Daily Stuff 4-25-19 Chernobyl

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Ken Gagne.

The bright sunshine is making me want to go hide under a rock, somewhere. I don’t like being this kind of tired! Last week’s broken sleep caught up to me, yesterday and it hanging on. 53F, wind at 3mph, AQI20, UV6. Afternoons through the weekend are likely to be windy. Good kite-flying weather! Practically no chance of rain for the next 10 days, although if we get fog in the late part of the night, it sometimes turns a little aggressive in these conditions.

Yesterday it seemed as though nothing happened. Both Tempus and I were very, very tired and spent most of the day behind our computers. None of the stuff we planned to work on got done and eventually we gave up and went to bed. I’m still not quite up to snuff this morning, hoping that coffee will actually get me going.

So, all the things from yesterday have to happen today, along with having the shop open. Yes, we got the doors open about 1/2 an hour ago. There’s still a batch of laundry to do, dishes, that stew, and picking up the recycling. Tempus needs to get the ceiling tiles done today. I need to get some headers together for Tempus to get run off tomorrow when he goes to Newport. Tonight’s the paper run, too. Well, gotta get to it!

A photo of the ocean by Ken Gagne on 4/24/18. If you pop it all the way open, you can see Poseidon’s face in the spray over on the far right.

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 opens at 11am. Spring  hours are 11am-6pm Thursday through Monday. 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 5/4 at 3:45pm. Waning Gibbous MoonBest time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 4/26 at 3:18pm. 

. .and then it passes over the Sagittarius Teapot and pairs with Saturn. (For clarity, the Moon in these scenes is always shown larger than its actual apparent size.

Two days after its close encounter with Jupiter, the waning gibbous Moon slides past Saturn this morning. The two objects rise around 1:30 a.m. local daylight time and climb 25° high in the east-southeast by the time twilight begins. Of course, Saturn is a treat all week long. The ringed planet shines at magnitude 0.5 and appears significantly brighter than any of the background stars in its host constellation, Sagittarius the Archer. A telescope shows the gas giant’s 17″-diameter disk and a spectacular ring system that spans 39″ and tilts 23° to our line of sight.

Canis Minor

Right after dark, find Procyon high over bright Sirius in the southwest. Look upper left of Procyon by 15° (about a fist and a half at arm’s length) for the dim head of Hydra, the enormous Sea Serpent. His head is a group of 3rd- and 4th- magnitude stars about the size of your thumb at arm’s length. About a fist and a half lower left of Hydra’s head shines Alphard, his 2nd-magnitude, orange heart. The rest of Hydra zigzags (faintly) from Alphard all the way over and down almost to the southeast horizon.
Neptune is out of sight in the glow of sunrise.

Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky map for April https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-april-2019
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 Capricorn
Pallas (5/30), Ceres (7/17), Jupiter (8/11) and Pluto (10/3) Retrograde

Color: Purple

Planting 4/24-25

©2019 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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Tides for Alsea Bay

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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
Th  25     High   4:55 AM     6.9   6:16 AM    Rise  1:54 AM      70
~    25      Low  12:08 PM     0.3   8:13 PM     Set 11:06 AM
~    25     High   6:58 PM     5.8

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Middle age is that difficult period between adolescence and retirement when you have to take care of yourself.

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Journal Prompt – What? – What makes you special or unique?

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Quotes

~   All currency is neurotic currency. – Norman O Brown, American philosopher, born on October 25, 1913
~   The just man builds on a modest foundation and gradually proceeds to greater things. – King Alfred the Great (attrib.)
~   When women understand that governments and religions are human inventions; that bibles, prayer-books, catechisms, and encyclical letters are all emanations from the brains of man, they will no longer be oppressed by the injunctions that come to them with the divine authority of ‘Thus sayeth the Lord’. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton, American feminist, who died on October 26, 1902
~   Oh, had I received the education I desired, had I been bred to the profession of the law, I might have been a useful member of society, and instead of myself and my property being taken care of, I might have been a protector of the helpless, a pleader for the poor and unfortunate. – Sarah Moore Grimké, American abolitionist, attorney, judge and feminist, born on November 26, 1792; As quoted in The Grimke Sisters from South Carolina (1969) by Gerda Lerna

April is the cruelest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain. – TS Eliot; ‘The Waste Land

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Beltane Magick – Zen and the Art of Barbeque – http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print.html By: Seraphina~m’Anatar
Warning, these articles may be a bit on the fanatical side, and may evoke strong primeval urges, for which I wish to apologise in advance if this troubles you, or if you become a fellow BBQ addict. Either way, may the gods and goddesses shine upon you and bless your kettle grill.

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What is it about the combination of glowing coals and slow roasting meat that brings out the spiritual grill goddess in me? I have no clue, really, but many hints at an answer that are dancing in my mind. I first fell in love with the Weber Kettle grill when I was a youth, and have many, many fond memories of my father beginning the ritual in the morning and the end results lovingly placed upon the family altar, or dining table, in the evening as we all enjoyed the fruits of the season. Family holidays, birthdays, any event could be turned into a reason to pull out the grill and begin this ceremony. And ceremony it was, for my father was the High Priest of the Grill, small matter that during the rest of the week he was a good Irish Catholic man. I learned many of the ritual secrets at his side, and began walking this spiritual path of enlightenment.

Sadly, my father now lives far away from my family and me, and although we still see each other a few times during the year, the weekend rituals now fall upon my shoulders. For many years, I was merely an acolyte and had not fully embraced the Zen of BBQ. This year, marked by many other inner changes (such as the addition to my name), has brought me to embracing the role of Priestess of the Grill. Follow me on this journey.

Embarking Upon the Ritual Path:

The first step in the Ritual of the Grill is to select your tools. Like any other spiritual path, care must be taken in choosing these tools, for there are no short cuts to Enlightenment. The most basic requirement is a Kettle Grill that is fed by charcoal. Gas grills are heinous shortcuts that will leave you (and your food) dry and parched of spiritual knowledge. For a solo practitioner, the smallest grill is acceptable, however, if you, like us have a larger gathering, the biggest grill is needed. All are perfect vessels and will function the same way; the only difference is the amount of food that may be prepared upon them.

The second step is learning which charcoal is best to use. Unadulterated charcoal is highly advised, the coals soaked with chemicals to make them light easier are unreliable, as well as environmentally toxic, and with proper preparation, totally uncalled for. Soaked wood chips will add a variety to your rite, and may be chosen according to the magical properties of the wood, depending on the results you wish to cook into the food. Access to a woods is a bonus for this, as you can harvest windfalls and make your own chips. You can certainly make your own charcoal, but that is a story for another issue, for I am still learning this sacred art.

Thirdly, you must prepare your censer, or your coal chimney. A large coffee can will do for this, and can easily be converted for use by cutting the top and bottom off, punching holes in the bottom with a can opener (the old fashioned ones with the triangle tip) and peeling the paper label off. This will give you your tool for starting the base coals off nicely with no icky chemicals.

Other necessary tools are tongs, a fork, and a poker for moving the coals around. For this, I have a foot long oak wand about 2 inches in diameter that I found on the forest floor, and have nicely fire hardened by years of use. These are all the tools you need! Any salesman at the local home depot store who tells you otherwise is practicing a pitch to get you to buy useless fluff at best or sacrilege at worst! Desired miscellaneous tools are Olive Oil and a pastry brush, easily obtained from the grocer and avoiding the pesky hardware store salesman.

