps. The leaves are thick, very shiny, and heart-shaped.  In the Fall, bright scarlet berries form that last all winter, unless they are eaten by birds and deer.  They are tasteless, but can serve as a survival food. Partridge berries grow wild in bogs and barrens. They store, cook, and freeze perfectly and they have a beautiful, deep red colour. Used as a women’s medicine to promote easy childbirth (don’t use until the last minute as another use is an abortifacient!) sometimes in tea or a jelly form and also for urinary disorders. – Feminine, Earth, Saturn, – Carry leaves in a sachet of green cloth to help with “female trouble” of all sorts, except during pregnancy. Add a piece of red jasper, if possible. In the last week of pregnancy carry dried flowers or berries in a red cloth sachet to ease childbirth. Carry dried berries in orange cloth to ease mucous discharges and to help with nervous irritability.

800px-SapporoFestival8The Sapporo Snow Festival is neither ancient, nor religious, but it’s *fun*! It started in 1950 and has grown to a big event that brings sculptors from all over to participate. This pictures is some of the ice sculptures. More here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sapporo_Snow_Festival  Pictures here:  http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Sapporo_Snow_Festival

The shop is open 11-5pm Thursday through Monday, although we’re there a lot later most nights.  Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.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,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Waning Moon MagickFrom 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 2/15 at 6:42pm. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 2/7 at 7:54am. Waning Crescent MoonBest time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 2/11 at 1:05am. 

Look south as dawn begins to brighten to catch the waning Moon stepping past Jupiter and Mars over Scorpius — a constellation usually associated with summer evenings. (The blue 10° scale is about the width of your fist arm’s length.) The waning Moon rises around 1 a.m. tonight with Jupiter shining to its right or upper right. By dawn on Thursday the 8th they’re high in the south — now with Jupiter to the right of the Moon, Mars to the Moon’s lower left, and Antares below Mars.
Uranus (magnitude 5.8, in Pisces) is still high in the southwest right after dark. Finder chart.

Goddess Month of  Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17
Runic half-month of Elhaz/Algiz, from 1/28-2/11. This half month: optimistic power, protection and sanctuary. 

Sun in Aquarius
Waning Quarter at 7:54am.
Moon in Scorpio
Ceres (3/18) Retrograde
Color – Topaz

Planting 2/6-7

©2018 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17, Luis (LWEESH)/rowan – The rowan, or mountain ash (Sorbus aucuparia L.) is related to servceberries. The red berries were historically used to lure birds into traps, and the specific epithet aucuparia comes from words meaning “to catch a bird”. Birds are also responsible for dispersing the seeds. Rowans thrive in poor soils and colonize disturbed areas. In some parts of Europe they are most common around ancient settlements, either because of their weedy nature or because they were planted. Rowans flower in May. They grow to 15 m (50 feet) and are members of the Rose family (Rosaceae). They are cultivated in North America, especially in the northeast.

Luis – Rowan Ogam letter correspondences
Month: December
Color: Grey and Red
Class: Peasant
Letter: L
Meaning: Controlling your life; Protection against control by others.

Quert – Apple Ogam letter correspondences to study this month
Month: None
Color: Green
Class: Shrub
Letter: Q
Meaning: A choice must be made

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Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay

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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
W    7     High   5:33 AM     7.6   7:27 AM    Rise 12:50 AM      58
~     7      Low  12:25 PM     1.6   5:34 PM     Set 11:31 AM
~     7     High   6:23 PM     5.6

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – At least once a day sit and do nothing!

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – What is? – What is the best way to treat meddlesome people?

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Quotes  

~  The doorway to personal freedom is not at the end of the hallway of seeking others approval. – SanDanYi
~  The groundwork of all happiness is health. – Leigh Hunt (1784-1859) English writer
~  The key to success in life is using the good thoughts of wise people. – Leo Tolstoy
~  The more you depend on forces outside yourself, the more you are dominated by them. – Harold Sherman

On Candlemas day,
The good goose begins to lay. – proverb

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Magick – Maslenitsa (Pancake week)

http://www.maslenitsa.com/english/

Maslenitsa (Pancake week) is the only purely Russian Holiday that dates back to the pagan times. For seven days Moscow jingles with bells, sings with garmoshkas and glares with gaily-painted dresses. The people are letting the long-annoying winter out and the long-awaited spring in.

The counters in the Maslenitsa town are groaning with various dainties. There are the paunchy samovars with mellow tea, bunches of sweet-scented barankas, nuts and honey pies with different signs: “Whom I love – to those I give”, “A present of the sweet-heart is the dearest”. Salted foods, various fish, caviar – choose and eat anything however much you like!

