It’s dripping occasionally, and *cold* for a rainy day, only 39F! I’m glad my poncho is finally dry. I washed it this last week, but today I’m going to need it. The sun strains to break through the clouds, but never gets farther than to know by the brighter spot where he is.
The alder that I often talk about, that dominates the view from my study window, has leaves, tiny, pale, spring green leaves. It’s definitely coming up on Beltane
I spent the day at the shop yesterday, but Tempus was at home for much of it, mostly cutting the grass, which was getting out of control. We got to the shop just a touch late and he ran some errands before heading back up.
One of the errands was to the PO. We had two boxes, one of which was 3 of Lupa’s books and a new batch of tails! We got a copy of Skin Spirits and 2 of New Paths to Animal Totems and 5 fox tails and a coyote. The other box was an order of mostly jewelry. We’re re-stocked on glow-in-the-dark and mood rings, and have a lot of new, inexpensive pendants, and a number of new rings in the new $5 tray, some of which are awfully cute, including a smilie, a black cat and a ladybug!
I’m also in process of getting a number of packets of leather lace for necklaces set up. We now have it in black, white, turquoise, green and dark gold. It’s set up in 28-30 inch lengths, which is enough for most purposes. This is light-weight leather. It won’t last long on shoes, but it’s great for necklaces, since it takes longer than most cord to fray. Tempus has to cut the headers, but we’ve a fairly good number of these packets set up already.
I had a reading in the late afternoon, so I had to call Tempus to come back down, but since it started to mist and then rain not long after that and he had to bring the clothing rack in, that wasn’t a bad thing. He had been trying to get the gazebo frame that got damaged over the winter taken apart so he could mow. Stuff is scattered all over the area in front of the porch. How did so much *stuff* end up out there?
I spent the evening working on some costume research and then doing a long meditation. It poured rain at one point, drumming on the porch roof so hard that it brought me out of trance.
Today is all classes and workshops. Here’s the schedule:
Saturday 4/13 – 11am shop opens
~ 11am – Herbs Workshop – How to tell when dried herbs are too old.
~ Noon – Crystals Workshop – Fossilized Wood and Beach Agates
~ 1pm – Children’s Craft Hour (3-8) Make a paper basket
~ 2pm – Children’s Craft Hour (8-14) Make paper shapes in cut & paste or Origami
~ 3-5pm – Sewing Workshop
~ 7pm – Shop closes, but if you need to come in later, let us know and we’ll be open for you!
Today’s feast is Songkran (Thailand) and is celebrated under different names across southeast Asia and the traditional New Year’s festival. It’s hot there and so the festival includes and lot of water being poured over statues, offered to elders and monks and general turning into a major waterfight with super-soakers and all! Sometimes the water includes fragrances, tempera paint or talc for special blessings. There are links to the other festivals and a lot more information on this page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Songkran_%28Thailand%29
Today’s Plant is False Lily of the Valley, Maianthemum dilatatum. It was eaten as a poverty food, and the berries won’t hurt you, but they aren’t particularly tasty, either. It was more used as a medicinal by the indigenous peoples, although modern medicine doesn’t substantiate the native uses. The leaves were eaten in spring as a purgative, leaves were made into poultices for scrapes and cuts and the roots were pounded to make a medicine for sore eyes. I don’t know of any magickal uses except against sterility. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maianthemum_dilatatum and here: http://academic.evergreen.edu/projects/gardens/longhouse/monographs/false_lillyofthevalley.htm
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 in Diana’s Bow. 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
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
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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 13 High 2:34 AM 7.8 6:35 AM Rise 8:25 AM 5
~ 13 Low 9:23 AM -0.2 7:59 PM Set 11:35 PM
~ 13 High 3:44 PM 6.5
~ 13 Low 9:18 PM 2.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Empower yourself – find your light and let it shine.
~ Words do two major things: They provide food for the mind and create light for understanding and awareness. – Jim Rohn
~ Work with what arises in the moment, in the best way you can; if you are willing to preserve by rolling with the current, rather than resisting it, you will not only survive but you will succeed. By taking responsibility of the choices you make, the apparently unsurmountable can be conquered. – Tao Oracle
~ You may delay, but time will not, and lost time is never found again. – Dougles Chan
~ You’ve got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your grandfather was. – Irish Proverb
An Irish Airman Foresees His Death – William Butler Yeats
I know that I shall meet my fate
Somewhere among the clouds above;
Those that I fight I do not hate,
Those that I guard I do not love;
My county is Kiltartan Cross,
My countrymen Kiltartan’s poor,
No likely end could bring them loss
Or leave them happier than before.
