It’s amazingly beautiful outside right now! At just past 9am it’s already 55, although it was 42 when I went to bed. The sunshine is bright and the birds are taking advantage of it, swooping at each other and fighting.
Yesterday we were a touch late and then everything took way longer than it should, setting up. We got the table washed and the candle stuff pulled out and just then UPS pulled up with my cardstock. I got that dealt with, then got the hot plate going under the waste wax and then laid out most of the day’s workshop materials.
We got a lot of stuff made, including getting waste wax washed, some travel candles made, rosemary-infused wax done, some sand candles made and then put into the waste wax ‘coz they were awful and then at the tail end of the day, we made and tried the Wood Butter. It works amazingly well and my hands still smell awesome! You can see in the pictures here what it does. I’ll try to get some more of the finished ones taken today.
We closed up around 8pm and headed to Patterson Park since the weather had turned so clear. We sat and watched as the stars came out, first Jupiter and then Sirius, and then one at a time the stars of Orion and the Big Dipper. The colors of the sunset over the ocean were marvelous. We still didn’t see the comet, but it’s down to 3rd magnitude and would have been in the shimmery layer. I *might* have seen it, but it was impossible to tell. By the time we got up to the house I could even pick out the Pleiades.
…and I had remembered at the shop that I wanted to make Sash his promised pumpkin pie…. and I forgot until it was past 11 and then overslept this morning!
Today’s schedule is:
3/30 – Saturday – 11am shop opens
~ 11am – Herbs Workshop – The Spring Harvest
~ Noon – Crystals Workshop – ID crystals
~ 1-2pm – Children’s Crafts Hour ages 3-8 – Cut & Paste crafts
~ 2-3pm – Children’s Crafts Hour ages 8-14 – Make a notebook
~ 3-5pm – Sewing Workshop
The feast of Salus, the personification of safety, health and welfare in the Roman Empire, was held on this date, which had also been the feast of Janus & Concordia. One of the most ancient of the Roman Goddesses, she gradually took on more the aspects of caring for one’s personal health and became associated with Hygeia and Asculapius. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salus
Today’s plant, Luffa (or loofah, luffa aegyptica or luffa acutangula) is an odd sort of plant, rather like a cucumber, in that it’s a long, green vegetable with the flesh on the outside and a core full of seeds. They’re even edible, if a little bitter, when young. The biggest difference is that they grow a fibrous frame that has been used for a long time as a “vegetable sponge”, wherever they grow, and is particularly good for scrubbing scratchable dishes, counters and glassware. They’re used a lot in Chinese medicine, and the juice is a remedy for jaundice. Their magicks include helping with rheumatism and arthritis, detoxing, especially the liver, and with acne and scarring. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luffa
The shop opens at 11am today, although we’re hoping to be there by 10. 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 Waning Gibbous. Waning Moon Magick – From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 4/10 at 2:35am. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. , Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 4/3 are 9:37am.
Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14
Runic half-month of Ehwaz, 3/30-4/13 – Ehwaz, the horse; time of partnership between humans and Nature, as between rider and horse. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 55
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Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14 – Fern – (FAIR-n) – The common alder (Alnus glutinosa (L.) Gaertner) is common along lowland rivers, where it grows with aspens, poplars, and willows. Like willows, alders sprout from stumps. This allows them to regenerate after heavy flooding. In protect sites they may grow to 20 m (65 feet) tall. Their leaves are more blunt-tipped than most North American alders, which look more like the grey alder (A. incana (L.) Moench). This species is more common in the mountains of Europe, and is not restricted to moist soils. Like ashes, European alders are not widely cultivated in North American (they are often sold as black alders), but several native species are. Alder wood is said to resist rotting when it is wet, and was the wood of choice for pilings in many regions. Alders are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae).
Fearn – Alder Ogam letter correspondences
Letter: F, V
Meaning: Help in making choices; spiritual guidance and protection.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Sa 30 High 2:49 AM 8.6 7:00 AM Set 8:51 AM 92
~ 30 Low 9:36 AM -0.7 7:41 PM
~ 30 High 3:53 PM 7.0
~ 30 Low 9:31 PM 1.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – When you approve of your self, then you have no problem with what others think of you.
~ All that I desire to point out is the general principle that life imitates art far more than art imitates life. – Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish writer and wit
~ Awareness is innate. You don’t have to seek it outside yourself. But expanded awareness must be cultivated. – Deepak Chopra
~ Be silent always when you doubt your sense. – Alexander Pope
~ Better three hours too soon than a minute too late. – William Shakespeare
About Dire Prophecies
There is a lot of disaster energy
around these days…
means without a star…
or separated from the stars…
Volcanoes and storms are a-brewin’
Indigenous peoples cry warning
Planets are alligning
Mother Gaia’s rumbling shifting
The Veil is thinning thinning
To make an end
To make a new beginning
Winter Crone is shaking out Her pot
For a new spell of Transformation…
Because of this I feel
It is pivotal
To visualize the best that we can see
Make pictures of what we wish to be
Emphasize the goodness that we are
(Don’t let them take away our certainty!)
-and reconnect at last with the stars…
Powerful God/desses are we
Together we can make things come to be
What new reality do you want to see?
Oh let the change, I pray, come gently gently
An easy birth, a new child come to play
In perfect love and perfect trust
up from the ashes, up from the dust
our new tribe coming on freedom’s wings
“with harm to none” our spirits sing
So my soulkin hear my plea
And visualize the best that you can see
Make pictures of what you wish to be
Emphasize the goodness that you are
And help us reconnect us all
Back to the stars.
Long life, deep love, and free laughter to you all! – Shekhinah Mountainwater http://shekhinah.net/AriadnesThread.htm
Magick – Beltane Correspondences – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html
Date(s): celebrated: starts on the evening of April 30th, concluding at sunset of May 1st, actual: the date on which the sun is at 15 degrees Taurus.
Activities and Rituals: fertilize, nurture and boost existing goals, games, activities of pleasure, leaping bonfires, making garlands, May Pole dance, planting seeds, walking one’s property, feasting
Colors: Red, White, Brown, Pink, Green
Tools: Broom, May Pole, cauldron
Stones/Gems: Emerald, malachite, amber, orange carnelian, sapphire, rose quartz
Symbols & Decorations: May Pole, fires, fertility, flowers, growing things, ploughs, cauldrons of flowers
Foods: Dairy, bread, cereals
Flowers, Herbs: Lily of the valley, foxglove, rose, broom, Hawthorne, Dittany of Crete, elder, mint, mugwort, thyme, yarrow, almond tree/shrub, clover, ivy, marigold, meadowsweet, rowan, sorrel, woodruff
Deities: Aphrodite, Artemis, Bast, Diana, Faunus, Flora, Maia, Pan,
the Horned God, Venus, and all Gods and Goddesses who preside over fertility.
Animals: Swallow, dove, swan, Cats, lynx, leopard
Other Names: Cetsamhain (opposite Samhain),May Day, Fairy Day, Sacred Thorn Day, Rood Day, Roodmas (the Christian term for Rood Day, Old Beltane, Beltaine, Beltain, Baltane, Walpurgis Night, Floriala (Roman feast of flowers from April 29 to May 1), Walpurgisnacht (Germanic-feast of St. Walpurga), Thrimilce (Anglo-saxon), Bloumaand (Old Dutch)