Daily Stuff 4-29-17 Joan of Arc

Hi, folks!

Featured image by Daniel Schoon, Herbs at 11am. Sewing at 3pm. Minus Tide at 9:42 AM of -1.5 feet.

It’s 54F and just lovely outside, a bit cloudier than yesterday. We have a good chance of rain overnight, but not during daylight hours today and tomorrow.

Yesterday  was a long, tiring, satisfying day! We didn’t have a lot of customers in, but I was alternating writing with working on cleaning up the office space. Now that I’ve gotten the paper pile whittled down I’m starting on the other side, sorting out the bags and getting the tissue into the new organizer, moving the “front incense” and so on. I got most of the way done and was just about to move the new organizer into place when everything avalanched…. <sigh> There’s no room again, so that’s where I have to start this morning!

At one point when I was talking with some customers I managed to get the new pear pincushion filled and stitched. It still needs a leaf and a stem. Tempus snoozed for the first part of the day and then got up to run errands.

We got setting up for the Sabbat late in the afternoon and we had a good one! There were 10 of us. We had a good after-feast as well, with various yummies including May Wine and honey-butter for the bread, cookies, nuts and a lovely zucchini and egg bake that we really chowed down on.

As we were leaving the shop Diana’s Bow was hanging low in the western sky. When we got home, out of the city lights, the stars were really bright. The Big Dipper was right overhead.

I was out harvesting this morning. I got a little oregano out of the box garden, some plantain from that pot and a bit of lemon balm that we’re going to process this morning along with last week’s lungwort. Hopefully, we’ll be filling some of the seed pots this week and planting some of the new seeds. Sewing this afternoon will be a BYOP (bring your own project). I’ll be working on finishing the pincushion.

Alsea Bay by Daniel Schoon – “A bridge, a bay, some fog, throw in a sunset and you get a great picture.”

Daniel Schoon - A bridge a bay some fog throw in a sunset and you get a great picture

plant pic flower Rhododendron_macrophyllum_biscuit_june_2005Today’s plant is the Rhododendron genus, specifically the wild rhodys that we have out here, that are starting to bloom right now, the Pacific rhododendron, Rhododendron macrophyllum. Rhodys have native forms in much of the world (not South America or Africa) They are one of the showiest of the flowers with hybrids and cultivars all over the place, including the azaleas which fall into this genus, but there are some that you wouldn’t recognize having almost no flowers at all! The plant is toxic to many animals and honey made from some of plants will make you ill. ,  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhododendron Our rhodys out here are lovely during their bloom time, when you see a hit of pink here and there along highways and trails and in the woods and then within days drifts and swathes and whole hillsides are pink! It’s a hardy plant, which grows well in disturbed places, particularly areas that were burned over. It will re-grow from the scorched roots!  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhododendron_macrophyllum – There aren’t any magickal references to rhododendrons that I’ve found, which doesn’t make any sense, since at least the cultivated ones are all over! Azaleas stand for Temperance in the language of flowers. Yellow rhododendron, native to Sibera, is use for rheumatism, gout and syphilis. My personal uses for them are for glamourie, beauty and outward show, but also for the learning to make these unnecessary by creating inward beauty and serenity. When these flowers are in season I use the fresh ones as a “notice me!” spell.

Today is the anniversary of the day in 1429 when Jeanne d’Arc was part200px-Joan_of_arc_miniature_graded of the lifting of the Siege of Orleans during one of the more important parts of the 100 Years War. This was a peasant girl who had a series of visions that led her to take the part of the Dauphin of France and to lead his armies to victory after victory over the English and Burgundian troops that were trying to take France! She cut her hair and wore male clothing as a practice to preserve her modesty and chastity in the task that she was undertaking, which was something that the Church would commonly grant dispensations for. She was captured and sold to the English, who violated legal and church practice to find an excuse to burn her to death as a heretic in 1431. She was finally canonized in 1920. Lots more here including links to some of the historical events.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joan_of_Arc

The shop is open 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

Waxing Moon Magick – The waxing moon is for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or healthy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healings for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 2:42pm. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 4/30 at 5:16pm.  

Now the curve of the crescent Moon points far down toward Aldebaran and Mars at dusk, as shown here. And the horns of Taurus, Zeta and Beta Tauri, occupy roughly the same stances with respect to the Moon as Aldebaran and Mars did last night.

Jupiter astro – Jupiter rotates fast; Christopher Go took these images only about 20 minutes apart on April 20th. North is up. Note the Great Red Spot’s dark center and edges and its wide, long turbulent wake. The North Equatorial Belt (above center) is very active in this region, with many small white outbreaks.

Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12
Runic half-month of Laguz/ Lagu, 4/29-5/13 Representing the flowing and mutable forces of water, Lagu symbolizes life, growth and waxing power of this time of year. 

Sun in Taurus
Moon in Gemini enters Cancer at 6:48pm.
Mercury (5/3), Jupiter (6/9), Saturn (8/25), Pluto (9/28) Retrograde
Color: Blue

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Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12 The Willow in the Tree alphabet stands for the female and lunar rhythms of life. She is water-seeking, thriving from preference on the damp margins of lakes and streams or across the low-lying water meadows. Water and the tidal movements of the sea are governed by the pull of the moon. The moon in its monthly rhythms is female, contrasting with the male sun’s daily and yearly turnings. In several ways, the Celts held women in higher regard than we do today. On the material level, women were property owners, and whoever controlled the property controlled the marriage. Women of all types and ages appeared in the Celtic pantheon, the spiritual strength and life-giving qualities given by both female and male recognized equally. There were colleges of Druidesses – learned women and teachers – respected equally for their gifts of see-ship, often expressed through dreams, or night visions.
Magical Associations: Romantic love, healing, protection, fertility, magic for women.

Saille – Willow Ogam letter correspondences
Month: February
Color: listed only as bright
Class: Peasant
Letter: S
Meaning: Gaining balance in your life

to study this month – Ohn – Furze Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Yellow Gold
Class: Chieftain
Letter: O
Meaning: Information that could change your life

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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  29     High   2:47 AM     8.8   6:09 AM    Rise  9:03 AM      7
~    29      Low   9:42 AM    -1.5   8:18 PM
~    29     High   4:10 PM     7.1
~    29      Low   9:43 PM     2.1

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make this an empowering day!

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – While the mind is in doubt, it is driven this way and that by a slight impulse. — Terence

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Quotes  

~  All men are prepared to accomplish the incredible if their ideals are threatened. – Maya Angelou
~  Always pass on what you have learned. – Yoda
~  And again: No more gods! no more gods! Man is King, Man is God! – But the great Faith is Love!  – Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891) French writer
~  Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid. – Goethe

SIREN CALL

Listen, and you can hear the sirens call
They want you to join them and die in the sea;
Their soft, trilling voices pull you in and under
Till you are desperate to only be with them.

“Come dear sailor, dear hunter, to the sea
No one can love you, can hold you like me;
I’ll feed you with fishes and cover you with kisses,
For no human woman can hold you like me”

I see them slipping from the boats,
Lowering themselves in the water, heading then
For the rocks, anything to join the sweet-voiced
Beauties that call to them, singing of love.

“Come my fisherman, my farmer, to the sea
No one can love you, can hold you like me;
I’ll string seashells and kelp for ‘round your neck,
For no human woman can love you like me. – © Copyright 12/17/05. Beth Johnson (Mystic Amazon)

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Beltane Magick – Ritual pieces

Stag Call Chant – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html
The men gather around the fire, next to their partners, and they say in unison:

“I am the stag of seven tines;
I am a wide flood on the plain;
I am a wind on the deep waters;
I am a shining tear of the sun;
I am a hawk on a cliff;
I am fair among flowers;
I am a god who sets the head afire with smoke.”
Graves, Robert; “The White Goddess”; Farrar 1970

The Beltane Chasehttp://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html – Traditional

Ladies:
I shall go as a wren in spring
With sorrow and sighing on silent wing
And I shall go in our Lady’s name
Aye, till I come home again.

Men:

And we shall follow as falcons grey
And hunt thee cruelly as our prey
And we shall go in our Master’s name
Aye, to fetch thee home again.

Ladies:
Then I shall go as a mouse in May
In the fields by night and cellars by day
And I shall go in our Lady’s name
Aye, till I come home again.

Men:
But we shall follow as fat tom cats
And chase thee through the corn and vats
And we shall go in our Master’s name
Aye, to fetch thee home again.

Ladies:
Then I shall go as an Autumn hare
With sorrow and sighing and mickle care
And I shall go in our Lady’s name
Aye, till I come home again.

Men:
But we shall follow as swift grey hounds
And dog thy tracks by leaps and bounds
And we shall go in our Master’s name
Aye, to fetch thee home again.

Ladies:
Then I shall go as a Winter trout
With sorrow sighing and mickle doubt
And I shall go in our Lady’s name
Aye, till I come home again.

Men:
But we shall follow as otter’s swift
And snare thee faster thou can’st shift
And we shall go in our Master’s name
Aye, to fetch thee home again.

Ladies:
Aye, and I’ll come home again.

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motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Signs and Notices – Two signs found on top of one another in a country kitchen several years ago: Restrooms to the left. Please wait for the hostess to seat you.

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Daily Stuff 4-28-17 Anzac Day

Hi, folks!

Featured Photo by Ken Gagne. Minus Tide at 8:52 AM of -1.6 feet. Those are some *steep* tides! Yesterday’s morning shift from ebb to flood was *amazing*!

Open Circle for Beltane at Ancient Light! Tonight! Friday 4/28 at 7pm. Bring roses and a snack for the after-feast!

