The computer is saying, “mostly cloudy”, but the sunshine is bright. The fog is gone and it’s 45F.
On the way out yesterday morning, I managed to harvest some thrift, fleabane, forget-me-nots and violets, as well as weeding up some of the “flat rosette” weeds. Those weeds are all problems, being several kinds of prickly plants and the hawkweeds that I seem to be allergic to. Hieracium greenei is one of them and the other is an invasive from Europe that’s called Hieracium pilosella. They’re an allopathic herb, that become invasive since they kill off things around them. I also dug up a couple of violets and a forget-me-not that were out in the walkway.
There were herons in the bay as we drove past and then I saw some of the Sundance people outside, so Tempus went over to talk to them to see if we can get the information from them for OCPPG. He had to go home right after that, since he missed the box that I had laid out today’s work in and there were a couple of other things.
I sorted the flowers and did some research on the hawkweeds and by then Tempus was back. I planted the violets in the fairy garden and it turned out there was a live dahlia in there, after all, but the snails have been eating it. That’s gone into the car to go into a windowbox at home, where there are slugs, but not snails….
I did some sewing, mostly mending, although I’m working on a ritual robe for a special order. A couple of young 4-squares came in with a batch of questions. I don’t know whether they were sincere or asking on someone else’s behalf, looking for ammo.
…and I kinda played for awhile, talking to Amor and a couple of other folks… and kept noticing the land whales going by… some of them are as tall as the building and it looked like one clipped the stoplight as it went under. How are they doing that? I’d think they’d take out bridges on 101….
Finally I settled into finishing printing the blackwork cards. I finally figured out what was interfering, which was two programs, HP Advisor and ShockWave. It took quite awhile to get ’em all printed and then Tempus sat down to cut them. I went through and did some more pieces, printing pieces of gamesets and so on, then since Tempus was still working got back onto Facebook and played.
We didn’t leave the shop until almost 10pm. The moon was lovely, low in the southeast, in a sky of thin cloud that made it blue/grey instead of black. Jupiter was bright in the west and Spica and Saturn were obvious near the Moon. Later in the night, fog moved in and everything looked mysterious, seeming to glow.
Today is the date in 1986 when the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant near Chernobyl, Ukrainian SSR, suffered a steam explosion, resulting in a fire, a nuclear meltdown, and the evacuation and resettlement of over 336,000 people around Europe. It apparently started from an unauthorized experiment, a couple of large powers surges and then graphite being exposed to air, which caused it to catch fire. The long-term effects are pretty horrendous and haven’t been caught up with, yet. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chernobyl_Nuclear_Power_Plant More on the disaster itself here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chernobyl_disaster
Gillyflower, Clove Pink, Carnation, all names that are used for, Dianthus caryophyllus. This plant has been hybridized to the point where the basic flower and the florist’s varieties (which are all that show up in the article….) don’t look a bit alike, although they keep the scent. These also make a yummy tea. Even a single flower in a cup of green tea is enough! There is a lot of symbolism to the flower, depending on which culture you’re in, although they generally are thought to mean love, fascination, and distinction. They were used particularly in crowns of victory in ancient europe. I keep getting the name mixed up with Sweet Williams which are dianthus barbatus. – Masculine, Sun, Fire, Jupiter – All-purpose protection, in healing for strength and energy (so perfect for hospital bouquets!) and for healing of broken hearts, add red, rather than pink blossoms. White are occasionally used for the protection of children or those who travel. Dried petals make a great addition to sachets, potpourris or incense since they strengthen the properties of other plants and herbs. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dianthus_caryophyllus
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 Full. Full Moon – The day of the day before and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 4/27 at 12:57am. Waning Moon Magick – From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Remember: what goes up must come down. Ends at Tide Change on 5/9 at 5:28pm.
Jupiter continues its stay in Taurus magnitude –2.0). It is high in the western sky in the early evening and sets in the northwest around midnight. It is the first “star” to come out in the west after sunset. It descends in the evening and sets around 11 p.m. Below Jupiter sparkles orange Aldebaran, and a similar distance above Jupiter is El Nath (Beta Tauri). Bright Capella shines to the upper right from there. In a telescope, Jupiter has shrunk to a disappointing 34 arcseconds wide.
Around the end of twilight this evening, the Moon rises below Saturn. With binoculars, look closer below Saturn for the wide double star Alpha2 and Alpha1 Librae, magnitudes 2.8 and 5.2, respectively.
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. Runic half-month of Laguz/ Lagu, 4/29-5/13 Representing the flowing and mutable forces of water, Lagu symbolizes life, growth and waxing power of this time of year.
©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
F 26 High 12:59 AM 8.7 6:14 AM Set 6:44 AM 99
~ 26 Low 7:48 AM -1.3 8:15 PM Rise 9:48 PM
~ 26 High 2:08 PM 7.2
~ 26 Low 7:44 PM 1.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The grass isn’t always greener on the other side of the fence, sometimes you just have to stay home and mow your own lawn.
