I had a good day at the shop, yesterday. I was in one of those non-people moods when I got up, but getting to the shop sorted me out. I was finishing up in the early part of the day with getting various new stock in the inventory and up. We didn’t have anyone in for workshops again, so for Herbs I prepped the violets (blue and yellow) that I had picked while waiting for Tempus and then for Crystals worked on the fossilized wood. We’ve got some *very* nice small tumbled pieces!
A number of people were in during the day, mostly customers, but one couple (that gave me the wind-chime that hung out in front of the old shop, brought us a bunch of bats and other cutout figure for decorations! Look up the next time you’re in! One of the students who was from the first class that we did for Job Corps (back in 2005, yikes!) stopped by. She’s living in the area, now, and wanted to see how we’re doing. Mary Moore brought her new Isis shrine in to show us what she’s doing with it. Mary Cedarwolf had stopped by the house *very* early in the morning to drop off some ash for our garden, but hadn’t tried to wake us. She dropped in on the shop Facebook page to let me know what the buckets were and to tell me that she and the dogs had fun on the beach. A couple who are officers in the SCA branch in Salem stopped in. They’re scouting sites for events. There were a number of other friends who came into the shop during the day, but the last set was one of my suppliers (the bath salts) who brought a couple of friends and we all sat around and chatted.
Tempus thinks he’s got worked out how to put the sign up and keep it in place, finally. City regulations meant that we couldn’t use it the way we had planned, so we’re having to cut it down and there were no mounting points, either. We’re going to be having a sign-raising party in the not too distant. Stay tuned!
We didn’t get out of the shop until almost 9pm. The temperature was down to 46F by then. It had been raining and sunning all day, by turns. At that point, the sky was still light in the west, but it was deep twilight. As I was standing by the door waiting for Tempus to come out so I could lock up. I turned and saw the crescent moon swinging from a planet, framed by clouds, just the way it is in the shop logo! At one point, just a clouds started to cover it up, both Moon and Jupiter had lovely coronas.
Today is class day. Wicca 101 is at 9:30 or so. Brea’s Elements at noon. We’ll probably run a movie at 1pm and then Practical Craft at 2pm.
Today’s feast is to the Hindu Goddess of Rain and Good Health, Mariamman (and tons of other spellings. Today is quoted as one of her feasts by the Wicca Book of Days, but I can’t find that anywhere else. Here’s a page on the deity: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mariamman and here’s a page on an interesting and possibly related deity. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Our_Lady_of_Good_Health
Today’s plant is Goldenrod, Solidago Canadensis. A good browse plant, although not shade-tolerant, it is one of the first plants to colonize burned-off areas. In Fukishima it has taken over the rice fields near the wrecked nuclear plant. – Feminine, Venus, Air – Wear a piece of goldenrod to see your future love. Hold a piece in the hand and it will direct you to things you’ve lost or buried treasure. If it blooms by your door without being planted, good fortune will follow. It’s also used in money spells and has the property of survival. Wiki article here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solidago_canadensis
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 moving to Waxing Crescent 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. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 418 at 5:31am.
Sunday, April 14, 2 p.m. EDT – Jupiter north of the moon – Jupiter will be 2 degrees north of the moon, giving an excellent opportunity to view the giant planet is the daylight sky. Quite a few people have seen Venus with their unaided eyes in daylight, but very few have seen Jupiter. Locate it first with binoculars, then try to spot it with the naked eye.
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 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.
Ogam letter correspondences to study this month – Ailim – Silver Fir
Color: Light Blue
Meaning: Learning from past mistakes; Take care in choices.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Su 14 High 3:08 AM 7.5 6:33 AM Rise 9:08 AM 11
~ 14 Low 10:02 AM 0.0 8:00 PM
~ 14 High 4:28 PM 6.2
~ 14 Low 9:56 PM 2.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Life is too short to be unhappy.
~ A judge is a law student who marks his own examination papers. – H. L. Mencken (1880-1956) US writer
~ A man of genius has been seldom ruined but by himself. – Dr. Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) English writer, lexicographer
~ A pessimist is a man who looks both ways when he crosses the street. – Dr. Lawrence J. Peter (1919-1990) US pop psychologist, writer
~ A play is made by sensing how the forces in life simulate ignorance-you set free the concealed irony, the deadly joke. – Arthur Miller (1915-2005) US playwright
And when fair Cynthia her full orb displays,
Or when unveiled to sight are half her rays,
Then mark the various hues that paint her face,
And thus the fickle weather’s changes trace. ~ Lamb’s trans. of the “Phainomena” of Aratos.
Magick – Beltane: Return To Feeling – http://paganwiccan.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?zi=1/XJ/Ya&sdn=paganwiccan&cdn=religion&tm=5&gps=45_5_784_599&f=11&tt=14&bt=0&bts=0&zu=http%3A//www.witchvox.com/holidays/xbeltaine.html
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The energy is unmistakable – green, electric, almost exploding with life – yes, it’s Beltanetide again. Senses come alive – it’s impossible not to be aware of it if you are at all connected to the natural world – and with the joy, the aliveness, the final leaching away of winter’s numbness, we are born into the realm of feeling again.