The Day of the Ritual

Once you have your basic tools assembled, the ritual may be enacted on any desired day, weather permitting, although I have been espied performing the sacred rite on both rainy and bitter cold days. The gods of BBQ laugh at inclement weather, although serious weather such as blizzards or hurricanes tends to put a damper on things.

In the morning, buy your selected cuts of meat and vegetables. Look for the freshest produce you can find. And if you are a vegetarian, which is no excuse for forgoing the Rite of BBQ, there are myriads of scrumptious vegetables that may be grilled to perfection and the delight of all participants in the rite! The gods of BBQ laugh at the thought that vegetarians cannot enjoy this sacred rite, especially now that there are Boca Burgers so readily available to all.

After returning from your successful foray into modern day hunting and gathering, find a pan that you can lay out your cuts of meat in (if they are ribs or chicken legs, etc.) and some plastic wrap. Here is where the art of the individual practitioner applies (and I will be supplying recipes that are our faves in upcoming newsletters) to the rite. I like to rub the cuts with olive oil and then add my blend of meat rub to the cuts and let them marinade for about 5 hours. Cover the tray with plastic wrap to seal in the juices and keep out the airborne critters. If it is 65 degrees Fahrenheit or less, you may safely let the meats marinate on the counter top. If it is above this (65 degrees F) let them marinate in the refrigerator! Let me stress this, as we wish to celebrate BBQ and its spiritual path, not wind up in hospital with botulism or some other variety of food poisoning, the gods of BBQ do not laugh at food poisoning!

As you walk by this fleshy offering to the gods and family, reflect on the cycle of life, and how we all must intake of energy to continue living. As does all Life. We are in a perpetual cycle of give and take, in the form of energy (and flesh and vegetable matter is naught but starlight and sunlight, soil, water, and air made manifest) and this cycle is sacred in the Cosmos. We dance in Shiva’s Dance of Cosmic Rhythm, live daily Gaia’s cycle of creation and destruction, ingest and metamorphosis star matter. It is inescapable, and it is our responsibility to participate in this cycle with eyes open and with responsible knowledge.

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Silliness – How Fast?

Little Johnny was talking to a couple of boys in the school yard. Each was bragging about how great their fathers are.

The first one said: “Well, my father runs the fastest. He can fire an arrow, and start to run, I tell you, he gets there before the arrow!”

The second one said: “Ha! You think that’s fast! My father is a hunter. He can shoot his gun and be there before the bullet!”

Little Johnny listened to the other two boys and shook his head. He then said: “Sorry, dudes… but MY DAD is the fastest. He’s a civil servant. He stops working at 4:30,… and he’s home by 3:45!”

 

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Daily Stuff 4-24-19 Armenian Genocide

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Krasna Praha. Last Minus Tide of the cycle at 11:13 AM of -0.1 feet.

Bright, bright sunshine! 57F, wind at 10, gusting into the mid-teens, AQI15, UV7. There’s apparently rather a lot of ash pollen out there, along with the grass, and it looks dry for 10 days out. Time to work in the yard and garden!

Yesterday started a little frantic because we had a limited time to get our stuff done at Sash’s. I managed to completely lose my coffee. Tempus finally found it on the coffee table….where I had just looked… <sigh> Tempus trotted in and out with stuff that I had gotten together, putting things into the car.

We headed for Sash’s, stopping by Barrelhead on the way to pick up some ceiling tiles. After we got to Sash’s I started a trial run on a pastry that I had heard of and they worked very well. I made 16 and there were 3 left for Sash and 2 for Tempus when we headed home. 🙂 I did some cakes after that, 1 for Sash, 1 for us and 2 for the freezer. We watched Star Trek episodes all afternoon waiting for the laundry to finish, talking all the way.

I finally got horribly dozy sitting in the rocker and snoozed off and on from then all the way to the Dollar Tree (for some easter candy) and then all the way home, getting the bed partly made and then sleeping for several more hours.

When I woke Tempus was finishing the bulk drops and he started the regular paper route before 2am. He picked me up at 5:30 and we did Bayshore and some of the drops close by before he dropped me back off to finish the route. It was already past the pink-edged sunrise at that point. He got back around 8 and we slept until about 3pm.

We’re hoping to get the new ceiling tiles up today and I need to start a soup. I didn’t have enough ingredients or oomph last night to work on it. …and laundry to put away and all the usual Wednesday chores.

Right now, I’m waiting on coffee and catching up on mail. <yawn> At 4pm. That’s quite a shift in times being awake….

Spring in Prague

plant herb flower goldenrod Solidago_canadensis_20050815_248Today’s plant is GoldenrodSolidago 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

A mother sits by the wrapped bodies of her 5 children – Armenian genocide

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 opens at 11am. Spring  hours are 11am-6pm Thursday through Monday. 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 5/4 at 3:45pm. Waning Gibbous MoonBest time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 4/26 at 3:18pm. 

. .and then it passes over the Sagittarius Teapot and pairs with Saturn. (For clarity, the Moon in these scenes is always shown larger than its actual apparent size.

As dawn begins on Thursday morning, the waning Moon poses with Saturn.

Orion the Hunter rises over the Grand Canyon in this image, snapped from the parking area for Yavapai Point. – InSapphoWeTrust (Flickr)

It’s about time to grab your final evening views of Orion the Hunter. This bright constellation now lows low in the west as darkness falls and starts to set around 9:30 p.m. local daylight time. The three 2nd-magnitude stars that form the Hunter’s Belt now appear parallel to the horizon. A line through these stars and extended to the left points directly to the sky’s brightest star, Sirius.
Uranus is hidden in its conjunction with the Sun.

Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky map for April https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-april-2019
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 Capricorn
Pluto Retrograde 11:48am (10/3)
Pallas (5/30), Ceres (7/17) and Jupiter (8/11) Retrograde
Color: Yellow

Planting 4/24-25

©2019 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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Tides for Alsea Bay

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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
W   24     High   4:08 AM     7.4   6:17 AM    Rise  1:03 AM      79
~    24      Low  11:13 AM    -0.1   8:12 PM     Set 10:13 AM
~    24     High   5:54 PM     6.0
~    24      Low  11:14 PM     3.3

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Journal Prompt – I wish… – I wish trees could….. because….

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Quotes

~   I didn’t mean you were stupid. It’s just that you’re not logical, which isn’t the same thing at all. – Eugène Ionesco, French-Romanian playwright and dramatist, born on November 26, 1909; Amédée from Amédée or How to Get Rid of It (1954)
~   Man is so made that whenever anything fires his soul, impossibilities  vanish. – Jean de la Fontaine
~   Positive emptiness does not miss the presence of somebody else but cherishes the presence of oneself. – Dharma
~   Control is never achieved when sought after directly. It is the surprising consequence of letting go. – James Arthur Ray

And all the woods are alive with the murmur and sound of Spring,
And the rose-bud breaks into pink on the climbing briar,
And the crocus-bed is a quivering moon of fire
Girdled round with the belt of an amethyst ring. –Oscar Wilde (1854–1900)

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Beltane Magick – Recipes

Faery Sweet Breads – This recipe is found in LLewellyn’s 1995 Magickal Almanac by Patricia Telesco.