54F and a light breeze. The sky between the clouds is the prettiest blue! We should have weather like this for a week or so, with just one spike of rain Saturday night.

Yesterday went by pretty quickly because we had a lot to do. I spent awhile cleaning up the front, so that there’s not that much to do tomorrow, while Tempus was out running errands.

Sewing was just me cutting out pincushions and I took that home with me, finishing stitching up a pear pincushion during the evening and one of calico and velveteen.

Tempus took off for Newport at a little after 9pm, but something held up the papers and he didn’t get to start bagging until well past 1am, only got on the road at 3:30, and got back to the apartment at 10am, so he’s pretty wiped out. He’s making some coffee and then going to curl up and sleep for awhile.

I’m going to have some trouble doing much today. I slept last night, but not well. Well, I have paperwork to get done and there’s the Open Circle for Beltane tonight to look forward to!

A photo by Ken Gagne (on 4/24/16) of the spouting horn along Yachats Wayside Ocean Road with Yachats behind it and a beautiful clump of Sea Pink (Thrift) in the foreground.

042416 Ken Gagne yachats

lamprocapnos spectabilis bleeding heartToday’s Plant is Bleeding Heart, lamprocapnos spectabilis (which Cunningham has as dicentra spectabilis, an older designation). Other names are: old-fashioned bleeding-heart, Venus’s car, Lady in a bath, Dutchman’s trousers, or Lyre-flower, which all have various folklore attached. They’re native to Asia, but are common garden ornamentals and so suited to our climate that I assumed that they were native here! You see them all through the woods at this time of year. – Feminine, Venus, Water – Used in magick mostly as a divination. Crush the flower. If it “bleeds red” there is love. If it “bleeds white”, either love has died, or there is no hope of it. Be careful if you bring the live plant indoors because it can produce irritation and anger between people in the household. To forestall this push a silver bead or a dime (standing in for silver) into the soil, and say, “Lady of the Moon, give us peace, in your honor, and we honor you!”  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lamprocapnos_spectabilis

feast 0428 CanberraSimpsonMemorial[Edited from Wikipedia] Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand that broadly commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders “who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations” and “the contribution and suffering of all those who have served.” Originally 25 April every year was to honour the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli during World War I. Anzac Day marks the anniversary of the first campaign that led to major casualties for Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. After the First World War, returned soldiers sought the comradeship they felt in those quiet, peaceful moments before dawn. With symbolic links to the dawn landing at Gallipoli, a dawn stand-to or dawn ceremony became a common form of Anzac Day remembrance during the 1920s. With the coming of the Second World War, Anzac Day became a day on which to commemorate the lives of Australians and New Zealanders lost in that war as well and in subsequent years. The meaning of the day has been further broadened to include those killed in all the military operations in which the countries have been involved. One of the traditions of Anzac Day is the ‘gunfire breakfast’ (coffee with rum added) which occurs shortly after many dawn ceremonies, and recalls the ‘breakfast’ taken by many soldiers before facing battle. Later in the day, ex-servicemen and ex-servicewomen meet and join in marches through the major cities and many smaller centers.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anzac_Day

The shop is open 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

Waxing Moon Magick – The waxing moon is for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or healthy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healings for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 2:42pm. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 4/30 at 5:16pm.  

astro . . . and then the waxing crescent returns to the western evening sky. As twilight fades in the west, spot Aldebaran and Mars to the lower right of the crescent Moon, as shown above.
Neptune is still too low for observing before dawn.

Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12
Runic half-month of Mannaz/ Man, April 14-28 A time when the archetypal reality of the human condition should be meditated upon. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992 Runic half-month of Laguz/ Lagu, 4/29-5/13 Representing the flowing and mutable forces of water, Lagu symbolizes life, growth and waxing power of this time of year. 

Sun in Taurus
Moon in Gemini
Mercury (5/3), Jupiter (6/9), Saturn (8/25), Pluto (9/28) Retrograde
Color: Rose

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©2017 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12 The Willow in the Tree alphabet stands for the female and lunar rhythms of life. She is water-seeking, thriving from preference on the damp margins of lakes and streams or across the low-lying water meadows. Water and the tidal movements of the sea are governed by the pull of the moon. The moon in its monthly rhythms is female, contrasting with the male sun’s daily and yearly turnings. In several ways, the Celts held women in higher regard than we do today. On the material level, women were property owners, and whoever controlled the property controlled the marriage. Women of all types and ages appeared in the Celtic pantheon, the spiritual strength and life-giving qualities given by both female and male recognized equally. There were colleges of Druidesses – learned women and teachers – respected equally for their gifts of see-ship, often expressed through dreams, or night visions.
Magical Associations: Romantic love, healing, protection, fertility, magic for women.

Saille – Willow Ogam letter correspondences
Month: February
Color: listed only as bright
Class: Peasant
Letter: S
Meaning: Gaining balance in your life

to study this month – Ohn – Furze Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Yellow Gold
Class: Chieftain
Letter: O
Meaning: Information that could change your life

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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   28     High   2:03 AM     8.9   6:11 AM    Rise  8:12 AM      2
~    28      Low   8:52 AM    -1.6   8:17 PM     Set 11:09 PM
~    28     High   3:15 PM     7.3
~    28      Low   8:52 PM     1.7

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – My hopes keep my fears at bay.

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – I wish… – I wish I could touch……

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Quotes  

~  The world is the totality of facts, not of things. – Wittgenstein
~  There are no more hours in a bad day than in a good one! – Unknown
~  There is no labor a person does that is undignified; if they do it right. – Bill Cosby
~  There never was yet an uninteresting life. Such a thing is an impossibility. Inside of the dullest exterior there is a drama, a comedy, and a tragedy. – Mark Twain

When I woke up this morning, I asked myself, “What is life about!?” I found the answer in my room. The fan said, “Be cool.” The roof said, “Aim high.” The window said, “See the world!” The clock said, “Every minute is precious.” The mirror said, “Reflect before you act.” The door said, “Push hard for your goals.” The floor said, “Kneel down and pray”. – Anonymous

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Beltane Magick – Lore

Beltane With Knobs On
http://paganwiccan.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?zi=1/XJ/Ya&sdn=paganwiccan&cdn=religion&tm=5&gps=45_5_784_599&f=11&tt=14&bt=0&bts=0&zu=http%3A//www.witchvox.com/holidays/xbeltaine.html

Author: Zander Bruce Posted: April 23rd. 2006 Times Viewed: 4,005

Once a year I have a very different Sabbat. For seven of the festivals I will normally either mark the event alone or with a small group. The exception is generally Beltane. This year I will be sharing it with over 300 other participants and somewhere in the region of 8, 000 attendees.

What I am referring to is Edinburgh’s Beltane Fire Festival (www.beltane.org) , now in its 19th year on top of Calton Hill, overlooking the capital of Scotland. With imagery and symbolism derived primarily from Celtic, Roman and Norse mythologies, a ritualised theatrical performance is enacted during the night of April 30th that sees the May Queen visit four elemental points, her Consort the Green Man is killed and reborn, not to mention pyrotechnics, huge puppets, nearly-naked Red Men and the White Warrior Women. It is a heady hybrid of theatre, ritual and drum-induced trance.

Of course, a great deal of hard work, energy, time and money goes into hosting this extraordinary event. After the past six weeks of rehearsals, meetings and workshops (and full-time job) I am utterly exhausted. One of the hardest aspects of helping to organise this herd of cats is the dichotomy of non-dogmatic involvement. The Beltane Fire Society, under whose auspices the festival is held, is not a Pagan association, nor do they bill Beltane as a Pagan festival. Their stance is that it is “Pagan-themed”. This is an understandable viewpoint in my opinion. They wish to be neither exclusive nor excluded on the basis of religious affiliation and also branding themselves as Pagan would be unrepresentative of their membership.

It is estimated that around 80% of performers on the night are non-Pagans who are involved because of the lure of theatrics, the pyrotechnics or because they are drawn to the symbolism. The remaining 20% tend to be either on Pagan or alternative religious paths.

What this means on a personal level to me is that when I am leading a team for Beltane, I have to act as if I am part of a covert interfaith project. Last Thursday I led an energy workshop for my team (Earth Point) during which I felt obliged to constantly translate from my standard Pagan terminology normally used for such things to a more diluted and self-policed language that bordered on the New Age at more than one point. Even when discussing the particulars of the festival with my group, I am duty-bound to avoid talk of Deity and replace with slightly more “muggle-friendly” terms like myth, legend and archetype.

It feels as if for two months a year I’m speaking in my second language. I have to test a sentence in my head first before speaking.

Sometimes I have to climb down from my witchier-than-thou high-horse as well, frequently landing on my ass when I do. I have to remember I’m dealing with people who don’t see a problem with re-writing lore to suit their purposes. It took me several weeks, a couple of pills and a lie down in a darkened room to get over their assertion that the Horned God was the winter aspect of the Green Man. Such things happen when dealing with well-meaning hippies.

Some wonderful opportunities do arise, though. A few years back I was leading one of the groups, the Torch Bearers. As their name suggests, they carry burning torches that provide the ritual procession with light, heat and some crowd control. I had suggested a Janus theme for our appearance and gave the group some background on Janus, his protective aspect, his appearance and they very much connected with these. On the night we wore black hoods with masks attached that had been moulded from our own faces. These masks were then painted to duplicate the colours and the bearded pattern on our actual faces. The visual result was one whereby the procession was bordered by two-headed torch-wielding empowered warrior/defenders. I cannot think of a better way to honour one of my patron Gods. I was flattered yesterday when the current organiser for that group mentioned that they had all watched the video if that year and been inspired by our appearance – another astonishment, knowing that work I did years ago still has relevance to someone.

