It’s 48F and looks like it’s raining, but while things are sopping, nothing’s actually coming down at the moment. The forecast just says, “rain”. …and about an hour later there’s sun trying to come through. …and an hour past that, it’s bright sunshine!
Saturday was a lot of fun for me. The drive was lovely, in light fog from Waldport to Newport and watching birds and plants as I drove, then taking 20 out to Corvallis and watching both flora and fauna change as I went, going from gulls, duck, herons and blackbirds (and a red-wing) to starlings, crows and hawks and in trees, from shorepine and Douglas fir and cedars to maples and oaks and noble firs. There were stands of grass in every shade of green, some swirled by playing sylphs and even the flowers changed. I drove from cloud in Newport through golden cloud as I went over Cline Hill to full sun on the other side! From Corvallis I drove out to I-5, nearly to Salem, watching a hot air balloon for a large part of that way. From there I drove through Stayton to the event site. It was pretty dry and dusty and got very warm during the afternoon.
I saw a lot of people that I haven’t seen for most of/all of 15 years! My moving to the coast caused a lot of us to completely lose touch, or things got dropped as I never *did* know phone numbers and such. I got “attack hugs” and gave some myself. Folks are greyer or dyed, fatter or thinner. One boy who was our youngest son’s best friend when they were four is a fascinating and thoughtful young *man*, now, and his “baby sister” is as cute at 16 as she was at 1. I got introduced to some new folks and got to watch some fascinating competitions, both a marvelous fencing competition and a children’s Bardic that was just great, including the not-quite-3-year-old who sang “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” quite tunefully and the 9-year-old who started in marvelously for the first 3 paragraphs of a story and then glitched and had to stop because he couldn’t remember any more of it! He was applauded mightily, anyway.
I had some good sales, which was a bonus, and got to meet some folks who do interesting pottery and some even more interesting cast jewelery, including a triple moon cloak clasp with Celtic Knotwork that I’m lusting after. I managed during all of that to keep pecking away at the biscornu.
At one point I was deep in conversation about documenting houpellandes and certain kinds of foods in recipes and at another finding out a lot of information about an Anglo-Saxon lyre that one man had made, that was a copy of one found in the grave of a Frankish knight from the 9th century.
I left before the feast, knowing that I was tired enough that I really didn’t want to drive in the dark and picked up a young man in costume who was heading back to OSU. He had gone to the event with friends, quite forgetting that he had a huge test today to study for! He bought each of us an A&W root beer float, so I bought a set of cheese curds that we shared. 🙂 I dropped him off at Reser stadium and then tooled on home.
I went by way of 34, sighing in regret that Gathering Together Farm would be closed by then and I would have liked to buy one of their awesome bags of salad mix. They use a large assortment of salad greens and herbs in those and they’re so marvelously fresh! Salad greens, even at the Farmer’s Market, are usually a day or so old at best…
The trip through the mountains was just lovely. While 34 heading east is hair-raising, heading home takes you through such beautiful scenery…and you don’t have to worry about the lack of guard-rails…. the bracken is a beautiful color this time of year, and already knee-high. All the shades of green seem freshly washed and sparkling!
When I got to the shop it was just twilight. Tempus and I sat and talked until it was quite dark and he unloaded a lot of the stock. I got the baskets that I could carry. We closed up the shop and headed home, to eat and go to bed, because we were both so tired.
Tempus said that the most memorable thing about his busy day was a couple who came in with a pair of small dogs that are apparently a native American breed. He said that they’re supposed to be among the smartest of dog breeds and were striking because of their making eye contact and seeming to pay intelligent attention to the actions of their people. Tempus said that when the lady dropped the leash of one or the other they would hand them back. One of them retrieved things from out of his sight that were dropped (purposely), and did a trained-in trick developed because, “A lot of our friends are really into drama”. She said, “Drama!” and the dog hunkered down, put his chin on one paw and just looked immensely pitiful! <grin> Of course, he got his doggie treat, afterwards. Smart pup!
Yesterday was pretty busy for a Sunday. Brea did the class for just two students in the morning. We had a couple visit from the Valley who had a shop in Georgia, but have moved to Eugene. We had another couple from Central Oregon stop by and a family from out of state, plus assorted locals. Friends stopped by and called and kept the day interesting. Darwinia told us the latest on her ducks. 🙂 Tempus and I, most of the day, worked on putting the stock that I took for Saturday back onto the shelves.
I’m hoping that I can chase him home after we’re open, because he has things to do at home. I have some sewing to do, plus more on the embroidery stock. I’m going to try to get some website updates going.
Today is the anniversary of the day in 1429 when Jeanne d’Arc was part of the lifting of the Siege of Orleans during one of the more important parts of the 100 Years War. This was a peasant girl who had a series of visions that led her to take the part of the Dauphin of France and to lead his armies to victory after victory over the English and Burgundian troops that were trying to take France! She cut her hair and wore male clothing as a practice to preserve her modesty and chastity in the task that she was undertaking, which was some something that the Church would commonly grant dispensations for. She was captured and sold to the English, who violated legal and church practice to find an excuse to burn her to death as a heretic in 1431. She was finally canonized in 1920. Lots more here including links to some of the historical events. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joan_of_Arc
Today’s Plant is Yarrow, Achillea millefolium. This plant is often called woundwort or nosebleed because of its clotting properties and is used for fevers and infections because it has salicylates (aspirin) in it. The young leaves can be eaten and it becomes and aid to vision-work. It’s easy to grow and makes a great companion plant. We have mostly the pacifica and californica varieties out here. – Feminine, Venus, Water. Exorcism – Wear to protect – hold in hand to stop fear – hang over bed for lasting love – carry for love and bring friends and contact with relatives. Flower – Feminine, Venus, Water – flowers made into tea for psychic power, Exorcism, protection, stop fear, lasting love. More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yarrow
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
©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
M 29 High 3:11 AM 8.5 6:09 AM Set 9:33 AM 87
~ 29 Low 10:12 AM -1.3 8:18 PM
~ 29 High 4:46 PM 6.8
~ 29 Low 10:14 PM 2.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Never lick a gift horse in the mouth.(ew….)