~ The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it’s the same problem you had last year. – John Foster Dulles
~ The more sand has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through. – Machiavelli
~ The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever. – Jacques Cousteau
~ The truth of things is the chief nutriment of superior intellects. – Da Vinci
At last the ninth, the Lord Mayor’s day, came. It is also the Prince of Wales’ birthday, so the city would be very gay-looking with all the flags flying … Once before, twenty-seven years ago, when Sir John Musgrave was Lord Mayor, not only elephants, but camels, deer, negroes, beehives, a ship in full sail, and Britannia seated on a car drawn by six horses, had made part of the show … Through the streets we have passing visions of pink silk stockings, canary-colored breeches, and dark green coats and gold lace, also tri-colored rosettes as large as saucers; and pass by shop-windows full of sweet, eager little faces, in the place of hose, shirts, sewing-machines, etc … after this band and that of the Royal London Militia, come the Worshipful Company of Loriners, preceded by jolly watermen in blue and white striped jerseys and white trousers, bearing banners; more watermen follow to relieve them; the beadle of the company with his staff of office; the clerk in his chariot; the wardens, wearing silk cloaks trimmed with sables, in their carriages …
Then comes a grand yellow coach, in which rides the Master of the Company, attended by his chaplain. After the Loriners come the Farriers, the band of the First Life Guards, banners, beadle and mace clerk, wardens and master. After them the Broderers … And now comes the Worshipful Company of Bakers, preceded by their banner, with its good old motto, “Praise God for all.” These are really very jolly and well-favored looking companions, most of the members bearing large bouquets of flowers. After them the Vintners’ Company, with the band of the Royal Artillery; ten Commissioners, each bearing a shield; eight master porters in vintner’s dress; the Bargemaster in full uniform, and the Swan Uppers. These are men who look after the swans belonging to the corporation of London, which build their nests along the banks of the Thames, and they mark the young swans each spring. – Mary Mapes Dodge; Scribner’s Illustrated Magazine For Girls And Boys, Vol. V, Nov 1877 – Nov 1878. Today was Lord Mayor’s Day, London. 11/9
Magick – Beltane Article
Beltane Essay on Fire & Spirit
Posted: May 4th. 1999
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The element of spontaneity
An element of obvious destruction
And not so obvious creation
An element of passion
An element of sensual love
An element of heat
The ability to cook food
The ability to survive
The ability to travel great distances-
Even to the Moon-
Our Symbol of the Goddess we love so dearly.
The element of nuclear reaction
The element of fission
The element of fusion
That which creates our Sun
Our Symbol of the God we hold so dear
Our symbol of vitality we so revere
The spontaneous combustion
It cannot be,
For it entrances those both young and old.
Fire is all of I have listed above, and so much more! It is the element that is arguably more unique than any other, for it is not as tangible as the other three… Earth, Water, and Air can easily be seen as the three states of matter: Solid, Liquid, and Gas. So then, they are all around us. Where is Fire then?
In the Old Times, people did not possess knowledge of molecules, atoms, and the substances that we call elements today. They knew of no Protons, Neutrons, or Electrons. They would pick up a piece of wood, and show that the elements were present. By adding heat, they would reveal it’s true nature… When it burns, you can clearly see that wood contains Fire, and Air from the escaping smoke. It was solid (or Earth) to begin with. Thus wood is made of Earth, some Fire, and a pinch of Air. This reasoning was used for everything.
Now, in the modern day, we know that fire is a much more complex chemical reaction due to friction and the speed of traveling particles… So why do we, as a Pagan community view Elements the way we do? The idea of worshipping gods and goddesses, and recognizing four elements instead of one god must (and does) seem like quite the step backwards to those not in our community, so why do we even recognize the elements anymore?
For me, the truth of the matter is this: do you use the elements that scientists have discovered on a daily basis? Unless you’re a scientist or student, you probably could care less if your salt you’re using in a salt-water purification is Sodium-Chloride! It’s easier to say, “Thou art the salt of the Earth”. You probably don’t care that each Water molecule contains two Hydrogen atoms, and one Oxygen atom… It’s simple enough to say it’s Water, for that is all we need to communicate with our subconscious. Some call the subconscious the Younger Self… Think about it. It keeps secrets. It won’t always listen. It communicates only through Art, and Divinity… Sure sounds like a Younger version of us all to me!
Our Younger Self is reached through very simple, childlike actions and movements. This is why we hear “Burn a green candle for money.”, and other generalizations. This is obviously the basis for spellcraft, one of our religions Sciences.
So, this is how for us as modern Pagans, we can see Fire as an element, along with Earth, Air, and Water. Most Wiccans believe in the All, the living Universe, which includes many planes, some physical, and some not physical, but spiritual.
The God and The Goddess are personifications of two ever present forces in Nature. There are many names for both, to personify many the aspects of each half of the All. The best way for a non-Pagan to view the All, our Fifth Element, Spirit, is just that: the basic idea is like that of the Christian Holy Spirit. (This is quite a generic description, and the most similar thing I could come up with. So, before you click that E-Mail address, try to think of something better to describe it as to a non-Pagan, eh?)
We view the Universe as not an external being watching over us, but as a being that is the Universe: and we are cells of that living vessel. Not only is the All signified by simplifying it by using God and Goddess figures that have been around for centuries, but we also simplify it even more by classifying things by each of the four elements. Each path has it’s own system of correspondences.
In my tradition, the Athame corresponds with Air, the Pentacle with Earth, the Chalice with Water, and the Wand with Fire. Many traditions have the Wand representing Air and the Athame Fire, but there is never only one way to do something. If you don’t do what feels right for you, there is almost no way you could practice this religion happily. I am not listing the correspondences here that I use for the directions, because I change those depending on where I am, which changes often.
Fire invigorates us and keeps us alive. It is there unseen in our automobile engines, and it is behind the electricity that powers all we do. Although Fire isn’t in all objects as early scientists believed it was; it is there in the form of electrons orbiting the protons and neutrons that make up all that we know of. I also believe in a place smaller that a proton, smaller than a quark. I believe it is a place where matter and spirit meet, allowing us to affect the world with our thoughts alone.
All of us have that red headed spunk, that Fire in our hearts somewhere. We are all a bit spontaneous, and some of us just seem to glow! Fire is a part of you and me. Fire allows us to survive. Fire is a useful tool, as well as a good ally and friend.
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