We’re already at the shop. Class has already started with Brea working with just two young folks. Tempus is puttering, putting stock away and sorting things out from the trip.
Oh, did I have an *awesome* time yesterday! I’ll write more during today and put it either in an update or in tomorrow’s newsletter if I don’t finish until evening. Suffice it to say it was a worthwhile trip for the sales and I saw a bunch of people that I haven’t seen for 15 years and we got all caught up.
Today I have some sewing to do after the stocked in checked back in. I also need to compile some of the OCPPG info since Wednesday is the deadline for the “teacher letter” and work on my part for Friday’s Beltane sabbat.
Classes are going and I’m going to have to finish checking the stock back in, so I’ll write more later.
Today’s Plant is Rosemary, Rosmarinus officinalis. It “is a woody, perennial herb with fragrant, evergreen, needle-like leaves and white, pink, purple, or blue flowers, native to the Mediterranean region. It is a member of the mint family Lamiaceae, which includes many other herbs. The name “rosemary” derives from the Latin for “dew” (ros) and “sea” (marinus), or “dew of the sea”, because in many locations, it needs no water other than the humidity carried by the sea breeze to live. The plant is also sometimes called anthos, from the ancient Greek word ἄνθος, meaning “flower”.Rosemary is used as a decorative plant in gardens and has many culinary and medical uses. The plant is said to improve the memory. The leaves are used to flavor various foods, such as stuffings and roast meats.” – wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosemary
While Aphrodite, when she was born from the ocean, was wearing garlands of the flower (among other associations of the Divine Feminine and the plant), there’s an odd legend that derives from the name, rather than the other way around. Supposedly Mary, Queen of Heaven, having been dancing in the rain, took off her veil and laid it on a bush to dry while she took a nap and the flowers turned blue, this making it “Mary’s Rose”. It is the official flower of ANZAC day, remembering Australia’s Armed forces (which celebration was on 4/25). More on that, here: http://www.anzacday.org.au/education/tff/anzac.html There is more info on the folklore in Wikipedia, too, which is fascinating.
From our herb info at the shop: Sea Dew – Leaves and blossoms – to enhance protective and cleansing influences. Burn for powerful cleansing and purifying vibrations. Rids an area of negativity, especially good before performing magic or if angry words have been spoken. Use an infusion (pour boiling water over) to wash before rituals, especially those of healing. Simmer in water to drive off lingering resentments and freshen the psychic atmosphere. Make a small flat bag of purple cloth and place beneath your pillow to drive off nightmares and promote healing sleep. Place leaves in a small green cloth amulet and wear or keep in your breast pocket to aid healing. To dispel depression bind leaves in a piece of real linen (not linen-look, but linen fiber) and wrap around your use arm.
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 Waning Gibbous. 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.
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
Su 28 High 2:23 AM 8.8 6:11 AM Set 8:29 AM 94
~ 28 Low 9:21 AM -1.6 8:17 PM Rise 11:57 PM
~ 28 High 3:50 PM 7.0
~ 28 Low 9:19 PM 2.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – God gave the angels Wings, and He gave humans CHOCOLATE.
~ The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken. – Samuel Johnson
~ The good have no need of an advocate. – Phocion
~ The light is in your heart. It is pointless to seek elsewhere. The sacred mountain is in your heart. Everyone has a magic temple inside, just meditate inside.- Nan Huai Chin
~ The state has no business in the bedrooms of the nation. – Pierre Elliott Trudeau (1919-2000) Canadian Prime Minister
Autumn Thoughts – by Stephanie Pflumm ©Copyright 2005
the hillside into
an explosion of color
before the Trees slip off
into their Winter slumber.
down the temperatures
bringing cool relief
to those that were producing
during Summer’s simmering heat.
my flying thoughts
to the time that lies between;
day and night,
youth and elder,
dreams and deeds,
life and death.
Autumn is a time
of magic moments
when the separation
of then and now
becomes thin enough
for a brave heart and a strong mind
to walk right through.
Magick – Beltane spells and such
A Sweet Woodruff Spell for Prosperity – Pagan Studies:
At dusk in my woodland garden, sweet woodruff sends out its fresh haylike scent, and its white flowers glow in the June twilight. In June, sweet woodruff reaches the height of its magical power, and is valuable in attracting prosperity. The prosperity spell which follows should be concluded next month, beneath July’s Blessing Moon. On a June evening, just before nightfall, gather some woodruff flowers, leaves, and stems. Cut them all, and put them in a darkened room to dry on a hook or beam. When July’s Moon is at its height, and the woodruff has dried, bury it with a dollar and a copper coin. Now, with what you’ve sown your wealth will increase. By: James Kambos
)0( GrannyMoon’s Coventry of Healing Arts and Pagan Studies
May day is a good time to promote love and happiness in your life. To do so, use pastel-colored candles, as many as possible, and a large bowl of fresh water with flower petals floating in it. Adorn your ritual space with flowers and new leaves, and sing the following verse to the spirits of the holiday:
Queen of the May,
A more joyous time has never been.
and children sing,
Fairies bless each river and sacred spring.
All life is joyous
and we revel,
In being healthy, happy, and alive.
The Morris Dancers
Stomp the Earth,
Wakening Gaia with blissful mirth.
in vibrant hue,
Signaling all Earth’s life is born anew.
Magic springs underfoot from the ground.
Love and passions
fill the air,
Celebration and revelry is everywhere.
On this day,
My true love come to me; Let us share our hearts in festivity.
the Maypole round,
Laughter and music freely abound.
Joyousness and reverence mix together now,
Blessing virgin, bird, and cow.
Danu’s Fairy Folk now draw near,
Their laughter and magic is growing clear.
I share this day
with those I love,
Healing Sun streams from above.
the Queen of the May,
So blessed be this sacred day.
So mote it be. ~Abby Willowroot – )0( Visit Crone’s Corner on Yahoo http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Crones_Corner/
A Love Charm – http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print.html
A Love Charm by Seraphina-m’Anat
Caveat – this is a charm that should not be used on a random “target,” but rather as an enhancement to an established relationship. The reason for this is that, in my experience with this charm ::nudge, nudge, wink, wink::, the essence of the two partners become intertwined, and the charm will happily ensnare you as it bewitches your mate. Spring normally gets us all happily randy, and this charm adds a little more passion and intensity to this feeling. Now, some may call this manipulative of another’s will, but let me offer the witch’s perspective….my hubby knew full well I was a witch when he married me and hasn’t complained so far of any effects of “boosting” so to speak, LOL. Effective enhancements to this charm are self-pampering, as well as spouse pampering; candle light dinners, foods traditionally know to be aphrodisiacs, and exotic music. Silks, velvets, and satins don’t hurt either ::impish grin:: A reliable baby-sitter for any wee’uns in the house is a plus too, if you have children. Is it any wonder that this is one of the witches favourite holidays?
By all that lives on land, in sea,
By the ebbing and the flow,
Each time that you do think of me,
Your love for me shall grow.
By numbers odd and numbers even,
By the sacred power of three times three,
Passion for me in your thoughts weave in,
All thy thoughts shall be of me.
By velvet cords of longing,
Your heart to me belonging,
By the white rose and the red,
I am the fire in thy head.
No peace nor increase shall you find,
Until your hand is joined in mine.