I guess it’s ground fog, but the computer is trying to tell me it’s clear…well, that’s pretty thick for clear! The sunlight is weak and watery and it’s only 41F. …ok, now that’s looking more like it. The sunlight is bright now.
Getting the newsletter out was really frustrating yesterday morning! When I started the computer (and Tempus and I curled up in bed and talked before we got up, so it was past 10….) it ran an update and I decided to postpone it so’s to get the newsletter out. Bad idea…. It fought me every step of the way and I’m awfully glad that I had most of it done the night before. It wasn’t so much getting the newsletter out, but the pointers! Just after I hit “publish” I had to restart… and then it took it’s time shutting down and when it came back up it insisted on a flash update and then…. <sigh> It was almost 1 1/2 hours before I was able to start putting the pointers up! Argh….
…but then I got it all downloaded and uploaded and sorted and started on filling the “Stuff” for the week. I realized that I hadn’t finished the Beltane Magick file….dunno what I was thinking… so that was almost first. I found an interesting download from Mountain Rose Herbs that’s up on the shop Facebook wall. It’s a kid book on herbs. …and the day ran later and later. Lunch wasn’t until 3pm and Tempus was making bread at that point.
I got a quick nap and the Circle was here, but I didn’t get to participate much, ‘coz I ended up with a bad asthma attack. Once I could finally get up there was a bleach smell in the air and Tempus couldn’t figure out where it came from.
So today is a shop day. Same stuff to do today, although I need to get an order together for some of the magnets and things of that nature.
Somewhere around this date a festival is held in Armenia for the goddess Anahit who rules fertility, healing, wisdom and water. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anahit
Today’s plant is the Columbine, Found in garden and native species in Oregon, these plants stick their flowers up into the air where they can be admired. – Feminine, Venus, Water – Crush between the hands or wear in a pouch that can be squashed to induce courage and daring. Carry a posy of the flowers to attract love and the seeds can be used as a love perfume when crushed, however the seeds are *very* poisonous, so don’t ingest any!
The shop opens at 11am today. 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 New moving to Diana’s Bow at 2:35pm. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open, Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends o 4/11 at 2:35pm. 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 4/25 at 12:57pm. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus Phase ends on 4/14 at 2:35pm
Mercury will be in the eastern sky at sunrise all month, but will be very low for observers in the Northern Hemisphere. Southerners will fare better: this will be their best morning apparition of the year.
Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14
Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow Apr 15 – May 12
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
Runic half-month of Mannaz/ Man, April 14-28 – A time when the archetypal reality of the human condition should be meditated upon. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992
©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
Th 11 High 1:29 AM 8.1 6:39 AM Rise 7:10 AM 0
~ 11 Low 8:08 AM -0.4 7:56 PM Set 9:41 PM
~ 11 High 2:21 PM 7.0
~ 11 Low 8:07 PM 1.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Allow me to experience peace in a way that I can understand.
~ There is little room left for wisdom when one is full of judgment. – Malcolm Hein
~ To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong. – Joseph Chilton Pierce
~ We can lick gravity, but sometimes the paperwork is overwhelming. – Werner Von Braun
~ We have been repeatedly faced with a cruel irony of watching Negro and white boys on TV screens as they kill and die together for a nation that has been unable to seat them together in the same school room. – Martin Luther King, Jr., Why I Am Opposed to the War in Vietnam
Am I Not Among the Early Risers (excerpt)
Am I not among the early risers
and the long-distance walkers?
Have I not stood, amazed, as I consider
the perfection of the morning star
above the peaks of the houses, and the crowns of the trees
blue in the first light?
Do I not see how the trees tremble, as though
sheets of water flowed over them
though it is only wind, that common thing
free to everyone, and everything?
Have I not thought, for years, what it would be
worthy to do, and then gone off, barefoot and with a silver pail,
to gather blueberries,
thus coming, as I think, upon a right answer?
What will ambition do for me that the fox, appearing suddenly
at the top of the field,
her eyes sharp and confident as she stared into mine,
has not already done?
What countries, what visitations,
would satisfy me as thoroughly as Blackwater Woods
on a sun-filled morning, or, equally, in the rain?
Here is an amazement — once I was twenty years old and in
every motion of my body there was a delicious ease,
and in every motion of the green earth there was
a hint of paradise,
and now I am sixty years old, and it is the same.
Above the modest house and the palace — the same darkness.