But the essential elements, of course, are pancakes (blini). Pankacke is a symbol of sun. It is as round, gold and warm as the sun. Pancakes are served hot with either butter, or sour cream, or caviar, or mushrooms, or sturgeon – to any exquisite taste.

Where else can you take a horse-drawn sledge ride that will take your breath away? Or take a jaunty slip down an enormous ice slope? Or go round on a giant carousel? The Great Maslenitsa will reel you round in a dancing fairy-circle and your feet won’t be able to keep still to the sprightly chastooshkas (gaily songs) and byword. Clowns and skomorokhs (histrions) will make you laugh to tears. The show goes on and on in the balagans (Punch-and-Judy shows) and theatres. And those who will not want to be simply a spectator can take part in the masquerade: to dress up beyond recognition or to muffle in a long fur coat and to drink a glass of vodka with a bear.

On the last day of the Great Maslenitsa the feasting and drinking ends up by burning down the scarecrow symbolizing winter thus saying goodbye to winter till the next year.

For the Russians Maslenitsa is like a carnival for the Italians, especially because the initial sense of festivals is the same: the Italian word “carnival” (carne-vale) means “farewell the beef!”, and Maslenitsa that precedes the Great Lent, in old time was called “Myasopust” because it was forbidden to eat meat during this week.

The last day of Maslenitsa is called the Forgiveness Day. Everybody ask one another for forgiveness in order to redeem themselves from their sins before the Great Lent. They bow to one another and say, “God will forgive you”. Maslenitsa is over and so is the winter giving way to the spring.

Everybody knows what the Russian Soul is! This is prowess, dare-devilry, and, of course, the famous Russian hospitality. Everybody is welcome to Moscow to see the Russian winter off!

What holiday is celebrated in Russia since the pagan times? The whole week?

Seven days of impetuous fun, reckless pleasures and solar mood! Certainly, the Great Maslenitsa! All Russian people were sincerely happy that the severe winter ends and the long-awaited spring comes. Everybody baked pancakes as a pancake is a symbol of the sun also congratulated each other with Maslenitsa. Maslenitsa was so much loved by people that they tenderly called her A pancake week in people so loved, that tenderly named “darling”, ” sugar lips “, “kisser”.

This year Moscow has the honor to invite everibody, both Russians and foreign visitors, to the Great Maslenitsa. It has already become a good and bright tradition to celebrate this nice holiday together. We are waiting for you from February 16 till February 22, 2004 in a real Maslenitsa town which will be set up on the Vassilyevsky Spusk near the Red Square. If you come the Maslenitsa town you will dip into the atmosphere of loose fun, rest from the daily fuss, escape from gray everyday life!

You will take part in various entertainments! There will be pancakes for all tastes: with caviar mushrooms and sturgeon baked for those who will decide to try the Russian national kitchen. And there also will be stalls with dainties barankas and spice-cakes – you will only have time taste everything! Taverns and tea-rooms will be always hospitably open for the visitors.

Those who want to have fun with all the heart will have an opportunity to chose one of the Russian native entertainments: ice hills, snow fortresses, carousel, Punch-and-Judy shows. It is impossible to enumerate everything! Those who want to show their force and mother wit can take part in different games and competitions. You won’t be bored! Maslenitsa was called “the kisser” by right. There was a tradition that youths and girls became acquainted during Great Maslenitsa to… organize a magnificent wedding in May on the Red Gorka. May be you will succeed and find your spouse?!

Everyone will find an entertainment to his liking! Unforgettable actions, whether it be variety concerts, folklore representations or round dances and масленичные processions will take place all seven days in the Maslenitsa town. Let’s enjoy our life, splash out the accumulated energy, rest during the Great Maslenitsa. It has come the TIME TO HAVE FUN!

MOSCOW PRESENTS THE GREAT MASLENITSA-2004

The grandiose festival “The Great Maslenitsa” will take place for the third time in the history of new Russia from February 16 till February 22, 2004.
The festival is again organized by the Committee for tourism of Moscow city Government, what is a great sign of constant interest of city authorities to the restoration of Russian traditions. The advertising agency Maxima, which has successfully conducted the festivals in 2002 and in 2003, won the tender on the organization and carrying out of the festival.
The Committee for tourism of Moscow city Government organized the festival “Great Maslenitsa” for the first time in Moscow from March 11 till March 17, 2002. Solemn entertainments had taken place on the central Moscow squares for the whole week, and particularly one of the most interesting among them was baking the biggest pancake on a “Gourmand day”.
This initiative had great success among Moscowers and visitors and had a deep resonance in all mass media.
A common script for the “Great Maslenitsa – 4” and also scripts for all the entertainments has been worked out by now. No doubt that the Opening ceremony, the Closing ceremony of “the Great Maslenitsa” and the traditional “Gourmand day” on Thursday will be striking and solemn, because there were more than 400 thousands of Moscowers and tourists on Moscow squares on those days in 2002.

