Daily Stuff 4-1-13 April Fool’s Day

Hi, folks!

Last day of minus tide at around 11:30am!

cloud darkIt’s a grey morning, but hardly even chilly since it’s already 50F. There’s no fog close by, but it looks like we’re above it….

It was fairly quiet yesterday at the shop. Many non-local people headed home early and as the weather turned cloudy, the rest also took off. We did have a number of people in and I did one long-ish reading in the mid-afternoon.

motif plant flower foxgloveTempus went for a walk on the beach for the minus tides and when he came back did a lot of research on the next ones, which are at the ends of the months coming up. He also got the last of the candles popped loose from their molds, so look for some new votives on the candle table! We also got the raw luffas headered and stocked, so those are available, now. I’m still working on the cleaned and prepped ones.

motif plant flower heatherThere was a lovely bit as the fog rolled in, covering the bridge, Yaquina John Point and Bayshore, in almost a typical summer weather pattern, but the clouds were right behind it and it lifted in minutes. By the end of the day it was down into the lower 50’s and quite clouded up.

motif plant flower holiday cactusWe closed on time and actually got home in daylight. Both of us settled in to some research. I was looking up willows (see below) and got sidetracked into medieval music for awhile and then Tempus went out to his shop to see if he could get some more done on the mower he’s currently fixing.

motif plant flower dandelion herb

We’re going to be doing some clean-up at the shop today, first. During the past week a lot of stuff got pulled out and only partly put back. I have some website updates to get back to and some more Cafe Press stuff to finish. Maybe I can get some more of those pix for tomorrow.

weather fogAh, here comes the fog! Suddenly the porch roof dripped and I saw a veil of it blow across the alder. We also suddenly had birds at that point: first a spotted towhee, then some chickadees and a tremendous flap and then they were all gone again. …. just as suddenly a breeze came up and the fog all vanished and everything is still again.

April FoolToday is April Fool’s Day. There are a lot of suggestions as to how this holiday came about, and I *still* don’t know what fish have to do with it, but it’s a fun one all the same, as long as the pranks stay harmless. I’m looking forward to what NPR puts in their “news” today! I still like the Scottish version, Hunt-the-Gowk. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/April_Fools%27_Day

pussy willowToday’s Plant is the Coast Willow, Salix hookeriana. I’ve been mistaking it for pussy willow ever since I moved out here and the pic used here I misidentified as that in yesterday’s newsletter! Pussy Willows are a subset of the willows which also include osiers (think “wicker” for their uses). They’re all Saliciae from which, salicylic acid, the medicine Aspirin, was derived. Willow magick is Feminine, Moon and Water. Willow wands can be used for healing, to sleep with for more vivid dreams, Salix_hookeriana_USFWSDrawing Down the Moon, or for protection in underworld journeying.  The Willow will bring the blessings of the Moon upon those who plant it or have it on their property. Willows can be used to bind together witch’s brooms and a forked willow branch is widely used in water witching and dowsing. New Moon magick, creativity, fertility, female rights of passage, inspiration, emotion, binding. Love, Love divination, protection, healing. It is also known as the tree of immortality because of its ability to re grow from a fallen branch in moist ground. These properties apply to all forms of willow, but the Coast Willow has the properties of endurance, tolerance and stubbornness as well. There’s more info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salix_hookeriana and on pussy willow: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pussy_willow and lots about willows in general here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salix

Beltane PentacleThe shop opens at 11am today, back on standard Spring hours are 11am-7pm 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

Waning Gibbous moonThe 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 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 4/3 at 9:37am.

Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14
Rune Runic Month 07 EhwazRunic 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  

Sun in AriesSun in Aries
Moon in SagittariusMoon in Sagittarius enters Capricorn at 10:35pm
Saturn Retrograde
Color: White

Harvest 3/31-4/1


©2013 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


Plant Tree Celtic Month FearnAlderFearn/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
Month: January
Color: Crimson
Class: Cheiftain
Letter: F, V
Meaning: Help in making choices; spiritual guidance and protection.

Silver Fir Celtic Tree Month AilimOgam letter correspondences to study this month – Ailim – Silver Fir
Month: None
Color: Light Blue
Class: Shrub
Letter: A
Meaning: Learning from past mistakes; Take care in choices.


WavesTides for Alsea Bay
Day        High       Tide    Height   Sunrise     Moon  Time      % Moon
~           /Low       Time      Feet    Sunset                                  Visible
M    1     High   4:21 AM     8.2   6:56 AM    Rise  1:08 AM      75
~     1      Low  11:24 AM    -0.3   7:44 PM     Set 10:39 AM
~     1     High   5:54 PM     6.3
~     1      Low  11:18 PM     2.8


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Close your eyes and take a few letting-go breaths, patiently entering the silent, mindful place within you.


Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – Personal taste – Tell about something you do well?


~   Dance along the knife edge and maintain the inner balance. – Kerr Cuhulain
~   Democracy, like any non-coercive relationship, rests on a shared understanding of limits. – Elizabeth Drew (1935- ) US journalist
~   Entrepreneurship is the last refuge of the trouble making individual. – Natalie Clifford Barney (1876-1972) US writer
~   Even in laughter the heart may ache, and joy may end in grief. – Proverbs 14:13, New International Version

Older than ever, she’s still a young lady in her head…
When she looks in the mirror, she sees someone else instead;
A happy girl with poufy hair, fishnet hose and a miniskirt,
Who juggled boyfriends while teaching roommates to flirt.