~ The Warrior must learn to wait patiently. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ There’s only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self. – Aldous Huxley
~ This day is golden. Live it. This time is potent. Use it. – Ralph Marston
~ Until you make peace with who you are you will never be content with what you have. – Doris Mortman
ATTACK OF THE CLOUD WARRIORS
I hid, trembling in the darkess
Watching demon cloud warriors amass,
Chanting fiercely and shaking their weapons.
I tried to press myself against the trees
So they would not see me
The moon was barely showing
But their weapons dripped blood.
Some wore elephant tusks
Linked with gold, around their necks
And their teeth were long and pointed.
I saw them looking at my village
Large and quiet, sleeping in the night.
Who would save us? What could I do?
Only a woman, with no magick powers.
They were fierce giants with many arms,
And each one had a bloody weapon.
I moved closer to the trees,
Pressing myself against them in terror.
As I moved, so did the clouds move
And the sliver of moon shone on my bracelet…
Passed down among village women,
Carved with our sacred and secret symbols
Symbols to call the Goddess Durga!
I held my arm out to catch the moon rays,
Even at the cost of demon notice.
My bracelet glowed until it was like fire
Strong shining as the sun
Then in a fiery glow, appeared Holy Durga;
Ten arms she had with ten sacred weapons
And her beauty stunned them silent.
“You have called upon me, Sister,
With the symbols on your bracelet!”
She blew upon the clouds and watched
As the demon warriors fell to Earth,
Stunned and surprised, shaking the ground.
Her lion roared, and woke my village
Men with weapons
And our women too, taking courage
Came to fight the fierce cloud warriors.
Durga had no need of our earthly warriors
But she welcomed us all
As we destroyed those who came against us.
So, too, with Her help
We shall conquer any inner demons that come,
Trying to destroy our minds and bodies!
Thank you, Mother Goddess.
Aing Hring Kleeng
Aum – © Copyright 1/19/08, Beth Clare Johnson, (Mystic Raven) )0(
Magick – Beltane Recipes
IRISH SODA BREAD http://www.unc.edu/%7Ereddeer/recipe/rec_beltain.html
1 1/2 cups All-purpose flour — unbleached, enriched
1 1/2 cups Whole wheat flour — stone-ground
1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon Baking soda
1 1/4 cups Buttermilk
Set the baking rack in the center of the oven and place a baking stone (if available) on the rack. Preheat the oven to 375.
In a mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Mix to incorporate. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the buttermilk. Mix quickly to incorporate the milk evenly. It may be easier to mix with the hands than with a spoon. Form the dough into a loaf shape and place in a nonstick 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 2 1/2″ loaf pan. Place in the preheated oven and bake for 50-55 minutes, until well browned and a skewer inserted in the center comes out dry. Remove from the oven and the baking pan. Place on a wire rack to cool.
SAVORY CHEESE SCONES http://www.unc.edu/%7Ereddeer/recipe/rec_beltain.html
2 cups Flour
2 teaspoons Baking powder
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/8 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
1 1/2 cups Grated cheddar cheese
3 Tablespoons Parmesan cheese
1/3 cup Butter
1/3 cup Milk
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Combine all dry ingredients, stir in cheeses and toss well. Cut in butter. Combine eggs and milk, add to flour mixture and gently knead to form a stiff dough. Cut dough ball into halves and pat each half into an 8″ diameter, 1/2″ thick circle. Cut into wedges, place wedges on a baking sheet and bake 15 to 17 minutes, until lightly browned.
Maple Angel Cake
This recipe serves: 14
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hour
1 cup cake flour
1 1/2 cups superfine granulated sugar
1 1/4 cups egg whites (about 10 large eggs whites), at room temperature
1 1/4 teaspoons cream of tartar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon maple extract
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
2. Add 1/2 cup of the sugar to the flour and sift twice.
3. With an electric mixer on high speed, beat the egg whites, cream of tartar and salt until soft peaks form when the mixer is removed from the batter.
4. Add half of the remaining sugar and beat for 1 minute. Add the remaining sugar, 2 tablespoons at a time, beating after each addition.
5. Stir in the vanilla and maple extract.
6. Fold the flour and sugar mixture into the egg whites, 1/4 cup at a time, just until incorporated.
7. Put the batter in an ungreased 10″ tube pan and bake until the cake is light golden brown and springy to the touch, about 1 hour. Invert the pan and let the cake cool completely before removing from the pan.
Fae Candies – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html
2 tablespoons cinnamon
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1 box raisins or hazelnuts
Honey (if you use hazelnuts)
- Mix the dry ingredients together until blended.
- Roll the raisins in it.
- If you use hazelnuts, you will need to dip them in honey first.
- You may adjust ingredients to suit your tastes.