Above the evil man and the just, the same stars.
Above the child who will recover and the child who will
not recover, the same energies roll forward,
from one tragedy to the next and from one foolishness to the next.
I bow down. – Mary Oliver (West Wind)
May Pole Centerpiece – You will need: 18″ wood dowel or thin branch, 6-9″ diameter flat round wooden plaque, small grapevine wreath, approx. 6-8″ diameter, decorated on both sides, 1 yard each of red and white ribbon, scissors, drill and a 1/4 drill bit, 1 1 1/4 length flattened wood screw, hot glue gun. Drill pilot holes completely through center of plaque and 1/2 deep into the bottom end of the dowel. Cross the ribbons and glue on top end of the dowel. Attach the dowel to the stand by screwing the screw through the plaque, and then into the bottom end of the dowel. Glue wreath on top of dowel by melting a medium dab of glue on top of the crossed ribbons and on the bottom of the wreath, then join the wreath to the top of the dowel. To make it more secure wait a few minutes and then glue around the edge of the wreath where it meets the dowel, filling in gaps. Braid the ribbons – one color going left and under the other color, which is moving right. Braid about 2 inches down the dowel and tack to the dowel with hot glue to keep in place. When set, tack the ends of the ribbons to the edge of the wood plaque with hot glue.
May Pole Candles
You will need:
Lots of pretty ribbons
Tall white or green pillar candle
Gold or brass “Craft Bells”
Candle holder (stand)
Cut lengths of ribbon around 18 inches each, in pretty Springtime colors.(pastels)
Tie a craft bell to each end of ribbon (a tooth pick helps this process) Tie ribbons starting
at 3/4 way down the pillar candle, knot three times, don’t tie bows, you need lots of length on the ribbons. Tie as many as you like snaking your way up the candle, but leave at least 1/4 candle bare. Place in a candle stand that will raise the candle about 6 – 8 inches, so the ribbons can “drape” Swirl the bundle of ribbons so they face East, ready to greet the dawn on Beltane morn. Light candle and cheer the Spring time blessings to come. Keep a “safe” eye on candle & ribbons. By Barbara Morris
[Anja’s note: You can also use the bundle of ribbons to decorate a thyrsus!]
Thyrsus (by Anja ©M. Bartlett 2013)
This is one of the variations on a wand that is specific to Beltane as Wicca practice it. Our version comes directly from Ancient Greece, where the thyrsus (also spelled thyrsos) was a sacred instrument at religious rituals and festivals, particularly in the rites of Dionysus. The original was a stick of giant fennel (Ferula communis) with ivy, always topped with a pine cone. Sometimes they were wound with ribbon as well, I’d guess to keep the ivy from unwinding and for “pretty”.
They’re usually seen as a phallic symbol and often paired with a cup for the wine used in the rituals. The Maypole can be seen as a large version of this, the symbolism being obvious to practioners of a fertility religion!
There’s a little more information here and a number of links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thyrsos
They’re pretty easy to make, since you can take any stick and fasten a pine cone to the end….
To make a useable one for Wiccan use that will hold up to more than 5 minutes of a ritual though, takes a little more preparation!
Materials & Tools for the wand:
A dowel ½” or 5/8”, any thicker gets too heavy.
A pine cone, preferably one with a thick core
Glue (a thick craft glue, like Tacky Glue ™ or carpenters’ wood glue)
Drill and either a tiny bit for pilot holes or an 1/8 inch bit
Scissors and/or wire cutters
A double ended screw, 1/8 inch or so, but 2” long, if you can find one
If not: then a drill with an 1/8 inch bit and a short length (about 2 inches) of 1/8 in dowel
Or: small gauge wire….
For the decorations:
lightweight string, hemp cord is ideal
lengths of real ivy for immediate use (about 2 foot lengths)
or if real stuff is not available or you’re going to use this repeatedly, about 8 feet of “silk flower” artificial ivy, do not use plastic….
about 6 feet of lightweight gold ribbon
Drill pilot holes for the double-ended screw into both pinecone and the end of the dowel, dribble glue on the screw, dowel and cone and then screw together.
Drill 1/8 in hole in both cone and dowel, add glue in both holes, insert the dowel and shove together.
Let dry overnight.
Decorate by attaching 2 foot lengths of ivy and ribbon tied with the light string at the cone end of the wand. Let hang free or wind around and tie in place at the bottom. ©2013 M. Bartlett