Life’s hard lessons dimmed the radiance of that young girl
Happy with her children, but miserable in her marriage…
Now older, she has joy in love, with her soul no longer caged;
Her earlier promise has grown, and her spirituality unfurled. – © July 2005  Beth Johnson  (Mystic Amazon)


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Magick – Beltane Recipes

Apricot Granola with Almonds ~~Source Unknown – Serves 9

Most granola is loaded with oil. Instead, I use apricot nectar boiled down to a thick syrup to bind the oats together. Dried fruit is an essential addition to granola, but it can make the oats soggy over time. To remove some of the moisture from the dried apricots used in this recipe, I add them to the granola in the oven during the last few minutes of baking.

Nonstick vegetable oil spray for pans
2       cups apricot nectar
1/2     cup honey
1       teaspoon grated lemon zest
1/2     teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2     teaspoon salt
7       cups rolled oats
3/4     cup sliced almonds
1 1/2   cups dried apricots, chopped

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray two large baking sheets with oil.

2. Bring apricot nectar to boil in medium saucepan. Simmer until thick and syrupy and reduced to 2/3 cup, about 10 minutes. Stir in honey, lemon zest, vanilla, and salt.

3. Mix oats and almonds together in large bowl. Drizzle hot apricot nectar mixture over oats and nuts and mix well until evenly coated. Spread mixture over prepared baking sheets.

4. Bake, stirring once, until oats are starting to brown, 20 to 25 minutes. Sprinkle apricots over oats and continue baking for 5 minutes. Cool granola to room temperature. Store in airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

PER SERVING: 429 calories, 12g protein, 8g fat, 80g carbohydrates, 10g fiber, 126mg sodium, 42% vitamin A, 21.5% iron, 8% calcium

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.

Beltane Chicken – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html Makes 4 servings. If you and your beloved can’t eat that much, just freeze the leftovers for later.
©2001 by Lorna Tedder and Aislinn Bailey, From Gifts for the Goddess on a Warm Spring Morn – www.SpilledCandy.com
            In ancient times, Beltane was celebrated as a time of love, fertility, and passion. The ingredients in this special dish all have magickal meanings related to lust, love, and prosperity/fertility. Treat yourself as part of the ancient celebration or any time you and your soulmate want to celebrate your life together.

1 minced clove of garlic
2 cups of fresh spinach
1 cup of cooked rice
1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
2 tablespoons rinsed, chopped sun-dried tomatoes
1 teaspoon chopped rosemary fresh from your herb garden.
2 pieces of wax paper and a metal mallet
2 boneless chicken breasts
1 cup chicken broth
best china
red candles
1 tablespoon corn starch
2 tablespoons water

  1. Cook 1 minced clove of garlic in a medium-sized skillet over medium heat for about 1 minute at you repeat the name of your beloved.
  2. Next, add 2 cups of fresh spinach and cook for 3 minutes while you name as many as possible of the traits you admire in your beloved.
  3. Strain any water from the spinach, just as you would want any ill thoughts about your relationship removed from your celebration meal.
  4. In a wooden bowl, combine the spinach and garlic with 1 cup of cooked rice, 1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese, 2 tablespoons rinsed, chopped sun-dried tomatoes, and 1 teaspoon chopped rosemary fresh from your herb garden.
  5. Using 2 pieces of wax paper and a metal mallet, flatten 2 boneless chicken breasts, pounding out any negative feelings you might otherwise bring to the table.
  6. Spread the spinach mixture on each chicken breast, then roll up each carefully, using toothpicks to make sure the filling is secure in each roll.
  7. Then place the chicken rolls in a large skillet and cook on medium-high.
  8. As the chicken cooks, add 1 cup chicken broth and simmer for 15 minutes while you set your table with your best china and light red candles.
  9. Back at your kitchen workings, mix 1 tablespoon corn starch and 2 tablespoons water and stir as you wish your secret wish for the evening — whether a commitment, a kiss, or a baby!
  10. Next add the cornstarch and water to the skillet and cook as the sauce thickens and the seeds of your wishes are planted.
  11. Last, when you are ready to serve this dish, take a sharp, clean knife and douse the blade under cool running water.
  12. Then slice the chicken rolls into 1-inch thick slices and spoon sauce on top.
  13. Look closely at the chicken slices and note the spiral patterns, a symbol of rebirth.
  14. Now hurry before your candles burn low!

(From Gifts for the Goddess on a Warm Spring Morn C2001 by Lorna Tedder and Aislinn Bailey. Visit  www.SpilledCandy.com  for more free ebooks and magickal tips and crafts. You may freely copy, distribute, or post it to members of your circle, organization, newsletter subscribers, and/or web site with only two rules: You must print the notice at the bottom of each recipe whether you reprint the recipes individually or the entire book. The recipes have been copyrighted; therefore, the notice must stay intact. Failure to do so will be considered a violation of copyright law (not to mention karma). You must not accept any payment for use of the recipes in this book or include them in a collection for sale without obtaining express written permission from Spilled Candy Books, P O Box 5202, Niceville FL 32578.)

Beltane Marigold Custard –http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html courtesy of Elizebethia’s room of Magik and Wicca

2 Cups of Milk
1 Cup Unsprayed Marigold Petals
1/4 Tsp Salt
3 Tbs Sugar
1 or 2 inch piece of vanilla bean
3 egg yolks, slightly beaten
1/8 teaspoon of allspice
1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon of rosewater
whipped cream

  1. Grind Marigold Petals.
  2. Mix Salt, Sugar and Allspice Together.
  3. Scald Milk with Ground Marigold Petals and Vanilla Bean.
  4. Remove Bean.
  5. Add Yolk And Dry Ingredients.
  6. Cook on Low heat.
  7. Let Cool.
  8. When Cool Add Rose Water.
  9. Mix Well.
  10. Top with whipped cream


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