We had some golden-crowned sparrows (Zonotrichia atricapilla) by the feeder when I came out to the study. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden-crowned_Sparrow I haven’t been writing about the birds as much because there haven’t been many new, or any funny things that they do!
Yesterday was very long. We didn’t get home until midnight and I was too tired to write much, so this is a bit late this morning…afternoon, now that I’m editing… .
After hearing all kinds of folks reporting *snow* on the coast (nothing sticking, and pretty much what we had coming down the day before when the window was getting “chunky” rain hitting it….) I got ready to leave and then we started finding things, now that it was daylight, that had gotten hit by Sunday evening’s flood (see the 4/15 newsletter). We ended up being almost 20 minutes late getting the shop open, but all the wet stuff and soggy boxes got opened up so that it won’t mold or something else weird, although the bed was covered with clothing that I had to sort after I got home and some will get washed today
I did find the hanger of fabric that I’m intending to use for a 14th century hat. It’s the fabric that matches the houpellande that I use and I’ve talked about. We got it hung with the other fabrics that went up on the new pole.
The car was having trouble getting started and for a moment I thought it wouldn’t and we’d be even later getting to the shop! Tempus discovered that he had forgotten several things, so went back up to the house to put the charger on it and to grab the cell phone, etc.
I worked on the blackwork starter kit project between customers until he got back. Diana and I were the only ones there for computer workshop, so we worked on WordPress techniques. I had put together most of the stuff that I needed for the trip into Salem, but had to finish up quickly and forgot a few things, including stopping to pick up a letter from Marius. At least I had the info in my head…sortof… I have the nagging feeling even yet that I forgot something.
The drive to Lincoln City was beautiful. The weather was sunny, with the occasional cloud, and the ocean and sky were big and blue. I enjoyed seeing the spring greenery. As I was coming down the last slope on the north side of Cape Foulweather, a whale spouted out on the ocean, right in front of me! I found Lindsay’s, but not until I spent about 10 minutes in the wind-garden at the Freed gallery just south of Lincoln City while Tempus looked up the directions that I had forgotten to print out.
Wind garden? There are more than 25 (maybe 40) moving metals sculptures in a lot on the south side of the gallery. They’re in all kinds of shapes from spinning tulips and opening daisies to DNA helices to less identifiable shapes, but they all spin in the wind. Here’s the gallery link to the artist and there’s a youtube link down at the bottom. http://www.freedgallery.com/
…and if you haven’t seen the word “helices” before, it’s the proper plural of “helix”.
Lindsay got her stuff together we got mine into her car and we headed out, stopping first at JoAnn’s because I needed sewing needles of the right size for the kits that I had made. She ran into another store for something and while I waited for her I got to look at a rhododendron in one of the plantings, marveling at the intricacy of the flower buds. Driving through the Van Duzer corridor I really enjoyed being the passenger because I rarely get more than glimpses of the beauty of the trees and ferns in that area. I got the needles fitted into the kits and then we just talked.
We got a little tangled up going through Salem, but finally got to the meeting. It was nice to see some of the folks that I’ve never met except in the virtual world. I’m still trying to sort everyone out! I got my kits to the person who needed them and got the information passed on, socialized a bit and then we headed back, talking the whole way. It seemed like a very short drive…. We said our goodbyes and I dumped my stuff into my car and started back.
I should mention the Cutler City Wetlands nature trail which runs through that area. It gets a bit squashy in places, not ok for wheelchairs or strollers, but it’s lovely place to walk and watch birds. They’ve got a mated pair of gulls in there this spring and all kinds of other wildlife. http://dvillabirds.blogspot.com/2010/12/cutler-city-wetlands-nature-trail.html
The Moon was beautiful over the ocean, lighting up the clouds, leaving a moon path, and then as She ducked away, leaving the ocean blacker than black under the glowing clouds. Jupiter was bright and Orion gradually sand up to his waist in the ocean as I drove. Fishing boats would light up the horizon when the Moon was hiding.
I got back to the shop and we got everything closed up, both of us dragging a bit. I even left count to do later because we were so tired. We got home near midnight and there were so many stars between the clouds that the sky seemed to glow. It was chilly enough that we didn’t stay out there very long, just dragged in what we could carry and fell into bed. I was only up long enough to get my computer up and let people know that I was home.
We’ve already started laundry and had coffee and breakfast, with me pointing out the sparrows to Tempus. He’s making bread this morning again and we have house chores to do, and then we need to get outside to work in the garden. …and looking at the bright sunshine that has finally come back, I’d better find the sunblock, my hat and my thick shirt with the hood or I’m going to be a french fry….