Nor law, nor duty bade me fight,
Nor public men, nor cheering crowds,
A lonely impulse of delight
Drove to this tumult in the clouds;
I balanced all, brought all to mind,
The years to come seemed waste of breath,
A waste of breath the years behind
In balance with this life, this death.
SAND TARTS (OLD GERMAN STYLE) http://www.unc.edu/%7Ereddeer/recipe/rec_beltain.html
2 1/2 cups Sugar
2 cups Butter
2 each Egg, well beaten
1 each Egg white
4 cups Flour
Cream the butter and sugar together. Slowly add the flour, working it in well. Add the well-beaten eggs and mix thoroughly. Chill over night. Roll out thin on lightly floured board; brush cookies with the egg white which has been slightly beaten, sprinkle with sugar and a little cinnamon and press 1/2 pecan into center of cookie. Bake at 350-F about 10 minutes.
Faery Sweet Breads – This recipe is found in LLewellyn’s 1995 Magickal Almanac by Patricia Telesco.
Though the original recipe was baked on April 30th as part of spring rites for welcoming the fae, they can be baked as an offering to the faeries all year long. They are traditionally shared with the fae (left outside overnight) and the all the members of the family, coven or community. If they are eaten, it was regarded as good fortune (faeries don’t trust just anyone’s treats – they’ve been tricked before).
2 cups sifted flour
1 cup candied fruits
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup honey
1 tablespoon rose water
- Combine the flour, egg, baking powder, rose water, and buttermilk in a good sized bowl
- Stir until well blended.
- Next, fold in the candied fruits so they are distributed evenly in the dough.
- If the dough seems sticky, add more flour until you can work it easily with your fingers.
- Shape heaping tablespoonfuls of the dough into four leaf clovers.
- Place on a greased cookie sheet at 350*F for about 10 minutes, until fully raised and slightly browned.
- Drizzle a little honey on top while cooling.
Orange White Chocolate Chip Beltane Cookies – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html Submitted by: Gypsy
These get crispy when cool. I named them for May 1, the day I invented them. They taste bright and sunny, like the summer season Beltane is supposed to herald.
1 1/4 cups butter, softened
1 1/3 cups white sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 egg, beaten
2 tablespoons orange zest
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, and orange zest.
- In a bowl mixer, cream butter on medium speed, adding sugar gradually.
- Add vanilla and egg.
- Add flour mixture gradually, stopping frequently to push down from sides of bowl.
- When flour mixture is thoroughly combined, mix in chips.
- Drop dough by scant spoonfuls onto baking sheet, spacing 1 inch apart, flattening slightly with back of spoon.
- Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) 10 to 12 minutes or until beginning to brown.
- Allow to cool completely on cooling rack.
http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html – author unknown
Oatcakes are part of the Beltaine ceremony. Their roundness is symbolic of the life-giving sun whose return is marked by this festive sabbat. During Beltaine a huge bonfire is kept going all night long. Pieces of the cake are thrown into the fire as an offering to the protective deities.
Participate in this ancient custom by casting the oatcakes into an outside bonfire or even your fireplace. Begin by blessing these cakes. Say a prayer of gratitude, giving thanks to the Goddess and God for their abundance. Pass around the cake in a clockwise direction. Invite each of your guests to take a piece of the cake.
We are each a part of the joyous circle of love.
As we cast the bread into the fire,
we fuse together into the One Being,
That always was and always will be.
Recommend to your guests that they remember the joy in their hearts as they experience the gaiety of the season.
2 Tablespoons vegetable shortening
1/3 cup (80 Milliliters) boiling water
3 cups (680 grams) Medium rolled Oats
1 Teaspoon Minced fresh sage
1/4 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 teaspoon Salt.
- Preheat the oven to 350*F (175*C).
- In a small pan, heat the shortening and water, until the shortening has melted.
- Remove from heat and let cool.
- Mix the oats, sage, baking soda, and salt together in a bowl.
- Mix the cooled liquid and the oat mixture, adding water, if necessary, to maintain a dough-like consistency.
- Pat the dough into a circle, about 8 inches (20 Centimeters) in diameter.
- Place on an un-greased baking sheet.
- Bake for about 40 minutes.
- Cut into 8 wedges, then leave to cool on a wire rack.