The “Maslenitsa town” will be open during the whole festival. Adults and children will be able to take part in different contests, taste traditional Maslenitsa pancakes with caviar, enjoy shows of main Moscow folklore groups.

The roots of Pancake Week celebration go deeply in the history of Old Russia. This festival always was one of the favorite and was accompanied by grandiose carnival ceremonies. “The Great Maslenitsa” lasts the whole week and all the entertainments are merry and funny. You can compare “The Great Maslenitsa” only with worldwide known Venetian and Brazilian carnivals, when people celebrate them many days running.

A tradition of restoring Old Russian festivals and customs has appeared lately in Russia and finally the festival “Wide Pancake Week” has taken a worthy place among them.

There has been already created the press-center of the festival and it will inform journalists and people before and during the festival t about all the preparation for it and the entertainments.

Two months of every year were spent preparing for and celebrating [Easter] and the coming of spring. The celebration began in the snow, with a pagan and earthy carnival celebrating life, and was followed by a long fast; it culminated in the beginning of spring and the new explosion of re-creation and happiness which are at the core of the Christian belief.

First there were the eight days of stuffing, feasting and carnival called Maslenitsa, or ‘Butter Week.’ During every day before the long weeks of Lent when all butter was prohibited, Russians consumed huge quantities of blini, little pancakes smothered in butter, at every meal. All restaurants and taverns served blini, always cooked a few at a time and brought piping hot to the table…

In the villages a straw Prince Carnival was seated before a bountiful table on a sled and drawn through the streets. ‘Stay, stay!’ cried the crowds. ‘Stay with us forever!’ But, at the end of his ride, he was enthroned on a bonfire and ceremonially burned.

From “Land of the Firebird” by Suzanne Massie.

Maslenica (Maslenitsa) “Butter woman” from the word Maslo which means butter. Originally it was practiced at the Vernal Equinox but later was celebrated the week before lent. Maslenica (mah-sleh-NEET-sa), sometimes called Shrovetide, was a celebration of the returning light, a time of games and contests, especially horse racing, fist fights, sliding and mock battles. It was a time for protection and purification rituals and a time of gluttony, obscenity and dissolution…..

from: http://members.aol.com/hpsofsnert/holid.html

Other Maslenitsa links:

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Daily Stuff 2-6-18 Aphrodisia

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Geri Hoekzema

 It’s partly cloudy, but I haven’t seen much sun, yet. 50F with the wind at 5mph and not much more than that even on the beaches. We’re in that stretch of calm, relatively dry weather that they’ve been predicting, right through next week.

After the flap-doodle with the tire yesterday morning, the early part of the day was very, very quiet. I worked on newsletter set-up and Tempus was doing something on his computer, too. We got some work done on the monthly bills, having to resolve a couple where payments got screwed up.

We got the babovki bagged and put into the freezer. After that Nina and then Lisa (the new optometrist) came in and we talked feast for awhile. …and then I got some bad news, the other main cook for the feast may not be able to come down that weekend after all, which means more-pre-prep even yet. Oi…

Tempus made some bread loaves for the feast, but they didn’t work right, so those are going to go into the bread dumplings that I have to get made this week. More bread has to happen today.

Class went sideways because one of the student dozed off on her sofa watching the news and didn’t wake until 1/2-way through the time! You don’t get more human than that. The rest of us sat and chatted and talked food and history for awhile, then we all headed home.

Tempus and I did a few chores, then turned in, waking to the launch of the Falcon Heavy today. I don’t know whether that could have been more perfect or not. The two reusable boosters, coming down to landing pads at Canaveral looked like they were straight out of the SciFi movies Tempus and I watched as kids. This is a *big* step on humans getting out into the larger universe. The main parts of the rocket are self-landing and recoverable and the payload this time was kinda silly, (test-flight, after all) but I love it. It’s a Tesla roadster with a space-suited figure in the driver seat and a dashboard sticker that says, “Don’t panic!” Of course, I wanted to know where his towel is, then. 🙂 Both of us were in tears from overwhelming joy. We probably can’t make it out there, ourselves, but maybe our kids and grandkids….

Today, once we come down from that, we have chores to do, but we need to get to the shop a bit earlier than usual on Tuesday. Tempus has some more baking to do and I need to finish the shopping list. He’s going into Newport late this afternoon to pick up some things at Cash and Carry and then pick up a crockpot from a lady in Newport, then get the rest at Freddie’s, and finally get going on the paper route. He’s supposed to pick me back up around 3am. Going to be a long, busy day.