This year I introduced my team to the Ogham Staves which they have bonded quickly to and which we shall be utilising as part of our body paint design on the night.

There has also been a form of symbiotic relationship that has formed between my Witchcraft group, Akasha, and Beltane Fire Society, though the Society are unaware of it. I can still recount who from our monthly workshop meetings took part in Beltane and which part they took in which year. We also gained several members over the years whom I had met whilst involved in the festival.

Overall the experience of working in a Pagan-themed but not Pagan-directed event has been both exhilarating and frustrating. Several times I have walked away, vowing never again, yet here I am after 9 years of attending and participating. I count myself fortunate that such an opportunity exists at all. Other times I find comfort in the knowledge that there follows 10 months of relative quiet and rest before it returns (though Pride has to be fitted in somewhere as well as the local Pagan Federation Conference, open rituals, my long-running Witchcraft workshop moot, my new moot I’ll be starting in the summer, e-mail groups and whatever else I put my hand up for) .

Perhaps this is the shape of things to come. The integrative route is fraught with dangers though such as dilution, defensive dogmatism and outright dissatisfaction for those involved. Surely it has to be better than the stereotypical “hidden lives of Witches” whereby we’re self-ghettoised to the degree that the vast majority of us are still leading “double lives”. Many of our community are, let us be honest, part-time Pagans.

By involving more of us in individual outreach work we can help our students become teachers and ambassadors. We can help smooth the path for others. Open up opportunities for those who are seeking but just don’t quite know for what yet. Provided we can maintain a sense of identity, of humility and most of all honesty – admitting what we don’t know and seeking answers together.

A very blessed Beltane, everyone – however and with whomever you choose to celebrate.
ABOUT… Zander Bruce – Location: Edinburgh, Scotland – Author’s Profile: To learn more about Zander Bruce – Click HERE
Bio: Found wandering around the pagan scene in Edinburgh, Scotland approximately 10 years ago, pity was taken upon Zander and he was given succour. Since then he has martyred himself frequently by attending and organising entirely too many rituals, meetings, festivals and conferences. Before he is put out to pasture, he is looking to write his memoirs (fear not, names shall be changed to protect the guilty) and sees this series of articles as a precursor. All hate-mail should be addressed to the author directly.

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motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – From 4/28/16

As we were pulling out of the driveway this morning, Tempus had his window open so he could see to not drive off the side of the driveway. Suddenly, he spluttered and shook his head because an evergreen tree branch had slipped into the car and gotten water from the light rain all over him. I said, “I guess you’re feeling spruce?” He said, “No, because I’ve just been pitch-slapped!”

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Daily Stuff 4-27-17 Tyi Wara

Hi, folks!

Sewing at 6pm.

Open Circle for Beltane at Ancient Light! Friday 4/28 at 7pm. Bring roses and a snack for the after-feast!

Minus Tide at 8:05 AM of -1.4 feet.

Go home Oregon, you’re drunk! While we were getting dressed at home, bright sunshine was pouring into the solarium. By the time I was up at the car, it had started sprinkling. When we were at the bank it was pouring, splashing knee-high on the street and now the sun is out again! 53F and the wind at 4mph, only over 10 on a couple of the beaches. We’re supposed to have a drier week ahead.

Yesterday started late, but I got a bunch of newsletter stuff and kitchen housekeeping done while Tempus ran errands. Ray’s was running a ground round special, so we got enough for burgers and to put by so I can set up some potluck pies.

I worked on newsletter files and more computer housekeeping. How did that get *so* out of hand? …and then I got the ritual for Friday night sorted out. I still have to print copies, but I can even do that on Friday.

Tempus made a delicious supper. Having that home-made mustard makes all the difference, according to him, because I made it. 🙂 Personally, I think he’s just a genius burger-maker! It wasn’t even a particularly high-quality meat, but yum….

…and then I realized I hadn’t made up my shampoo. I decided on rosemary this time. It doesn’t take very long, just mixing a “tea” with my shampoo base, but if I was going to do my hair I needed to get to it! …and then I had to find the bottle to put the “other 1/2” into. I *always* make too much! We got to visit with Jeanne for a bit, always a treat at the end of our weekend, then I got my hair done and we quit for the night.

We’ve already been to the bank to get some papers notarized and I’ve already been picking up some things. Tempus is going to bring in my new organizer drawers so that I can get some things picked up and put where they go instead of underfoot. Sewing is at 6pm tonight and then he has the paper route. I think I’m going to stay home and bake.

Whahoo! http://katu.com/news/local/seattle-crushes-rain-record-while-rival-portland-wet-too

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mugwort Artemisia_vulgaris_-_Köhler–s_Medizinal-Pflanzen-016Today’s Plant is Mugwort, Artemisia vulgaris. One of the Nine Herbs of the old Anglo-Saxon charm, this herb has many different uses from insect-repelling to flavoring beer. It’s a bad one for pregnant women to ingest since it can induce abortion, since it’s a mild poison, but it’s used as a medicinal for various complaints and as a food. Some of the traditionak folk uses are: magical protection, to repel insects, especially moths, from gardens., as a remedy against fatigue,  to protect travelers against evil spirits and wild animals.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nine_Herbs_Charmhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MugwortFeminine, Venus, Air/Earth – Magical uses: Clairvoyance, psychic dreams, astral projection, protection, strength. Place in the shoes for protection and to prevent fatigue on long journeys. The fresh leaves rubbed on a magick mirror or crystal ball will strengthen divinatory abilities. Mugwort is perhaps the most widely used Witches’ herb of all time.

feast 0427 Dogon_maskThere aren’t a lot of feasts listed for today unless you want some more hacked up x-tian martyrs, but the Wicca Book of Days lists a dance of the Banbara people in honor of the Tyi Wara, a half-man/half-beast figure, that has cultural meaning for them.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bambara_people

The shop is open 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

New Moon The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends on 4/27 at 5:16pm. Waxing Moon Magick – The waxing moon is for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or healthy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healings for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 2:42pm. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 4/30 at 5:16pm.  

astro . . . and then the waxing crescent returns to the western evening sky. Can you detect the thin crescent Moon low after sunset? Look far below Aldebaran and Mars in the west-northwest in twilight, as shown above. The crescent is only about 1½ days old. Bring binoculars or a telescope!
Uranus is hidden behind the glare of the Sun.
Cassini is diving between Saturn and its Rings! Watch an artist’s representation of what it would look like from the spacecraft. https://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/mission/saturn-tour/where-is-cassini-now/

Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12
Runic half-month of Mannaz/ Man, April 14-28 A time when the archetypal reality of the human condition should be meditated upon. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992 Runic half-month of Laguz/ Lagu, 4/29-5/13 Representing the flowing and mutable forces of water, Lagu symbolizes life, growth and waxing power of this time of year. 

Sun in Taurus
Moon in Taurus enters Gemini at 6:39pm
Mercury (5/3), Jupiter (6/9), Saturn (8/25), Pluto (9/28) Retrograde
Color: Green

Planting 4/27

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Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12 The Willow in the Tree alphabet stands for the female and lunar rhythms of life. She is water-seeking, thriving from preference on the damp margins of lakes and streams or across the low-lying water meadows. Water and the tidal movements of the sea are governed by the pull of the moon. The moon in its monthly rhythms is female, contrasting with the male sun’s daily and yearly turnings. In several ways, the Celts held women in higher regard than we do today. On the material level, women were property owners, and whoever controlled the property controlled the marriage. Women of all types and ages appeared in the Celtic pantheon, the spiritual strength and life-giving qualities given by both female and male recognized equally. There were colleges of Druidesses – learned women and teachers – respected equally for their gifts of see-ship, often expressed through dreams, or night visions.
Magical Associations: Romantic love, healing, protection, fertility, magic for women.

Saille – Willow Ogam letter correspondences
Month: February
Color: listed only as bright
Class: Peasant
Letter: S
Meaning: Gaining balance in your life

to study this month – Ohn – Furze Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Yellow Gold
Class: Chieftain
Letter: O
Meaning: Information that could change your life

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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  27     High   1:22 AM     8.8   6:12 AM    Rise  7:26 AM      0
~    27      Low   8:05 AM    -1.4   8:16 PM     Set  9:58 PM    27
~              High   2:22 PM     7.5
~    27      Low   8:06 PM     1.3

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – You are richer today if you have laughed, given, and forgiven.

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – Good humor is one of the best articles of dress one can wear in society. — William Makepeace Thackeray

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Quotes  

~  The greatest evil that can befall man is that he should come to think ill of himself. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
~  The modern Warrior/Hero’s quest is to find herself, to find her soul. – Kerr Cuhulain
~  The people who influence you are the people who believe in you. – Henry Drummond
~  The price of hating other human beings is loving oneself less. – Eldridge Cleaver

While the bright radient Sun in centre glows,
The Earth in annual motion ’round it goes;
At the same time on its own axis reels,
And gives us change of seasons as it wheels. –The 1793 Old Farmer’s Almanac

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Beltane Magick – Recipes

Beltane Cream Pie (Makes 1 nine inch pie)

1 cup whole milk
1 cup rich cream
1/2 cup butter (NOT margarine)
3 tablespoons cornstarch
11/2 cups sugar
11/4 teaspoons vanilla
11/4 teaspoons ground nutmeg
1 prepared pie crust, baked

Melt the butter in a wide pan over medium heat. In a separate bowl slowly add the milk to the cornstarch, making sure it is fully dissolved and absorbed before adding more milk. When the cornstarch is fully blended, add this and all of the other ingredients, except the vanilla, to the cooking pan. Stir constantly over medium heat until the mixture becomes thick. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla. Pour the mixture into the waiting pie shell and sprinkle with nutmeg. The Pie may be eaten while it is still warm, as long as it has cooled enough to set. Or the pie may be chilled and eaten later.