Though the original recipe was baked on April 30th as part of spring rites for welcoming the fae, they can be baked as an offering to the faeries all year long. They are traditionally shared with the fae (left outside overnight) and the all the members of the family, coven or community. If they are eaten, it was regarded as good fortune (faeries don’t trust just anyone’s treats – they’ve been tricked before).

  • 2 cups sifted flour
  • 1 cup candied fruits
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon rose water
  1. Combine the flour, egg, baking powder, rose water, and buttermilk in a good sized bowl
  2. Stir until well blended.
  3. Next, fold in the candied fruits so they are distributed evenly in the dough.
  4. If the dough seems sticky, add more flour until you can work it easily with your fingers.
  5. Shape heaping tablespoonfuls of the dough into four leaf clovers.
  6. Place on a greased cookie sheet at 350*F for about 10 minutes, until fully raised and slightly browned.
  7. Drizzle a little honey on top while cooling.

Beltaine Oatcakes http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html – author unknown

Oatcakes are part of the Beltaine ceremony. Their roundness is symbolic of the life-giving sun whose return is marked by this festive sabbat. During Beltaine a huge bonfire is kept going all night long. Pieces of the cake are thrown into the fire as an offering to the protective deities.

Participate in this ancient custom by casting the oatcakes into an outside bonfire or even your fireplace. Begin by blessing these cakes. Say a prayer of gratitude, giving thanks to the Goddess and God for their abundance. Pass around the cake in a clockwise direction. Invite each of your guests to take a piece of the cake.

Say:

We are each a part of the joyous circle of love.
As we cast the bread into the fire,
we fuse together into the One Being,
That always was and always will be.
Recommend to your guests that they remember the joy in their hearts as they experience the gaiety of the season.

  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable shortening
  • 1/3 cup (80 Milliliters) boiling water
  • 3 cups (680 grams) Medium rolled Oats
  • 1 Teaspoon Minced fresh sage
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt.
  1. Preheat the oven to 350*F (175*C).
  2. In a small pan, heat the shortening and water, until the shortening has melted.
  3. Remove from heat and let cool.
  4. Mix the oats, sage, baking soda, and salt together in a bowl.
  5. Mix the cooled liquid and the oat mixture, adding water, if necessary, to maintain a dough-like consistency.
  6. Pat the dough into a circle, about 8 inches (20 Centimeters) in diameter.
  7. Place on an un-greased baking sheet.
  8. Bake for about 40 minutes.
  9. Cut into 8 wedges, then leave to cool on a wire rack.

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Silliness – Smart Joke # 10. Another Roman walks into a bar, holds up two fingers, and says “Five beers please!” – http://higherperspectives.com/jokes-for-intellectuals/?c=cleo&ts_pid=2&ts_pid=2

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Daily Stuff 4-23-19 St. George

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Ken Gagne. Minus Tide at 10:24 AM of -0.6 feet.

Grey again, but it’s pretty bright. 55F, wind at 5mph, AQI17, UV6, lots of grass pollen and it looks like we’re coming up on some sun and dry conditions again, which means that by the end of the week the broom is going to be in full bloom, too. I’m thinking it’s about time for some dry weather. I love rain, but by this time of the year I’m about done… 🙂

Yesterday kinda vanished…. Other than class (which was great) I was so tired that not much of anything happened other than catching up on mail! Nothing useful, anyway…..

Today we slept in a bit. We’re putting things together to go spend the afternoon with Sash in Toledo. We’re planning some baking and laundry and hang-out time.

If I can remember what it was that I need from the grocery we’ll do that on the way home. I’m hoping to do some cooking tonight, even after the baking this afternoon. I’ve got a stew to put together, and I’m out of pickling broth. Tempus has the paper route tonight so, if I don’t remember what I wanted from the grocery until later, he can pick it up. 🙂

Morning Rainbow 4/23/18 by 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 foetidus – Feminine, 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

The shop opens at 11am. Spring  hours are 11am-6pm Thursday through Monday. 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 5/4 at 3:45pm. Waning Gibbous MoonBest time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 4/26 at 3:18pm. 

The waning gibbous Moon in early dawn passes over Antares and pairs with Jupiter. .

As dawn begins to brighten on Wednesday morning, the waning gibbous Moon shines almost midway between Jupiter to its right and Saturn to its left. The three rise shortly before midnight local daylight time, but they appear more prominent as they climb higher and edge closer before dawn. By the start of morning twilight, less than 2° separate the planets. Of course, Jupiter is easy to find all week because it shines so brightly, at magnitude –2.4, against the faint backdrop of Ophiuchus. A telescope reveals the planet’s 43″-diameter disk and four bright moons.
Right after dark, the Sickle of Leo stands vertical high in the south. Its bottom star is Regulus, the brightest of Leo. Leo himself is walking horizontally westward. The Sickle forms his front leg, chest, mane, and part of his head. Denebola, about two and a half fists left of Regulus, is his tail-tip.
Jupiter (magnitude –2.4, at the eastern foot of Ophiuchus) rises in the southeast around midnight daylight-saving time. It shines fairly high in the south before the beginning of dawn, so that’s the best time to observe it telescopically.

Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky map for April https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-april-2019
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 Sagittarius enters Capricorn at 3:50pm
Pallas (5/30), Ceres (7/17) and Jupiter (8/11) Retrograde
Color: Grey

Harvest 4/21-23

©2019 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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Tides for Alsea Bay

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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
Tu  23     High   3:26 AM     7.9   6:19 AM    Rise 12:04 AM      86
~    23      Low  10:24 AM    -0.6   8:10 PM     Set  9:25 AM
~    23     High   4:56 PM     6.4
~    23      Low  10:21 PM     2.9

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – To forgive is to set the prisoner free, and then discover the  prisoner was you.

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Journal Prompt – How? – How do you feel when it’s your birthday? Why?

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Quotes

~   Somehow we are supposed to be credits to our race. The mere fact that I’m still around makes me a credit to my race, which is the human race. – Whoopi Goldberg; in The Black Woman’s Gumbo Ya-Ya, by Terri L Jewell, 1993
~   You reckon your chickens before they are hatched. – Erasmus (attrib.)
~   The physical lot of surviving workers had notably improved, with unemployment insurance, social security, and the new health services, while their children’s school education was assured by the government-operated schools: in addition, they had, for intellectual or emotional stimulus and diversion, the radio and the television. But the work itself was no longer as various, as interesting, or as sustaining to the personality … – Lewis Mumford; from The Myth of the Machine (1967-1970), Vol II, ‘Technical Liberation’
~   I’m a pessimist about probabilities; I’m an optimist about possibilities. – Lewis Mumford; attributed

The thirsty earth soaks up the rain,
And drinks and gapes for drink again;
The plants suck in the earth, and are
With constant drinking fresh and fair. – Abraham Cowley (1618–1667)

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Beltane Magick – Prayers

A Prayer of thanks to a lover – excerpt from Fifth Sacred Thing By Starhawk;

My love, you are a river fed by many streams
I bless all who have shaped you,
The lovers whose delights still dance patterns on your back,
Those who carved your channels deeper, broader, wider,
Whitewater and backwater lovers,
Swamp lovers , sun-warmed estuary lovers,
Lovers with surface tension,
Lovers like boulders,
Like ice forming and breaking,
Lovers that fill and spill with the tides.
I bless those who have taught you and those who have pleased you and
those who have hurt you.
All those who have made you who you are.