The Battle of Megiddo was in the 15th century BCE on this date. It was part of a military campaign by Thutmose III to crush a rebellion in Canaan in the 15th century BCE. This is the oldest battle recorded in enough detail to make “official”. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Megiddo_%2815th_century_BC%29 There was a later battle, the one from which we get the word “armageddon” from, where the King of Judah tried to ambush the Egyptian army as they were heading off to fight the Babylonians and got himself killed. This battle is listed in the Bible and several other sources. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Megiddo_%28609_BC%29 Armageddon, (comes from Har Megiddo, Megiddo hill), the “last battle” of Christian eschatology, is supposed to take place here, or maybe not…. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armageddon
Today’s plant is the Rhododendron genus, specifically the wild rhodys that we have out here, that should be blooming in the next two or three weeks, the Pacific rhododendron, Rhododendron macrophyllum. Rhodys have native forms in much of the world (not South America or Africa) They are one of the showiest of the flowers with hybrids and cultivars all over the place, including the azaleas which fall into this genus, but there are some that you wouldn’t recognize having almost no flowers at all! The plant is toxic to many animals and honey made from some of plants will make you ill. , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhododendron Our rhodys out here are lovely during their bloom time, when you see a hit of pink here and there along highways and trails and in the woods and then within days drifts and swathes and whole hillsides are pink! It’s a hardy plant, which grows well in disturbed places, particularly areas that were burned over. It will re-grow from the scorched roots! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhododendron_macrophyllum – There aren’t any magickal references to rhododendrons that I’ve found, which doesn’t make any sense, since at least the cultivated ones are all over! Azaleas stand for Temperance in the language of flowers. Yellow rhododendron, native to Sibera, is use for rheumatism, gout and syphilis. My personal uses for them are for glamourie, beauty and outward show, but also for the learning to make these unnecessary by creating inward beauty and serenity. When these flowers are in season I use the fresh ones as a “notice me!” spell.
The shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday since we need a weekend, too. 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
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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
Tu 16 High 4:26 AM 6.8 6:30 AM Set 1:10 AM 25
~ 16 Low 11:32 AM 0.7 8:02 PM Rise 10:48 AM
~ 16 High 6:11 PM 5.7
~ 16 Low 11:33 PM 3.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make friends wherever you go…and cherish the ones you have.
~ Alexander Hamilton started the U.S. Treasury with nothing, and that was the closest our country has ever been to being even. – Will Rogers (1879-1935) US actor, humorist
~ All speech, written or spoken, is a dead language, until it finds a willing and prepared hearer. – Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) Scottish novelist, poet
~ All wrong-doing arises because of mind. If mind is transformed can wrong-doing remain? – Buddha
~ An onion can make people cry but there’s never been a vegetable that can make people laugh. – Will Rogers (1879-1935) US actor, humorist
And what does it mean, then to be a poet? It was a long time before I realized that to be a poet means essentially to see, but mark well, to see in such a way that whatever is seen is perceived by the audience just as the poet saw it. But only what has been lived through can be seen in that way and accepted in that way. And the secret of modern literature lies precisely in this matter of experiences that are lived through. All that I have written these last ten years, I have lived through spiritually. – Henrik Ibsen, Norwegian playwright; ‘Speech to the Norwegian Students’, September 10, 1874, from Speeches and New Letters, 1910
Magick – Beltane Chants
Maypole Dance Chant – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html – Ann O’Brien 1995 – Source: http://www.earthspirit.com/mtongue/chtlib/chtlifr.html
Weave, spin, dance your cares away,
A spirit fire’s alive to your entrancing,
Weave, spin, dance into the May,
The earth and sky are wed as you are dancing,
Dance before the Bonfire (Beltane) – Ashley Ravenwood, finished 3/8/97
Another summer stretches before us,
fertile and heady
The faeries are out to play
dancing along with everything and everyone else
Dance before the bonfire
and celebrate the brimming fertility
of another year
Let it spill over
and crackle into the fire
Let us be blessed
and let our fruits ripen and be harvested
(not wither and die
nor rot forgotten)
Let us drink thirstily of the nectar of the gods
and feast hungrily upon food, love, and kindness
Let us also feed our wants and desires today
happily and carefree
Let us celebrate the miracle that is existence
and marvel at the wonder that is life:
remembering that the smallest acorn
can become the tallest tree
Let us dance
Dance before the bonfire
Dance around the maypole
Dance together, laughing
Dance through life and death and life again
Dance under the budding trees and around the blooming wildflowers, dancing in the wind
Dance as fawns and baby birds and newborn stars all watch, dancing
Dance as the gods smile down upon us, dancing too
Dance before the bonfire!