Beltaine Bread – http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print.html

Popular in Cornwall and Wales. A rich, sweet, light colored bread, with red flecks of saffron; the stamens of crocus flowers. Saffron is strongly associated with sex and fertility; red the color of passion and lust. Great for handfasting too.
2 cups warm milk
2 pkgs. yeast
2/3 cup honey
5-6 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tsp. salt
2 eggs
1/4 cup butter
2 pkgs. (1/2 tsp.) saffron

  1. Proof yeast in warm milk.
  2. Mix dry ingredients, cut in butter with pastry knife.
  3. Mix in yeast starter and eggs, knead and let rise until doubled.
  4. Punch down and divide into two buttered pans.
  5. Let rise, preheat oven to 350o.
  6. Bake for 40-50 minutes.

 

Strawberry Crisp – http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print.html


1 c Uncooked Oatmeal
1 c All purpose Flour
1 c Brown Sugar
1/4 c Chopped Walnuts
1/2 c Butter or margarine
1/2 c Sugar
3 c Sliced fresh or frozen Strawberry

Mix together oatmeal, flour and brown sugar. Add nuts. Cut in butter or margarine until crumbly. In another bowl, mix strawberries and white sugar together. Grease an 8″ square pan. Spread half the crumb mixture on bottom. Cover with strawberries. Spread remaining crumb mixture over top. Bake at 350 deg F oven for 45 minutes. Serve warm or cold with whipped cream or topping.

ASPARAGUS WITH CHIVES AND BLOSSOMS – http://www.unc.edu/%7Ereddeer/recipe/rec_beltain.html

1 pound Asparagus, washed
1 Tablespoon Olive oil
1 Tablespoon Sesame Seeds
2 Tablespoons Fresh Chives, snipped
16 Chive Blossoms
1/2 teaspoon Soy Sauce
Salt & Pepper to taste

Blanch the asparagus in lightly salted boiling water for about 3 minutes or until crisp-tender; do not overcook. Refresh under very cold water and drain well. Remove the chive stalks to separate the flowers. In a skillet, heat the oil over medium heat and add the sesame seed. Stir for 1 minute, add the snipped chives, and stir for 1 minute more.
Add the asparagus and soy sauce to the skillet with a few pinches of salt and generous grindings of pepper; stir well, cover, and cook for a minute or so. Remove the lid, sprinkle the chive blooms over the asparagus, and cover for 1 to 2 minutes so that the chive blooms steam briefly.
Stir lightly and taste for seasoning. Serve hot.
Comments: Bright lavender chive blossoms begin to bloom in the garden about the time the asparagus bed is at its peak. Hence, this is a natural combination and a simply tasty dish. Since chive blossoms are so strong in flavor, add them at the last minute in this recipe.
Source: FLOWERS IN THE KITCHEN by Susan Belsinger (c)

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Daily Stuff 4-26-17 Chernobyl

Hi, folks!

Open Circle for Beltane at Ancient Light! Friday 4/28 at 7pm. Bring roses and a snack for the after-feast! Featured photo by Ken Gagne, Minus Tide at 7:19 AM of -1.0 feet.

Low clouds are dropping light, but steady rain, tiny droplets and leaving tatters of themselves in the hills. They look like they’re standing on multiple, really crooked legs. 52F and a light wind in town. It’s just chilly/damp enough to make coming indoors feel good!

Yesterday started well. The car went to the shop right away and was back by 3pm! Sash called not long after that and he and Tempus chatted while I was working on newsletters. I was fighting “tired” again, so I got a nap, then had lunch and then got back to the newsletters.

One of the folks from the Waldport Arts council came in and got some crystals and we had a chat about how that is going and the Eclipse planning. Eventually it got late enough that we had some supper, got the shopping lists together and Tempus took off for Newport.

He did the shopping and then was bagging by 10pm, which looked very promising for a slightly early night, but it took him a while to get done, so he was on the road at 11:45. I spent the evening updating a list of potluck foods and then some computer housekeeping until he picked me up just after 3:30.

We had a good run last night, fairly smooth and chatting about projects while we went. It’s definitely lighter, earlier. It wasn’t “night” as we were starting the Crestline part of the route, and light enough on the last few drops that I was surprised by a house that I remembered as a rather dull pink that’s been repainted a sunflower yellow! We got in just past 6:30. It wasn’t “broad daylight” by that time, but it was light enough for me to go watch the koi for a few minutes while I was waiting for Tempus to come down from the car.

Today we slept in, of course, and talked for awhile about some of the research on foods that I was doing last night. I spent awhile working in the container garden, harvesting some fresh herbs and looking at how some of the others are doing. We stopped at the bank to try to get some things notarized, but she’s out at a meeting today, so Tempus dropped me off here, went to gas up the car and to go get some sour cream, which he forgot when doing the shopping. Most of what we have to do today is cleaning and then go home early and get our chores done, there. I have a whacking lot of laundry to put away.

A photo of the Yachats Valley across the Triple D Ranch, by Ken Gagne on 4/24/16.

042516 Ken Gagne Yachats Valley DDD ranch

plant flower Hyacinth blueToday’s plant, sacred to both St. Dorothea (patron saint of florists, 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 propagate 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 and on St. Dorothea here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dorothea_of_Caesare

100px-Chernobylreactor_1Today is the date in 1986 when the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant near Chernobyl, Ukrainian SSR, suffered a steam explosion, resulting in a fire, a nuclear meltdown, and the evacuation and resettlement of over 336,000 people around Europe. It apparently started from an unauthorized experiment, a couple of large power surges and then graphite being exposed to air, which caused it to catch fire. The long-term effects are pretty horrendous and haven’t been caught up with, yet.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chernobyl_Nuclear_Power_Plant   More on the disaster itself here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chernobyl_disaster

The shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday. We’re open 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 Magick – From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 4/26 5:16am. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances. God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Outer Dark, psychopomps – Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris. Phase ends on 4/26 at 5:16am. New Moon The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends on 4/27 at 5:16pm. Waxing Moon Magick – The waxing moon is for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or healthy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healings for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 2:42pm. 

. . . and then the waxing crescent returns to the western evening sky.
To the left of Jupiter by 30° (about three fists at arm’s length) shines the second-brightest point in the area: Arcturus, pale yellow-orange. Whether you see it higher or lower than Jupiter depends both on the time and on how far north or south you live. The farther north you are, the more the advantage goes to Arcturus.
New Moon (at 8:16 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time).
Jupiter (magnitude –2.4, in Virgo) shines like a beacon in the southeast at nightfall. It’s highest in the south by 11 or midnight daylight saving time. Spica, just a trace bluer, hangs 9° lower left of it. In a telescope Jupiter is still 44 arcseconds across its equator.

Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12
Runic half-month of Mannaz/ Man, April 14-28 A time when the archetypal reality of the human condition should be meditated upon. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992

Sun in Taurus
New Moon at 5:16am
Moon in Taurus
Mercury (5/3), Jupiter (6/9), Saturn (8/25), Pluto (9/28) Retrograde
Color: Yellow

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Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12 The Willow in the Tree alphabet stands for the female and lunar rhythms of life. She is water-seeking, thriving from preference on the damp margins of lakes and streams or across the low-lying water meadows. Water and the tidal movements of the sea are governed by the pull of the moon. The moon in its monthly rhythms is female, contrasting with the male sun’s daily and yearly turnings. In several ways, the Celts held women in higher regard than we do today. On the material level, women were property owners, and whoever controlled the property controlled the marriage. Women of all types and ages appeared in the Celtic pantheon, the spiritual strength and life-giving qualities given by both female and male recognized equally. There were colleges of Druidesses – learned women and teachers – respected equally for their gifts of see-ship, often expressed through dreams, or night visions.
Magical Associations: Romantic love, healing, protection, fertility, magic for women.

Saille – Willow Ogam letter correspondences
Month: February
Color: listed only as bright
Class: Peasant
Letter: S
Meaning: Gaining balance in your life

to study this month – Ohn – Furze Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Yellow Gold
Class: Chieftain
Letter: O
Meaning: Information that could change your life

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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   26     High  12:42 AM     8.5   6:14 AM    Rise  6:46 AM      0    26
~   Low   7:19 AM    -1.0   8:15 PM     Set  8:43 PM
~    26     High   1:31 PM     7.5
~    26      Low   7:22 PM     1.0

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Liberty….is the sun of our life….

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – Auto-Biographical narrative – Did you grow up with lots of money or very little? How much money would you like to have (give numbers, it makes things interesting)?

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Quotes  

~  It is not titles that honor men, but men that honor titles. – Niccolo Machiavelli
~  It is the choices that we make that define us, but there will be no definition unless we choose. – Kerr Cuhulain
~  It’s amazing what ordinary people can do if they set out without preconceived notions. – Charles F. Kettering
~  Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye. – jackson brown

Fair Flora! Now attend thy sportful feast,
Of which some days I with design have past;
A part in April and a part in May
Thou claim’st, and both command my tuneful lay;
And as the confines of two months are thine
To sing of both the double task be mine. – Latin poet Ovid, Fasti; for Flora (Floralia) April 28-May 3

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Beltane Magick – 

A Meditation on Beltane – Highway to Hel

Beltane is about deciding what kind of person we would like to be when the harvest is done.