Pic by Geri Hoekzema, Vancouver, WA 2/4/17

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Aphrodisia feast 0206 0BotticelliToday is the Aphrodisia, the festival sacred to Aphrodite in ancient Greece. She wasn’t a nice goddess, being fickle and unfaithful and a trouble-maker. She seems to have mellowed a bit with age, though. :-) <<<< This Botticelli painting is probably the most famous image of her and is often called “Venus on the Half-Shell”. 🙂 She’s often called “foam-born” since she arose from the ocean andfeast 02026 Aphrodites_Rock Cyprus “Cyprian Aphrodite” because she apparently came ashore on the island of <<<<<<<<< Cyprus on this rock. There are a lot of middle-eastern goddesses who are related in forms of worship, Ishtar being the most obvious. Her symbols are: the sea, dolphins, doves, swans, pomegranates, sceptres, apples, myrtle, rose trees, lime trees, clams, scallop shells, and pearls. I’ll be putting some more in, soon, before Valentine’s/Lupercalia and there’s more here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aphrodisia

plant flower Hyacinth blueToday’s plant, sacred to both St. Dorothea (patron saint of florists http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dorothea_of_Caesare  ,which is the attribution that you usually see) and to Aphrodite, is the Jacinth
or Blue Hyacinth, Hyacinthus orientalis. It is highly poisonous, but has a use or two in the herbalist’s pharmacopeia. It is a lovely plant with a sweet scent that is a garden favorite. It hybridizes easily and will propogate itself in the right environment. – Male, Venus, Water – Promotes happiness, peace of mind and peaceful sleep. Attracts love, luck, and good fortune. Named for Hiakinthos, Greek God of homosexual love, this is the patron herb for gay men. Guards against nightmares when used as an oil, burned as incense, or included in dream pillows. Carry in amulet or sachet to ease grief or the pain of childbirth. More on this plant here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyacinthus_orientalis or here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyacinth_%28plant%29

The shop is open 11-5pm Thursday through Monday, although we’re there a lot later most nights.  Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.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,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Waning Moon MagickFrom 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 2/15 at 6:42pm. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 2/7 at 7:54am. 

Look south as dawn begins to brighten to catch the waning Moon stepping past Jupiter and Mars over Scorpius — a constellation usually associated with summer evenings. (The blue 10° scale is about the width of your fist arm’s length.)
The last-quarter Moon rises around midnight tonight. Jupiter rises below the Moon about 50 minutes later. By dawn on Wednesday the 7th they’re high in the south — now with Jupiter lower left of the Moon, Mars farther to the lower left of Jupiter, and Antares below Mars.
Saturn (magnitude +0.5, in Sagittarius) glows with a steady light low in the southeast in early dawn, about 30° lower left of Mars.

Goddess Month of  Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17
Runic half-month of Elhaz/Algiz, from 1/28-2/11. This half month: optimistic power, protection and sanctuary. 

Sun in Aquarius
Moon in Scorpio
Ceres (3/18) Retrograde
Color – Grey

Planting 2/6-7

©2018 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17, Luis (LWEESH)/rowan – The rowan, or mountain ash (Sorbus aucuparia L.) is related to servceberries. The red berries were historically used to lure birds into traps, and the specific epithet aucuparia comes from words meaning “to catch a bird”. Birds are also responsible for dispersing the seeds. Rowans thrive in poor soils and colonize disturbed areas. In some parts of Europe they are most common around ancient settlements, either because of their weedy nature or because they were planted. Rowans flower in May. They grow to 15 m (50 feet) and are members of the Rose family (Rosaceae). They are cultivated in North America, especially in the northeast.

Luis – Rowan Ogam letter correspondences
Month: December
Color: Grey and Red
Class: Peasant
Letter: L
Meaning: Controlling your life; Protection against control by others.

Quert – Apple Ogam letter correspondences to study this month
Month: None
Color: Green
Class: Shrub
Letter: Q
Meaning: A choice must be made

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Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay

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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
Tu   6     High   4:46 AM     7.8   7:28 AM     Set 11:00 AM      68
~     6      Low  11:19 AM     1.7   5:33 PM
~     6     High   5:09 PM     6.1
~     6      Low  11:06 PM     2.0

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – You don’t have to be religious to be spiritual, Spirituality is how you connect to yourself and the world, mentally, emotionally and physically. We do not get spirituality through religion or philosophy. It is simply the essence of being human.

