It’s 55F and the sun is high and it’s perfectly cloudless. The leaves seem to glow, because they’re not completely opaque yet. I’m watching towhees on the feeder and crows on the railing. … Two hours later and it’s 61. I’m heading out to the garden as soon as I finish here….
Yesterday everything started later than it should have, which meant that some things just didn’t happen. We didn’t actually head for the shop until past two which meant that Tempus didn’t get back from Newport until well past 8pm. I got 2/3 of the sewing done, but all the “necessary” for this week. I have one order finished, but I needed a measurement that I didn’t have.
Before we left I worked on the newsletter, but after we got home I didn’t even try, so this is taking a bit this morning. I had set up a lot of the newsletter’s for the week, but didn’t finish. When we got home I got a bath and then we ate and went to bed. No chores got done.
So, we’ve a lot to do today. There’s Herbs Outdoors at 3pm and esbat starts at 5. I have to get the newsletters set up and laundry done. Yikes, do I need to do laundry!
Oh! Here’s a gif of a hyper-cube, a tesseract! I’m always talking about these in Lesson One of the 101 class as a mind-expander meditation. A tesseract is a 4-dimensional version of a cube. Take your standard 6 squares folded up into a box, unfold it and put a cube on each square and fold it up. That’s a tesseract. If the pic on your screen doesn’t move, go here: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:8-cell-simple.gif
St. Mark’s Eve is a traditional time for divination. More on the customs here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Mark%27s_Eve and more on St. Mark here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Mark_the_Evangelist His supposed martyrdom by the pagans of Alexandria has been used as an excuse for persecuting pagans… Ya know, when you read through a lot of the martyrdom stories, the stories that have been come up with since 9/11 about persecuting Moslems don’t sound nearly so outlandish…. Not advocating persecuting anyone, just making a point about how the “winners” can twist the truth.
Today’s Plant is Sword fern, Polystichum munitum. It grows all winter on the coast, getting greener and lovelier every year as the new fiddles come up out of the center of the plant and develop into fronds. I’ve been enjoying those, watching them for months, now. they can get to be 6 feet tall and some of the ones down in the park where the stream crosses through are that size! The indigenes used the rhizome as a poverty food (baked and peeled), and the fronds are one of the best remedies for relieving the pain from the sting of a Stinging Nettle. It is also commonly used by florists as an ornamental plant. – Masculine, Air, The God, the Puck. This is an herb of masculine power, protection and luck. Use in spells to guide to treasure. Burn to drive away pests. …and as any fern, burn for rain…. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sword_fern
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 Waxing Gibbous. 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 Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends on 4/24 at 12:57am.
Wednesday, April 24, 8 p.m. local time – Spica near the moon – Look closely at the rising moon tonight. Notice a tiny star just above it? That’s Spica, the brightest star in the constellation Virgo. As seen from Central America, the Caribbean, and southern Africa, the moon will actually pass in front of Spica. Map and timetables http://www.lunar-occultations.com/iota/bstar/0425zc1925.htm
Saturn (magnitude +0.1, in Libra) is nearing opposition. It glows low in the east-southeast as twilight fades, well to the lower left of Spica and farther lower right of brighter Arcturus. Saturn rises higher all evening and shines highest in the south around 1 a.m. daylight saving time. It’s at opposition on the night of April 27th. Carefully note the brightness of Saturn’s rings with respect to the globe. Keep watch. The rings brighten for a few days around opposition due to the Seeliger effect: the solid particles of the rings preferentially reflect sunlight back in the direction it came from, more than Saturn’s cloudtops do.
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
W 24 Low 6:21 AM -0.2 6:17 AM Set 5:27 AM 94
~ 24 High 12:30 PM 7.0 8:12 PM Rise 7:21 PM
` 24 Low 6:19 PM 1.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – In the mist of the morning, be thankful. Do the same in the afternoon. By the time evening falls you will realize you have been blessed all day long. When you lay your head down reflect upon those blessings. When you wake again feel the love that filled your heart over night.
~ One can pass on responsibility, but not the discretion that goes with it. – Benvenuto Cellini, Italian goldsmith and sculptor, in his autobiography
~ Quality is not an act. It is a habit. – Aristotle
~ Regret is an appalling waste of energy; you can’t build on it; it is good only for wallowing in. – Katherine Mansfield
~ Science fiction does not remain fiction for long. And certainly not on the Internet. – Vinton Cerf
As the government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian Religion, – as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion or tranquility of Musselmen, – and as the said States never have entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mehomitan nation, it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries. – Treaty between USA and Libya, signed at Tripoli, November 4, 1796, and at Algiers January 3, 1797. Proclaimed by George Washington, the first President of the United States, June 10, 1797
Magick – Beltane Chant/Poem
May Day Chant 2 – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html
The High Priestess and High Priest lead a ring dance around the bonfire. Start out with “A Tree Song” from Rudyard Kipling’s “Weland’s Sword” story in “Puck of Pook’s Hill”.
“Oh, do not tell the Priest of our Art,
Or he would call it sin;
But we shall be out in the woods all night,
A conjuring summer in!
And we bring you news by word of mouth
For women, cattle and corn
Now is the sun come up from the South
With Oak, and Ash and Thorn!” – Janet and Stewart Farrar; “Eight Sabbats For Witches”; Robert Hale 1983
Invocation – from A Victorian Grimoire by Trish Telesco
Feathered winds come dance with me
Lift me from the ground.
Join my waltz, my spirit, freed
As we’re upward bound.
Tongues of flame come jump with me
Ye purifying fires,
Join my joy, my playful glee
As we move yet higher.
Tears from seas, come sing with me
Roll from out the caves,
Join my verse, my body cleansed
In your healing waves.
Mother Earth come laugh with me
Set aside your toils,
Join my chant of forests green
Secure me in rich soil.
Earth and Air, Fire and Sea
I call you all, come dance with me!
Grant me now a sacred space
While working magic in this place.
In this invocation, each verse is designed for a cardinal point of the altar. At each of these four directions, a candle of the appropriate color should be lit, and a symbol of the element blessed as indicated in each verse. This is meant to be a celebration of life, so dance and sing around your circle. Don’t be afraid to get inspired.
Beltane Poem – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html
Written by Lady Lissar, firstname.lastname@example.org
spilt out into the meadows
running into every being
filling us up with spirit
the pulsing red life of the earth
in the smoke of the firecircle
i saw my demons scatter to the skies
dissolving into the midnight air
there is nothing but the sun
in perfect equilibrium
unreal yet grounded
alone in body, full in spirit