In our rituals, writings and conversations, Pagans tend to emphasize the sexual aspect of Beltane, a Sabbat that celebrates the sensual coming together of lovers, of Earth and Sun to yield the Harvest. And indeed, the sign of Taurus, under which Beltane falls, is ruled by Venus, the planet of love. But Taurus is also very much about being fully in the body, rooted on the Earth, and the spiritual work that can be done around Beltane encompasses but is not defined by sexuality. It is defined by sensuality. To live fully on the Earth, to create a life of joy, beauty and purpose, we must honor the body of the Earth, and that honoring must start with our own bodies. It can begin nowhere else. If we do not make a point of learning to love, nurture and honor our feeling bodies as the sacred creations of our souls and spirits, we will not be able to make a true connection with the Earth and with each other – we will not be able to create the life and the world that we want.
Unfortunately, in the world we live in, learning to love our bodies is not an easy task. Millennia of misguided religious marginalization of the body and repression of sexuality have led to societies in which women are at best still fighting for full rights and at worst have their lives and bodies fully controlled by men, and the bodies of men and women both are considered legitimate fodder for war. Sexual abuse is rampant, unrealistic images of so-called bodily perfection are paraded in front of us daily and our health is compromised by sedentary, fluorescent-lit cube living and processed, pesticide-tainted food.
But this is changing, as it must. And we have the most powerful force possible at our disposal to mediate this change so that we can create a society that values peace, freedom and relationship. That force is our connection with the Earth, which lets us know that our birthright is a life of joy, creativity and caring. Once we touch the joy that is at the heart of that connection with the Earth and allow ourselves to feel it, we magnify it many times, and then, with that energy, we create, we make magic. That’s what magic is, after all – creating form and content in our lives from intent and raw energy.
Those who are skilled in the ways of magic know that magical creation is not confined to ritual. Our magical ability is inseparable from our daily lives. Because we practice patterning and working with energy, our personal energy field becomes strong, and that energy affects the world around us every moment of every day.
All of us, magically skilled or not, have a field of energy that surrounds us – call it an aura, or personal chi – and that energy, like a string on a guitar, both changes and is changed by the energy given off by the other strings. This is how our mass consensus reality is created. As magicians and shamans, we know the creation of physical reality begins on the energetic plane, and that our bodies and brains are the tools that shape and bring that energy into the world. As magicians and shamans, we practice keeping our personal energy coherent and strong. We know the importance of intent. So when we tap fully into the power of the Earth and modulate that power through our bodies and intent, we bring a level of joyful energy to the creation of mass consensus reality that, over time and with cooperation, cannot help but change the world we live in. But to do this well, we must be fully in our bodies, and to be fully in our bodies, we must be not just able but willing to feel – both physical sensation and emotion — in the face of a mass reality that in many, many ways encourages feelings of pain and despair. It can be hard to cope.
To dare to really feel, both physically and emotionally, is essential to effective magic, as is the ability to relax and let the Universe work through you. Our bodies and our emotions are inextricably intertwined, one always affecting the other. When we can let ourselves feel, relax, and bask in our sensual connection with the Earth, we are free, creative, and move through our lives with clear intent and a deep connection to Nature and Spirit. But sometimes, our crazy world can make it all too easy to shut down. We look at the news, or just around us, and see that while scientists are unraveling the secrets of life and the universe, we are still, apparently, unable to fathom that secret of our own soul, the open secret that love and joy are Divine gifts that are ours to claim on Earth. We are free to choose and to explore in this embodied life, our souls held safe in the eternity of the greater consciousness of Source – which is also “known by many other names”; The Cauldron of Cerridwen, the Tao, Nirvana, Brahma, Dryghten. The choices we make – each and every one, each and every day – shape our energy and make up the personal creation of a lifetime. This means that for a magician or shaman, allowing ourselves to keep our feelings shut down in a fearful, reactive response to the world around us is shirking our responsibility, our heritage and our birthright.
When we open to feeling, often what we feel first is pain, so courage is needed to pursue this path. In the face of our pain, our sense of joy and aliveness retreat. Stored in our bodies as well as our minds, pain – if we ignore and do not face it – restricts us. We carry the energetic imprint of pain in our auras, and fear of encountering more pain adds the imprint of fear to the energy that we are projecting as we move through our lives. Avoiding what we fear, we clamp down on our ability to feel, both physically and emotionally. And in doing so, we lock the ability to feel joy, aliveness and our connection with the Divine into our own, internal Pandora’s Box.
We have the power to change this; we have a choice. Will we cringe before the pain we feel and see around us and try to hide from it? Or will we do the work to open to and be aware of our connection to the Divine within us, which will help us find the courage to change ourselves and our world? Without the only true safety – the internalized connection with the Source – we will fear too much to truly feel.