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – There is a great distance between said and done. — Puerto Rican proverb

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Quotes  

~  Never look back and grieve. Look forward and smile. – AMMA
~  Observe what is with undivided attention. – Bruce Lee
~  One often makes a remark and only later sees how true it is. – Wittgenstein
~  Perhaps this is the best we can do: to help when we can; to witness each other with kindness; to offer our presence; to show the trust we have in life. – Jack Kornfield

On the wind in February
Snowflakes float still,
Half inclined to turn to rain,
Nipping, dripping, chill. – Christina Rossetti (1830–94)

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Magick – Recipes for Maslenitsa

These recipes are from a Russian language site, so the measurements are a little odd in format! If someone makes one of these and works the amounts out, let me know. I think “glasses” are cups, 8oz, iow. “Dough” is used interchangeably for both “dough” and “flour”. “Shred” means the same as “grate”. “Ceder” is “zest” or “peel”. The translation is a little rough, yet. I think “curd” in the nut cakes is ricotta-style cheese, and how the Turkish cakes are made is beyond me. It is typical to serve some of these, the various stuffed pancakes, on what we would call a “cake plate” and cut them into slices like a layer cakes.

Recipes for Blini and Pancakes

Blini are indispensable attribute of Maslenitsa. Also Blini are traditional Russian delicacy which takes a worthy place in cuisines of many nations of the world. From the pagan times blini were a symbol of the sun. People believed, that blini are eaten in honor of Spring, fertility of the ground.

Simple Pancakes

  • Dough – 2-5 glasses
  • Eggs – 4 to 5
  • Sugar – 100 g
  • Dairy Butter – 200 g
  • Milk – 3 to 4 glasses

For the simple thin pancakes the dough is prepared of dough, milk, eggs and salt. First thing you should do is separate the yolks from whites. Then stir the yolks with sugar slowly adding milk whilst stirring. Then add the salt and the melted hot butter. Then start adding the dough (very slowly), stirring the mixture and smoothing the dough nubbles. As the last step, add the stirred whites. Now everything is ready for baking pancakes on the hot frying pans.

Stuffed Pancakes

These are the burrito-like pancakes with stuffing like chopped eggs, mushrooms, chopped vegetables and the like. Thus, such pancakes are some sort of equivalent of doughnuts, or the ancestors of a closed pizza.

They are baked in the following way. Take a frying pan, butter it down with a dairy butter and pour on it the ready dough, but a bit less than usual. When half ready, put the stuffing onto the pancake and pour the new portion of dough above it so that the stuffing be completely covered with it. Then turn the pancake and bake until ready.

Cottage Cheese Pancakes

  • Dough – 2-5 glasses
  • Eggs – 5
  • Sugar – 100 g
  • Dairy Butter – 200 g
  • Milk – 3 glasses
  • Salt – 3/4 spoons per person
  • Cheese – 300 g

Shred the cheese on the shredder. Separate the yolks from whites. Stir the yolks with milk. Add to this mixture the shredded cheese, dough and salt. Stir the whites and add the whites froth to the dough. Bake on dairy butter until formation of crust. The ready pancakes should not be too big.

Potato Pancakes

  • Flour – 1-5 glasses
  • Eggs – 2
  • Sugar – 100 g
  • Dairy Butter – 200 g
  • Milk – 3 glasses
  • Potato – 400 g
  • Bulb Onion – 1 bulb
  • Salt and Red Pepper

Mix milk, eggs, dough and spices. Stir the dough and leave in a warm place for five minutes. Meanwhile, slice the onion, shred the potatoes on the shredder and then add them to the dough. These pancakes should not be too big. Bake them on a low flame on both sides until the formation of crust.

Nut Cakes

  • Curd – 250 g
  • Milk – 220 ml
  • Lemon – 1
  • Sugar Powder – 1-2 spoonfuls
  • Freshly Frozen Raspberry – 200 g
  • Whites – 2
  • Yolks – 2
  • Starch – 50 g
  • Ground Nuts – 3 teaspoonfuls
  • Sugar – 3 spoonfuls
  • Salt, vegetable oil

Mix the curd and two glasses of milk. Wash the lemon, shred the ceder on the shredder and add it to the curd. Squeeze the lemon juice into the mixture. Pour the sugar powder onto it. Unfreeze the raspberry. Stir the whites. Stir the dough from the starch, flour, ground nuts, yolks, salt and 200 g of milk. Carefully stir the mixture with the froth of whites. Bake the small pancakes on the dairy butter. Make the sandwiches of the pancakes putting the curd between the halves, put the raspberry on the top on the sandwiches and cover with the remaining pancakes.

Turkish Pancakes

  • Dough – 60 g [In this case, this does mean prepared dough, like pizza or pie dough]
  • White Sauce – 50 ml (this is milk flour gravy, very thick)
  • Eggs – 1
  • Vegetable oil – 10 g
  • Breadcrumbs – 10 g
  • Tomato Sauce – 50 g
  • Sugar – 1 teaspoonful

Warm the very viscous white sauce, mix it with the dairy curd and add some salt, pepper and make them into cigar shapes. Then roll the dough into a layer no more than 0,5 mm thick and slice it into checkers 5 to 7 сm long and moisten them. Place one doughnut on each checker and wrap. Dip these pancakes in the mixture of whites and yolks and bake them in a big quantity of vegetable oil. Serve with tomato sauce spiced with lemon juice and sugar.

