This is coming out very early because I have to be in Salem at 8am! In fact I’m publishing this before I go to bed and I’ll try to put another set of pointers up in the morning. No workshops today!
It’s forecast to have a chance of rain this evening, but hopefully I’ll have good weather for driving.
We were a touch late getting to the shop and I was in the throes of a full-fledged asthma attack which kept me from speaking much until past 3pm! Rowan, Cat and Tempus had a Beltane prep going, but I wasn’t much help. I put together my display case for the weekend. The clothing boxes were in the car, already, but after that I got the games and then started on embroidery, finishing some kits and ending up with baskets. I put together “stuff” and Tempus loaded “stuff”. 🙂
During the day I had various suppliers calling, since we’re finally starting to re-stock for spring. Tempus had errands to run, too.
Two pix of the fairy garden, before and after cleanup.
You can see the small “fiddles” in the first picture have really matured in the 2nd and I harvested the older fronds and generally cleaned up. The leaves in the front are the violets, and the yellow green off to the right is some of the moss that came with the forget-me-not.
Today’s Plant is Sweet William, Dianthus barbatus. It is often called Carnation, just like others of the dianthus species and I’ve seen it mis-named “phlox” on plant tags at Fred Meyer’s. The difference is the scent. It still has a sweet scent, but not of clove, like gillyflower, or no scent, like phlox. The flowers are edible and attract butterflies and bees, and the seeds will draw birds, who sometimes will also go after the flowers. They’re good as cut flowers, loasting a decent while, being tall, and a cluster, rather than multiple stems. Cate Middleton had them in her bouquet as a nice touch when she married her “Sweet William”. They have the meaning of “Gallentry”. – Masculine, Sun, Air, Venus – All-purpose protection, in healing for strength and energy. Magickally it is very similar to Gillyflowers. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweet_william
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 moving to Waning Gibbous 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. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. , Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Waning Quarter on 5/2 at 4:14am.
In early dawn Sunday morning, the red supergiant Antares sparkles below the waning gibbous Moon in the southwestern sky.
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.
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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
Sa 27 High 1:40 AM 8.8 6:12 AM Set 7:32 AM 98
~ 27 Low 8:33 AM -1.6 8:16 PM Rise 10:56 PM
~ 27 High 2:58 PM 7.1
~ 27 Low 8:29 PM 1.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – We have the power to do what we wish, although it may seem hard. One step at a time will get you there!
~ The universe will reward you for taking risks on its behalf. – Shakti Gawain
~ There is nothing worse than aggressive stupidity. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
~ Three can keep a secret if two of them are dead. – Ben Franklin
~ To know / To dare / To Will / To Keep Silence – Eliphas Levi (Rules of the Magus)
At the fireside
I want to sing.
At the fireside
I want to call spirits.
Here among you
my body will rest
while my soul travels
to the center of the earth.
When I return, I will sing:
children, here is what
I have learned, here
is what you need to know.
Go with the sun!
Direct your steps to her,
to the mother of morning! ~Siberian Shaman Chant
Magick – Beltane Crafts
May Cup (For Beltane)
Long-stemmed goblet or glass
Potpourri/seasonal dried or fake flowers
Red, white, and/or gold ribbon
Small grapevine wreath
Charm for decoration
Fill the cup with floral decorations of the season (bluebells, roses, daisies, primroses, lilac) or potpourri in May colors (green, soft pink, blue, yellow, and/or white). Around the cup, use gold, red, or white ribbon to hang a charm of some sort; some of the best images to use would be a grapevine or twig star (available at most craft stores or easily constructed with twigs and wire), a bell, or a faery image, possibly even a small broom or just a string of beads. Now the stem of the cup can be decorated however you like: Wire-stemmed flowers can be wound around it, or fake ivy, or even red and white ribbons wound around like a maypole if that suits the decoration. Place the cup in the center of the grapevine wreath, and also decorate the wreath with seasonal florals, including red and white ribbons. Use it as a centerpiece for a seasonal altar or kitchen table.
The “May cup” was originally a chalice whose purpose was to hold wine or another beverage which was consumed by the May King and May Queen, elected by the people during the town May Day party. The cup can be used in solitary, couple, or group ritual to hold a blessed beverage for the ritual; the cup can be decorated but left empty of florals until after the beverage has been consumed. Then it can be rinsed with water and filled by the participants with the various florals.
Sabbat Crafts page – http://members.aol.com/ivycleartoes/crafts.html
Sabbats main page – http://members.aol.com/ivycleartoes/sabbats.html
Ivy’s Pentacles – http://members.aol.com/ivycleartoes/pentacle.html
Laminated Window Hangings for Beltane
you will need:
– lined paper
– laminating paper
– Beltane cookie cutters(the big ones)
– scissors & a single hole punch
– a pencil
what to do:
Lightly trace the shapes of flowers, wreaths, Maypoles or other Beltane figures with your pencil.
Cut out those shapes with scissors.
Colour in the shapes with your crayons lightly.
Laminate the shapes with laminate paper, and cut off the excess edges, leave about 3mm extra laminate paper.
Punch a hole through the top of the shape and hang it up in your window.
Silliness – What do you call a dating club for unattached Wiccans? Craft singles!
Did you hear that Kraft was so offended by that last joke that they moved their macaroni plants to Israel? Yeah, now they’re called Cheeses of Nazareth!