By Galina Krasskova, April 26, 2011

http://www.patheos.com/Resources/Additional-Resources/Meditation-on-Beltane-Galina-Krasskova-04-27-2011.html
It seems odd to me to be sitting at my computer on a dismal, rainy, dreary April day, with the chill in the air serving as a palpable reminder that spring isn’t quite here yet, and writing about Beltane. Beltane is supposed to be about celebration, passion, fertility, prosperity, magic, heat, and yes, sex. Yep. Beltane is about sex (at least in part) and on days like today, that type of joyous celebration seems very far away. Still, if you’ll pardon the inevitable pun, Beltane is coming and like any of our other holy tides, it deserves a bit of thought.

I’ve been dreading writing this particular column for the past week or so, ever since I realized that Beltane and Walpurgis were right around the corner. This is the tail end of the school year for me (I’m in graduate school again) and papers are due, exams must be prepared for, then of course there are all the professional writing deadlines that are piling up. Thinking about what I’ve always considered a rather ‘happy-go-lucky’ holiday was not on my personal agenda of things I wanted to be doing (or had the time to do).

Still, even for me, misanthropic and overworked though I sometimes may be, it’s difficult not to get pulled into the energetic momentum of this time. With Beltane after all, we lay to rest, once and for all, the inertia of the preceding winter. What began with the land’s seemingly lazy resistance to the inevitable pull of spring bursts full force into bloom with the turning of the seasonal wheel to May.

Highway to Hel

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At its core, Beltane is about planting. At Ostara we honored the readiness of the land to receive the seed; at Beltane we actually plant those seeds, be they literal or metaphorical. At Ostara we celebrated the potential fertility of the land, at Beltane we revel in its actuality.

This is kind of where the sex part of things comes in. Beltane is about life, growth, and all the messiness of unrestrained passion. It’s about the joining of seed to soil, body to body, physicality to physicality, and the potential joining of sperm to egg. It’s about bringing forth new life, new possibilities, new reasons to celebrate one’s traditions.

This is a time when the land, at least for us Northern Tradition folks, was traditionally blessed by happy couples having sex in fields, on the soil where their fluids and carnal enjoyment of each other only served to feed the land itself and further ensure its blossom. The May pole, a symbol we all know and love, is (as any fan of the original Wicker Man knows) “a phallic symbol.” The magic of Beltane is held forth in the erect penis and spurting seed, and in our bodies’ ability to experience pleasure. This, more than any other holy tide reminds us that living is cause for celebration. There is pleasure in being alive, pleasure that, at the appropriate times, can and should be indulged.

Far more than being about the celebrating the penis (or the vulva, or any other body part—not that there’s anything wrong with that; celebrate away, folks), I would interpret the wisdom and ‘medicine’ of this holiday on a broader level. I believe Beltane reminds us that our bodies are sacred. In the Northern Tradition the physical container of the soul is so valued that it’s actually considered part of the soul matrix.

That’s right: each physical vessel of incarnation is intimately connected to one’s soul, an integral part of it. We’re incarnate for a reason. Our bodies are the tools and conduits by and through which we experience everything, including the Divine. Moreover, they may even be the way the Gods experience us, spirituality being, like so many things, a two-way street. Far from needing to escape from the flesh, Beltane reminds us that there’s an awful lot of wisdom inherent in being in the flesh too.

One of the Goddesses commonly honored within the Northern Tradition at this time is the Goddess Freya. She is a tremendously powerful Goddess, associated with sexuality, eroticism, passion, battle and war, fierce fighting, cunning strategy, prosperity and wealth, physical beauty, and witchcraft and sorcery. One of Her primary and most important lessons is about knowing one’s own worth (and being unwilling to compromise that in any way).

That can be a hard, hard lesson for many people today (especially, I hate to say it, for women). Freya’s lessons often involve self-satisfaction and confidence in one’s physical being (and I’m not talking just about sexuality here). This is a Goddess who knows how to celebrate the flesh, both its passion and its power. Here is a Goddess not afraid to take up space, claim Her territory, defend Her territory, and own Her strength. Here is a Goddess who can teach Her devotees to say “where I stand is holy ground” and mean it.

Beltane’s call is a call to that type of commitment and courage. It reminds us that our physicality is sacred, no matter what messages we may imbibe from our families, our culture, or the media. We’re called to stand up and live our truth. Learning to express ourselves well physically and kinetically, learning to have both trust and confidence in our bodies is part of honoring this tremendous gift that we’ve been given. It’s part of living our truth.

Tending to our bodies, just as we tend to the land is good and sacred work. Our bodies support and nourish us just as the land supports and nourishes us. One might see in the microcosm of one, the macrocosm of the other. Sometimes that is the way these things work. So learning to nourish, care for, protect, and defend one’s physical form and knowing to the marrow of one’s being that this might even be a sacred obligation, is all part of what Beltane can teach us. Imagine how our lives would be different if treating our bodies kindly, loving our flesh, and living healthily was something we could all do with joy. How many of us can look in the mirror and say “I love my physical form” and mean it? How many of us can stand naked in front of the mirror and say those words and really mean them? Freya can teach us how, if we honor Her rightly and well. Beltane’s wisdom can show us the way.

Our world is out of balance. I’ve talked about this before many times in many different articles and columns. I think that it is inevitable that our collective psyches bear the brunt of that sickness. We have come to embody it physically. Our bodies and the way we relate to them have suffered generations of fear, shame, and abuse because we have forgotten that simple truth that flesh is sacred.

We have forgotten so much in abandoning our ancestral ways and our Holy Powers but most of all, we’ve forgotten how to interact with ourselves in a healthy manner. We’ve forgotten how to love being. Beltane calls us to throw ourselves into the inevitable change this time brings, the momentum, the urgency, the growing sense of joy and movement that fills the land. It urges us to seek our passions, to find that which nourishes us and to live it fully each and every day of our lives. Beltane’s wisdom is, above all else, a call to embodied joy.

Moreover, Beltane reminds us not just to honor our physical bodies, but to rejoice in the physical experience of the natural world. That world is a gift in all its beautiful, breathtaking, sometimes confusing diversity. This holy tide calls us to move beyond our dearly held paradigms into the reality of being: beyond our dichotomies (sexual, gender, and otherwise) into the rich tapestry of possibility inherent in creation.

Diversity is nature’s greatest achievement. As we celebrate the beauty, bounty, and blessings of corporeality, physicality, and incarnation, we’re reminded to celebrate it all, not just those forms that are comfortable. Nature is an explosion of diversity and this is a lesson we can take to heart as we honor our bodies: we’re part of that diversity too. As a good friend of mine once pointed out: there is no “normal.” Let’s do away with the idea of “normal.” There is only what is normal for us, for each individual, one by one. Beltane gives us a chance to celebrate that and given how much hate is in our world for any type of diversity of being, that too, is no small thing.

This is a holy tide all about action and restoration. We have the chance as we move into May to recommit to picking up those threads of connection—to our Gods, our ancestors, the land itself, and to ourselves—sundered so long ago. Healing that damage doesn’t happen with grand gestures; it happens with small commitments, like planting a seed. That’s Beltane’s wisdom. It’s about making those promises—to ourselves, our families, our communities—that we will see fulfilled with the coming harvest. It’s about deciding what we wish to harvest in the coming season for ourselves, our lives, and our spirituality. It’s about deciding what kind of person we would like to be when the harvest is done.

May Freya smile upon each of us this Beltane.

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motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Light Bulbs – Q: How many Gemini does it take to change a light bulb?
A: 2

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Daily Stuff 4-25-17

Hi, folks!

First Minus Tide of the cycle at 6:34 AM of -0.3 feet.

Open Circle for Beltane, Friday, 4/28 @ 7pm.

Drippy rain, just right for a sleepy morning.

Yesterday was one of those days that flies past, even if it seems you haven’t done anything. We were waiting for the car parts, so Tempus worked on fixing my file drawer and then sat down with some necessary paperwork. I’m not sure what all I was doing, but my trash can filled up, anyway.

I kept getting sleepier and sleepier and both Tempus and I were cranky and no one was coming in, which is disheartening. He got his paperwork done just in time to have it *not* go out in the mail, even worse. A Jonah day…

I did manage to start another pincushion very late in the afternoon and promptly messed up sewing it, had to cut the stitching out and start over… three times!

Class went well, though, even though a couple of us were way, way tired. We quit a bit early, Tempus got me fed and then we headed home.

…and then I didn’t sleep well. I slept, though, so we’re up, here and Tempus has done that chores that he needed to. The car lights were flickering as we pulled in, so he’s out there putting the charger on the car. I hope that part is in, since he has the paper route tonight!

I have to set up newsletters today and get some cleanup done. I’ve scattered some of my project stuff, again. I want to try to shift a few more things to my sewing shelves and then get that kit that I’ve been working on ready to print.

