It’s drippy and very green. The sun was shining the first time I got up, but not now. At least it’s warmed up a little and it’s supposed to dry out a bit as the day goes on. Last night at 8pm it was 38. By the time we left the shop it was 36 and when I went to bed, the computer said it was 33F. It’s now 43. It’s April. Why is it colder now than all of last month? …and what’s with all the snow?
Wow, the young folks came in rattled yesterday morning! They were very, very late and quite PO’d because the Center is insisting on cutting their day very short, picking them up at 11:30, when they got there at 10:15. That cancelled the classes for the day. Worst was that the kids were soaked. They had stood in the rain for an hour waiting for the bus, while the staff dithered over who was driving, and then, having been told to “be out there on time, or you’ll get written up”, the bus was almost an 1/2 hour late (baptisms at the church, but no one could bother to tell us), making sure that the barely dried out and warmed-up young folks were soaked again.
Brea & Bella got there just as the kids went outside to wait for the bus and I think *she* was more upset than the youngsters! Bella just loves “her kids” and was practically drooling out the window when Brea drove up. Tre, Bryce, Glenn and a couple of others are graduating on Friday, so yesterday was their last day. All of them are hoping to stop at the shop on their way out.
Marius got to the shop mid-afternoon and Practical Craft ended up making pouch kits, since the projects that I’ve been working on with the Job Corps bunch are going to have to be put off….and then we started in on some blackwork kits that have been requested. You may see those pictures here when we get that far. Right now I’m working on designs and the pictures for today are from pieces from my various pattern card sets, kits and pamphlets as well as some pieces that are for sale.
We sat around and talked about various magicks we’ve been thinking about, upcoming events like Great Garage Sale, Beachcomber Days and the Toledo Summer Festival, as well as the Oregon Coast Pan-Pagan Gathering. Ashley called. She was in the Job Corps group that made the transition from the old shop to the new.
After Marius took off to run some errands before going to visit his folks, Tempus and I got a lot of the hanging fabrics and mending put up on the new bar that we have across the back end of the storage area. I had my ubiquitous cup of tea in my moon phase mug with me and in the process of moving things from one spot to another a stack tipped over, there was a crash and splatter and 15 bajillion pieces scattered across the floor back there. <sigh> That was my favorite mug, too…
We decided to treat ourselves and went across the street to the China Restaurant for supper. We didn’t get anything fancy, but it was so very tasty, nothing overwhelming or conflicting, just good solid food. Both of us had dinner #1… mine was garden vegetable chow mein, crispy almond chicken (awesome) fried rice and barbequed pork with egg flower soup. Tempus got the same chow mein and rice, but an egg roll and sweet/sour chicken and won ton soup. We had a good long chat with the owner about how he thinks Waldport should get business stuff going again.
We went back across to the shop and finished closing up and then came home. The night sky was incredibly beautiful. The Moon is large enough now, to light the clouds, and in conjunction with Jupiter. The cloud of the Pleiades was off to the right and Orion standing proudly on the left. Clouds covered most of the rest, but coming around the corner of the house, the roof made a perfect frame for the picture. That’s going in the memory box!
…and then I managed to leave the water running in the bathtub while I was trying to soak a chunk of fabric that had water staining on it, and flooded the bathroom, bedroom and my study! Argh! *So* not my day…. Tempus had to have spent an hour mopping. I *did* want to get the floor washed, but that was *not* planned. I’m not sure he’s going to forgive me, but at least he’s laughing….
Today we have more kits and things to set up and header. Tempus is going to start bagging the Love Blend incense, so we should have fresh stock on that this week sometime. I’m working on the blackwork kit and we’re going to be doing some assembly, I hope, but I’m leaving for a meeting in Salem in the late afternoon. Last Readings times will be around 1pm, because the computer workshop is at 2pm, and then I’ll be heading out.
