It’s rather dim and green, but no rain at the moment and the clouds are pretty high, too. This drippy weather is supposed to be breaking up and clearing out over the next several days. It’s 48F, supposed to start warming up.
I’m enjoying the green of the alder as the leaves are really getting going. The cherry tree is blooming, too.
Yesterday was nuts here off and on. Several of our students graduated from Angell Job Corps during the morning, so they were running in and out with parents, picking up the last of their stuff in the “hold” box, and getting last hugs.
Between times I inventoried the last of the SCA garb. I’m going to the Bar Gemels event next weekend in Terra Pomeria/Salem http://terrapomaria.antir.sca.org/bargemels2.php and taking some clothing that isn’t selling at my shop to let someone who does SCA almost exclusively work with. I’m also going to have some of the SCA-specific jewelry with me, baskets and blackwork, so a couple of the displays in the shop are going to be a tad skimpy on Saturday. I have some laundry to do when I get home because some of the outfits I was counting got dropped in the dirt or something before they were packed away.
I harvested some sorrel and lovage for salad and set up a chicken/tomato dish that I’m fond of, while Tempus made mashed potatoes and finished up the salad. We didn’t eat until past 9:30 and were both pretty tired by then, but we discussed the set-up for what we need to accomplish by the event next weekend and for tomorrow, then cleaned up and went to bed.
Today is all workshops. Here’s the schedule:
~ 11am shop opens
~ 11am – Herbs Workshop – Spring Harvest, blossoms
~ Noon – Crystals Workshop – Beach Agates
~ 1pm – Children’s Craft Hour – Scissor & paper crafts
~ 2pm – Children’s Craft Hour – Scissor & paper crafts
~ 3-5pm – Sewing Workshop – Maybe I can finish my biscornu?
~ 7pm – Shop closes, but if you need to come in later, let us know and we’ll be open for you!
Vadersolstavlan, (sun-dog painting, or weather-sun painting) created in 1535, is the oldest painting of the city of Stockholm and is believed to have been painted of a real (i.e. not imagined) event, shortly after this weather phenomenon happened. It’s also the oldest depiction of “sun dogs”, which are what are pictured here. More on the painting here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V%C3%A4dersolstavlan and on Sun Dogs here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun_dog which page includes a lot of links to other atmospheric phenomena of this type. The pic of the painting is with the article. It just looks like a blur, this small.
Lupines are represented on the coast by the Large-Leaved Lupine, Lupinus polyphyllus, (which is often the common garden variety and all over out here) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupinus_polyphyllus and Kincaid’s Lupine, Lupinus sulphureus subsp. Kincaidii (which used to be called Oregon Lupine). [2nd pic] The latter is threatened as they’re disappearing and are needed for an also disappearing butterfly. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupinus_sulphureus We also get the yellow varieties of this one on the coast. More on the main lupin species here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupin These are tall showy flower spikes with a distinctive leaf pattern that bloom all summer into the fall. Some varieties of lupins (the “sweet lupins”) are eaten, but many require soaking in salt water for long periods of time to get the alkaloids out that could be poisonous. These are common in the Mediterranean, and another variety were eaten here by the indigenes, but no one has said how they were prepared. There’s a little here about the beans, which are being used as a vegan food, but have a high potential for allergic effects, much like peanuts. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupin_bean As far as magick goes, it’s not listed very many places, but its old name is “Blood from a head”. The word “lupine” derives from the word for wolf, as well. They are useful in magicks for any canine. In fact, I always include them in amulets for dogs or wolves. They can also be used to help with spirit communication with the canine/lupine totems. They have also been used in curse magicks for getting rid of things like cancers, or resistant viruses and bacteria or even for brain tumors.
The shop opens at 11, but since it’s Saturday we’ll be there before that. 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.
April 20, 7:02 a.m. EDT – Saturn at opposition – Saturn is directly opposite the sun in the sky. It sits on the boundary between the constellations Virgo and Libra, just to the east of the bright star Spica. It is visible all night, rising in the east as the sun sets in the west, and setting in the west as the sun rises in the east.
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
Sa 20 Low 3:06 AM 2.8 6:23 AM Set 3:28 AM 62
~ 20 High 8:43 AM 5.9 8:07 PM Rise 2:46 PM
~ 20 Low 3:21 PM 1.2
~ 20 High 9:50 PM 6.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Happiness is a choice that requires effort at times.
~ I mean to make myself a man, and if I succeed in that, I shall succeed in everything else. – James A. Garfield (1831-1881) 20th US President
~ I prefer to supervise the whole operations of Government myself rather than entrust the public business to subord. – James K. Polk (1795-1849) US President (11)
~ I think all great innovations are built on rejections. – Louise Nevelson (1889-1988) Russian artist
~ I thought of my ancestors, both direct and collective, who had fought and died so that I might be treated as an American. I then thought of this fetid, smug, hate-filled, wealthy white man taking credit for the release and yet still not being satisfied. It does not matter how long we’ve been in these United States. We will never be American. – Baratunde
archaeology of a garden
digging out weeds with my bare hands
feeling the earth
slip rapidly through my fingers
like brown sand
i like the way the dirt
embeds itself underneath my nails
staining my skin
allowing me to keep its remnants
for a while
along with the thinly lined scratches
sketched lightly along my arms
from those gnarled brittle branches
twisting in and out of the flower beds
the old lady who lived here before me
must have pushed her hands
through these same patches of soil
time and time again
sometimes i feel her essence lingering
and quite possibly i hear the sound
of her faint exasperation
as she shakes her head at my “knack” for horticulture
but i respect this place
and these roots planted here long ago
each twig, each bloom, each dried-out leaf
missing their former caretaker’s adept and knowing ways
my hands reach out earnestly
perhaps not quite with the same sense of empathy or ease
though i am committed to learning
how to cultivate life,
nurture growth and wait
with positive uncertainty
and i like the way i feel
when i’m out here
smelling the fresh earth
patiently waiting for the lessons
digging out weeds
with my bare hands.
Thanks for your consideration!
Rosemarie (I don’t have the actual author’s name on this. If anyone knows, tell me, please. No copyright infringement is intended.)
Magick – Beltane Chants
May Day Chant 1 – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html
Here we come a’ piping,
In Springtime and in May;
Green fruit a’ ripening,
And Winter fled away.
The Queen she sits upon the strand,
Fair as lily, white as wand;
Seven billows on the sea,
Horses riding fast and free,
And bells beyond the sand. – Doreen Valiente; “Witchcraft for Tomorrow”; Phoenix Publishing 1985
A General Beltane Blessing Chant – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html
Oak and May,
On This Day,
Will both Heed
Those in Need.
God of Sun,
Bless your Children
‘Till our days are done.
Stag Call Chant – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html
The men gather around the fire, next to their partners, and they say in unison:
“I am the stag of seven tines;
I am a wide flood on the plain;
I am a wind on the deep waters;
I am a shining tear of the sun;
I am a hawk on a cliff;
I am fair among flowers;
I am a god who sets the head afire with smoke.” – Graves, Robert; “The White Goddess”; Farrar 1970