Invocation – from A Victorian Grimoire by Trish Telesco

Feathered winds come dance with me
Lift me from the ground.
Join my waltz, my spirit, freed
As we’re upward bound.

Tongues of flame come jump with me
Ye purifying fires,
Join my joy, my playful glee
As we move yet higher.

Tears from seas, come sing with me
Roll from out the caves,
Join my verse, my body cleansed
In your healing waves.

Mother Earth come laugh with me
Set aside your toils,
Join my chant of forests green
Secure me in rich soil.

Earth and Air, Fire and Sea
I call you all, come dance with me!
Grant me now a sacred space
While working magic in this place.

In this invocation, each verse is designed for a cardinal point of the altar. At each of these four directions, a candle of the appropriate color should be lit, and a symbol of the element blessed as indicated in each verse. This is meant to be a celebration of life, so dance and sing around your circle. Don’t be afraid to get inspired.

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Silliness – Australian animals

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Daily Stuff 4-22-19 International Mother Earth Day

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Ken Gagne. Minus Tide at 9:37 AM of -1.0 feet.

Overcast, but not too gloomy, and once in awhile the sun peeks through. We’re looking at rain this evening. 55F, wind at 1mph, AQI17, UV6, There’s some chance of rain tomorrow, but the rest of the next 10 days looks windier than it’s been and more sunny than not.

I’ve been flogging my brain for an hour and don’t have much oomph to write, even yet, so this will be kinda short. It’s late because I went out for breakfast with an old friend, after a short night, after several nights of short or broken sleep and crashed once I was back at the shop. I only woke at about 3:15! Tempus had the shop open on time, though.

Yesterday was almost all cookery. I spent awhile outside planting things in my buckets and pots, but there’s more to do, yet. We ate later than usual for a potluck because the pork roast took longer than usual to cook and I’ve no clue why.

I took a nap after we ate. I was pretty tired and after that I was processing pictures and tracking down links until way late into the night.

So, we have class tonight and I’m starting to get ready for that. Tempus made me coffee because I’m still so foggy….

Here’s a Ken Gagne photo from 4/21/16, looking east from Cape Perpetua to Mary’s Peak.

Cow_parsnip_Heracleum_lanatum_budsToday’s Plant is Cow parsnipHeracleum lanatum, or Indian CeleryGrowing in every damp place along the roads out here, this is easily confused with seacoast angelica, and other plants, and even dangerously with water hemlock, if you don’t look carefully, or dig it up to check the root. It’s a 220px-Heracleum_lanatum_07269huge plant (over 6 feet tall) with leaves large enough to make a hat from! Local peoples used it as a poultice plant for bruises and sores. The root makes a nice yellow dye. The young stems and leaf stalks can be peeled and eaten in spring. I think Imma  go pick some and dig some roots! – Feminine, Water, Moon, Hathor – The flowers glow in the moonlight and I have used this as a plant of sacrifice to Bona Dea or the Great Mother in one of her many aspects as it is a symbol of the plenty of spring. More here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heracleum_lanatum

motif seasonal April earthdayplant2009Earth Day and International Mother Earth Day are held each year on this day. I remember the first one, mostly because my mother encouraged me to make a presentation at school about environmental concerns. I remember saying that electric cars were something that we really needed even back then. How come we’re so slow to pick up the technology? Also, because my father was involved with NASA, we were already building a passive solar water heating system.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earth_Day and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Mother_Earth_Day

The shop opens at 11am. Spring  hours are 11am-6pm Thursday through Monday. 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 5/4 at 3:45pm. Waning Gibbous MoonBest time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 4/26 at 3:18pm. 

The waning gibbous Moon in early dawn passes over Antares and pairs with Jupiter. .

The annual Lyrid meteor shower reaches its peak this morning. Unfortunately, the waning gibbous Moon shares the sky and will dramatically reduce the number of “shooting stars” you’ll see. The best views likely will come shortly before morning twilight commences. The Moon then hangs fairly low in the south and the constellation from which the meteors appear to radiate, Lyra, lies nearly overhead. If you face away from our satellite, you should see at least a few meteors. The only good news to come from this interference is that the Moon will wane to its New phase in two weeks when the Eta Aquariid meteor shower reaches its peak.
However, if you are outside in the hours before dawn, you’ll find Jupiter just a degree or two from the waning gibbous Moon (as seen from the longitudes of the Americas). Jupiter is currently 1,800 times farther than the Moon — which it why it looks like just a dot even though it’s 40 times larger in diameter.
Uranus is in conjunction with the Sun at 7 p.m. EDT. From our earthly perspective, this means the distant planet lies behind the Sun and so is out of sight. Uranus will return to view in the morning sky in late May.
Saturn (magnitude +0.6, in Sagittarius) is the “star” 26° to Jupiter’s left or lower left before dawn.

Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky map for April https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-april-2019
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 Sagittarius.
Pallas (5/30), Ceres (7/17) and Jupiter (8/11) Retrograde
Color: Silver

Harvest 4/21-23

©2019 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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Tides for Alsea Bay

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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
M   22     High   2:46 AM     8.3   6:21 AM     Set  8:42 AM      93
~    22      Low   9:37 AM    -1.0   8:09 PM
~    22     High   4:02 PM     6.8
~    22      Low   9:35 PM     2.3

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Law of Probable Dispersal –  Whatever hits the fan will not be evenly distributed.

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Journal Prompt – Books – Explain why you like or don’t like to read comic books.

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Quotes

~   If man asks for many laws it is only because he is sure that his neighbor needs them; privately he is an unphilosophical anarchist, and thinks laws in his own case superfluous. – William James Durant; attributed
~   La lutte elle-même vers les sommets suffit à remplir un coeur d’homme; il faut imaginer Sisyphe heureux. [The fight itself towards the summits suffices to fill a heart of man; it is necessary to imagine happy Sisyphe.] – Albert Camus
~   I have to think hard to name an interesting man who does not drink. – Richard Burton
~   Freedom is for everyone, whatever lifestyle they choose, as long as it’s peaceful and honest – from high-tech entrepreneur to hippie in a commune and everyone in between … – Russell Means

April is here!
Blithest season of all the year,
The little brook laughs as it leaps away;
The lambs are out on the hills at play. – Eben E. Rexford (1848–1916)

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Beltane Magick – Wreaths and Garlands

http://myfanwys-bos.livejournal.com/12907.html

May Wreath – You will need: grapevine wreath, variety of flowers, greenery (ivy, rosemary, etc), decorative items (ribbons, figurines, etc), Scissors, glue or hot glue gun. Assemble supplies. The greenery goes on first. Weave, wrap, or tuck it into the grapevein. Glue it in strategic places. Ivy, rosemary, and moss are a few ideas. Use fresh or dried. Place a variety of flowers loosly around the greenery and glue them in place. After all flowers are in place, add ribbons, figurines, or crystals. Use this wreath for the top of your maypole.