Hungarian Pancakes

  • Flour – 1/2 glass
  • Eggs – 1
  • Sugar – 1 teaspoonful (for the dough) and 100 g (for the stuffing)
  • Milk – 1 glass (for the dough) and 1/4 glass for the stuffing)
  • Walnuts – 100 g
  • Raisins – 1 spoonful
  • Rum – 1 teaspoonful
  • Orange Cedar – 1 teaspoonful
  • Dairy Butter – 50 g

The chocolate gravy( sauce)

  • Chocolate – 50 g
  • Coco Powder – 25 g
  • Yolks – 2
  • Sugar – 75 g
  • Milk – 1/2 glass
  • Dairy Cream – 1/4 glass
  • Flour – 1 teaspoonful
  • Rum – 1 spoonful

Make the dough, eggs milk and sugar and bake the pancakes from this mixture. Make the puree from the ground walnuts with the milk, sugar and rum. Add the raisins and the orange ceder to the puree. Put the stuffing onto the pancakes, wrap and bake the pancakes on all sides on the dairy butter. Serve the pancakes with the chocolate gravy. For the gravy: mix the yolks with sugar and flour, add the milk and the dairy cream, warm close to the boiling point add chocolate, cocoa powder and rum.

Jewish Pancakes

  • Carrot – 2-3
  • Vegetable Oil – 2-3 spoonfuls
  • Eggs – 3
  • Salt, Pepper
  • Vegetable Oil for Baking
  • Sour Cream – 1 glass

Mix the eggs, salt and sugar. Add the flour and stir carefully. Continue pouring the milk very carefully and do not stop stirring. Add the vegetable oil and stir again. Throw some salt onto the frying pan before warming.

The Stuffing: shred the washed and peeled carrots on the shredder, fry on the vegetable oil add the chopped eggs, put some salt, pepper stir carefully and let the mixture cool. Stuff the pancakes with the cooled mixture and bake on both sides on the frying pan. Serve with the dairy butter or the sour cream.

Red and Black Pancakes

  • Dough – 2 glasses
  • Milk – 3 glasses
  • Eggs – 1
  • Salt, sugar – ad gustum (to taste)
  • Soda – 1/4 spoon per person
  • Vinegar

These pancakes are baked thick and big. Each pancake is buttered with dairy butter and black and red caviar is put on top of it. Above it one more pancake is put and also black and red caviar is put on top of the second one. The whole “cake” should not be too thick, or multi-layered as it will not be convenient to slice it into pieces.

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Daily Stuff 2-5-18 St Agatha

Hi, folks!

Wicca 101 tonight at 7pm.

The sky is mottled white and grey and blue. Blue? Yes, *blue*! The sunshine is weak and watery, but it’s there, occasionally, which is awfully nice to see after all the overcast. The lowest layer of cloud is probably at about 200 feet because it’s all tangled in the trees in the upper part of town. Another layer is at about 400 feet and there are layers above that, so it’s only where the holes intersect that you can see the sky. 52F and the wind at 3. Even on the beaches it’s not any higher than that. I’m starting to really notice the longer days. Last night it was still light near 6pm!

Yesterday was a long day, productive, but long. It started with a flurry of customers and a couple of readings for which Tempus is taking credit since he was doing some spell-work over the last week to draw folks in.

I finished one of the kiss-lock purses and found a lot of newsletter stuff, while Tempus worked in back, mostly trying to find my small tube pans, which he did track down, late in the day. I finished writing up the House Capuchin post just before we headed home.

Tempus made a loaf of bread during the afternoon and then I had him set up a babovka dough, which got turned into 6 little cakes in the early evening. While those were rising we got some supper and then took the cakes home and baked them upstairs. We got to visit with Jeanne while that was going on.

Today didn’t start well. We were heading out on time and were greeted with a flat tire, so that had to be fixed before we went anywhere. Tempus is out running it down the highway, so that the tire seal will set, but it made us horribly late at the shop. I think we were open by 11:40, but it might have been a few minutes after that.

We have some more baked stuff to deal with today, plus some herbs and Tempus really needs to water some of the plants. I’m hoping we can get the table cleared enough that I can clean up some of the window plants.

Ok, he’s back and making coffee…and then we have class tonight. I hope. We’ve had a lot of illness going on.

A good attitude…..