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motif,tree celtic duir oregon white oak garryToday’s Plant is Oregon White Oak, Quercus garryana, also called Garry oak, or just Oregon oak. It doesn’t grow well out here on the coast, although supposedly there are some specimens. I’ve never seen one out here, but they’re *all* over the Willamette Valley, many of them hosting our local mistletoe, Phoradendron flavescens. This is the same relation of tree and herb that gave rise to the legends of the Golden Bough in Europe, although these are *far* different species. – Masculine, Sun ,Fire, Dagda, (Jupiter, Thor, Pan) – Use in magicks for protection, money, potency, fertility – Burn the bark to draw off illness, carry and piece of the for luck and protection, acorns are used to tip male power wands and worn as necklaces by some priests and can be carried to increase fertility and male potency to preserve health and long life. Place in windows to ward off lightning. Plant an acorn at the new moon if you need money. Fires of oak wood draw off illness. – Wiccaning or SeiningWiccaning or Seining is the ceremony where we welcome a new child to the world. Holly water is used for girls and Oak for boys. Make by a tablespoon of powdered leaf brew in 1 cup of very hot water for about 10 minutes, then adding that to 2 cups of cold water.  Sprinkle or wash baby with it. More here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oregon_white_oak  Mistletoe lore here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mistletoe#Culture.2C_folklore.2C_and_mythologyand more about our variety here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phoradendron

feast 0425 robigaliaRobigalia, held in ancient Rome on this day, was a sacrifice of a dog to prevent a particular type of wheat-rust mildew from occurring in the new grain crops. It also included chariot races, a communal meal and other typical observances. Robigus was the personification of the mildew, so needed to be sacrificed to, although dogs were usually sacred to the underground/afterlife deities, such as Hecate. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robigalia

The shop is open 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 Magick – From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 4/26 5:16am. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances. God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Outer Dark, psychopomps – Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris. Phase ends on 4/26 at 5:16am. 

As the crescent Moon wanes toward new it passes Venus in the dawn . . .
Jupiter‘s moon Europa reappears from eclipse out of Jupiter’s shadow around 10:28 p.m. EDT. Then at 11:17 p.m. EDT, Io starts crossing Jupiter’s face. And at 11:42 p.m. EDT, Io’s shadow comes following behind.
Saturn (magnitude +0.3, in Sagittarius) rises around 11 or midnight and glows highest in the south before dawn, upper right of the Sagittarius Teapot. Redder Antares (magnitude +1.0) twinkles 18° to Saturn’s right in the early-morning hours.

Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12
Runic half-month of Mannaz/ Man, April 14-28 A time when the archetypal reality of the human condition should be meditated upon. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992

Sun in Taurus
Moon in Aries enters Taurus at 6:56pm
Mercury (5/3), Jupiter (6/9), Saturn (8/25), Pluto (9/28) Retrograde
Color: Grey

Harvest 4/24-5

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Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12 The Willow in the Tree alphabet stands for the female and lunar rhythms of life. She is water-seeking, thriving from preference on the damp margins of lakes and streams or across the low-lying water meadows. Water and the tidal movements of the sea are governed by the pull of the moon. The moon in its monthly rhythms is female, contrasting with the male sun’s daily and yearly turnings. In several ways, the Celts held women in higher regard than we do today. On the material level, women were property owners, and whoever controlled the property controlled the marriage. Women of all types and ages appeared in the Celtic pantheon, the spiritual strength and life-giving qualities given by both female and male recognized equally. There were colleges of Druidesses – learned women and teachers – respected equally for their gifts of see-ship, often expressed through dreams, or night visions.
Magical Associations: Romantic love, healing, protection, fertility, magic for women.

Saille – Willow Ogam letter correspondences
Month: February
Color: listed only as bright
Class: Peasant
Letter: S
Meaning: Gaining balance in your life

to study this month – Ohn – Furze Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Yellow Gold
Class: Chieftain
Letter: O
Meaning: Information that could change your life

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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  25     High  12:04 AM     8.1   6:15 AM    Rise  6:10 AM      4
~    25      Low   6:34 AM    -0.3   8:14 PM     Set  7:28 PM
~    25     High  12:40 PM     7.4
~    25      Low   6:39 PM     0.8

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Allowing your creativity to grow, fosters my link with the Divine.

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – Personal taste – Should animals be used for medical research?

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Quotes  

~  Talk does not cook rice. – Chinese Proverb
~  Tell a man he is brave, and you help him to become so. – Thomas Carlyle
~  The aspects of things that are most important to us are hidden because of their simplicity and familiarity. – Ludwig Wittgenstein
~  The golden opportunity you are seeking is in yourself. It is not in your environment; it is not in luck or chance, or the help of others; it is in yourself alone. – Orison Swett Marden

There’s a path that leads to Nowhere
in a meadow that I know
Where an island river rises
And the stream is still and slow. – Corinne Roosevelt Robinson (1861–1933)

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Beltane Magick – Recipes

Beltane Oat Cakes http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print.html

  • 1 1/2 cups oat flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (to make them sweeter use up to one full cup)
  • 3/4 cup butter (unsalted)
  • 1 egg
  • cup mashed ripe fruit (banana, peaches, something soft)
  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • Spices: nutmeg, cinnamon is a good combo or cardamom is nice by itself (approx. 1/4 tsp)
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional).
  1. Mix flour, baking powder, and brown sugar together.
  2. Make sure to smash any lumps.
  3. Cut butter into mixture with a pastry blender (or make do with a fork).
  4. Add egg and fruit, and nuts.
  5. Drop rounded tablespoon of dough onto greased cookie sheet (about 2-3 in apart).
  6. Bake at 350 deg F [175 deg C] for 15 min or until cookies look “dry”.

Farls

3 cups real mashed potatoes
2 cups dry oats
2 tablespoons margarine or butter
1/2 teaspoon corn starch
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
Pinch of pepper
Pinch of Rosemary (optional)

Soak the oats in warm water for 15 to 20 minutes until soft and slightly swollen. Mix them with all the other ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Knead until the mixture is like a thick dough. If it seems too thin or moist, add a teaspoon or two of flour. When it is thoroughly mixed, form small sections into round patties. Fry the patties in hot vegetable oil in a small skillet until lightly brown. Serve immediately.

Barley Bread Cakes

Ingredients:

  • 6 Tablespoons Sesame Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Water
  • 1 Cup Barley Flour
  • Salt

Directions:

  1. Mix sesame oil, water and salt with barley flour until dough is pliable though still somewhat oily.
  2. Roll out dough and cut circular disc shapes with a glass and place on a greased cookie sheet.
  3. Bake in an oven preheated to 400 degrees F until browned lightly.

Beltane Cake I – http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print.html

1 1/2 cups milk
1 cup oats
1/2 cup butter
1/2 tsp. sea salt
2 cups brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/3 cup unbleached white flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ginger
1/2 tsp. cloves

  1. In a saucepan, heat milk with oats, butter and 1/2 tsp. sea salt.
  2. Cook until thickened.
  3. Let stand until room temperature.
  4. Mix in 2 cups brown sugar, 2 eggs and 1 tsp. vanilla.
  5. Add the unbleached white flour, baking soda, tsp. cinnamon, ginger and cloves.
  6. Bake in a well-greased 9X13 pan at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in center comes up clean.
  7. After cooling to room temperature cover tightly until serving.
  8. Top of cake may be decorated with powdered sugar.

Note – This cake is even better if baked the day before it is eaten.

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motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – From Arlys – Date: Fri, 6 Dec 96 23:25:58 –0600  Subject: The s*x life of s*cks.

I’ve been cleaning the lounge room of my house, which is where  *everything* gets dumped by my SO, and 4 children (oh, and by me too, but I’m not admitting to that in public). There was a large washing basket full of unmatched socks in amongst the debris.

Now this, in itself, would not be so embarrassing, if it were not for the fact that there’s at least the same amount of socks in another basket hiding behind the washing machine.

So, while going through all these socks trying to pair them up, I formed a few theories.
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 Theory One: The Genetic Theory of Socks
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* Socks which are rolled in pairs and kept in drawers do not produce offspring.
* Socks which are lying around loose will mate with the nearest sock, regardless of colour, length, fibre content, etc.
* The offspring of such matings is guaranteed to match no other sock in the basket. A blue sock that mates with a green sock will produce something that matches neither. white socks which mate with other white socks will produce matted/felted not-quite-white socks that are at least an inch different in length to the parent socks.

When these offspring mate (although some of them are apparently mules), they produce tiny single matted mittens and fingerless gloves that don’t fit anybody, and which lie in the bottom of the sock basket and look hopeless.
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 Theory Two: The Worm Hole Theory

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The universe contains a finite number of socks, which constantly circulate through a series of sock-sized wormholes. Unfortunately the wormholes have a tendency to close after picking up one sock, without picking up its pair. The sock will then be deposited in a different sock basket somewhere else in the universe, while a stray sock from that location will be sucked up and deposited elsewhere. Pairs of socks that are found together against all odds should be rolled up, as this prevents all but the largest wormholes from picking them up.

This theory accounts for the fact that there are socks in the basket which you *know* you never bought.
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 Theory Three: The Conspiracy Theory of Socks

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When socks are manufactured, by some clever means they are made in such a way as to appear matching until they are washed. On washing, one sock will stretch and the other sock will shrink. Coloured socks will lose their colour at different rates, and white socks will absorb some of the lost colours, but each sock of a pair will attract a different dye.

This accounts for the socks in the basket which are to all appearances identical except for either length or colour. There is no way to combat this phenomenon.
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 Theory Four: The X-files Theory of Sock Relocation

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Somewhere out there in the universe there is an alien race which requires socks to live. These aliens are all around us, and when we are not keeping careful watch on our socks, they steal and eat them. Being small, they can only eat one sock at a time, and that is why only one sock of a pair will go missing. These creatures excrete the digested sock under furniture in the form of “dust bunnies.”
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 Theory Five: the Paranoia theory of socks

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Tiny micro-recorders located in each sock record the wearer’s thoughts, words and deeds for a specific length of time, generally up to a month. The socks continue to record until they are full, and then tiny transporters inside the washing machine transport the sock to the <insert favourite control bureau here headquarters. Although both socks contain these micro-recorders, since they contain duplicate information, one sock is left behind as an archived backup.

