Another day of Minus Tide at 10:30am! It’s bright sunshine again and everything is sparkling and dripping with dew, only 46F and not even a breath of wind. A flicker just landed on the feeder and several hummingbirds have been by looking for syrup.
<<<<<<<<< pussy willows and then salal <<<<<<<<<<
Yesterday felt very long. It wasn’t any longer than the day before, but Tempus and I are getting pretty tired. The 6th straight day of workshops? It’s been worth it for the people who’ve attended, though. We got to the shop right at 10am and got opened up, then cleared the candle-making stuff so that I would have room for the Herbs Workshop. That was all on the Spring Harvest. The Crystals workshop was ID’ing some more of the pieces that are in the big “sort” bag. No kids again for their workshops and I did a little more sewing on the biscornu and made a few more small pouches.
<<<<<<<<<<<< Tempus on the beach <<<<<<<<<<<<
Sash finally made it at about 12:20 to set up his game and the “garage sale” stuff. If you have stuff that you want to have displayed that way and either can “sit” the booth yourself or are willing to pay him to, we’ll be doing that every clear Saturday from May through the summer. Iow…it’s going to be weather-dependent/optional until the rain stops. He had some of Aurla’s Blessing Stones as well as some of the clothing that we still have. There’s also a dollar box, for well-used, but usable clothing and a free box with clothing (a lot for kids) that might need some mending. Sash also runs some games that have fun prizes for kids.
He and Tempus “rassled” our “lid” for several hours because of the ripped lid and some frame mending that Tempus decided had to be done, but it finally was up with a make-shift cover so Sash was out of the sun, at least. Sash had two tables out. One was hats, Pirates’ Treasure Buckets and the other games.
It was *warm*, all of 70F when we got to the shop, and it was still 66F at 6pm, when the temp started to drop. By 7:30, when we were closed up it was down to 55F. We went to the park to watch the sunset and it was glorious. Tempus went for a walk on the beach while I sat up top and took pictures. I wish they conveyed the incredible colors! There was a reddish partial halo and a sun pillar which persisted for a long while after the sun set, forming a “super-sun” that gradually dropped and finally set, itself, at just about the time when Orion’s Belt was becoming visible. Too many clouds to see the comet….
There are no classes today. We’re taking a break since we knew this past week was going to be tough. I’ll be available for readings.
Today’s feast is the anniversary of the founding of the temple to Luna on the Aventine Hill in Rome. She was one of the principal Gods (one of the “Twenty) and is separate from Juno and Diana, also Moon Goddesses. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luna_%28goddess%29
Today’s plant is the Pacific Blackberry, Rubus ursinus. There are several species of blackberries that grow in the PNW, the nasty invasive one being the Himalayan blackberry, Rubus armeniacus, that was brought to the US as a cultivated berry. Here are pictures so that you can compare the blossoms, ursinus above and armeniacus below. Ursinus (from the Latin for “bear”) also has narrower leaves and reddish canes. It is the ancestor of Marionberries, Boysenberries & parent of Loganberries, too. Feminine, Venus, Water, Brigit – Carry leaves for money, use blackberry leaves in spring water as healing for burns, in incense for Lughnasadh. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_blackberry
The shop opens at 11am today, but we’re running too late to be there by 10am. 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
©2013 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
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
Su 31 High 3:32 AM 8.5 6:58 AM Rise 12:04 AM 84
~ 31 Low 10:27 AM -0.6 7:43 PM Set 9:42 AM
~ 31 High 4:50 PM 6.6
~ 31 Low 10:20 PM 2.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – There is no love without forgiveness, and there is no forgiveness without love.
~ Better to be a man of character than a man of means. – Irish Proverb
~ Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing. – Camille Pissarro
~ By entitlement behavior, I mean the apparent belief of too many political figures – make that too many male political figures – that the ordinary rules of acceptable conduct do not apply to them. – Ruth Marcus
~ Chivalry may have been largely a romantic legend in the past, but can and should be made reality in the present. – Kerr Cuhulain
After a while we took in the clothes,
Nobody said very much.
Just some old wild shirts and a couple pairs of pants
Which nobody really wanted to touch.
Mama come in and picked up a book
An’ Papa asked her what it was.
Someone else asked, “What do you care?”
Papa said, “Well, just because.”
Then they started to take back their clothes,
Hang ’em on the line.
It was January the thirtieth
And everybody was feelin’ fine. – Bob Dylan; ‘Clothes Line’ (1975)
Magick – Ideas and Activities – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html
http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html*** are also great to do with children 😉
***Walk the perimeter of your property to check that everything is in good order. Bring trash bags and do a general clean up of anything that is not where it should be.
Make a miniature maypole for your altar if you can not make a full size version
Get a new mirror, or use one you have already, and decorate it with ribbons and flowers for your bedroom
Fill a cauldron or a large bowl with fresh flowers (wildflowers are best)
***Braid bracelets out of white ribbons and give them as gifts to friends or family
***Make a dish of fruits, berries, nuts and leave in the wood for the animals and fae folk to enjoy
Cut branches of fresh green from budding trees, or make garlands of flowers to decorate the home for this celebration. Hang them on the doors and windows early, so the may sunrise finds them there!
Create a special wreath for the top of the May Pole
***Make “May Day” baskets of flowers and leave on friends and family’s doorsteps as a surprise gift. Maybe they’ll think a faerie did it!
***Create hair pieces and garlands for decorating your head or around your neck from flowers that are in bloom
***Tie ribbons to trees to celebrate the coming of spring. Make a wish each time you tie a ribbon as it’s good luck to wish for things on this day!
Bathe your face in the morning dew to retain youth.
The fair maid who, the first of May
Goes to the fields at break of day
And washes in dew from the hawthorn tree
Will ever after handsome be.
Other sources suggest using the dew found under oaks or on ivy leaves. Make a special wish as you wash your face in it or as you drink from a well before sunrise.
***Dance the May Pole
“During the Maypole dance, think about what you wish to weave into, or out of, your spirit. The Maypole is an ancient symbol of the male aspect of the Divine, while the ribbons are strands of life. Have small baskets of goodies around the room to symbolize the coming abundance and to enjoy after the Circle. Magic is hungry work.” (from Trish Telesco’s Victorian Grimoire)
Do a Beltane Day Spell for Health and Happiness
Plant your frost sensitive bulbs now.
***Let your child dress up like the May Queen. Make a pointed hat with a large piece of paper rolled, and tape crepe paper streamer from the top. Decorate with crayons, stickers, and glitter.
Make easy wreaths for your head and for anyone who might celebrate Beltane with you.
***Make some lovely garden furniture for the fae folk.
Silliness – TOP TEN SIGNS YOU’RE NOT A VERY GOOD SHAMAN
10. Your drum and chant ends with “Hey! Macarena!”
9. You find your animal totem in the other world, and it pees on your leg
8. Your psychic visions are interrupted by commercials
7. You’re making a medicine wheel when someone comes up and starts yelling, “That’s my steering wheel!”
6. Bored with the sweat lodge, you ask the guy beside you to pull your finger
5. You’re asked to put out the sacred fire in your Apartment
4. You put on the wolf skin and begin chanting, and then you hear a growling sound in your ear.
3. Your spirit guide did ten years in the state Penitentiary, wants to know where the action is.
2. You believe you’re taking a mind-altering Substance, then your wife asks where her birth control Pills are.
AND THE NUMBER ONE SIGN YOU’RE NOT A VERY GOOD SHAMAN
1. You thought Soul Retrieval was a James Brown song.