Easy Wreath for Your Head
Image from www.starcraftsob.com

You Need:
Gold, silver or other bendable garland found in stores at Yuletide/Xmas-this usually comes in stars, holly and other such designs
Curling ribbon

To do:
Measure around the head. Measure a piece of garland the same length plus 6 inches. Over lap 3 inches of each end and wrap one end around the other as tightly as possible. Cut lengths of curling ribbon about 4 feet long and tie onto the back side of the wreath. Tie so the ends of the ribbon are even and spaced about 1 inch apart. about one third of the way around. Curl the ribbons. Wear. 🙂 – From Luna Sisters

Crowns of FlowersFrom the starcrafts site – http://www.starcraftsob.com/craft/beltanelore.shtml

Of all Wiccan rites, Beltane is the one most likely to find many, if not all, the women crowned with wreaths of flowers. These can be fun to make, either as permanent wreaths of silk flowers, or if enough fresh flowers are in bloom in your area, a fresh flower crown.

The base for fresh flower wreaths might be vines or supple branches of flowering shrubs that can be formed into a circlet and bound with floral tape, light wire or twine. Then extra flowers can be easily woven into the circlet.

For a wreath of silk flowers, you can start with a circlet of heavy coated floral wire, but I’ve found that building a wreath quickly can be most easily done by starting with ivy or leaf garland. Cut a piece long enough to form a circle that fits your head nicely with just a bit to spare so you can neatly wire the ends together. Then you will have a good base of leaves into which you can easily twist stems of a variety of silk flowers, securing them with a bit of floral tape where necessary.

A cascade of narrow ribbons tied at the back makes a pretty finish.

Flower Chains – http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print.html

Materials: A grocery bag full of flowers such as daisies, dandelions or other common flowers with flexible stems.

Method 1 – Make a cross with 2 flower stems. Bend the stem of the top flower around the stem of the bottom flower. Tie a knot with the flower stem and pull lightly to tighten. Lay another flower over the joined stems and tie another knot. Continue with steps 1-3 till chain is as long as you want it. Tie the very last stem around the first one to form a ring. Wear it as a crown or necklace.

Method 2 – Use a pin or your fingernail to make a slit in each flower stem about 1″ below the flower head. Slip the stem of a second flower through the slit in the first stem. Repeat step 2 until the flower chain is as long as you want, then slip the last flower through the slit in the first to form a ring.

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Silliness – It’s hard to explain puns to kleptomaniacs… …because they always take things literally.

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Daily Stuff 4-21-19 Ab Urbe Condita

Hi, folks!

Minus Tide at 8:53 AM of -1.1 feet.

It’s overcast, but quite bright. 53F, wind at 4mph, AQI15, UV6. It should clear off later.

Tempus’ alarm didn’t go off yesterday morning. I let him sleep for a bit, since I woke just before that time and he really didn’t need to get up yet. Eventually I let him know what time it was, so I could get coffee before I got picked up.

That was at just past 10:30. Dwayne and Linda loaded up my walker and basket and headed for Alsea. At one point we slammed most of the way to a stop as a wild turkey dashed across the road. Almost had dinner, there! I was watching the blossoming and leafing trees and commenting on the blooming rhododendrons the whole way. The wild ones aren’t started yet, but a lot of the hybrids are in full bloom.

The farther out 34 you go toward Alsea the more cows and horses and even goats there are in view. The glimpses of the river, running bankful, were pretty awesome, too. Eventually we got to the Thyme Garden and got dropped off. …and right then I realized that my camera was still back at the shop… <sigh>

It was almost time for the forest herbs walk, so we asked the cashier where the group was gathering and went over there and waited. It was a father and daughter pair, leading the walk. We learned about cleavers and miner’s lettuce and I asked them to ID some herbs that I’ve seen, but didn’t know what they were. We also learned about the salmon run that comes into the little stream there, that they’ve restored.

Eventually, Linda took off with the tour leader, since part of the trail was not going to be accessible to me and I puttered my way around the pond, looking at the various plants. I stopped for a minute on the little walkway over one corner of the pond to see what I could see. Lots of water striders! I think there are some waterlilies in there, but nothing to the surface yet.

Linda and I met back up near the craft booths, then went through the garden on the way to the plants for sale. I ended up with a bunch. There’s a batch of marigolds, a fennel, cardoons, sweet cecily, angelica, thyme and my usual parsleys. I  need to get outside today with a trowel.

We sat and talked for awhile after picking out plants and met a lady that we invited to the Herbs Workshop. Dwayne picked us up on his way back and they dropped me at the shop.

Tempus fed me some lunch and then I crashed in back for something like 5 hours! Once I was up again I worked on setting up the green-screen photos and finished those around 3am and got them uploaded. …finally. I’m going to have to get the upgraded software.

Today is a cookery day. It’s the House Capuchin monthly potluck and it being easter, we likely won’t be all that busy, so I’m going to spend some time playing.

Vesele Velikonoce

plant pic Rhododendron_occidentale_Strybing

Today’s Plant is the Western AzaleaRhododendron Occidentale. I’ve talked before about the azaleas being a subset of the rhodys. This picture is the main kind that grows around here. It’s hard to tell from the shape and size of the plant that it’s an azalea, or even from the flowers, although the branches are thinner and the leaves shorter and rounder than those of rhododendrons. It least it’s hard for those of us who are familiar with the showy garden hybrids, which tend to be small and compact! The other West Coast azalea is Rhododendron Albiflorum, and there’s not a whacking lot of info floating around about that one. The wiki is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhododendron_occidentale The Chinese call azaleas “thinking of home bush”. Magickal uses for azalea are to encourage light spirits, happiness and gaiety.

feast 0421 She-wolf_suckles_Romulus_and_RemusToday’s Feast is that of the Founding of Rome in 753 (752?) BCE on this date by Romulus who plowed a furrow around the Palatine Hill to describe the boundary of his city. This is the date used in the Roman calendar that dates Ab Urbe Condita, (from the Founding of the City) or Anno Urbis Conditae (Years since the founding of the City)usually abbreviated to A.U.C. There are a lot of different dates given, but the circumstances fall around this year pretty well, at least partially because of the dating of eclipses related to specific events. Romulus and Remus were abandoned as infants and nursed by a she-wolf (Lupa, honored in the Lupercalia) before being adopted by a shepherd. This date is also the celebration of the Palilia (Par Ilia) which is a feast of shepherds and their flocks. More here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Founding_of_Rome and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ab_urbe_condita

The shop opens at 11am. Spring  hours are 11am-6pm Thursday through Monday. 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 5/4 at 3:45pm. Waning Gibbous MoonBest time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 4/26 at 3:18pm. 

The waning gibbous Moon in early dawn passes over Antares and pairs with Jupiter. .

Arcturus shines brightly in the east early these evenings. The Big Dipper, very high in the northeast, points its curving handle to the lower right more or less toward it. Arcturus forms the pointy end of a long, narrow kite asterism formed by the brightest stars of Bootes, the Cowherd. The kite is currently lying on its side to Arcturus’s left. The head of the kite, at the far left, is bent slightly upward. The kite is 23° long, about two fists at arm’s length. Look soon after dark before the Moon rises.