Today’s feast is in honor of Father Damien, the priest of the lepers of Molokai. He was a Catholic missionary who took on the task of organizing the leper colony to which many people had been exiled for showing symptoms of what was then thought to be a highly contagious, incurable disease. He turned the place from a charnel pit to a place where people could live and grow and if they had actually contracted the disease, die in peace with good care. At the age of 49, Father Damien died of the disease himself and was canonized by the Catholic Church. More on Father Damien here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Father_Damien and on leprosy here, which is *not* highly contagious, only 5% of the population can catch it at all, and we now can cure: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leprosy
Today’s Plant is the Blueberry, Vaccinium Cyanococcus (many species/varieties)! This is a fruiting bush that is related to cranberries, huckleberries and bilberries, has many species within the genus and many varieties within the species. Many other fruits are called blueberries, when they’re not Vaccinium. Widely cultivated across the world, the fruit is high in iron and lot of micronutrients and even has resveratrol like red grapes. It may have effects on brain health, reducing stroke damage in experimental animals and memory retention in the aged. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blueberry – Put blueberries under the doormat to keep pesty people out of the house or plant them along the property line or next to the front walk to keep them entirely off your property. Blossoms can be dried and carried in an amulet, or wear fresh ones in your hair for protection from negative psychic energy near you. Eat blueberries and/or make blueberry pie or tea or jam to get the protection from psychic attack inside you, especially if the effects are leading to headaches and fatigue. (pix are all mine, the bush in my herb garden. )
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 a Waxing Crescent. 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. 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.
Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
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
©2013 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow Apr 15 – May 12 – The Willow in the Tree alphabet stands for the female and lunar rhythms of life. She is water-seeking, thriving from preference on the damp margins of lakes and streams or across the low-lying water meadows. Water and the tidal movements of the sea are governed by the pull of the moon. The moon in its monthly rhythms is female, contrasting with the male sun’s daily and yearly turnings. In several ways, the Celts held women in higher regard than we do today. On the material level, women were property owners, and whoever controlled the property controlled the marriage. Women of all types and ages appeared in the Celtic pantheon, the spiritual strength and life-giving qualities given by both female and male recognized equally. There were colleges of Druidesses – learned women and teachers – respected equally for their gifts of see-ship, often expressed through dreams, or night visions.
Magical Associations: Romantic love, healing, protection, fertility, magic for women.
Saille – Willow Ogam letter correspondences
Color: listed only as bright
Meaning: Gaining balance in your life
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
M 15 High 3:44 AM 7.2 6:32 AM Set 12:25 AM 17
~ 15 Low 10:45 AM 0.4 8:01 PM Rise 9:56 AM
~ 15 High 5:16 PM 5.9
~ 15 Low 10:39 PM 3.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Take your shoes off and go barefoot.
~ A time will come when a politician who has willfully made war and promoted international dissension will be as sure of the dock and much surer of the noose than a private homicide. It is not reasonable that those who gamble with men’s lives should not stake their own. – H. G. Wells (1866-1946) English writer
~ A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament. – Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish writer and wit
~ Affirmation – Stare at yourself, unflinchingly, and ask, “What do I choose today? Freedom, or the oppression of my soul?” – Thorn
~ Affirmation without discipline is the beginning of delusion. – Jim Rohn
~ AND IN CRYING
~ Sometimes I Cry….
~ And sometimes I Cry more…
~ than other times.
~ Yet I am Happy.
~ For I have You
~ to love Me
~ And I have You
~ to love.
~ So Life…
~ or whatever it is…
~ I’m doing…
~ is good to Me.
~ For most of the time…
~ I just AM.
~ I just AM…
~ being Busy being.
~ Being Me.
~ In Loving…
~ in being Loved.
~ And in Crying. – 15334-1981 ~ From the Poems of Gerardus
[Anja’s note:] A special gift of a Maying Basket or Garland as always appreciated! Whether you use real flowers, artificial ones, or dried, these are a great gift. You can also add a packet of cookies or other sweets. Of course, the tradition is that you hang them on the door, knock and run and hide!
May Baskets – http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print.html
Househould containers, glass jars or tin cans
1 Nail (to make holes with)
Twine or Ribbon (In a variety of colours)
Antennae iron wire
Hammer holes into the sides of the tin cans (not the glass). With the tin cans you can run the twine or ribbon through each hole and knot inside, if using a glass jar attach with glue. Take the wire and wrap it around the top of the tin can or glass jar and loop and twist the wire with another wire to make a handle. This is great for tabletops, hanging on doors and they make wonderful spring gifts for friends.
May Cone Basket – http://myfanwys-bos.livejournal.com/12907.html
You will need: construction paper, glue or tape.
Out of bright colored construction paper, cut a circle that is about 12 inches in diameter, then cut a triangle or wedge out of the circle, allowing for a 1/2 inch overlap.
Roll the paper into a cone and glue or tape the two sides together. Cut a strip of construction paper that is appox. 12 inches by 2 inches.
Glue or tape it onto the top of your cone to make a handle.
Fill your cone basket with real or homemade flowers and hang it on a neighbor’s or friend’s doorknob in the early morning while everyone is asleep.