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elder month Husband_and_wife_trees - Blackthorn RuisToday’s Plant is Blackthorn, Prunus spinosa, sometimes called “sloe”, wish-thorn or faery tree. The blossoms, the fruits and the crimson sap display the three colors of the Great Goddess: white, black, and red. The dangerous long spikes and the red “blood” that flows in the veins of this tree enhance the dramatic effect of Her symbolism. Blackthorns are sacred to the Luantishees, which are Blackthorn Fairies who guard the trees. It makes great walking sticks, such as shillelaghs. The fruit and leaves contain Vitamin C, organic acids, tannins, and sugars. Otzi, the “Iceman” had fruits in his stomach, even though they’re pretty bitter for food. Good wines and liqueurs are made from the fruits. Steep the flowers for a diuretic, tonic, and laxative. Dried fruits can treat bladder, kidney and stomach ailments. Boil the leaves for a mouthwash or to sooth the throat from tonsillitis or laryngitis. –Feminine, Saturn, Earth – Blackthorn symbolizes the inevitability of Death, Good in magicks of protection and revenge, strife and negativity, the balance between light and darkness. The staves cane help in exorcism, to make wishes, in divination and general protection magicks. Being a plant that’s bad to tangle with it also symbolizes not only death and the conquering of death, but the wisdom gained in life and beyond life and can be used in magicks for the gaining of such wisdom. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prunus_spinosa

plant flower primrose primula vulgarisFeast day of St Agatha, martyr, patroness of victims of breast cancer. – What *is* it about martyrs that makes the stories so gruesome? In this case, because of the tortures, the pictures get pretty “squirmy”. “Agatha is an aspect of the goddess known to the Greeks as Tyche, to the Romans as Fortuna, and to the Anglo-Saxons as Wyrd. Today is especially potent for fortune telling and all forms of divination. Santo Gato SombreAlso known as Santo Gato, it is said that she appears as a cat and can summon storms when angry.” (Pip’s Almanac) Common primrose, Primula vulgaris, is today’s plant, dedicated to this saint. More on Agatha here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Agatha Tyche here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyche  Wyrd: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wyrd  More on today’s plant here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Primula_vulgaris  And there’s an article in French with several more pictures of Agatha’s Bread http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santo_Gato

The shop is open 11-5pm Thursday through Monday, although we’re there a lot later most nights.  Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.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,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Waning Moon MagickFrom 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 2/15 at 6:42pm. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 2/7 at 7:54am. 

<<< Betelgeuse, Orion’s armpit, and Aldebaran >>>, the bright eye of Taurus, are high in the south these evenings. Have you ever closely compared their colors? Can you detect any difference in their colors at all? I can’t, really. Yet Aldebaran, spectral type K III, is often called an “orange” giant, while Betelgeuse, spectral type M1-M2 Ia, is usually called a “red” supergiant. Their temperatures are indeed a bit different: 3,910 Kelvin and 3,590 Kelvin, respectively.
A complication: Betelgeuse is brighter, and to the human eye, the colors of brighter objects appear, falsely, to be desaturated: tending paler (whiter) than they really are.
Mars and Jupiter(magnitudes +1.2 and –2.0, respectively) rise in the east-southeast in the hours after midnight. They’re high in the south by early dawn. Jupiter, the first up, is the brightest point in the pre-dawn sky, shining in dim Libra. Mars glows about 15° to Jupiter’s lower left in the head of Scorpius. Below Mars is Mars-colored Antares, almost the same brightness.

Goddess Month of  Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17
Runic half-month of Elhaz/Algiz, from 1/28-2/11. This half month: optimistic power, protection and sanctuary. 

Sun in Aquarius
Moon in Libra enters Scorpio at 7:56pm.
Ceres (3/18) Retrograde
Color – Silver

©2018 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17, Luis (LWEESH)/rowan – The rowan, or mountain ash (Sorbus aucuparia L.) is related to servceberries. The red berries were historically used to lure birds into traps, and the specific epithet aucuparia comes from words meaning “to catch a bird”. Birds are also responsible for dispersing the seeds. Rowans thrive in poor soils and colonize disturbed areas. In some parts of Europe they are most common around ancient settlements, either because of their weedy nature or because they were planted. Rowans flower in May. They grow to 15 m (50 feet) and are members of the Rose family (Rosaceae). They are cultivated in North America, especially in the northeast.

Luis – Rowan Ogam letter correspondences
Month: December
Color: Grey and Red
Class: Peasant
Letter: L
Meaning: Controlling your life; Protection against control by others.

Quert – Apple Ogam letter correspondences to study this month
Month: None
Color: Green
Class: Shrub
Letter: Q
Meaning: A choice must be made

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Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay

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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
M    5     High   4:01 AM     8.0   7:30 AM     Set 10:31 AM      77
~     5      Low  10:19 AM     1.6   5:31 PM    Rise 11:47 PM
~     5     High   4:06 PM     6.8
~     5      Low  10:19 PM     1.2

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The real measure of your wealth is how much you would be worth if you lost all your money.