081718 FourPlanetsMoon astro – This is a wide-field image of (l-r) Mars, Saturn, Jupiter, and Venus taken August 17th over the skyline of Rome, courtesy of Gianluca Masi.

Mars continues to add its ruby-red glow to Taurus the Bull this week. Shining at magnitude 1.6, the Red Planet appears slightly fainter than the constellation’s brightest star, ruddy 1st-magnitude Aldebaran. The planet lies nearly 30° above the western horizon an hour after sundown and doesn’t set until after 11 p.m. local daylight time.

Saturn returns to view – The ringed planet begins a nearly year-long apparition in late January’s morning sky. Although it now appears low in twilight, it will grow more prominent as it approaches a spectacular peak in July. – NASA/ESA/A. Simon (GSFC) and the OPAL Team/J. DePasquale (STScI)

Saturn grows more conspicuous in the morning sky with each passing week. The ringed planet rises before 2 a.m. local daylight time and climbs 20° above the southeastern horizon by the time twilight begins. Saturn shines at magnitude 0.5 and appears significantly brighter than any of the background stars in its host constellation, Sagittarius the Archer. A telescope shows the gas giant’s 17″-diameter disk and a stunning ring system that spans 38″ and tilts 23° to our line of sight.
Mars (magnitude +1.6, in Taurus) still glows in the west after dusk. Spot it about 20° to the right of brighter, Mars-colored Betelgeuse – the topmost bright star of Orion on its way down. More or less under Mars is Aldebaran, similarly orange. Above Mars, and matching it in brightness, is white Beta Tauri (Elnath). Mars crosses the line between these two stars on April 26th.

Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky map for April https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-april-2019
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 Scorpio enters Sagittarius at 8:59pm.
Pallas (5/30), Ceres (7/17) and Jupiter (8/11) Retrograde
Color: Orange

Harvest 4/21-23

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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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Tides for Alsea Bay

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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
Su  21     High   2:09 AM     8.6   6:22 AM     Set  8:04 AM      97
~    21      Low   8:53 AM    -1.1   8:08 PM    Rise 11:00 PM
~    21     High   3:11 PM     7.1
~    21      Low   8:52 PM     1.7

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – You are the only person you need to please.

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Journal Prompt – Memories – Think of a photograph of yourself taken when you were younger. Then write down the thoughts that you  might have been thinking at the time it was taken. (NOTE: You may want to include the actual photograph in your journal.)

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Quotes

~   We have too many high sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them. – Abigail Adams; letter to John Adams, 1774
~   Let the voice of the people be heard! – Albert Parsons, one of the Chicago Haymarket Martyrs; shouted as the scaffold’s trap door opened
~  A religion old or new, that stressed the magnificence of the universe as revealed by modern science, might be able to draw forth reserves of reverence and awe hardly tapped by the conventional faiths. Sooner or later, such a religion will emerge. – Carl Sagan
~   We have all known the long loneliness and we have learned that the only solution is love and that love comes with community. – Dorothy Day

Gladness is born of the April weather,
And the heart is as light as a wind-tossed feather.
Who could be sad on a day like this?
The care that vexed us no longer is. –Eben Eugene Rexford (1848–1916)

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Silliness – 3 reasons to avoid masculinity – For nerd use only! – from Sasha

#1 Masculinity attracts girls (especially the type that think pi is something you can’t eat on a diet)

#2 Scientists have proven that masculinity makes you 5% more likely to play sports (which could seriously injure your glasses!)

#3 Masculinity takes time to build up. With the time that you could waste on trying to get masculine you could find a cure for cancer or aids etc….

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Daily Stuff 4-20-19 Vadersolstavlan

Hi, folks!

Minus Tide at 8:08 AM of -1.1 feet. No Herbs workshop this morning. Sewing at 3pm.

It’s quite overcast, but drying out rapidly. We might even see some sun this afternoon! Oh, dear….where’s my sunhat?  51F, wind at 7, gusting into the low teens, AQI8, UV5, grass pollen is at moderate levels. It looks like there some chance of rain on Tuesday and then from Friday on.

Yesterday started quietly, although we had some customers in, early on. Book customers are quiet. 🙂 I got back to sorting out various projects that were in the herbs stuff. After I had most of that separated and put away I worked on a tote of candle class stuff that’s been sitting since the last OCPPG. That meant that we found some of the measuring cups, and even my mug sweater that goes with my coffee cup.

Tempus headed for Newport to pick up the ceiling tiles around 4pm, but when he got there, discovered that someone had purchased all of them in the morning, despite what he’d been told over the phone. He went on to do the grocery shopping, at least, while I stayed at the shop and tended customers.

It started mizzling late in the afternoon and by 5:30 the pavement was damp. I was still working on pictures. Tempus didn’t get back until about 8pm and we had some supper. I was still fighting the computer programs, but around 2am I finally got them to the point where I’ll be able to finish today.

No Herbs workshop this morning, or rather, Herbs Workshop is a field trip to the Earth Day celebration at the Thyme Garden up in Alsea. Tempus will have the shop open while I’m gone. Sewing workshop is at 3pm.

092415 LovageToday’s Plant is Lovagelevisticum officinale. It seems to have originated somewhere near the eastern Mediterranean and has been cultivated for a long while, being a very useful plant. It has a strong, long-lasting scent, that reminds a person of celery and parsley, but with the volume turned up. It’s great in salads, but chop it small and mix with other greens or it overpowers! Both leaf and seed are great in soups, especially seafood chowders and the roots can be eaten as a vegetable. I’ve drunk lovage cordial, which is tasty. It has a high flavonoid content, as well. Medicinally, a strong leaf tea, iced, is a good antiseptic, especially for extensive scrapes, where it takes down the sting and swelling very quickly and can be splashed on as often as needed. It can be used for mild cases of water retention, as well, and even with high blood pressure. –Masculine, Sun, Fire – This herb is often used in love magicks, but works best as a self-confidence enhancer. Take a bath with a sachet of the leaves, or make a strong tea that you toss into the bathwater before going out to meet new people or to start a new job. It also helps to squeeze a small sachet of the leaves if you’re having trouble concentrating on a task. Wiki has more:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lovage

Vadersolstavlan, (sun-dog painting, or weather-sun painting) created in 1535, is the oldest painting of the city of Stockholm and is believed to have been painted of a real (i.e. not imagined) event, shortly after this weather phenomenon happened. It’s also the oldest depiction of “sun dogs”.  More on the painting here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V%C3%A4dersolstavlan and on Sun Dogs here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun_dog which page includes a lot of links to other atmospheric phenomena of this type.

The shop opens at 11am. Spring  hours are 11am-6pm Thursday through Monday. 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

Full Moon – The day of, the day before, and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 4/20 at 4:12pm. 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 5/4 at 3:45pm. Waning Gibbous MoonBest time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 4/26 at 3:18pm. 

About an hour after dark now, the Pointer stars forming the end of the Big Dipper’s bowl point straight down toward Polaris, three fists at arm’s length below them. Face north and look way up.

