Last Day of Psychic Fair! Back Magic will be in again.
It’s chillier than it’s been for a while, only 46F, although yesterday evening it was down to 41F and since my poncho is drying, I shivered all the way home! It’s raining and blowing, but not like last night. There were reports of 75mph winds in Lincoln County.
Psychic Fair has been fun! We didn’t have anyone at the workshops except for Sewing, but Laurel and Lorri and I spent quite a while processing herbs in between their clients. I had harvested a lot of small stuff, from violets to bergamot, on the way to the shop, so those had to be sorted for drying, first. After that a bunch of the dried stuff from horehound to mint got put away and then a couple of us processed luffas and the other got some hollyhock and Lady’s Mantle taken care of. I did a lot of putting labels on jars and dumping stuff in….
Sewing workshop was originally just Mary and me, but everyone else joined us as things got quiet and she ended up teaching someone crochet basics, too. I started off by re-doing the neck hem on one of my caftans that’s been driving me nuts for awhile. After that was finished I kept stitching on the biscornu and the filling and construction seam are all that’s left to do. Yes, those are the pictures here.
4/7 – Psychic Fair Sunday – 11am shop opens
~ 10am – Wicca 101
~ Noon – Brea’s Elements
~ Back Magic -1:00-5:00PM
~ 1pm – Special Feature – movie, Buckland’s “Re-birth of Witchcraft”.
~ 2pm – Practical Craft – Love Blend incense
~ 7pm – Shop closes
…and I’m too wiped to do a feast and herb today. I’ll get ’em tomorrow, I promise!
The shop opens at 11am today, back on standard hours, but we’ll be there before time because of class. 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
The Moon is in Hecate’s Brooch. 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. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark of the Moon on 4/9 at 12:25am.
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 7 Low 5:18 AM 1.2 6:46 AM Rise 5:12 AM 13
~ 7 High 11:15 AM 7.1 7:51 PM Set 5:25 PM
~ 7 Low 5:32 PM 0.6
~ 7 High 11:45 PM 7.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – If you are 6 inches tall and think you can’t make a difference, Guess what? You just made a difference because you’re 6 inches tall… ~SM
~ Meditation is not a question of conquering or seizing, it is a question of relaxing into yourself. It is not a fight or a war, it is pure resting, sinking into your rest deeply. And as you sink deeper and deeper you find you are melting. – Osho
~ Men build too many walls and not enough bridges. – Sir Isaac Newton
~ Minimal appearance, maximum content. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Most misfortunes are the results of misused time. – Napoleon Hill
Among the most detestable villains in history, you could not find one worse than Moses. Here is an order, attributed to ‘God’ to butcher the boys, to massacre the mothers and to debauch and rape the daughters. I would not dare so dishonor my Creator’s name by (attaching) it to this filthy book (the Bible). – Thomas Paine, American revolutionary philosopher
Magick – Beltane May Pole – The Mini-Version http://homeschoolwitch.blogspot.com/2011/04/may-pole-mini-version.html?spref=fb
Yesterday, my kids and I made a miniature version of a maypole, not only to honor Beltane, but to share with them a part of my heritage, as I grew up in Bavaria, in which rural parts the tradition of putting up a large maypole is still alive and practiced today.
As I grew up, my cousin and I used to practice singing songs for this occasion – I wish that I would have kept the sheet music from back then, but we were pre-teens, keeping momentous where not our priority.
Back to now, and our mini maypole.
Creating this maypole was fairly simple, cheap, and lots of fun.
We used a clay flower pot ( you can use any flower pot that has a hole on the bottom)
a dowel that fit snugly into the hole of the flower pot – using a hot glue gun to secure the dowel in place, instead of fitting it into the hole is also an option, but I happened to find one, that fit perfectly into the pot.
Glass beads, rocks or sand to fill the pot and secure the pole.
plastic flowers (this maypole is outside, so I did want something that will last at least a few days)
and ribbon, depending on the size of the pole – you will need enough ribbon to tie each strand on the top, and long enough that it will go the entire length of the pole, maybe even reach the floor.
After we secured the dowel in the flowerpot, we filled the pot to the top with glass beads. We used really colorful ones, to correspond with the flowers we choose.
Next, we tied ribbons around the top of the dowel, securing them tightly, and glued a little daisy, that we had left over from another project to the front.
The flowers were then arranged in the flowerpot, stuck securely into the glass beads, all the way around the pole.
Simple, isn’t it?
You can get creative and paint the flower pot first, or even the pole (I like the look of natural wood, the best, personally, lol).
Use the time of creating this pole together to talk about your practice and personal belief, as well as experiences about Beltane. You can also put on some fierce or traditional music, and practice dancing around it!
P.S. For creative pagan, wiccan and new age products and ideas, visit us at http://www.hecates-corner.com .
Cardboard Maypole – http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print.html
(Supervision recommended for the scissors)
A cardboard tube from a roll of paper towels
Crepe paper in two or three colors
Some small stones Flowers for decorating
Take the heavy cardboard and cut a circle about 1 nad 1/4 inches larger than the diameter of the cardboard tube. Next use the glue to attach the cardboard tube to the cardboard circle. Let it dry. Next you paint the card tube and the circle, spring colours are wonderful for this and let it dry. Take three to four pieces of the crepe papers and run them lengthwise up the tube. Cut in half, legnthwise. Next you will glue the crepe paper strips to the top inside of the cardboard tube in alternating colours. Gather some small stones to put in the bottom of the tube so it will not tip over. Decorate the top with flowers and more crepe paper.
Silliness – One day an Englishman, a Scotsman, and an Irishman walked into a pub together. They proceeded to each buy a pint of Guinness. Just as they were about to enjoy their creamy beverage three flies landed in each of their pints, and were stuck in the thick head.
The Englishman pushed his beer away from him in disgust.
The Scotsman fished the offending fly out of his beer and continued drinking it as if nothing had happened.
The Irishman too, picked the fly out of his drink, held it out over the beer and then started yelling, “SPIT IT OUT, SPIT IT OUT YOU BASTARD!!!!”