For many of us, healing enough to allow ourselves to feel fully is a long road, requiring considerable attention and fortitude. We face pain, anger, shame, guilt or other unpleasant emotions that are stored in our bodies, hearts and minds, and transform or release them. And then we do it again. And again. We go back and strip away more and more layers of the varnish that holds the imprint of pain in place, and each time we do this, we feel more and more free, connected and open. Sometimes this work can be hard and painful, but it can be eased and aided by working to remember what joy and love and beauty feel like. This is the gift that Beltane brings us – the Earth responds to the warmth of the Sun with the joyful gift of green and growing life, and that same energy can warm and heal the painful and constricted places within us.
Joy and love are our birthright. But in a free-will Universe, the world we see around us is a reflection of our mass choices. Every being on this planet contributes their energy to our mass creation. Most do this unconsciously. Those of us who have the skill and the knowledge to shape energy consciously have a responsibility to help re-pattern the dominant energies into life-affirming energies of growth, love, joy and abundance. By doing this we help awaken those who are in pain and asleep to the power of their will and intent. Little by little, we change the world. Working together, the change we create is unstoppable.
Currently, Uranus is making its way through the sign of Pisces, Neptune is in Aquarius, and the positions of these planets will support healing of painful and suppressed emotions during this year’s Beltane season. Our ritual and magical practices can work with that energy – now is a good time to intentionally do the necessary work to identify our fears and pain, and let the fires of Beltane work their transformative magic.
Neptune is the planetary ruler of the sign of Pisces; both the planet and the sign are associated with feeling, spirituality, compassion, mysticism and sensitivity, and also with vagueness, self-sabotage, martyrdom, fear and delusion. Uranus is the ruler of Aquarius; both the planet and the sign are associated with freedom, sudden change, modernity, independence, and awakening and also with detachment, thoughtless behavior, violent revolution and fanaticism. With Neptune currently traveling through Uranus’ sign of Aquarius, and Uranus now in Neptune’s sign of Pisces, we have the planetary energies available to support awakening to sensitivity, to free our hearts, to help us blaze a spiritual trail of compassion and joy. These same energies can also support a delusional, self-sabotaging path of emotional detachment, thoughtlessness, and violent fanaticism. So we have a choice to make – what will we create with these energies?
As always, intent is the key. The holy day of Beltane is a reminder of an opportunity to set our intent and weave a spell of joy in our embodied life on Earth. Our joy is the greatest gift we can give our world, for it is our true nature, an incredibly powerful energy, and it opens the way to manifest a creative, peaceful and loving society for ourselves and our children. As we practice magic and perform our rituals this Beltane season, let us set an intent to open to feeling, and in doing so, begin to heal not only ourselves, but our world.
ABOUT… Diotima Mantineia
Location: Hendersonville, North Carolina
Dear Mr and Mrs Thomas,
I write this letter in concern of your daughter, Aradia Moon. Please don’t take this the wrong way, however, although she is a straight A student and a very bright child, she has some strange habits that I feel we should address.
Every morning before class, she insists on walking around the classroom with her pencil held in the air. She says she is “drawing down the moon.” I told her that her Art Class is in an hour and to please refrain from doing any drawing until then.
And speaking of Art Class, whenever she draws a night sky, she insists on drawling little circles around all the stars and people dancing on the ground. And that brings up dancing, I had to stop her twice for taking off her clothes during a game of Ring Around the Rosey! By the way, what does the term “skyclad” mean?
Aradia has no problem with making friends. I always find her sitting outside during recess with her friends sitting around her in a circle. She likes to share her juice and cookies. It is nice how she wants no one to ever thirst or hunger. However, when I walked over to see what they were doing, she jumped up and told me to stop, pulled out a little plastic knife and started waving it in front of me. I thought this was a bit dangerous, so I took her to the Principal’s Office. She explained to the Principal that she was “opening the Circle” to let me in. She also said that her Mommy and Daddy always told her not to play or run with an “athame” in her hand, that she could put someone’s eye out. I don’t know what an “athame” is, but I am glad that she keeps it at home.
As for stories, your daughter tends to make up some whoppers. Just yesterday, as I was reprimanding little David Johnson and shaking my finger at him, he started screaming and ran from the room. When I finally caught him, he told me that Aradia told him and the rest of the class that the last time I shook my finger at someone, they caught the chicken pox. I explained to him that the Sally Jones incident was just a coincidence and that things like that don’t really happen.
One of the strangest things that happened was when I asked the children to bring in Halloween decorations for the classroom. Aradia brought in salt, incense and her family album. I see she has quite a sense of humor.
One of Aradia’s worst habits is that she is very argumentative. We were discussing what the Golden Rule was (Do Unto others as you would have them Do Unto You), she firmly disagreed with me and stated it was “Do As you will, but Harm None” and she will not stop saying “So Mote It Be” after she reads aloud in class. I tried to correct her on these matters and she got very angry. She pointed her finger at me and mumbled something under her breath.
In closing, Mr and Mrs Thomas, I would like to set up a parent/teacher conference with you sometime next week to discuss these matters. I would like to see you sooner, but I have developed an irritating rash that I am quite worried about.
With Deep Concerns, Mrs Livingston
PS. Blessed Be. I understand that this is a greeting or closing from your country that your daughter informs me is polite and correct.