Use Orion’s Belt to point you to Aldebaran and the Hyades.
Stellarium

Look west after the last vestiges of twilight fade away and you’ll witness the beginning of the winter sky’s decline. By 9:30 p.m. local daylight time, the lower tier of bright winter stars and constellations barely clears the horizon. From mid-northern latitudes, Sirius in Canis Major, Aldebaran in Taurus, and the three belt stars of Orion the Hunter all stand about 10° high. (Ten degrees is the approximate width of your closed fist when held at arm’s length.) Still, a higher tier of winter stars remains prominent. Look for Capella in Auriga, Castor and Pollux in Gemini, and Procyon in Canis Minor to keep the cold season on our minds — and in the sky — for several weeks to come.
Mars (magnitude +1.5, in Taurus) glows in the west after dusk. Start with Orion in the west-southwest, and look to the right from there for the orange pair of Aldebaran and Mars. Mars, slightly dimmer, is the one on the right or, later in the week, upper right. They remain about 7° apart. Compare the colors of these two similar-looking, but utterly different objects. To me Mars looks very slightly redder. And remember — nowhere in human experience but astronomy are things so different than they appear.

Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky map for April https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-april-2019
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 Aries enters Taurus at 1:55am
Moon in Scorpio
Pallas (5/30), Ceres (7/17) and Jupiter (8/11) Retrograde
Color: Brown

Planting 4/19-20

©2019 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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Tides for Alsea Bay

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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
Sa  20     High   1:31 AM     8.6   6:24 AM     Set  7:30 AM      99
~    20      Low   8:08 AM    -1.1   8:07 PM    Rise  9:50 PM
~    20     High   2:21 PM     7.4
~    20      Low   8:10 PM     1.2

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – As the sun shines upon you and the day draws to and end remember to reflect on what the day has meant, and remember to smile upon another to make their day feel bright, remember to laugh with a person so they know its meant from the heart.

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Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – Avoid flatterers, for they are thieves in disguise.– William Penn

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Quotes

~   The most pathetic person in the world is the person who has sight, but no vision. – Helen Keller
~   It is a fine thing to have ability, but the ability to discover ability in others is the true test. – Elbert Hubbard
~   The minute you start fiddling around outside the idea of monogamy, nothing satisfies anymore. – Richard Burton; on adultery, 1963
‘A civilization is not conquered from without until it is destroyed from within. – William James Durant; attributed

Whan that April with his showres soote (that is, sweet)
The droughte of March hath perced to the roote,
And bathed every veine in swich licour,
Of which vertu engendred is the flowr; – Chaucer; Canterbury Tales (ll. 1-4), modernized for The Norton Anthology of English Literature

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Beltane Magick –

Macaroni and Cheese – Makes 4 servings – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html

For classic comfort food, macaroni and cheese has to come out on top.

Ingredients:
2 cups elbow macaroni
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
3/4 cup milk
1 cup sour cream or plain yogurt
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
2 cups Cheddar cheese

Directions:

  1. Cook pasta and drain.
  2. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter.
  3. Stir in the flour, then gradually stir in the milk.
  4. Heat and stir until thick.
  5. Remove from heat and stir in the sour cream, onion, celery, 1 1/2 cups of the cheese, and the pasta.
  6. Put the mixture in a 2 quart casserole dish.
  7. Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup cheese over top.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 45 minutes..

This recipe is from Now….you’re cooking! http://www.donogh.com/cooking/

Beltane Barley Casserole – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups barley
  • 2 chopped onions
  • 1/2 cup peas
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts
  1. Melt butter in a skillet and sauté the barley, stirring frequently until golden.
  2. Turn into a greased 3 quart casserole.
  3. Stir in the mushrooms, onions and peas.
  4. Add 3 cups of the chicken broth.
  5. Bake in a preheated 350 degree F oven for 1 hour.
  6. Stir in the pine nuts and the remaining cup of broth.
  7. Cover and bake for another 1-1/2 hours.

This must be 10-12 servings as a side dish.

Pork Chops With Cabernet/Thyme Glaze – serves 2 – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html

A simple dish to prepare, thyme brings out the woodsy, savory flavor of the meat, with the cabernet jelly making it ideal for a special occasion.

1 pound pork chops
2 large cloves garlic, pressed
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 1/4 teaspoons fresh chopped thyme
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup chicken stock
2 tablespoons Cabernet Sauvignon jelly*
1/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon Herbes de Provence*

  1. In a bowl, combine the pressed garlic, olive oil, thyme, salt and pepper.
  2. Mix well.
  3. Rub the mixture onto the pork chops, making sure each chop has a good coating.
  4. Let the chops marinate for 15 minutes to an hour: the more time, the more intense the flavor.
  5. Put the chops in a pan and turn the heat to medium, moving the chops to insure that they don’t stick, then turn the heat to high and sear the chops quickly on each side.
  6. Remove them from the pan, and keep warm on a plate.
  7. Turn the heat to low.
  8. Pour the stock into the hot pan, stirring to release the baked on particles.
  9. Add the jelly, mustard and Herbes de Provence, stirring to blend all ingredients.
  10. Cook for one minute.
  11. Put the chops back in the pan to heat, about two minutes, along with any juices that may have collected on the plate.
  12. Be sure to turn the chops over so that both sides get glazed.
  13. Serve with rice or polenta, and spoon the glaze over the top of the chops.

*available in most gourmet food stores.

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Silliness – Smart Joke # 9. A Roman walks into a bar and asks for a martinus. “You mean a martini?” asks the bartender. The Roman replies, “If I wanted a double, I would have asked for it.” – http://higherperspectives.com/jokes-for-intellectuals/?c=cleo&ts_pid=2&ts_pid=2

 

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Daily Stuff 4-19-19 Primrose Day

Hi, folks!

Minus Tide at 7:23 AM of -0.7 feet.

It looks and feels as thought it’s raining, but the pavement is dry. Completely clouded over and not bright. Soft light today. 55F, wind at 3mph,  AQI11, UV6 and we have a chance of rain in the late afternoon. That’s the last for a week, though.

Yesterday I flew out the door, heading for the library. We were set up in time for the kids to start coming in. They had their egg hunt and then the photography started. We had one screamer and two “too shy”, but other than that and trying to squish everyone into the green screen’s space it went pretty well.

…4 hours of sleep, though….

So, when I got back I waited for Tempus to go get the green screen and start putting the shop together for the day and then went splat in back.

When I woke the mold load in the shop was pretty bad, enough to set off my asthma. We lost a ceiling tile and so all that stuff is leaking down into the shop and has been for days. At least Tempus had the doors open, but my chest hurt….. so he got a piece of plastic over it until he can fix it.

…so I developed pictures and then had an awful thought…. where was the green screen software? …not on this computer… not on the laptop Tempus uses… not on the other laptop…. he finally found it on the laptop back on his desk. I must have had it in the home computer, not the shop computer, although the pictures are all on the computer I’ve been using at the shop for quite some time, now. I did have it in a backup and starting working on getting it re-installed. Tempus found it in the other laptop, too.

By 5pm I was done going through and editing the photos, so next up was to try greenscreening them. …and the software wouldn’t install on the main computer…. So I went back and forth because I couldn’t see the photos on the laptop, not well enough to work with them. …and Corel wouldn’t load there….

Tempus went out to the grocery at around 7:30. He was concerned that we didn’t have much in the way of protein dishes without me having to cook quite a bit. We ate when he got back, then he closed up and headed for Newport.