Occasionally the micro-recorders in one sock will break down, and be deposited as lint on every other item in the machine at the same time.

Remember, the only way to combat this is to either wear shoes at all times, or to go barefoot. Wherever you go, your socks are watching you.
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Daily Stuff 4-24-17 Armenian Genocide

Hi, folks!

Wicca 101 tonight, Lesson 5.

The sky is leaden and has dropped over an inch of rain on us since midnight. Yesterday we got over 7/10’s of an inch. It’s fairly windy, still, 8mph here in town and over 20 on the beaches! It’s 50F, so doesn’t feel all that cold.

Yesterday started with the kerfluffle with the car. Once that was sorted, Tempus got the table cleared in back and I started trying to figure out what kind of metal to use on a headdress that I’m building. We had a “friend” on the bergamot that he took outside. After that he laid the lungwort out on the table.

I spent a lot of the day on a list of Old World Foods that I’m building, tracking down some of the obscure names and quite a bit more cutting out pincushions after finding fabrics for them. Tempus worked on and finished a bone needle that he’s making for one of our boys who is a bit of a prepper.

We ended up staying quite a while into the evening, not leaving the shop until nearly 11pm, mostly because I was still tracking down some information and we were working on finding and putting away more things. I did track down a box of floss that went awol a couple of months ago. That helps, and there were some more things in there that I can put away now. Gradually the chaos is sorting out.

Today Tempus has to get the car worked on and I need to start sorting out my table where I do the headers and such. I’m not sure what all is on it, but I went to do a couple of headers and I can’t even find the tabletop, so that’s a high priority!

plant herb flower goldenrod Solidago_canadensis_20050815_248Today’s plant is Goldenrod, Solidago Canadensis. A good browse plant, although not shade-tolerant, it is one of the first plants to colonize burned-off areas. In Fukishima it has taken over the rice fields near the wrecked nuclear plant. – Feminine, Venus, Air – Wear a piece of goldenrod to see your future love. Hold a piece in the hand and it will direct you to things you’ve lost or buried treasure. If it blooms by your door without being planted, good fortune will follow. It’s also used in money spells and has the property of survival. Wiki article here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solidago_canadensis

Today’s Feast is a remembrance. The Armenian Genocide of over 1 1/2 million people began on this day in 1915. “…the day that Ottoman authorities rounded up, arrested, and deported 235 to 270 Armenian intellectuals and community leaders from Constantinople to the region of Ankara, the majority of whom were eventually murdered. The genocide was carried out during and after World War I and implemented in two phases: the wholesale killing of the able-bodied male population through massacre and subjection of army conscripts to forced labour, followed by the deportation of women, children, the elderly, and the infirm on death marches leading to the Syrian desert. Driven forward by military escorts, the deportees were deprived of food and water and subjected to periodic robbery, rape, and massacre.“ Excerpt from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armenian_Genocide I don’t know why our species periodically does things like this.

The shop is open 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 Magick – From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 4/26 5:16am. 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 4/24 at 8:16pm. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances. God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Outer Dark, psychopomps – Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris. Phase ends on 4/26 at 5:16am. 

As the crescent Moon wanes toward new it passes Venus in the dawn . . .
Bright Arcturus is climbing high in the east these evenings. Equally bright Capella is descending high in the northwest. They stand at exactly the same height above your horizon at some moment between about 8:30 and 10:00 p.m. daylight-saving time, depending mostly on how far east or west you live in your time zone. Can you time this event? Like everything star-related, it happens 4 minutes earlier every night.
Mars (magnitude +1.6, in Taurus) glows in the west in late twilight. Early in the week you’ll find it to the lower left of similar-looking Aldebaran, >>>>>>. By week’s end Mars is to the right of Aldebaran (for skywatchers at mid-northern latitudes).

Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12
Runic half-month of Mannaz/ Man, April 14-28 A time when the archetypal reality of the human condition should be meditated upon. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992

Sun in Taurus
Moon in Aries
Mercury (5/3), Jupiter (6/9), Saturn (8/25), Pluto (9/28) Retrograde
Color: Ivory

Harvest 4/24-5

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Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12 The Willow in the Tree alphabet stands for the female and lunar rhythms of life. She is water-seeking, thriving from preference on the damp margins of lakes and streams or across the low-lying water meadows. Water and the tidal movements of the sea are governed by the pull of the moon. The moon in its monthly rhythms is female, contrasting with the male sun’s daily and yearly turnings. In several ways, the Celts held women in higher regard than we do today. On the material level, women were property owners, and whoever controlled the property controlled the marriage. Women of all types and ages appeared in the Celtic pantheon, the spiritual strength and life-giving qualities given by both female and male recognized equally. There were colleges of Druidesses – learned women and teachers – respected equally for their gifts of see-ship, often expressed through dreams, or night visions.
Magical Associations: Romantic love, healing, protection, fertility, magic for women.

Saille – Willow Ogam letter correspondences
Month: February
Color: listed only as bright
Class: Peasant
Letter: S
Meaning: Gaining balance in your life

to study this month – Ohn – Furze Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Yellow Gold
Class: Chieftain
Letter: O
Meaning: Information that could change your life

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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   24      Low   5:49 AM     0.6   6:17 AM    Rise  5:37 AM      9
~    24     High  11:48 AM     7.1   8:12 PM     Set  6:14 PM
~    24      Low   5:56 PM     0.7

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – There’s only one perfect child in the world and every mother has it.

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – An old nursery rhyme begins, “Baa, baa, black sheep, have you any wool? Yes, sir, yes, sir, three bags full.” Write a conversation you would like to have with an animal.

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Quotes  

~  Dream of your brother’s kindnesses instead of dwelling in your dreams on his mistakes. Select his thoughtfulness to dream about instead of counting up the hurts he gave. – A Course in Miracles
~  Everybody’s a self-made man or woman; but only the successful ones are ever willing to admit it. – Anonymous
~  Fear makes strangers of people who would be friends. – Shirley MacLaine
~  Fun, laughter, and joy are among the world’s cheapest and best medicines. Give yourself large doses of these often. – Ponder, Catherine.

Immortal Venus, to whose Name
Millions of Altars daily flame;
Daughter of Jove, whos flatt’ring Art
Knows well to wound a Wretch’d Heart. – Sappho

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Beltane Magick – Lore

Beltane Essay (5)
http://paganwiccan.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?zi=1/XJ/Ya&sdn=paganwiccan&cdn=religion&tm=5&gps=45_5_784_599&f=11&tt=14&bt=0&bts=0&zu=http%3A//www.witchvox.com/holidays/xbeltaine.html

Author: Fritter
Posted: May 4th. 1999
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Beltane. Oh great! Just what I need, another holiday that supposedly celebrates one thing but ends up doing the complete opposite; so instead of feeling all warm and fuzzy inside, you end up feeling bitter, cynical, and lonely. This can’t be good. Oh, before I begin, I should tell you that I’m in my first cycle of being a Wiccan and I’m single, so this may be a bit bitter at first.

Lemme try this again. *ahem*

Why Beltane? Why Valentine’s Day? Why me? What’s this conspiracy against single people? What’s love got to do with it? I mean, it’s bad enough to be single, unattached, alone, on Valentine’s Day, but then two and half months later comes Beltane and the whole process starts over. You know the one: sitting there, waiting for a letter/note/card/phone call/etc. from someone asking you if you have any plans that day; being disappointed when that doesn’t happen, you end up sitting at home in front of the TV with a big bowl of popcorn and a bottle of cheap wine watching “I Love Lucy” reruns till three in the morning. Oh?? That hasn’t happened to you? Hmmmmm, must just be me then.

Anyways, since Valentine’s Day was a wash this year (and last year, the year before, etc.), so what do I have to look forward to with Beltane?

Being a solitary Wiccan is bad enough, but being a single, solitary Wiccan in the middle of the Bible Belt and not having grown up here is about the worst situation I can think of. Well, with the possible exception of having to judge a country line dancing contest with Barry Manilow. I’ll probably end up talking to my therapist (Dr. J. Daniels), eating junk food, watching “The Three Stooges” till I either fall asleep or pass out and wake up with a killer hangover AND a lonely feeling in my heart.

But then I stopped and thought about it. What is Beltane really about? Or rather, what should Beltane mean to me?

Beltane is a celebration of spring and fertility, yes, but is also a celebration of the union between the God and the Goddess. It’s a time of new life, new hopes, new dreams. And, unlike Valentine’s Day, doesn’t (necessarily) get involved in the whole messy business of love/lust. It’s a time for feasting, singing, dancing, and general merry making. So what if I’m a not-so-bad-looking 29 year old single male who’s as close to being a born-again virgin as can be? The point is, I can either wallow in misery (as I have done in the past and would rather do without) or I can start now to change things and celebrate the true meaning of Beltane by starting a new outlook on life and love.

To this end, I must first strip away my old self, get rid of all the negativity, and put away all the bad experiences and memories in some airtight drum, lock it, pour concrete over it, and dump it in some deep, dark ocean far away. I must cleanse myself of all of this and start afresh, and what better day to do this than on Beltane?

So this May 1, as part of my ritual, I’m doing a ceremonial cleansing bath, complete with herbs, candles, and incense, followed by my ritual to honor the God and Goddess, and then treat myself to a small feast, possibly involving a lobster named Din-din.