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – What do you think? – What do you think of 3D movies?

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Quotes  

~  You won’t learn if you never fail and you’ll never fail if you don’t try. – Kerr Cuhulain
~  Life is a grindstone. Whether it grinds us down or polishes us up depends on us. – Thomas Holdcroft
~  Life won’t get you down as long as you’re working to lift it up. – Unknown
~  Look and you will find it-what is unsought will go undetected. – Sophocles

And must I then, indeed, Pain, live with you
All through my life? — sharing my fire, my bed
Sharing — oh, worst of all things! — the same head? —
And, when I feed myself, feeding you, too?
So be it, then, if what seems true, is true:
Let us to dinner, comrade, and be fed; —
I cannot die till you yourself are dead,
And, with you living, I can live life through.
Yet have you done me harm, ungracious guest,
Spying upon my ardent offices
With frosty look; robbing my nights of rest;
And making harder things I did with ease.
You will die with me: but I shall, at best,
Forgive you with restraint, for deeds like these. – Edna St. Vincent Millay

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Magick – Valentine’s, Maslenitsa and Lupercalia

This year Valentine’s Day/Lupercalia & Maslenitsa both fall on Ash Wednesday. Up until the 20th of this month we’ll have bits and pieces of all of these celebrations listed.

Heartwings Love Notes 299 My Always Valentine
Heartwings says, ” When you are truly in love every day is Valentines Day.”

Stephen and I have been together for more than thirty years. In that time my dear companion and I have had our share of disagreements. Even the best relationship has its occasional dust-ups and difficulties. However most of the time rather than argue, we bicker. What I call creative bickering is one of the secrets of the good health of our partnership.

Nevertheless, whether we bicker or downright disagree, we do our very best not speak to each other in hurtful ways. As best friends we make every attempt to treat one another with courtesy and kindness. In addition, from the beginning of our relationship we have had a strong commitment to honesty, especially concerning feelings. Because of past experiences, from the start I insisted we air any grievances as soon as possible rather than harbor them.

As we are both essentially peace loving, it is not always easy to come out with statements that could be potentially hurtful. Yet we both know that we must if our relationship is to be healthy. Unstated grievances can over time accumulate to a bursting point; then it becomes difficult to control what happens next. What we do is try to say what we need to say in a way that is neither accusatory nor critical of the other.

We enjoy one another’s company, a good thing because we are and have always been together most of each day. We began as friends as well romantic partners and we still are. More than anything else it is this friendship that guides our responses and repartee. After all, why would anyone want to say anything hurtful to a dear friend?  On Valentines’ Day and always I give thanks for my always Valentine, my beloved partner and my dearest friend.

May your Valentines Day be filled with joy and love,
Blessings and Best Regards, Tasha Halpert

Filled with helpful information, lovely poems and practical wisdom Heartwings: Love Notes for a Joyous Life delights all who read it. For Valentine’s Day order a personal, autographed copy of as a gift for a friend or loved one. Send desired dedication, plus your name, address and $15, which includes postage and handling to Tasha Halpert, P.O. Box 323, Grafton, MA 01519. The book is also available at www.galdepress.com <http://www.galdepress.com/> , (To order direct, or for a discount on quantity orders, call Galde at 1-800-777-3454) and Amazon.com. For your free weekly Heartwings Love Notes, click here: www.heartwingslovenotes.com <http://www.heartwingslovenotes.com/>  

Dear ABBY: Last year on Valentine’s Day I had many errands to run,   so I started at my favorite coffee shop at 7 a.m.

At a table in front of me was an elderly couple who were   already eating. I enjoy people-watching, and it was easy to   observe them. The man was having trouble opening his little   package of jelly. I almost went over to help him. Why didn’t

I? Because he was there with a lady. Sister, wife, friend? I   couldn’t see her left hand. If I had offered help, it might   have embarrassed him. This was a buffet breakfast.

As I ate, I watched him make several slow trips for food. He   put milk and sugar in her dry cereal. He cut her food and   twice wiped her mouth with her napkin. He put sugar and cream   in her coffee and stirred it.

When they finally finished, he helped her from her chair,   helped her with her coat, straightened out her folding walker,   held her arm as they left and helped her into an older model   car.

That vignette made my day. Were they sweethearts? I don’t   know, but there certainly was a lot of love there. Not a word   was spoken, but I’m sure the message was received. We could   use more of that kind of “conversation” every day, not just   on Valentine’s Day.   Copyright 2008 by NextEra Media. All rights reserved.

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motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Think About It – If a turtle doesn’t have a shell, is he homeless or naked?

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