I worked on photos for quite some time and then fought the computer programs for several hours. Around 3am I started writing out one of the stories at I told at the All Fool’s Feast a couple of weekends ago and got it done and published around 4:30.

The papers had been late and it was nearly 2am when Tempus started the regular route. By 4am he was starting Seal Rock and he picked me up at 5:40. It was quite clouded up to my disappointment. We didn’t finish until past 8am, so we ended up over-sleeping at bit this morning and only got the shop open at 11:30.

Today we have to get the rest of the sorted herb stuff into the back again. We’re both yawning, but Tempus needs to go back into Newport to get some ceiling tile to replace that piece that we lost. When he does he’s going to take a shopping list and do that, as well.

This made me howl with laughter. This squash is named, “Gete-okosomin”, which means “Cool Old Squash” in Menominee. It was grown from 800-year-old seeds found in a clay pot.

Today’s Plant is ColtsfootPetasites frigidus var. palmatus. One of the best cough remedies out there, this is often smoked to help cases of chronic bronchitis and asthma. It is also made into cough syrups often combined with horehound. This is another plant where the medicinal and magickal uses seem to go together. Feminine, Venus, water – Add to love sachets and use in spell of peace and tranquility. The leaves, when smoked, can cause visions, and aid with breathing problems. .More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petasites_frigidus

motif plant flower pinkprimrose

Today is Primrose Day in the UK in honor of Benjamin Disrali. He was a favorite of Queen Victoria and very much a conservative. After his death a Primrose League was founded to keep his principles and aims going. Why Primrose? These were his favorite flower. Victoria sent a wreath of them to his funeral and every year on this date his statue and grave are decorated with them. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Primrose_Day

The shop opens at 11am. Spring  hours are 11am-6pm Thursday through Monday. 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 4/19 at 4:12am. Full Moon – The day of, the day before, and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 4/20 at 4:12pm. 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 5/4 at 3:45pm. 

Super Moon – The largest Full Moon of 2019 arrives February 19, though don’t expect it to look noticeably larger than any other Full Moon. This image shows the biggest Full Moon of 2013. – Jared Bowens

Full Moon (exact at 7:12 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time). This evening look for Spica about a fist and a half to the Moon’s upper right, and brighter Arcturus about twice as far to the Moon’s upper left.
Jupiter continues to grow more prominent before dawn. The giant planet rises shortly after midnight local daylight time and climbs nearly 30° high in the south as twilight starts to paint the sky. It also shines at magnitude –2.4, making it the brightest point of light in the sky until Venus rises during twilight. A telescope reveals at least two conspicuous cloud belts on Jupiter’s 42″-diameter disk and the four bright Galilean moons.
Venus-Mercury challenge continues. Venus (magnitude –3.9) and much fainter Mercury (about magnitude +0.2) are both very low in the brightening dawn. Pick up Venus near the east horizon about 20 or 25 minutes before sunrise. Then use binoculars or a wide-field telescope to look for little Mercury 4½° down to its lower left.

Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky map for April https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-april-2019
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 Aries
Moon in Libra enters Scorpio at 5:41am.
Pallas (5/30), Ceres (7/17) and Jupiter (8/11) Retrograde
Color: Coral

Planting 4/19-20

©2019 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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Tides for Alsea Bay

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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
F   19     High  12:54 AM     8.5   6:26 AM     Set  6:59 AM      99
~    19      Low   7:23 AM    -0.7   8:06 PM    Rise  8:38 PM
~    19     High   1:31 PM     7.6
~    19      Low   7:29 PM     0.7

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Contemplate the nature of Goddess,  the nature of the Infinite, for a few minutes.

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Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – Speaking to a group of parents, Jesse Jackson once said, “Your children need your presence more than your presents.” What do you think he meant?

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Quotes

~   I have long since come to believe that people never mean half of what they say, and that it is best to disregard their talk and judge only their actions. – Dorothy Day; The Long Loneliness, 1952
~   Nothing strengthens the judgement and quickens the conscience like individual responsibility. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton
~   Of what shall a man be proud, if he is not proud of his friends? – Robert Louis Stevenson
~   The art of acting is to be other than what you are. – Whoopi Goldberg; in ‘What’s Whoopi Goldberg Doing on Broadway’, Ebony, March 1985

A flower is looking through the ground,
Blinking at the April weather;
Now a child has seen the flower:
Now they go and play together. – –Harold Monro (1879–1932)

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Beltane Magick – Spells

Beltane Spell

May day is a good time to promote love and happiness in your life. To do so, use pastel-colored candles, as many as possible, and a large bowl of fresh water with flower petals floating in it. Adorn your ritual space with flowers and new leaves, and sing the following verse to the spirits of the holiday:

Queen of the May,
Jack-of-the-Green,
A more joyous time has never been.

Flowers bloom
and children sing,
Fairies bless each river and sacred spring.

All life is joyous
and we revel,
In being healthy, happy, and alive.

The Morris Dancers
Stomp the Earth,
Wakening Gaia with blissful mirth.

Petals abound
in vibrant hue,
Signaling all Earth’s life is born anew.

Blessings flow
all around,
Magic springs underfoot from the ground.

Love and passions
fill the air,
Celebration and revelry is everywhere.

On this day,
My true love come to me; Let us share our hearts in festivity.

Dancers prance
the Maypole round,
Laughter and music freely abound.

Joyousness and reverence mix together now,
Blessing virgin, bird, and cow.

Danu’s Fairy Folk now draw near,
Their laughter and magic is growing clear.

I share this day
with those I love,
Healing Sun streams from above.

Flowers crown
the Queen of the May,

So blessed be this sacred day.

So mote it be. ~Abby Willowroot  – )0( Visit Crone’s Corner on Yahoo  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Crones_Corner/

A Love Charm – http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print.html
A Love Charm by Seraphina-m’Anat

Caveat – this is a charm that should not be used on a random “target,” but rather as an enhancement to an established relationship. The reason for this is that, in my experience with this charm ::nudge, nudge, wink, wink::, the essence of the two partners become intertwined, and the charm will happily ensnare you as it bewitches your mate. Spring normally gets us all happily randy, and this charm adds a little more passion and intensity to this feeling. Now, some may call this manipulative of another’s will, but let me offer the witch’s perspective….my hubby knew full well I was a witch when he married me and hasn’t complained so far of any effects of “boosting” so to speak, LOL. Effective enhancements to this charm are self-pampering, as well as spouse pampering; candle light dinners, foods traditionally know to be aphrodisiacs, and exotic music. Silks, velvets, and satins don’t hurt either ::impish grin:: A reliable baby-sitter for any wee’uns in the house is a plus too, if you have children. Is it any wonder that this is one of the witches favourite holidays?

The charm:
By all that lives on land, in sea,
By the ebbing and the flow,
Each time that you do think of me,
Your love for me shall grow.

By numbers odd and numbers even,
By the sacred power of three times three,
Passion for me in your thoughts weave in,
All thy thoughts shall be of me.

By velvet cords of longing,
Your heart to me belonging,
By the white rose and the red,
I am the fire in thy head.

No peace nor increase shall you find,
Until your hand is joined in mine.

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Silliness – Jack Rabbit

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