It’s dim, grey and chilly. Only 39F. There’s a spotted towhee on the feeder. Yesterday’s sunshine was marvelous and people commented on it all day, but today looks to stay grey, not drippy, just grey. …
We got out of the house fairly early and the shop was actually open by 10am. Tempus finished up the re-set from the Open Circle and then headed back home to work on a mower. I got the flowers cut for Herbs and had 3 people show up. We worked on drying techniques and also separated some of the dried flowers according to their uses. Nobody here for Crystals, but Brandon showed up for a visit! He’s going to be back with bunnies and chicks, probably for the May Psychic fair.
Just then Sash and some buddies showed up to set up the outdoor stuff. …and nothing was where it was supposed to be. Oh, that was a mess. I also had a set of clothes that needed price tags and the place was jumping with customers, too.
Maybe it was a good thing, but no kids showed up for their craft hours and then only one person for Sewing. We kept right on with “busy” and then talking with various people. I got stuff started for making the blue amulet kits that we’ve been talking about, but they didn’t get finished until past 7 o’clock and Tempus and I were pretty darned tired when we got home.
The nearly-full Moon was casting my shadow ahead of me as I dragged up the house steps, wishing that it hadn’t been so cloudy in the west, because we still didn’t get to see the comet. Jupiter was well past the zenith, but still high and the clouds overhead were thin. I had been talking to Amor off and on all afternoon, but we got right back into conversation as soon as my computer was hooked up.
I got some bad news last night. Got this from Rose, “Oso is fast approaching the foot of the rainbow bridge, won’t you join me in wishing him love and light as he finds his way and makes the crossing? It’s been a 13 year long battle, but it’s nearly over, and soon he’ll be able to rest. We just celebrated our 20th anniversary on the spring equinox, and it’s been one of the great love affairs of all time. I’m so lucky to have had him in my life.” Please send good energy his way for an easy Crossing.
Today is all classes. Practical Craft at 2pm is going to be on making Amulet Pouches.
Today’s Feast is in honor of Brittania, the personification of the British Isles. She wasn’t worshiped as a goddess as far as anyone can prove, but she has become one over time, much as Marianne of France, or our personification of Liberty. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brittania
Today’s Plant is the Early Blue Violet, Viola adunca. – Violet leaves contain more vitamin A than spinach, and a half-cup of leaves has more vitamin C than four oranges, but rhizomes, fruits and seeds are poisonous. Other common names include the hooked-spur violet, Cascade violet, sand violet and the western dog violet. Found on Wiki here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viola_adunca or here: http://blogs.evergreen.edu/sustainableprisons/blog/2012/01/12/spp-plant-profile-early-blue-violet-viola-adunca/ Feminine, Venus, Water – Protects against malevolent spirits, brings changes in luck & fortune, wear to help with headaches, dizziness and to bring calm and sleep, wear in a green sachet to heal wounds.
The shop opens at 11am today, although we’ll be there earlier because of the classes. Winter hours are 11am-6pm Thursday through Monday. 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 at 541-563-7154.
Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is Waxing Gibbous. Waxing Moon Magick – The waxing moon is for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or healthy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healings for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 3/27 at 2:27am. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors. Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 3/25 at 2:27pm.
Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14
Runic half-month of Berkana/ Beorc, 3/14-29 Half-month ruled by the goddess of the birch tree; a time of purification for rebirth and new beginnings.
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Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Su 24 Low 5:21 AM 2.0 7:11 AM Set 5:30 AM 86
~ 24 High 11:12 AM 7.1 7:34 PM Rise 5:04 PM
~ 24 Low 5:44 PM 0.7
~ 24 High 11:57 PM 7.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Meditation – What have you grown today, in thought, word or deed? The Book Of Hours: Prayers to the Goddess By Galen Gillotte
Journal Prompt – What do you think? – When you close your eyes and think of where you want to live, what comes to the surface? Specifically, what do you want your space to look like? And what do you think that reflects about you?
~ The public is wiser than the wisest critic. – George Bancroft (1800-1891) US historian, statesman
~ The smaller the understanding of the situation, the more pretentious the form of expression. – John Romano
~ The Wiccan Rede is not a rule. It is a statement counseling us to think, and taking responsibility implies thinking about your actions and their consequences. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ There is hope in dreams, imagination, and in the courage of those who wish to make those dreams a reality. – Jonas Salk (1914-1995) US microbiologist
Oh, wide sea, oh, sweet sea,
Forever be my lover,
Fare me on your gentle wave,
Your wide bed over. – Anne McCaffrey quoting a “traditional fisherfolk tune” in the Pern Books
Be good to one another. Be kind. Do this not out of fear of retribution from an angry god, but because kindness breeds kindness.
Reach out to those in pain, and allow for others to reach out to you. Their heart is your heart, and their body your body.
Be a good steward of the life you have, and of the lives of those around you. The two are no different.
Recognize that your solitude is not a liability, and that even when you are alone you can direct your heart toward the common good.
Be in the world. Be fully in the world. Love the land beneath your feet, the air you breath, the food you eat and share, and the people you depend on.
Live from your heart, and nurture the hearts of others. Do this without reservation, and you will be a beacon of hope in the world. You will be the returning sun. You will be the light which illuminates this place, and reminds people of the beauty in their midst.