The way I see it, Beltane is a celebration of the union between the Lord and Lady and that this is a time to show and share unconditional love and trust, and where better to start than with yourself.

All too often, we spend our time doing things for others: we usually work for somebody’s business; we do community services; if you have children, your whole life basically revolves around them; if you’re married or engaged, your spending your time with your significant other; but how often do we spend on ourselves? When was the last time you bought yourself flowers? Or treated yourself to a gourmet meal? Or took a month long cruise? When was the last time you pampered yourself? If it’s been longer than a year, then I think you’re due.

Now I’m not advocating narcissism as a lifestyle; there are too many people in the world practicing that already. Rather, I’m suggesting that one day out of the year should be set aside just for yourself, so that you can thank yourself for being alive, doing your job, and still remain sane despite it all. And if it’s not on Beltane, than that’s fine, but if you’re single and alone, what else are you going to do that day?

Will you sit around inside some dark, lonely corner of your soul and mope? Or will you get up, put on a smile, go outside and run through the green meadows of life?

To paraphrase Henry David Thoreau, it’s time to suck out the marrow of life and love and enjoy both to their fullest because when Monday comes, it’s back to work.

Eric Speas aka Bad Frog
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Daily Stuff 4-23-17 George the Dragonslayer

Hi, folks!

House Capuchin’s Project Day from noon to 6pm.

Chilly, damp….. everything is soaking. The herbs I harvested this morning can’t even be hung to dry thoroughly without being spread on the table or they’ll mold, it’s that damp. We’ve gotten not quite 1 /10 of an inch of rain this morning after 1/2 an inch yesterday and most of that was late last night when it came down hard enough to roar on the solarium roof. 52F and the wind is at about 10 in town, higher on the beaches. It was combing the Bay into windrows when we came across the bridge.

With two day’s worth of newsletters to get out yesterday I had to scramble to be done before Herbs. We just made newspaper pots. We’ll fill them next week and start the seeds, then. After that I caught up on mail, then did some sewing, filling the pincushions and stringing the pouches that I made over the last few days. I sent Tempus out after rum, so we could refill the vanilla bottle, and when he got back sat down with some more sewing, while he told me about the wand he made. I think it’s a nice one! The little knob is intended to come off and have herbs or crystals added and then be glued into place.

Amy came in during Sewing and I got my <<< pincushions “dimpled” while she was there, then had another pre-nup session and then Tempus and I started talking about supper. He had made a loaf of bread during the day and I had “my slice” while he was working on more.

So we had supper and headed home and ended up reading because neither of us had the energy for anything more. I managed to get out this morning to harvest the lungwort and the bergamot and nabbed some chives for potatoes, later.

We just had a little excitement getting here, though. Tempus got it confirmed yesterday that something’s not right with the alternator. The light’s been coming on and going out for a couple of weeks and he’s been regularly pulling the battery to re-charge it and the car place has ordered us an alternator. We were on the way up the Bayshore hill when the car suddenly revved and went into limp mode. We made it all the way around onto Willow on the far side of the salon when it quit. So he’s got to go pull the battery again…. well, he foxed me. He put the auxiliary in and pulled around by the shop while I was sorting the lungwort! So, after we’re coffeed, he’s going to hook up the charger and he’ll have to do that tonight, too.

Today is House Capuchin’s Project Day. We’re going to try to get some things tagged and maybe varnish some other things. I have to get the herbs dried off and in baskets for full drying and get the table cleaned for the other projects!

Sunset on 4/20/16 by Ken Gagne

042016 Ken Gagne

8-cell-simple tesseractThis is a hypercube, also known as a tesseract. It is a 3-dimensional version of a 5-dimensional object. Each of those spaces is a cube, 90 degree angles like any cube, but distorted by perspective. If you were living inside this object the cubes would look normal & static , even if this was the way that they’re moving. You wouldn’t be able to tell!

Today’s Plant is220px-WesternSkunkCabbage Skunk CabbageLysichitum americanum. This is one of the signs of spring here on the coast, where every drainage ditch or marshy field has its glow of brilliant yellow and bright, deep green. It is a famine food with a spicy or peppery taste, but contains calcium oxalate, which can upset the insides and even cause death if you get too much. Bears eat it after hibernation to get their intestines working again. It is used to cure sores and swellings, particularly after winter, when starvation conditions make these things immensely worse. However the typical use of the local peoples of this herb was to line baskets with the huge leaves to keep things from bruising or dropping through and to wrap around foods when baked under a fire, where it imparts a distinctive taste to the crust. Cunningham’s Encyclopedia references Eastern Skunk Cabbage, which is a different plant with a red flower, but the magicks are the same,Symplocarpus foetidusFeminine, Saturn, Water – Carry when you have legal troubles, or keep in the drawer with the filed papers. Wrap in a bay leaf on a Sunday to draw good fortune. More here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lysichitum_americanum and on Eastern Skunk Cabbage here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symplocarpus_foetidus

feast 0423 St_GeorgeToday is the English feast of St. George, the Dragonslayer. He is related to Sigurd the Dragonslayer whose feast is June 9 in modern Asatru. Morris Dance is a feature of this festival. Both George and Sigurd are archetypal Heroes whose stories are the Divine Masculine end of Initiation & Quest tales. Morris Dances are a feature of this day in England, and flags with the St. George Cross. Roses have been part of this festival since the Middle Ages and books since 1923, which commemorate the deaths of Shakespeare and Cervantes near this date. More on the festival here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_George%27s_Day , on St. George here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_George , and on the tale here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_George_and_the_Dragon

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Waning Moon Magick – From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 4/26 5:16am. 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 4/24 at 8:16pm. 

As the crescent Moon wanes toward new it passes Venus in the dawn . . .
Face north after nightfall, look very high, and you’ll find the Pointers, the end stars of the Big Dipper’s bowl. They’re on the meridian pointing toward Polaris straight down below. From the Pointers to Polaris is about three fists at arm’s length.
Venus (magnitude –4.7) shines low in the east as dawn brightens. In a telescope it’s a crescent, thickening a little every morning.

Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12
Runic half-month of Mannaz/ Man, April 14-28 A time when the archetypal reality of the human condition should be meditated upon. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992

Sun in Taurus
Moon in Pisces enters Aries at 2:34pm
Mercury (5/3), Jupiter (6/9), Saturn (8/25), Pluto (9/28) Retrograde
Color: Gold

Planting 4/22-3

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Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12 The Willow in the Tree alphabet stands for the female and lunar rhythms of life. She is water-seeking, thriving from preference on the damp margins of lakes and streams or across the low-lying water meadows. Water and the tidal movements of the sea are governed by the pull of the moon. The moon in its monthly rhythms is female, contrasting with the male sun’s daily and yearly turnings. In several ways, the Celts held women in higher regard than we do today. On the material level, women were property owners, and whoever controlled the property controlled the marriage. Women of all types and ages appeared in the Celtic pantheon, the spiritual strength and life-giving qualities given by both female and male recognized equally. There were colleges of Druidesses – learned women and teachers – respected equally for their gifts of see-ship, often expressed through dreams, or night visions.
Magical Associations: Romantic love, healing, protection, fertility, magic for women.

Saille – Willow Ogam letter correspondences
Month: February
Color: listed only as bright
Class: Peasant
Letter: S
Meaning: Gaining balance in your life

to study this month – Ohn – Furze Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Yellow Gold
Class: Chieftain
Letter: O
Meaning: Information that could change your life

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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  23      Low   5:02 AM     1.4   6:18 AM    Rise  5:05 AM      17
~    23     High  10:54 AM     6.8   8:11 PM     Set  5:01 PM
~    23      Low   5:13 PM     0.6
~    23     High  11:27 PM     7.5

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – It isn’t easy to keep your mouth and your mind open at the same time.

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – What is? – What is a convenience you wouldn’t want to do without?

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Quotes  

~  Silence is not just absence of sound, but also Stillness of mind. – Brahma Kumaris
~  Speed, which becomes a virtue when it is found in a horse, by itself has no advantages. – El Ghazali
~  Success is falling nine times and getting up ten.-  Jon Bon Jovi
~  Success isn’t permanent, and failure isn’t fatal. – Mike Ditka

Now cast around thy raptur’d eyes,
And see the lovely spring arise:
Swell’d buds invest the grove again,
And streams remurmur o’er the plain. – The 1793 Old Farmer’s Almanac

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Beltane Magick – Recipes

Beltane Incense – http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print.html

3 parts Frankincense
2 parts Myrrh
1 part Benzoin Gum
1 part Red Copal
1 part Lavender
1 part Jasmine
1 part Rose Petals
1 part Sandalwood

Beltane Oil – http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print.html

When mixing oils, use either almond oil or any other colourless lightweight oil.
5 drops Rose
2 drop Lavendar
4 drops Jasmine

Water of Aphrodite – Herbal Beauty – http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print.html

(adapted from a medieval recipe for water of roses, a quick and less costly version of Attar of Roses)

The rose is a flower sacred to Aphrodite as Patroness of Love and Lust. Roses have long been used in perfumes and love potions, and a language of intent has been created around the rose and specific colours (red for passion, yellow for goodbye, and so on). Harness the powers of this sacred flower for your magickal rites.

Use one cup of water for 3 roses. Use distilled or spring water, tap water may have too many minerals in it and will darken the petals and resulting potion water. Pull off the rose petals, one at a time and place in an enameled pot with water. Do not use an aluminum or iron pot. If you do so, the petals will turn black and darken the water. Simmer slowly, until desired quantity is reached, then cool. Strain and pour into a bottle or closed container.

Use according to your desire.

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